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Guest Blogger Maryam Shabani: An Update on Playground Activities

This year, we’ve once again received very encouraging and positive feedback from students, parents and teachers regarding our playground activities. We continue to organize structured games and have moved forward with new activities on our...

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A Decade with QiuShi Elementary School

One of the highlights of the 5th grade Chinese Program curriculum is a unique cultural exchange program with our sister school, QiuShi Elementary School, in Hangzhou, China. We visit them each April and they in return come to visit us in October....

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The Power of Play

At ISTP, we continuously train our recess and extended care staff to ameliorate the quality of our students’ lives outside of classrooms, and giving them the opportunity to play and have fun in a safe and positive playground.

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Experiential Learning in Blérancourt, France

Each year, ISTP's 5th grade French students have the opportunity to travel to Blérancourt, France on an immersion exchange trip. This incredible opportunity not only helps students to solidify their language skills, but also expands their...

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Creativity, Collaboration, and Design Thinking in 1st Grade Chinese

On Tuesday morning in Portia’s 1st grade Chinese classroom, students were buzzing with excitement. The class was gathered around a tableau they had created themselves, collectively writing their own story about the scene before them. The activity...

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4th Graders Explore Nature, History at Coloma Outdoor School

Last week, ISTP’s 4th Grade students visited Coloma Outdoor School, located in Coloma, California along the American River. The greenhorns (a term used for new people to the Gold Rush) were transformed into Sourdoughs (a term used for people who...

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Experiential Learning: 3rd Grade Overnight Trip to Point Reyes

Last week, the third graders embarked on an exciting overnight camping trip to Pt. Reyes, a location chosen for its rich historical and geographical features. This trip offered our third graders the very best of experiential learning. The...

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Environmental Education: 5th Grade Overnight Trip to Malakoff State Park

Last week, the 5th graders went on their annual camping trip. We went to Malakoff State Historic Park up near Nevada City. This park used to be the site of a huge hydraulic mining operation back in the 1850s that was eventually forced to close.

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ISTP 5th Grader Alanna Y. Wins 3D Printing for Humanity Scholarship

At ISTP, we try to nurture our students' talents, and to give them a love of learning that motivates them to pursue their passions. 5th grader Alanna Y. is a perfect example of an ISTP student who finds something she loves and pursues it with...

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Expansion for Innovation Summer 2014: Thoughtful Design with Learning in Mind

School has begun, and Cohn Campus is once again a whirlwind of activity. You have probably noticed that the campus has been refreshed for the new year, with renovations and updates inside and out, and a playground with more open space to run and...

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