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5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip: Exploring Taipei

The Chinese Program 5th Graders are in Taiwan for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are exploring Taipei, living with Chinese host families, and attending Gao Yuan Elementary School with their Chinese peers. Chinese Program Teacher Cindy...

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Author Chris Rumble Visits ISTP! – A Blog by 3rd Graders Sophie L. and Lorenne L.

On March 10, 2016, an author named Chris Rumble came and told us about his life as an author. His visit started early in the morning, right when the bell rang. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes attended the first "Reading Pep Rally" session....

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Guest Blogger Lauren Christel: ISTP's First Ever Student-Led Conferences

Last week, ISTP launched our first ever student-led conferences. Holding these conferences in a format where the students took a central role in sharing their growth and learning resulted in a very meaningful interaction between students,...

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Guest Bloggers Heidi Smith and Ya-Ching Chang: Inquiry Learning in 3rd Grade English and Chinese

When we develop lessons, we always try to keep our school’s mission in mind, and strive to create curricula that develop students’ international consciousness, helping them make connections across disciplines, languages, and cultures.

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Guest Blogger Cécile Roques: Pre-K Music, Pre-Reading, and Art Inspired by “Peter and the Wolf”

This winter, my Pre-K French class has been working on a unit centered on the classic children’s musical composition, “Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev. “Peter and the Wolf” is a unique and memorable work because it tells a story through...

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ISTP Introduces Student-Led Conferences

Why Student-Led Conferences?

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From the Chinese Program Director: New Year Wishes and Next Steps for the ISTP Chinese Program

This year's winning year of the monkey logo design, by 8th grader Sophia D.
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Attention Professional Translators: Are you Smarter than an ISTP Third Grader?

ISTP 3rd graders Weston M. and Monika P. worked as professional translators, using their Chinese skills to complete a paid project for a technical document translation company.  The children were the final proof readers for the Chinese...

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Guest Blogger Carol Slattery: Inquiry Learning in the Early Years

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Guest Blogger Rebecka Langum: 4th Grade Environmental Education in Coloma

On Wednesday, September 23rd, the fourth graders made their way to Coloma, the center of the California Gold Rush. The children were transported back to 1848, when gold was first discovered on the American River by James Marshall. On our first...

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