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Guest Blogger Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley: Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley is a professor at San Jose State University and a respected expert on bilingual and immersion education. 

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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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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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Rolling out the Red Carpet to Welcome New Parents

No matter how many years or decades we have been at ISTP, all of us were once new to the community. We can all recall the feelings of excitement and promise that come with being a new ISTP parent. But we also probably remember feeling anxious,...

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Guest Blogger Elisabeth Lepert: Middle Schoolers Engage with the Scientific Process

In my years as the French Middle School science teacher, I have seen that students learn best when they are given the freedom to find answers to complex problems on their own. It is also important for students to learn to present...

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Middle School Cultural Exchange Trip to La Source School: Complete Linguistic and Cultural Immersion

The 3-week Middle School cultural exchange trip to Meudon, France each year is an incredible opportunity for our students, and a special experience that is unique to an ISTP bilingual education.

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