Guest Blogger Jacqueline Cody: A Third Grade Class Reflects on Their Trip to Little Basin


On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the third grade team departed for two days of experiential learning in the redwood forests of Little Basin and Pescadero marsh. Upon returning, the third graders reflected on their trip and had the following to say: … Read More

Guest Blogger Mike Kulbieda: Introducing ISTP’s New Elementary MakerSpace!


It is very exciting to announce the opening of the ISTP Elementary MakerSpace. The purpose of this flexible space is for students and teachers alike to celebrate curiosity, resourcefulness, empathy, and problem-solving, all in service to the act of creation. It will … Read More

Philippe’s Blog: How Curiosity and Failure are Key for Lifelong Learning

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This summer, I read Mindset-The New Psychology of Success, by Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford professor. Dr. Dweck thoroughly researched the topic of strengthening and growing intelligence and talent through effort, grit, and perseverance. In her findings, she discovered the differences between the fixed … Read More

Guest Blogger Barbara Greiner: Exploring Paris and Studying at La Source School


The French Program International Middle School students are on a cultural exchange trip to Meudon, France, outside of Paris. They are staying with host families, attending La Source School, and exploring Paris and its environs. Middle School Principal Barbara Greiner … Read More

5th Grade Cultural Exchange – Touring Taipei, Attending GaoYuan Elementary School


The Chinese Program 5th Graders are in Taiwan for an 11-day cultural exchange trip. Students will take in the sights and sounds of the capital city of Taipei, live with Chinese host families, and attend GaoYuan Elementary School with their Chinese peers. … Read More

Cultural Immersion in Fumel, France


The French Program 4th Graders are in Fumel, France, for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are living with French host families, and experiencing French life and culture firsthand. Assistant Head of School Kate Lussen and ISTP French teacher Cynthia Munster are accompanying our students, and … Read More

Guest Bloggers Erin and Jacoba: Sensory Exploration Within our Nursery Themes

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Sensory exploration in the Nursery classroom is one of the most important aspects of the learning process. Refining the senses helps build the skills necessary for further academic and creative development. Sensory exploration at this age allows the child to … Read More