ISTP Students Excel in 39th Annual Mandarin Speech Contest

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The Mandarin Speech Contest, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California, is an annual ISTP tradition. The contest, held in San Francisco each year, is always a fun challenge for our Chinese Program students, giving them the opportunity … Read More

Guest Blogger Suzanne O’Brien: Trustee Education

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One of the five planks in the ISTP 2011-16 Strategic Plan is Board Governance & Leadership.  Trustee education is an important ingredient to sustaining a superior Board that supports the school’s mission through it’s leadership, financial support, and long-term planning.  The … Read More

4th/5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip to China: Exploring Shanghai, Learning at Qiu Shi Elementary

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For the past week, Chinese Program teachers Shu-Chun, ChuHsi and I have accompanied a wonderful group of 4th and 5th graders on a cultural exchange trip to Hangzhou, China. We began our journey in Shanghai, where we ventured to the … Read More

4th/5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip to Taiwan: Update from Gaoyuan Elementary School

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This is the first year that ISTP’s Chinese Program students are visiting Taiwan on our cultural exchange program. With this blog, I am excited to share their adventures with you! Day 4: Today students started their classes at Gaoyuan Elementary School with … Read More

Update from Fumel: Ropes Course, Visiting Rocamadour, Cahors, and Paris!

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The French Program 4th Graders are in Fumel, France, for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Here is another update on their adventures! Days 4-5: Saturday was an adventurous day all about pushing our boundaries. In the morning, we learned how to do a ropes course … Read More

4th/5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip to Taiwan: Touring Taipei, Attending Gaoyuan Elementary School

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This is the first year that ISTP’s Chinese Program students are visiting Taiwan on our cultural exchange program. The children are quite excited, and with this blog, I hope to share their adventure with you, and offer some insight into … Read More

Update from Fumel: Arriving and Exploring Château de Bonaguil

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The French Program 4th Graders are in Fumel, France, for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. 4th Grade teachers Olivier Monteil and I are accompanying the students, and I will be providing updates on all their adventures! Day 1: We have … Read More

Guest Blogger Maryam Shabani: Fun Structured Games Supplement Free Play at Recess

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At ISTP we think very seriously about how recess activities can best aid our students’ growth and development. Most recess activities fall into two broad categories, free play and structured games. Free play is child-initiated and child-directed. It gives students … Read More

Guest Blogger: Olivier Monteil: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dictée

If you have been a parent of a student enrolled ISTP’s French Program for a few years, chances are the word dictée has become part of your vocabulary, along with trousse and classeur. I am also pretty sure that you know very well … Read More