Teachers and interns new to the PYP attended the first day of a two day-day workshop to learn about implementing the PYP. The aim of the workshop was to assist teachers to develop their personal knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the program; to deepen their understanding of international-mindedness and the learner profile; to prepare themselves for planning, teaching and assessing students; and to develop skills to analyze and refine the school's "Programme of Inquiry". The workshop environment supports educators as lifelong learners through reading and discussing current pedagogy and research to better implement the PYP.
The NIS community, including the Board of Directors and PTA welcomed all NIS families, teachers and staff to the Welcome Potluck to start off the 2016-2017 school year on Friday, Sept. 9. There was lots of good food and talk with returning parents and new parents, as student representatives of the Elementary Student Council, the Middle School Student Council, the High School Student Council were all given a chance to talk about their goals for the year and new staff were introduced as well.
Thanks to the generous donations of Parametric Technology Corporation in Osaka and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation of the US for donating robotics parts, NIS students got busy building robots for the first time this year! The team hopes to compete in the Japan VEX championships in Tokyo in November and the Korean FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition in Seoul in January 2017. Team members also plan to share what they learn about robotics with elementary and early childhood students at NIS by leading hands on robotics lessons for the children.
Educators gathered at NIS for a weekend of professional development to support extended teacher collaboration in school, support the development of a collaborative school culture, encourage reflective practice, and help rethink teacher leadership — all in support of increased student achievement. The focus on the weekend was how to emphasize making teaching practice public, assessing teaching in relation to student learning, and routinely adapting teaching to meet the changing needs of today's students.
The NIS High School went on their annual three-day retreat to the mountains of Nagano for three days to start off the year.
Head of School M. Parr opened school on Monday, August 22 with one of our largest and most diverse student body ever! Students of all ages were excited for the start and happy to be in class.
The 2016 NIS Summer Program is in full swing, with Sessions 3 and 4 both fully registered. The program provides a dynamic environment to help students learn - and have fun! We hope to see your child next summer! Go to www.nisjapan.net/summerprogram for more information!
The NIS community bid farewell to 27 seniors who graduated on June 4, the 49th graduating class of Nagoya International School.
- MonSep26 Parent Advocates - Transitions Team 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
- TueSep27 Head of School Tea 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- WedSep28 Parent Advocates - Outreach Team 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
- WedSep28 Early Dismissal 2:00 PM to 2:05 PM
- ThuSep29 College Visit: Wagner College (NYC, NY) 12:40 PM to 1:30 PM