Tsukuba International School has just finished its 6th successful year, and is looking forward to its 7th year. This past year was the first year TIS had two full-time teachers. One teacher taught the upper-elementary grades and one teacher taught the lower-elementary grades. This arrangement allowed for better coordination of students' studies and classroom management. One of the teachers, Richard Keeling, will be back with TIS in the fall, and the search for a second teacher is now in full swing. The new school year will begin on August 31, and applications for the 1998-99 school year are now being accepted.
As always, finances are tight. The need to pay two full-time salaries has made things particularly tight this year. In order to address the issue of finances, a new organization call the School Support Committee (Sanjokai) was founded in April. This committee consists primarily of Japanese community leaders. Its sole purpose is to help raise funds through donations to give TIS a more stable funding base. This group has just recently produced a very nice, bilingual pamphlet to introduce the school to the community and to help solicit contributions. We anticipate that this effort will help to provide wider recognition and support from the Japanese community as well as to help TIS to expand its educational opportunities.
With the closing of the Calvary International Christian Academy in July, TIS was contacted by the former owners of CICA to possibly provide educational opportunities for the students they have been serving. One of TIS' primary goals is to be of service to everyone in the community, and so TIS looks forward to doing everything in its power to provide such opportunities.
Other than the two full-time teachers and a part-time, paid secretary, everybody involved in TIS donates their time on a volunteer basis. The present executive committee and Board of Advisors all serve in volunteer capacities. These volunteers allow the school to function. In a community such as Tsukuba, however, with many people being here for relatively short periods of time, there is a constant need to replace volunteers who return to their home country or who cannot continue to serve for other reasons. If you have an interest in TIS and feel you can contribute in any way, please contact the school. Likewise, if you wish to procure a school information packet, call or email the school. Contact information is available on the school's website.
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