Students at the Tsukuba International School started classes on September 1 with an entrance ceremony. This year TIS has two full-time teachers, Fred Loeper for the upper elementary grades and Richard Keeling for the lower elementary grades. There are several new students at TIS and student enrollment is up approximately 35% from last year.
This year promises to be another busy one for TIS. The first mini-event was a successful face painting and bake sale booth at the recent Kasumi Jazz Festival on Sept. 14th. Be sure to look for the TIS booth at the upcoming Tsukuba Festival at the end of October (25, 26). On Sept. 25, TIS held a "Back-to-School" night, where parents and students met together with the teachers, board members and volunteers. On October 7-9, TIS students will be taking their first set of achievement tests.
There are several new volunteers this year at TIS. Among them are Craig Coleman and Toshie Sato teaching music, Mayuki Cleary teaching art, Riffat Choudhry helping with language arts, and Kyoko Sasaki, Takashi Yokota, Michiko Sano, Emi Fujisawa, Satoshi Komatsuzaki and Reiko Arai teaching Japanese.
Again, a great big thank you to the international community for your continued support of TIS. If you would like more information about TIS, please contact the school office in Japanese or English at 47-0330 or by e-mail at melissa[at]sicembears.com.
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