Reminder: Backup Backup

Student computer are being Imaged this week. We erase all the information on your computer and install the latest version of Mac OS and school software. To keep your pictures, music and documents, students must backup their computers on their own. The best way to do this is through “Time Machine” and the use of a Hard Drive.


Today’s pick up schedule is as follows:

Aug. 18th (Tuesday)

Teacher Room
Coad, Malcolm D243
Wiggins, David D246
Keus, Amy M252
Ham, Katie D341
Fox, Angela D348




Sign up for TGIF bus by TODAY

Dear all,

You are all invited to this year’s first TGIF  in Laurie’s house at Top Regent on Friday Aug 21.

Please DO sign up for bus in the Staff Lounge  by 3pm Aug 18 today  if you want to take the bus.  The bus will leave school at 4.30pm on Friday Aug 21.

If you want to drive your own way, please find the map attached.


TGIF – map

The NIS Bulk SMS Test

Dear all,

The NIS Bulk SMS Test will be held on TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST 2015 AT 14.00h


If you do NOT receive this SMS test on your mobile phone, please check on the Veracross Web Page on the right hand side and click on  “Update my Household Profile”.

It is important that in the unlikely event of an emergency we are able to contact you.

If you still have a problem, contact

MYP/DP Production Audition

Performers beware!

The next MYP/DP Production is scheduled for November!

We are excited to announce that the production will be Scrooge! and is to be staged in a creative and unique way…. 

ANYONE in Grade 6-12 interested in performing in this year’s production is welcome to attend an audition. You do not need to be studying Drama…you do not need any previous experience…you only need the desire to perform.

Audition dates/time: Wednesday 26th August and Thursday 27th August lunch in the Theatre. Call backs Friday 28th and Monday 31 August lunch.

Please see Mr Brown or Ms Philip in the Black Box for an audition piece and further information.

Community Activities Registration starts TODAY!

Now it is time for Community Activity registration. Here is how you can do it from Veracross:

1. Login Veracross Teacher portal: .

2. From School Report which is at right bottom side of the window, you will find “Community Activity Registration” link. Click on the link to launch the sign-up.

There are a lot of interesting activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Chinese, Basketball, Soccer…..

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Sandra Fuchs
Community Activity Coordinator


Nanjing International School
phone: +86 25 85899111*3065
mobile: +86 1590 5165 217

RFG Christmas Market preparation

Calling North American Christmas/Holiday-folk! This year will be the first RFG Holiday Market!

-To bring some more Christmas spirit to our ex-pat life here in Nanjing
-To have a lot of fun

This is a call for people from North America to help out with building, choosing items to sell, sourcing, and selling.
There will be about 10 stalls, one which is for us, from NORTH AMERICA.

Dates: November 28, 29
Times: Current open times are 3pm -10pm Saturday and 3pm – 7pm Sunday
Stall Size: about 2.5m x 1.5m Stall Location: They will be lined up in RFG near to each other, like a German Xmas market

Please contact Tom Johnson if you would like to help with the North American stall
or Robin Marsh if you are keen to help with all things else.

TILT Skills today – iPads (Seesaw)

Seesaw is an iPad app that is an excellent area to create an ePortfolio.
Students from PreK and up are able to use this app.
Today’s session is intended mostly for PYP teachers and TAs.

Sessions are held in the Strategy Room (C115), starting at the beginning of Lunch, and running for about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, August 18 – iPads – Seesaw – Tom
Wednesday, August 19 – Creating and Sharing Spreadsheets and Forms in Microsoft 365 – Emily
Thursday, August 20 – iPads – Seesaw – Tom
Friday, August 21 – Organizing your life with OneNote – Emily

ASA Cycle 1

The cycle 1 ASA catalog will be available on Veracross for viewing on Friday. You will be able to start signing up on Monday. More information will be out on Thursday this week.

MYP C&S – Important Changes

This year there are some changes to the MYP C&S Programme. Key changes are:

– we will not use C&S points for activities. We will focus on achieving certain C&S outcomes. These will be given to you later this week.

– Inter-school sport / non sport activities e.g. ACAMIS Sports, CISSA Sports, MUN, ISTA etc.. are no longer considered as C&S.

– G9 and 10 will be required to record their C&S activities in Managebac. All G9-10 should have received an email from Managebac telling you how to log in. If you have not please contact me.

G6-8 will record their C&S activities on a hardcopy record sheet that their Advisory teacher will give them later this week.

I will email more detailed information to each grade level later this week about C&S. If you have any questions please let me know.

MYP/DP Theatre Crew Recruitment!

I am looking for 2 more MYP/DP students for the Theatre Tech Crew. The work includes lighting, sound and video projection. We are intrinsic to all theatre events including assemblies, school events, productions, dances, etc.

The right person will show flexibility, dedication, willingness to learn and an appreciation for quality and detail. Previous experience is not a necessity. On-the-job training will be provided.

Interested? Please come to the Black Box Thursday lunch 1:00pm.

Email Mr Brown if you have any queries.

BMAT and others – UK Med and Vet Schools

NIS is now an ATS testing centre.

For the BMAT – BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections (Section 1: Aptitude and Skills, Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications, Section 3: Writing Task) You can find out more about the BMAT and if you might need to take it here: Screenshot 2015-08-14 10.31.49





For the Thinking Skills Assessment, required for Oxbridge, Leiden and UCL, click here:

Have you signed up yet??

Sign up now on Veracross for the following sports:

SCISAC Soccer – for Grades 8 -9. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starts next Tuesday.

Cross Country – For Gr 5 – 12, on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesday and Thursdays. Starts today!!

Touch Rugby – CISSA for Gr5 – 8, ACAMIS for Gr9 – 12. Mondays and Wednesdays. Starts Today!!

ACAMIS Volleyball – Girls on Mon and Wed, boys on Tue and Fri. Starts today!!

See Mr Clarke for more details

Wutaishan needs you

Warriors! The school year 2015/16 is looking very good for another red victory. We need some House Captains to lead us to success in the House Championship this year.

Ms Boothby and I are looking for a boy and a girl captain for Grades 6-8 and a boy and a girl captain from Grades 9-12. If you are interested and want to find out more about what this means, please come and see us or send us an email as soon as possible.

Go Warriors!

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PAC Bookings

The PAC is open for bookings! If you are planning an event in which the Theatre or other areas of the PAC are required, please ensure you have booked the space with me (Sam Brown). Drop me an email or come and see me in the Black Box.

The PAC is heavily used and there are already some weeks which are completely full…so don’t delay your booking.

MYP/DP Lockers

Great start to the year MYP/DP Rockstars!

If you are still having any locker issues, please stop by Mr. Bratton’s office ASAP. Let’s get this sorted! A reminder to please use your locker, and only YOUR locker. Thanks!

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