Mavericks Please

Hello all,

This is a friendly reminder that Nanjing International School currently supports the Mavericks OS for Mac until the end of the 2014-15 school year.

If you have upgraded to Yosemite and need to change it back to the previous operating system, please bring your computer to Ms. Jessie in the Macquarium or you can email


Mr. Johnson

Cards for Jakarta – reminder

A couple of cards of good wishes for Neil & Ferdi (Jakarta Intercultural School teachers) will be in the staffroom until Tuesday 10th for anyone to sign (or email me – Lindy – and I will add your name/message.) Here is their background story…. Many thanks!

World Universities Fair

The Fair is in Shanghai and starts at 5.30pm for students, and concludes at 8.30pm. I will be there earlier for Counsellor sessions, and will stay to guide you through your visit. You will need to miss at least Block 5 and lunch to make it on time, but I would suggest leaving school from Block 4…

Here’s the poster that’s been up for a week!  If you are going to University, than I think this is a MUST, as there will not be another Fair accessible to you this large and diverse! Please be clear – you must inform myself and Dr Saavedra that you will be going and you MUST complete an OLF. I will be there on the day and can meet you and guide your Fair experience, but I cannot assist with any travel arrangements. Please chat to others who are going – some are going with parents – and plan to travel together.


Language Acquisition

Misconception 3: Competence in the home language is not important when learning a second language.

Non native students in international schools learn English more quickly and effectively if they maintain and develop their proficiency in the mother tongue. Research has shown that many skills acquired in the first language can be transferred to the second language. Children who have developed good reading skills in their home language, are more likely to be able to apply these skills when reading a foreign language. Similarly, the skills of being able to plan out a piece of writing or develop an argument in a persuasive essay can be applied in the second language once they have been learnt in the first.


This Thursday’s topic on #PYPCHAT is “Teachers as Researchers.” Sample questions – What is action research? How is a teacher also a researcher?  Thursday 5 March (Asia Pacific) 6:00 -7:00pm.  Info: on the pypchat wiki.

SET minutes – Feb 26

Good morning,
Please see the attached SET minutes from Feb 26.

Arden Tyoschin
Deputy Director – Learning

Nanjing International SchoolPh: +86 25 8589 9111 ext 1040
Fax: +86 25 8589 9222

NIS: An inclusive learning community,
inspiring international mindedness, personal excellence, creative thinking

MYP/DP Friday Assembly this Week!

You are an MYP/DP student on 8:01am Friday morning… Where will you be?

A. Sitting in the theatre enjoying the start to an amazing assembly with your bag in your locker.

B. Powerwalking to your locker to put your bag away because you forgot that you can’t bring it to assembly.

C.  Listening to the doors creak open as you make the awkward “walk of shame” to your seat.

D. Getting read the riot act by Dr. Saavedra just outside the theatre door for being late and then making the “walk of shame” while getting dirty looks from the audience.

E. Getting read the riot act by Mrs. Tyochin just outside the theatre for arriving late with your backpack, going back to your locker, then making the awkward “walk of shame” while receiving dirty looks from Mr. Cofer on stage.

There is only one correct answer… See you then. 8am, in your seat, no bags! Thanks!

Procrastinators Unite…Tomorrow!

Hey everybody,
For my PPP, I made, a short film on procrastination. Entitled “Enough Time,” I hoped this video could make people aware of this important topic. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you guys like it. There’s also a SurveyMonkey link beneath the video that I was hoping you could fill out for feedback.
Thanks – Derron Yu

CARDS for Jakarta

In Jakarta, teachers Neil Bantleman and Ferdi Tjeong are still in gaol with about 3 weeks left before the judges make a ruling. Currently they are presenting their evidence. Laurie will be going to JIS next week for accreditation and he will take a couple of cards. These will be in the staffroom until Tuesday 10th for anyone to sign (or email me (Lindy) and I will add your name/message.) These messages from around the world give much support and add strength to these men, their wives and the JIS community!   Thank you!


Do you like surprises?  Do you lOVE surprises?

You do?  Then come to the 4C homeroom at lunchtime (after you have eaten) to get a guaranteed surprise! Any time between 1.10 and 1.50 will be fine.  Hope to see you there!

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