Middle School News

Vote for 7th Graders' Video Contest Entry by March 29!

Vote Now for CAIS Students' Wonderful Work

March 25, 2017 CAIS 7th graders Lena H., Alice C., and Anuhea T.’s video on Wuzhen, the “Venice of China,” has been named Semi-Finalist in the Youth Voices on China contest. Public voting is open until Wednesday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. PST., so vote now (from home) for the awesome work of these... » read more
8th Grader Lila C Cheered on by Family and Friends Alike

Cheering for Our Champ!

March 01, 2017 As winner (and defending champion from 2016) of the CAIS Spelling Bee, eighth grader Lila C. went on to the written round of the regional contest. We were delighted to learn that she has once again made the cut for the Bay Area Spelling Bee written exam (where the 200 school champs were whittled... » read more
Reylon Yount ’08 with Silk Road Ensemble

Grammy Award Winning Alumnus Reylon Yount Speaks with 8th Graders

February 17, 2017 Today alumnus Reylon Yount (CAIS class of 2008, Harvard 2016) visited our World Music classes to speak about his experiences performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on the album Sing Me Home, which just received a Grammy award for World Music.  Reylon credits his study of the... » read more
CAIS Middle School Students Select Award Worthy Books

Middle School Students Create CAISbery Award for Great Books

February 02, 2017 You may have heard of the Newbery Award, the American Library Association award given each year to the most distinguished book written by an American author for readers under 14, but have you heard of the CAISbery? A committee of 18 dedicated middle school readers and two teachers have chosen... » read more
Students 3D-printed their own terracotta warriors

High-Tech Terracotta Warriors

January 25, 2017 3D printers offer the potential of almost limitless opportunities to integrate technology into any part of the curriculum such as Mr. Mickelson and Tang Laoshi’s Terracotta Warrior Project. Reimagining Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army that guards his tomb in the afterlife, seventh-grade... » read more
LEGO Robotics Team earns Project Award trophy at first competition

CAIS LEGO Robotics Assembles Award-Winning Team

November 19, 2016 CAIS’s new LEGO robotics team competed in its first competition on Saturday, November 19 and received a unique Project Award trophy recognizing our students for their project idea about helping bees survive.   Director of Educational Technology Kerri Willa & Phanachet... » read more
Mandjou Koné from Mali shared the art of traditional storytelling accompanied by

A World of Stories

October 21, 2016 CAIS eighth graders had a front row seat and a peak inside the mind of a master storyteller accompanied by live drumming.    Music and Movement teacher Susan Kennedy shared, “As part of UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances program, Mandjou Kone, a griot (traditional... » read more
Teamwork without words in Ms. Sherman's science class

Building the Pyramids...Without a Word

September 10, 2016 For their previous 10 years or so together, CAIS eighth graders have been learning two languages side by side. In Ms. Sherman’s science class this week, they had to tackle a task without being able to use ANY of those words! Students had a blast working together to construct a pyramid of... » read more
Eighth Graders at the premiere of the Dream of the Red Chamber opera

Premiere Opportunity

September 07, 2016 Eighth graders had a spectacular opportunity to see the world premiere of an exicting new operatic production of a classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber at San Francisco Opera. As Head of School Jeff Bissell noted, “eighth graders’ field trip to the dress rehearsal... » read more
Black Pearl Music Ensemble performs in Oakland

CAIS Musicians on Tour

May 17, 2016 Seventh graders in the Black Pearl Music Ensemble had bookend performances around the Bay today. First stop was an assembly at the Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, followed by their outdoor performance at the Spreckels Temple of Music (bandshell) in the Music Concourse at Golden... » read more
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