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A Broader Sense of "We" - Strategic Vision Planning

September 12, 2018 About this time two years ago, a task force of 21 dedicated CAIS teachers, administrators, parents and trustees came together at our 888 Campus on a Saturday morning. The purpose of this gathering was to begin work on creating a philosophy statement that would guide our school’s work on issues of... » read more
Middle School Advisory Groups Dance-Off

Middle School "Mayhem" 2018

August 30, 2018 This year’s Middle School Mayhem (second year running makes it a TRADITION!) featured teachers and their advisory groups in a dance party! We’re going to be smiling (and dance, dance, dancing) for days! Music and Movement teacher Nia Womack-Freeman shares, “This was truly a... » read more
Champion of Student Voice Cassy Lee

National Champion of Student Voice

August 21, 2018 One of Carroll Family Learning Center Coordinator Cassy Lee’s graduating eighth graders said it best when reflecting to her, “You blew away my idea of what a librarian is!” School Library Journal has echoed that assessment by naming her Librarian Champion of Student... » read more
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Helene Kocher

Honoring Parent Volunteers

May 23, 2018 While setting up for the annual Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, the unseasonable cold and rain felt bleak and prompted a move in venue from the Iann-Stolz Playground to the Phanachet Design Lab. As soon as CAIS parents arrived, however, their reliable warm and cordial spirit felt like... » read more
Head of School Jeff Bissell welcomes Dr. Mary Anton and Ms. Kim Kaz

Welcoming Next Year's Lower School Leaders

May 21, 2018 Of the many gifts Anne Valentino and Anna Donnelly have brought to CAIS, the gift of time for (and participation in) the process to find their successors may prove to be one of their most lasting. Thanks to being able to start the process earlier in the school year, we attracted two spectacular... » read more
Messy Art Day 2018

Getting INTO Their Art

May 15, 2018 Started several years ago by art teacher Lisa Ostapinski, Messy Art Day is a beloved Pre-K tradition and a full-bodied celebration of artistic expression and sensory experience. Ms. Ostapinski explains, “Children at this age learn with their senses and they learn through social interaction.... » read more
Head of School Jeff Bissell Introduces Sheri Glucoft Wong

A User's Manual for Childhood? Yes, Please!

May 02, 2018 Nearly 180 Lower School parents packed the Oak campus cafeteria for Sheri Glucoft Wong’s parent ed presentation on “Navigating Your Child’s Social World.” By way of introducing our speaker, Head of School Jeff Bissell reminded parents of the simpler days of their children... » read more
"Big kids" demonstrate string instruments for Pre-K

Inspiring a New Generation of Music Appreciation

April 26, 2018 On Thursday April 26, CAIS Pre-K students enjoyed an assembly demonstrating bowed string instruments. CAIS second graders Claire Z. and Sydney L. played erhu and violin respectively and were joined by Austin R., a kindergartener from Rooftop Elementary School, who played the cello. The musicians... » read more
CAIS students scale the heights in and out of the classroom

CAIS Students Have the Edge

April 05, 2018 Nationally recognized expert Dr. Helena Curtain has aggregated 50 years of research on immersion education and shared the findings last month at a CAIS 201 with parents. Overwhelmingly, the research shows that immersion students enjoy benefits and a competitive edge in both languages. This maps... » read more
Jason Reynolds speaking with CAIS Middle School

Students Roll Out the Red Carpet for Reynolds

April 02, 2018 A whole Zhang Heng (a Middle School class period devoted to special electives) this session was organized around preparing for award-winning author Jason Reynolds’ visit to the 888 Campus. Guided by Carroll Family Learning Center Coordinator Cassy Lee, 17 students read and discussed... » read more
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