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Human Library held again at 888 Campus

Human Library 2

December 14, 2018 By Learning Center Coordinator Cassy Lee The Middle School just hosted its second Human Library event Friday, December 14, an all-school afternoon dedicated to hearing stories from people who have experienced prejudice and discrimination based on some aspect of their identity. As befits our... » read more
The International School in Portland invited Ms. Kennedy as guest artist

Teaching Lion Dance Traditions at TIS

December 07, 2018 By Music and Movement Specialist Susan Kennedy I spent the week of December 3-7 at The International School (TIS) in Portland, OR, as a guest artist, sharing CAIS’s school tradition of lion dancing for special events. The International School includes Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin... » read more
CAIS contingent at Harvard for RIDES Institute

Leaders at Large

November 09, 2018 As leading professionals in the larger education field, the impact of CAIS administrators reaches well beyond our campus confines. Just within the past few weeks, for example: Embracing a National Leadership Role in DEI  Lower School Director Mary Antón, Ed.D. was tapped to lead the... » read more
The Try It Truck revved up CAIS students' design thinking skills

Try It Truck Revs Up Students' Design Thinking Skills

October 22, 2018 This month the Bay Area Discovery Museum came to CAIS for a hands-on program with the “Try It Truck,” the BADM’s new engineering lab-on-wheels. Third, fourth, and fifth graders participated in 75-minute sessions of active, exploratory learning during the Try It Truck engineering program. Lower... » read more
The Great Learning

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
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