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CAIS teachers and staff greeted new colleagues with a fun game

Smiling Our Way into the New Year

August 23, 2016 “Institute Week” is a CAIS tradition to welcome teachers back to campus and structure preparations for the school year ahead. In addition to devoting these days to professional development, mastering technology updates, and understanding new procedures for 2016-17, Institute Week gives... » read more
Class of 2016

Graduation 2016

June 15, 2016 Alumna Elyssa Tong ’10 served as CAIS Graduation 2016 emcee and guided eighth graders, fifth graders, and their families through this milestone moment. The ceremony was full of beautiful grace notes, including retiring Chinese language teacher Jiun Chou Young’s wit and wisdom and... » read more
CAIS students shared their skills at the Street Soccer Fest

Bringing Communities Together Through Sports

May 23, 2016 CAIS students volunteered at the Western Addition Street Soccer Fest on Friday, May 20. Held at Margaret Hayward Playground at Laguna & Gough Streets (neighboring the 888 Campus), the event is a collaboration between Street Soccer USA and the Mo Magic Collaborative.... » read more
Pre-K Messy Art Day

"Messy Art" Molds Minds Well

May 20, 2016 This week saw the annual “Messy Art Day” bloom in full color at ECD. Started by art teacher Lisa Ostapinski, the tradition is a full-bodied celebration of artistic expression and sensory experience. Ms. Ostapinski explains, “Children at this age learn with their senses and... » 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
Rachel L. and Darren L. took 1st place in the CLTAC Speech Contest

CAIS Places High at CLTAC Speech Contest!

May 16, 2016 So proud of the CAIS students who participated in the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) 41st Annual Chinese Speech Contest! Held at Lowell High School last month the contest results included the following fantastic accomplishments by CAIS students. ... » read more
Coach Michele Douglass and the JV Girls Futsal League Champions

JV Girls Futsal Champs!

May 14, 2016 What a great Friday! JV girls won the Championship game against KDBS! I am very honored to have such dedicated young athletes at our school that helped to make yet another CAIS historical event!  Not one, but THREE teams in the Finals is a first not only for CAIS but for the... » read more
Class of 2012 Reunion - May 2016

CAIS Class of 2012 Gathers As They Say Goodbye to High School

May 14, 2016 As the CAIS Class of 2012 completes senior year of high school, their alma mater said “Congratulations!” with a special reunion send-off for their next chapter. Two thirds of the graduates and many parents from the class gathered to reminisce with each other and their former teachers... » read more
Christine Chessen named Philip Butler Smith Volunteer of the Year 2016

In Praise of Parent Volunteers

May 12, 2016 Head of School Jeff Bissell invited all parent volunteers to an Appreciation Breakfast at the 888 Campus in their honor Thursday, May 12. As he explained to the attendees, “When I first came to this school from China, I thought it was for the language piece. But the reason I continue to... » read more
Visiting students from Taipei shared their thanks with the community

Xièxiè from Ren-Ai Elementary Students!

May 10, 2016 CAIS recently welcomed 48 students from Taipei Ren-Ai Elementary School for two weeks as part of the Taiwan Exchange program. While the Ren-Ai students were here, they were hosted by CAIS fifth grade families, and during the school days participated in a variety of field trips... » read more
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