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Distance Learning Begins Today

Educational leaders have been working closely with teachers nearly around the clock to develop and prepare for our distance learning, and we have structured the effort in three phases. Our first phase comprises this week: Wednesday through Friday, we will focus solely on getting faculty and families connected and accustomed to working with the technology tools. These include:

Mar 18, 2020

CAIS Closing School Beginning March 16

We know from public health officials that the priority with COVID-19 is not simply keeping ourselves safe, given the increasing level of community transmission in the Bay Area, it’s also about our important role in mitigating the spread of the virus to safeguard our healthcare system’s capacity and protect the most vulnerable and at-risk among us. Accordingly, with the full support of the CAIS Board of Trustees, we are joining with school districts and independent schools across the Bay Area in an extended closure for students beginning Monday, March 16 to help stem community transmission. This decision was also reached in recognition that the behavior of this virus suggests that CAIS would no doubt be experiencing higher levels of absenteeism shortly. In such a case we would be unable to maintain both an in-school and a distance learning program simultaneously; we

Mar 13, 2020

Teresa Ibarra ’11 – Contributing to a Better World

Feb 13, 2020

Katrina Soo Hoo ’99 – Becoming Your Best Self

Feb 13, 2020

Reimagining CAIS, Reimagining Success

Frequently exchanged at New Year, the blessing 望子成龙 wàng zĭ chéng lóng “May Your Child Become a Dragon” wishes a life of success for your child. With the hard-won wisdom that comes from four decades of pioneering Mandarin immersion, CAIS is distinctly positioned to define just what success looks like. Through decades of groundbreaking work in Chinese immersion, we have evolved from basic markers and metrics of success to a nuanced view of the whole child and, importantly, how they will make a difference in the world.

Feb 11, 2020

Evolution of the Mission

Many of you may be familiar with the work of the humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970). Maslow articulated a theory of human motivation that he captured in his well-known “hierarchy of needs.” According to my understanding of Maslow, human beings are motivated to fulfill certain human needs before they can fulfill other, loftier needs.

Sep 19, 2019

Welcome from New Board Chair Mary Powell

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to wish everyone a hearty “Welcome back!” (or “Glad you’re here!” if you’ve just joined the CAIS community). I feel a special solidarity with both returning and new families alike. Even though my family has been at CAIS for nearly a decade, we’re now getting used to a new mode—being alumni parents—as our eldest just graduated this past June and is off to high school.

Sep 05, 2019

Creating Their Place in the World

As they get ready to go out into the wider world, eighth graders are finishing their CAIS careers strong with an interdisciplinary project about social movements and how to affect change in the world. Guided by Social Studies teacher Alice Woodman-Russell, English teacher Jack Crow, and Learning Center Coordinator Cassy Lee, students have been researching a cause they are passionate about and building a website that tells the story of this cause and offers a compelling call to action for positive change. Students selected issues including:

May 22, 2019

Sixth Grade Firedragons Win Futsal Playoffs

Girls 6th Grade Futsal wins 2019 SFAL Championship 8-1 over Friends!

May 10, 2019

Strategic Vision Plan – Immersion Superheroes

Dec 13, 2018