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The “Extras” That Make Middle School Great

Early in my teaching career, I attended a presentation by former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh where he focused on the importance of extracurricular activities in students’ lives….

Mar 02, 2023

Congrats to Our League Champions!

Huge Congratulations to our Girls Varsity Basketball team on earning the 2023 SFAL Championship title in the February 10 final against The San Francisco School. The 13-12 victory was clinched…

Feb 10, 2023

Black History Month Resources

Our DEI Ambassadors compiled resources in preparation for Black History Month to help faculty incorporate more Black voices and perspectives into curricula. As the DEI Ambassadors share, “We all have a responsibility to…

Feb 03, 2023

Plagiarism, Student Writing, and AI

Several days ago, I received an email from one of our students containing an absolutely wonderful poem about the CAIS Middle School that was so touching I almost cried reading…

Feb 02, 2023

So Much Happening at 19th Avenue

When I was young, my mother often said, “things always get worse before they get better.” Actually, she said this to me when I was cleaning my room; it wasn’t…

Jan 19, 2023

Start, Stop, Reset: CAIS Strategic Vision

It was the week of Lunar New Year in 2020 that we released Reimagining CAIS: Our Strategic Vision for 2020-2025. The document included input from CAIS trustees, faculty, parents and students…

Jan 19, 2023

Lunar New Year Reflections for Year of the Rabbit

In mainland China, where I lived from 1999 to 2010, school children enjoy a month-long Lunar New Year holiday. Because I worked in a school during those years, I always…

Jan 18, 2023

CAIS Co-Hosting Sixth Annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum

Six years ago, CAIS spearheaded the creation of a conference for early childhood educators to share best practices and innovations in Mandarin immersion. Working once again with our outstanding peer…

Jan 11, 2023

Appreciating the Strengths of Our Middle Schoolers

Classroom Ambassadors I am continually impressed by our middle school students and the outstanding work our faculty do preparing them not only for middle school, but for high school and…

Jan 06, 2023

Keeping Our Focus on Chinese Current Events

Like many of you, I have been spending more time thinking about China lately, based on recent events there.  This would include the apparent unsustainability of China’s “Zero Covid” policy,…

Dec 16, 2022