Elementary

Grades 1 - 5

Welcome to the TIS Elementary School!

Come and visit our school and see students who are active participants in the learning process. Each day our students take part in a variety of learning experiences, including both teacher-directed and student-directed activities. The curriculum seeks to provide a continuum in each core content area as the basis for the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Our staff seeks to truly get to know the students, building relationships with them that foster trust and support. Through the opportunities provided in and out of the classroom, it is our hope that our students become well-rounded young men and women that actively make a difference in the world around them.

SuJung Ham

Elementary Principal

CURRICULUM

The elementary curriculum is designed with the knowledge that children in grades one through five are forming their own set of values and must have the time and materials for imaginative freedom. The program is an in-depth, hands-on experience that addresses the individualized learning styles and intelligence levels of each child. Our children are accepted for who they are, and are encouraged to blossom at their own rate. Classes promote the joy of learning, and are opportunities for our children to learn control over their lives and the development of their sense of self. Our comprehensive curriculum emphasizes Language Arts and Math while our specialized enrichment programs in Music, Art, Physical Education, Language and Technology enable our students to receive a well-rounded education.
 

PROGRAM FEATURES

LANGUAGE

During early childhood, students’ abilities to comprehend, process, and produce language develop in an amazing way. Students at our school have been invigorated by language education, with students acquiring early language and communication skills that are crucial for further success in school and beyond.

English

The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in society. The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity, as well as productive participation in a democratic society in the 21st Century. Through the English curriculum and our literacy program, which begins in the ECC, students initially focus on spelling and word study, phonemic awareness and handwriting, which leads into the key discipline concepts of texts and language, and the many dimensions of reading, writing, speaking and listening that develop as students progress through their schooling.

Chinese

Although the study of English and the ongoing development of important literacy skills are fundamental elements of the curriculum, our students are also part of the global dialogue where multiple languages are advantageous. As an American school with an international perspective, we believe that a strong language program enhances the educational journey and encourages our students to develop alternative perspectives, cultural understanding and empathy.

There are three main goals for Elementary students interested in learning Chinese:

1) Building up a strong foundation of high-frequency vocabulary: Frequent and consistent exposure to high frequency vocabulary greatly increases the comfort level of students as they begin to communicate in a new language.

2) Working on the basic grammar rules, sentence structure, and discourse patterns: Chinese can seem very intimidating to students when they first begin learning the language; however, the introduction of common sentence patterns coupled with frequent practice in relevant contexts can greatly increase the rate at which students develop language proficiency.

3) Developing cultural knowledge and global awareness: Lastly, a critical goal for students in the Chinese classroom is to provide opportunities to understand the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of various Chinese populations around the world. Students have the opportunity to attend class, eat new foods, learn about daily life for students their own age in China and learn about and celebrate the various important Chinese holidays.

TECHNOLOGY

At TIS, we see technology as a tool that supports a school community and facilitates learning. We recognize the enormous potential of modern technology to enhance and enrich learning, and are committed to preparing our children to be successful in a society permeated with technology.

As an important tool, both inside and outside of the classroom, students use technology to inquire, communicate and safely take risks. Through our technology program, we ensure that every student in our community has access to campus and worldwide electronic resources, enhanced classrooms and a learning management system employed by higher education institutions. These tools encourage students to adopt and employ technology during their tenure, preparing them for college and professional environments as true digital citizens.

Campus Network

Every building on the campus is connected to our data networks allowing students to wirelessly access electronic material in all academic and community spaces. School bandwidth has significantly increased over the past few years to better support classroom initiatives, cloud computing, multimedia and improve the overall student experience. In accordance with our standards, students must abide by acceptable use policies and guidelines found in the school handbook. To help encourage these standards our network is regularly monitored and acceptable barriers have been put in place for the safety of our students.

LIBRARY

Our library is a vibrant, welcoming environment for students, staff and parents to enjoy for recreational and educational purposes and is specifically organized to service our diverse school community. We strive to ensure that not only are learning needs met but also that every child feels valued and happy. Our library resources support the teaching of the curriculum and develop our student's interests and hobbies. Incorporating the use of iPads for searching the library databases, library lessons are also linked to the curriculum and teach essential information skills for 21st Century learning.

Our Library Strives:

  • To ensure learners grow as competent, ethical users and producers of ideas and information.
  • To prepare life-long learners who are effective communicators, critical researchers and problem solvers.
  • To collaborate and share with audiences beyond our school walls.
  • To model our school’s mission and support learners in the pursuit of aesthetic growth and personal learning pathways.

To this end, a collection of books has been developed to support teaching and learning activities. Chinese books have also been acquired to support language learning. In addition, we have a collection of e-resources including online newspapers and magazines, which children can access on their iPads. We use a color code system to help our English language learners to find books with more ease and encourage families to donate fiction and nonfiction books in Japanese, Chinese and Korean to help round out our diverse collection.

Reader Program

Our library sponsors a year-long reading incentive program to encourage all students to go beyond homework assignments and read for fun. Awareness of a variety of books, school library materials and reinforcement of language learning are a few of the goals anchored in the reading program.

This year’s theme is “The Great Book Adventure” and each participating student is given a game board to represent each level in the game showing how many pages they have read and how many books they have completed. Students are also encouraged to take challenges by reading a specific genre, completing creative activities and taking comprehension quizzes. Students receive prizes to reward their success when reaching their reading goals.

PROGRESS & REPORTING

We are constantly seeking to strengthen our partnership with parents and one of the ways we do this is through reporting to parents and actively involving parents in their children’s learning.

At the start of the year, we have orientation sessions for both new and returning families. This is an opportunity for parents to meet the new class teacher and to find out about the year group routines, special events and expectations. Each term, we welcome parents to an open morning, which provides an opportunity for children to share and celebrate their learning. We also have more formal Parent Teacher Conferences in October the fall and again in March the spring. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s class teacher on an individual basis and review their child’s learning and next steps. Progress Reports are written at the end of the first semester and all children receive a summative report in June.

Although there are many structured opportunities for parents to meet with teachers, parents can also make appointments with teachers throughout the year to discuss any concerns they may have.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We plan specific days within the school calendar for conferences to be held as we believe it is important to communicate with families. The fall and spring conferences are all day events and allow for families to schedule 20-minute conferences with their teacher in Elementary. Special area teacher conferences are 15 minutes and can be scheduled separately. Phone conferences are a possibility on these days, as some families may have difficulty scheduling time to leave work commitments to travel to school.

PowerSchool

PowerSchool is the most widely used web-based student information system, supporting 10 million students over 65 countries. Benefits for parents and students include: real-time grades, attendance, comments, assignments, scores and much more…right from the teacher’s gradebook directly to students and parents.

Co-Curricular

The best learning is active and engaged. It can be found in ordinary places. These activities energize students and help them to see the holistic connections between mind, body, and spirit. Activities outside the classroom are not merely add-ons to the core curriculum. They are a continuous enrichment, a way to sustain and deepen learning.

At TIS, we believe that co-curricular activities are an important part of education that extends beyond the classroom. Co-curricular activities provides motivation for learning, character building, physical growth and creativity while developing confidence and educating the whole child. Students are encouraged to participate and explore all opportunities that interest them. Students who are involved in co-curricular opportunities become more invested in the school experience, therefore increasing the opportunity for higher academic performance and social well-being.
 
 

Visual Arts

Elementary school artists use paint, clay, collage, sculptural and digital media to explore artistic expression in a structured and supportive environment. In the process, they learn about artists, art movements and how to move from concept to creation. Students learn the vernacular of art and build a vocabulary that grows with them as they progress from grades 1-5.

Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically competent individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Our elementary PE classes begin with stretching, running, and other exercises because we want to encourage our students to develop a life-long habit of being physically active. PE lessons continue by teaching students a skill needed to play a particular sport. Classes conclude with students playing a game related to specific sports, such as soccer, basketball, softball, badminton, gymnastics, and tennis.

Performing Arts

Our elementary school performing arts curriculum uses a mixture of American curricula and Kodaly-based methodologies to develop fine art skills. Spoken word, games, songs, and dances become learning tools for students to improvise, compose, and interact musically. First and second grade students jump right into developing fundamental skills and learning how to identify musical notation. In the third through fifth grades, students continue to build their musical knowledge by learning to play more complex instruments.

When students graduate from lower school, the goal is that they have a strong knowledge of the written mechanics of music and a greater sense of the community, character, and creativity.

Clubs

After-school activities are a great tool in our aim to develop well-rounded students. The school sponsors a number of after-school activities that give elementary students an opportunity to explore and excel in a particular sport, hobby, or area of interest.

Learn More About After School Clubs

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