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Eagle's Nest

January 12, 2024

Hear from the Head

TIS Family,  

2024 is already off to an exciting start for Tianjin International School. Life is always happening here, so I trust you are resolute to stay current on information. To be resolute means to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Each new year provides natural transition points in our lives to intentionally make a resolution concerning something we desire to begin or end. I want to challenge you to be resolute in participating in the Tianjin International School community in 2024. Participating in the life of the school provides rewarding opportunities for you to build relationships and make lasting memories in your life and our children's lives.

Welcome New Families

We are excited to welcome all new families joining TIS this Semester. If you are new to our school community, we look forward to the time we will have together and the relationships we will build. For everyone else, join me in welcoming these families into the community with our warm reputation for supporting families through transition. So, welcome, and if there is any way we can assist you, please do not hesitate to ask.

New Foreign Staff Member

To continue with great news, I am excited to introduce Mrs. Betty Mesfin (Mrs. M) as our new Robotics Teacher. Mrs. M joins the TIS community with her family, including two children in the ECC. We look forward to seeing how her experience and knowledge of robotics strengthen the learning environment for our students as this program continues to expand in future years.

There are only three weeks between now and the Spring Festival holiday, but we and our children will have plenty of opportunities to grow together as we begin 2024 strong.

See you soon!

School Wide Announcements

Updates to student assignment grading

Starting on Monday, the following steps will be implemented when assignments are not submitted on time:

  • Grades 1-5: The assignment will be automatically marked as missing in PowerSchool. Grades will be reviewed at mid-quarter and parent contact will be made if a student’s grade is below 70%.

  • Grades 6-12: The assignment will be automatically marked as missing and be given “0”. This includes if a student is absent* and there are no exceptions. Parents will be emailed if their student has at least two zeroes in one class.
    * "0"s are changed when work is submitted. Absent policy allows students to miss class for school functions without being penalized.

MAP Testing

Kindergarten to Grade 10 students will undergo MAP testing from January 15 to January 26.

Levels and ELS

After-school Levels and ELS classes will resume on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. starting next week, January 15.

Divisional News


The 100th school day is coming and the ECC will be celebrating in style this year. Please watch for more information coming from your child's teacher in the next week.


Grade 1–5 clubs will be from March 4 – April 25. This semester, there will not be clubs on Fridays because we end up missing so many Fridays for special events. Please be looking for more information in the coming weeks.

Grade 6 has started a new schedule as they continue their transition towards secondary. If you have questions, please feel free to email Miss Barsalou.


MS VEX Robotics

All the best to our Middle School VEX Robotics team members as they compete in Wuhan this Saturday, January 13.

Guidance Counselor

Grade 12 Students -  Group Cap and Gown photo will take place on January 16. Please check your email for details.


MS Volleyball Results

Boys: TIS 1 x 2 TEDA
Girls: TIS 0 x 2 TEDA

ISAC High School Basketball Tournament

Saturday, January 20, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come and cheer on our Eagles!

LifePlus High School Basketball Tournament

Thursday to Saturday, January 25 – 27
Come and cheer on our Eagles!

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What’s Happening at TIS

Date Event
Jan. 13 LifePlus MS VEX Robotics in Wuhan
Jan. 18–20 Sichuan Science Fair
Jan. 20 ISAC HS Basketball Tournament / ISCOT MS Volleyball Tournament
Jan. 24 ISCOT Chess Tournament
Jan. 25–27 LifePlus HS Basketball
Jan. 27 ISAC MS Volleyball Tournament
Feb. 2 China Day
Feb. 3 Beginning of Spring Festival Break

Lunch Menu – January 15-19

Day Menu
Monday Beef burger. French Fries. Yuxiang Pork. Celery & Eggs. Rice. Fresh fruit.
Today’s  Noodles: Beef Noodle in Clear Soup.
Tuesday American-style Roast Chicken. Mashed Potato. Stir-fried Pork with Kimchi. Mixed Vegetables. Rice. Fresh fruit.
Today’s  Noodles: Pork Ribs Noodles.
Wednesday Lasagna. Garlic Bread. Cantonese BBQ Pork. Green Vegetables. Preserved Meat in Steamed Rice. Fresh fruit.
Today's Noodles: Braised Beef Noodle.
Thursday BBQ Chicken Roll/BBQ. Potato Chips. Braised Beef with Sauce. Sautéed Broccoli. Rice. Fresh fruit.
Today's Noodles: Beef Noodle in Sour Soup.
Friday Roasted Meats and Vegetables in Creamy Sauce. Phoenix-tail Shrimp. Fried Noodles with Eggs. Stir-fry Winter Melon. Rice. Fresh fruit.
Today's Noodles: Zha Jiang Noodles.

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Tianjin International School is accredited by Cognia, the largest education improvement organization in the world—demonstrating our commitment to learners, teachers, leaders and communities.