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Eagle's Nest

May 24, 2024

Hear from the Head

TIS Family,

SCIPMYLO is Olympics in English spelled backward. What a joy this day has been to see students of all ages, staff, and parents engaged in a day filled with activities intentionally built to bring our school community closer together. One of the foundational purposes of House is to develop a cross-generational community and belonging for all students to develop deeper connections within our school family. Tianjin International School is more than a premier education. It is a place where we want students to know they are loved.

Spring trips

Next week, students will participate in our annual Spring Trips. Beginning in Grade 4, students will have opportunities to engage with their classmates and teachers in these wonderful experiences. Sometimes known as “learning without walls” opportunities, these trips represent non-traditional learning engagement for students. We trust that everyone will be safe and well, and we look forward to hearing how our children will grow through these experiences.

Senior graduation

Graduates and parents of graduates, the final ceremony to commemorate your learning is coming soon. As the end is fast approaching, I encourage you to focus on ending well. Look for opportunities to enjoy experiences one last time, seek restoration with strained relationships, and plan for the future ahead. We desire for the final days of your time at TIS to be the best, and we trust that you will make them that way.


As we have twelve more school days remaining, I want you to know how much we are thankful for everyone in this community. We have greatly enjoyed educating your children this year and look forward to most of you returning next school year. For those of you returning, it will be a short summer, and we will see you soon with a fresh start to a new year. For those of you who must leave, you will be missed. Please remember, Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Secondary Concert Tonight!

School Wide Announcements

Thank you, parents, for making SCIPMYLO a huge success today! It was a wonderful time of connection with our Houses in our first whole school event.

Congratulations to House of Fire for taking out the inauguaral SCIPMYLO Cup!

Upcoming Events

Busing Schedule May 27-31

With Spring trips happening next week, there will be some revisions to bus lines and schedules from the afternoon of Monday, May 7, to Friday, May 31. Please note normal bus lines and schedules will run on Monday morning and Friday afternoon.

车1: 6:55 YG100阳光壹佰 – 7:05 YCHY奕聪花园 – 7:10 AC(back gate)奥城后门 – 7:15 AC(front gate)奥城正门 – 7:20 Diamond Hill钻石山 – 7:50 TIS学校

车2: 6:50 TJ Hotel天津宾馆 – 7:00 Hope land华兰国际 – 7:08 HT浩天天骄源 – 7:10 SY garden 水云花园 – 7:15 AC(front gate)奥城 – 7:50 TIS学校

车3: 6:50 Roma Garden罗马花园 – 7:00 Olympic tower 奥林匹克大厦 – 7:20 YSJ 雅颂居 -7:25 JMF金茂府 – 7:50 TIS学校

车4: 6:50 MQ鸣泉 – 6:58 HZ L红棕榈 – 7:00 BX Garden 柏溪花园 – 7:10 BDHT(front gate)半岛豪庭正门 – 7:15 BDHT(back gate)半岛豪庭后门 – 7:20 YSY云水园 – 7:35 HYC环宇城 – 7:43 QYC LSY全运村流苏园 – 7:45 QYC QRY 全运村雀蓉园 – 7:55 TIS学校

车5: 7:00 YDDS玉鼎大厦 – 7:15 TCYP汤臣一品 – 7:18 Astor 利顺德 – 7:50 TIS学校

Divisional News

ECC & Elementary

This Wednesday Grade 5 students will not be on campus to have lunch with parents. So, Wednesday, May 29 will be the last Wednesday for parents in the ECC Outdoor Classroom and for lunch. We will restart this great tradition in the Fall after the routines are set. Please watch the Eagle's Nest for when it will start again in the Fall!

Some dates to keep in mind:

May 27 – 31 – Grade 6 Spring Trip
May 29 – 31 – Grade 5 Spring Trip
May 30 - Grade 3 Field Trip
May 31 – June 1 – Grade 4 Campout
June 6 - Step Up Day
June 6 - Kindergarten Parents learn about Grade 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Innovation Space
June 11 – Kindergarten Graduation
June 12 – Grade 6 Graduation
June 12 – Last Day of School


2024 - 2025 Science Fair

The Tianjin International School Science Fair is CHANGING!

In previous years, we have had all projects in a single judging bracket with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards given to the top three projects. This has worked well for as long as TIS has been holding the annual science fair.

However, after discussions with parents and internal discussions within the STEM department, we have decided to CHANGE things up!

Starting with the Science Fair this coming November 25 (date subject to change), we will have awards in two categories:

“Application-Based Science” projects: Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place
“Experiment-Based Science” projects: Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place

The judges will also pick two “Best of Show" projects that will be invited to advance to the Sichuan International Science Fair. The two “Best of Show” awards may or may not be awarded to the 1st place winners from each of the categories above as they will be selected by the judges as the two projects most deserving of advancing to the next level of competition, regardless of category. (For example, “Best of Show” projects might be awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners in the same category.)

Another big change is that I am stepping down from the science fair lead position and passing it off to the most capable Mr. Barta. So, if you are interested in participating in the 2024 Tianjin International School Science Fair, please send an email with your group member names to, and you will be added to the TIS Science Fair Canvas page.

Here is some additional information concerning the Science Fair that may be useful as you make your plans:

The Science Fair is open to all Grades 9 – 12 students. The main rules of the Science Fair are as follows:

1: The project must be 100% original.

Ask yourself the following questions:

• What already exists that is similar to my idea/topic/project?
• How is what I am doing an "original" application of my idea/topic/project?
• How is my idea/topic/project adding to the existing body of knowledge?

2: You may have no more than three team members, but they CAN be from multiple grades (9 – 12).
3: You must complete the project approval process BEFORE you perform your experiment (found on the TIS Science Fair Canvas page).
4: You must have a Science advisor (TIS Science staff in addition to any other qualified scientist) who is kept up to date on your project, its progression, and adjustments you are making.

Timeline of how a student should expect to progress their project:

1: Group formation and topic selection, January 2024 – May 2024
2: Students will have used the summer to do extensive research to ensure their chosen topic/project is fully original. While TIS staff will assist with ensuring originality, it is the STUDENTS’ responsibility to research their projects.
3: By the first week of school, students should have chosen a Science Advisor and given them a copy of their proposal for them to look over to make recommendations. This can be done earlier!
4: By the end of August, project proposals are submitted to the safety review committee to read through and approve BEFORE EXPERIMENTATION BEGINS. This can be done earlier!
5: Experimentation/design-build are completed by the end of October.
6: Data analysis, project summary, and presentations are nearly completed by the middle of November.
7: Project boards and presentations are prepared to be presented to judges during the Science Fair, November 25 (date subject to change).

Again, any interested parties should send an email to Mr. Barta at so they can be added to the TIS Science Fair Canvas page for resources and additional direction.

Thank you so much for considering Science Fair. I can’t wait to see what you will do in the coming year!

Guidance Counselor

Senior Presentations – June 3–5. Parents and friends are invited (choir room).
Graduation Ceremony – June 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

House Points Total

Secondary House Points

Elementary House Points

What’s Happening at TIS

Date Event
Secondary Spring Concert
May 27-31 Secondary Spring Trips
May 29-31 Grade 5 Spring Trip
May 30 Grade 3 Field Trip
May 31-June 1 Grade 4 Campout
June 3-5 Senior Presentations
June 6 Step Up Day
Kindergarten Parents learn about Grade 1
June 7 Graduation
June 11 Kindergarten Graduation
June 12 End of the Year House Winner Assembly
Grade 6 Graduation
Last Day of School

Lunch Menu – May 27 - May 31

Day Menu
Monday Hotdogs. French Fries. Cumin Pork. Tomatoes & Eggs. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Beef Noodle in Clear Soup.
Tuesday American-style Roast Chicken. Steamed Vegetables. Mashed Potato. Beef, Eggs, Fried Noodles. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today’s Noodles: Curry Beef Noodle.
Wednesday Pizza. Spring Rolls. Curry Beef. Sautéed Cabbage. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Noodles with Sliced Beef.
Thursday Spaghetti. Garlic Bread. Braised Pork, Cabbage, & Glass Noodles. Stir-fried Cowpea with Garlic. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Pepper Beef Noodle.
Friday Chili. Corn Bread. Chinese Fried Dumpling. Stir-fried Vegetables. Rice. Fresh Fruit.
Today's Noodles: Braised Beef Noodle.

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