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TIS Middle School - At a Glance

The middle school program at TIS places students in active group learning environments that support the development of Learning skills including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. 

Middle School has always been a time of growth and discovery for young people. Not only are Middle School students expanding their learning in the classroom, but they begin to try new things, meet new people, and forge the path that will lead them into adulthood. Throughout the three years students spend in Middle School, they are given the opportunities to expand their thinking and sharpen their skills all in a safe environment that promotes internal growth and experimentation. Students at TIS Middle School should walk out of these doors not only ready for High School, but with an idea of who they are, who they want to become, and a fundamental knowledge of how to get there. At TIS MS we are helping build 21st century adults and the future of TIS MS will continue to adapt to an ever-changing world so our students will be ready.

Jeffrey Tempel
Director of Instruction

A primary component of our middle school program are 21st century skills. Developing these skills helps our student to prepare for a rapidly changing future. Through project-based learning, our students are engaged in authentic, real-world learning situations.

The academic environment is focused on kids growth, with customized learning plans when necessary and tailored opportunities for kids to ensure academic challenge. We also love that TIS is part of the CEESA network, allowing for enriching opportunities to  exchange with other schools in the region, engage with other kids and their families, and appreciate diversity and cultural difference.

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Middle School & Secondary Classroom Peaks

MS/SEC: STEM Projects in Geometry

Here are a few of the STEM projects completed by our students. These projects investigate balance points in geometry, aligning with the enVision Geometry curriculum. The primary goal of these projects is to offer hands-on experiences exploring properties and balance points through practical tasks. The students were assigned to identify balance points in shapes like triangles and polygons and apply this knowledge to objects. By bridging concepts with real-world scenarios, they deepened their comprehension of geometry.

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SEC: Poetry Month with Mr. Vernon

In honor of Poetry Month, TIS would like to showcase its talented student poets. Fredericca, Hazel, Emile, and Heldi have all been awarded the Teenink's Editor's Choice Award for their exceptional poetry writing skills. Teen Ink is a literary website and magazine specifically designed for teenagers to showcase their creative work, including writing, art, photos, and poetry. For over 33 years, Teen Ink has provided a platform for teens to express their opinions on various topics that impact their lives, such as love, family, school, current events, and self-esteem.

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MS/SEC: French class - Semaine de la Francophonie

In celebration of the “Semaine de la Francophonie,” students enrolled in French classes took the initiative to organize a series of engaging activities. They delivered a presentation that not only explained “La semaine de la Francophonie” but also introduced several interesting facts about the event. Additionally, there was a presentation and speech highlighting the benefits of being multilingual and encouraging students to learn as many languages as possible. To round off the event, we all had a great time playing the guitar and singing French songs together.

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SEC: IB Diploma Candidates Mock Exams

This week our IB diploma candidates completed the second week of mock exams, though calling them "mock" is probably misleading. These exams are identical to what students will see next month when the May 2023 examination session begins. All subjects have been tested and once the exams are graded, teachers will be providing feedback and developing plans for the final weeks of classroom work. For the TIS IB class of 2024, this is the last big step in a 2 year process. Go Tigers! 

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SEC: German- Painting your Wishes onto Eggs

When you were in school, did your teacher ever spring a surprise essay-writing assignment on you one morning? Well this week, the Secondary German III class had the opposite surprise. Instead of the scheduled 200-word essay on trends in fashion and lifestyles over time, the essay was instead spontaneously postponed to next week, so that the students could have a try at painting some eggs that Mr. Kienzle had left over from his Elementary Native German classes. After learning the technique of blowing out the content of the eggs and cleaning them, the class learned about the Easter Eggs painting style of the Sorbs, an ethnic minority from Eastern Germany. On a Sorbian Easter Egg, each element and color has a symbolic meaning. A row of triangles, stands for a honeycomb, which symbolizes spring, a good harvest, and prosperity. A sun stands for light, growth, and good health. A symbol stands for a pine tree, and also for health, while finally, a flower represents growth and a good future. With the colors, yellow stands for warmth and prosperity, red for strength, green for health and luck, blue for peace and harmony, and brown for experience. Also, each symbol must be bordered by either a row of triangles, or “wolf-teeth”, to protect the wish from evil, or by an inverted v, or “crowfoot”, to multiply the wish. Now have a look at the students’ finished eggs and see if you can figure out what their wish for the spring is.

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SEC: International Red Cross

We are immensely grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity shown by everyone who contributed to our donation drive for the International Red Cross. We were able to raise 20,200 Lek to aid in their humanitarian efforts around the globe. Your donations will make a meaningful difference in providing aid, relief, and support to those in need during times of crisis and emergency. Offering hope and assistance to countless individuals and communities facing adversity. Thank you for your selflessness and commitment to making the world a better place.

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