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Tirana International School

February 1, 2017


Important Dates

February 1- TAIS Basketball “GDQ vs TIS”

February 2- English Language Classes for adults

February 2- Parent coffee with Directors - 8:00 am in cafeteria

February 2 until 5- CEESA HS Knowledge Bowl – Zagreb

February 2 until 5- CEESA MS Math Counts – Skopje

February 3- Albanian Language Classes for adults

February 6- Latin Dance for Parents at 11:00AM

February 8- Albanian Language Classes for adults

February 8- Latin Dance for Parents at 11:00AM

February 9- English Language Classes for adults

February 9 until 12- CEESA HS Tech Robotics – Prague

February 9- TAIS Basketball “TIS vs AC Durres”

February 10- Albanian Language Classes for adults

February 13- 100th Day of School***New***

February 13- Latin Dance for Parents at 11:00AM

February 15 until 17- Midwinter Break

February 20- School Resumes

February 20- Latin Dance for Parents at 11:00AM

February 22 - Albanian Language Classes for adults

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Director's Desk

This week marks the 1/2 way point in the year with 90 school days behind us and 90 school days before us.  So much has happened in that short time as students have mastered new concepts, learned new skills, and formed new friendships.  As we look forward to the next few months, there are several highlights that you should be excited about:

  • Student Led Conferences in March
  • The High School Play in March
  • The TIS 25th Anniversary Gala in April
  • Seussical the Musical! in May/June

Naturally, these are just the icing on the cake as we daily engage students in amazing learning opportunities in the classroom.  

Looking Forward,

Robert Jackson, Director 



2017-2018 Scholarships

Today we launch the new round of need based scholarships for Albanian students for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you know of a worthwhile candidate, please pass on our application and instructions.  Note that all new applications and supporting documentation are due by March 31.  



The 8 year olds are studying Vikings this month.  They have enjoyed learning about both facts and myths from the Viking era! The students read about the history of Vikings and learned about Eric the Red and Lucky Leif!  They have discovered a fun way to write secret messages using the ancient rune alphabet and created plaques on which they wrote their Viking names.


Presentation Practice

A group of students from the Intensive English class studied the Solar System and created presentations about this topic, focusing on the Sun, Moon and Earth rotation causing seasons. Their presentations were aimed to help the 7 year old class master these topics in science. This was just a little step, but a big achievement for this group in presenting. 


Double Digits

In math, the Fantastic Fives have worked with two digit (teen) numbers. The students have used foamy math tiles and various hands on centers to consolidate their knowledge of making and writing math sentences using both operations.   In order to understand and represent numbers 11-19 as groups of 10 and some more, the Fives made chains out of construction paper and learned how to represent their individual teen number using two colors of construction paper.  The chains are now hanging from the outside classroom ceiling and the kids had a great time making them and cementing this concept through a hands on activity.  


AP News

Students in AP Comparative Government and Politics have just finished studying Russia and have turned their attention to China. During class sessions, students discuss the history of these nations' governments and debate the policies that have been enacted throughout the past century. This class helps students develop a broad base of knowledge on current global issues and how different countries approach dealing with those issues. Throughout the year, in addition to the two countries mentioned, we will study the United Kingdom, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria.


AP Art Timeline

Until now, in the AP Art History class students have explored mainly Western art from the prehistoric up to modern times. As they go through the art journey across the time and space, they complete a time line, where they place the most important artworks. Very soon they will reach the end of the timeline, and move on to discover art of other parts of the world. 


Sight Words

Students in Spelling Club spend 5 to 10 minutes every day to review and learn new sight words. Sight words are high- frequency words that account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s printed material. Sight words are tricky because they do not follow the basic phonics principles, thus they can’t be sounded out. We use several techniques such as visual, auditory, kinesthetic memory in order to activate different parts of the brain. Students create a Sight Word Spelling Card for each misspelled word, writing the one difficult letter in red. When students spell the sight words correctly three days in a row, they can put them on the Sight Word wall and get three new sight words.


Primary or Secondary

In the library class, the 11 year old students have learned to differentiate between primary and secondary sources depending upon their originality. Working in groups, students evaluated examples of both source types, and located a primary and secondary source on the same topic, considering the advantages and disadvantages of using each. Also, they analyzed scenarios to demonstrate their ability to differentiate between primary and secondary sources.