Tirana International School

May 16, 2017


Important Dates


May 22 – Scholastic Book Order Due

May 26 – Tiger Madness _ until 10:00PM

May 27 & 28 – Junior Tennis Tournament

June 2 & 3 – Musical - Seussical Jr _ 6:00-7:30PM

June 3 – SAT

June 5 – Due date for the Summer Camp Registration

June 10 – Garage Sale - 9:00 AM until noon

June 10 – Graduation Ceremony

June 20 – Last Day Quintile V. 

June 20 – Release Withdrawn Students' School Records

June 20 – Last Day of School_11:30 AM Dismissal

June 22 – Status Reports will be sent home. 



Each Wednesday & Friday – Albanian Classes for Adults

Each Thursday – English Classes for Adults


Director's Desk

I would just like to remind parents and students that our scholastic book order will conclude on Monday, May 22.  At that time, we will close the order and scholastic will ship the books out to us by the end of next week.  Since families will have already paid for books online, the company is able to process the order quickly and ship it to the school.  But why bother with new books now? One of the most important things that you can do during the summer break is to have your children read.  This simple practice helps to avoid the infamous "summer slump" where students regress in their learning due to being away from school.  By reading each summer day, students are able to retain much of their gains made during the school year.  Scholastic link:  http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/tirana-interational

Looking Forward,

Robert S. Jackson



International Night 

Thank you to everyone that participated in our International Night on May 12.  The tables were incredible and it was wonderful to celebrate our diversity together.  Drop by the office to see some great photos!


TIS Gets Published!

Congratulations to Secondary 1 student Emi! As mentioned previously in the newsletter, TIS secondary students have been publishing their work online in Teen Ink, a website that highlights the written word by and for students.  In addition to being online, Teen Ink has an exclusive print magazine with a world wide readership.  Emi's work will be featured in the upcoming issue and many of our other students have been granted the coveted Editor's Choice Awards:  Maria, Abby and Antea.  Well done everyone - keep writing!



"Slow and steady wins the race!" The 4-year-olds are reading fables this week and discussing different characteristics of the short stories; one being that they teach us a lesson. After reading "The Hare and the Tortoise" the class divided into team Hare and team Tortoise for a fun race outdoors! 


Picture This

The 7 year olds have been learning various ways to display data such as with tally charts, picture graphs, and bar graphs. They have loved coming up with their own surveys for each other and displaying their data on graphs. A highlight was creating graphs and analyzing the data about how many M&Ms came in a bag.


Virtual Tours

The 10 year old class is working on their final Unit, Virtual Tours. In this unit the student will focus on an exploration of Google Earth and create an interactive tour. For this interactive project student chose topics ranging from virtual autobiographies, research on a famous person, important information from a recently read book and the popular top 10 places to visit.



The students in art have been experimenting with different media and materials in class. This time they have explored the medium of watercolor paints. They have experimented with techniques, such as wet on wet, wet on dry, dry on dry, on cold press paper.  Watercolors also aquarelle (French) is a diminutive of the Latin word for water. These talented students inspirited by famous water-colorists are now able to reproduce artwork with the same artistic ability, vision and detailed techniques.The use of partial pigmentation draws attention to the central subject creating a romantic style and achieving the desired effect to create beautiful paintings.  



The 10 year old class has been covering the Renaissance and Reformation era in Europe the last couple of weeks. After discussing the advancements of art during this era we talked about some of the famous Artists of this era, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarotti, and Pieter Bruegel, and evaluated their famous artwork. We replicated how Michelangelo painted the ceiling Sistine Chapel (laying on his back) for the class to see what new challenges this would include.


Pumping Blood

The 12 and 13 year old science class has been learning about the human body.  During this science lab students tried to work as hard as their heart by moving 2.5 liters of water (the amount of blood in our body) from one bucket to another only 60 ml at a time (how much the heart pumps per beat) in 30 seconds (how long it takes to circulate blood throughout our body)! After multiple tries students concluded they could only work half as hard at their heart! 


Scholastic Books

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/tirana-interational to browse the latest books and order online. For every €1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.  Please place your order online by May 22nd, 2017.



Tirana International School is proud to announce that on May 27-28 , will be organizing for the first time a Junior Tennis Tournament. Tennis players of all levels, 8 years old or older are more than welcome to participate. This is an invitational only tournament. If you are interested to take part in this tournament ,  please fill out the form below before Friday, May 19.