Tirana International School

May 24, 2017


Important Dates

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June 20 – Release Withdrawn Students' School Records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

Over the next month, we are highlighting in the newsletter some of the great changes that will happen next year.  The ideas for these changes have come primarily from you, the stakeholders of the school.  Each time that someone visited me or sent an email related to an area of growth, we have taken steps to find appropriate solutions that will further the development of our students.  

The first change that will impact some of our students is the movement of the 11 year olds into the middle school.  As correctly noted by many families, the 11 year old year is a time of transition when students have one foot in elementary and one foot in middle school.  In an effort to teach these new 11's about middle school and further their levels of responsibility, we are creating a transition year for them, in which they still have some aspects of the elementary year (homeroom time), but are given greater opportunities as well (science in the labratory, not in the classroom).  We look forward to seeing the successes that these young scholars experience next year.

Looking Forward,

Robert S. Jackson



June Lunch Menu

You may find the lunch menu for June through this link.


World History

World History students continued their study of Albanian history with a visit to Tirana City Hall. Students learned about the region between Tirana and Durres and how this area has played an important historical role for thousands of years. We also learned about the functions of the municipality and some of the projects that the city has been working on. The picture is of us on top of the city hall building with the historic clock tower in the background.


Science Chicks

The Fives have been working on a very special project hence the science unit’s name.  After 21 long days of counting and anxiously anticipating eggs to hatch, 4 have finally popped out.  They have been named Lucky (1st one to hatch), Brownie, Goldie and Stripy. The Fives have been amazed beyond belief with these super cute creatures.  Having a real life experience of growing a pet instills a sense of responsibility and respect for life as well as it increases sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.


Force and Motion

On your mark, get set…go! The 8 year olds are learning about Force & Motion in Science.  They have been having fun conducting a variety of experiments and even created their own rubberband powered cars from recyclable materials. The students also invented simple machines including a catapult to shoot marshmallows, a pulley for lifting books and an inclined plane for racing marbles. At the end of the unit the students will go ice skating to practice their knowledge of force and motion.


Public Speaking

The 9 year olds have had the opportunity to share with their classmates information about something meaningful to them. Every week, two students brought an item from home and explained to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it, and other relevant information. Once the presentation was over, the other kids asked the speaker some questions regarding the object.                                                                                                                       


German Class

This unit in German we are learning about animals. We started with pets and went on to learn about farm animals.  Here we are having fun and getting soaked by Tuesday's surprise rain and spending some time with the famous "Esel" (Donkey in German) of our school.


Donkey Art

In the Art Club after school activity students went outside to hunt nature with their paper and pencils.  Donkey Hotey proved to be a difficult target by constantly moving and not wanting to pose for a drawing. However, the most determined artists took up the challenge. Which donkey’s portrait do you like the best?



The 11 YO class recently finished a cultural studies unit: (The Power of Man: A Biographical Investigation of People That Have Changed the World). One TSW was to "examine specific actions a historical figure made and analyze how it has affected the given society." To wrap up we went to OSAAB (Organization for the Support of Albania's Abandoned Babies) and reflected on how our actions affect our immediate society. It was a beautiful experience.