Tirana International School

May 3, 2017


Important Dates

May 2 – AP Exams will start

May 5 – Status Reports will be sent home 

May 8 - 19  – MAP testing 

May 12 – International Night at 6:00 PM


Each Wednesday & Friday – Albanian Classes for Adults

Each Thursday – English Classes for Adults

Each Saturday until 6 May 2017- Tirana Youth Sports Program


Director's Desk

As of this week, we only have 20% of the school year remaining.  Although this might seem like a lot of time, the days simply fly by as we finish units and engage in our final learning outcomes for the year.  As the weather has turned nicer, some families have started to ask about summer camp possibilities at TIS.  We are happy to confirm that we will have a camp that runs on a weekly basis from the end of June through all of July.  The daily schedule allows for a weekly theme to be explored in the morning from 9:00-12:00, a healthy lunch (included in the price), and student choice of activities from 12:30 - 3:00.  

For more information and to register, please visit our camp website:


Looking Forward,

Robert S. Jackson



Science Fair

The 11's are in the process of collecting data for their Science Fair projects. One of the goals has been to create meaningful questions through observation- and then of course to utilize the scientific process so that we may analyze and share our work with others. 


Rock On

The 8 year olds have been learning about rocks in Science.  After studying and researching rocks and rock cycles, the students brought in rocks from their neighborhoods, or from locations around Albania, to examine them closely in class.  Several students brought in rocks with very fascinating fossils while others brought in well cared for rock collections!  At the end of the unit, the 8 year olds applied their new knowledge by carefully conducting experiments to grow crystals.



Not all information is reliable or true, nor will all information be suitable for a research paper or project. In the library class, eleven-year-old students discussed about how to critically evaluate the appropriateness of all types of information sources prior to relying on the information. Also, they worked in groups to analyze some graphs and identify inaccurate and misleading information. 


Albanian History

Students in Modern World History have begun studying the history of Albania. In addition to the timeline pictured, students have done research on important persons in Albanian History. Later this week, we will be taking a field trip to Bunk'art to learn more about the communist period.



Students in the Life Science class were working hard to find a two week menu for fictitious Cathy the Cafeteria manager.  Students worked from a long list of food items offered to find the best menu to fit Cathy's requirements of nutrition, variety and price.  It took a while but the students worked together to meet these requirements and sent a letter back to Cathy detailing their choices explaining why they chose those menus.


Measure Up

In mathematics the Fives have been introduced to the unit of “Measurement”.   In the context of learning about length, the Fives have learned to make comparisons between objects that explicitly display the attribute of length using terms such as shorter than, and longer than.  They have come up with a web describing all the terms that make them think of measurement such as, length, weight, taller, shorter, lighter, heavier, etc.  In addition, the Fives have taken turns adding their input to a criteria chart to list all the rules they have to remember each time they have measured.  


International Night Q&A

Question: What is the schedule?                        


16.15 – Set up tables and displays                                                                

18:00 - Official opening                                                                   

18.15 – 20.00 – Tables open                                                   

20.30 – Clean up, but stay as late as you want!


Question: Will there be electricity?                 

Answer: If you need to plug in something like a computer or a CD player, then we will provide extension cords for you. However, we should warn you that you may not plug in hotplates or microwaves as it might overload our system.

Question: Can we heat up food?  

Answer: Yes, the school will provide two microwaves on the field and a full kitchen on the fourth floor that you may start using at 4:00.  Also, you are welcome to bring grills for cooking your own hot food on the spot!

QuestionHow big is our table?  

Answer: We will use tables from our classrooms that are 150cm x 90 cm. Each country may get as many tables as it is needed but will have to inform us in advance about the number.

QuestionAre there any changes in the program of International Night?           

Answer: Yes, this year we will give our students an opportunity to get visas from all the countries which they visit during our special event. Each student will have a world traveler passport, where you can do the following things to represent your country: Write the name of your country in your national language and in English. Use a stamp or a sticker with the name of your country. Also, we will have a flag parade. The oldest student from each country will hold a flag to represent all these cultures from around the world.