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May Global Mindset Moments

May Global Mindset Moments

Throughout the year, we share weekly Global Mindset Moments on social media to demonstrate how our mission is playing out in our school and how we are fulfilling our Strategic Plan. Here are the May Global Mindset Moments:

Global Mindset Moment (May 31, 2024): May was a month of international travel for many students. We had a group travel to China for two weeks. They visited four cities in China, taking in the sights, culture, and language. They stayed with host families, attended a local school, and used their Mandarin skills. The purpose of the eighth-grade trip is immersion in language and culture as well as personal growth and development. It is a capstone to students' middle school language-learning experience. These experiences align with both the Program and Presence pillars of our Strategic Plan. All of the students who traveled internationally this month did a fantastic job of representing French International and showcasing the skills they've built during their time at our school.

Global Mindset Moment (May 24, 2024): Second graders visited the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge as part of their Field Studies trip. They learned about the animals and plants at the refuge and how to care for the environment. As part of our Program pillar, we are committed to aligning STEAM across grade levels and giving the students field studies opportunities that align with their units of inquiry. Our STEAM coordinator, PYP coordinator, and teachers work to make the experience unique, memorable, and educational for our students.

Global Mindset Moment (May 17, 2024): Third graders are exploring the central idea, "Transportation systems allow for access to goods and services." For this project, they built different types of bridges, studied waterways, and learned about city planning. They created buildings, roadways, and various types of transportation. The students took all the different elements of a city and worked together to assemble their city, connecting all the pieces together.

The final project required students to demonstrate communication, problem-solving, self-regulation, and evaluation skills. We want students to learn through authentic inquiry and collaboration, and our third graders continued to develop those skills with this project.

Global Mindset Moment (May 10, 2024): TPS and Preschool students were treated to a performance called The Red Yarn Show. The show included music, dancing, puppets, and folk songs. In our strategic plan, we committed to bringing speakers and performers to campus to enhance the educational programming and create learning experiences for our students.

Global Mindset Moment (May 3, 2024): Eighth graders have organized celebration events for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Yesterday, they welcomed Tiffany Tamaribuch from Portland Taiko to present to middle school students. Tiffany talked about the history of taiko, how and when taiko is used, the different types of drums, and how taiko has evolved and been influenced. She also performed using various drums and instruments. As part of our People pillar, French International aims to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where different cultures are celebrated. As part of our Presence pillar, we want to bring different speakers to campus to enrich learning. Both were part of this presentation as students learned about Japanese culture through the art of taiko.

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