Weekly Community Update: February 16, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dear ISA Families,

Our Chinese and Japanese exchange students had a wonderful week at ISA and in San Antonio this week including a welcome ceremony on Tuesday, field trips to the San Antonio Museum of Art, a visit to the rodeo, and time spent experiencing American family life.  We waved goodbye to our Chinese visitors on Thursday morning, and the Japanese depart early Monday morning after a farewell party this afternoon.  Thank you to all the ISA host brothers, sisters, and families and to Christian Stafford, my school leadership intern and exchange coordinator, for making our guests’ visit so memorable.

In late May, we will welcome a final group Central American students through the CAYA program in partnership with ACCD and Georgetown University.  In addition to the opportunity to host, ISA sophomores and juniors may apply to be part of the American delegation traveling to Nicaragua and Panama in July of 2014. Students’ travel is fully funded by the United States Department of State and Bureau of Education and Cultural Affair. Applications may be submitted to Mitzi Moore any time before Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00 pm. Representatives from ACCD will review the applications and conduct interviews to select the ISA student ambassadors.

After traveling to Alabama in November to study the United Civil Rights Movement, our juniors completed a project asking them to identify and to raise awareness about social injustices, past and present. On Wednesday, February 19, we will host our Eighth Annual Social Injustice Product Presentations at ISA from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  A schedule of room assignments and presentation order will be available throughout the 1st floor for guests. Parents, friends, and younger students are invited to attend as we celebrate and learn from our junior students.

Finally, good luck to the ISA Science Bowl team who will be competing Saturday, February 22. Go Globies!

Have a wonderful week.


Kathy Bieser

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