One cornerstone of IB education is thoughtful and engaging interdisciplinary study. ISD seventh grade MYP students recently completed an interdisciplinary unit between their English and Design classes. In English class, students read the novel The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, about a heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. Following this, students studied sources of renewable energy and learned about the needs of developing countries in their Design class.
Due to the anticipated winter weather conditions, we are cancelling all After School Programs (inclusive of study hall and after school care) today, Monday, 1 February 2016. School will remain open until the normal end of the school day at 3:30 pm. The bus will run on its normal schedule. Supervised Emergency Care will be available for children not picked up by 3:45 pm. K1/K2 students will be in Kimak 113; K3 and older students will be in the gym.
For more than 60 years, students across the country have taken up the challenge of America’s longest-running and most prestigious math contests, The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) This fall, all of our middle school students took the AMC math test, which is a 25 question test.There were 149,548 students in the nation who took the test and we are thrilled to have several top scorers at ISD!
Scoring in the top 5% in the nation and receiving Honor Roll status nationwide is Nathan Wu (8th grade).
Wrapping up our experience in Costa Rica, we transferred back to San Jose and made a stop at INBioparque, where we enjoyed a lovely nature walk – the iguanas outnumbered the students! The thrill of the morning was certainly getting to see a sloth. After lunch there, we checked into our hotel and had some downtime before our farewell dinner.
It was another lovely day today in Costa Rica! We had a couple of nice rain showers which were a welcome relief from the heat.
First thing this morning, we enjoyed a beautiful kayak trip on Lake Arenal. This is man-made lake not far from the volcano is used for many hydro-power projects in La Fortuna.
After leaving Palo Seco, we had a nice stop at an ox cart factory (the ox cart is a national symbol here in Costa Rica), and then we transferred to the Caribbean side and settled into our lovely hotel in the Arenal region. We can easily see the La Fortuna volcano from town, but it hasn’t erupted since 1968 (phew!)
Today, we departed early to enjoy the canopy tour and zip-lining. I’ve purchased a CD of the pictures taken by a photographer there and I’m working on getting those uploaded. You’ll see a few shots from our school camera on the Shutterfly site.
It has been a tremendous day here in Palo Seco. After so much planning and discussion about our service work, the students finally got to dive in!
This morning, the class had a lecture with Jorge, our local guide and mangrove expert. We learned the impact that the mangrove trees have on the shore here in Costa Rica and why our work to replant them is so important.
Hola! We’ve had quite a busy day here in Costa Rica. First, the students all reported to breakfast at 6:30 a.m., quickly packed their bags, and headed off to our next part of the trip.
Once on the bus, we enjoyed the ride out of San Jose on the Pan-American highway – the longest highway in the world! Before arriving at our destination, we made a very nice stop at a local fruit stand. Students quickly fell in love with samples of passion fruit, mango, star apple, and many things we had never seen before.