To further the joint mission of DIS and non-profit BuildOn to give the gift of education to impoverished areas of Haiti, secondary students have conducted a school supply drive that has yielded many donations and important life lessons.
For many years, Dallas International School has partnered with BuildON, a nonprofit organization, to build schools in impoverished areas of Haiti. It has been announced that the newest school built in Haiti will be dedicated to Tracy Kozah, a fixture of the DIS community who served as the director of public relations and development at the school for over a decade.
Eric Corticchiato is a DIS parent, successful business owner and a member of the DIS board. He has also traveled to Haiti three times with his family to support DIS' mission to build schools in the country, loves soccer, plays tennis and goes hiking whenever he can.
Dr. Siva Kumari, Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization, visited the Waterview campus to learn more about the innovative way that DIS has implemented the Advanced Bilingual IB Diploma. She also chatted with IB students and teachers to learn more about their experience with the program.
From Shakespeare performances to poetry nights to an annual Multilingual Theater Festival, DIS offers some exciting options to students who want to pursue theater. Learn more about why theater is important to education and how it supports the DIS curriculum.
The Advanced Bilingual IB Diploma, which combines the universally recognized demanding nature of the classic IB diploma with a high level of mastery of the English and French languages, we first introduced as part of a pilot program at DIS in 2016 and will now be offered at DIS indefinitely. Truly, DIS has been recognized for its innovative efforts on a global level.
The DIS theater students were joined last week by their peers from French sister schools across the nation for the annual Multilingual Theater Festival, hosted by Dallas International School and held this year at the Dallas Children's Theater. Students participated in special workshops to improve their performance skills, listened to professional guest speakers and even got to perform their own plays in front of a packed house.
The Churchill campus recently held a one-of-a-kind bilingual science fair complete with dual language presentations by the students that utilized QR code scanning technology to allow parents to view the presentation in both English and French.
Churchill students worked together with storyteller and actor Kamel Zouaoui to perform, record and replay a class play. Kamel later stopped by to perform for the secondary students at Waterview and also the DIS theater students at the Multilingual Theater Festival.
Kyra Naylor is a graduate of the Dallas International School class of 2016 and is currently studying at Southern Methodist University. As she finishes up her sophomore year at university, we sat down with her to learn more about her future plans and past successes as a DIS Tigre.
Ms. Clémence Grosjean was recently named as the new deputy head of secondary. During her two day visit to campus, we sat down with Ms. Grosjean to get to know a little bit more about her and her first experiences at DIS.
Students from the lower school got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Texas ScottishRite Hospital for Children, thanks to their fundraising efforts from this year's Rite Race. The $6,800 donation to the hospital was the largest in school history!
Learning in the classroom is important, but applying classroom concepts to the real world is where lasting knowledge really takes root! The 8th graders learned this on a scientific field trip to the Trinity River Audubon Center this week, where they learned about the ecosystems in Dallas.
At DIS, everyone is learning to speak new languages. But did you know that some Tigres are even learning to speak English as they assimilate to their new home in Texas? Our awesome ESL students have been working on a special art project to enhance their English and learn more about themselves.
CM1 student Leul Samson had the privilege of serving as the final Principal for the Day on Wednesday, March 21. Principal Samson was a dedicated worker and idea machine, and we managed to get a few minutes of his time to talk about his special day.
The annual Race for a Cause took place on both campuses recently, with the upper school race helping build schools in Haiti and the lower school race raising funds for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. We delved deeper into these special events and how they change DIS students and the greater community.
Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to increase students' achievement levels and help them focus better. Spearheaded by Nawal Bendefa, a mindfulness professional and DIS parent, DIS will be implementing some of these techniques in a pilot program aimed at middle schoolers. We sat down with Ms. Bendefa to learn more about the program.
The 2018 Gala class projects were completed and on display on March 1 at the annual Gala Class Project Art Exhibition. DIS community members had the pleasure viewing these beautiful works of art made entirely by students. We learned more about just how much work goes into creating these incredible pieces.
Depending on the time of day, DIS senior Calista Fyfe can be found either in the classroom, the art studio or the basketball court. We sat down with this multi-talented student, who has been at DIS since kindergarten, to talk about her experience at the school and her plans for the future.
Did you know that DIS has an advanced afterschool Spanish elective? Ms. Carmen Nelson teaches the class, and students are loving it! To help perfect their Spanish skills, they watch and analyze Spanish movies, read Latin American news, write essays and so much more.
CE1 student Julia Rad had the privilege of serving as Principal for the Day on Wednesday, February 7. She was an energetic and tireless worker, but we managed to snag her for a few minutes in the middle of her busy schedule to talk about her special day.
CM1 students recently took a tour of the Waterview campus to learn more about what awaits them in CM2. They toured the classrooms, played games, chatted with current CM2 students and viewed their recently-completed science projects.
After graduating from DIS in 2012, Sami Reme stayed close to home and attended UT-Dallas for his undergraduate education. His next step? Harvard. We interviewed the ccurrent grad student and found out what he is up to now at the world's foremost university.
The Nerdy Unicorns Lego League Team, made up of DIS girls in grades CM1 and CM2, continues to roll through its competition. The girls performed incredibly well at the North Texas Regional Semi-Final, showing off their engineering skills and winning some awards along the way.
The upper school science fair took place this week, with CM2-9th grade students showing off their creative science experiments to their peers, parents and judges. We talked with some of the students about their projects and learned how much work went into them.
CM1 student Lukas House had the honor of acting as Principal of the Day on Wednesday. He had the opportunity to attend leadership meetings, make announcements and take phone calls, as well as enjoy a special pizza lunch and extended recess time. We sat down with Principal House to discuss his experience as head of campus for the day.