Elementary Student Council Elections

The elections for officer positions in the Elementary Student Council were held on Friday. There were 20+ candidates running for President, Treasurer, Secretary and Communications Officer. Each candidate was required to present a 1-min speech explaining why they felt they were the best for the job.

I have been a teacher at IST for 10 years now, which means I have sat through at least 8 student council elections. Many years I have been bored senseless, disengaged from the process except for modeling good audience behavior. Many other years I have squirmed with irritation at uninspired, rushed, and poorly crafted speeches. One year, the teachers even had to call a do-over because the speeches were so poor. So it is with knowledge that I say to you that this year’s speeches have been the best ever. Every single candidate was prepared and articulate in showing the reasons why we should vote for them. They all pronounced their speeches  clearly and with conviction. They all deserved being voted into office. They are all winners in my eyes.

Below is a link to a short movie I made with clips from some speeches. Unfortunately, my camera was running out of power and I was unable to record everyone’s. I hope someone else did because those speeches deserve to be archived and used as models for next year’s candidates.

Student Council Elections 2010

We’ve Been Busy at the Library

It’s the fourth week of the 2010-2011 school year! We are busy in the library inquiring, reading and sharing. Here are some of the many busy scenes you can see in the library on any one day.

Coming to the library? Please remember our library rules.

  1. Read, work, play quietly.
  2. Do not eat in the library.
  3. Clean up after yourself.
  4. Share internet access (this means, no streaming of video or audio unless directed by a teacher.)
  5. Be principled – cite your sources.
  6. Respect others in the library.

Chess, anyone?

Students are welcome to use the library chess sets during free times.

Students are welcome to use the library chess sets during free times.

New chess sets have arrived at the library. They are available for students to use during recess. New Chinese checkers and backgammon sets will be coming soon.

Happy Birthday and Thank You to Grace!

Today is Grace’s birthday! Congratulations, Grace. May your birthday and this year be filled with the joy of reading!

Grace celebrates her birthday with "Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates" by Sean Cullen

Grace celebrates her birthday with "Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates" by Sean Cullen

As part of her birthday celebration, Grace’s parents signed her up for the IST Library’s Birthday Book Club. That means that a new book was selected especially for her and presented to her at her class’s library session closest to her birthday. The book has a nameplate inside stating that Grace donated the book on the occasion of her birthday. Grace will be the first person to check out the book and then it will be available for general checkout. Grace’s birthday book this year is Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates by Sean Cullen.

If you would like your child to be part of the Birthday Book Club, please come to the library. The cost is only 150RMB. You will let us know your child’s interests and reading level and we will do our best to match him or her to a great book. We hope you will take this opportunity to bring a smile to your child’s face and help us improve our collection even more.

Welcome Back to a Year of Reading!

Welcome back, everyone. We are very happy to see everyone back at IST and we are even happier to say hello to new friends. Be sure to come back to this space often. The library blog will be your virtual library, open 24/7.

All students will receive a welcome letter from the library with their Blaze newsletter. Be sure to read it carefully.

We have lots to share with you, but on this, our first blog post of the year, I would like to introduce you to our library staff.

From left: Eleanor Surridge, Lisa Fang, Josianne Fitzgerald, Lizzy Wang, Jessica Yu

From left: Eleanor Surridge, Lisa Fang, Josianne Fitzgerald, Lizzy Wang, Jessica Yu

Josianne Fitzgerald – Librarian and N-5 Information Literacy Specialist
Eleanor Surridge – 6-12 Information Literacy Specialist
Lizzy Wang – Library Teacher
Jessica Yu – Library Assistant
Lisa Fang – Library Assistant

We are here to help you make the most of your school year. Please come by the library to say hello – and stay to check out a book or two!

School’s Out for Summer

Summer Read

Wishing the IST community a restful and refreshing holiday. Remember the library OPAC can be your portal for online reading. See recommended book lists and more here.

Congratulations to the graduates on their new adventure and journeys.

As the year ends, I would like to express my appreciation for the support and opportunities the IST community has provided over the years for the library and for me and my family. I am leaving with many fond memories and experiences. Thank you.