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|Would you like to know more about bilingual immersion education in the news and read about French immersion and Chinese immerion (Mandarin) programs? As a leader in bilingual education, the International School of the Peninsula has been covered in numerous articles and features, from local newspapers and magazines to international news outlets. Here's a sample of our press coverage over the years, as well as all of our homepage news and blog stories.|
For media questions or if you have seen ISTP in the news and would like to let us know, please contact Jovi Craig, Director of Communications or call (650) 251-8520.
News, Articles, Features and Segments
|Every Mom Magazine (M Magazine), August 2010|
|Palo Alto Weekly, April 30, 2010|
|Bay Area Daily News, April 2010|
|Bay Area Daily News, April 2010|
|Palo Alto Weekly, April 22, 2010|
|Palo Alto Daily, Society Section, April 2010|
|France-Amérique, March 24, 2010|
|Palo Alto Weekly, November 13, 2009|
|February/March 2009, South Bay Accent Magazine|
|February 2009, Parenting on the Peninsula|
|January 30, 2009, KTSF Channel 26|
|October 2008: San Jose Magazine|
|September 2008: Asian Week|
|September 2008: San Jose Magazine|
|August 2008: Best of the Bay TV, KRON 4|
|August 2008: San Jose Magazine|
|May 2008: The Stephanie Herman Show|
|May 2008: Gentry Magazine|
|April 2008: Balitang America|
|April 2008: Education.com|
|April 2008: Filipinas Magazine|
|April 2008: Palo Alto Daily|
|March 2008: Gentry Magazine|
|October 2007: Balitang America|
|September 26, 2007: Palo Alto Weekly|
|September 2007, San Jose Magazine|
|June 5, 2007: San Mateo Daily Journal|
|April 23, 2007, KLIV 1590AM|
|March 14, 2006, The Campanile (Paly High)|
|February 19, 2006, Palo Alto Daily|
|February 15, 2006, Palo Alto Weekly|
|September 2006, San Jose Magazine|
|November 16, 2005, Palo Alto Daily|
|November 16th, 2005, Palo Alto Weekly|
|2005-2006 Education & Enrichment Guide, Bay Area Parent|
|September 2005, San Jose Magazine|
|July 12th, 2005, San Jose Mercury News|
|June 2005, Gentry Magazine|
|April 13th, 2005, Palo Alto Daily|
|March 30th, 2005, San Jose Mercury News|
|March 11th, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle|
|March 2005, San Jose Magazine|
|January 21st, 2005, Menlo Park Almanac|
|January 19th, 2005, Palo Alto Daily|
|November 24th, 2004, Palo Alto Daily|
|March 10th, 2004, Palo Alto Daily|
|March 10th, 2004, Palo Alto Daily|
|January 14th 2004, Palo Alto Daily|
|Remembering ShinWhea Hsu, Chinese Program Teacher|
Together, we mourn and celebrate the life of beloved ISTP Chinese Program teacher, ShinWhea Hsu. Details of her memorial will be provided when finalized, and we invite all ISTP community members to join us. ShinWhea was an integral part of the community, having spent close to a decade of her career at ISTP.
A bulletin board, located on the first floor of Cohn Campus (in front of Jovi's and Donna's offices) is available for students, teachers, staff, and parents to view and share any sentiments or rememberances. Again, you are also welcome to send condolences to David and Jen, ShinWhea's children, at Remember.ShinWhea@gmail.com
|5th Grade Students Learn About WWI in Blérancourt, France|
Each year, 5th grade students are given the opportunity to go on an exchange trip to Blérancourt, France, a village in the Picardie region of France, which was heavily affected by the ravages of WWI. Decades ago, Anne Morgan, American heiress and philanthropist, traveled to this war-torn area and worked tirelessly to raise money and aid the people of the area. Through her work and dedication, the American Friends of Blérancourt was established, and ISTP is fortunate to be a part of an exchange program for students.
5th Grade English teacher, Erin O., is one of the chaperones on the exchange trip and blogs about the students' experiences and the knowledge they are gaining about both WWI and Franco-American relations. Read her posts on ISTP's blog site.
|ISTP Awarded "Green Business Leaders" Award|
The City of Palo Alto awarded ISTP the Mayor's 2012 Green Business Leader's award for high energy efficiency. Read the story here on our blog site!
|Chinese Program Alumna Accepted into one of China's Top High Schools!|
Congratulations to Skylar M., ISTP Chinese Program alumna, for being accepted into one of China's top high schools, Beijing #4. The school was established in 1906 and is a reknowned high school. Its international sister schools include Eton College, Westminster School, St. John's School, Taipei First Girls' High School, and more. Notable alumni from Beijing #4 include astrophysicist Fang Lizhi; the arguable founding figure of bioengineering, Yuan-Cheng Fung; and Bei Dao, poet and three-time Nobel Prize in Literature nominee.
Her mother, Jennifer, is very proud of Skylar and attributes her international successes to her schooling here at ISTP.
|Student Perspectives on Language Immersion Trip to China|
ISTP is proud to offer global experiences to our students, both in and out of the classroom. Each year, there are optional language immersion exchange trips in which our students may take part. Putting their language and cultural immersion education to the test in a very real way allows our students to acquire a broader perspective and an experience which will influence their lives for years to come.
Two of our international middle school students, Sara F. and Elizabeth M., blogged about their exchange trips to China. You can read their posts by clicking on the links below:Read Sara F.'s PerspectiveRead Elizabeth M.'s Perspective
|Students Published in Popular Chinese Newspaper|
ISTP is proud to have students from its Chinese Immersion program recognized for their contribution to the World Journal, a popular Chinese newspaper. Read the story here on our ISTP Blogs site.
|Alumnus Places in Top 50 in National Science Exam|
ISTP alumnus, Nicolas Q., placed in the High Honors (Top 50) list for the United States National Chemistry Olympiad. He was recently recognized at Palo Alto High School for his outstanding achievement. Nicolas credits ISTP with providing him the necessary skills and foundation for academic success. Read the story on our ISTP blogs site.
|ISTP Student places 1st in Kangourou Contest|
It is with great pride that ISTP congratulates 6th grade French immersion student, Kenji, for placing FIRST out of 85,593 students in this year's Kangourou Contest! To read more visit our Blogs site.
|My Experience Hosting a Blérancourt Exchange Student|
Every year we host students from Blérancourt. This year, Nicholas, a 5th grade French Immersion students has shared his experience of hosting a student and becoming friends. To read more visit our Blogs site.
|ISTP's Middle School visits La Source|
Our Middle School students had the opportunity to go an exchange trip to La Source, and also spend time sightseeing in Paris. Read the story on our ISTP Blogs site.
|Congratulations Chinese CLTAC Speech Contest Prize Winners!|
Congratulations to ISTP’s CLTAC Chinese Speech Contest Prize Winners! This contest highlights K-12 and college students’ Chinese language proficiency, promotes Chinese language teaching, and is a highlight of the Chinese language teaching calendar. To read more visit our Blogs site.
|Read About the PTA Spring Musicale|
We recently held our annual PTA Spring Musicale, where students and parents sign up to participate in an afternoon musical showcase at the Finn Center. Read the story on our ISTP Blogs site.
|Trip Updates from France and China|
Our students are currently on a cultural exchange trip (4th grade French immersion students traveled to France, and elementary and middle school Chinese immersion students traveled to China). Read updates on their journey at our ISTP Blogs site:
Trip to Fumel, France
Trip to China
|4th Grade Spreads Love of Reading|
ISTP's 4th grade students recently partnered with East Palo Alto's Brentwood Academy on a service learning project. Our 4th graders collected 310 gently used books and brought them to Brentwood, where they each "buddied up" with two Brentwood Kindergarten students -- to share their love of reading. Check out the story on our ISTP Blogs site.
|An Imperial Evening! Thank You Gala Supporters!|
Thanks to our guests, donors, volunteers, and sponsors, our 24th Annual Gala and Auction, "To Russia with Love" was able to raise approximately $130,000 for ISTP! $63,000 of the evening's raised funds will go to the Fund-a-Need for co-curricular athletics. A huge thank you to an "anonymous donor" for providing matching funds to spur the bidding in the room (in addition to numerous paddles raised in support of the Fund-a-Need, we had over 20 bidders donate at the $500 level!). Overall, it was an elegant and wonderful evening with many guests dressed in Russian-inspired attire. A special thank you to Gala Chair Lynette Lissin and Gala Decorations Chair Olga Avanesov for their hard work and dedication -- our "trip" to Russia and the celebration of Russian culture was an evening to remember! Thank you so much to all of the guests in attendance for making the Gala a great success!
|Middle School Helps Keep ISTP Green|
On Wednesday, March 28, two middle school students gave a presentation to the elementary school, detailing out the reasons why we should properly recycle and compost, and what we can do at ISTP to reduce waste. Read the story here at our ISTP blogs site.
|How Bungee Jumping Barbies Help Teach Math Concepts|
Valerie Publicover's 7th grade math class learned about equations through a project involving bungee jumping "Barbies." Read more on the ISTP blog site.
|ISTP English Teacher Selected for John Hopkins University Award|
ISTP 5th grade student Chloe T. nominated her English teacher, Heidi Smith, for an award from John Hopkins University. We are pleased to congratulate Heidi on being selected for the Sarah D. Barder Educator Recognition Program. Read more about the award at our ISTP Blogs site.
|Success at Soirée du Vin|
There are many people to thank for the success of Soirée du Vin. Keep reading for highlights of the evening.
|"ISTP Idols" Choir Auditions Draw Big Turnout|
Jean-Baptiste Charlot and Su Yang, ISTP music teachers, opened a search for the school's next music "Idols." Auditions were held, and over 40 students tried out for a limited number of positions. Read more about the auditions and see photos at our blog site!
|Enter ISTP Twitter Contest!|
Show your ISTP spirit! Eligible ISTP community members who follow our Twitter account @ISTPnet and tweets why they love ISTP will be entered in a chance to win a fun prize package which includes a Nintendo 3DS and ISTP gear! The contest runs from Monday, September 12th until Spirit Day on November 9th at 12:00 PM! Read more for eligibility and details!
|Open Campus on Wednesday, August 31!|
Back-to-School is just around the corner, and on Wednesday, August 31st, parents and students are encouraged to attend Open Campus from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both Cowper and Cohn Campuses.
Parents and students will be able to see the class lists and visit their new classrooms and teachers! Also, Early Years Program parents will be able to see the newly renovated Cowper Campus!
See you there!
|ISTP Girl Scouts Presented with Bronze Award|
ISTP's 5th grade Girl Scouts have been awarded the Bronze Award, which is the highest recognition for Junior Girl Scouts. The girls chose to work with My New Red Shoes, an organization which helps homeless children in the Bay Area. Read more for details.
|Middle School Raises a Total of $430 for Shining Hope for Communities|
At the recent 8th grade play, theater-goers were encouraged to give a voluntary gift to Shining Hope for Communities, an African non-profit organization that founded a girls' school in the slums of Kibera. Learning about Africa and the partnership with African organizations has been a part of the 8th grade curriculum during the year. Congratulations to the 8th graders on their commitment and for raising approximately $330 at the 8th grade play for Shining Hope for Communities -- totaling their contribution to $430!
|Middle School Award Winners|
Congratulations to all of the middle school award winners for physical fitness, Kangourou, dictée, the CLTAC Mandarin Speech Contest, and the science fair! Read more for names.
|Bake Sale for Childhood Literacy|
ISTP 6th grade students from the school sponsored Girl Scout troop banded together to organize a bake sale on Thursday, May 12, for 10 Books a Home, an East Palo Alto nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting childhood literacy. This is ISTP's reponsible citizenship (thinking both global... and local!) in action! Read more for details.
|Congratulations, 4th Grade French Boys Indoor Soccer Team!|
On Saturday, March 26, 2011, French Program elementary school students participated in the local indoor soccer tournament for Bay Area international schools. ISTP's 4th grade boys team proudly took home a trophy for 1st place! Congratulations to all the participants in the tournament... we look forward to competing again next year!
|Gala Raised Approximately $148,000 for ISTP!|
A BIG thank-you to all of the guests and supporters of this year's Gala, Pearl of the Orient. Not only was it a celebration of our school's 15 years of Chinese immersion, but it was also an elegant evening filled with delicious food, great entertainment, and a demonstration of the outpour of support from our ISTP community! Included in the $148,000 raised on Saturday, is $84,000 raised for the Fund-a-Need! That's a good deal more than last year! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.. Angela Lee, Chair; ISTP's "Hot Moms"; Mike Jennett and Rebecca Geraldi, Online Auction Co-Chairs; Cindy Tsai Chou and Lillian Kurtz, Decoration Committe; the volunteers, donors, sponsors, supporters, guests, and bidders... it could not have been such a wonderful evening without you! THANK YOU! MERCI! XIE XIE!
|ISTP Receives Award for SF Chinese New Year Parade Float Entry|
Congratulations!! ISTP's incredible pagoda float with amazingly constructed bunnies (set to a synchrolized lighting program!) won a Special Recognition Award (since there were no other entries in our float category, a "first place" could not be awarded) from the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade! A big thank you to the entire Chinese New Year Parade team, led by Ken Leung and Warren and Rochelle King. Everyone did a wonderful job! We look forward to 2012 --- and the YEAR OF THE DRAGON!
|Thank You for Supporting Nico!|
Thank you to everyone who came out and registered with the AADP, in support of ISTP 7th grade student, Nico Poux. You may have just saved a life, and we thank you for your help and kindness. This morning, over 85 people showed up on Cowper Campus to be added to the bone marrow/stem cell registry, and we expect more to come to the Cohn Campus registration. Again, thank you for joining us in support of Nico and his family.
|Chinese Program Students Shine in Publications|
ISTP Chinese Program students Selim K., Maia C., and Elizabeth M. had their works published in popular Chinese newspapers, World Journal and The People's Daily. Read more about their achievements.
|ISTP Hosts Workshop for North American French Schools|
On October 18 and 19, in partnership with the AEFE (agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger - Agency for Teaching French Abroad),ISTP hosted a workshop on oral expression and the writing process. The workshop was conducted by Virginia Brinker, a teaching institute professor from Paris. Paricipants came from various French schools in North America, including Montreal Collège Stanislas, Lycée Français of New York, Portland French School, and Lycée Rochambeau of Washington, and have enjoyed spending these two days at ISTP.
|Taste Day on Cohn Campus|
As a part of an annual ISTP tradition, Cohn Campus students are treated to a "Taste Day Lunch" during Taste Week, where they are exposed to a different culture's cuisine. Taste Day is inspired by an initiative started in France in the 1980s. Today, students enjoyed an Asian fusion menu.
|ISTP Girl Scout Troops Earn Top Awards|
ISTP's 5th and 6th grade Girl Scout Troops have worked hard over the past year to earn some top awards. Read more to find out about their great accomplishments!
|ISTP Alumna Pleads for Haiti|
ISTP alumna and Stanford University graduate, Marie Josée Mont-Reynaud, stopped by ISTP to talk to students about relief for Haiti and her organization, If Pigs Could Fly.
|Mid-Autumn Moon Festival|
The school celebrated the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Click "read more" to learn about this special event!
|Summer Camp Fun|
Students enjoying the many varied activities at ISTP's language immersion summer camp.
|Fête de la Musique a hit!|
ISTP French Music Teacher, Jean-Baptiste Charlot, and a few students perform at Santana Row's Fête de la Musique.