Last week we enjoyed watching our students participate in the Tbilisi Basketball tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We had such great community support for all of the teams. Congratulations to the coaches and to the Middle School boys for placing third, Middle School girls for placing first, Secondary boys for placing third and Secondary girls for placing second. Great games for all of them! Impressive as well, was that our teams won the Sportsmanship Award.
QSI International School of Tbilisi
The Panther Pause
Volume 5, Issue 12 February 22, 2019
A chance to stop for a moment and recognize all of the
outstanding accomplishments around us!
Upcoming Events and Activities
February 22 - End of Quintile 3
February 22 - " Under the Stars" (Middle school Semi-Formal Dance), 6:00pm-8pm
February 28 - Middle & Secondary Drama Performance, 9:00am
March 1 - Week Without Walls Registration Deadline
March 6 - Elementary Talent Show, 2:00pm- 3:00pm
March 8 - Professional Development for Teachers - No School
March 7-9 - CEESAHigh School Boys Tournament (Tbilisi)
March 7-9 - CEESA High School Girls Tournament (Sarajevo)
March 11-15 - International Week
March 14 - International Dinner, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March 22-24 - Debate Camp (Prague)
Week Without Walls 2019
We are pleased to announce that QSI Tbilisi, in cooperation with a number of other QSI schools in the Balkans and Caucasus regions, is offering a selection of fantastic Week Without Walls programs during the week of May 27-31, 2019. Week Without Walls allows us to complement our teaching by offering students the chance to learn in settings outside the traditional four walls of the classroom, reinforcing the ideas conveyed in class in new and thought-provoking settings, and providing the opportunity for hands-on experiential learning. Week Without Walls will be open to all students in middle school and high school.
Middle School Trips
Middle school students will have the choice between three outstanding experiences: 1.The Armenia Culture and Nature Science trip (organized by QSI Yerevan) 2. The Ancient Georgia trip and the Tbilisi Amazing Race Challenge. 3. Tbilisi Amazing Race Challenge
1.The Armenia Culture and Nature Trip
The Armenia Culture and Nature Trip will introduce students to the astonishingly rich historical and natural heritage of our neighbour to the south. We will go hiking, whitewater rafting, birdwatching and camping in northern Armenia (Lori, Dilijan, Lake Sevan) at the beginning of the trip. Students will then have the opportunity to assist scientists’ research by catching bats and birds in mist nets for data collection purposes in Yenokavan. The last two days will be spent sampling some of the rich historical heritage of southern Armenia, at Khor Virap monastery, Areni Cave, Ukhtasar petroglyphs and Tatev Monastery. Because of the distance from Tbilisi, there will be an extra day added to each end of the trip for bus travel to and from Yerevan. The trip will cost US$ 650 per student.
2.The Ancient Georgia Trip
The Ancient Georgia Trip allows students to gain an appreciation for the millennia of history of Georgia and to participate in a series of fun medieval-themed competitions and events throughout the week. Students will follow a counterclockwise loop around some of the most important historical and archaeological sites of western Georgia. We will begin with a brief visit to the Bronze Age excavations of Samtavro near Mtskheta, before continuing to the impressive ancient city of Uplistsikhe near Gori. We will stay in the well-known resort town of Borjomi overnight. From there we will visit Atskuri and Khertvisi castles on our way to the medieval cave city of Vardzia and the castle of Tmogvi. The following day we will explore the mysterious Stone Age monuments around Mount Patara Abuli. We will spend a day helping archaeologists excavate the ancient and medieval city of Samshvilde. Finally we will loop back to Tbilisi via the beautiful canyons and ruined castles of Birtvisi. The trip will cost US$ 500 per student.
3.Tbilisi Amazing Race Challenge
Middle school students who choose not to go on either the Armenia or Ancient Georgia trips will participate in this year’s instalment of the Tbilisi Amazing Race Challenge. There will be a series of new challenges, twists and turns devised by Ms. Nikol and others, spread out over five days all over the Tbilisi area. The Amazing Race Challenge will cost US$ 50 per person, and students will return home at the end of each day.
Secondary students have the opportunity to participate in four outstanding Week Without Walls programs: 1. Adventure Georgia 2. Outward Bound Croatia (organized by QSI Zagreb) 3. Spanish Culture and History in Seville
Adventure Georgia offers students an unmissable opportunity to explore the rich outdoor opportunities here in our backyard in Georgia. It will appeal to those students keen on the outdoors, adventure and active travel. We will start by exploring historical Mtskheta via a ridge walk, before proceeding to Kutaisi and its rich underground attractions. We will visit Prometheus Cave, accompanied by professional speleologists, and camp inside Tsutskhvati Cave, site of early human habitation. We then take to our feet, hiking into a secluded mountain valley to camp overnight, followed by a hike up to Lomisi for a spectacular panorama of the central Caucasus. The trip will finish with a visit to Abastumani, a thermal bath spa area and the site of the first astronomical observatory in the Soviet Union, where students will have an opportunity to observe the stars and planets. It will cost US$500, and is limited to 15 students.
2.Outward Bound Croatia
Outward Bound Croatia is a program focusing on outdoor activities, teamwork and the development of leadership. It will begin with a flight to Sarajevo and then a bus transfer to the program site in Veliki Zitnik, Croatia. Students will be based at the Outward Bound Center there for the 5-day duration of the course. The program will include rock climbing, kayaking, self-led hiking, navigation, a low ropes course and a day of community service. Each activity is debriefed extensively, focusing students’ attention on leadership, giving back to the community, teamwork and personal development. Students who fully engage with the program and its goals should find it a transformative experience. The program cost is US$ 1350, and it is limited to 10 students.
3.Spanish History and Culture program in Seville
The Spanish History and Culture program in Seville, Spain will provide an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish culture and language. Students will stay in pairs in homestays with local Seville families. The program will include walking tours of the historic old city of Seville, Spanish cooking lessons, an introduction to flamenco, community service at a senior citizen’s home, a cultural and language exchange, an Escape Room experience and a day trip to historic Cadiz and its beautiful beach, where students will have an opportunity to have surfing lessons. The program will have an extra day on each end for travel, and will cost US$ 1750.
Dear QSI International School of Tbilisi Community,
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the newly appointed Director of the QSI International School of Tbilisi. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a meaningful learning environment.
I am passionate about education. The 2019-2020 school year will mark my 15th year in education. During my career in education, I have worked as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, and most recently as a Director for QSI International School of Malta. I am both elated and honored to be appointed to this school, where I can continue my work with the students, staff, and parents.
Along with the staff and parents, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at QSI International School of Tbilisi by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. Together we will focus on the use of data to inform instruction, reflective practices to emphasize academic, social, and emotional growth, and provide exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities that focus on assuring the rigor of instruction in meeting learning standards.
During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students the best opportunities in preparing for the world, ready to master challenges placed in their path. As Director, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Let us keep our students the primary focus of our work. I can’t wait to celebrate our collective successes during the 2019-2020 school year.
Mr. Justin H. Fischer
Hello, my name is Jennifer Endres. I am from the United States where I completed my studies in education of both elementary and middle school. I have been teaching for several years now and although, teaching abroad is recent in my career, I am no stranger to traveling or living in other countries as I was an international student myself. I am super thrilled to be part of QSI Tbilisi as a middle years math and Science educator during the 2019-20 school year! In the classroom, I hope to bring my spark for interactive learning and facilitate as much as I can for growth through implementing a variety of teaching techniques and strategies. When I am not working, I get into many things. While posted overseas, we try to engulf ourselves into the local culture, traveling, sports, outdoor activities, cooking/baking, and much, much more, as the list is endless ~ we like to be busy!
Jeff Eckert has over 25 years of experience teaching music at a variety of levels. He has taught General Music to varying age groups including 4 year olds to 10 year olds, and his Instrumental Music experience has included elementary to university levels. He holds post graduate degrees in music from the University of Notre Dame, and Appalachian State University. He has worked in a variety of places, most recently spending 2 years at QSI Shenzhen, and he is extremely excited to be joining the staff at QSI Tbilisi.
Hello! My name is Kiara and I am thrilled to be joining the middle school English department next school year. Originally I am from Washington D.C. however I have spent the better part of the last four years living abroad in Russia, Ukraine, and here in Georgia. During my time abroad I have had the absolute privilege to teach and work in theater, including here at QSI Tbilisi. Now that I have my certification in English, I am excited to further work with students in a new capacity.
I am passionate about story telling, and when I am not at QSI I can usually be found working on various theatrical projects in the city. I am a co-founder of a theater company called Harvest Theater and we work to promote English language productions and theater curriculum in Georgia. Outside of theater, I enjoy watching documentaries, writing, painting like Pollock, and studying my Russian flashcards.
I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska in the USA. A big part of my youth was being active, playing sports, and spending time in nature and I carry these passions with me to this day. After leaving home to attend the University of Idaho, I developed a variety of other interests: most notably cooking, travel and, of course, Mathematics and Physics education. Over the past 8 years, I have taught Mathematics and Sciences in several countries across the world and have experience with many different curricula. I am excited to apply what I have learnt so far in my career to the concepts of mastery learning to develop as an educator. I'm also excited to make a new home in a country with as much natural beauty as Georgia!
Chelsea and I are very excited about joining QSI Tbilisi and exploring more of Georgia. We have been teaching at Khartoum American School in Khartoum, Sudan for the past three years. We both have extensive international backgrounds: Chelsea did a year study abroad in Seoul, Korea and after graduating from Portland State University taught English in Taiwan, Russia, and Myanmar. I grew up as a third culture kid, attending international schools. After graduating from Drake University, I taught English in China, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine as well as and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Chelsea has taught every grade level from 6th to 12th at KAS but specializing mostly in English language and literature. This year she started the girls dance team and was in charge of running a service learning trip to Uganda for the 8th graders. She is excited to teach middle school cultural studies, literature, and English language at QSIT. Since 2015 I have taught high school and middle school social studies at Khartoum American School. In addition to AP World History, AP US History, and other core social studies classes, I have been the head boys’ basketball coach and Model United Nations director. I will be teaching secondary social studies at QSIT. We visited Georgia for a week in 2016 as part of our fall break and fell in love with the natural beauty and hospitality of the Georgian people. We look forward to being an active part of the QSIT community and learning more about Georgian language, food, and culture.
Owen McMullen and Chelsea Utecht
The drama department has an upcoming performance next Thursday at 9:00 AM. This performance is open to middle and high school students and parents.
January Scholastic Book Club - now open! Browse the titles online: http://eu-schools.scholastic.co.uk/qsi-intl-school-of-tbilisi or get the latest leaflets in the school library. If you haven’t ordered yet, why not take a look at some of the great offers across a huge range of titles. Please contact Ms. Nina at email@example.com for further inquiries.
Olive Tree Learning Center in Zambia by Mzia Mandeki 2's
Statement of Purpose WHO we are, WHAT we do, WHY we do it
QSI International School of Tbilisi, an open and connected community of students, parents, and staff, prepares life-long learners to contribute to the global society by ensuring academic and social excellence through a world class educational program. Our engaging learning environment offers students unique opportunities to develop their talents and skills in preparation for real world success.