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  • Sports
  • Upper School

With a team of players who have never participated in competitive golf before, the ISI Boys Golf Team spent the season working on learning the rules to compete, improving their scores, and having fun to create a strong team culture to carry on to future seasons.

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

The Middle School Track & Field team completed a season filled with a focus on achieving their personal goals, growing as a community, and trying new things. Throughout the course of the season, all athletes on the team improved and reached new personal bests in their events. As athletes grew and figured out their new frames, they wanted to mainly focus on the form of each event. This allowed them to understand the mechanics of the events they participated in and, ultimately, grow into stronger competitors. 

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

For the first time in school history, ISI offered Boys Club Volleyball to high school students, all thanks to a student-led initiative to get the team off the ground. Players spent the season building skills, learning positions, and developing strategies behind playing each ball.

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

With a competitive schedule, the Girls Varsity Tennis Team spent the season working to improve upon their record from last season and develop the individual skills of not only returning players but also players brand new to the sport. The team finished the season with a 6-3 record, with Kreutz being recognized as an All-Conference player for her second-place finish at the PAAC tournament. 

Pioneer Wins the 2022 House Cup
  • Campus News
  • Sports
  • Upper School

On the last day of school, Upper School students, family, and friends participated in the Upper School Awards Assembly to celebrate the success and achievements of our students. Congratulations to our students for their achievements throughout the 2021-2022 school year - and congratulations to Pioneer House for winning the House Cup

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

The High School Varsity Track & Field Team had a lot to overcome this season with a late start to the season and player injuries affecting the team. Luckily, the team came together to work through the hardships to complete a very successful season!

Unit 5 Wrap Up
  • Campus News
  • Lower School

Primary Years Programme (PYP) students at the Lower School are finishing up their final unit of the school year! The PYP units are built around transdisciplinary themes that are relevant to all students and cultures. The units are supported by knowledge, concepts, and skills from traditional subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and language arts, but utilize them in a transdisciplinary model.

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  • Campus News
  • Upper School

Last week, Grade 8 students wrapped up their Interdisciplinary Unit - Global Issues Global Solutions, which combined their learning and skills from Individuals and Societies classes and Science classes. The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is built to help students connect their learnings between subjects and develop problem-solving skills, and the Global Issues Global Solutions Unit is a great example of interdisciplinary learning at ISI.

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  • Campus News
  • Teacher Features

Happy Staff Appreciation Week! This week, our entire faculty and staff were celebrated by ISI families, the Parent Association, Board of Directors, and School Leadership for all of their hard work. Thank you to the ISI staff that makes everything we do possible! Keep reading for more information about some of our incredible faculty and staff members

International Gala 2022
  • Campus News

On April 23, the ISI community was reunited for the 2022 International Gala. For more than 25 years the Gala has been a highlight on the ISI calendar and this year’s event did not disappoint. After a two year break due to the pandemic, the Gala returned, refreshed and with an extra special reason to celebrate - the debut of the Chen Family Lower School.

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  • Campus News
  • Upper School

Last week, the Upper School celebrated another successful Timmy Week! With many COVID-19 policies being lifted, spring Timmy Week was the first major event that brought the ISI Upper School community together, fundraising for Timmy Global Health. Throughout the week, students participated in different spirit days, donating $1 each day to dress in a variety of themes, including Groutfits, Anything But a Backpack, and Twin Tuesday.

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  • Campus News
  • Sports
  • Upper School

The High School Varsity Swimming & Diving Team finished up a successful season, full of personal growth and new school records. In the water, the Gryphons returned to the historic IUPUI Natatorium for practices where the team focused on more race pace training and tempo work as well as advanced their dryland training with morning weights and boxing at ISI. 

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

With a team consisting of many first time players, the Middle School Boys Basketball team spent the season building basic skills and team chemistry. The team saw major improvements throughout the season, with some major wins coming late in the schedule

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  • Upper School

Throughout the school year, club leaders pick topics of global significance to debate. Students take on the roles of leaders of different countries, debating the topic from their point of view using parliamentary procedures. Throughout this process, students gain skills in public speaking, debating in concise arguments, and striving to understand the issue from the perspective of their chosen country. Students also engage in research on the topics, organize their information into position papers, and learn how to collaborate and compromise to create resolutions for agreements between nations. These communication and organizational skills are essential components of MUN, but can also be transferred to use in classes and other clubs.

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

The High School Boys Varsity Basketball team spent their season focusing on building the program and improving skills with each practice. The young team, made up of nine underclassmen, did not have as much experience as teams in previous years, which required practice and determination on the court.

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  • Campus News
  • Lower School

Primary Years Programme (PYP) students at the Lower School have finished their third unit of the school year! The PYP units are built around transdisciplinary themes that are relevant to all students and cultures. The units are supported by knowledge, concepts, and skills from traditional subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and language arts, but utilize them in a transdisciplinary model. 

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  • Campus News
  • Upper School

ISI students start their Upper School experience in the Middle Years Programme (MYP), spanning from Grade 6 to Grade 10. The Personal Project, completed by Grade 10 students, is a student-centered exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the MYP. This project helps formally assess their Approaches to Learning skills and allows students to learn more about self management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking as well as collaboration.

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  • Campus News

In October, ISI hosted a virtual International Baccalaureate (IB) Evaluation Visit. Every five years, a visiting team of educators evaluates each of our International Baccalaureate programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Diploma Programme. The visiting educators spoke with ISI Leadership, teachers, students, and parents regarding the IB education experience at ISI

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  • Campus News
  • Upper School

For their summative project in their Individuals and Societies class, Grade 9 students participated in a debate on immigration while role playing as different members of the House of Representatives and Senate. The summative, done while students are studying the United States government, gives students hands-on experience learning how our government operates.

Liz End of Year
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We are so thankful for the ISI community and the ways we continue to grow as #OneISI. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2022.

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The Global Seal of Biliteracy is an international credential that conveys proficiency with language skills in two or more languages for our qualifying candidates. The Global Seal of Biliteracy enables programs across the world to quickly validate a student’s language skills to provide recognition, appropriate and or advanced placement in a language program, and even help earn scholarships and job opportunities.

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  • Campus News

On December 2, over 200 ISI community members came together for the annual Night at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Night at the Zoo is a part of the ISI Year of Giving, allowing current families, alumni families, faculty, staff, board of directors, grandparents, friends, community partners, and businesses to join together to invest in our students, our facilities, our faculty, and our future

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  • Campus News
  • Upper School

Within the IB Curriculum, topics and ideas have the opportunity to change, develop, and even evolve to best fit the learning needs of students. The Creativity, Activity, and Service learning model (CAS) is an example of just that. Globally, the CAS Program started out as an arts course offered to students, but now it has taken shape as one of the compulsory elements of the IB Diploma Programme. 

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  • Campus News
  • Lower School

To celebrate a successful end to the second unit, families were invited to join their students in a variety of activities, including song recitals, presentations, and other hand-on activities to support and celebrate their student’s learning. To learn more about the PYP in the classroom, view Pre-Elementary and Lower School at ISI. 

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  • Campus News

The International Baccalaureate, or IB, is a worldwide education program designed to provide students with an education fit for a globalizing world. The IB stresses the importance not only of academic achievement but also personal development in the classroom. With immersion and dual language programs in French, Mandarin, Spanish, and English, the IB develops worldly thinkers. Here are the top five reasons ISI recommends pursuing an IB diploma.

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  • Lower School

On November 1, ISI grade 1 students traveled to Jennifer’s Forest and Joyful Learning Nature Center to spend a day outdoors, exploring nature and completing activities for their second Unit of Inquiry: “Sharing the Planet”. The central idea of the "Sharing the Planet" unit focuses on using natural resources in a useful way and teaches students what natural resources are and how we can use them responsibly.

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  • Sports
  • Upper School

With a large portion of the team graduating during the pandemic and half of the team having never played before, the High School Volleyball team had a season of rebuilding. The athletes worked together, acquiring many match wins and experiencing small victories as a group

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  • Upper School

The Timmy Club supports Timmy Global Health, a non-profit organization that provides health and education outreach services to economically developing countries. This past week, club members led the Upper School in the fall Timmy Spirit Week which included themed dress-up days and student vs. staff volleyball and soccer games, raising $1,905!

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  • Campus News
  • Sports

After sitting on the sidelines because of the canceled 2020 season, the High School Cross Country team returned for the 2021 season with a new Head Coach, and motivated athletes, ready to come back stronger

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  • Sports

The High School Girls Soccer team started the season with goals not only related to wins and losses, but also growing as people and as a team. Coach Ken McDaniel has focused the past three seasons on building a tight-knit culture and continuing to grow the program able to sustain the success it achieves.

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  • Sports

With a team comprised of new runners, the Co-Ed Middle School Cross Country team spent their season building skills, endurance, and the basics of competing. Their hard work paid off, with each runner improving on their individual times by the conclusion of the season.

Grade 7 Students Compete in Nobel Prize for Biology Competition
  • Upper School

The students presented their projects in a mock Nobel Prize for Biology before a team of judges. Students pulled together their ideas and decided how they would share the information with the panel. The result was a highly effective and knowledgeable series of presentations.

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  • Sports

The ISI Middle School Athletic Program serves as a great opportunity for students to try a new sport. With the cancelation of the Fall 2020 season, the Middle School Co-Ed Tennis team welcomed many new athletes who had never played a match before.

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  • Campus News
  • Sports

Starting the season off with a team of players who were almost all new to the sport, the Middle School Volleyball team showed huge leaps as the season progressed. After a slow start to the season, the team became more and more comfortable on the court. This led to exciting wins the team worked hard for.

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  • Sports

The Boys Varsity Soccer Team had an exciting first season back after a year without competing. The team was able to use the experience of the upperclassmen to help lead the newer players and teach them the basics of the sport. The hard work of each player, paired with the strong team mentality, led ISI to their best record in the past five years, which is 7-4-1. 

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  • Sports

This fall, the Middle School Soccer team competed for the first time in two years - and for many players, the first time. Students focused on building up new skills and working together as a team, balancing the needs of new and experienced players. The Middle School Soccer team finished the season with a record of 3-6-1, with close losses they look forward to making up next year.

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  • Campus News
  • Sports

Last week, the High School Boys Tennis team wrapped up their Fall 2021 Season. With a mixture of brand new players and experienced players who had not competed in two years, the 2021 season was full of challenges. The Boys Tennis team finished their season with a record of 5-5. 

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  • Campus News
  • Lower School

Over the past week, Primary Years Programme (PYP) students at the Lower School have been finishing up their first Unit of Inquiry of the school year. The units are supported by knowledge, concepts, and skills from traditional subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and language arts, but utilize them in a transdisciplinary model. 

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  • Campus News

This week, the ISI community celebrates a very exciting anniversary: Two years since the public launch of the ONE ISI campaign! While the past two years have been full of unexpected hurdles, our community came together to support the campaign to unify our campus with the construction of a new lower school building. To celebrate this anniversary, take a look back at all the ISI community has accomplished!

College Counseling at ISI
  • Campus News
  • Upper School

With less than two months of the school year completed, ISI students have already participated in multiple college representative visits, application and essay workshops, and parent information nights. College preparation begins early at ISI with grade-specific programming, group tours, and individual meetings. On average, ISI hosts representatives from 60-100 universities each year. 

Grade 3 Students Travel to Flat Rock Camp
  • Campus News
  • Lower School

The International School of Indiana (ISI) community greeted this school year with great anticipation because of the return of many activities suspended for health and safety reasons since March of 2020. With COVID-19 safety protocols in place, greatly missed opportunities that enhance the experience in the classroom have resumed. Recently, grade 3 students traveled to Flat Rock Camp in St Paul, Indiana, for a field trip to wrap up the “Who We Are” Primary Years Programme unit of inquiry. 

Seniors Complete Biology Internal Assessments
  • Campus News
  • Upper School

On August 25, International School of Indiana (ISI) seniors completed their Biology Internal Assessment. The Internal Assessment is an independent, student-designed lab which lasts an entire school day. The first month of the school year is spent preparing for this assessment, which builds on concepts and skills learned throughout the high school experience at ISI. The Internal Assessment is designed to challenge students to plan, carry out, and evaluate an investigation. 

The LAST First Day at 49th Street
  • Campus News

Last week, the International School of Indiana (ISI) community kicked off the first day of the 2021-2022 school year with an annual tradition, the Bell Ringing Ceremony. The start of a new school year brings a bittersweet feeling to many in our community - the end of summer but the beginning of an exciting, promising new school year. On August 10, those bittersweet feelings affected many in our community as students began their last first day at the 49th Street Building, the longtime home of our Lower School. 

Summer 2021 Construction Update: Chen Family Lower School
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With one week left until the first day of the 2021-2022 school year, we at ISI are excited to welcome families back to the 49th Street and the Michigan Road campuses. This year, not only is the ISI community celebrating a return to in-person learning for all students, we are also celebrating our final year on two campuses. Click to view updates on the progress of the new Chen Family Lower School, opening fall 2022!
 

Bank of America Announces 2021 Indianapolis Student Leaders
  • Student Features

Nia and the other Central Indiana students are among 300 young people from across the country who were selected as Student Leaders for an eight-week, paid internship, working closely with local nonprofits. This year, the four local rising seniors and soon-to-be college freshmen will work with nonprofit Christamore House to implement social media and other marketing strategies to engage with and better serve the Haughville community and Christamore House clients.

Students Receive Recognition in World of 7 Billion Video Contest
  • Campus News
  • Student Features

Among the 2,274 students who submitted videos to World of 7 Billion were grade 10 students Karina Peate and Grace Kaneshiro. Both students submitted videos in the category of Strengthening Global Health and were chosen as finalists. In being chosen as a finalist, these videos went on to be judged by a panel of experts, which led to the students being formally acknowledged by the organization.

Senior Send-Off Day 2021
  • Campus News
  • Student Features

On April 16, the International School of Indiana Class of 2021 completed their last day of formal classes. To conclude their ISI careers, the graduating class participated in Senior Send-Off Day, a celebration of their achievements.

Standout student Claire Kaneshiro named National Merit Finalist, Indiana Academic All-Star
  • Campus News
  • Student Features

For the second-consecutive year, ISI is proud to claim a National Merit Finalist among its students. Claire Kaneshiro of Indianapolis -- 4.66 GPA, a near-perfect SAT score, and fluency in Chinese, Spanish and English -- is among 15,000 students nationwide chosen for the prestigious honor. Claire now is eligible for one of 7,500 one-time scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Those awards are expected to be announced in mid-May.

ISI in the news: ISI, Hamilton Lugar School team up for Language Summer Camp featuring Arabic, Mandarin
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Looking for a unique summer activity for the kids? ISI is partnering with the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University to launch a new language immersion-focused summer camp June 14-25 in Indianapolis. The new ISI Language Summer Camp will offer main programming in two languages — Mandarin and Arabic — to students Pre-K through grade 12. No previous language experience is required. Registration is now open.

Boys basketball, swim teams finish seasons with winter sports records
  • Campus News
  • Sports
  • Student Features

Despite schedules and practices disrupted by COVID-19, the ISI boys closed out the 2020-21 winter sports season on a high note. The basketball team finished third overall in the 10-team Pioneer Conference, the best final conference standing in ISI history, and the swim team finished eighth out of 11 schools in the ISHAA state sectionals, a season finale that included a school record in the 100-yard backstroke.