IS Handbook  

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Welcome to International School (IS), home of the Titans! The International School Student Handbook serves as a reference to familiarize students and families with school and district expectations designed to support students in the pursuit of academic success, college and career readiness, and a positive and productive life. It is our hope that many of the questions that may arise will be answered here.

School Vision

The International School offers the finest educational experience to all its students, one which is unsurpassed in preparing students intellectually, socially, creatively, physically, and emotionally so they are inspired to become lifelong learners and realize their dreams in the world at large.


School Mission

The International School strives to offer the best comprehensive secondary education in the United States, providing a unique focus on the phenomenon of globalization and actively teaching the principles of global citizenship. The school and its staff demonstrate leadership in developing the most integrated and effective curriculum in all academic areas, as well as offering a nurturing and supportive learning community that builds strong relationships among students, parents, faculty, and administration. The International School continually assesses and refines its practices to ensure high expectations for all students.

Globalization: The International School provides a critical understanding of globalization in its political, economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental dimensions. Students comprehend the increasing interconnectedness and interdependency of the different regions and peoples of the world.

Global Citizenship: The International School teaches its students the principles of local, national and global citizenship. Students are encouraged to accept their inherent responsibility as members of the human community and fulfill their duties to the world through active service.

Curriculum: The International School provides a challenging and integrated 6-12 education that is widely recognized. The staff takes a leading role in curriculum development and engages in significant interdepartmental and intra-district collaboration. The school leads the way in promoting student academic achievement, scholarly research and service learning. Students demonstrate the values of self-reliance, integrity and responsibility.

Community: The International School is a learning community that supports all students of all backgrounds and ability levels, fostering self-confidence, self-discipline and self-worth in every student, enabling them to realize success in school and beyond. Its unique learning environment is characterized by the close student, teacher and family relationships that develop over a seven-year course of study in a small school environment. A strong sense of community is based upon the values of mutual respect, sincere compassion, shared responsibility and continual self reflection.


Community

The idea of community, which was developed at the birth of our school, is to regularly bring together groups of students so that they have time during the schedule to break from the normal classroom environment and expand their learning. Community may be based on leadership, academics, or similar interests. It also gives students the opportunity to go out into the community and possibly give something back, meet with fellow classmates, and discuss school and other issues. In the beginning, the goal was to keep the same kids together for seven years, but the need to combine those existing communities into several new communities has arisen. The familiar faces may change, but the ideas and productivity of community continues.


Community Service

To graduate from IS, each student must complete at least 40 hours of community service between the summer before ninth grade and June of the Senior year. Community service is entered into the Naviance system. Please see your Counselor or the Counseling Secretary for more information. See Community Service for more information.


Focus Week

Every year in the spring, the entire student body, along with teachers and parent volunteers, leave the confines of the classroom to expand their knowledge. Focus Week is designed to teach students that learning can happen outside the classroom. Participation in Focus Week is required to meet the Career and Technical Education elective credits for graduation. Each teacher chooses an activity where he/she can help the students better their education. Whether the activity is traveling to a foreign country, learning how to design web pages, or exploring the world of public transportation in Portland, each student comes away from these experiences with valuable learning that will last well into their adulthood. Focus Week is a critical asset to the education and lives of our students..


Academic Honesty/Cheating/Plagiarism

International School students are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity. True academic achievement and advancement is only attained when students produce original and authentic coursework. Classroom and assignment grades should be an accurate indication of a student’s own work and knowledge. Academic dishonesty is the misrepresentation by a student of his or her performance. Cheating is an attempt by the student to show a level of skill that is not a true reflection of ability. Plagiarism is taking another individual’s work and passing it off as the student’s own work without giving credit to the original writer. Cheating is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including loss of credit on the assignment or exam

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International School Values

The International School Community will be a safe environment where all members commit to learning and operating with the following values in mind.

 

Integrity is the value of being honest and demonstrating respect for the feelings, wishes, traditions, and identities of others. Integrity guides us in our decision-making regarding how we treat one another as fellow human being and how we treat our shared space.  We commit to acting with integrity and reflecting on our actions and the impact they have on ourselves and our community.

 

Creativity is the use of the imagination or original ideas. We commit to delving into our imagination, pursuing our passions.  We use our creativity to contribute to problem solving, to seek new ways of doing things, and to express our ever-evolving thoughts and to explore our beliefs.

 

Collaboration is the act of working with others to produce or create something. We develop relationships with one another and the skills to work in teams in order to solve complex problems, find solutions, and support one another. We commit to working together and welcome the contributions of others.

 

Growth is the process of developing or maturing academically, physically and emotionally. We are developing academically, physically, socially & emotionally. We will work together to foster a kind and supportive community. We value the process of improving academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.