In our parenting journey, we model, we scaffold, and then we take off the training wheels and let them go.
If you’ve ever wondered about the history of Chinese food in America, the 6th grade class has something they’d love to share with you, in their own words.
Starting in preschool, we believe one of our most important jobs as educators is to cultivate in our students a lifelong passion for learning and exploration. What better way to do this, than to lead by example.
During their first grade year, three PKS classmates created a story called “Friends in the Arctic” as part of their shadow show project.
The story follows a group of friends who live in the Arctic. One day, they are unexpectedly sucked into a black hole and need to make their way home. By working together, they find a diamond that helps them escape and return to the Arctic.
After the project was complete, Sinan Laoshi submitted this story, along with several others, to “Xiao Pi Pa”, the only Chinese language children’s magazine circulated throughout North America.
We are proud to share that “Friends in the Arctic” was recently selected for publication. Congratulations Arjun, Jaclyn, and Lucas on being published authors, and to Jaclyn for her beautiful illustrations!
As the old saying goes, 千里之行，始於足下. Our journey of 1,000 li has just begun…
Our goal is to ensure that all PKS preschoolers are excited and ready for Kindergarten.
As many of you know, I have a P3 student here at PKS, and a 2 year old son whom I hope will join us when he is old enough. Both kids were in the car with me on Thursday morning as I tuned in to the Judiciary Committee hearings in which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously told her story. I found myself feeling confused, and a bit helpless, as I tried to balance my civic impulses and my fatherly impulses.
We passed another milestone last week - our very first Middle School Curriculum Night!
Almost ten years ago, I wrote an article titled "Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match." While many feared that they would need to sacrifice student engagement in the service of academic rigor, I argued strongly that academic rigor could ONLY genuinely come together with student engagement, and that truly rigorous learning at its core needed to be about exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, and pattern recognition.
Nearly seven years ago, I walked through the gates at 250 10th Street for the first time with Christine and our daughter, Maile. A little nervous, mostly excited, our PKS journey was beginning.
The proposal on Project Based Learning in Upper Elementary School was selected for presentation in the Curriculum and Instruction breakout session of the annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC).
"I was thrilled thrilled to have this first opportunity to be an evangelist for PKS in the PRC!" says Chris.
A personal essay by Denise Svenson, PKS Elementary Math Specialist:
“…My [temporary] presence had an obvious impact on the group dynamic. Students have had the habit of code-switching without realizing it, and the habit was impossible to break…This trip marks a rite of passage for our kids. To make it a family trip would be taking away from everything we’ve hoped for them - independence and confidence navigating in a Chinese-speaking environment.”
Four new Trustees have been named to the Board, who will begin their term in July 2018. Amy Liaw, Jed Lau, Rob Zivnuska, and Sheryl Nicol — welcome to the Board!
PKS was invited to Washington, DC as part of a symposium on immersion education. Seven of our faculty members visited four schools, deepening their knowledge of best practices while sharing some of their own unique insights. Our expertise on how to integrate Mandarin immersion within a progressive framework was noted as "the only model out there combining data-based immersion practices with rigorous PBL."