Sports Day at OYIS

Sports Day was an event that brought togetherness to our OYIS community. Parent involvement and teacher collaboration made the day especially successful.

Censorship & Book Banning


To support our banned book authors and to advocate intellectual freedom, we need to “educate our loved ones about censorship and how it harms communities’.

How I Learned English as a Kid

How do you “immerse” your child in English? As an educator I am tempted to post and quote research from different sources but I feel disconnected when I do that. Speaking from my own experiences and struggles is more meaningful. Immersion requires effort from the child and the parents. While it may seem overwhelming at first, it holds tremendous benefits.

Making Projects Personal at OYIS

Inquiry works best when people are pursuing something they are truly passionate about, and Personal Project gives them the freedom to do just that. Furthermore, because projects are often directly linked to the IB’s Global Contexts and their service experiences, they are often gateways for self-directed progress towards intercultural understanding and respect.

Pink Shirt Day: I’m calling you out, OYIS!

It might just be very simple. Be kind. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do small acts of kindness and practice empathy. Really practice empathy and not just give it lip service. Take a second to put yourself in other’s shoes. Be the bigger person and hold your tongue. Wear a pink shirt, but then also do the work.

The Growth of School Culture

One of the aspects of OYIS that I have worked hard to develop revolves around inclusion and support. It was my hope when developing this school that we would be able to create relationships with our students based on care, respect, and understanding.

The Specter of Sleep: An Inquiry into Student Sleep Habits

students with computers

It started with a survey. We were studying tools for statistical analysis: averages like mean, median, and mode alongside tools like box and whisker plots and the like. Students were genuinely curious about sleep standards for students, and since we were learning about comparing resources and annotated bibliographies anyway, I posed the question for students to research.