Get Your Kicks

     This Saturday, April Fool’s Day, TIS will be hosting the first annual ISC soccer tournament for all middle school and high school students.  In addition to TIS, QMIS and SYIS will be participating in this 7 vs. 7 format.  New games will be played every 30 minutes.  Middle school games will be at the #43 Middle School from 8:30 to 11:30AM.  The high school morning games will be at the Tianjin Zhongxue Field.  The playoffs will be held at the Tianjin Zhongxue Field from 2 to 4:30PM.
     There will be two TIS girls teams in the middle school division.  Team G consists of Susie Choi, Abigail Per-Lee, Gloria Shin, Linda Moon, Heidi Gay, Hannah Cho, Jenny Seong, San Kim, and Ethel Gay.  Mr. Per-Lee and Ms. Von will coach this squad.  Team H consists of Maris Baylor, Grace Park, Do Hi Lim, Sun Young (Jennifer) Jung, Da Young Ghu, Shannon Kao, Cindy Song, Christina Choi, and Hanneke Schreur.  Yours truly will guide Team H.  As far as the guys and high school players are concerned, contact Mr. Workman.  Let the games begin!
     See pictures and results of the middle school girls division at

The Big Day

Today after school I graded the last of the exams and exported your grades to the administration.  On Wednesday the 29th you will receive your report card unless you failed to turn in a signed report card from the previous quarter.

Have you finished grading my test yet?

     Because I’m such a… nice guy, I stayed after school for more than one hour to grade your tests.  The vocabulary and people identification of the Unit 4 exams have all been graded.  If you answered either the Aztec or Swahili essay, your entire test has been graded.  Only the feudalism and Asia landmark essays need to be graded now.  When will I do this?  Not this weekend.  Oh yeah – it’s true, it’s true!  Sorry for those of you who answered those questions.  I will tackle them on Moonday.  Tally-ho!
     March 20th update:  All the Asia landmark essays have been graded.  Nine tests to go.  

New Requirements for Current Events

Next Friday a current event about Europe is due.  Instead of turning in a summary sentence and opinion with your article, you will now be required to answer the following questions:  Who?  What?  Where?  When?  Why?  How?  This is a condensed version to a format that Mr. Hoffman uses with his 7th and 8th graders.  More details will be given on Monday. 

Some Scary Road Statistics

Here are some scary stats that I recently read.  15,000 new drivers hit the roads of China everyday.  With that comes accidents.  Last year almost 100,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and another 470,000 were injured.  China’s 450,000 road accidents put them #1 in the world for traffic accidents and fatalities.  The death rate from automobiles in China per automobile is more than ten times what it is in most developed countries.  Wow, now that is scary.  I can NOT dig that.