Over the last couple weeks, we hosted the Elementary and Secondary Open Houses online, and all school Parent Teacher Conferences.
Lower Elementary students took inspiration in shapes, artists and books and created beautiful new artwork that is brightening up our hallways.
On Friday, October 1st, Middle School students took a new approach to the traditional MS Camping Trip.
On Monday, for the first time in a long time, our eighth-grade students were able to gather in the theater for a symposium on immigration.
Grade 5 Orchestra played their first piece together and they sounded beautiful.
Elementary students took their place on the "podium" and proudly collected a certificate and bronze, silver or gold medal as a reward for their effort during the Summer reading challenge.
Sports practices started this week, and students and coaches couldn't be more excited!
The HS Ecolution club is a student led and teacher supervised initiative whose aim is to raise awareness to environmental issues and encourage action, foster communication and sustainable attitudes/choices, through implementation of eco-friendly habits on the CAISL community.
September 1st brought all CAISL students back to classes.
CAISL's Class of 2021 achieved outstanding results in their IB Diploma, an impressive achievement considering the circumstances they faced these last two school years.
Thank you to our Parent Support Group (PSG) for the beautiful appreciation messages to CAISL Staff and Teachers.
To end the school year, Elementary Music and our String Orchestras are proud to present the Contemporary Music Project.
On June 16th, our Middle School Musical Theater class was able to get back on stage and perform for a very special audience: their younger colleagues from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
The High School Awards ceremony took place on June 8th and 9th, recognizing student effort and achievement in a particularly challenging school year.
The 2021 class showed yet again their ability to adapt and embraced the challenge of a live streamed Graduation with high spirits and made this a beautiful ceremony.
The Iberian Music Festival brings students from CAISL and the American School of Madrid (ASM) together to play as an Orchestra or sing as a Choir.
This week, EC 3/4 and Kindergarten went out on field trips for the first time this school year.
Our Spring Concert 2021 is online!
Done in video format this year, the Tri-M Musical Honor Society Induction ceremony aims to recognize High School students who contributed positively to CAISL's music program.
Last Friday, CAISL's National Honor Society welcomed new members.
EC3/4 learned about clouds and how to compare long and short objects.
Performing and recording both at school and at home came with a completely new set of challenges for HS Drama, but the young actors proved their talent.
CAISL High School student stood out with an essay about resilience in the face of stress and trauma.
With the goal of bringing proven scientific knowledge to all our students and staff, CAISL promoted on the last April 23rd and April 30th the activity "Talk with a Scientist – Decades of Science for days of vaccination".
Grade 4 learned about sound in Science, and decided to put their knowledge into practice with a string phone experiment.
Grade 12 Art students ended the school year with an online exhibition of a selection of their works.
On April 27th, CAISL hosted its 15th Junior Model United Nations (JMUN), the first ever to be held as a virtual conference.
This year, CAISL's Talent Show took a different shape. Unable to put on the traditional show on stage, participant students recorded their own performance at home.
Our Secondary students marked Earth Day with a dedicated small block class.
CAISL celebrated the return of all students to campus with a school-wide Spirit Week.
Preschoolers celebrated Spring with an original hat parade and an egg hunt around school.
Grades 2 through 4 prepared a video performance of their marimba ensembles, and their focus and enjoyment while playing is wonderful to watch.
While at home, our High School One Act students worked together with Grades 9 and 10 English classes on how sets influence characters in a play.
Playing music at home, using no instruments? Our 5th Graders took the challenge and made music with cups.
Elementary students shared their favorite hobbies to inspire all families to take some time off screen during the Spring Break.
This week we were happy to see our pre-schoolers and first through fourth graders back to campus.
Robert Egger, founder of several Community Kitchens and other not for profit projects, was invited by the American Club of Lisbon for an online talk. CAISL High Schoolers had the opportunity to join and be inspired by this conference.
Unable to do it live this year, Orchestra students are proud to invite you to watch their Mad Hatter video concert!
With a simple box, a desk lamp, white fabric or even parchment paper, Middle School Drama students created their theater to showcase their performance.
7th to 10th grade orchestra students enjoyed guided listening activities of Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto, and also read his Sonnet for the second movement. They were challenged to write poetry that could follow the style of Shakespeare or a more contemporary approach like Robert Frost’s.
At the invitation of the American Club of Lisbon, Elaine Luria, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, connected live from Washington DC, on March 2nd. CAISL students from 10th and 11th grade had the opportunity to participate.
CAISL’s National Honor Society (NHS) has just launched “The CAISL Flavor”, a cookbook with recipes collected from the CAISL Community.
What functions does a cell have? How does it work? These are some of the questions 6th Graders were exploring as they were building their models of a cell using materials of their choice – perceptive, interesting, creative, and some delicious!
CAISL had a team 12 students participating on the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations 2021) that took place (online) during January 25-29: ten were delegates representing Switzerland, one was a journalist writing for the conference newspaper MUNITY and one was the Chair of the Environment Committee.
Each year, CAISL students sit Reading, Math, and Language Usage tests called “MAP” (Measures of Academic Progress®). The graphics show how CAISL students did on the Fall 2020 test compared to those who took MAP in the United States, in international schools around the world, and in American schools assisted by the Office of Overseas Schools of the United States Department of State.
The Parent Support Group (PSG) invited a group of 11th Grade students taking IB Psychology class to talk about the popular documentary movie “The Social Dilemma.” Watching (and also participating!) were CAISL parents from all age groups and a few students interested in the discussion.
Beginning last Monday and through this Tuesday, CAISL students wore a rainbow of colors representing each trait of our hidden curriculum.
On Monday, January 18th, CAISL Elementary students gathered online for an assembly in remembrance of Martin Luther King day.
The IB Theatre juniors and seniors took part in a Virtual TAPs ISTA Festival – with an intense schedule dedicated solely to the exploration of theatre.
Last Saturday, January 9th, part of our Varsity students were able to go back to sports practices, even if in a different way.
CAISL hosted alumni zoom calls for the 2018-20 graduate classes. During these three 2 hour sessions, an average of 20 alumni and 4-5 teachers joined to share in the CAISL Community spirit.
Our young artists created a video showing how they work in class, and talking about their ideas and creative process.
Our Community Service club kept the tradition of collections and fund raising to mark the Holiday season.
This week, CAISL has two very special premiers: the Winter Showcase, featuring students from EC3/4 to Grade 5, and the Winter Concert, involving all secondary students participating in music electives.
Middle School went off to the Holidays with spirits up and neatly decorated trees.
the Parent Support Group launched a challenge to the whole community: a Landscape Photography Contest around the theme “Autumn in Portugal.”
Winter has sure arrived to stay, and rainy days mean indoor break time. This doesn't make spending time with class friends any less fun.
Community Service club is supporting two worthy causes during this Holiday season: the Lisbon Project and Make a Wish foundation.
Our school community donated 1740 kg of non-perishable food to Banco Alimentar. Thank you to all who contributed for such an outstanding number!
Our Middle School Drama students took a trip to the past and worked on two silent films.
As Thanksgiving is approaching, our students took the chance to reflect on all they are grateful for, and have expressed this through art, writing and a special video dedicated to CAISL's staff.
Our EC 3/4 students decided that being physically distanced wouldn't get in the way of expressing their thanks to all the important people in their lives.
Our Kindergartners took inspirations from Paul Klee's work and made their own creatures using lines and and color during their art lessons.
5th Graders have been working hard during music lessons, and their skills have grown immensely since the year started.
Iberian Model United Nations (IMUN) 2020 was one like no other. For the first time, the conference was held fully online, and this new experience showcased the resilience and willingness to adapt and excel in all participating students.
CAISL is collecting non-perishable food to donate to the food bank Banco Alimentar. The collection isn't over yet and Middle School alone has already gathered over 400 kg of food!
Our Kindergarteners have been working hard on their reading and writing skills, and this effort shows on their early writing exercises.
High School Art students took inspiration from social media to produce a series of artwork, currently on display at the snack-bar for other students and teachers to enjoy.
Grade 1 set a challenging learning goal for the day: "I can interview an immunologist" and did just so through an online call.
Our middle and high schoolers embraced the Halloween spirit with a series of themed activities.
To help our 10th Graders navigate through the US Election’s System, CAISL had the virtual visit of Patrick Siegler-Lathrop on October 27.
Keeping students physically active and socially engaged can be a challenge in such a different school year, but nothing that a creative sense of fun can't fix.
Our Middle and High School Orchestra prepared a sweet Halloween treat for Parents and Students. Each in their bubble, students played the main theme from "Pirates of the Caribbean". Ms. Elena then used some video magic to put her orchestra together, and the result is fantastic!
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, and our Secondary students celebrated the date with a debate session on issues that affect today's world.
As we get ready for Halloween, ghosts, scary pumpkins and spiders are staring to crawl up the Middle School and Elementary atria.
Our first graders read Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton and were inspired to create beautiful art work.
This was a big week for Grade 5 Orchestra! Students played their first music piece together, and they sounded beautiful.
During this time of the year our 12th graders students go trough one of the most interesting and challenging parts of their science curriculum – the final experimentation process.
The beginning of Fall is synonym of harvesting, and in Portugal the "vindimas" are still an important tradition.
Our Library Media Center is sharing some of their community library items. We have books in English and Portuguese for parents to take home and read at their own leisure (no need to return them). This selection changes every day, so make sure to have a look while waiting for the children!
This year, our young artists are enjoying brand new art kits, that are used by one student only.
Participants of the 2020 “Set Sail for Adventure!” summer reading challenge were recognized in a virtual medal ceremony on Friday, September 25th. Congratulations to all of our participants!
The Scientific Picture Competition is a CAISL HS activity where in the end of each school year, 11th and 12th science students present - according to individual and personal criteria - their most aesthetically-pleasing photo taken during the year. The single rule is that each image must relate strongly to science and be original.
On Saturday, September 19th, over 40 seniors came in to participate in the CAISL college day. Sessions focused on the main destinations for our students—the US, the UK, Portugal, the Netherlands and a general session on Europe.
Middle Schoolers and their teachers made the best of the sunny days we had in these first weeks of school and had classes outside.
Grade 5 is enjoying three different music teachers this year, and these lessons sure are fun.
Creativity is often connected to the Arts, but who said it can't be found in a Physical Education (PE) class as well?
The NHS had its first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year. With the current circumstances, everything had to be done over Teams, but that didn’t stop our dedication and ideas from going along.
After months of class@home, our students are finally returning to campus.
Welcome back students, and a very special thank you to parents for their patience and cooperation in these first days of school.
The Graduation Ceremony of 2020 was unique. Each member of the Class was invited with their immediate family for a private graduation ceremony that was then put together in a video for all to watch and remember. Here is a summary of this unique Graduation which will not be forgotten.
CAISL's children's day couldn't be a happier one! Today we welcomed back our EC and Kindergarten students, after more than two months of class@home.
Strings instruments and crazy hats go together just perfectly, as our Orchestra students showed on the evening of February 6th at the Mad Hatter Tea Party Concert.