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Q&A: School Closure starting 03/16 until further notice

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Q&A: School Closure starting 03/16 until further notice

For the most up to date information, please check your emails frequently. We will also keep you informed on our Social Media channels!

How long will GISB be closed?
German International School Boston will be closed until May 4, 2020. Please note that this is subject to change due to the rapidly evolving situation. During this time, GISB will continue to provide instructions in an Online Learning format. We will keep you updated via email and our Social Media channels.

 

Can the school grounds be entered during school closure?
During school closure, the school with all facilities is NOT accessible.

 

What does online teaching look like and will there be new methods of online teaching?

  • Preschool and Kindergarten:
    Materials will be provided to the parents via email. Since school attendance is not compulsory for this age group, completing the work is completely optional. Nevertheless, it would helpful to maintain a sense of continuity and continue the development of fine motor skills, language work, sense of numbers, etc. The email will include all necessary instructions (e.g. print details, etc.). Parents can communicate with teachers via email.
  • Elementary School:
    Parents will receive an email from the classroom teachers every evening at 6:00 pm (Monday to Friday). 
    The email will contain assignments and – if necessary- materials for students from the classroom teacher and subject teachers. Parents will find all necessary instructions (e.g. print details, etc.), and the time by which the work has to be completed and returned to the classroom teacher in the email as well. If not stated otherwise, students should complete their work within 24 hours. The classroom teachers will forward the completed assignments to the subject teachers. Teachers are available for any questions via email.
  • Secondary School:
    Teachers will distribute materials through Google Classroom or in some cases by email. Students should find all necessary assignments online by the time the regular school day would start (8:30 am). The subject teachers will be available for support and to answer questions through Google Classroom or email in “real time” during their specific lesson times. In addition, some teachers may also arrange different kinds of communication, e.g. by video call or by live chat through Google Classroom or by email. Of course, questions can also be posted or sent by email any time and will be answered by the subject teachers as soon as possible.

 

How does the school closure affect the class tests and exams to be written?
All class tests and exams during the school closure will be rescheduled. The new exam schedule will be communicated in a timely manner, taking the students’ preparation time into consideration.

 

What does GISB do to ensure a safe campus when students return?
The school will follow the Department of public health and CDC’s guidelines for disinfection and preparation for reopening the buildings. The whole building will be throughly deep cleaned before re-opening. You will receive more information via Email.

 

For more general information:

More information on the GISB School Closure can be found here.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

 

 

NEWS|Two special GISB visitors

German State Minister Michelle Müntefering and the Goethe WanderbUS visit GISB

NEWS|Two special GISB visitors

Schools abroad are at the heart of our international cultural policy: young people who learn together and get to know each other. That is understanding across borders!

On November 1st, German International School Boston had the honor to welcome German State Minister Michelle Müntefering. While visiting the school, she also explored the Goethe WanderbUS – an educational event bus that is part of the German-American friendship year.

 

Read the full article here.

Find more pictures here.

NEWS|Welcome, Holger Wirtz!

New Head of School for German International School Boston

NEWS|Welcome, Holger Wirtz!

I am looking forward to the new challenge in this intercultural environment and to meeting the school family!

From Lower Saxony to Boston: Holger Wirtz, the new Head of School of the German International School in Boston, started his new role at the beginning of August –  after prevailing against a large number of applicants in a multi-stage selection process. He will be leading the international private school with around 280 students and a team of 50 teachers in the upcoming six years.

 

Read the full article here

NEWS|Jewish and German schools students volunteer with JF&CS Schechter Holocaust Services

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GISB in the Media
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NEWS|Jewish and German schools students volunteer with JF&CS Schechter Holocaust Services

A very special experience and partnership!

Seventh graders from German International School Boston and Jewish Community Day School in Watertown visited the Waltham headquarters to make birthday cards for clients of the Schechter Holocaust Services program. The collaboration between the two schools was part of an ongoing partnership between JCDS and GISB that focuses on Holocaust education.

 

Read the full article here.

NEWS|The German newspaper “Main-Post” wrote about our Class of 2019:

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GISB in the Media
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NEWS|The German newspaper “Main-Post” wrote about our Class of 2019:

Anfang Juni durften neun Abiturienten der German International School Boston ihre Abiturzeugnisse entgegennehmen

“Darunter war auch Katrin Scheuermann aus Lohr, die hinten rechts auf dem Foto zu sehen ist. Der Schnitt aller Abiturienten liegt bei 1,8 – und damit deutlich über dem Durchschnitt aller internationalen deutschen Schulen, der mehr als eine halbe Note schlechter ist.”

 

Read the full article here.