Welcome to a new school year at MIST! On behalf our staff, we look forward to working with you to ensure an enjoyable and successful year for our students, your children.
There have been some minor changes within our school that we wish to share with you. We kindly ask that you review the changes and encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns about any of the items.
In order to accommodate the different divisions within our school and the different needs of our students, MIST has made some changes to the daily schedule to help facilitate our academic program. Generally, students will arrive at school at the same time as they have in the past. However, primary and secondary students will be sent at home at 14:45. (This does not include preparation courses for the A Level and IGCSE programmes, which will be offered after school)
Primary students will receive 5 lesson hours per day plus two additional lessons for intensive English practice and extra-curricular courses, such as languages, sports etc.
Please refer to MIST web site for our updated bell times.
Extracurricular courses are an integral part of any school community and can benefit children of all ages by helping them develop lifelong skills and hobbies. This year, MIST is offering an obligatory extra-curricular schedule for the primary division which is included as a part of the regular school day but beyond the confines of the regular academic curriculum. The club program will restart with each term allowing children to take part in a wider variety of courses.
The goal is to provide extracurricular activities for children to enable them to explore their interests, make new friends, become physically active and learn new skills.
The extra-curricular program will begin on Monday, September 18.
We welcome several new staff members to our school this year, both local staff and foreign, in all divisions of our school. During the week from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15, ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings will be held for primary and middle school classes. We encourage parents to visit the school, meet your child’s teachers and take with you important information regarding the upcoming academic year.
Uniform and Book Distribution
Parents are encouraged to visit the school with their children to pick-up textbooks and uniforms. The main distribution period will be from Tuesday 29th August to Thursday 31st August. If you are unable to collect the books and uniform during this time, you may also collect them during the 1st week of term.
Gr 4/5 Robotics
A new addition to our primary program is the addition of robotics to our Grade 4 and 5 curricula. The robotics program will introduce students to the fascinating world of robotics and offer a comprehensive exploration into technology, building a deep understanding of the real-life applications.
The robotics program will be offered as a part of our academic technical skills program to maximize student engagement, learning and enthusiasm.
Update Contact Information
We would like to update our current parent contact information database. Even though many of our teachers are using online programs to communicate with parents or may have personal contact information, the school is still relying on email and SMS as the main method of communication with parents.
This past year, we have had several cases - such as flooding or severe winter temperatures - in which the school was required to contact the parents with important notifications regarding school cancellations, postponements, transportation, etc. Fortunately, there were no problems however we feel that with an updated database we may communicate with parents more effectively.
We kindly ask that you check with the school office to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date.
Communication with Parents
An area of focus for administration this year is to strengthen the relationships between our school and parents. We are encouraging our teachers to use a variety of ways to communicate with our parents the progress of their children, issues or concerns and general information.
All of our year groups within foundation stage and primary will be communicating with parents via Class Dojo, a communication app for the classroom that connects teachers, parents and students by sharing photos, videos and messages.
As in previous years, secondary teachers will use our on-line system to communicate with parents. However, we all also be sending a regular newsletter outlining current events and happenings at MIST.
A level and IGCSE preparation
As in previous years, the school will offer preparation classes for these examinations after school. Further information will be given to students during the first weeks of term.
Our academic calendar has been posted. Please refer to the link on the website.
On Tuesday, May 16, MIST middle school students traveled to Peza to participate in the annual Sports Day. Grouped into four teams - Red, Yellow, Blue and Green - the students competed in various activities to see who would be this year's champion. Following several hours of unlimited enthusiasm, unwavering determination and endless laughter and fun, the students of the Yellow Team would be declared victorious. Organized by MIST staff, the event was an overall success.
MIST hosted our annual International Fair on Thursday April 27, 2017. The fair was a great success with incredible support from the international community, consulates, students, families, MIST staff and administration. The song and dance performances highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of many of the special cultures that make up our school community. The cultural booths were educational, interactive and delicious. Thank you to all who participated in making this year’s festival a great experience.
Today the middle school of MIST completed the final step of a inter-class activity. Grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 all participated in a grand debate within the parliament building of the Albanian Government. The students debated important topics that were relevant to their countries, their families, and themselves. Each class presented the issue and their proposed solution which was then voted upon by the whole ‘parliament’-- the middle school.
As students took their seats on the floor of parliament, the chosen cabinet ministers, the elected prime minister, and the speaker took their places at their head. The students discussed Albania’s part in the current refugee crisis facing Europe, the possibility of promoting and developing educational services for the Roma community in Albania, improving tourism, and stimulating eco-friendly practices in Albanian businesses. As a whole, the middle school voted for and passed two of the proposed resolutions, leaving the other two for further debate, improvement, and later revisiting.
The students of MIST showed a great maturity and respect for the ways of law and for the history of the Albanian parliament. They learned a great many things and some even came away hoping to one day sit in those very seats.
On Wednesday, the primary students participated in the Public Speaking Contest. Students spent weeks preparing original speeches about topics that interest them. At the competition, students had the opportunity to recite their speech in front of a large audience of peers and teachers. This allows students to practice public speaking skills such as clarity, voice inflection, volume, eye contact, and pronunciation. Our students prepared diverse speeches about issues such as making the world a better place, racism and bullying, school uniforms, cafeteria food, and other topics. Overall, 26 students participated from grades 3,4, and 5.
he primary classes held their annual Book Week from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14. Teachers facilitated different activities throughout the week promoting reading and literacy in the classroom. Two of the week's highlights were the primary speech competition and the costume parade. Overall, the week was a success!
Memorial International School of Tirana is proud and excited to be hosting our annual International Fair. Come join us on a day where through art, culture cuisine, music and dancing we celebrate the many different cultures who make up our school community. Come join us on April 27, 2017 and take part in our festival; it will be a day of fun, tolerance and friendship.
For “Francophone Day,” MIST Middle School held some activities in French:Grade 8 held a Game Competition between the classes, grade 9 prepared different projects about “Ten French words.” All students presented their projects and they were very enthusiastic. Everyone involved had a lot of fun.
A l`occasion de la Journée Mondiale de la Francophonie le 20 Mars, notre école MIST a organisé des activités en français comme: Un jeu concours autour des “dix mots de la Francophonie” et un quiz. Ce sont les élèves des classes 8 et 9 qui ont participé. Ils ont présenté leurs projets avec beaucoup d`enthousiasme et évidemment ils se sont bien amusés.
ASEF 2017 Grade(5-9) has been held in Turgut Ozal Primary school on Saturday, March 18. Mist students have participated in Social Science, Natural Science, Programming and Poster Design categories. We are glad to announce that, our wonderful students won 5 Gold Medals, 14 Silver Medals, and 28 Bronze Medals.