by George J Elbaum
Noblesse International School (NIS) is a private coeducational boarding school with grades PK-12 whose stated mission is “to maintain a positive learning environment that enables all students to become successful learners, confident individuals, and respectful, responsible ‘world citizens’ who contribute effectively to a competitive global society.” To fulfill this ambitious mission NIS endeavors to create a positive learning environment that encourages all students to be lifelong learners and achievers. Creating and maintaining a “positive learning environment” is actioned by NIS through
§ Offering small class size where English is the main language of instruction, with native English-speaking teachers from the United States, Canada, & Australia
§ Providing individualized instruction plans to accommodate individual learning styles
§ Offering ESL classes for English language learners plus foreign language classes
§ Providing an academic program qualified by the IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, which strives to educate life-long learners with a focus on international-mindedness and real world application of the skills they learn in school
§ Encouraging students to think critically and work collaboratively
§ Providing opportunities for students to appreciate the cultural diversity of the student body
§ Providing community service and leadership opportunities for students, both at the school and in the community
§ Providing extra-curricular activities, including Art, PE, and Music (including lessons in piano, violin, and various wind instruments)
This approach, not only to education but also to a social, balanced lifestyle, is aimed to produce not only successful learners who demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation for lifelong learning, but also confident Individuals who demonstrate self-respect; secure values and beliefs, ambition, and a sense of emotional well-being. NIS thus strives to produce responsible world citizens who demonstrate respect for others; and a growing appreciation for the role they can play in the political, economic, environmental, and social stability of the world in which they live.
My presentation was organized by teacher Ms. Alyssa Fry for 51students in grades 8-11. Depending on the grade level, their preparation can include The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, podcast episodes from ‘Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust’, poetry by Wislawa Szymborska and photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, and coverage of key historical events and developments of World War II during their Social Studies class.Attending also were NIS teacher/staff from their Headmaster, Dr. Vladimir Sousek, to their Social Studies teacher, Mr. Richard Curi, and various other interested teachers, including those from the math and sciences departments. Arrangements for my participation were made by Julia Thompson, Education Program Manager, Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.
Noblesse chose January 27th for this talk to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day.