In the United States, prom is a semi-formal/formal dance for high school juniors and senior students at the end of the year. It is a chance to reflect on a great year with fellow classmates and enjoy an extravagant night of dining and dancing. Here are some of our handsome and beautiful Ivy Bridge students participating in this event.
Lipscomb academy is the only school in Nashville that sits on a university campus (Lipscomb University). This is another A rated school that has specific programs that truly sets them apart from many schools that we work with. Not only the direct access to the university but also their IGNITE program which allows students to enter a discipline and get real world experience. The director of the admissions also teaches at the university in their MBA program and some undergraduate business classes.
Melissa, one of our amazing student coordinators, just had a great week doing school visits and celebrating birthdays of our Ivy Bridge students Tommy, Antonia, and Catherine. Our Coordinators are dedicated in ensuring all our students feel at home when they come to study in America.
Congratulations to Mandy and Wilson for a fantastic performance at the Wardlaw-Hartridge 2017 Spring Recital! We here at Ivy Bridge love celebrating all of our students' talents and accomplishments.
(Wilson playing the grand piano with oranges from Chopin's "Etude Op.10, No. 5 and various piano tricks)
(Mandy playing "Tiny Bamboo Raft" on the Guzheng)
Congratulations to all our St. Pope Francis High School Students who were all inducted to the National Honor Society! We are proud of all of you!
Hi, I had a great visit with all my Pope Francis students. Several staff and even the principal came to have pizza and sushi with us. It is always great to hear how well our students are doing from their teachers. Which is truly a compliment to all of us who share in their success. It was an overall informative time where I was able to hear how each student is doing. The students and I have decided to start an after-school cooking club once a month. I plan on being in charge if it and help oversee the details of it. - Melissa Connors.
We are excited to announce a great opportunity we have to work with the largest cultural education organization in Brazil, with over 60 thousand students. In March we are heading to Brazil to attend the World Study Workshop and have the opportunity to meet all the directors from over 40 offices. We hope to gain a partnership that will help Brazilian students receive a quality education here in the United States. In our meetings, we will plan and discuss how we can best serve the Brazilian student population and provide them with an educational opportunity that is tailored to their needs. We believe this is a great opportunity for our partner schools to increase diversity in their schools and new cultural perspectives. Please visit again to get updates on our trip.
Our New Years Area Celebrations
Area Coordinator: Pam
In Washington DC our students went to Far East Restaurant to celebrate the New Year. The students really enjoyed the food and the time sharing how the school year was going.
Area Coordinators: Nina and Michele
In Los Angeles, many of our students and host parents showed up to our celebration at Ivy Bridge Institute in Sherman Oaks. Together we enjoyed eating hot pot as well as playing fun games and had a time to share about what they were excited for in the new year.
Area Coordinator: Deb
In Connecticut, All the students gathered in our coordinator's home and enjoyed a home cooked Chinese meal. The students had a time of bonding and enjoying the new year with other Ivy Bridge Group students.
Area Coordinator: Sharon
In New Jersey, the students got to enjoy a traditional meal with their host parents and coordinator Sharon. Everyone had a great time sharing their experiences and getting to know one another better.
Area Coordinator: Melissa
In Massachusetts, our students gathered at Melissa's home and had a great time of games and food. Our students even had a hand in their own food by making their own dumplings. It was a delightful time sharing and exchanging cultures in their coordinator's home.
My name is Jessica and this is my first year as a host parent. My husband and I began hosting International students because he spent a majority of his childhood with Chinese siblings. His mom began hosting International students when he was 15 years old. He had many wonderful experiences and memories and considers them to be his brothers. He wanted to share these positive experiences with his own family. One of his "brothers" actually flew back from china to attend our wedding this past year. It was these experiences that led us to begin our hosting journey. We have absolutely loved this experience so far. This Christmas we found to be the most exciting time as a host parent. Carol had never chopped down a Christmas tree which she got to experience. She didn't even knew how or why we decorate it. She asked many questions such as "why do we buy a new tree every year and thought that was a strange and expensive tradition" She didn't understand many of the holiday themes but seemed to light up as we explained many of our own childhood memories and how we try to re-live them by making them a tradion. Some of these traditions reminded her of home. She said her favorite part of this holiday was spending so much time with our family and learning fun new games. I enjoyed watching Christmas through someone else's eyes. To see her light up when we told her that there were presents for her to open was exciting. She was so happy to know we had thought of her and this made her feel extra special. Her favorite parts were trying new foods and helping prepare the evening meals. We feel the best part of our Christmas was sharing it with her!
-Jessica (Host Parent)
My name is Stephanie and this is my first year as a host parent. My husband and I have especially enjoyed this holiday season with Sunny. I didn't realized that this was Sunny's first year celebrating Christmas! She absolutely loved the smell of our Christmas tree and couldn't believe we actually went into the middle of the forest to cut one down. She asked many questions on the drive there. My favorite question was where will we put such a big tree and how long will it last? She had never had a real tree and said the tree made Christmas magical. She lit up when we added lights and told her about our decorations and how some of them we had since we were children. We have enjoyed sharing our family traditions with her. Another one of my favorite tradition since I was a girl is my mom and I would make pies for the holiday season to share with friends and neighbors. Sunny enjoyed this so much that she decided to learn how to make the pies with me. Sunny has helped make our holiday special by sharing our memories and engaging with our family and is always willing to try new things.
-Stephanie (Host Parent)
We did our traditional day. Christmas morning we stayed in pj"s and had Cinnamon rolls and orange Julius. Then opened presents. Lazy afternoon doing puzzles, playing games. Kent took all the girls to a movie. Then big supper together and more games. This picture is Katherine in her new robe and we're laughing because Shirley and Catherine are matching.
-Jodi (Host Parent)
We had the opportunity to visit Maybeck High School in Berkeley (about 5 mins aways from UC Berkeley) with a population of about 250 students. The school is located next to a church but it considers itself a secular school (very liberal). Although, it only has one AP course, students are allowed to take college credit courses at the local community college. Unfortunately, they do not offer sports...this school is ideal for students interested in the arts and small private communities. The class size is small so the students have better opportunities to engage in classroom discussions. One unique thing is their 'two week program,' where the teachers create a particular curriculum for two weeks. Finally, the school has a strong college preparatory program- some of their students have been accepted to the top programs in the country such as MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley.
Halloween is a exciting time for Americans, traditionally, its a time where children dress up in costumes and go knocking on doors in the neighborhood saying "trick or treat" and collect massive amounts of candy. Its also, a time to spend with the family, decorating the house with spooky ornaments and carving jack-o-lanterns (a scary face carved into a pumpkin). Here are some of the halloween pictures from our Ivy Bridge Family.
Ivy Bridge Institute students carving pumpkins.
Ms. Dragun, teaching students how to carve pumpkins.
Eric's host sister showing him how to carve the pumpkin.
Eric carving his first pumpkin.
Another host parent went above and beyond, helping our students gain community service experience. Our host parent took our international students, Eric and Leo to the beach to pick up discarded waste with a nonprofit organization. Through this experience, our international students learned about pollution, citizenship, environmental conservation, and community service.
Eric and Leo learning about pollution and the importance of environmental conservation.
Eric and Leo having fun cleaning up the environment.
After all the hard work.
We are incredibly proud of our homestay department for finding the best host parents who really care for our international students and give them a sense of being home. To celebrate the Moon Harvest Festival, one host parent went above and beyond by creating a themed dinner. Here are some pictures from that night.
Look at the wonderful decorations the host parent set up for the Moon Harvest dinner.
Eating the delicious food prepared by the host mother.
Our St. Genevieve High School international students got a glimpse of Hollywood and American theatre by going to St. Genevieve's annual event. Every year the school takes students on a picnic then to the Hollywood bowl to watch a performance by famous actors in the largest outdoor amphitheater in America, located in Los Angeles, CA. Our international students had great time eating outdoors and afterwards experiencing a great theatre performance.
Johnson, with our Student Coordinator walking to the Hollywood Bowl.
Students eating at the picnic.
Students waiting to get into the Hollywood Bowl.
Watching the show.