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									      38 Sarakulskaya Street
        Tashkent, 100005
            Uzbekistan
Tel: 998 (71) 291-96767; 291-9670
       291-9671; 291-9672
      Fax: 998 (71) 120-6621
  E-mail: office@tashschool.org
  Website: www.tashschool.org
                                                                                          August 2008

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

       Welcome to the 14th year of Tashkent International School, our fourth year on our new campus
and the fourth year of working through a strategic plan as a school. Also welcome to our new staff and
teaching faculty as they join our school community and begin a professional journey with us.

        The school continues to grow with grades 1, 2, 3, 6, and 10 split into two sections and, of
course, the IB Grades 11 and 12 split into multiple IB subject choices. Our best estimate, at time of
writing is 280+ students K-12 with 40+ students enrolled in the Sunshine Pre-School on Campus. We
will be absorbing the Sunshine Pre-School formally into our school this academic year. Waiting lists
became a reality for many families when submitting applications for their children this coming year.
This growth seems set to continue and our challenge as a school and community will be, not only to
manage this growth in terms of staffing, programmes, facilities and physical space, but to take
advantage of it and use it to stimulate a growth in the quality of all we do.

       Some Strategic Goals we will be focusing on this year to improve student learning in our school
and deliver our TIS Mission include:

           •   Complete the review of the TIS Mission Statement to cement the Vision for the Next
               five years: who we are, where we are going, what do we want to be?
           •   Continue the implementation of the IB DP and PYP
           •   Continue staff training for the IB DP and PYP
           •   Continue MYP planning, training and implementation and become an MYP Candidate
               School
           •   Conduct a Board/Faculty Internal Audit of the Implementation of Board Policy in school
               K-12 (we need to do this every two years)
           •   Absorb Sunshine Pre-School
           •   Finalize the design and construction plans for a new Elementary Building and the
               Campus Facilities Development Plan in line with projected enrolment growth and the
               Strategic Plan
           •   Plan for 10-15 % enrollment growth for 2009-2010
           •   Hire a new Director for 2009-2010
           •   Continue to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and support staff and revise our
               personnel committee and policies/ procedures as needed to achieve this
           •   Use the TIS Data Dashboard of School Performance Data to review and revise all we do
               in our school in terms of Mission and Strategic Plan Implementation
           •   Review and revise administrative and staffing structures PreK-12 to allow us to
               implement the Strategic Plan and accommodate enrolment growth

        Wiggins and McTighe in their latest publication, “Schooling by Design” described systems,
practices and procedures that a school community can apply to truly live their mission in a planned,
strategic fashion. We will continue to examine, adopt and adapt successful practice from around the
world as we look to do this for ourselves as a school community and continue the work to grow the best
international school in all of Central Asia for our students, families and community.

       Have a great year!

       Kevin Glass
       Director
       Tashkent International School

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                                              Table of Contents
                                                                                                                                  Page
Welcome Letter .....................................................................................................................2
TIS Mission Statement...........................................................................................................5
School History/General Information......................................................................................8
Five –Year Strategic Plan ......................................................................................................9
School Governance and Administration ................................................................................14
Curriculum and Grade Level Structure ..................................................................................15

Student
       Admission Procedure ................................................................................................16
       Student Code of Conduct ...........................................................................................17
       Dress Code .................................................................................................................17
       Student Absences .......................................................................................................18
       After School Activities .............................................................................................18
       Field Trips..................................................................................................................19

Faculty: Responsibilities and Expectations...........................................................................20
Absences and Leave...............................................................................................................21
Children of Expatriate............................................................................................................22
Tuition Waivers for children of Local Hire School Employees ..........................................22
Teacher Observation and Evaluation .....................................................................................23
Compensation ........................................................................................................................23
Salary Statement ....................................................................................................................23
Communications ...................................................................................................................24
Student Visitors......................................................................................................................24
Facilities and Supplies .........................................................................................................25
Library....................................................................................................................................26
Emergency Procedures...........................................................................................................27
Campus Security ....................................................................................................................27
Personal Belongings...............................................................................................................27
Lost and Found ......................................................................................................................28
Valuable Personal Items.........................................................................................................28
Campus-Wide Service ...........................................................................................................28
Yearbooks ..............................................................................................................................28
Mobile Phones .......................................................................................................................28

Elementary School (K-5) .......................................................................................................29
      Teacher Expectations .................................................................................................29
      Assessment.................................................................................................................31
      Reports ......................................................................................................................31
      Homework..................................................................................................................31
      Assemblies .................................................................................................................31
      Recess and Lunch.......................................................................................................31
      Healthy Snacks ..........................................................................................................32
      Circulation in School .................................................................................................32
      Toys............................................................................................................................32
      Pets.............................................................................................................................32
      Use of School Phone .................................................................................................32
      Handwriting ..............................................................................................................32
      Open House................................................................................................................32
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    Secondary School (grades 6-12) ............................................................................................33
          Colleges and Career Counseling ...............................................................................34
          Homework Rationale .................................................................................................35
          Homework Guidelines ..............................................................................................35
          Testing .......................................................................................................................35
          Entrance Policy ..........................................................................................................35
          Academics..................................................................................................................36
          High School Graduation Requirements .....................................................................36
          Secondary School Academic Probation .....................................................................36
          Re-Admission After the Senior Year .........................................................................36
          The IB Diploma Programme......................................................................................38
          Requirements for individual Certificates in IB Diploma courses ..............................38
          Scholarships ...............................................................................................................38
          Assemblies .................................................................................................................39
          Parent/Teacher Conferences ......................................................................................39
          Schedule changes .......................................................................................................39
          Recommended Guidelines for TIS sponsored parties, Dance and Student Events....39



APPENDIX

    Staff Information
    Business Office Information
    School Forms
    Field Trips Forms, After School Activities Forms
    Emergency Forms
    Elementary Assessment Guidelines
    Teacher Appraisal Documents
    Language Policy




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                 TASHKENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
                       MISSION STATEMENT
Tashkent International School, using an American based curriculum, will educate students to become
ethical, responsible, productive citizens of the world with the skills to think creatively, reason critically,
and to communicate effectively.

                                        BELIEF STATEMENTS

                   1. Student learning is the chief priority for the school.

                   2. All students can learn.

                   3. Students need to demonstrate and apply their understanding
                      of essential knowledge and skills in meaningful ways.

                   4. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the
                      learning process and have appropriate opportunities for success.

                   5. Curriculum and instructional practices should incorporate a
                      variety of learning activities to accommodate differences in learning styles.

                   6. Each student should be treated as a valued individual.

                   7. Assessments of student learning should provide students
                      with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their
                      achievement of the expectations for their learning.

                   8. Teachers, administrators and parents share the responsibility
                      for advancing the school’s mission.

                  9. The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our
                     school is going to enable students to become confident,
                     self-directed, lifelong learners.




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                          TASHKENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
                         MISSION and BELIEF STATEMENT REVIEW
                                     Draft 2, June 2008

From the Board Goals 2007-08
6. Define the school’s international identity
This criterion consists of 5 components. During the 2007-08 school year, the Board will:
Review the school’s Mission statement to ensure the international nature of the school, its curriculum
(IB World) and the fact that we are an English medium school are clear

Brief:
The Review Committee is made up of members of the key sectors of the school community. It is their
task to review the Mission and Belief Statements in light of (1) – (7) below. The revised Mission
Statement should be presented to the Parent Association and School Community at the May 8 AGM
and voted into effect at the first Board Meeting on May 21, 2008. (NOW DELAYED TO
SEPTEMBER).

The Review Committee (representatives from the TIS community)—Thanks for Volunteering!
Board:              John Zohrab, Maria Hartmann
Admin:              Kevin Glass, Elyane Ruel, Mamie Heard
Secondary Faculty: Jenny Montague, Mark Brookes, Éanna O’Boyle, Rebecca Bechard
Elementary Faculty: Mariana Whaley
STUCO:              Leo Iizuka
PTA:                Mariko Iizuka

Notes:
The Visiting Team of October 2002 from our accrediting agencies (CIS and NEASC) recommended the
insertion of “an English medium school” into the Mission Statement. This would go in place of the
“American Curriculum”. The school currently uses curriculum and learning outcomes and standards
from: the US, Canada, Australia and the IB—the IBO and NEASC/CIS have all said that our Mission
Statement must reflect reality. Mission is what we are about, not specifics of how we will get there.
The faculty, during their review of the Mission Statement in August 2005 also suggested this revision.
It was echoed by the IB authorization teams for the DP and PYP and also noted at Board Retreats in
September 2006 and September 2007.
The Student Council in May 2007 reviewed the Belief Statements and suggested adding in a service
learning dimension as part of the belief statements.
The Board at their retreat in September 2007 also suggested adding in “safe learning environment” to
the belief statements.
The Board, at their retreat, determined that a review of Missions and Beliefs would be a goal for them
for this school year.
The CIS/ NEASC Five Year Reports commends us for beginning this review so the Mission reflects
actual practice of the school and recommends that we do this more often than every five-six years!
The PYP Authorization Visitors echoed this sentiment in May.




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                                              PREAMBLE
Tashkent International School was founded as a not-for-profit foundation in 1994 by the then United
Nations Representative together with twelve Ambassadors and the support of the Office of Overseas
Schools of the United States State Department to provide a US and internationally recognized education
in English for the children of the Diplomatic and International Business families stationed in Tashkent.
The school uses curriculum from the United States and other Western nations and is an International
Baccalaureate World School.

                                              VISION
           To be a compelling reason for expatriate families to move to and stay in Tashkent

Rationale for Vision: This is measurable by survey, aligns with the reasons TIS was founded, why the
embassies especially the US support TIS so strongly, and why the Uzbekistan authorities support TIS.
TO me such a vision is more inspiring than one that compares us with any particular group of
international schools, and such a comparison is anyway subsumed under the vision statement I suggest
for consideration.

                             MISSION STATEMENT Draft 2, May 2008
Tashkent International School, an English medium school, educates students to be principled,
productive, responsible internationally-minded citizens with the skills to think creatively, reason
critically, and to communicate effectively.


                             BELIEF STATEMENTS (still to be revised)

   1. Student learning is the chief priority for the school.
   2. All students can learn.
   3. Each student should be treated as a valued individual (switched position—was #6, from the
       faculty review of the Mission, September 2006).
   4. Students need to demonstrate and apply their understanding of essential knowledge and skills in
       meaningful ways.
   5. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process and have appropriate
       opportunities for success in a safe learning environment. (from the Board retreat September
       2007)
   6. Curriculum and instructional practices should incorporate a variety of learning activities to
       accommodate differences in learning styles.
   7. Assessments of student learning should provide students with a variety of opportunities to
       demonstrate success.
   8. Teachers, administrators and parents share the responsibility for advancing the school’s mission.
   9. The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable
       students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.
   10. Service Learning…..(from STUCO review of Mission, 2006-2007) TO WORD NICELY




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                         School History/General Information

Tashkent International School is an independent, non-profit, co-educational, IB World day school.
Established in 1994, it provides quality education in English for students of any nationality from Pre-
Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our student body is multilingual and come from over 30 nations, including
Uzbekistan. The Tashkent International School (TIS) offers instruction in English for students of any
nationality from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 and culminates in an American High School Diploma
and/ or an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Classes are small averaging 16 students. An experienced international faculty drawn from the US,
Canada, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Holland, France, Latvia, New Zealand, Turkey,
Australia, Armenia, South Africa, India, Uzbekistan and Central Asia is guided by a teaching
philosophy that challenges and supports students to be independent learners and thoughtful citizens.

The Secondary School is College Preparatory offering 16+ different IB courses to students in grades 11
and 12. Graduates of TIS go on to further studies in colleges and universities in the United States and
around the world. Colleges and universities that have accepted TIS graduates include: Albright College,
Bedford University (UK), Bentley College, Boston University, Brown, Butler University, College of
Wooster, Columbia University, Duke University, George Fox University, Grinnell College, Harvard
University, Indiana University, International University (Bremen, Germany), Ithaca College, Lafayette
College, Lehigh University, Manchester, Middlebury College, Melbourne University (Australia),
Purdue University, Trent University, United States International University, University of Bridgeport,
University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, University of
Richmond, University of the South, University of Toronto, Wellesley and Wentworth Military
Academy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Tashkent International School is accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) as well as
the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and we are members of the Central
and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). TIS is an International Baccalaureate World
School offering the full IB Diploma, the Primary Years Programme in elementary and introducing the
Middle Years Programme in grades 6 through 10. The school is also recognized as fully adequate K-12
by the US State Department Office of Overseas Schools for US Foreign Service families.

What this means is the school's programs and its graduates are recognized to meet the highest standards
of European and American education. TIS is the only IB World school in Central Asia to be accredited
both in Europe and the United States. TIS has an active Parent Teacher Association which meets
regularly and supports the school through a wide range of activities. It helps to organize such events as
the Family Picnic, UN Day, Holiday Ball, Spring Bazaar, Scottish Dancing, Book Fairs, and many
others.

TIS moved to a brand new campus and facility in October 2004. The campus provides excellent
facilities and resources, which include well-equipped classrooms, three computer labs, a library and
media center, two indoor gymnasia, auditorium, science labs, recreation areas and sports fields. The
campus is six hectares in size, leaving lots of space for future developments. Tashkent International
Medical Clinic leases the North-end of the campus and has a modern well-equipped medical facility
that the community, staff and students have easy access to.




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                         Tashkent International School
                   Five-Year Strategic Plan—A Vision For TIS
                                           REVISED STRATEGIC PLAN
                                       Approved by the Board, October 17, 2007

Preamble
The Board, at their retreat in September 2007 has made significant modifications to the school’s Five Year Strategic Plan,
currently in year 3 of its implementation. This Mid-point revision is as a result of enrollment growth beyond original
projections and the completion of most of the curriculum, programme and facilities development goals ahead of the timeline
originally projected. The revisions to the plan are data driven and intend to ensure that Tashkent International School
continues to be a world-recognized international school of excellence for the immediate term and beyond. The plan consists
of 4 strands: 1) curriculum and 2) programme development; 3) campus and facilities development and 4) legal status and
recognition.

                                            Key:     Revised Five-Year Plan
                                                   Year 1 = 2007 – 2008
                                                   Year 2 = 2008 – 2009
                                                   Year 3 = 2009 – 2010
                                                   Year 4 = 2010 – 2011
                                                   Year 5 = 2011 - 2012

STRATEGIC GOALS

Strands 1 and 2: Curriculum and Programme Development

    •   By 2012, Tashkent International School will provide an internationally recognized and accredited curriculum
        and programme to all students in grades PreK-12 that is research based and implements international best
        practice in educational pedagogy and teaching strategies.


Strand 3:        Campus and Facilities Development

    •   By 2012, Tashkent International School will develop a world class international school facility on the current
        campus to serve a maximum of 560 students.

    •   By 2012, Tashkent International School will have determined the need for an additional site for an additional
        campus and facility and will, if so determined, have taken steps to secure and purchase this site.


Strand 4:        Legal Status and Recognition

    •   By 2012, Tashkent International School will have clear legal recognition and status as a private, not-for-profit,
        International School in both Uzbekistan and in the United States..

    •   By 2012, Tashkent International School will have governance and policy implementation that conforms to the
        best of international standards.

                      The action steps, estimated timeline, costs, and success outcomes follow.
Strands 1 and 2: Curriculum and Programmes

Strategic Goal:
By 2012, Tashkent International School will provide an internationally recognized and accredited curriculum and
programme to all students in grades PreK-12 that is research based and implements international best practice in
educational pedagogy and teaching strategies.
Action Steps:
To provide an internationally recognized and accredited curriculum and programme to all students in grades PreK-
12 the school will:
             1. Continue the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (IB DP) for
                  grades 11 and 12
             2. Continue the implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme for grades K-5 with a view to full
                  authorization during the 2007-08 school year

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              3.Continue curriculum revision and assessment work K-12, with particular focus on the Middle Years
                (grades 6-10) with a view to full alignment between the Primary Years (K-5), Middle Years (6-10) and the
                Diploma Years (11-12) according to the standards and practices of the International Baccalaureate
                Organization
            4. Begin the application process for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) with a view to becoming an IB
                MYP authorized school by August 2010 at the latest
            5. Review and revise all special area (non core) subjects’ curriculum, assessment practices and pedagogy K-
                12 to ensure alignment with the IB and best practices in educational pedagogy and teaching strategies
            6. Use a basket of external, norm-referenced and standardized measures of student performance, such as ISA
                tests, Pre-SAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL and the IB Diploma, as well as internal measures of student
                performance to drive curriculum review and revision
            7. Reach out to the business community with a view to expanding the current merit-based scholarship
                programme for Uzbek nationals
To insure the implementation of best practice in educational pedagogy and teaching strategies, the school will:
            1. Recruit and retain outstanding, experienced, qualified international educators to come and work at the
                school
            2. Recruit and retain outstanding local teaching faculty and support staff from the local community
            3. Develop, train and mentor teaching faculty and support staff to the highest levels of excellence as part of
                ongoing staff professional development and evaluation

Action Step:                                                         Timeframe        Estimated          Successful Outcome
To provide an internationally recognized and accredited                               Costs ($)            Measured By:
curriculum and programme to all students in grades PreK-12
the school will:
1. Continue the implementation of the International Baccalaureate   Ongoing             Approx.      •     First IBDP exams
(IB) Diploma Programme (IB DP) for grades 11 and 12                 (1 year)            $1,000             completed by TIS
                                                                    2007 – 2008       per IB DP            Senior Class
                                                                    May 2008          student per
                                                                                         annum
2. Continue the implementation of the IB Primary Years              Ongoing          $25,000 this    •     PYP authorization
Programme for grades K-5 with a view to full authorization during   (1 year)              year,            granted
the 2007-08 school year                                             2007 – 2008           then
                                                                    June 2008           $10,000
                                                                                      per annum
3. Continue curriculum revision and assessment work K-12, with      Ongoing                          •     New reporting and
particular focus on the Middle Years (grades 6-10) with a view to   (1 year)             N/A               assessment system
full alignment between the Primary Years (K-5), Middle Years (6-    2007 – 2008                            in place for grades
10) and the Diploma Years (11-12) according to the standards and    June 2008                              6-10
practices of the International Baccalaureate Organization                                            •     Curriculum revised
                                                                                                           in grades 6-10
4. Begin the application process for the IB Middle Years            Ongoing          $10,000 this    •     MYP Candidate
Programme (MYP) with a view to becoming an IB MYP                   (3 years)            year,             school status
authorized school by August 2010 at the latest                      2007 – 2010        $25,000             awarded
                                                                    June 2010         next, then     •     MYP Authorized
                                                                                       $10,000             by 2010
                                                                                      per annum
5. Review and revise all special area (non core) subjects’          Ongoing                          •     Curriculum,
curriculum, assessment practices and pedagogy K-12 to ensure        (2 years)            N/A               assessment and
alignment with the IB and best practices in educational pedagogy    2007 – 2009                            pedagogy revised
and teaching strategies                                             June 2009                              K-12
6. Use a basket of external, norm-referenced and standardized       Ongoing                          •     Test results collated
measures of student performance, such as ISA tests, Pre-SAT,        (2 years)         $5,000 per           and analyzed
SAT, ACT, TOEFL and the IB Diploma, as well as internal             2007 – 2009         annum              annually
measures of student performance to drive curriculum review and      June 2009
revision
7. Reach out to the business community with a view to expanding     Ongoing          $15,000 per     •     Significant funds
the current merit-based scholarship programme for Uzbek             (5 years)         annum per            raised and
nationals                                                           2007 – 2012        student             additional
                                                                    June 2012                              scholarships
                                                                                                           awarded
Action Step:                                                         Timeframe        Estimated          Successful Outcome
To insure the implementation of best practice in educational                          Costs ($)            Measured By:
pedagogy and teaching strategies, the school will:

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  1. Recruit and retain outstanding, experienced, qualified                Ongoing                           •     Good teachers
  international educators to come and work at the school                   (5 years)       $23,000 per             recruited
                                                                           2007 – 2011       annum           •     Majority of
                                                                           June 2011                               teachers retained
                                                                                                                   for one or more
                                                                                                                   additional contracts
  2. Recruit and retain outstanding local teaching faculty and support     Ongoing                           •     Good teachers/
  staff from the local community                                           (5 years)        See above              staff recruited
                                                                           2007 – 2012                       •     Majority of staff
                                                                           June 2012                               retained for
                                                                                                                   multiple contracts
  3. Develop, train and mentor teaching faculty and support staff to       Ongoing                           •     All staff receive
  the highest levels of excellence as part of ongoing staff                (5 years)       $77,500 per             training annually
  professional development and evaluation                                  2007 – 2012       annum           •     All staff are
                                                                           June 2012                               evaluated annually
                                                                                                             •     All staff develop
                                                                                                                   professional goals
                                                                                                                   annually


  Strand 3:          Campus and Facility Development

  Strategic Goals:
  By 2012, Tashkent International School will develop a world class international school facility on the current campus to
  serve a maximum of 560 students.

  By 2012, Tashkent International School will have determined the need for an additional site for an additional campus
  and facility and will, if so determined, have taken steps to secure and purchase this site.

  Action Step:
  To develop a world class international school facility on the current campus to serve a maximum of 560 students, the
  school will:
               1. Complete ongoing facilities development and construction projects
               2. Develop and implement a new campus-wide facilities master plan in line with the strategic goal
               3. Ensure that new building and construction can accommodate a projected 10% increase in enrollment per
                  year for the next five years

  Action Step:
  To determine the need for and, if so determined, plan for the need for an additional campus, Tashkent International
  School will:
               1. Research the need for an additional site and make recommendation to the School Board for, or against,
                  such a decision
               2. Begin the financial planning process that would allow the school to purchase an additional site if so
                  determined
               3. Investigate any and all potential site purchases in the immediate area as and when we become aware of
                  them
               4. Investigate potential purchases in the wider Tashkent area as and when we become aware of them


Action Step:                                                              Timeframe      Estimated           Successful Outcome
To develop a world class international school facility on the                            Costs ($)             Measured By:
current campus to serve a maximum of 560 students, the TIS
will:
1. Complete ongoing facilities development and construction              Ongoing                         •       New gym opens
projects                                                                 (1 year)          $189k
                                                                         2007 – 2008
                                                                         January 2008
2. Develop and implement new campus-wide facilities master plan          Ongoing                         •       Plan complete and
in line with the strategic goal                                          (1 year)        $1.5 million            published
                                                                         2007 – 2008                     •       Plan implementation
                                                                         June 2008                               begins




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3. Ensure that new building and construction can accommodate a          Ongoing                        •  New building work
projected 10% increase in enrollment per year for the next five         (3 years)       See above         completed as needed
years                                                                   2007 – 2010                    • Facilities remodeled
                                                                        August 2010                       as needed
Action Step:                                                              Timeframe    Estimated        Successful Outcome
To determine the need for and, if so determined, plan for the                          Costs ($)          Measured By:
need for an additional campus, TIS will:
1. Research the need for an additional site and make                    Ongoing                        •     Decision for, or
recommendation to the School Board for, or against, such a              (5 years)          N/A               against purchase
decision                                                                2007 – 2012                          taken
                                                                        June 2012
2. Begin the financial planning process that would allow the school     Ongoing                        •     Financial plan for
to purchase an additional site if so determined                         (5 years)          N/A               purchasing the site
                                                                        2007 – 2012                          developed
                                                                        June 2012
3. Investigate any and all potential site purchases in the immediate    Ongoing                        •     Potential site
area as and when we become aware of them                                (5 years)          N/A               identified
                                                                        2007 – 2012
                                                                        June 2012
4. Investigate potential purchases in the wider Tashkent area as        Ongoing                        •     Potential site
and when we become aware of them                                        (5 years)          N/A               identified
                                                                        2007 – 2012
                                                                        June 2012

   Strand 4:         Legal Status and Recognition

   Strategic Goals:
   By 2012, Tashkent International School will have clear legal recognition and status as a private, not-for-profit,
   International School in both Uzbekistan and in the United States.

   By 2012, Tashkent International School will have governance and policy implementation that conforms to the best of
   international standards.

   Action Steps:
   To clarify the legal status of the school in Uzbekistan, the Board will:
                1. Continue to review all policies, procedures in Uzbekistan to ensure compliance with host country
                     legislation
                2. Seek license from the Ministry of Education and any other necessary bodies to allow the school to operate
                     as a recognized school in Uzbekistan
                3. Seek accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Intergovernmental Organization
                4. Define and clarify the legal relationship between Tashkent International School Uzbekistan, Tashkent
                     International Medical Clinic and Tashkent International Education and Health Service to ensure
                     compliance with host country legislation

   To clarify the legal status of the school in the United States, the Board will:
                1. Define and clarify the legal relationship between TIS Ltd. Delaware and Tashkent International School,
                     Uzbekistan to ensure compliance with Federal and Delaware State legislation in the United States
                2. Define and clarify the relationship between TIS Ltd. Delaware TIMC Ltd. Delaware and TIEHS Ltd.
                     Delaware to ensure compliance with Federal and Delaware State legislation in the United States

   To ensure good governance and oversight of school policy, the Board will:
               1. Conduct a full internal audit of the implementation of Board Policy in the school in January/ February
                   2009
               2. Continue to review and revise existing chapters of the policy manual as stated in policy



 Action Step:                                                             Timeframe     Estimated           Successful Outcome
 To clarify the legal status of the school in Uzbekistan, the                           Costs ($)             Measured By:
 Board will:
 1. Continue to review all policies, procedures in Uzbekistan to        Ongoing                         •     Successful
 ensure compliance with host country legislation                        (2 years)         $15,00              inspections from
                                                                        2007 – 2009      per annum            local authorities
                                                                        August 2009                           and ministries
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2. Seek license from the Ministry of Education and any other            Ongoing                     •     Operating license
necessary bodies to allow the school to operate as a recognized         (1 year)        See above         obtained
school in Uzbekistan                                                    2007 – 2008
                                                                        December
                                                                        2008
3. Seek accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an        Ongoing                     •     Accreditation
Intergovernmental Organization                                          (2 years)       See above         obtained or
                                                                        2007 – 2009                       definitively refused
                                                                        December
                                                                        2009
4. Define and clarify the legal relationship between Tashkent           Ongoing                     •  Legal relationship
International School Uzbekistan, Tashkent International Medical         (1 year)        See above      clearly defined
Clinic and Tashkent International Education and Health Service to       2007 – 2008                 • Full local legal
ensure compliance with host country legislation                         June 2008                      audit conducted
Action Step:                                                              Timeframe     Estimated    Successful Outcome
To clarify the legal status of the school in the United States, the                     Costs ($)      Measured By:
Board will:
1. Define and clarify the legal relationship between TIS Ltd.           Ongoing                     •     Legal relationship
Delaware and Tashkent International School, Uzbekistan to ensure        (1 year)        See above         clearly defined
compliance with Federal and Delaware State legislation in the           2007 – 2008                 •     Full legal audit
United States.                                                          December                          conducted
                                                                        2008
2. Define and Clarify the relationship between TIS Ltd. Delaware        Ongoing                     •     Legal relationship
TIMC Ltd. Delaware and TIEHS Ltd. Delaware to ensure                    (1 year)        See above         clearly defined
compliance with Federal and Delaware State legislation in the           2007 – 2008                 •     Full legal audit
United States                                                           December                          conducted
                                                                        2008
Action Step:                                                              Timeframe     Estimated       Successful Outcome
To ensure good governance and oversight of school policy, the                           Costs ($)         Measured By:
Board will:
1. Conduct a full internal audit of the implementation of Board         Ongoing                     •     Audit conducted
Policy in the school in January/ February 2009                          (2 years)         N/A
                                                                        2007 – 2009
                                                                        February 2009
2. Continue to review and revise existing chapters of the policy        Ongoing                     •     Policies reviewed
manual as stated in policy                                              (1 year)          N/A             and amended as
                                                                        2007 – 2008                       needed
                                                                        June 2008




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                     School Governance and Administration
The TIS School Board, hereinafter called the “Board,” is the governing body of the school. The Board
is responsible for the integrity of the school and obligated to carry out its responsibilities by considering
not only the present population, but the future of the school as well. The Board’s primary
responsibilities are to provide (1) education for students (2) teaching staff (2) facilities and (4) financial
leadership.

The Board is composed of nine (9) voting members. The elected members shall elect a Chair, Vice
Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. There shall be four (4) non-voting members: The Director, Principal, a
Teacher Liaison, and the Business Manager.

The Board Policy Manual governs all aspects of the Board action and defines Board and administration
areas of responsibility and standardizes administrative procedure. A very general summary of some of
the key elements of this is given below.

The governing board of TIS is a deliberative body that conducts its business only as a single unit and
only in formal, officially scheduled sessions. Board members do not act in an individual capacity nor
do they become involved in day-to-day operations of the school. The Board concerns itself primarily
with broad issues of policy and with the appraisal of results. The application of policies is an
administrative task to be performed by the Director, who is held responsible for the effective
administration and supervision of the entire school. All matters to be submitted to the School Board
shall first be brought to the attention of the Director. If these matters require action by the Board, they
shall be presented to the Board by the Director.


               The Director attends and participates in all legal open, special, and executive sessions,
               meetings, activities and discussions held by the Board; except those pertaining to the
               Director’s performance and contract or those of his/her family.

               The Staff Representative, who is elected by the teachers and who also represents the
               interests of the support staff, attends and participates in open regular meetings and
               discussions of the Board. He/she does not attend special or executive sessions unless
               specifically requested to do so by the Board.

               The US Ambassador’s representative is appointed by the ambassador and represents the
               interests of and services available from the US Embassy. S/he attends special or
               executive sessions of the Board.

               Only parents/guardians of TIS students can be elected to the Board.

               Employees of the school are ineligible to serve as voting members of the Board.

               All voting Board members have equal voting privileges.

               The Director, together with the professional staff, provide the leadership and support to
               secure and foster effective teaching and learning.




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                       Curriculum and Grade Level Structure
INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS
(In Addition to TIS Mission and Belief Statements)
The School Board, Administration, and Faculty will provide a high quality education, which will
encourage and assist every student to:

•   enjoy an environment of learning, growth, and development in arts, sciences, humanities, and
    technologies;
•   develop creative, critical, and independent thinking skills;
•   develop skills and experience as team members as well as leaders;
•   develop a high level of oral and written communication skills;
•   question, search for information, and make use of the school’s and community’s resources;
•   discover and develop their own particular aptitudes and abilities;
•   take responsibility for themselves and respect the rights of others;
•   expect honesty in all personal and social activities from all members of the school;
•   participate in curricular and extra-curricular activities, including community service;
•   promote the ideals of peace and justice through knowledge and understanding of contemporary
    issues in a multi-cultural world;
•   prepare for a successful transition to higher education.
This is reflected through the implementation of the IBO Learner Profile.
The School Board expects the faculty and administration to evaluate the education program regularly by
reviewing each subject area on a rotating basis. Such evaluation may be expected to lead to
recommendations for modifications of practice or changes in content in existing courses or the
development of new courses.
Curriculum development is the responsibility of the entire staff, but the leadership and coordination of
the developmental process is the special task of the Director. The Director is also responsible for the
making of periodic reports to the School Board on the development and evaluation of the curriculum.
TIS is committed to a sequential learning experience for all students, Kindergarten -Twelfth grade. The
school is organized as follows:
    Pre-School (Age 2-5)
    Elementary School (grades K-5)
    Secondary School (grades 6-12)




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                          Student Admission Procedure
Parents complete and submit the following materials and records:
         • TIS Application Form
         • Previous school records (with English translation)
         • Two years records for students planning to enter grade 2 or above
         • If a child has been home-schooled and does not have external reports, the family must meet with the
            principal
         • Provide up to date medical information (using the TIS Medical form)
         • Copy of passport
         • 4 passport sized photos
         • Results of standardised assessments if available
         • Individual Education Plan (IEP) if applicable
         • Counsellor report if applicable
         • Provide any and all diagnostic testing results that the student has including any educational/ psychological
            evaluations
         • Signed copy of the Technology usage agreement

Payment of a $500 per child registration fee

No application will be considered until all the required information is provided and the registration fee paid.

Registrar follows TIS Conditions of Admittance policies and procedures:

1.   Registrar checks that all application forms are complete, registration fee paid, and required documentation received

2.   Registrar tentatively places student according to age

3.   Registrar interviews student using the questionnaire outline

4.   Students complete school admissions testing (or tasks) as required by the administration admissions. The purpose of
     these assessments is to learn more about the student. Unless the results raise concerns, the student will be placed
     according to his/her age.

     While the student completes these assessments, the parents complete a questionnaire relating to their child(ren).

5.   If the student is not a native English speaker, the student will have an ELL placement test/interview

6.   Registrar, Counsellor, and the Principal review the completed application to determine the student’s placement.

7.   A copy of the second page of the admittance form is given the guards for security reasons

8.   Homeroom teacher receives the student file and is given at least 2 working days to prepare for the student’s arrival.




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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
A TIS Student…….
   • Follows the Dress Code*
   • Respects others
   • Respects property
   • Obeys adult requests
   • Uses proper language
   • Attends all classes
   • Does not chew gum
   • Does not run in the building
   • Does not participate in or encourage fighting
   • Arrives to school and to class on time
   • Follows the Attendance Policy
   • Is academically honest
   • Turns in work on time



DRESS CODE
1. No tight-fitting clothing made of see-through material.
2. No undergarments should be visible.
3. Bare midriffs are unacceptable; blouses or tops must be long enough so that they can be
   tucked in, should a student be requested to do so.
4. Blouses and tops need to be loose-fitting, without scooped-necks or
   gaping armholes.
5. Shirts or tops must not have offensive or suggestive logos.
6. Dresses, skirts, and shorts are to be knee-length.
7. No hats are to be worn in the building.
8. Students must wear shoes or sandals at all times. No high heels permitted.

             Faculty has the final say, and a teacher may have a student removed
                from class if his or her clothing is considered inappropriate.




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STUDENT ABSENCE POLICY
5.35 Student attendance/students absences and excuses

Regular attendance is important for the student to obtain maximum benefit from the educational
program. Whenever a student must be absent, parents are expected to notify the homeroom
teacher of the reason for absence. Absences must be excused by the school in order for the
students to be eligible to receive credit for the schoolwork missed. Absences will be tracked
per day in elementary and per class in secondary.

If a student accrues 10 or more absences per semester, the school reserves the right to
review the students’ situation and (possibly) recommend retention or loss of enrolment in
the school.

The school recognizes the potential educational value of trips to other places; however this
policy wishes to emphasize the importance of regular daily attendance to continued academic
development. Important and often crucial skills are developed with direct teacher instruction.
The interchange of ideas and information between and among students is a valuable learning
experience. Given the inquiry, constructive, hands-on approach to learning; parents must
understand that the school is unable to provide work that duplicates the missed in-class
experience.

Almost all late arrivals are avoidable. Students are expected to be on time to every class. Three
late arrivals will count as one absence.




AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Throughout the school year, students are offered a variety of After School Activities. There are
three 11 - or 12- week sessions offered each year, roughly in the fall, winter and spring. Most
activities happen once or twice a week for one hour, from 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Since most
activities are taught by staff, parents and volunteers from community, the activities vary from
session to session depending on who is available. Students sign up for activities with the School
Office the week before that activity session is scheduled to begin. Some activities may request
an additional cost for materials and travel, or those activities that are not taught by TIS teachers.
After School Activities Guidelines

   •   After the session begins, responsibility for canceling, notifying parents, or collecting any weekly
       dues from the students must be handled by the Activity Presenter.
   •   The activity time will be fixed at 3:30 - 4:30, unless special permission from the school director
       is received.
   •   If an activity must be canceled, or the time changed suddenly, please inform the School Office,
       so we can confirm this with anyone who calls on the phone, or with any drivers who ask.
   •   The Presenter should notify the School Office of any changes in the enrollment list (students
       dropping out or starting up). A current list needs to be maintained by the Presenter and the
       School Office.
   •   If the class for any reason will be leaving the school grounds, permission slips must be used.

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   •   The School Office can assist with reasonable photocopying and distribution of materials to the
       students through the teachers, if the materials are prepared and given to the School Office well
       in advance.
   •   Additional costs for materials, travel, etc. for participants must be mentioned before registration.
   •   Remember, communication and organization are essential!

FIELD TRIPS

A field trip is an educational activity. Such trips are encouraged as long as they do not seriously
interfere with the educational routine.
On all school-sponsored trips involving students, school employees will make provision for proper
supervision will be made by school employees. Parents are encouraged to assist in such supervision.
The sponsor is ultimately responsible to assure that parents are informed in writing a reasonable time
before their children participate in a school-sponsored field trip.
Procedure:
        1. It is intended for all students in the participating class(es).
        2. It takes the class(es) away from the classroom.
        3. It has identifiable objectives.
        4. It includes student preparation and evaluation.
       5. It includes teacher evaluation of the trip.
All requests for Field trips/Extra Curricular Activities must be made on the appropriate Proposal Forms.
The field trip form must be submitted to the Principal’s Office at least one week before the planned trip
while the extra curricular activities form must be submitted at least two weeks before the activity.
In addition you must inform all teachers that will be affected by students missing their classes due to
your trip. A teacher who has a student who is not doing acceptable work in their class has the right to
refuse to allow the student to participate in the trip or event. Please ask the School office for the 'Field
Trip Form'. See Appendix # 3




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                Faculty: Responsibilities and Expectations
The Tashkent International School employs teachers to teach any grade levels K-12, subjects and/or
combination thereof. The placement to grade level is made through the mutual agreement of Principal
and Director and the teacher when and if possible. There may be times when a teacher will be placed
on a need basis and the teacher must be willing to accept this assignment.

1) The working day for full-time staff members will be from 8:15 to 4:30. For part-time employees,
  times will vary. When early departure has been prearranged with the consent of the Principal and
  Director, no deduction of sick leave will be used. The Employee may take vacation only on dates
  when school is not in session, in accordance with Contract terms and the Board approved school
  calendar, unless approved in advance by the Director and the School Board.

2) Teachers will be responsible for the following: (all of the responsibilities are for both full and part-
   time employees unless specifically stated).

           a.   Yearly goals and objectives
           b.   Weekly plans to meet curricular goals and objectives
           c.   Motivating students and using instructional time effectively
           d.   Classroom discipline and general school order
           e.   Teaching two or three after-school activities per year; part-time employees one per year
           f.   Conducting student assessment, maintaining concise records and updating student
                cumulative folders
           g.   Communicating to parents about each student’s progress; conference when necessary
           h.   Monitoring students’ lunch times and/or recesses
           i.   Participating in school programs, special events, and school related activities
           j.   Assisting in curriculum development
           k.   Attending the school association meetings: e.g. PTA, Board meetings, and committee
                meetings when scheduled
           l.   Demonstrating positive interpersonal relationships

3) Teachers will be responsible for additional duties throughout the year as needed.

4) Teachers will teach the approved curriculum. Any variance from this must be approved by the
   Director or Principal.

5) All personal business must take place before school, during recess, lunch or after school (4:30 p.m.).

6) When absent, the teacher will let the Director or Principal know as soon as possible so a substitute
   can be called. Plans must be left for a substitute along with the substitute folder.

7) Teachers are encouraged to maintain subject area professional competency by attending conferences,
    seminars, or workshops every 2 years. Information gained is encouraged to be shared with the
    entire staff.

8) Teachers are urged to continue their academic pursuits and urged to read the professional journals on
    a regular basis.




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ABSENCES AND LEAVES
Absences and leaves are designed to help members of the professional staff maintain their physical
health, take care of family and other personal emergencies, improve professionally, and discharge
important and necessary obligations.
 SICK LEAVE
      Full year employees shall receive twelve (12) days of sick leave per work year. Employees on less than a full year
      contract shall receive ten (10) days of sick leave per year. Sick leave may be utilized to care for a dependent child.
      Sick leave may be accumulated to a total of 60 days. The Director may require a doctor’s statement describing the
      nature of the illness and/or treatment. In the event of major illness, special provision for leave and pay may be made
      at the discretion of the Director with the approval of the Board. If treatment is required outside of Tashkent the most
      efficient travel time is included as sick leave. Sick Leave for treatment abroad is granted only with medical
      documentation that treatment is needed urgently and is not available locally.
      Upon termination of the contract the employee will not be compensated for sick leave days not taken.

 PERSONAL LEAVE

      A maximum of three days of personal leave per school year may be allowed by the Director in accordance with
      policy established by the Board and subject to the availability of qualified substitute(s). Personal leave days may
      not be taken on scheduled teacher workdays that fall immediately before or after school holidays and vacations.
      Personal leave days shall be deducted from accumulated sick leave.
      A personal day leave should be used to allow an employee to perform a function that can only be done during
      working time.

   MATERNITY LEAVE

      After one (1) completed full academic year of employment a female EMPLOYEE may utilize accumulated sick
      leave for up to thirty (30) work days for reasons of pregnancy and childbirth. The date of which the EMPLOYEE
      stops employment and on which she returns to employment shall be decided by prior agreement between the Director
      and herself, on written advice of a qualified physician. The female EMPLOYEE is allowed an additional 60 days
      Leave without Pay (LWOP) with a guarantee of a similar position upon return.

      A father may be granted three days leave with pay to attend the birth of his own child.

   BEREAVEMENT LEAVE/EMERGENCY LEAVE

      A paid leave of 10 working days for overseas-foreign hire teachers and 5 working days for local hire employees,
      will be given to an employee to finalize arrangements in the event of a death in the employee’s immediate family, i.e.
      wife, husband, mother, father, child, and mother or father of spouse, or for bona fide emergencies occurring in the
      employee’s family as approved in advance by the director (e.g. major illness, medical evacuation, etc). In addition,
      five days Leave Without Pay may be utilized upon approval of the Director. If the death of a parent, spouse or child
      takes place outside of Uzbekistan and causes the overseas foreign hire employee to return home, the employer will
      provide financial assistance toward the purchase of a round trip airline ticket to the place of burial for the employee.
      The school contribution shall not exceed the cost of a ticket, as determined by the school, to the employee’s point of
      origin as stated in the contract of employment.

   LEAVE WITHOUT PAY/UNAUTHORIZED LEAVE

      All absences not covered by policies 6.20 through 6.24 shall be considered leave without pay or unauthorized
      absence. The distinction shall be that leave without pay is applied for in advance in writing and approved by the
      Director, while unauthorized absence is an absence without advance approval. For each day of leave without pay
      one day’s salary shall be deducted from the employee’s salary. For unauthorized absences the deduction for each
      day shall be a day’s salary plus an additional five percent plus the cost of a substitute.

      The daily rate will be determined by dividing the employee’s annual salary by the required number of workdays as
      indicated in the contract.




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CHILDREN OF EXPATRIATE EMPLOYEES

In order to satisfy the strategic goals of the school in the areas of recruitment and retention of
international staff:
The first two (2) children of each full time TIS expatriate employee will be admitted on a “no-fee”
basis. Each additional child will receive the benefit in 25% increments i.e. third child 75 % tuition
waiver, 4th child 50% tuition waiver, 5th child 25% tuition waiver, 6th child 0% tuition waiver.
There are no tuition benefits available or tuition assistance for authorized dependent attending another
school.
If the spouse of an employee is employed by a company that would normally pay the tuition for the
child tuition waivers shall not be granted.

TUITION WAIVERS FOR CHILDREN OF LOCAL HIRE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES (Host
Country Nationals)
In order to satisfy the strategic goals of the school in the areas of recruitment and retention of staff, the
Board has established policies and procedures to allow merit based tuition waivers to be awarded to the
children of locally recruited national staff as described in the policy and procedure outlined below.
If the spouse of an employee is employed by an organization that would normally pay all or most of the
tuition fees for the child(ren), tuition waivers shall not be granted.
The board may cease to offer tuition waivers for the following school year at any time. A notice of at
least one full academic quarter should be given to the parents of students so affected.
Only two full merit-based tuition waivers may be granted per employee.
The first two (2) children of each TIS employee who meet the criteria for a merit-based scholarship may
be admitted on a “no-fee” basis. Each additional child may receive the benefit in 25% increments i.e.
third child 75 % tuition waiver, 4th child 50% tuition waiver, 5th child 25% tuition waiver, 6th child 0%
tuition waiver.
There are no tuition benefits available or tuition assistance for authorized dependent attending another
school.
Employees wishing to apply for a merit based tuition waiver for their son/ daughter must submit their
application in writing to the office of the director and submit completed registration forms to the office
of the registrar no later than June 1 of the preceding academic year. Interviews and testing will then be
scheduled by the administration before the start of the following school year.


PROCEDURE
The following guidelines shall be applied when determining dependents eligible to receive tuition
waivers:

   1. Children of local national staff may only be admitted to grades 6 through 10.
   2. If they continue to meet the requirements of this policy they will be promoted to grades 11 and
      12 as part of their natural progression through school.
   3. The employee must be a full time employee of the school with at least one full academic year of
      service.
   4. The child must be the natural born child of an employee or a child whose legal adoption was
      completed at least one year prior to the employee’s initial employment at the school.
   5. Admission shall be merit-based to ensure that the children of locally hired national staff who
      have been awarded a merit-based tuition waiver have a good chance of obtaining a merit based
      scholarship to university outside of Uzbekistan
   6. Students will be expected to follow all requirements and procedures as described by the school’s
      Scholarship Policy 3.45. Once a student has been admitted on a tuition waiver basis, his or her
      place will be assured until he or she graduates, subject to the other requirements of this policy.
   7. The school shall not hire additional staff to accommodate the admission of an employee’s child
      nor shall staff be hired to meet any special needs of the student.

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   8. The school’s normal admission policies and procedures will be followed in addition to the
       additional admissions testing and interview process necessary to award a merit-based
       scholarship.
   9. Parents would be responsible for additional expenses except for those pertaining to those field
       trips covered by existing policy for the merit-based scholarship students.
   10. The child(ren) shall be placed at the appropriate grade level for their age following guidelines
       for enrollment at TIS and appropriate academic testing (for their grade level) as determined by
       the administration.
   11. The child(ren) should demonstrate a level of English appropriate to the grade level they are
       seeking to enter.
   12. The child should not present any behavioral, discipline or academic problems beyond which are
       customary for their age group, as described in Policy 3.45.
   13. If the employee ceases their employment with the school for any reason the child must either be
       withdrawn or fees must be paid for the remainder of the school year.
   14. Students that have been admitted under terms this policy supersedes will not be required to re-
       apply for admission. However, they will be required to meet the requirements of this policy in
       terms of maintaining their tuition waiver status.


TEACHER OBSERVATION AND EVALUATION
During the initial two-year contract an employee will be observed each year and a Summative
Evaluation will be completed. Following the initial two-year employment period an employee must be
observed and a summative evaluation completed at least once every two years. A written evaluation
will be given to the teacher and a copy will be kept in the teacher’s file. Should the Director or
Principal be concerned with a teacher’s performance, he/she may evaluate the teacher as often as
necessary to determine the teacher’s performance accurately and provide a written plan for
improvement that is agreed upon by both the evaluator and the teacher or provide for a mentor to help
supervise and implement a plan for improvement.
The Teacher shall complete the required forms for the Observation and Appraisal process. Completion
dates and sample forms are in the Appendix section of this handbook. Also included are copies of the
Teacher Job Description, the Pre-Observation Form, the Formal Observation Form and the Post-
Observation form. These are to be completed by December 15th of the first year of a teacher’s
employment at TIS. At a minimum there will be a Formal Observation every year.

COMPENSATION
Compensation (salary and benefits) is authorized in the annual budget and is determined by the Director
and the Business Manager. Salaries shall largely be based on the teacher's credentials and experience,
but the school reserves the right to consider other factors such as performance, recruitment challenges,
or general market considerations.

SALARY STATEMENT
All salaries will be paid in 12 equal installments on the last working day of the month throughout the school
year. Salaries for June and July, less a withholding of $500 for overseas hire employees and $100 for local
hire employees, will be paid on the last working day of the school year for teachers and others working a
school year contract. The amount withheld, less expenses, will be paid to the employee by July 31.

The salary schedules as determined by the Board will be used as a guideline for individual salary
placement. The salary terms and conditions for staff members are an individual matter to be referred to the
Director on an individual basis, since he is an agent of the Board and is empowered to sign contracts. If a
situation needs review by the Board, the Director will initiate the discussion and make recommendations to
the Board. The salary schedule will reflect academic preparation and teaching experience.



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Yearly increment advancement will be given only to each full-time teacher who has completed a full year
of employment at TIS and whose contract is renewed. A part-time teacher will be entitled to increment
advancement based on experience, provided he works a full year and his contract is renewed.
Teachers new to TIS will be given for prior teaching experience as indicated in the salary schedule in force
at that time. Credit for teaching prior to being employed at TIS shall include periods during which a
teacher is a full-time teacher at a school. Practice teaching and substitute teaching will not be included.
Experience in related fields may be credited at the discretion of the Director. The teacher shall provide
evidence of previous employment to the Director by November 1. Salary shall be adjusted as
appropriate by November 15.

COMMUNICATIONS
Clear, frequent, and effective communications between staff and with students and parents are crucial to
the success of all of our educational efforts. The school provides opportunities for communication
through individual conferences, grade level and school committee meetings, general faculty meetings,
as well as parent conferences, letters, and circulars:
       Email list serve to parents and teachers.
       Director/Principal circulated bulletins.
       The Director and Principal offices communicates to all staff on a regular basis.
       Director/Principal letters, TIS Weekly News, and other special communications to parents
       provide information on all aspects of the school's programs and events.
       The Parent teacher Association acts as a communication link between the school and parents
       through events, monthly meetings, and class representatives.
       Teacher communication with parents occurs in individual meetings, based on the needs and
       circumstances of the individual student. Parents and teachers should initiate appointments
       throughout the year, whenever appropriate.
       The Director or Principal must be advised in advance of all communications and conferences
       with parents.
       The Principal should be given a copy of all communication sent to parents.

STUDENT VISITORS
Parents wishing to have a student from another school visit must obtain prior permission from the
principal. At least one day’s notice is required. Permission will normally be granted for one school day
during which the visitor will accompany the host to classes and be subject to school regulations. The
host family is expected to take full responsibility for the visiting student.




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                                        FACILITIES
The new school campus provides ample resources and facilities in support of the educational program.
Besides well-equipped classrooms, the school facilities include a well-stocked library, science labs, a
gymnasium, two computer labs, a theatre, sports fields, and recreation areas.
School facilities may be used by staff, families, and outside groups (on a limited basis) after school and
on weekends. Requests for such use must be approved by the office of the Director.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION
Responsibility for the review and selection of teaching resources and textbooks will rest with the
divisional principals and their respective faculty teams.
A)      Supplies
        Please request stationary and office supplies through the office of the Propriety Supervisor
       (Rashid) by 3:30pm the day before they are needed. Supplies must not be purchased from
       outside of the school without prior approval of the administration. Supply request forms and
       purchase order forms are available in the Business office.

B)     Student stationary
       Students are issued with paper, pens and pencils by the office of the GSO. All Teachers can get
       all necessary supplies at the GSO’S office from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. provided they have been
       requested by 3:30p.m.the day before. These supplies are distributed by homeroom teachers.

C)     Inventories
       Teachers are expected to complete a teaching resources and fixed asset inventories for their
       classrooms at the beginning and end of each School Year. The form will be supplied by the
       office of the GSO and must be completed and returned by the dates posted.
D)      Photocopies
        Please request copies at least 24 hours in advance. Please complete the photocopy request form
       accurately and leave your originals to be copied in the tray in the school office area. Completed
       copies will be delivered to teacher’s boxes.
E)     Audiovisual Materials and Equipment
       Please sign these (OHP, Video, TV etc.) out of the library and return them as soon as you can
       after using them. Portable Computer Projectors may be used only by prior arrangement with the
       IT Coordinator.
F)     School Computer Labs
       Please book these rooms in advance using the online calendar, ensure you have the software you
       need in place and that you know how to use it! You can arrange your own training with the IT
       support staff on a case by case basis. Please be aware of special rules and procedures
       established to ensure safe and correct use of the room.

F)     Library and MPR booking
        Please book these rooms in advance using the online calendar. You can arrange your own
       training with the library support staff on a case by case basis. Please be aware of special rules
       and procedures established to ensure safe and correct use of the room.
       When booking the MPR, please ensure you inform the Propriety Supervisor (Rashid) of your
       needs in terms of room set-up (stage, use of microphones, chairs, screen projector, etc)



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                                           LIBRARY
The Library is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during each school day. Students who want to come to
the Library must bring a pass from the classroom teacher to be given to the librarian in order to sign in
the time of arrival. When the student is ready to go back to class, the librarian will sign out the time of
departure and return the pass. A limit of three students may come to the Library from any one teacher
without special arrangements. Each student should be on a separate pass unless the time of arrival and
departure will be the same for all.
The Library offers an opportunity to learn computer technology, as well as to prepare class assignments
and special projects. We ask that these guidelines be followed to ensure the safety of hardware and
software:

1.     Neither food nor beverages are allowed in the TIS Library.
2.     Ask the Technology Coordinator for permission before moving any equipment or altering
       software setups of any TIS computers or peripherals.
3.     Any disk or CD used outside of the school must be scanned for viruses before it
       is used in TIS computers.
4.     Unless asked to do otherwise, disconnect from shared folders, quit applications, and shut down
       before you leave your work station.
5.     Library equipment may be used during lunch and after-school as long as there is teacher
       supervision.
6.     Non-educational game playing is not permitted on TIS computers.
7.     Document files left outside of named folders are subject to deletion.
8.     All rules of TIS conduct and courtesy apply in Library areas.

Library Lending Procedure:
Regular Check-Outs: Elementary students may check One book/magazine out for One week
                    Secondary students may check 3 books/magazines out for Two weeks
                     All TIS Staff may check out an unlimited number of books/magazines for 1
                    month
If there is a special project, arrangements must be made with the librarian for more books and
longer check-out times.

Overnight Loans (this includes Friday to Monday):
Reference books
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias
Videos (for teachers only)
College Prep Materials: Secondary students may check these books out for ONE WEEK ONLY
Reserving Books: If a book is not on the shelf, a request should be made to the librarian to reserve it on
the computer. It is the duty of the user to check with the librarian daily if the book has arrived. If the
book comes in and the request has not been followed up, it will automatically be checked out to the
next person on the list, or renewed. The reserved book will be kept until the end of that day.
Overdue Books: If a book is overdue, an overdue notice will be sent through the homeroom teacher.
This will be done for 2 weeks in session. If the book is still overdue, a letter will be sent home to the
parent. After the fourth overdue week, a letter will be sent home to the parent requiring a replacement
book for the same value as the missing book, or financial reimbursement. At the end of the year, report
cards will not be issued until all books have been returned or paid for. In the case of a staff member not
returning a book, the final salary will not be issued until the book is returned or paid for.

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Computers: computers may be used by students and staff, and parents may also use them when
available. Be sure to observe the "no games" rule. Please ask for help if you have any questions.
Conduct/Behavior: as a courtesy to others, as well as to yourself, respect each other's need for silence.
Do not bring noisemakers such as cassette and disc players into the library. No food or beverages may
be brought into the library. Please leave all your valuable, large purses, book bags and backpacks with
the main desk prior to entering the stacks.




                                Emergency Procedures
If a medical emergency or accident should occur, the nearest teacher should render first aid as necessary
and send word to the school office. The School Office will contact the International Clinic and arrange
transport to the clinic if needed. For minor illness or injury, the teacher should issue a pass and send the
student to the office. The school office will contact the parent.
The Director will adopt proper procedures to provide for the safety of the children and personnel of the
school in emergencies (i.e. fire, earthquake, and bomb threat). The Director will review emergency
plans on a regular basic, together with the Safety and Security Committee. See Appendix # 6
The Director is authorized to announce the closing of school if actual or potential hazards threaten the
safety and well being of students and employees. The decision to close school will be made by the
Director. In his absence, the Business Manager will announce the closing of school.
In the case of an emergency or drill, the school siren or a continuous bell will sound to signal the need
for evacuation from the buildings. Teachers will accompany their students to the appropriate area.
During drills and actual emergencies, all staff members will have assigned tasks. At the beginning of
each school year, the Director will issue a memo outlining these assignments.



CAMPUS SECURITY
Closed Campus
TIS for reason of security operate a ‘closed campus’ policy. No student may leave campus without the
permission of the parent/guardian and/or a pass from the School office.
Visitors
The office must be notified in advance of any visitors coming onto the campus. The office will then
notify security at the front gate to admit the visitor upon arrival.
Classrooms
Teachers must always lock their closets, filing cabinets and classrooms when leaving their rooms - even
during breaks and lunches. Please never leave examinations, tests or other 'sensitive' material out on
desks.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Students are responsible for their books, study materials and personal possessions. They must use only
the locker assigned to them. We expect students to keep their lockers clean and in order. Periodic
locker inspections will be made during each semester. Though we respect students’ right to be
individuals, no stickers, writings or drawings of any kind are to be put on the lockers. Students will be
billed for all damage done to their lockers.




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LOST AND FOUND
Personal items of whatever kind or description which are found on the school campus will be placed in
the Lost and Found boxes located in the Guard’s Room. Please feel free to come and search for lost
items. Items labeled with the person's name will be returned as soon as they are turned in to Lost and
Found. Please remember to label your belongings!

VALUABLE PERSONAL ITEMS
At no point should a student’s personal item be allowed to disrupt classroom instruction. In general they
should be brought to school. The school accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to students’
valuable personal items.

CAMPUS – WIDE SERVICES
Food Services
A varied lunch menu is handed to each child at the beginning of a six week lunch period. Each day of
the week has different options. The lunch program is optional and payment is made in advance. Lunch
is delivered to the School and eaten in the multi-purpose room. Due to the hot weather in Tashkent,
children should bring a large bottle of water to school every day, especially during fall and spring.
Carbonated drinks are only allowed for grades 6-12.

Faculty may choose to bring a bagged lunch from home. Basic heating (microwaves), a cooker and
refrigerators are provided in the Faculty Lounge. Free tea and coffee is available to faculty and support
staff.

YEARBOOKS
These are available for purchase at the end of each academic year.

MOBILE PHONES
Students are permitted to bring mobile phones to school. All mobile telephones must be turned off and
kept in their backpacks/lockers during class time. Should a faculty member see a student using his/her
mobile phone during instructional time, the mobile telephone concerned will be confiscated and passed
on to the Principal. The students will then have to collect the mobile telephone at the end of the day.
Repeated violations may require further actions.




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                        ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5)
In the Elementary School, our main goal is to provide children opportunities to foster their
independence in working to the best of their potential, not only academically, but physically, socially
and creatively. Classes and activities are planned with the developmental stages from kindergarten
through grade five. We also provide our students with life skills education activities to help them
develop into caring individuals.
Our aim is to nurture globally-minded citizens who are: Communicators, Thinkers, Inquirers, Risk-
takers, Knowledgeable, Principled, Caring, Open-minded, Balanced, and Reflective.
The core subjects in the Elementary School are Language Arts, (spelling, reading, vocabulary, grammar,
composition), Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Russian, Physical Education, Arts (Visual Art,
Music, and Drama), Information Communication Technology (Computer and library), Uzbek Studies.
All students are placed in a Russian class appropriate to their proficiency level. Teachers are expected
to use an inquiry approach to teaching in all subject areas. Some students receive additional help in
English through our English Language Learner (ELL).
The Elementary School operates the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
Elementary School also has a very strong after-school activities program, which may include arts and
crafts, drama, volleyball, baseball, soccer, gymnastics, sculpture, computer club, and ballet and nature
clubs.

TEACHER EXPECTATIONS
In addition to the generic TIS Teacher Job Description and Contractual obligation, the Elementary teaching staff
must ensure that:

    They have read the relevant PYP documentation
       o Regularly refers to the book: “Making the PYP Happen” when making educational decisions
       o Understands the key components of the PYP
           (In school professional development will be available to help with this)
       o Regularly visits the IBO site for recent developments in the PYP

    They keep up to date with developments in curriculum and methodology relevant to the age of their students
       o Regularly read professional magazines
       o Maintain communication with teachers in other international schools
       o Have a personal professional development plan

    They support the philosophy of the PYP and are committed to an inquiry based approach to teaching and
    learning
        o The child is the centre of the learning environment
        o Willingness to adapt and change the learning activities based on student needs and interest
        o An understanding and application of the inquiry process
        o Teaching of all subject areas through inquiry
        o Strong commitment to the questioning stage
        o Integration of real-life investigations in classroom activities
        o Trans-disciplinary approach to support more in-depth understanding of the inquiry- combining
            numerous fields of study together
        o Works with the PYP coordinator to ensure their philosophy aligns with the PYP guidelines
        o Participates in and contributes to various activities that support the PYP
            (workshops, trial of new teaching strategies, etc.)

    They attend appropriate training sessions and receive support in the implementation of the PYP

    They use their schedule meeting time for collaborative planning and reflection
       o Planners/planning:
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                Complete PYP planners throughout the year in a timely fashion
                Each planner will have all sections completed according to a given schedule
                Initial planning of the unit should be completed at least one week before beginning the unit
                Parent informational letters will be sent at the beginning of all units of inquiry
                Identify and utilize local resources available to support the unit of inquiry
                Reflection stage of the planner will be completed within 2 weeks of finishing the unit
                All planners are submitted to and revised by the PYP coordinator
                Factors in students prior knowledge and interests
                Determines meaningful assessment in the beginning of the unit of inquiry
                Teacher expectations are in line with those of other PYP schools
                Students are involved in the planning

    o   Meetings:
               In addition to the regular weekly staff meeting, the teacher will have collaborative meetings
               each week.
               Will additionally regularly meet with the PYP coordinator and/or Elementary Principal to
               address grade specific issues
               Come to meetings prepared
    o   Collaboration:
               Have an open door policy with all other teachers in the school
               Shows an interest in collaborative teaching
               Invites other teachers to observe lessons
               Observes other teachers
They select and maintain appropriate materials and equipment (books, newspapers and magazines, computer
hardware and software, audio-visual equipment, apparatus, etc) in the sufficient quantity to facilitate the
implementation of the aims and objectives of the PYP
    o Survey the local community to find resources that can be used to support the inquires
    o Create, find, locate a wide range of resources to support the inquiry- different types: trips, images,
        texts, software, etc
    o Utilize resources for different sources (i.e. different publishers, different countries, from different
        perspectives, in different languages, etc) beyond the regular textbook.
PYP objectives are clearly addressed in the school where the PYP is to be delivered simultaneously with
other programmes, such as national programmes
    o PYP philosophy and framework take precedent over other school projects, text book outcomes,
        personal interests, etc.
    o Where needed teacher consults with the PYP coordinator to ensure objectives are being met
    o Explicitly teach the student profile and link it to student learning
    o Internationalism:
                 No one culture is predominate in the class
                 For example:
                     • British and American spelling are both acceptable and where possible taught
                     • Resources come from different countries
                     • Different currencies are used to teach math
                     • Local resources are valued
                     • Students have the opportunity to explore concepts in relation to their cultural
                         perspective
                     • Locate and utilize resources in different languages
                     • Metric, British Imperial and US Systems of measurement are equally valid and
                         acceptable
The explicit expectations of the PYP are transparent to the school community
   o Parents explicitly know what each unit of inquiry is about
   o Community plays an active role in the learning process
   o Teacher positively promotes the PYP

Assessment
   o Teachers implement the TIS Elementary assessment guidelines.

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ASSESSMENT
Assessment is seen as an integral element in the teaching/learning process. The assessment procedures
are based upon current educational philosophy and are directly related to the school curriculum.
Assessment and reporting practices aim to be consistent, based on published criteria and are designed to
give realistic and positive feedback on student academic progress to parents and students. All
elementary students have a portfolio reflecting their progress in the different subject areas. Detailed
information regarding assessment and portfolios can be found in the related Elementary Guidelines
(annexed) and the IBO PYP Assessment Handbook.

REPORTS
Report cards are sent home at the end of each quarter. At the end of the 1st and 3rd quarter, all students
receive an ‘End of Quarter’ report; while an “End of Semester” report is used at the end of quarter 2 and
4. As needed, teachers will also send mid-quarter reports.

HOMEWORK
Homework is an important part of a student's education since it reinforces the work covered during
lessons and allows students to extend their understandings. Homework can involve:
    • Reinforcing the lesson of the day's class
    • Completing work begun in class.
    • Reading material in preparation for the next class or as review of material presented in the
       previous class.
    • Long term project preparation (term papers, projects, etc.)

The Homework requirement increases as a student progresses through the school. A guide to the time
expected to be spent on regular homework and individual study is given below.

       Grade 1                15 minutes approximately each evening plus reading
       Grades 2, 3, 4         30 minutes approximately each evening plus reading
       Grade 5                45 minutes approximately each evening plus reading

Homework assignments may not be the same for all students in the class.              Teachers may vary
assignments based on each student's needs.

ASSEMBLIES
Student Assemblies
Each Monday morning, we have a 10-15 minute assembly. These assemblies are thematic based
(relating to the Learner Profile or PYP attitudes) and designed for the students. Each elementary
teacher is responsible for preparing a few assemblies throughout the year and teachers are
expected to invite the parents of students who are presenting two weeks in advance of the
assembly. This is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge students that have a demonstrated success
in an area during the previous week.

RECESS AND LUNCH
Unless otherwise agreed with the Elementary Principal, all teaching-assistants are expected to supervise
students during recess and lunch. Homeroom teachers will also be given recess and lunch supervision
responsibilities.

Recess and Lunch breaks are spent outside. If a student is well enough to attend school, then he/she
should go to outdoor recess. Should the weather not be favorable to outdoor recess, students are to
remain in their classrooms under the teaching-assistant’s supervision.



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HEALTHY SNACKS
Parents are encouraged to send students to school with healthy, nutritious snacks and drinks. Teachers
are expected to encourage our students and their parents to do this. Please discourage sugary snacks,
chocolate bars and carbonated sugary soft drinks.

CIRCULATION WITHIN THE SCHOOL
Homeroom teachers and assistants are responsible for ensuring the students remain quiet and calm
when circulating in the school.

TOYS
Expensive toys, electronic toys, plastic swords, toy guns, toy weapons, or knives are not permitted on
the campus. Students should be informed that they are responsible for any object brought to school.

PETS
Arrangements with the teacher should be made before animals are brought onto campus.

USE OF SCHOOL PHONE
Students must have permission from their homeroom teacher before using the School Office telephone.

HANDWRITING
It is important that students’ handwriting be clear, legible, and functional. Handwriting develops with
guided practice until it is mastered. Practice continues throughout their schoolwork as students apply
developing skills to all writing. All teachers are expected to teach handwriting. All homeroom teachers
have “Handwriting without Tears” as a resource.

OPEN HOUSE
Open House occurs during one evening early in the first semester and is an opportunity for parents to
follow their child's schedule for a typical day, find out more about the courses themselves and to meet
the teacher.




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                       SECONDARY SCHOOL (6-12)
The Secondary School offers a college preparatory curriculum. Instruction is in English, with English
as a Second Language provided for students needing additional support. The academic program
prepares all students for a United States high school diploma and prepares students for entry into the IB
Diploma Program (Years 11 and 12) – a universally recognized and highly academic course which
allows students to gain entry to universities and colleges world-wide. The curriculum for grades 6-10
lays the foundation for entry into the Diploma Program and eases the transition into both national and
international systems of education. Grades 6 through 10 curriculum, assessment and teaching practices
are currently being revised and realigned to meet the criteria of the IB Middle Years Programme (IB
MYP).

Students applying for admission to the Secondary School must demonstrate the potential to succeed in
an academically demanding university-preparatory school and to graduate from high school before they
reach twenty years of age.

Students in grades 6-10 must enroll in eight courses each semester. Core courses are: English, World
Languages, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Laboratory Sciences with electives including: The Arts,
Physical Education, Drama, Personal and Social Education and Information Technology. Requirements
for receiving a diploma from the Tashkent International School shall be the successful completion of
twenty four year long credits and satisfactory achievement of CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) for
grade 11 (30 weeks) and grade 12 (20 weeks). Classes are 90 minutes and are on a rotating four day
schedule with four classes each day. The school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:20.

These are an essential part of TIS secondary school life. Varsity sport teams include: soccer,
basketball, and volleyball. Other organizations include: Model United National, Student Council,
Speech and Debate, Yearbook, Make a Difference (service learning), IB CAS Program activities,
recreational sports and various academic and school spirit competitions. TIS is a member of CEESA
(Central Eastern European Schools Association) and sports teams attend competitions in India,
Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Students attend other CEESA events in Prague, Helsinki, Budapest, and
Vienna. With the introduction of the IB Diploma, Service Learning is becoming an integral part of the
education program, both within the school and through outreach projects such as Habitat for Humanity
building projects in Tajikistan. TIS students lead weekly interactive English Language instruction
activities with a residential Uzbek school for children with disabilities.

HIERARCHY OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION
The order below is a guideline for staff and the administration. Serious breaches of the Code of
Conduct will result in more serious consequences.
   • Warning
   • Student Conference
   • Discipline Referral Note
   • Detention
   • Parent Conference
   • Probation
   • Suspension
   • Expulsion

STUDENTS’ GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
   • Student / Teacher conference
   • Student / Secondary Principal / Teacher conference
   • Parent / Teacher/ Student / Secondary Principal conference
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PARENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

   • Parent / Student / Teacher conference
   • Parent / Teacher / Student / Secondary Principal conference

NOTE: Sexual harassment procedures and procedures for suspension and expulsion are covered
in the Board Policy Manual and can be found on the TIS website.

PLAGIARISM
The TIS Student Code of Conduct states that “a TIS student is [expected to be] academically
honest.” Penalties for violating this expectation range from “detention” to “suspension.” This
proposal is meant to augment the Code of Conduct with specific procedures regarding
plagiarism.



DEFINITION
Plagiarism is using someone else’s ideas, words, or work but presenting it as one’s own.
Legally, even paraphrasing without saying where the ideas came from is plagiarism. Plagiarism
also includes translating works from a language other than English and then submitting them in
English as one’s own work. Plagiarism combines theft and lying because the plagiariser steals
someone else’s work and claims it as his or her own.

PROCEDURE
If the teacher suspects an assignment has been plagiarized:

   • The assignment is given a grade of zero.
   • The teacher sends a discipline referral note home to parents.
   • The Principal will make a final ruling in the event of a disputed case of suspected
     plagiarism.
   • A repeated offence will result in a Case Conference with the student, the parents, teacher
     and the school administration. Further offences may result in suspension and even
     expulsion.


COLLEGES AND CAREER COUNSELING
The college-counseling program offers comprehensive individual guidance and support to each student
in the process of selecting and applying to colleges. The College Counseling Office has many resources
available, such as college view books and catalogs; College View and College Explorer, informative
computer programs; and college guides, such as Barron's Insider's Guide, The College Handbook, and
the Fiskle Guide College. The college counselor also assists with information necessary to college
applications such as required courses, grade point averages, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Others
special events are already organized included College Night, where students and parents are briefed on
the college application and selection process, and college fairs, when representatives visit to supply
specific materials and information.



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HOMEWORK RATIONALE
Tashkent International School students are expected to be able to work independently and to develop
the personal responsibility to become self-motivated learners. It is for this reason that regular
homework is allocated to TIS students by their teachers. In addition, homework allows teachers to
cover the curriculum in greater depth, to differentiate their instruction and to reinforce the content and
skills expected in each subject area. Students are able to practice and apply skills and concepts learned
during the academic day, they are able to master additional subject specific vocabulary and to actively
review material from each subject.

HOMEWORK GUIDELINES

The following guidelines have been agreed by the TIS Faculty in response to the data collected from the
students by our Annual Homework Survey. Please remember that the numbers given are an average
and some evenings, the homework load could be a little greater and some evenings much less than the
figures quoted below. In addition, some students take longer to complete tasks than others. If you feel
that your child is spending excess time on homework, please contact the teachers involved to set up a
plan for success.


Grade 6        Maximum of 60 minutes
Grade 7        Maximum of 70 minutes
Grade 8        Maximum of 80 minutes
Grade 9        Maximum of 90 minutes
Grade 10       Maximum of 100 minutes
Grade 11       Maximum of 4 to 5 hours of homework per evening*
Grade 12       Maximum of 4 to 5 hours of homework per evening*

Note: For International Baccalaureate courses a student takes in grades 11 and 12, there is a significant
amount of work done outside of class for CAS, Extended Essay and internal assessment assignments
plus revision for exams.

TESTING
Teachers use a variety of assessment tools and techniques to chart and measure student progress
including tests, quizzes, semester examinations, projects and presentations. Students should expect to
have no more than two tests per day, unless there is work to be made up due to absence.


LATE ENTRANCE POLICY
Should a student miss 10 or fewer school days at the beginning of any quarter, any coursework missed
must be made up. Should the student miss 11-15 school days at the beginning of any given quarter, the
student has the option to make up any coursework missed, in order to receive credit for that quarter.
Should the student miss more than 15 school days at the beginning of any quarter, no credit will be
awarded for that quarter. A semester average may be awarded if the work is made up by the end of the
second quarter of attendance.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

This is currently being revised and will be available in an addendum to this planner in August 2008.



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                                         ACADEMICS
The purpose of a school is to provide the opportunity for students to learn and teachers to teach. Any
acts which disrupt this process are unacceptable. This includes failure to complete assignments whether
in class or for homework. Poor results in the academic subjects will require Study Hall attendance after-
school so that additional assistance can be provided to help the student.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for receiving a diploma from the Tashkent International School shall be the successful
completion of 24 year-long credits including:

English                4 year long credits
Mathematics            4 year long credits
Science                4 year long credits
Social Studies         4 year long credits
Second Language        4 year long credits
Specials               4 year long credits in art, computer, music, physical education, or academic
                       electives in grades 11 and 12.

Satisfactory completion of CAS which includes reflective learning in a balance of pre-approved
Creativity, Action and Service activities for 3-4 hours each week over two years;
Semester credits will be accepted for transfer students.


SECONDARY SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROBATION
The Principal will maintain procedures for academic probation. Such procedures are designed to ensure
student success. Regular and formal communication between faculty and parents will be the keystone
to this process. Administrative policies regarding academic probation will be contained in the faculty
and student handbooks and will also be communicated to the parents.

Students who successfully complete the guidelines for academic probation will be considered as regular
students again and will be able to participate in activities as normal.

Students who are still unsuccessful at the end of the probationary period will face the following
consequences:
     • Any student in grades 7 or 8 who has failed to achieve a score of 2 (on the 1 to 7 grading scale)
        in two core courses may be retained at the end of the year.
     • Any high school student failing to achieve a score of 2 (on the 1 to 7 grading scale) in three
        core courses or failing to achieve a 2 and carrying two “2’s” in other core courses at the end of
        the year will not be readmitted to the school unless the secondary faculty and Director
        recommend re-admission.

RE-ADMISSION AFTER THE SENIOR YEAR
Students who have failed a course or courses as seniors will not be readmitted. Students who have
graduated will not be readmitted to TIS.




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              THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (MYP)
Students in grades 6-10 will be part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme or the
MYP as it is most often called. The MYP is designed to help students meet the challenges of
adolescence and the changing demands of the 21st Century.

Curriculum: Each year students will have classes in the Arts (music and art), Humanities, Language A
(usually English), Language B (ELL, Russian or French), Math, PSHE (Physical, Social and Health
Education) and the Sciences.

Areas of Interaction (AOI): The curriculum will be taught through the five AOIs, which will help
students make connections between topics, across subject areas and to the real world.

        Approaches to Learning (ATL):
        How do I learn best? How do I know? How do I communicate my understanding?

        Community and Service:
        How do we live in relation to each other? How can I contribute to the community? How can I
        help others?

        Human Ingenuity:
        Why and how do we create? What are the consequences of our
        creations?

        Environments
        Where do we live? What resources do we have or need? What
        are my responsibilities?

        Health and Social Education
        How do I think and act? How am I changing? How can I look after
        myself and others?

Assessment: the MYP uses criterion based assessment. Each subject area will have a range of skills
that will be assessed throughout the year. For each reporting period, students will receive an individual
score for each criterion and, beginning with the first semester report, those scores will be converted to
an overall 1-7 score. The scores are not averaged over time and the reported scores for each grading
period will be a measure of what students currently know, understand and can do.

Example:
Grade      Boundaries             Math
                                  Criterion A: Know. &             5
   1           0-4                Under. Max. 8
   2           5-8                Criterion B: Invest. Patterns    5
                                  Max. 8
   3          9-12                Criterion C: Communication.      4
                                  Max. 6
   4          13-17               Criterion D: Reflection.         4
                                  Max. 6
   5          18-21

   6          22-25                                                18

   7          26-28
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                             THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

In Grades 11-12 the only programme offered is the International Baccalaureate, a rigorous pre-
university course of studies, externally examined, for students aged between sixteen and nineteen. It is
designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum and open to all students who have a reasonable
chance of benefiting from the course of studies.
Conditions of Award for IB Diploma Certificate
   • students are required to select one subject from each of six subject groups
   • students must select at least three, and not more than four, of the six subjects at HL
   • every student must take English, either at A1 or A2 level
The subject groups and subjects offered within each group at TIS are as follows:
Group 1: English A1; Russian A1; Korean A1; self-taught Language A1
Group 2: English A2; French and Russian ab initio;
Group 3: Individuals & Societies History; Economics; ITGS
Group 4: Experimental Sciences Biology; Chemistry; Physics
Group 5: Mathematics HL Maths; SL Maths; Maths Studies
Group 6: Music or a second subject from groups 2, 3 or 4

In addition, students must meet the following requirements:
 • submission of an Extended Essay;
 • satisfactory completion of course entitled Theory of Knowledge (TOK);
 • Satisfactory completion of CAS which includes reflective learning in a balance of pre-approved
     Creativity, Action and Service activities for 3-4 hours each week over two years;
 • Fulfillment of the collaborative “Group 4 Project” for their science classes.

To be eligible for the full Diploma award, students must satisfy certain requirements that include the
following:
 • submit work for purposes of internal assessment
 • sit the May session external examinations
 • achieve a minimum total score of 24 out of 45 (subject to certain conditions)
 • achieve a passing grade in their extended essay
 • has not been judged to be guilty of malpractice (plagiarism)
More details of these requirements can be obtained from the Secondary Principal.

Requirements for individual Certificates in IB Diploma courses
Students may elect to sit for externally graded exams in any of the IB courses in which they are
enrolled. Satisfactory results on the exams combined with completed course work would lead to the
awarding of IB Certificates in these courses, either at a Standard or Higher level, and credit earned
toward the completion of the TIS High School Diploma.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The T.I.S. School Board shall offer a maximum of six 100% tuition-free merit based scholarships to
Uzbek nationals from a local school in TIS grades 10, 11 and 12. Priority will be given to students who
would otherwise not be able to afford a TIS education.
In addition to tuition-free scholarships, students awarded merit based scholarships may qualify for one
(1) fully sponsored sports/co-academic tournament trip and a second trip with up to no more than a 50%
reduction of housing and transportation expenses.
.No Scholarships will be given without previous board approval

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ASSEMBLIES
Teachers are encouraged to promote the use of assemblies as a forum for generating debate, discussion,
airing issues and promoting student clubs and societies. All teachers and students are expected to
attend assemblies. Teachers are expected to monitor student behavior and homeroom teachers to stay
with their group. 'Out of turn talking' and other examples of poor manners must be corrected
immediately.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
The parent/teacher conferences provide a special opportunity to look at the student's work, as well as
the report card, and to discuss individual progress. The office sends a letter to each parent with the
scheduled time for the conference. Families who have more than one child at TIS will be scheduled
around the same time. When appropriate, students are required to attend conferences. Open
communication between parents and teachers is an important support to children during their school
years. Conferences give parents and teachers the opportunity to share information about the child's
development at home and at school, and to plan for further growth. Teachers should also feel free to
make an appointment with the parents of any of their students at any time. Teachers may need office
help with this and may need to involve the Director - depending upon the nature of the case.


SCHEDULE CHANGES

Changes in students’ schedules are allowed only in unusual circumstances, with approval from the
Secondary Principal, and are usually made during the first week of a course. Any student wishing to
drop a course without penalty must do so no later than the end of the third week of the semester. After
the three-week period, any course withdrawal will be noted on the student's transcript as passing or
failing.

RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FOR TIS SPONSORED PARTIES, DANCE
AND STUDENT EVENTS
We are interested in the safety of all students participating in activities outside our normal school
hours. Please read these rules and discuss them with your son or daughter.

  1. Students must be at the dance or movie within 30 minutes of the start or they will not be admitted
     without a parent. Parents, we want you to know that your child is at the school the entire time.
     Please be on time or walk your child in if you are running late. Student should be prepared to
     sign in with the Student Council representative or chaperone on hand.
  2. Students must remain at the event the entire time. For example, if the event ends at 10:30,
     students should remain in the dance or movie area until it is time to leave. Again, students will
     not be permitted to leave early without a parent.
  3. Students need to remain in the movie or dance area the entire time of the event. Therefore,
     students should stay in the auditorium, but would be permitted to use the bathrooms near the
     auditorium. Students cannot be outside on the grounds or in the gym. If a student cannot follow
     these rules, the parents will be called to take the student home.
  4. Respect for equipment and people are required at all times. This includes fellow students, staff
     and chaperones.
  5. TIS staff and chaperones are permitted to search the bags and other property of student if they
     have reason to believe prohibited substances (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc) may have been
     brought to the event.
  6. Any student who is suspected of ‘being under the influence of a prohibited substance will:
         a) have their parents called to come to pick them up
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           b) be suspended three (3) days and/or
           c) other disciplinary action

  7. It is the expectation of TIS that the parents will bring and pick up their sons or daughters. TIS is
     NOT responsible for a student after he/she leaves the event.

  8. No guests are allowed at these events. They are for TIS students only. The exceptions are when
     we invite another school for an event and this would be announces ahead of time.

In addition:

  9. The number of chaperones needed for school events will be determined by the Secondary
     Principal in consultation with the teacher sponsor/advisor.




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