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Welcome, Class of 2017

Congratulations on being chosen to attend one of the best schools in the USA! 
 
Summer assignments have been a
tradition at the International School of the Americas since it was created in 1994. We give these assignments so you can keep your brain sharp over the summer by practicing your reading, writing, and thinking skills. In addition, we hope to learn more about you through these carefully planned activities. When you start school on day one, this book and these assignments will be a shared set of experiences among the freshman class, helping you to become acquainted with one another quickly.

All the freshman summer assignments for this year are based on the same book:  Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins. Written in 2010 for people your age, this book touches on many of the topics and themes that are important to ISA. If you can buy a copy of this book, you will not regret it. The cover price is $16.95, but you can find a used copy on Amazon.com for about $8, including postage. The San Antonio Public Library has copies, also (click on Catalog--you can put a hold on the book and request that it be sent to your closest branch). Several former freshmen also left copies if you would like to borrow one; you may check them out from the ISA office during office hours over the summer (8-5 Monday through Thursday).  Once you get the book, read it. Then do the assignments we have created. Bring them all to school on the first day.

Orientation for the entire school is traditionally called Hot Diggity Doo Dah. This happens on the Saturday morning before the official first day of school. Students will receive their schedules, get lockers, join clubs, and eat grilled hot dogs. Freshmen only will also be invited to Flip Flop Camp that day (it's sort of like a "boot camp" to get you and your parents ready for ISA, but we have a more laid-back attitude so we call it Flip Flop Camp). Expect to be at school from 10:00 until 1:00 on August 24.  Meet in the Multipurpose Room of the Lee Library.

August is also the traditional time to buy school supplies. The freshman teachers have created a supply list. If you would like to earn volunteer hours by helping teachers get their rooms ready for school, come to ISA (check in at the office) on Monday Auguest 5th between 9 and 3 (you do not have to stay the whole time).

We look forward to meeting you soon!