It’s my great pleasure to welcome you and your child to our school community. KIS is an incubator for innovation, and a greenhouse for growth! One of the great perks of my job as principal is being able to go into each and every learning space and witness that learning first-hand. Whenever you see me around school, it will most likely be with a camera around my neck as I look to capture images of those special moments of discovery. Fortunately, that’s pretty easy to do since those moments are happening around here all the time!
When you walk the halls of KIS, you too will undoubtedly notice any number of photo-worthy things, but one thing you won’t see are a bunch of textbooks! Schools are just about the only place on earth where different disciplines are routinely quarantined, kept safely apart from one another. In our quest to make learning more like life, we’ve moved away from discrete subjects and have created Transdisciplinary Units that infuse Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Design. Students apply what they’ve learned to find solutions to real-world contemporary problems.
At KIS, it’s not so much about what you know. It’s what you DO with what you know that matters. Our aim is to make sure that today’s lesson doesn’t just connect with tomorrow’s but with experiences well past the horizon too. Think A to B and A to Z. That’s no simple task, but it is our charge: to prepare children for a future that we cannot conceive of.
The elementary school is rarely a quiet place. More often than not, it’s a raucous cacophony of learning and laughter…. And that’s just the way we like it! We do our best each day to celebrate the fact that learning is a joyous experience, and that ALL of us are on that journey of discovery together.
We’re truly blessed with world-class facilities, passionate, and creative colleagues, a top-notch curriculum, and an incredibly supportive parent community. But what sets us apart are our students. They come to school every day with an eagerness and enthusiasm for learning that is nothing short of overwhelming. It is a gift to get to work with these kids every day.
So again, welcome to the KIS family. I look forward to seeing you and your child in the halls throughout the year.
Travis B. Peterson
Pangyo Elementary Principal