"Taste the Nations" from a Student’s Perspective

“Taste the Nations” preparation begins months before the event. The grades choose a country to represent in a dance- these almost always tie in with end session or some other event that has inspired us during the year. For example, the seventh grade represented Iceland, which is a travel option during end session this year. They then go to work practicing and perfectecting the dance. “For two months, we rehearsed every Tuesday for two hours. As ‘Taste the Nations’ drew closer, we rehearsed a few Thursdays as well.” said a grade seven student. “Not only is there the dance practice, but the writing and rehearsing of the introduction speech.”

It’s a lot of work, but we, the students, recognize the importance of it. Firstly, it is for a grade. Secondly, we care about our school, and so we do our best to represent it. Not only do we care about our school, but the opportunities of the people in it. The money raised from “ Taste the Nations” goes toward end session scholarships- because the end session traveling options cost a lot, the school makes an effort to have all the students travel once throughout their period at school. It is an amazing experience- one every student deserves to try.

Dr. Xuri Maurice Allen visits DP Program


Dr. Xuri Maurice Allen visited our Diploma Program students during College Seminar this week.  Dr. Allen (current VIMSIA parent) has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has served as the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of the Virgin Islands.  He spoke to our students about the transition to college and preparing for the college application process.  Thank you for supporting our students, Dr. Allen!  For more information or ways to get involved please contact Kara Ebe at kebe@vimsia.org

Talia Feshbach Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist


Talia Feshbach, a senior at VI Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy, has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Last fall, Talia's PSAT score qualified her as a semi-finalist out of 1,600,000 test takers.  She was recently named as one of 15,000 finalists and hopes to be one of 7,500 students nationwide to receive a scholarship. Finalists will be notified in March if they are scholarship winners.  Congratulations Talia!  

Axel Bartsch 2019 Youth Model Award Winner


Congratulations to senior Axel Bartsch for winning the 2019 Youth Role Model Award presented by the University Bound Program. The award is given to a Diploma Programme senior who has maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA, has displayed leadership qualities, excelled in music or athletics, is active in their church or community and plans to attend a post-secondary institution after graduation. Congratulations!

PGIA Honor Students Announced


Congratulations to all of the students who ended semester 1 on Academic Honors!  

These are students who have earned an IB 6-7 average in their core IB classes. The list of students is attached, and will be hung around campus. Your hard work and diligence has paid off.  Nice work!

Honor students were awarded Honors Certificates.

DP Global Politics

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On Friday, December 7, 2019, the grade 11 and 12 DP Global Politics class welcomed Mr. Michael Feshbach. Mr. Feshbach taught a lesson on parliamentary systems. He spoke in depth on the unicameral national legislature of Israel, the Knesset. He discussed how governmental parties have to work together in order to accomplish goals. He also spoke in broad terms on the role of how parties of any government should listen and respect different views and opinions and still be able to work together to come to agreements that benefit everyone.

The Gift of Reading


During the morning one of our little friends was looking through our "readers" (books not in our library corner). I suggested she find an available older friend to read to her. Two great things happened:

1. the younger child got her hands on work she is not ready for yet.

2. the older child gets to solidify her reading knowledge by reading to a friend.