The ISBerne 2013 Graduation/ Mattenhof-Gümligen, May 31

DSC_1664The ISBerne 2013 Graduation was held this past Friday at  Mattenhofsaal. The graduating class was introduced by Dr. Eric Mace-Tessler, and diplomas were presented by ISBerne Director Wayne Haugen and Deputy Director/ Secondary School Principal Tobin Bechtel. The keynote address was given by Bruce Davis, Executive VP of Worldwide Business Development for K12, who highlighted the opportunity this group has been handed and their obligations as a result. There is a cell phone video of his address below. Twenty three graduates – and a lot of delighted parents, grandparents and friends were in attendance.  They are headed off to a “who’s who” of post-secondary institutions.  A very impressive collection of high performing students whose positive peer pressure has extracted the best from each individual.

The ISBerne social media project hits 10,000 page views!


The ISberne blog has logged over 10,000 page views since just a few weeks before Thanksgiving of 2012, and has had visitors from 87 countries around the world. We want to thank you for your support and submissions. If you haven’t already, we hope that you’ll sign up as a follower, and we welcome editorials from the ISBerne community: parents, students, and faculty. Our archive of posts details many of the programs at our school: art, music, International Baccalaureate, pre-K curriculum, sports, and community service to name just a few, so we encourage you to take a look at our entire selection of content.

And please consider sharing it with your extended community. Each post brings our message to a larger audience and gives students the recognition they deserve.  Like Ossian Perret, Grade 11, whose student-produced video for Billion Rising has had nearly 1900 views! ISBerne is excited to know that thousands of people are learning more about our special school and community.


Check out the site visitor map in the right-hand column to see where the views came from.

ISBerne Odyssey of the Mind teams compete at the International School of Geneva

ISBerne commends the Odyssey of the Mind teams from both the Elementary and Secondary Schools who traveled to the International School of Geneva this past Saturday for a regional tournament!

“On Saturday, 2 March 2013, I had the pleasure to be in the audience as our first ever Odyssey teams competed against teams from the International School of Geneva. Our teams are to be congratulated for being such creative, open minded and risk-taking participants. What really struck me was the diversity of cultural backgrounds of our teams, something that I think truly adds to the essence of what makes our school such a special place. It brings with it a variety of ideas, talents and perspectives that one might not necessarily see from a more mono-cultural school. Mr Bechtel and I are very grateful to our coaches and extremely proud of each and every ISBerne student that participated, they represented all that ISBerne stands for!”

Mr Scott Jackson, ELC/Elementary School Principal

The video below gives a quick look at the teams’ practice sessions and shares a bit about the mission of the program.  And again, ISBerne sends a huge thank you to the parent volunteers for their efforts to make this activity a huge success in its first year.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents to get involved at the school.

The school looks forward to learning about upcoming competitions including a possible trip to the European tournament.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.


It’s all about strong relationships surrounding students: A typical day at the ISBerne Elementary School

In this short interview, our Principal, Mr Scott Jackson, shares what a “typical day” is like for the young students at the ISBerne Elementary School.  He continues by discussing the quality relationships between the teachers and parents and how they are critical to each student’s success.  It all starts with a special group of diverse teachers, carefully selected and committed to creating a rich learning environment.  From morning fitness to mathematical enquiry, and from foreign and native language classes to chances to work with innovative technology tools, the ISBerne elementary students have focused and fun daily routines.  And at the end of the day, for Mr Jackson, it all comes down to a focused commitment to building strong ties between the school and the home.