A 2014-15 School Year Welcome from Founder & President Rhonda Broussard

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools!

Every year in a startup school community is a milestone year, and this year brings even more milestones for SLLIS.  This school year we welcome over 1,000 brilliant students in grades K-6 on three campuses – Papin, Pine & Marine.  We open The International School with our first class of 6th grade students.  The International School is the first school in the St. Louis region and the second school in the state of Missouri to deliver the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate.  We are also opening the doors of our third campus, Marine, that will house The Chinese School and The International School.

Throughout the summer months, our Administrative Team has been working on infusing every aspect of our instructional program with literacy and literature.  From morning drop-off, school day instruction, and Mosaic programming, our entire school community will be engaged in the core value: Reading for Knowledge, for Pleasure, for Life.  What were your great summer reads?  How will you share your personal reading experience with your children/students this year?  Reading The Smartest Kids in the World this summer has inspired me to think even more deeply our students’ everyday experience.  Up next for me: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamande Adichie.

When I envision our school community, my first thought is about the power of High Expectations for All.   Every day that I wake up, I remain convinced that teaching all of our students to be IB Learners will radically change their experience of and access to education for the rest of their lives.  As the most rigorous high school diploma in the world, IB reflects the ultimate expectation for our students’ academic and leadership experience.

Welcome to a new school year at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. I will leave you with a quote I’ve already shared with our staff –

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Looking forward,

Rhonda

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