Summer Updates 2019

While our activities this summer were not as grandiose as last summer’s major remodel, our thoughtful efforts this summer will go a long way to improving teaching and learning every day.

Playground Updates:  this summer we have installed a permanent basketball hoop, a new water table, and a teeter totter.  We painted new lines for various adventures, spread lots of fresh bark chips, replaced the walls on our turf soccer field, and more. 

Safety and Security Improvements include fixing some trip hazards on our sidewalks, installing blinds on the interior windows upstairs, added an AED upstairs, hung new trauma kits, brought our exterior cameras on-line, and installed an all new phone and public announcement system inside and out.

Technology:  we have made the conversion to the google platform, which includes new Chromebooks and Chromecasts in all classrooms, and we migrated our files and photo storage to the cloud.  

Inside:  new magnetic white boards have been hung, we now have an announcement display in the pre/k wing, the library got a furniture upgrade, among other subtle and important things. 

Years in the Making

In our 22 years as an established immersion school, we have grown from educating a small group of children to a community of 200 students and their families!

Back in 2016 the Building Committee, who is responsible for ongoing maintenance and long-term planning for the campus, engaged a team of professionals to do a full assessment of the school’s mechanical systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.), exterior envelope (windows, roof, siding), and properties (hazardous materials, oil tanks, subsurface soils).  The most pressing need was established as the exterior envelope.  

After gathering initial estimates and design ideas, a contractor and an architect were chosen. Their initial concepts were the basis for the German government grant application that was submitted. On October 22, 2017 we received the exciting news that we had received the grant from the   German Government  to improve our facilities. With the grant approved, the next phase of project development (detailed estimates, drawings, financing options) began.

On April 6, 2018 the GIS board formally voted on approving contractor choice, architect, and a budget to execute on the project.  

With growth, conservative fiscal management and strategic oversight, GIS is now in a position where it can start phase 1 of its evolution plan.

Seismic Upgrades 

We are excited to share the steps we have taken this summer during the remodel to improve school safety. We would like to express our appreciation to all who were involved in this process. 

Our ceiling grid has been upgraded to current building code to protect the building occupants.  This entailed installing compression posts, strapping, and Berc2 clips above the entire ceiling grid.  These improvements will prevent ceiling tiles, light fixtures, and the metal frame from falling during any shaking.  

We all appreciate your flexibility and support in this process and although these improvements are ‘hidden’ above the ceiling grid, we can all rest a bit easier knowing we have come together to take the best care of our children.


Other Improvents so far ... 

New: windows in the stairwells, window treatments, flooring in the stairwells & teacher’s lounge, lighting in the stairwells & main bathrooms, door in the lunchroom, siding and external paint, interior paint, and electric outlets on the exterior of the building.

Replaced fencing along the playground, repaired concrete, replaced all windows and window sills, made playground, planter bed and parking lot improvements, upgraded the door code system and will be adding a new lobby screen for announcements.

Behind the Scenes

This is the biggest project GIS has taken on and we could not have made it this far without support. We are lucky to have so many thoughtful, diligent, creative, and open minded parent volunteers working on the committees to make this happen.

Special thank you to:

Building Committee

  • Robert Glatz
  • Micha Ramsey
  • Marcus Eyth
  • Mark Newman
  • Jody Yates
  • Blake Peters

Design Committee

  • Shawn and Britta Bavaresco
  • Tom and Natalie Bell
  • Taylor Quinn
  • Sonja Niess

Finance Committee

  • Ulrike Weiler
  • Robert Glatz
  • Carsten Schemel
  • Jackie Ortega

Recent Updates

Aug 15 2019

New Playground Equipment

Jun 10 2019

Exterior Remodel Project Final Report

We are excited to release our Exterior remodel final report! We are so happy with the end results.