SISA plans vacation program for international students – Lee’s Summit Tribune


December 25, 2021

By Dan Hall
Photographer and Reporter

On December 21, forty-two students and three administrators participated in a student-led vacation program at the Summit International Studies Academy (SISA). A three-person student team developed this first-ever vacation program to honor the eleven international students from around the world who attend Lee’s Summit West High School. Foreign students were paired with local SISA students who participated in a tour of the Summit Technology Academy. After the visit, a short PowerPoint presentation by a team was given on how the holidays are celebrated in America. This was followed by many international students describing how their families celebrate Christmas. The student team also hosted a pizza and cookie lunch following the program.

SISA is a fully ‘project driven’ team learning approach. Nine student teams will have worked on fifty projects this fall semester involving thirty-two students. Each of the nine teams has a local Rotary member who plays an advisory role. These advisers answer business questions, ensure quality control and share life experiences that help guide students in their projects.

Student Team Members: Kira Pangelinan, Bailey Gerhardt and Sophia Buck review final student exchange program plans

The December 21 project was planned by three members of the SISA team; Bailey Gerhardt, Kira Pangelinan and Sophia Buck. This overseas exchange project is designed to help international students who may need help immersing themselves in our American culture. The project was also created so that every exchange student has a “high school buddy” to ease culture shock and help overcome academic and language barriers. The goal of the project is to create a student-focused program that will continue to support international exchange students for years to come.


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