When will I know my child’s schedule?

Students who join NIST in August are provided with a class schedule on the first day of school. Elementary students who join in January will receive it from their homeroom teachers. Secondary students who join in January must first select their language and arts classes, at which point they will receive their schedules.

The 6-Day Cycle

NIST is on a 6-day cycle. Each school day is lettered from A to F. NIST follows a published calendar for the 6-day cycle, which is included in this document and updated on the school’s website. The 6-day cycle was implemented to avoid the disruption caused by public holidays, which often fall on the same day of the week.

How can I connect with others in the NIST community?

We strongly believe that schools should be hubs for the community, places where you can connect and learn from others. Dozens of events are hosted each semester to allow you to meet administrators, teachers and other parents.

  • NIST Parent-Teacher Association (NIPTA): More than any other group, NIPTA provides a way for you as a parent to be involved in the NIST community and meet others who share your interests. In addition to hosting regular small events such as coffee mornings and luncheons, NIPTA also organizes major annual events such as Pinktober and Starry Nights, both of which generate funds that are directed toward charitable causes.
  • Country Groups: For parents who wish to connect with others who share their languages or backgrounds, country groups are an excellent way to network and become involved in cultural events.
  • Community Learning Hub seminars: These information and discussion sessions are organized throughout the year for both elementary and secondary parents. Topics range from positive parenting techniques to training sessions that provide guidance in accessing school information.

Where do I find information about school events and my child’s classes?

NIST uses several online systems to provide information for both parents and students. In addition to the main website and the Portal, the following sites will be invaluable for you in keeping up to date with our community:

  • Veracross allows parents and students to check on attendance, grades and report cards, and also allows parents to update family information. The system is used to arrange sign ups for extra-curricular activities, parent teacher conferences, online enrollment and re-enrollment. The family calendar in Veracross is tailored to you and your family. Every new parent will receive a welcome email with your Veracross login information, which will also be used for the NIST Catering Campus Online and the Portal System.
  • The NIST Link is a blog that provides daily updates for parents and students. It can be customized to your interests by selecting the types of posts you would like to see from the main menu. The Links menu section also connects you to the elementary class blogs and others within the community.
  • The Portal System is a repository where many secondary curriculum documents are housed. It is a learning management system for secondary classes, though it is currently being phased out.
  • The NIST Resources hosts many essential documents, including the parent handbooks and other comprehensive sources of information. These documents provide insight into policies, procedures and guidelines for both students and parents.
  • The NIST Facebook page provides general updates that are not as comprehensive as those found in Veracross or The NIST Link. However, it provides a good view into the vibrant NIST community and allows you to interact with other members of the community online.
  • Zenfolio hosts all of our school photos and are accessible to all members of the community.