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Author Archives: Dave

Mathcounts in Saigon

Our teams traveled to Vietnam to take part in the regional Mathcounts competition last weekend. Since I started the program at JIS and pushed for an interscholastic tournament, check out the phenomenal growth: 2012 – 18 students from 1 school, school-wide competition in Jakarta 2013 – 49 students from 5 schools, competition in Jakarta 2014 […]

Travel Pictures Contest Entries

Our annual MS welcome-back party was held last night, and part of the festivities included people’s pictures from the break. Teachers (and spouses) were invited to submit a picture in a number of different categories, and then everyone votes on the winners in each. I’m not sure my entries were as strong as in the […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating today! Καλά Χριστούγεννα and Срећан Божић from the tropics.

Happy Anniversary!

We’re so busy enjoying the Thai sun and surf that we’ve posted very little during our trip. Here are 4 quick shots from our dives – under stunning cliffs, we saw sharks, rockfish, and Susan finally laid eyes on a real-life seahorse! That makes for a pretty special anniversary present, right honey?

Happy Holidays to all!

We’re getting ready to head to Thailand for the break, and part of my job is to prep all the technology. I was cleaning off the camera card, and saw that I’d never even looked at our “above water” pictures from Bali. One of the last shots of the trip was of this family coming […]

Middle School Madness

Our end-of-semester fun and games day ended, yet again, with our powerful SALAK team claiming victory!!

Wayfarin’ to Warsaw!!

Big Stutz family news this morning – Susan and I have accepted jobs at the American School of Warsaw for the 2015-16 school year! Alea will graduate a JIS Dragon, but Breck will be a Warsaw Warrior. We must have had a premonition, as we’re wearing the school colors of white, red, and black in […]

Snoozing on 12/13/14

Breck’s catnap today with Linsea and Dori…

Google for Educators presentation

Getting my geek on this weekend: My teaching partner and I are presenting at a Google Summit being held here. Name of our session? Forms As Reflective Tools. We have so much fun with acronyms!

Thanksgiving 2014

We are missing mom, as she’s back in the US for the month, but are grateful to friends here for hosting yet another spectacular Thanksgiving dinner. Dave and the kids were all excited to get dressed up for the occasion!

Susan in the States

Suz is in Minnesota for about a month, and got her first taste of snow in years. She made sure we knew all about the fun she was having, so we had to remind her of what she as missing too!

Black and White photos

A friend of ours from Mumbai recently foisted one of those Facebook “challenges” on me the other day to post a black and white photo 5 days in a row. Now, I do have to make a confession: I think black and white is kinda cheesy and a cop-out. Just let me explain. First of […]

UN Day 2014

Breck and Alea are all set for their high school UN day. Breck is sporting good ole cowdude duds, while Alea’s got a USA neck kerchief, bangles from India, a Serbian hat, Indonesian skirt, and Honduran scarf/belt – all the places she’s gone to school!

Tree down in the back yard!

Alea and I got home from school – after a mongo rain, wind and lightening storm – to find that one of the biggest trees in our yard had broken! While it fell on our roof (and reached almost to the top!), there was no damage inside or outside that we could see. Wow!!

Aunt Nancy’s birthday party

Since Susan is in the USA for a month, she got to crash Aunt Nancy’s 50th birthday party. Looks like a crazy time!

Happy holiday colors – Indonesian style!

Our back yard is currently in ‘fruit harvest’ mode, and we are treated to green mangoes and red palm fruit on a daily basis. Alea and I were treated to quite the show of birds zipping around this afternoon, feasting on the fruit flies that enjoy the treats as much as we!

Team America at JIS UN Day!

Happy Holiday Season!!!

Halloween is finally over – that means the Christmas tree can go up!!

Working with Indonesian teachers

Spent the day collaborating with local teachers, helping out with a workshop about “Applications of Mathematics in the real world.” Susan set up a whole series of activities revolving around math problem solving strategies, and I was able to lead a couple of small group sessions on gathering data and displaying/interpreting graphs. Lots of smiles […]

Diving in Bali – October 2014

We headed to the tropical paradise of Bali for our autumn break, and spent a few of those days on the north shore diving. We’ve been to this area several times before, but not for diving. While we didn’t see the huge schools of fish that we’ve encountered in other places, we did come across […]

Bali for October break

(Maybe) our last time in Bali Dive pictures coming soon – for now, how about some beautiful breakfast flowers…

Oktoberfest ’14

Our party this year had a dedicated guest list – our men’s softball team. The Gurus showed up in force for Oktoberfest, celebrating the night away in fine style!

Batik day at the middle school

So Batik is the national fabric of Indonesia, and everyone wears it from time to time. We decided to all wear Batik this Friday, so here is a shot of a few faculty/staff on the Bali stage –

Cookie Cop

Breck and his cousin Aiden, with a guest-starring role played by Susan, made a little video this past summer. We just now got it uploaded to Youtube, so here it is!

Math department dinner

Math department dinner last night – great colleagues, super food, and a late night in the pool! Thanks to all who made it (including our principal party crasher)!