HS Friday Bulletin September 22

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Today was Battle of the Bearcats and WOW! what a wonderful day. The noise in the high school gym at 8:0am was louder than I’ve ever heard it before. Dance Co. started the ball rolling with a great performance and then… drum roll… the SENIOR PARENTS flash mobbed us all with a dance of their own – absolutely fantastic! That must have been a huge effort, so a big shout out to all the senior parents that took part this morning, especially to the organizing parents. The cheers this year were great again and even the Freshmen (that have, in the past, been a little intimidated and shy) were confident, loud and entertaining – well done to the Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors whose cheers also brought the house down. The Grade Level Coordinators Mr. Berg and Ms. Gough for Grade 9, Ms. Waldock for Grade 10, Ms. Patrikios for Grade 11 and Ms. Mazarakis and Mr. Paulson for Grade 12 all deserve our thanks for the huge amount of time and energy that they have put into their grades in order to make the day a huge success. I’m sure that sometimes it felt like herding cats! But it all came together in the gym this morning. The rest of the day was also a huge success with spirit prevailing over success and unity being put before division. The Seniors won the most gold medals, but the Juniors lifted the trophy for Bearcat Spirit.

Wednesday of this week saw another excellent Great Works Concert with our high school student musicians from the Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Show Choir and Concert Choir coming together to perform Handel’s “Messiah”. A big thank you goes out to our conductors for the evening, Mr. Nazareno, Ms. Arrieta and particularly to Ms. Provencher. Also, a great note of thanks to the rest of the High School and Middle School Music departments. This year we also had an unprecedented number of faculty “wannabees” in the combined band, orchestra and the choir so a big thank you to everyone who made this evening another one to remember. In my last 11 concerts I really think that this ranks at number one. Sometimes it can be difficult to find this caliber of musical culture and here it was right on our door step. The link to the concert is not yet ready, but I’ll be sure to add it to next week’s bulletin.

As I have mentioned in previous bulletins, the Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Presentations begin next Monday and run for three days until Wednesday. These presentations count for one third of the Senior’s IB grade for ToK. Please take a look at the schedule and know that you are welcome to attend for all or part of a session.

And now a message from our IT Coordinator: We are happy to announce that the Google Classroom Guardian function will be rolling out by Friday of next week. You will receive an email that looks like this, asking you to accept the invitation to view a summary of your child’s classrooms activities and the frequency. We recommend Weekly Summaries. The summaries will look similar to this. Please note that at the top of the summary will be “late work.” This can be misleading as it is possible (even likely) that this work is not actually late as it may have been turned in by hand rather than electronically. So we advise that you ask your child about it first rather than assuming it is not turned in. Please be assured the teacher will contact you about late or missing work and so you don’t need to follow up on what is listed in the classroom. We hope you enjoy this new addition to our ISM communication and that it provides an additional resource for you to talk with your child about their learning in school. If you have any questions or concerns about this system, please feel free to contact our IT Coordinator David Collett: collettd@ismanila.org.

Finally, don’t forget that there is no school for students on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal