HS Friday Bulletin October 13

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week, I am pleased to announce that our search for an Orchestra and Strings teacher has been successful. Last week we interviewed John Christopher (JC) Joya, who plays first violin for the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and has been teaching Strings at Colegio San Agustin. After being impressed with his interview, we invited him to teach the High School Orchestra and a Middle School Strings class for a day so that we could observe his interactions with the students. He was an instant hit with the students in the high school orchestra – one student reported that he reminded him of Giovanni Bobisse in the way that he heard every mistake and corrected them. I found him to be very warm and nurturing and I am confident that the students will be in good hands as we continue through this year. Thank you for your patience.

Last week I provided the link to the folder containing the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) presentations that the Seniors in the full IB Diploma program completed recently. At the time, we were still uploading the videos. Here is a link again to the folder containing the presentations if you missed them and would like to watch.

Thanks for the turnout at last Tuesday’s Parent Coffee and to David Collett for his insights on all things tech that we are currently using here at school to make teaching and learning a more efficient process. We also had 3 Seniors, Julia, Janel and Kayla present their ToK presentation from 2 weeks ago and once again it was an outstanding display of reasoned argument and logic on the subject of Truth.

If you couldn’t make the Parent Coffee please feel free to review the information covered by Dr. Collett here and in the video at the end of the presentation. Some questions were asked during the session that have been addressed below:
• A question was asked about how to access comments and the standards grades in PowerSchool and so please click here to review this process.
• There were questions related to a recommendation for a system to secure the internet at your home and to try to filter objectionable content. The most commonly recommended solution to this is called OpenDNS. It is a system developed by Cisco Systems and so is an industry standard. Here is a tutorial on how to use this. Please note that in some cases there have been reports that it can cause your internet connection to slow down.
• A question was asked about how we promote good digital citizenship through to the students. We do this through Wellness classes and Advisories. Here is an example of a past advisory session in the High School.
• There was interest in a set of tutorials on how to use certain social media services (snapchat, Instagram, etc.) so as to have a better idea of how students are using them and to engage your children in a dialogue about them. I will create these and get them out to you ASAP in subsequent bulletins.
• There was also interest in specific parent sessions where we go over the uses of social media and technology generally in more detail. These would be after school and most likely run as a series (to be repeated if sessions fill up). Please express your interest via this form so I can get an idea of numbers interested and times before I send out an official sign up form.
• Finally, click here for a step-by-step guide for installing and logging into PowerSchool on your Apple iPhone or iPad.
Once again thanks for coming and feel free to contact Dr. Collett at any time at collettd@ismanila.org

Next week ISM is looking forward to hosting members of the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) / CIS (Council of International Schools) accreditation visiting team. The team’s role is to report on the self-study that we submitted at the beginning of the school year. This cyclic, 10-year accreditation process allows schools to take an introspective look at all aspects of school life and reflect upon areas of relative strength and areas for future growth.

And finally this week: Our traveling IASAS athletes have been in Bangkok for the soccer and Singapore for the volleyball and cross-country this past two days. In the soccer, the boys are currently at one draw and one loss, while the girls won both of their opening games. In the volleyball, the boys were beaten in their first two matches but won the third, while the girls won their first two, but were narrowly beaten by SAS in their third match. The cross-country races start today. The games and races continue today and tomorrow with the final games scheduled for Saturday afternoon. For all the results and game schedules, please logon to the www.iasas.asia – the site has been redesigned this year and is much easier to navigate. Click on the sport, then navigate to the “event website link” under the IASAS Tournament side on the right. Good luck to all our athletes – make us proud both on the court/pitch/course and off. Go Bearcats!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal