HS Friday Bulletin December 8

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

After an excellent All Choirs concert 2 weeks ago, last week it was the turn of our All Strings and All Bands musicians from middle school and high school to impress us with their musical talent; and impress us they did. Under the direction of Ms. Pam Arrieta and Mr. JC Joya, the strings musicians treated us to a wide variety of genres from classical to pop – my personal favorite was their rendition of “Take On Me” by Aha; ah, how memories of my youth came flooding back and I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one that was singing along! The All Bands night was equally as impressive with Mr. Howrey and Mr. Nazareno being able to get the very best from our brass and woodwind musicians. As an ex-trumpet player, I find myself reminiscing as some of the music takes me way back to when I played the same piece as a boy; again, I bet that many of you can relate to this too. Thank you to all the parents and families that came out to support the music program and their children again this semester – it makes such a difference to the students when there is a supportive and responsive audience.

It was a great performance by the Bearcat Robotics Team in Taipei last weekend. Team Longmarch (Juniors) was part of the alliance that won tournament champions, and the Amaze award. Team Zled (Seniors) and their alliance were second place and won the Design award. ISM’s 4 teams placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in robot skills, out of over 30 robots. While I don’t have the official invite yet, we expect that team Longmarch will represent the Philippines in the VEX Robotics World Championships in the USA in April. Well done and thanks once again goes to Mr. Dingrando and Mr. Strycharske for preparing the students so well for this competition.

ISM is now offering FREE Test Prep for those who are interested in taking the SAT or ACT. The license is through PrepWorks, a renowned test prep company who has been in the business for over 20 years.
• All students, grades 10 – 12 now have access.
o Login Info: els.prepworks.com
o USERNAME: ISM email address
o PASSWORD: student ID #
o OR Students can login through Google. (See attachment.)
• PrepWorks offers modular lessons, which begin with a Skill Assessment, and creates a learning path based on the performance of the Skill Assessment.
• Videos and Practice Questions: Students must demonstrate their understanding of these questions in order to receive a completion rating (80%+).
• 3 free, full-length practice tests per year. Do not use them all at once – I suggest one in the beginning of prep, one after a few weeks of modular work, and one prior to any upcoming test.
• Please find the COURSE MAPPING & PACING GUIDE for both the SAT and ACT attached.

Do you remember that scene from “Seinfeld” where George had a bed underneath his desk so that he could have an afternoon nap without anyone knowing – well, I feel that I need one of those right now as I have just returned from the Little Theater where the PCA have treated the faculty and staff to an absolutely incredible thank-you feast. I really need to say thank-you for your thank-you as it was an amazing spread. While enjoying lunch we were also treated to the high school Show Choir who wandered through, singing a beautiful Christmas carol.

I can’t quite believe that I’m already typing this again, but next week is ICARE 2017! As one of the most anticipated highlights of the school calendar, ICARE (which stands for International Community Actively Responding to the Environment) will run from Monday to Thursday next week, with time to reflect, feedback and present experiences on Friday morning. Throughout the four and a half days of ICARE, students will work at over 30 sites within Metro Manila and the Provinces. We view ICARE as an integral component of our school’s mission to educate the whole child, particularly to “acknowledge and celebrate our differences and encourage empathy, compassion, understanding and respect for human dignity”. Each year, when I chat with some of our returning graduates and ask them for their best memories of high school, ICARE always appears at the top of many of their lists – it really is a great experience for our students and one that will make a lasting impression on many of them for many years to come.

Now, I’m off for a nap under my desk!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Michael Dickinson
HS Principal