HS Friday Bulletin May 4

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Well that was a short week! Or, was it? The Seniors might disagree that it was a short week. They were here on Monday and Tuesday, and of course, many of them were here for the rest of the week, to take their final IB examinations. Week one is now over and so they can say bye-bye to Business and Management, farewell to Filipino, Korean and Japanese (A), cheerio to Econ and Math and au revoir to Geography. The Design Tech, Computer Science and ESS students finish half the exams in those subjects today, then complete them after the weekend. Next week is week two and you can view the full schedule here. Please remind your senior that any electronic device is strictly prohibited in the exam room and they should leave them in their locker – NOT lying around in the Kantina or the Library. Well done to Mr. Relf, Ms. Nyla and the team of proctors for a smooth start to these important exams.

The VEX Robotics World Championships returned from Kentucky, USA this week where our delegation of intrepid Roboteers, Mackenzie Crowe, Yanpeng Yuan, David Zhang and Ashwin Banwari were representing ISM. Thanks to Mr. Dingrando for preparing them and to Mr. Strycharske for accompanying them all the way to Kentucky. Almost 600 robots were entered into the high school portion of the competition. We are proud to report that the ISM team placed 37th within the individual skills category. This is the fourth year in a row that ISM has been invited to represent the Philippines at the event.

The Sophomore Class Council, under the guidance of Ms. Jennifer Waldock and with the help of the Grade 10 PCA representatives, hosted a successful fundraiser for Papaya Academy on Friday, April 27. Nearly 40 Papaya Academy students and over 200 ISM students and teachers packed Uptown Theater for an exclusive showing of “Avengers: Infinity War” in an effort to raise funds for educational resources for their service partner. While the finale of the movie left some in shock, all left the theater proud of contributing to a fun evening for the Papaya students and excited for future events!

I would like to thank the Grade 11 PCA Liaisons, Counselors and parent panelists who helped organize and participate in this week’s Parent Panel Q&A session about managing the college application process. This gave a unique perspective, as parents were able to share their first-hand experiences of the application process in various countries around the world.

The Bearcat Career Experience Registration & Application were sent to all current Grade 10 and 11 students this week. This year we have over 20 companies participating, offering work experience opportunities in various fields. The application deadline is May 16th. All applications should be submitted to the HS Counseling office.

A reminder that the MS / HS Art Exhibition started yesterday and will run for the next couple of weeks until Wednesday, May 16th. Please come along to the lobby of the FAT and enjoy the wonderful display of artwork.

The MS Play, Peter Pan, opens tonight in the FAT with a matinée and evening performance tomorrow (again in the FAT). If you haven’t already bought your ticket, don’t worry, they will be available at the door. This evening’s performance will begin at 6:00pm and tomorrow’s two performances are at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. It’s always so much better when there is a nice big audience, so please come along, enjoy the show and support the middle school students.

Looking forward to next week and beyond, the big one is that the Grade 11 exams start on Thursday, May 10th and run for 5 days until the following Wednesday, May 16th. Grade 9 and 10 exams start on Monday May 14th and run for 3 days – they also end on Wednesday May 16th. Please click here for the Grade 9, 10 & 11exam schedules.

Some parents have asked if students are allowed to leave after their morning exams and come to school late for their afternoon exams, so here are the guidelines that have been used in recent years:
• A student may come to school for their morning exam, then leave school if they do not have an afternoon exam.
• A student may come to school in time for their afternoon exam if they do not have a morning exam.
• A student may not leave school between exams if they have both morning and afternoon exams.

This gives the students an opportunity to study at home in an environment that is free from distractions and keeps them safe here at school between exams, if they have 2 exams on the same day. Please make the necessary arrangements to collect your child so that they make it home safely on the days when they are leaving early. If they are going to come to school for the afternoon exam, please have them arrive in plenty of time so they aren’t on the last minutes.

Wishing you all a restful and relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal