HS Friday Bulletin June 1

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Once again, I thought that last Friday evening’s 2018 High School Graduation ceremony was absolutely terrific! The decoration and the food outside the FAT were fantastic. I really liked the montage of pictures for each graduate on the TVs outside and on the big screen inside before the ceremony began – thank you to the Graduation Décor Committee, the Catering Committee and the Senior Lunch Committee for all their hard work and effort – you guys did a great job! The graduates looked fantastic up on stage, the speeches from Jackie Tan Ho, Mr. Toze, Ranbir Mahtani and Mr. Spradling were uplifting, inspiring and “senti”. The class feature, “Good Old Days” was beautifully delivered by some very talented singers and rappers – one of the very best I can remember. If you’d like to watch the Graduation ceremony, here is the link – https://youtu.be/0DS4590ByEk. I’ve included a couple of pictures for you here: HS Grad could not run as smoothly as it does without the continued effort and hard work, both in front and behind the scenes, of our HS secretarial staff. I would like to thank Laurie Atilano, Sam Ramos, Tina Gabriel and Bee Suarez for helping out again this year.

The moment the class of 2018 graduated by moving the tassel on their mortarboards from
their right to their left…

…and then again, seconds later.

Well done graduates – you have been a great class and we will miss you.

Last Saturday night was the Grade 10 party, “Sophisticated”! Thanks to Ms. Waldock, the Grade 10 GLC for organizing this event at such a busy time of the year. And, thanks to all the teachers that gave up their Saturday evening to chaperone – well done!

Yesterday evening was our annual “Bearcats for Street Soccer”. This is an annual fundraiser organized by the newly elected Bearcat Council SY18/19. The competition began in 2010, and has supported the Philippines Homeless World Cup Teams, and Soccer Programs within our Service Partner Organizations. Bearcats for Street Soccer invites teachers, parents, alumni, MS and HS students to donate P200 and compete for glory and ultimate bragging rights! The PCA are ever present, offering food drinks and plenty of cheering, and BT film the games and interview players to share with the community. It’s a much anticipated and fantastic way to end the year! Well done to the Bearcat Council, under the guidance of Ms. Roseleip, Mr. Woods and Mr. Pekin, and everyone else involved in this great event.

This morning, the Grade 8 students were given a sneak peak of what High School is going to be like as they participated in this year’s Grade 8 to 9 Transition Day. The day brought together students and staff leaders from within the Middle School and High School to help our Grade 8 students become more familiar with the academic, social, and emotional differences between the two divisions. Led by our HS Student Ambassadors, our Grade 8 students attended informational sessions in Math, Science, English, Geography, and Technology. Additionally, they heard from our Counselors, Administrators, Grade Level Coordinators, Athletics & Activities Director, and attended a Fine and Performing Arts showcase. To cap it off, the Grade 8s experienced their first HS lunch when they were allowed to eat in the Kantina with current high school students in Grades 9-11. Based on their attentive and engaged behavior throughout the day, the incoming Class of 2022 appears to be a fantastic batch! Well done to Crystal Cappuccio and Scott Lassey for organizing the morning.

Next Tuesday, June 5th, at 3:00pm we will be having an exhibition of student work from the Digital Photography class that has been working hard to improve their photography skills this semester. The exhibition is a collection of the students’ best work and will take place in the upstairs section of the lobby of the Fine Arts Theater. Please come by and have a look.

Our teachers are still busy at this time of year writing report card comments for all students. The report cards will be available through the Parent Portal from Wednesday, June 13th. Student dismissal for the summer break will be next Thursday at 11:30am with the buses leaving shortly after, at about 12:00 noon.

This will be my final bulletin for this school year. The Dickinsons are off to Cyprus and the UK this summer, with a stop-over in Muscat, Oman on the way back – a part of the Middle-East that we have never visited before. Thank you to everyone for your support this year – we simply couldn’t be as good a school as we are without everyone pulling together in the same positive direction, always striving to become a better and better place in which students can live and learn.

Take care everyone. Wishing you a relaxing summer vacation with uncomplicated travels and safe returns.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal