HS Friday Bulletin December 7

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Bearcats robotics team returned last weekend from an unprecedented performance at the VEX Formosa Tournament in Taipei. Coaches travelled with sixteen students to Taipei American School. ISM fielded four robots against 32 other teams from 10 different schools (including most IASAS schools). One team of seniors won the Excellence Award (best robot) and Tournament Champions after winning all their matches to finish with a 10-0 record.

No Bearcat team has ever won the Excellence Award before. A freshman team received the Judges Award for an exceptional robot and competition performance. This team will have the coveted opportunity to represent the Philippines at the VEX Robotics World Championships in the US in April. All four ISM Robotics teams placed highly within the tournament and demonstrated the overall quality of the Bearcat Robotics program.
Coaches: Ringo Dingrando and Tim Venhuis
Winning Senior Team: Mackenzie Crowe, Ashwin Banwari, Yanpeng Yuan, David Zhang
Freshman Team: Ignacio Mijares, Javier Velayo, Alvaro Lorenzo, Peter Oh

Well done to Freshman Ian Curry who placed 2nd in the Philippine History Bee last week. In a dramatic final, he rallied to within 1-point of the eventual winner. He had been studying very hard the last couple of weeks for this contest. The ISM team placed 3rd out of a field of 24 teams. This was accomplished while missing our upper-classmen (and both co-captains) due to an SAT given Saturday, as well as a robotics competition. Well done all and well done Ian.

The ES/MS/HS Dance Recital starts at 3:0pm on Saturday, December 8th in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre. The Recital draws together both the co-curricular ES and MS AFAC Dance program and the curricular MS and HS Dance classes. This year’s theme is Be Our Guest. For those who are Beauty and the Beast film fans, you will spot the reference to one of its famous songs. The dance groups have taken inspiration from this film, whether this be a song, a character, a scene or a theme that they explore in their own way. Here is a link to the program for the show. Please note, we don’t print full programs with photographs for this event, so download this copy if you wish to keep it for a portfolio. ES/MS/HS Dance Recital Program – December 2018

High School students and their teachers are excitedly making the final preparation for this year’s ICARE. This important service program is one of the most anticipated events in our school calendar, and will run from the 10th to the 14th of December. There will be 830 students working at over 30 sites within Metro Manila and the Provinces, including a group to Estancia Elementary School to continue our post-Typhoon Yolanda work.

These deeply rewarding experiences are 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. Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the diverse range of sites, our students will build houses, support education and health programs, engage in farming, conservation efforts, children’s rights, and work with marginalized and underserved communities. By now you should have read through and signed your child’s permission slip containing details of their site. Thank you for your continued support for the ICARE Program, and if you have any questions please contact Mr. Woods (WoodsN@ISManila.org) in the CAS Office. At this time, I would like to thank both Mr. Woods and Bee Suarez in the CAS Office for their tremendous effort and dedication in preparing this mammoth excursion for our students.

Looking a little further ahead…
On January 16th 2019 we will be holding the 2nd annual Manila Student Film Festival here at ISM. There are categories for all our ISM students and also for college students so the evening is a fun mixture of films.

Age 8 – 11 (Junior/Elementary) – Max length – 3-minute film*
Age 12- 14 (Middle/High school) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 15 – 18 (Senior/High School) – Max length – 5-minute film*
Age 19 – 21 (Further/Higher) – Max length – 7-minute film*
*There is no minimum length

Last year we had over 70 entries and two films from ISM were awarded prizes by the independent judges. This year we are hoping for even more entries and particularly encourage ES children to submit some films.

The deadline for film submission is December 2nd.

Also looking forward to January, we are excited to be holding Run to the Sun again. Here are the official details.

• When: January 11th 2019 6:0pm – Jan 12th 6:0am
• Where: ISM track
• Who: Teams of up to 12. This can be mixed students, teachers, parents, support staff….
• Why: Raise funds for GreenEarth (We’re asking each runner to donate PhP800, payable at the cashier or kiosk. Keep your receipt!)
• How: Registration Form
• More Info: venhuist@ismanila.org

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal