HS FRIDAY BULLETIN January 11

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MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the high school administration, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope you found time over the holiday season to rest, relax and recuperate ready for another busy semester.

For Juniors taking the IB Diploma, the new school year began with the Extended Essay Kick Off Day hosted in the Lofthouse and the HS Library. The Extended Essay is a research paper of up to 4000 words that requires students to conduct independent research on a topic that interests them. It is a mandatory prerequisite for the award of the IB Diploma and should be completed before the start of senior year. Particular thanks to Ms. Thompson, Mr. Relf and Ms. Schooley for putting together the day-long program intended to give our Juniors all the information they need to start developing their research question.

Of course, it is an anxious and emotional time for many of our Seniors just now, as they begin their final semester at ISM. While some already know which college or university they will matriculate at, most are eagerly awaiting news of their applications. As someone who has watched my own children navigate the journey from ISM to university, I can testify that this process is exciting and nerve wracking in equal measures. I am confident, however, that the Class of 2019 will each find their best fit institution and will follow previous classes by successfully making their mark on the world. Thanks to Eric Swan and his counseling team for their hard work and guidance as they shepherd our students through this challenging time.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of Tim Venhuis and Kanghee Huh, this evening marks the return of Run to the Sun, a run / walk relay to raise funds for the GreenEarth Heritage Foundation. The community event has student / teacher teams run or walk around the track throughout the night. Teams will need to push themselves physically and mentally to complete the challenging relay. Across the school we have three separate events. In ES, Run to the Sunset from 4:30pm to 5:30pm; in MS, Run to the Sun from 6pm until 8pm, and in HS, the full 12 hour relay from 6pm Friday until 6am Saturday. Teams in the 12 hour event camp out on the HS field, enjoying the cool January weather and grabbing quick power naps while not running / walking. Those teams that successfully manage the full 12 hour relay receive stylish medals crafted by the school’s Design Technology staff. Finally, capping off the event is a wonderful PCA breakfast at sunrise for the participants. The Run to the Sun organizing group is looking forward to a great night!

Next week on Wednesday 16th January, ISM will host the second annual Manila Student Film Festival. This is the only film festival in the Philippines organized by students for students. We had over 100 entries this year from over 30 schools across the country from which a panel have selected 28 finalists. 12 of these are our very own ISM filmmakers from Middle and High School but there are also categories for Elementary School and university students. We highly encourage you and your families to join us for the gala screening, which will take place from 5pm – 7pm in the Fine Arts Theater. There will be a chance to meet our 5 prestigious film industry judges during the question and answer session from 4.30pm – 5pm in the AMR, in addition to refreshments and promotions from our sponsors, Scout Magazine, ART+ Magazine, Dunkin Donuts and Canon in the FAT foyer. There will also be an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and have your photo taken on the red carpet! It promises to be a fun-filled event. All films are appropriate for elementary age children and there is plenty of variety with animations, dramas, comedies and documentaries. Please come along and support our young and talented filmmakers.

The preliminary round of our annual Battle of the Bands event will be held on Saturday 19th January on the Elementary School field. This is the opening round of one of high school’s biggest and best events. Numerous students auditioned for spots in the contest and only the best were selected and sorted into two categories, the vocalists and the bands. Doors open at 5pm and the event begins at 5:30pm. Students will sing, play and showcase their musical talent for the audience and will be judged by a panel of staff members with the best acts in each category going on to the finals on Saturday 9th February. In addition to our excellent student performers, there will also be a dozen delicious food vendors plying their wares, fantastic prizes to be won in the raffle and a good time to be had by all. Tickets can be purchased for P300 for the Prelims alone, P400 for the Finals alone or you can can also get a combined ticket for P600. These, and the raffle tickets (available in a variety of assortments), can be bought outside the Kantina during HS lunches, tutorials and after school.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the families that are new or returning to ISM this semester. I hope your first few days have been happy and that you are already starting to feel part of our school community.

Sincerely,
Dave Birchenall
High School Assistant Principal  

HS Friday Bulletin December 14

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

They say that a picture paints a thousand words, so rather than write a thousand words, I thought that I would let all the pictures of ICARE speak for themselves.

HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE

BAGUIO

PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF

GK 2

PAPAYA GROUP 2

Nagbalayon High School – Bataan

ECO STAIRWAY

LA UNION 1

LA UNION 2

BAGUIO 1

CJ RIZAL

SBP

CALIRAYA

TARLAC

BANAWE

COMEMBO

GK ECHANTED FARM

GAT ANDRES

ESTANCIA

BOTOLAN

STAIRWAY

Young Focus (Love2Learn)

BAHAY TULUYAN

ANTIPOLO

STEPPING STONES

RED 1 & 2

PAPAYA ACADEMY

It’s been really quiet in the high school this week with all High School students on service learning activities and must say that I’m really glad to have them all back safe and sound for our final morning together today. I’ll be honest – I’ve really missed them this week; school just isn’t the same when it doesn’t have that buzz of student voices. I do hope that they are happy with their experience whether here in school, in the Metro Manila area or further afield in the provinces. Do make sure to ask probing questions about their week and don’t be content with a “it was ok”. When I look at all those group pictures I realize just what a mammoth task of organization it is for Mr. Woods and Ms. Bee in the CAS Office and so a heartfelt thank-you goes to them. A huge thank-you for a job well done also needs to go out to all of the teachers and TAs that have worked so hard on each individual site to make the experience for the kids a rewarding and memorable one.

Just a reminder that PowerSchool will be closed to all parents and students beginning December 18. It will open on January 23, Wednesday, for parents and students to access the online report card.

We are excited to be holding Run to the Sun again. Here are the official details.

• When: Jan 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

And with that I would like to thank you all for your continued support of our fantastic high school here at ISM. I hope you all have a very Happy Holiday season filled with peace, love and relaxation. And for those of you travelling this next couple of weeks, I wish you uncomplicated journeys and safe returns.

Maligayang Pasko and Manigong Bagong Taon.

Mike

HS Friday Bulletin December 7

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

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

Regards,
Mike Dickinson
High School Principal

HS Friday Bulletin November 29

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Last Saturday, November 23rd, the PCA organized a special event for our community, “The Magic of Music”; a concert of classical and holiday pieces. Held in our Fine Arts Theater, the concert featured the Manila Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 92nd year. Also on stage were 73 of ISM’s very own High School students, who performed side-by-side with the MSO on select pieces. Our student participants were from our Show Choir, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. This was an inspiring experience for our students, and a great event for our Parent and Faculty community. This was a first for the PCA and the school. The PCA proposed the idea last April, following a parent talk on the important role music plays in the development of our children. That led to more discussions among parents about music as a form of recreation and renewal; as part of family traditions and as a way of remembering. So the PCA set out to organize this concert, with the goal of celebrating music in a way that could directly involve everyone, including our students and the faculty. We want to thank the PCA, the MSO and the ISM Music Department, for the initiative and collaboration that brought about this event, and we hope it has helped provide a nice start to your family’s year-end celebrations. (Thanks to Chris Beshouri for this write-up)

On Monday, the last concert of the calendar year was held in the FAT as our Middle School and High School strings combined to perform a variety of new and traditional music under the theme of Transitions. From a high school perspective, it was great to see Grade 7/8 Strings impress with a beautiful version of Jupiter from Holst’s The Planets. It will be exciting to watch their transition to high school and their talent promises to further strengthen our music program. HS Concert Strings delighted the audience with Three Dances from Handel’s Water Music and our wonderful Orchestra ended the concert with another piece from Holst that followed a repeat performance of the highly acclaimed Overture on Philippine Folksongs that was so well-received at Filipiniana Day. Congratulations to Pamela Arrieta, JC Joya and the rest of the Music department.

A big thanks and well done to the Sustainability Council under the guidance of Ms. Alvarez, Ms. Sarkawi, Ms. Patrikios and Mr. Woods who shared their first harvest from our hydroponic towers with our community this week. The hydroponic towers were purchased using donations to the ISM Sustainability Fund and are located in the Japanese Garden outside the Bearcat Café.




The high school varsity robotics team will be taking four robots and sixteen students to Taipei to compete in the VEX Formosa Robotics Competition on Nov 30 and Dec 1. We’ll be squaring off against 30 other robots from 12 different schools and 6 different countries. ISM will be fielding two highly experienced teams of Seniors, along with a team of Juniors and Freshmen. Event info (and livestream) can be found here. Updates on the team (and witty robotic anecdotes) can be followed on twitter via @ringodin. Thanks to Mr. Dingrando and Mr. Venhuis for chaperoning.

And now a couple of reminders:
Firstly, please make sure that your child has asked to sign their permission slips for the upcoming ICARE trips during the week of December 10th to 14th. Make sure that you are aware of and agree with the ICARE site requests made by your son/daughter.

The second reminder is that the MAP test results are now available to you through the ISM parent portal (accessed through www.ismanila.org). If you have forgotten or misplaced your login details, please contact Sam or Laurie at the High School Office who will be happy to supply you these details.

Sports fans! With the long weekend we have a limited schedule of sports events coming up. See below for a quick snapshot of approaching action

Saturday Dec 1st – Middle School
MS Boys Green basketball vs CSA ES gym 12:30
MS Boys/Girls tennis local league matches

Wednesday Dec 5th – Rugby, HS Field
U11 ISM IISM vs BSM 3:30PM
U13 ISM ISM vs BSM 4:00PM
U15 ISM vs BSM 4:30PM
ISM JV Green vs ISM JV Gold 5:00PM
ISM Varsity vs BSM 5:30PM

Friday Dec 7th – Varsity/JV Basketball vs Faith
HS gym- 4:15pm ISM Varsity girls followed by ISM Varsity boys
MS gym- 4:15pm ISM JV boys followed by ISM JV girls

Saturday Dec 8th – Various
Sailfish Swim-a-thon (ISM pool) 7:30-11:30am
Touch away at Faith
Rugby away at Faith
MS Tennis at home
MS/HS Basketball at home

Lets go BEARCATS!

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

And with that I wish you all a happy and healthy long-weekend.

Mike Dickinson
HS Principal