HS Friday Bulletin April 17

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

A short bulletin this week as we finish for our Easter break.  I wasn’t going to write one but I feel compelled to do so after such a wonderful set of results (for the most part) from last weekend’s IASAS Season 3 tournaments.  Thanks to Mr. Pekin for the following summary.

Sports fans,

Season 3 IASAS has concluded with some outstanding results from our Bearcat athletes and hard-working coaches. A big thanks to all the coaching staff for their dedication and efforts this past weekend and throughout the season.


Boys Golf         GOLD (1st time ever to win gold at Golf)
Jed Dy Gr 9. Won boys individual GOLD shooting 72 and 71 in stroke play
Girls Golf                       SILVER
Boys Baseball               SILVER
Girls Softball                 4th place
Boys Track & Field     GOLD
Girls Track & Field      4th place
Girls Badminton          5th
Boys Badminton         6th

Track Medalists:
Girls Javelin                 SILVER       Juju Lapus
Boys Triple Jump        BRONZE    Marco Dyens
Boys 100m                    SILVER      Sam Hobbins Gold/Tim Troetschel
Boys 400m hurdles   BRONZE    William Fermanis
Girls High Jump          SILVER       Johanna Olafsson
Boys Shot Put              SILVER      Dhendup Dorjee Gold/Matt Kelly
Boys 200m                    BRONZE    Sam Hobbins Gold/Tim Troetschel
Boys 4×100 relay   GOLD (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins)
Girls Discus                  GOLD         Nicole Manalac
Boys 400m                    SILVER       Sam Hobbins
Girls 100m hurdles     SILVER       Ysabel Del Fierro
Boys 110m hurdles    BRONZE    Tim Troetschel
Boys Discus                   GOLD         Matt Kelly
Girls Triple Jump         GOLD         Riho Kasai
Boys 1600m Medley  SILVER      (C.Kluck/M.Dyens/S.Hermans/S.Hobbins)
Girls Long Jump          GOLD        Riho Kasai
Boys High Jump          SILVER       Jared Fermanis
Girls Shot Put              BRONZE    Imaya Jeffries
Girls 4x400m relay    SILVER    (R.Kasai/Y.Del Fierro/A.Daniels/M.Georgy)
Boys 4x400m relay    GOLD  (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins)

ISM School Record Breakers:
Boys 4×800 Relay    (A.Beuerle/S.Jeffrey/T.Lwin/S.Hermans) 8:32.49
Boys 1500m              Alex Beuerle 4:20.14
Boys 4×400 Relay    (C.Kluck/W.Fermanis/T.Troetschel/S.Hobbins) 3:31.09

The final HS sports awards for our S3 teams will be held April 24th 5:30pm at the FAT.

And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing Easter long-weekend.


HS Friday Bulletin April 12

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Monday afternoon was our annual serving of 100% Dance in the FAT.  Once again, the Dance Co. dancers put on a wonderful display of their talents with many genres of dance from ballet to body-popping on display.  Thanks as always, to Yek Barlongay for bringing the best out of the students and of course thanks to the students for such a fantastic show.  Also a shout-out goes to Sandro and Bernardo who were the comedy act between performances that allowed time for the dancers to transition and change.

Sports fans, keep up to date with all the S3 IASAS action via the links below. Tournaments will run Thursday through Saturday this week. Best wishes to all our traveling coaches and athletes.

           Baseball/Softball at ISB https://iasas.isb.ac.th/

           Badminton at JIS http://iasas.jisedu.or.id/badminton_2019/

           Golf at JIS IASAS Golf results 

           Track & Field at TAS http://www.tas.edu.tw/iasas-track-and-field-2019

As I write this bulletin, we have started strong in Jakarta in the Golf with the boys in 1st and the girls in 2nd after day one.  Also a strong start in Taipei for our Track and Field teams overall 2nd and 3rd for boys and girls respectively – and some individual and team medals already starting to roll in.  Not so strong a start for the Badminton and Softball/Baseball, but there is still time for them to up their games during day 2. I’ll summarize all our sporting achievements in next week’s bulletin.  GO BEARCATS! 

Looking forward to next week.  On Tuesday we have the Finale Concert for Strings, Band and Choir in the Fine Arts Theater at 5:00pm.  From 5:00 to 5:30 you will have another chance to see and hear our octets that performed at the IASAS Cultural Convention last month, then the main event of the Finale Concert will start at 5:30pm

Next Wednesday is the Robotics Maker Faire, all day in the Little Theater.  Come along and satisfy your inner-geek.  There are always some impressive inventions and contraptions on display that will delight and amaze you.

And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.


HS Friday Bulletin April 5

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I start this week with a big thank-you to the High School Counseling team that provided so much information in  Tuesday’s High School Parent Coffee.  Some great information regarding the college admission process, consent, healthy relationships and self-advocacy and the move from Naviance to Cialfo.  I’ve decided that all I need to do to pull in a big crowd at our monthly parent coffees is to add the word “College” to the agenda and you flock here in your droves!  I mentioned this to our Elementary Assistant Principal this week who is going to use the title “ISM Preschool – preparing your child for Harvard” for their next ES Parent Coffee in the hope that they too can drive up numbers (joke lang!).  Seriously though, thanks to the 150+ parents that came to school on Tuesday morning – I do hope that you found the session informative and useful.  Well done ISM Counseling team – Yay!  Here’s the link to my presentation.

Next a plug for you to promote this year’s Prom with your Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 child.  Prom tickets went on sale last Monday, April 1st and the new online reservation system has produced some promising early sales – it is always an anxiety-raising time for our Grade 11 Grade Level Coordinator, Ms. Waldock, as we have had to pay upfront for the Fairmont Makati on April 24th.  Fingers crossed we can sell the required number of tickets to break even (and perhaps raise a little extra which will go to our service partners).  Prom is just a lovely evening and every year (for the past 10 years now) I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students dressed to the nines and enjoying themselves in a different setting to school.  Thanks for your support.

The PCA International Night was absolutely fantastic again this year.  My sides were splitting at the ISM teachers attempting to convince the audience that there is anything at all cultured about Great Britain’s dancing traditions – they were brilliant – well done to them and all the parents that participated.  Some of the slide presentations behind the dancers made me want to go explore some parts of the world as yet unvisited and the finale dance by Team-India saw our incumbent PCA President, Simran Uttamchandani elegantly elevate to end the whole concert – with sparks flying out of her head.  It was fantastic.  Well done PCA for another spectacular evening of culture and food.

A big thank-you also to the Grade 12 parents and Grade 12 PCA reps for the wine and cheese afternoon that they organized on Thursday as a thank-you to our teachers of the senior class for the work that they have done in preparing the batch for the wider world and particularly for the work that they have done with college recommendations etc.  Well done!

Sports fans, a bit quieter this week on campus….

Saturday April 6th & Sunday April 7th
**High School Baseball away games on Saturday and Sunday at Sto.

Saturday April 6th
**Softball team practice games at ISM from 11am
**Track & Field team training at ISM from 8:30-10:30am
**HS Varsity badminton teams practice games at ISM
**Golf team final practice at Mt. Malarayat.

And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.


HS Friday Bulletin March 29

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week in High School has been “Smile Week”.  Each year, the ISM chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) raises funds for Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org.ph/), a world renowned charitable organization that performs hundreds of operations each year on children born with cleft lips and/or cleft palates.  The operations are absolutely life-changing; doctors from around the world donate their time to perform these operations.  The overhead costs of each operation is Php15,000 and we are asking each homeroom (or pair of homerooms) to donate so that they can fund as many operations as possible again this year.  There have been, of course, other fund-raising activities this week.  I will keep you posted on the total sum raised and the number of operations funded in a future bulletin.  Well done NHS!  Fantastic!

Next Tuesday, April 2nd, will be the final high school parent coffee of the year at 7:30am in the Little Theater.  The High School Counseling team will be following this agenda:

• Counseling team updates
• College admissions – the process
• College admissions – ISM results
• College admissions – scandal in the US
• Cialfo demonstration – Naviance replacement
• Grade 12 student workshops
–Sexual consent
–Healthy relationships

Looks like there will be something interesting for everyone, so please come along.  See you on Tuesday.

Calling all sports fans!  What’s going on this weekend (and next week and beyond)?

Saturday March 30th
–ISM Track meet (MS/HS track teams and guest teams – starts 8am, finishes approx. 3:30pm)
–HS Badminton teams practice games at MS/HS gyms
–Softball invitational finals at MS field
–HS Golf team away at Alabang
–HS Baseball away at Sta Nino dbl header vs Ateneo/Smokey Mtn

Wednesday April 3rd
–Season 3 IASAS send-off assembly & lunch

Wednesday April 10th
–IASAS teams depart – T&F at Taipei, Baseball & Softball at Bangkok, Badminton & Golf at Jakarta

Thursday -Saturday, April 11th to 13th
–S3 IASAS Championships

Next week, the French Honor Society (FHS) will be celebrating their annual main event – La Semaine de la Francophonie (Francophone week). Celebrating and educating the student body on French food, customs and culture. There are a number of fun cultural activities planned for each day of next week, including: mask-making, French Pictionary, a Francophone buffet and a courtyard concert.

April is Autism awareness month and the elementary, middle, and high school have dedicated this week to celebrate the diversity in the ISM community. The counseling team, together with our Student Ambassadors and SENIA reps (Special Education Network in Asia) have been educating students about communities they tend to be misinformed about, as well as promoting the increased understanding and acceptance of people on the autism spectrum.  Join us for some fun activities to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and win some tasty prizes!  April 1st to 5th, during lunch, outside the Kantina.

And with that, I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend.