HS Friday Bulletin March 24

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Firstly this week, a few “Well Dones”!

Well done to Ms. Patrikios and all the members of the sophomore council for their huge effort in organizing the trip to the cinema last Friday to watch “Beauty and the Beast”. Thank you to those who supported this event. From Ms. P: “The Sophomore Council was able to raise 170,000 pesos (approx $3,300) thanks to ticket sales and generous sponsorships from: Asian Appraisal; Akin Life; LifeLab; Tony Siguion Reyna; Mr and Mrs. Lee; Elisabeth Cajurao; Mr. and Mrs. Choa; Mrs. Grace Wibowo; ABS-CBN; Mr. and Mrs. Lhuillier; Mr. and Mrs. Puyat; Lance Tan; Cathy Tan; Freeway Art. We also had 50 children and staff from Child Hope and SPECS join us on the night. The money will be used to support our work with Child Hope as well as supporting ISM’s other service work. Many thanks to the ES, MS, HS ISM Friends and Families for supporting this successful first school wide movie trip. We hope there will be many others.” Good stuff Bearcats – well done!

Our next well done goes to Simran Uttamchandani and her merry crew of PCAers! Last Saturday’s PCA Cultural Show, international Buffet and Silent Auction was a resounding success. This from Simran: “On Saturday 18th March the PCA held the annual ISM PCA Cultural Show and Buffet. The show was held in the FAT and was represented by 11 countries, this year’s performances were entertaining as the communities came together to share the theme “My Family, My Heritage”. We also welcomed Ballet Manila to the ISM stage. The buffet which was held in the ES Gym had 33 countries displaying their food and colorful and decorated tables. The evening also included a silent auction with over 20 amazing prizes. This year we were overwhelmed from the support that we received from the ISM community, we welcomed over 1,400 people. All monies raised will go towards supporting our service partners, our scholarship program and all events that the PCA host for the families and communities of ISM. Thank you to all the communities that helped us make this event so successful, we look forward to seeing you next year.” Simran reports that about Php600,000 was raised in total. Great stuff Bearcat-elders – well done!

Staying on the art theme, a reminder that the IB2 Art Exhibition continues throughout next week in the lobby of the Fine Arts Theater. If you haven’t had chance to enjoy this exhibition yet, I wholly recommend that you do. Some of the art work is of an amazing standard again this year – hats off to all our visual artists. The art exhibition is the culmination of two years work and the end of next week marks the culmination of the 2 years of work for the other 2 “Group 6” (Fine and Performing Arts) subjects that we offer here at ISM when the Film and the Theater students will be expected to turn in the final portfolios of work on Friday.

IASAS Season 3 is almost upon us and while our runners, jumpers and throwers (track and field) will be travelling to Bangkok, and the Softball and Baseball teams go to Singapore, ISM will be hosting Badminton and Golf. Mr. Pekin has asked me to let you know that we are looking for volunteers to host some of the travelling athletes to ISM from our sister IASAS schools. 28 beds are still needed for the badminton players (4 nights, form April 5th to 8th) while we still need 20 beds for the golfers (just one night on April 8th). Parents of season 1 and Season 2 athletes and MUN/Cul Con delegates who went away earlier this year, can repay the hospitality showed to our Bearcats by offering to house one of the travelling athletes. We need your support! Thanks! Here are the sign-up forms: Online badminton housing registration form. Online golf housing registration form.

Should you require further information about hosting for IASAS events go to:

http://atac.ism-online.org/iasas/iasas-housing/ or contact ATAC office or email pekinm@ismanila.org

And finally this week, a big shout-out goes to Mr. Flynn who is celebrating his birthday today – I’m not going to tell you how old he is, but let’s just say that it’s a biggie. I can tell you though that his favorite book is “50 Shades of Grey” and as a child he enjoyed “Hawaii 5-0” and let’s just leave it at that! Happy Birthday Mike from us all!

Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal


HS Friday Bulletin March 17

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Tomorrow night, March 18th is the ISM PCA Cultural Show, International Buffet and Silent Auction and you are all invited! Come for an evening of entertainment as our very own ISM Community showcases our diversity on stage with an International performance, and special participation of Ballet Manila. Enjoy an extensive spread of International delicacies at the International Buffet! And NEW this year, BID to WIN exciting prizes at our Silent Auction! The Show starts at 4:30pm in the FAT and the buffet will be served at 6:00pm in the Elementary School Gym. The silent auction also starts at 6:00pm and closes at 7:30pm. Tickets are available NOW at the PCA Table in front of the Kantina & at the ISM Cashier; adults – Php500, students – Php250. Please support PCA’s biggest event for the year! This is a FAMILY EVENT for everyone! So please come with your kids!

Next week, we see the return of award winning novelist of Ilustrado and Free Lance Journalist, Miguel Syjuco. Here is his schedule for the week:

Monday March 20th in the Little Theater 3:00-4:30 on Journalism
-Open to all HS students and ISM parents
-Miguel will read his most recent Opinion Editorial in the New York Times
-Q&A on various topics: his journalism, the changing face of journalism in the   Philippines and the world, advice and guidance to aspiring journalists and students who run or contribute to ISM publications.

Friday March 24th in classroom 2046 3:00-4:30 on Creative Writing
-Open to all HS students
-Informal Q&A about the processes of his fiction writing and those of others, advice to students running or contributing to Liham or other literary publications, the problems, challenges and rewards of pursuing a life in writing.

Throughout the week, Miguel will also work with ISM students across grade 9-12 English classes in support of creative writing, journalism, students studying his novel Ilustrado, and High School English incorporating more Filipino voices into the curriculum and making more connections with our home and or host culture here in the Philippines.

After today, many of the seniors will have made it halfway through their “mock” exams. Next week, the mocks will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then they should be able to breathe a sigh of relief as, for the vast majority of seniors, this will be one of the last large internal assessments that they’ll have to do at ISM. Some of them will still have to work on their final pieces for the Fine and Performing Arts (Film, Theater and Visual Arts) so we wish all the seniors our best as they embark on the final stages of their high school journey.

There sure is a lot going on again! Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal


HS Friday Bulletin March 10

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Last weekend’s IASAS Cultural Convention was a huge success for all our ISM performers. Some of the highlights include:

Festival showcase selection:
Shanelle (Shani) Samtani
Chelia Rector
ISM Choir Octet
Ayaka Kanamori (Standing Ovation!)

Debate and Forensics results:
Andrea Lee – Silver for Original Oratory
Debate Triple A team (Abhi Kottamasu, Abinav Bathula & Andrew Carabong) – Silver
Debate Best Speaker Award – Abhi Kottamasu

Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech:
Art – Praised for its diversity in styles. “ISM Artists aren’t afraid to try new things”
Dance – “Great emotive dancing”, “an outstanding variety of forms”, “Full-on powerhouse”
Drama – “Intelligent yet human”, “Funny, serious and everything in between”
Tech – “Integral to the success of Dance and Drama supporting the transitions and emotions”

The Seniors have one less thing on their IB plates after today – the English and Modern Language “B” Orals have all been completed. So Seniors, cross that one off the list. Next week they will be hard at it again as their IB Mock Exams start on Wednesday, March 15th. We scheduled a break in the middle of this year to give them some time to breathe so, after next weekend they will continue until the following Wednesday (March 22nd). It is going to be a couple of weekends of hard work coming up for them. Good luck Seniors!

A big thank you to Mr. Dingrando, Mr. Reeh and Mr. Anderson for the time and effort that they and their students put into yesterday’s Robolution and Maker Faire. Many schools have an annual Science Fair, but this has become our equivalent and it was absolutely fantastic. As well as the teachers, a big thank you from Mr. Anderson goes out to Sang Yoon, David, Hakeem, Sarah, Sally, Fabian and Danica for their participation. “They really were exemplary ISM students, always on-task and untiring, encouraging the education and interest of the younger grades of the school in the subject of Design Technology. They are truly dedicated, passionate Bearcats and this really was obvious in all of their contributions throughout the whole day. True role models for our younger ISM students! Great work guys!”

Finally, the Sophomore Council have asked me to make a plug for their upcoming event. They are organizing a fun trip to the movies to watch “Beauty and the Beast!”. It’s a family-friendly movie so everyone is encouraged to come. The event will raise money for future projects with the grade 10 service partner, Child Hope, a non-profit organization that advocates for Filipino street children. One of their long term targets is to buy a jeepney for the organization. For more information, check out their website – http://childhope.hope.org.ph/. Here are the details:

  • “Beauty and the Beast”. Tickets are sold at P450 and can be paid through the cashier or kiosks.
  • March 17, 2017 (Friday). 5:00pm start. Meet at the ES playground at 4:00pm and walk to the cinema
  • Open to all of the ISM community
  • Uptown Mall Cinema (Cor, 11th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines)
  • Elementary and Middle school students need an adult with an ISM ID to accompany them.

Well done Sophomore Council.

There sure is a lot going on again! Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend.

Kind Regards,
Mike Dickinson

HS Friday Bulletin March 3

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

This Wednesday saw our IASAS Cultural Convention delegates head away to represent ISM in their various fields of excellence over this weekend. The musicians (Strings, Band and Choir) journeyed to Jakarta, the Art-Dance-Drama-Tech students travelled to Kuala Lumpur and the Debate & Forensics (Original Oratory, Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking) representatives bounded off to Bangkok. I will report on our successes (hopefully many) in next week’s bulletin.

We have made a switch in the high school calendar for next Tuesday morning, March 7th. There was a clash between the parent coffee and another high school event that will interest many parents, so the parent coffee has been cancelled this month – it had only been 2 weeks since the last one anyway. The clashing event is a talk by one of our ex-ISM college counselors, Trevor Sturgeon who, as well as working as a counselor at Singapore American School, provides tours (TS Tours) in the summer months to colleges in the US, Canada and the UK. Please come along to the AMR next Tuesday March 7th, starting at 9:30am. This event follows nicely on from part 2 of “sending your kids packing” talk, run by our own counselors in the Little Theater, starting at 7:30am that same morning.

We are starting to get to the “business end” of the year with the IB2 Language B orals taking place next week for our Seniors and just over one week to go before the Seniors sit their IB “mock” exams. These exams give students a taste of what to expect when they sit the real thing in May. In some ways the mocks are even more intense as we try to fit the various course exams into a 5 day window so that we aren’t losing valuable time for reflection, review and revision of material that students identify as weaknesses; the real IB exams give students a little more breathing space between papers as they span a 3 week window. Please encourage your senior to study hard for the mocks as it will prove to be valuable preparation for the May IB exams. Monday and Tuesday (March 13th and 14th) will be regular school days when teachers will be reviewing and revising with their classes.

Next week, Grade 9 and 10 students will be MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing. These tests measure the progress made by students in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Use. The results, together with other pieces of data, are triangulated in order to place students in the right level courses as they progress through high school. Using the MAP results data also allows us to see how ISM compares with the rest of the world in these 3 academic areas.

Also next week is course selection week and this starts the ball rolling for Mr. Birchenall and me as we prepare for the 2017-18 academic year! Students in grades 8, 9 and 10 will be given time and assistance during classes and homeroom to make their course selections as they think about the move to grade 9, 10 or 11. Grade 11 students, registering for their grade 12 courses will do this in their study hall or at lunch time, so that, by the end of next week we have a pretty good idea of the number of sections of each course that we will need – this is the first step in creating the high school “Master Schedule” – a most mammoth task that makes the logistics and preparation for the first moon landing look like child’s play by comparison!

There sure is a lot going on again! Wishing you a restful and relaxing weekend.

Mike Dickinson
High School Principal