Newsflash: June 7, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

As the school year draws to a close, we have enjoyed several showcases and performances from various classes over the past few weeks, where students shared their learning journeys with parents and other students. On Thursday morning we celebrated our Grade 5 and Grade 10 students completing the PYP and MYP at our annual Moving Up Ceremony. Then, after a break to have our annual end-of-year class celebrations, we were treated to student performances at our End of Year assembly.

This has been a great way to end the year, as all of these events clearly demonstrated the outcomes of what occurs every day in school at a fundamental level – our students learning how to learn!

To the families, faculty, and staff who are leaving CIS, we wish you farewell and all the best. Thank you for being a part of CIS, we will treasure the experiences we shared.

On behalf of CIS, I would like to wish everyone a safe and restful summer break. This time is an opportunity to take a much-needed break from the pressures of the academic year, and to do activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. We look forward to continuing our learning journey next school year on Wednesday, August 7. 

*Note, New Family Orientation for new families & student buddies + G11 DP Orientation is on August 5th, and Aug 6 is a national holiday.

Upcoming events of note

  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities
  • Aug. 5: New Family Orientation
  • Aug. 6: Public Holiday (Cebu Provincial Charter Day)
  • Aug 7: Classes Start SY 2024-2025
  • Aug. 7-31: CIS Literacy Month

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Grade 3: How We Express Ourselves

by Katrina del Mar, Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

The Grade 3 inquirers, delved into our last unit, under the transdisciplinary theme, How We Express Ourselves, with music in their ears! They kicked off their exploration of sound with a listening game. Their challenge? Guessing the sounds of clapping, snapping, and stomping! They were amazing at it! Inspired by the game, the students suggested a quieter activity: listening to the world around them. Once they settled in, they were surprised by how many sounds they could hear! From birds chirping to the opening and closing doors, and even the pitter-patter of footsteps, their ears picked up on it all.

Using the scientific method, the Grade scientists conducted workshops to investigate the function of sounds. In one experiment, they saw how different parts of our body work together to produce sound. They inflated balloons to represent lungs. By manipulating the balloon’s opening, they discovered how different sounds are created, just like when we speak with our voice boxes!

The Grade 3 Thinkers reflected on how their understanding of sound has transformed using the “I used to think, Now I know” thinking routine. 

Their journey didn’t stop at the classroom. They ventured into the community to learn from radio hosts, DJs, and voice actors at Love Radio and DYHP. The students were amazed by how sound is manipulated, both with manual and digital tools. They discovered how these professionals can transform their voices, bringing characters to life with just tone and volume! Emotions danced in their hearts and pictures were painted on their minds only through the power of sounds! To top it all off, the students even got to interview them, learning what inspires them to bring voices to life every day.

The Grade 3 students embarked on a hunt for their own inspirations too. This journey allowed them to brainstorm many ideas. They meticulously planned their projects using checklists, and then transformed their ideas into action! They improved their initial plan and were inspired to make it better. Just like a cycle! They discovered that their inspiration caused them to creatively express themselves.

The Grade 3 communicators had a podcast listening party. They shared their feedback, surprised by the diverse perspectives on the same audio. Taking their classmates’ opinions about sounds into consideration, each student created their very own podcast, showcasing the best poem they wrote for this unit.

The culmination of their sound exploration came when the Grade 3 students launched their podcasts for the community. This wasn’t just about sharing their poems – it was about applying everything they learned throughout the unit. They even hoped to spark a creative fire in their communities, inspiring them to express themselves through their own voices!

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

An event to look forward to next school year 2024-2025

In line with the school’s Centennial celebration, CIS is hosting a university fair with over 60 colleges and universities from all over the world.  This event is open to all.  CIS parents and students are invited as well as other schools in Cebu City.  For more information, you may refer to the website.

SAT Update

SAT 2024-2025 Test Dates
August 2024–June 2025 SAT Registration Is Now Open

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines*
August 24,2024   August 9, 2024 August 13, 2024
October 5, 2024   September 20, 2024 September 24, 2024
November 2, 2024   October 18, 2024 October 22, 2024
December 7, 2024   November 22, 2024 November 26, 2024
March 8, 2025   February 21, 2025 February 25, 2025
May 3, 2025   April 18, 2025 April 22, 2025
June 7, 2025   May 22, 2025 May 27, 2025

*Additional Fees apply

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: May 31, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Ms. Maureen Juanson, Elementary School Principal, PYP Coordinator, & Accreditation Officer

Celebrations of Learning in the PYP

This week, our PYP classes have been highly engaged in their summative tasks and celebrations of learning, wrapping up their final unit of inquiry for the school year. These celebrations are highlights of the students’ learning journey, providing opportunities to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and understanding they have developed throughout their inquiry in joyful and creative ways. Additionally, these collaborative learning experiences allow students to showcase the Approaches to Learning Skills (ATL skills) they have been developing throughout the year. Through these summative tasks, students see how their learning in different subject areas is connected, demonstrating the interdisciplinary approach of our program.

The EY 2/3 students prepared an immersive experience of their inquiry about lights and shadows for community members to explore. This immersive experience includes the EY shadow play, neon lights dance, shadow-making stations, and fun experiments. 

The Kinder and Grade 1 stage performers have been busy writing their own stories and scripts, choreographing movements, and creating props and background music to create an original stage performance. This stage performance demonstrates their understanding of how music and movement can tell stories.

In the upper elementary, the Grades 2 and 3 poets and podcasters have been busy writing and revising their original poems that they will feature in their podcasts. In these podcasts, they will get to share the inspiration for their poems and demonstrate their ability to communicate their ideas effectively.

The Grade 4 filmmakers have been hard at work creating original films that feature the stories of Malala, Anne Frank, and the Civil Rights Movement and Tuskegee Airmen. They wrote the script, filmed, and directed the cinematic films themselves to share their understanding of how ​​access to human rights impacts opportunities in a changing world.

The Grade 5 junior pediatricians have been creating presentations and brochures for their medical conference to share their learning about the different body systems and management of social-emotional changes. Their medical conference will focus on physical transformations, emotional, social, and cognitive changes, and how to be responsible during adolescence.

As we approach the last week of school, our PYP teachers remain committed to sustaining our momentum and supporting our students in achieving their learning goals. Both at home and in school, we must maintain high expectations, keep our students engaged, and hold them accountable to ensure they reach their potential and are well-prepared for their transition to the next school year.

A huge congratulations to our PYP students for a very successful school year! You should all be very proud of the growth and accomplishments you have achieved!

Upcoming events of note

  • June 6: Moving-Up Ceremonies (students on half day) / Last day of School
  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities
  • Aug. 5: New Family Orientation
  • Aug. 6: Public Holiday (Cebu Provincial Charter Day)
  • Aug 7: Classes Start SY 2024-2025
  • Aug. 7-31: CIS Literacy Month

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

CIS is offering on-campus Summer Activities and Sports Programs for 2 weeks this June! Our programs are open to everyone.

📅 Dates: June 10-21, 2024
📍 Location: Cebu International School, Pit-os
➡️ Registration form: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024

Have fun while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and nurturing environment!

ℹ️ More information: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024info

Early Years: Lights & Shadows

by Ms. Aimee Valenzona, Early Years Homeroom Teacher

Exploring Light and Shadow

The youngest learners in the CIS community are down to our last unit for this school year! Engaging in a science unit is something we all look forward to especially having possible hands-on experience and play opportunities for our students. At the beginning of the unit, The early years have their definition of light and shadows and through these responses, you get to see students’ prior knowledge. 

The students explored various light sources in the classroom, distinguishing between natural and artificial sources. To better understand the concepts, we redefined these as light sources that either produce light on their own or require people to create light.

Early learners have benefited from hands-on activities related to light, such as lighting a bulb using a simple circuit. We thank Sir Sidney, our facilities manager, for being our guest speaker and demonstrating how a battery powers a light bulb.

The students explored the concept of shadows by observing how an object blocking light creates a dark area. How are shadows formed? Simply put, shadows appear when any light source is blocked by an object, including yourself. Our indoor shadow-hunting experiment and sundial experience demonstrated how shadows form with both natural and artificial light sources.

Building on our understanding of shadows, students became curious about how the type of material affects shadow formation. This led us to introduce the properties of light: transparent, translucent, and opaque. We defined these concepts as follows:

  • Transparent materials create no shadows because light passes through them easily.
  •  Translucent materials create blurry shadows because some light gets through.
  • Opaque materials completely block light, creating the darkest shadows.

To further explore light and shadows, the Early Years took a trip to PlayLab in Robinson’s Galleria. Through hands-on learning, real-world applications, and innovative activities, the children investigated the properties of materials, discovered the importance and impact of light in our lives, and developed critical and creative thinking, research, and communication skills through engaging light and shadow activities. They also got the opportunity to experience the innovative use of light and technology to eliminate trash in our waters by playing the “Save the Reef” game.

We deepened our understanding of light’s importance by combining reading, engaging activities, and an experiment using our I Spy Box game. In this exciting game, students used a flashlight to explore how light allows us to see the world around us. Through this activity, they discovered the role of light in stimulating our sense of sight.

Our celebration of learning together with the EY families concluded our exploration of light and shadows! It was a joy to see the EY families learning alongside their children, joining us for a fun morning filled with activities, experiments, and displays showcasing the student’s discoveries.

Kinder and Grade 1: How We Express Ourselves

by Ms. Bebelin Tubilan, Kinder and Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

What does collaboration look like in Kinder and Grade One? 

“We need to work together,” said one of the Kindergarten and Grade one students as they tried to figure out how to keep the ball afloat above the colored parachute. Their goal was to never let the ball touch the colored parachute, requiring them to find solutions collectively. Some students showcased their leadership skills by instructing others, while some preferred to follow instructions.

Reflecting on the game, the Kinder and Grade One students highlighted the positive and enthusiastic attitude of some towards group work and collaboration. They used phrases like “We need to make the ball go up,” “Let’s do it up and down,” and “Guys, listen.” When asked about the game’s success, most cheered “YES,” but a few responded “NO.” When probed further, they explained that some did not perceive success due to unkind and disrespectful communication. But how can one express these words kindly? Students then shared collaborative sentence starters such as “Can I please..,” “Sorry, but..,” “Excuse me..,” and “May we please..,” aiming to improve their communication.

As their collaborative activities progressed, the Kinder and Grade One students were tasked with creating steps to accompany the song “Together” by Songs for School, a piece emphasizing unity, community, and belonging. Utilizing collaborative sentence starters, they shared their ideas on the best dance steps for the song. To ensure smooth and efficient task completion, they assigned various roles and defined their responsibilities, including directors, choreographers, stage managers, and dancers, all working together to bring their vision to life. 

The Kinder and Grade One students dazzled the audience with their performance during the recent Elementary Assembly on May 24, 2024, held in the Media Center. The event drew in fellow students, faculty, and proud parents.

In the coming weeks, our exploration of ‘How We Express Ourselves’ will come to a close with the central idea, “Music and movement can be used to tell stories.” Armed with newfound knowledge of collaboration and understanding of various roles and responsibilities, the Kinder and Grade One students are embarking on an exciting journey to create a story together. They will incorporate diverse music and movements, assigning roles and responsibilities along the way. 

Stay tuned for details about their upcoming Celebration of Learning, where they will showcase their creativity and invite fellow students and parents to join and witness their collaborative performance.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

DATE

June 1 Saturday
12:30PM
Link to register

EVENT

SAT Update

SAT 2024-2025 Test Dates

August 2024 – June 2025 SAT registration is now open

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines*
August 24,2024   August 9, 2024 August 13, 2024
October 5, 2024   September 20, 2024 September 24, 2024
November 2, 2024   October 18, 2024 October 22, 2024
December 7, 2024   November 22, 2024 November 26, 2024
March 8, 2025   February 21, 2025 February 25, 2025
May 3, 2025   April 18, 2025 April 22, 2025
June 7, 2025   May 22, 2025 May 27, 2025

*Additional Fees apply

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: May 24, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

Gratefulness: A Powerful Force

Gratefulness, simply defined as appreciation and thankfulness, is a powerful force! Research shows that gratefulness can improve well-being, happiness, and health, and strengthen social bonds, fostering feelings of connection that build stronger relationships. It’s time to embrace gratefulness! Here are a few things we can be grateful for at this time:

First, we will come together this Friday evening (May 24) for our Class of 2024 graduation ceremony. We are grateful for their success and the opportunity to celebrate it together. As they transition to CIS alumni, we are confident they will continue to be responsible, respectful, and prepared. I hope to see many of you there!

Our accreditation self-study report is in its final stages of completion. We look forward to the IB, WASC, and CoIS accreditation visiting teams coming in September to verify our report and provide valuable feedback on how we can further improve our program. We are grateful for our self-study results, which highlight what a unique and caring school CIS is. Our evidence clearly demonstrates the quality program we offer. We are also grateful that CIS provides our students with the tools they need to develop their unique potential and confidently face future challenges, contributing to creating a better world.

We are grateful for the various celebrations we have held over the past few weeks. These included Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay, Personal Projects, and PYPx showcases, as well as numerous topic and unit assessment presentations and displays throughout the school. On the sports front, we also hosted touch rugby and soccer tournaments, with the second week of our CIS Friendship Cup scheduled for this coming weekend.

We are grateful for another year of in-person learning! Please continue to take precautions, as we have had several COVID cases over the past week, particularly in Grades 10 and 11. We want to finish the year strong and healthy.

Class of 2024 legacy mural

While we are excited about the upcoming summer break, we also feel some sadness as we approach the end of the school year and say goodbye to a few faculty members and families. We are grateful for the time we have had with them and wish them all the best in their new journeys. For those who haven’t read it yet, please take the time to review the transition “RAFT” introduced in the May 10th Newsflash. Using the concepts of RAFT can help both adults and students approach upcoming transitions positively.

Have a restful weekend to be ready for our last two weeks of the 2023/24 school year!

Upcoming events of note

  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)
  • May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 28: Parent Coffee Morning (last meeting for SY)
  • June 6: Moving-Up Ceremonies (students on half day) / Last day of School
  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities
  • Aug. 5: New Family Orientation
  • Aug. 6: Public Holiday (Cebu Provincial Charter Day)
  • Aug 7: Classes Start SY 2024-2025
  • Aug. 7-31: CIS Literacy Month

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

CIS is offering on-campus Summer Activities and Sports Programs for 2 weeks this June! Our programs are open to everyone.

📅 Dates: June 10-21, 2024
📍 Location: Cebu International School, Pit-os
➡️ Registration form: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024

Have fun while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and nurturing environment!

ℹ️ More information: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024info

Grade 8 & 11: Language & Literature

by Mr. Damon Freeman, Language & Literature Teacher

Our Poetry units in grade 8 and 11 Language and Literature class were all about searching through the souls and circumstances of the poets and peeling back layers of meaning hidden within figurative language, themes, and other poetic techniques. We’d discover how a single, well-chosen word could conjure a world – a bustling market with vivid imagery or a battlefield etched with raw emotion. Poetry transcended its dusty textbook status, becoming a living language that resonated with the complexities of life. We analyzed poems that ignited a fire within, sparking discussions about defiance and resilience. Others offered a poignant exploration of loss, prompting a contemplative silence. But the journey wasn’t just about analysis; it became a wellspring of inspiration. Students, hesitant at first, were motivated to find their own voices, crafting lines that expressed their joys and sorrows. The challenge, though demanding, empowered them. Below are showcase poetry pieces from each of the classes. 

Ela wrote her poem modeled on the style of the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, creating strong imagery and emotion in an easy and eloquent flow.

Ela wrote her poem modeled on the style of the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, creating strong imagery and emotion in an easy and eloquent flow.

Rishabh created a heartfelt poem about a beloved family member using an array of fascinating techniques. Besides more conventional tools such as personification and anaphora, he has creatively highlighted single letters to highlight the poem`s main theme, and highlighted entire words to form a sentence expressing deep emotion.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

DATE

May 28 Tuesday
1:00 – 1:30pm JST
LINK to register – a recording will be sent to registrants.

EVENT

Kyushu University:  Do you want to study Bioresource and Bioenvironment?
Lecture Series: How to form a piece of meat in the laboratory

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

SAT 2024-2025 Test Dates

August 2024–June 2025 SAT Registration Is Now Open

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines*
August 24,2024 August 9, 2024 August 13, 2024
October 5, 2024 September 20, 2024 September 24, 2024
November 2, 2024 October 18, 2024 October 22, 2024
December 7, 2024 November 22, 2024 November 26, 2024
March 8, 2025 February 21, 2025 February 25, 2025
May 3, 2025 April 18, 2025 April 22, 2025
June 7, 2025 May 22, 2025 May 27, 2025

*Additional Fees apply

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: May 17, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Benjamin Martin, Middle & High School Principal

Waiting for that Second Marshmallow

Copyright: J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Most of us have heard about one of the most famous psychological experiments that took place in 1970 at Stanford. In the experiment, a child had to choose between eating the one marshmallow placed in front of them or until a second marshmallow arrived so they could eat two marshmallows.Ten years later, they tracked these students and found that the children who waited ended up performing better academically than their peers who had chosen the eat marshmallow before the second one came. While further studies showed that economic and family background also play an important factor in eating or waiting, overall the results still show us the importance of resisting the temptation of seeking instant gratification (link).

We all know that self determination and self discipline are important for our long term success but controlling our impulses is no easy feat. How can we actually control the impulse to skip exercise when we know we need it or to the impulse to lose ourselves down a rabbit hole of screen time? In 2020, Positivepsychology.com published 16 strategies to delay gratification (link). Here are two that you can use right now:

  1. If-Then~ If I want an extra snack, then I will do 20 squats and drink a glass of water first.
  2. Instead of~ Instead of going to bed watching Netflix, I will read for 30–45 minutes instead.

Finding success in different aspects of our life is one of the most difficult challenges of being human. For some of us, it might be achieving our physical goals. For others, it may be that achieving relationship or spiritual goals are where we struggle the most. For our students, it is often getting them to realize that studying is a long journey and that consistency is the key if they want to achieve their learning goals. However, we all know that delaying gratification through self-determination and self-discipline holds the key to finding more permanent success for the goals we set. While we should not restrain ourselves from gratification, we should seek balance. In the words of American publisher Willian Feather: “If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us”.

Upcoming events of note

  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 23: Last day of ASAs (After School Activities)
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)
  • May 28: Parent Coffee Morning (last meeting for SY)
  • June 6: Moving-Up Ceremonies (students on half day) / Last day of School
  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

CIS is offering on-campus Summer Activities and Sports Programs for 2 weeks this June! Our programs are open to everyone.

📅 Dates: June 10-21, 2024
📍 Location: Cebu International School, Pit-os
➡️ Registration form: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024

Have fun while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and nurturing environment!

ℹ️ More information: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024info

Elementary Art & Arts Week

by Ms. Kres Jorgiet Bajamonde, PYP Art and PHE Teacher

As part of our current unit focused on the transdisciplinary theme, ‘How The World Works,’ the students have been inquiring into how light and shadows enable people to express themselves in artistic ways. The Early Years have been exploring and discovering the captivating interplay of light and shadows as avenues for artistic expression. With giggles and curiosity, they delve into the world of sand art and printmaking, using lightboxes and sand, paint, and foam to evoke the essence of light and color in their creations. Through our engaging learning activity, each little artist learns to harness the power of contrast and texture, as they imprint their imaginations onto paper, revealing intricate patterns and vibrant hues that dance in the play of light and shadow. Together, we celebrate the joy of discovery and the boundless potential of artistic expression, as our budding creatives illuminate the world with their unique visions and radiant spirits.

Early Years students used the lightbox and sand to create sand art, and paint and foam for printmaking.

In the Kindergarten and Grade 1 Art class, our young artists explored the world of shapes through inquiry and boundless creativity. With eager hands and curious minds, they dove into the essence of art, understanding that shapes are not just lines and curves but the building blocks of endless possibilities. Through our engaging learning activity, “Build a Robot,” our young artists seamlessly blended the 2D and 3D shapes, crafting their robotic masterpieces. Each twist and turn of paper and each color celebrated their unique artistic expression, as they learned to see the world through the lens of shape, color, and innovation.

Kinder and Grade 1 students used cardboard in making their robots.

Our Grade 2 and Grade 3 artists delved into grid drawing. Inspired by the ingenious methods of artists past and present, our young artists explored and discovered the power of grids as tools for precision and expression. Through our engaging learning activity, each student meticulously crafted their self-portrait, navigating the intricate web of lines and shapes with skillful precision. They not only honed their artistic technique but also cultivated a deeper understanding of composition, proportion, and perspective. Together, we celebrated the transformative potential of grids in art.

Grades 2 and 3 students worked together to polish their grid drawings.

The Grade 4 artists embarked on the exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and energy. With boundless enthusiasm and a commitment to sustainability, they inquired into the power of radial symmetry to breathe new life into recycled materials, transforming everyday objects into vibrant expressions of creativity. Through our engaging learning activity, students weaved together threads of innovation and environmental stewardship, as they repurposed materials like toilet paper rolls to craft works of art. The Grade 4s expressed their unique artistic voices and reflected on the interconnectedness of creativity and sustainability in shaping a brighter, more vibrant world.

Grade 4 students demonstrated their dedication to sustainability by transforming everyday objects into vibrant works of art.

The Grade 5 artists embarked on a transformative journey of self-expression and community engagement, exploring the profound intersection of passion, advocacy, and artistic expression. With nimble hands and keen minds, they delved into the intricate art of wire sculpture, unravelling the nuanced language of the body and its emotive power in figurative work. Through this learning experience, students honed their technical skills and also delved deep into their passions, channeling the essence of their PYPX projects into human poses that speak volumes. As they breathe life into their creations, each twist and curve of wire becomes a testament to their unwavering dedication and fervent advocacy, raising awareness about issues close to their hearts and sparking meaningful dialogue within our community.

Grade 5 students collaboratively sculpt a future where art acts as a catalyst for change, amplifying voices, fostering empathy, and motivating actions towards a more just and compassionate world

Grade 11: Mathematics AA SL

by Ms. Maria Rosandee Tabada, IB DP Physics & Mathematics Teacher

Calculus is the focus of this fourth quarter’s Grade 11 Mathematics AA SL class. Students were introduced to the concepts and techniques of differential and integral calculus and their applications. One application is the use of calculus in kinematics, a branch of physics that deals with the analysis of the motion of objects without taking into account the forces causing the motion. 

Students learned about position, velocity, and acceleration graphs using the Moving Man PhET simulation. This is an example of how technology played a complementary role throughout the unit to expand and apply their calculus knowledge. 

Students also had the opportunity to consider the nature of mathematics. They were asked about who determines what mathematics is, whether culture has an impact on it, and why physics concepts are covered in a mathematics course.

These photos were taken when the group analyzed the graphs and presented their responses.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

DATE

On Demand
Free
LINK to register

EVENT

Class of 2025 College Application Primer With Former Admissions Directors: Join IvyWise college admissions counselors for a deep dive into the college application process and how students can set themselves up for success as they look ahead to the 2024-2025 college admissions cycle. Attendees will learn how to have a productive summer, finalize a balanced list of best-fit colleges, get started on the Common Application, and write thoughtful essays.

May 22 Wed
12:00PM Eastern Time
LINK to register

Insights From the 2023-2024 College Admissions Cycle: Join IvyWise college admissions counselors who served on admissions committees as they review the 2023-2024 college admissions cycle, including how test-optional policies impacted students’ college prep and the number of college applications, and offer their predictions for future admissions cycles. Attendees will learn how to best understand the evolving admissions landscape and how they can prepare for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle and beyond.

May 28 Tuesday
1:00 – 1:30pm JST
LINK to register – a recording will be sent to registrants.

Kyushu University:  Do you want to study Bioresource and Bioenvironment?
Lecture Series: How to form a piece of meat in the laboratory

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

SAT 2024-2025 Test Dates

August 2024–June 2025 SAT Registration Is Now Open

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines*
August 24,2024   August 9, 2024 August 13, 2024
October 5, 2024   September 20, 2024 September 24, 2024
November 2, 2024   October 18, 2024 October 22, 2024
December 7, 2024   November 22, 2024 November 26, 2024
March 8, 2025   February 21, 2025 February 25, 2025
May 3, 2025   April 18, 2025 April 22, 2025
June 7, 2025   May 22, 2025 May 27, 2025

*Additional Fees apply

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: May 10, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

With just four weeks remaining in the 2023/24 school year, many of you are likely thinking about the upcoming changes in your lives. Teachers are wrapping up the academic year, students are getting ready to advance a grade or graduate, and some families are preparing to leave CIS and Cebu. During this transitional period, it’s important to acknowledge the impact these changes can have on us and our families. I’d like to share an adapted article that I find particularly useful at this time of year, to help us all prepare for what’s ahead.

Building your transition RAFT

David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken1 outline the transition process as a normal process that uses the following associated feelings:

As we navigate transitions, it’s crucial to address the emotions involved to manage any related stress effectively. Unaddressed, these emotions can lead to an unhappy transition and poor reintegration into new environments. This is especially true for students, as it can significantly impact their social and academic achievements.

Dr. Pollock2 also developed the acronym and visual image “RAFT” to help explain pre-departure processes needed for successful transitions. Here is a summary for your reference:

Reconciliation – Begin building your raft by asking yourself if you have any relationships that need mending. Is there any unfinished business between you and someone you are in a relationship with? This is the time to give and receive forgiveness. Bitterness and regret stemming from lack of closure and resolution inhibit good grief and adjustment to a new location.

Affirmation – This is the time to thank the people who have been involved in your life. Affirm the relationships you have made and what they have meant to you. Take the time to tell people what you have learned from them and how grateful you are for them. Try to leave as little unsaid as possible when you leave a place.

Farewells – Say goodbyes to people, places, pets, and possessions that have mattered to you. Take lots of pictures. Take the time to say culturally appropriate goodbyes. Some cultures require a lengthy departure process. Particularly difficult farewells are the ones that are generally rushed or put off, so plan ahead and give the farewell due attention.

Think destination – Think and dream about where you are going and what it will be like. Be very honest about the expectations you have for the people and situations that you are going to. Be honest with yourself about how you feel about this transition. Think ahead to what scares you or excites you about where you are going. Research the realities of your destination. If at all possible, put concrete plans in place.

These last few weeks will pass quickly. Please take time to build a RAFT for your transition, and go out of your way to help your friends build theirs. Consider how change may impact the feelings of all of our students whether they are leaving or not, as the process will help them face new situations as they move into a new grade, and as some of their friends and teachers leave.

References & Credits:
Third Culture Kids: The experience of growing up among worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken
Adapted from: http://theirrationalseason.blogspot.com/2008/04/raft.html
Raft Photo: Joshua Earle on Unsplash.com

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • May 11: Touch Rugby Tournament
  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 23: Last day of ASAs (After School Activities)
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)
  • May 28: Parent Coffee Morning (last meeting for SY)
  • June 6: Moving-Up Ceremonies (students on half day) / Last day of School
  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

CIS is offering on-campus Summer Activities and Sports Programs for 2 weeks this June! Our programs are open to everyone.

📅 Dates: June 10-21, 2024
📍 Location: Cebu International School, Pit-os
➡️ Registration form: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024

Have fun while learning new skills and making new friends in a safe and nurturing environment!

ℹ️ More information: https://go.cis.edu.ph/summer2024info

Kinder/Grade 1A Class

by Ms. Tara B. Alagao, K/G1A Homeroom Teacher

Moving and Grooving with Storytelling!

Have you ever tried telling a story with more than just words? Our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students are discovering the magic of using music and movement to bring stories to life! Last week, they began an exciting journey to explore how music and movement can be used to tell stories.

We kicked things off by encouraging our budding storytellers to unleash their creative thinking skills. Students had the chance to share different ways they like to express themselves. 

To get their bodies and minds moving, we set up a series of interactive stations that explored the wonderful connection between music and movement. The students then reflected on and shared how these various activities made them feel.

Through these engaging activities, our young storytellers are developing their understanding of how music and movement can be used to tell stories. We also introduced the concept of interpretation. Through fun games, lively music, and engaging stories, we’ve been practicing different ways to interpret stories.

The excitement is building as our young learners are now taking their first steps towards creating their own stories. We can’t wait to share the amazing stories our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students create through music and movement!

Grade 11: Physics

by Ms. Maria Rosandee Tabada, IBDP Physics and Mathematics Teacher

This fourth quarter, Grade 11 Physics students completed a practice Internal Assessment (IA) investigation on the thermal properties of coffee and tea. The goal is to allow students to select variables and design a method to investigate the relationship. This practical experience should help students prepare for the formal Internal Assessment (IA) in Grade 12.

The opportunity to conduct a practice IA will help students further develop essential scientific investigation skills. There was an emphasis on conducting pre-trials to refine their approaches so they are efficient and produce minimal waste. Thus, students understood that being open to adapting their plans based on the limitations of their method is a crucial aspect of the scientific process.

Student reflections on what they should keep in mind when working on the IA next school year are as follows:

After completing the practice IA, I will try to minimize uncertainty and keep in mind that the experiment will be smooth by clearly presenting the plan for the experiment. Also, during the experiment, I learned that it should be conducted with focus to reduce mistakes as much as possible.

The three things that I should keep in mind are to have a clear research question, minimize sources of error in the procedure, and conduct thorough data analysis.

I will have to make sure that I have controlled every variable so I can truly isolate the dependent and independent variables and create the most accurate data I possibly can in the lab. Another thing I will have to keep in mind is already setting up the theory and calculation process before doing the experiment so that I am familiar with everything. Lastly, just enjoy the process, as experiments are fun and curiosity-feeding. At the end of the IA, I will for sure have learned something.

The first thing I realized is that preliminary research is very important. Often, applying something that you learned in class to real life is not that straightforward; there are many other factors that you must consider in your experimental design and theory. Secondly, collecting data can be very time-consuming, so it’s good to prepare beforehand if you can. For example, my experiment involved tea of different concentrations, and I could’ve finished my data collection in just one session if I’d prepared the tea in advance. Finally, it’s also good to familiarize yourself with the lab apparatus before deciding what to do so you know how easy or hard it would be to do it.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

DATE

May 11, 2024
Saturday
8:30AM – 7:00 PM
Golden Prince Hotel
Facebook Link for more details on the event.

EVENT

CHEF: Cebu Higher Education Fair 2024
Are you interested in going to Europe for university?The fair is a new initiative of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, together with the European Union in the Philippines. We’ll be organizing panel talks and information booths from these EU countries to raise awareness of the academic opportunities and funding options that the EU has to offer to young students, researchers, and academicians.

There will be a panel talk at 4:30 p.m. on the theme
“International cooperation as the Gateway to Endless Opportunities: Student Mobility,Research Cooperation and University Partnerships”

May 15, 2024
Wednesday
7:00 – 7:45 PM
(PH Standard Time)
Link to register
Teaser

Careers and Employability in a Post-Pandemic AI-Driven World
The world is changing rapidly, and in an AI-driven world, many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025. Students and parents are invited to join Professor Shanton Chang to learn how the University of Melbourne applies future focused thinking to its curriculum design ensuring that along with opportunities outside of the classroom, graduates are highly sought after by employers and prepared for a career in the 21st century.

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

SAT 2024-2025 Test Dates

August 2024–June 2025 SAT Registration Is Now Open

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Late Registration Deadlines*
August 24,2024   August 9, 2024 August 13, 2024
October 5, 2024   September 20, 2024 September 24, 2024
November 2, 2024   October 18, 2024 October 22, 2024
December 7, 2024   November 22, 2024 November 26, 2024
March 8, 2025   February 21, 2025 February 25, 2025
May 3, 2025   April 18, 2025 April 22, 2025
June 7, 2025   May 22, 2025 May 27, 2025

*Additional Fees apply

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Newsflash: May 3, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Ms. Maureen Juanson, Elementary  School Principal

PYP Exhibition Showcase

This morning, the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition culminated with a special assembly and in-person showcase, delving into a range of passions and issues they’ve explored over the past eight weeks. From reading, coding, and gaming to fashion, art, and sports, these students demonstrated not only growth in their research, thinking, and communication skills but also development in their character as they became more resilient, empathetic, responsible, and collaborative throughout the process. 

Each student presented their journey, connecting their interests to global and local issues. They articulated causes and effects and proposed responsible actions, inspiring others to take part.

As they conclude their showcase, let’s remember the messages from the song “Paraiso” and “Fight Song.” Just as they sang about flying high and reclaiming their life song, let’s embrace change and stand together in making a positive impact.

The Grade 5 PYP Exhibition marks not just an end of their PYP journey but a beginning of greater opportunities to becoming empowered citizens who can make a difference wherever they go. 

Congratulations, Grade 5s!

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • May 6-10: Arts Week
  • May 11: Touch Rugby
  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 23: Last of ASAs (After School Activities)
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)
  • May 28: Parent Coffee Morning (last meeting for SY)
  • June 6: Moving-Up Ceremonies (students on half day) / Last day of School
  • June 10-21: Summer School Activities

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Elementary: Media Literacy

by Ms. Mary Jean Cordova, Media Literacy Teacher & Media Center Coordinator

As the Grade 5s concluded their 8-week PYP Exhibition journey, they demonstrated strong research skills by delving deeper into their passions. Students began their inquiry by identifying possible questions they wanted to investigate about each of their passions. These inquiry questions guided their PYPx journey as they explored the issues and opportunities related to their passions and took action to make a difference in their community. To gather information relevant to their research questions, Grade 5 students utilized the MISO (Media, Interview, Survey, Observation) method.

Students put their research skills into practice by utilizing lateral reading to find reliable sources online. They also leveraged AI to curate multiple sources of information beneficial to their research. With this approach, they effectively analyzed and synthesized the information they gathered, gaining a deeper understanding of their chosen topics. To ensure the accuracy of the information collated by AI, students critically examine each source and utilize the information they find there. They also ensure proper acknowledgment of the information’s creators by citing their sources in MLA format.

The Grade 5 students are working with their mentors to share about what they’ve found in their research about their passions.

To delve deeper into their passions, students conducted interviews with individuals to gain perspectives and insights into the real-world applications of their chosen passion. They had the opportunity to interview reliable experts within their field of passion, asking specific questions to enhance their understanding. Not only did students interview individuals within the school community, but they also reached out to people beyond the school, ranging from family friends to the General Manager of Zara. This experience helped them bridge classroom learning with real-world applications, fostering a deeper appreciation for their passions and their significance beyond academic settings. Moreover, interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds helped improve their communication skills and critical thinking skills, preparing them to navigate complex challenges and opportunities within their chosen fields.

Caitlin interviewed the General Manager of Zara and learned more about how they ensure that the touch of Filipino culture is represented in their designs.
Vida interviewed the owner of one of Cebu’s famous bakeries to inquire about healthier ingredient options for her baking.

The grade 5 students delved deeper into understanding their passions by actively seeking the perspectives of their fellow students in school. They created a survey and sent it throughout the school, gathering a wealth of information about what their peers knew about their passions. As they analyzed their survey results, they were able to gain more information and identify some challenges that students experienced. Through this process, students were able to identify opportunities to take action and promote their passions within the learning community.

In response to their student survey, Yeshua and Andrew built a mini-golf course, giving students the opportunity to play golf at school.

To learn more about the Grade 5s’ passions and their learning journey, watch their Virtual Showcase on Monday, May 6, 2024. The PYPx Website will be live starting next week. Take some time to explore their websites and see how the Grade 5 students took action through their passions!

DP Biology Class

by Ms. Rebecca Devadoss, DP Biology Teacher

During STEM week, both the grade 11 and grade 12 biology students had the opportunity to have elementary students as their lab partners. The experiments done were simple, colorful, and engaging. It helped even the younger ones understand some biological concepts.

Grade 11 students experimented with the concept of surface area to volume. Using agar cubes infused with phenolphthalein indicator (pink dye), they witnessed a captivating transformation as the cubes immersed themselves in acetic acid. Through keen observation, the students were able to visualize that the smaller cubes discolored faster than the larger ones. This hands-on exploration reinforced the understanding that smaller cells are more efficient in transporting materials both into and out of the cells.

Set-up

Experiment in progress

The outcome of the experiment

Student’s with their lab partners

Grade 12 students, did an experiment on paper chromatography. Photosynthetic pigments play an important role in the process of photosynthesis by capturing different wavelengths of light. Separating the pigments in the leaves was done with the early years students as lab partners.

Bella explained the steps
Ara helped pour ethanol
Will Hana and her lab partners
Ivan helped his lab partner roll a coin
Clark with his lab partners

Grade 12 students have chosen various biological processes for their internal assessment investigation. Most of them experimented on various factors influencing plant growth

Here are some graphs generated by the students after they completed their investigations. The trends seen were helpful for them to arrive at a conclusion for their research questions.

Effects of tea extracts on root growth in tomato seeding
Effect of seed size on seed germination time
Effects of stem cutting positions on root growth
Effect of hydrogen peroxide on seed germination
Allelopathic effects of rice hull extracts
Effects of a plant growth hormone using Gibberellic acid
Effect of transpiration in different wavelengths of light
Phototropism exhibited when exposed to different wavelengths of light
Effect of plant growth in different types and proportions of soil

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

What is the Group of 8 (Go8)?
In prominent world rankings Go8 universities are consistently the highest ranked of all Australian Universities. For more information, you may refer to the Go8 Facts of Distinction.

Are you interested in applying for a full scholarship at the University of Sydney?  Here’s a link to the U of Sydney International Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship which outlines the application process, eligibility and requirements

Australian Student Visa Update
As part of the recent migration review, the Australian Government has replaced the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement with a Genuine Student (GS) requirement when applying for a student visa, effective for student visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.  Refer to this link for more information.

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: April 26, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Benjamin Martin, Middle & High School Principal

Operation Smile and Feeling Grateful at CIS

The MHS Student Council and the Operation Smile Club collaborated to pull off a wonderful month of gratitude in April!

StuCo first presented a gratitude matrix where students filled in the boxes by answering prompts related to gratitude. Students were able to share with each other and remind themselves of all of the blessings in their lives.

Next, Operation Smile ran a series of fundraising activities through donations and selling flowers gifts to show our gratitude for others. All proceeds will be given to  our friends at Operation Smile Philippines.

Finally, StuCo took colored post-its and asked students to use pictures, words, and sentences to talk about what they were thankful for. Then they put all of these post-its together to create a mural for all to see!

As we close out the month of April, I hope we can remember the words of Oprah Winfrey in remembering to be grateful all the time!

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • Apr 30: PTA Coffee Morning
  • May 1: Public Holiday (Labor Day)
  • May 3: PYPx
  • May 6-10: Arts Week
  • May 11: Touch Rugby
  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Grade 5: Action and Engagement in the PYP

by Mrs. Aimee Underwood, Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher/Asst. PYP Coordinator 

Central to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the concept of “action,” which arises both as a direct response by students to meaningful learning experiences and from intentionally designed activities that honor their voice, choice, and ownership. Our campus has recently been buzzing with action, from Early Years students showcasing their musical composition skills to Grade 3 students creating skits about exploration, and Grade 5 students initiating environmental and literary projects outside of class. These student-driven initiatives not only extend learning beyond the confines of the classroom but also ensure that it has a tangible impact on the world around them, reflecting the PYP’s emphasis on meaningful action. 

The PYP defines five types of action: Participation, Advocacy, Social Justice, Social Entrepreneurship, and Lifestyle Choices. This framework encourages students to cultivate a proactive mindset, nurturing responsibility and autonomy from an early age. At CIS, we further enrich this framework by integrating learning experiences with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), empowering students to see themselves as active agents of change. By aligning the development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills and IB Learner Profile attributes with the SDGs, we prepare students for informed, ethical decision-making and equip them for meaningful change. This approach not only resonates with the IB Mission but also reflects CIS’s commitment to nurturing the unique potential of all students to contribute to a better world.

Celebrating the PYP Exhibition: A Community of Inquiry and Impact

The PYP learning journey culminates with the PYP Exhibition (PYPx) —an 8-week collaborative community inquiry that encapsulates students’ learning and action under the Central Idea, “Through inquiry into our personal passions, we can discover responsible ways to influence change in the world around us.” The Grade 5 students have been inspired to explore local and global perspectives and experiences, driving them toward innovative, sustainable solutions.

Notably, this year’s PYP Exhibition saw significant enhancements in collaborative community involvement. These changes reflect the positive impact of our community’s involvement in student learning and development:

  • Increased Parental Engagement: Nearly 90% of parents engaged in interactive, hands-on workshops with the students on campus this year, strengthening our foundational home-school partnership.
  • Expanded Mentorship: Staff members from various roles served as PYPx mentors this year, alongside PYP, MYP, and DP teachers. They met regularly with students on a four-day cycle to provide a wide range of insights and guidance, thereby enriching project depth and diversity.
  • Deeper Interdisciplinary Support: Subject teachers and community members across disciplines shared their expertise, offering students a diverse set of information, perspectives, and skills.
  • Wider Community Engagement: Students actively engaged the broader CIS community through surveys and interviews, both on-campus and off-campus. This helped students enhance their research and the overall impact of their actions, as well as provided real-life opportunities for them to practice skills such as composing emails to request interviews, sending calendar invitations, following up, and practicing interview etiquette.

As the final PYP Exhibition showcase date approaches, we extend a warm invitation to the CIS community to witness our students’ inspiring journeys on Friday, May 3, 2024. PYPx is not merely a celebration of the Grade 5 students’ growth but also an acknowledgment of our school-wide dedication to fostering a community committed to making a difference.

MYP – English-Language Acquisition 

by Ms. Angelica Campos, English MYP G6-10/ Mary Rose Tudio, MYP EA

The end of the year is approaching, and with that the time for our students to work hard on their formative assessments to be ready to do their best on their summative. As an IB school, at CIS, we remind our students of the importance of the ATL Skills. One of the Social Skills we have been promoting during the past weeks in the English-Language Acquisition class is Help others to succeed. For that reason, our students in grades 6-9, were given the time and space to work on their formative assessments helping and being helped by their peers. Allowing students to help each other, helps us break paradigms about traditional testing, as well as remind them how together we can always achieve more. 

Grade 6/7 Purpose of communication assessment

Cornell notes taken by: Ye Ju

Students in grade six and seven, are working on Advertisement analysis, they have learned about camera shot types, camera angles and camera movement, as well as how these tools help us achieve our purpose for communication. These topics are preparation for their summative assessment next month, where they will have to show their knowledge on author’s purpose, camera usage, and of course their English writing and speaking skills!

Grade 8/9 Empathy and relationships assessment 

Annotated chapter by: Jimin, book cover taken from Wikipedia.org

Students in grade eight and nine are reading the book The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, a book published in 2003. Told from the perspective of the housekeeper, is a lovely story that has kept our students interested and engaged with each character. We have been reading together in class, while our students are practicing annotating skills chapter by chapter. Their formative assessment challenged them not just to remember the facts from the story, but to interpret the characters’ attitudes, and to predict how their actions will impact their relationships.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

Ask the Counselor

Question: As an 11th grader, may I start applying to universities to get a head start on my college applications?

Answer: If you are applying abroad, you cannot apply to college yet.  Applications open in August 2024.  However, you may start writing your college essay(s) to get a headstart.  In the Philippines, the University of the Philippines has opened applications in order to take the UPCAT (UP College Admissions Test) last April 15th, Part 1 of the application has to be completed by May 15.  

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: April 19, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

We have started the last quarter of our 2023-24 school year, and it is great to visibly observe evidence of our students learning after building up their knowledge and skills over the first three quarters of the year, plus drawing on their prior knowledge. 

Over the past few weeks, there have been several events to celebrate this learning with parents and other students. CIS does this, as in addition to the celebratory aspect of completing a unit or project, sharing their work provides further opportunities for students to consolidate and extend their learning, such as by developing their communication skills and ensuring they have understood and remember their learning objectives by presenting them to others.

A few recent examples have been the PYP Explorers’ Museum Exhibit (G2 and G3), and Sharing the Planet energy presentations (G4) in the ES. In the MHS, we have had culminating projects that students have worked on all year, such as the MYP Personal Projects (G10 – highlighted in last week’s Newsflash) the DP Extended Essay Cafe (G12), and just today, the G11 Theory of Knowledge exhibition.

It has been gratifying to see our students’ creativity and presentation skills with their displays and presentations, and their confidence, knowledge, and literacy skills showing in their written and oral work and explanations.

Finally, congratulations to our Seniors (G12 students) who finished their classes on Wednesday, and are now in their final week of studying before DP Exams start next Wednesday. We wish them all the best as they sit their exams over the next month, and trust all their hard work will stand them in good stead. We look forward to congratulating them on May 24 at their Graduation!

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 23 : PTA Coffee Morning
  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • Apr 30: PTA Coffee Morning
  • May 1: Public Holiday (Labor Day)
  • May 3: PYPx
  • May 6-10: Arts Week
  • May 11: Touch Rugby
  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Grade 4: Sharing the Planet

by Mr. Sten Coppin, Grade Homeroom Teacher

For our unit Sharing the Planet, Grade 4 students learned all about energy, where it comes from and how the way we use it affects our lives. It culminated in a summative project that showed off their learning, creativity, writing skills, and communication skills. Our class reporters Robeen and Maxine wrote an article about their experiences.

Windmill Project

by Maxine and Robeen

In G4 UOI, we are learning about energy. We’re almost done with our unit and we are working on our final project. We are making windmills that make real electricity and models of other power plants too. Our common materials are fans, Legos, generators, cables, blades and rotors, and finally, light bulbs. The reason we are making this project is to share what we learned with other students and parents in a fun and interesting way.

You could be wondering, “What is Energy?” Well, energy has different types of meanings, like energy in the human body that you get from eating and drinking. We didn’t focus on that though, we are learning about how we create electricity. We all designed power plant models to help us explain how electricity works. Even cooler, our windmills are working models that actually create electricity!

The project was really interesting and fun. We all built windmills and each group also added a model of a different type of energy. One group did a hydropower presentation with a big dam. Other groups built geothermal, nuclear or coal power plants. Our models were really beautiful and the groups created short interactive activities to help the audience test if objects were a conductor or insulator. Even though it was sometimes challenging, especially writing the essays and doing research, we really enjoyed making the project, and we also loved that we could have our parents and other grades come to see all of our projects. It made us feel happy and proud! 

Grade 7: Science Class

by Ms. Rebecca Devadoss, Science Teacher

In their physics unit, the grade 7 students are currently studying forces and the laws of Newton. An engaging activity they recently undertook is the “Toy Car Ramp Race.” The class was organized into six groups. Each group was equipped with a ramp, a toy car, a protractor, and a measuring tape, and they ventured out into the corridors of the third floor. They eagerly set up their ramps at various angles, embarking on a dynamic exploration of how the incline (angle) of the ramp influences the distance traversed by the toy car. The air was abuzz with excitement as students meticulously observed and recorded their findings, immersing themselves in the hands-on application of physics principles.

After the activity, students successfully made connections to Newton’s Laws of Motion, solidifying their understanding of the fundamental principles governing motion and forces.

Out of Newton’s Laws, this experiment would likely fit into inertia. The first law states that an object will stay motionless until it gets moved by an unbalanced force. With the toy car ramp race, the friction between the toy car and the floor was an unbalanced force. The toy vehicle’s speed and range rose in tandem with the ramp’s angle; the quicker the car traveled, the more friction it created between itself and the ground, which prevented it from moving at a steady pace.

The first law states that an object at rest remains at rest, while an object in motion remains in motion unless acted upon by an external force. In the case of a toy car on an inclined plane, the force of gravity pulls the car downhill, resulting in greater acceleration and distance traveled.

The results of the toy car race are because Newton’s 1st law states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The toy cars would keep going, but they stopped because of the friction of the ground.

We saw a great demonstration of Newton’s first law of motion in the toy car ramp race activity. An object will stay at rest unless acted upon by another force. The toy car would stay at rest until it was pointed at an angled ramp. Then gravity would act upon it and make it go downward.

The car didn’t go downward on a flat surface like the table because the table and car are balanced forces. As in Newton’s third law of motion, when two objects interact, they apply forces to each other of equal magnitude and in opposite directions. The car is applying downward force to the table due to gravity, and the opposite reaction to that is the table applying upward force.

By the 2nd Law, when people apply force to the toy car, it will move and accelerate, moving downward from the ramp, and the earth’s gravity will pull it downward again to accelerate its speed, getting faster.

During the toy car ramp race, the higher the degree angle, the toy car always went farther, but it always stopped at some point. This can be explained by Newton’s 1st law of motion (inertia), as the first law states an object will stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The unbalanced force was the friction between the toy car and the floor. As the ramp angle increased, it also increased how fast and how far the toy car went. The faster the toy car went, the more friction it caused between itself and the floor, therefore making it unable to move at a constant speed.

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

Ask the Counselor

Question:  Does a student need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS to apply to universities abroad?

Answer: Most universities abroad do not require the TOEFL or IELTS if the student is an IB Diploma candidate, or, if the student’s high school can certify that the last 4 years of school was taught in English.  CIS issues a certification for students.  In addition, as a WASC/CIS accredited school, most universities recognize this accreditation and therefore, do not require the TOEFL or IELTS.  However, if the program applied for requires clinical practice (i.e. Heatlh Sciences), the IELTS or TOEFL is a requirement to obtain a student visa.  Some universities are recognize the Duolingo test to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: April 12, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

Our society continues to change on multiple fronts at a rapid rate. We know change can be a major source of stress, and constant pressure is tiring at the best of times and can be overwhelming at others. As we head into the final months of this school year, then, it’s a good time to be reminded to take care of ourselves, look out for each other, and continue to strive to create the safest learning environment for our students that we can, both at home and at school.

Quote Credit: Christopher in Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (Design by wallpapercave.com

Over the past year, we’ve been reviewing our Guiding Statements – our mission, vision, and core beliefs. These help us stay focused on what’s most important, and I particularly like core belief numbers one and six when considering what we can do to boost our well-being!

Core Belief #1: Learning is a joyful, creative, and open-ended exploration. In a well-being context, this means instead of getting bogged down by stress, let’s rediscover the joy of learning and find ways to nurture our creativity and curiosity.

Core Belief #6: As an IB World School, the Learner Profile Attributes and Approaches to Learning are embedded in all that we think, say, and do. In a well-being context, focusing on positive LP attributes such as being caring and open-minded, and consciously seeking ways to develop our approaches to learning (ATL) skills will help us manage life’s challenges and build resilience.

As we face difficulties, think of these core beliefs. They can guide us in staying positive, curious, and compassionate towards ourselves and others. Keep pushing forward, and remember, you have the strength and abilities to overcome obstacles!

Congratulations to the Grade 10 class on successfully completing the IB Middle Years Programme Personal Project! 

See last week’s article by Mr Martin for more details

Your displays and the accompanying explanation of your projects at school over the last couple of days were interesting and thought-provoking. Most importantly, your accounts of your learning journey were evidence that the project was of great value to prepare you for the rigors of the IB Diploma Programme next year!

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 12: MYP Personal Project Exhibition
  • Apr 19: DP TOK Exhibition
  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • May 1: Public Holiday (Labor Day)
  • May 3: PYPx
  • May 6-10: Arts Week
  • May 11: Touch Rugby
  • May 18-19 & May 25-26: MFC x CIS Friendship Cup
  • May 24: G12 Graduation (no classes in PM)

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Elementary: Language Acquisition-English

by Ms. Evangeline Belono-ac, K-5 LA-English Teacher / Ms. Jessa Luntayao, K-5 LA- English Educational Assistant

In Language Acquisition-English classes, students actively participate in interactive learning experiences designed to cultivate proficiency across the four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through engaging activities, students delve into the exploration and acquisition of new vocabulary directly relevant to their units of inquiry. These linguistic connections not only deepen their understanding of subject-specific concepts and themes but also foster the expansion of their overall vocabulary repertoire and enhancement of comprehension abilities.

The K/G1 English Language Learners wrote an opinion paragraph about the best kind of house.

Kinder and Grade 1 
The Kindergarten/Grade 1 students are currently investigating the concept of homes as part of the unit “Where We Are in Place and Time.” Throughout this exploration, they have engaged in activities centered around adjectives and have compared them with adverbs, possessive nouns, and possessive pronouns as part of their grammatical instruction. Utilizing their newfound knowledge and skills, they have crafted descriptive sentences and opinion paragraphs. These exercises have been reinforced through targeted practice sessions and lively classroom discussions, allowing students to grasp how the use of adjectives, adverbs, and possessives enriches sentence structure. Furthermore, they have delved into opinion writing, employing the OREO graphic organizer to compose opinion paragraphs. This process has not only encouraged creativity but has also honed their writing abilities as they meticulously organized their thoughts to ensure coherence in their compositions.

Grade 2/3
During their current unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, the Grade 2/3 students have delved into autobiographies and biographies, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the key differences between these two genres. Subsequently, they crafted their autobiographies. 

The Grades 2/3 ELLs wrote a diary about a “small moment” from their Spring Break.

In parallel, for their grammar instruction, students have revisited the simple verb tenses, with a particular focus on the simple past tense. Through targeted practice exercises and classroom discussions, students have developed a stronger understanding of how verbs change to indicate the past tense, thereby discerning the impact of these changes on the overall structure and meaning of sentences. Additionally, they have explored prepositions and adjectives.  

Applying their acquired knowledge in a real-world context, the G2/3 students have ventured into writing diaries and personal narratives, recounting a “small moment” from their Spring Break experiences. Employing the past tense and adjectives, they vividly described their favorite event of their holiday in a diary format.

Grade 4/5 
In their current unit, “Sharing the Planet,” Grades 4 and 5 are pursuing different paths of inquiry. Grade 4 is immersing themselves in the exploration of Energy, delving into its various forms and implications. Meanwhile, Grade 5 is leveraging their class time to receive supplementary support for their PYP exhibition, a pivotal culmination of their learning journey.

Grade 4 students learning about facts and opinions and writing an opinion paragraph.

The grade 4 students focused on strengthening their descriptive writing skills. They began by reviewing the key parts of speech – nouns, adjectives, and adverbs – and how these elements can be used to create vivid descriptions. Following the review, students delved deeper into the structure of descriptive writing, which equipped them to write their descriptive pieces as the final output of the lesson. 

To bridge learning objectives with their homeroom class, the class transitioned to a discussion of opinion writing. Students explored the structure of this writing style, learning how to effectively formulate and express their well-supported viewpoints focusing the example on energy sources. To aid in this process, they utilized the OREO graphic organizer, a valuable tool that promotes clear and concise communication of ideas and opinions.

Grade 5 ELLs working on their PYP exhibition.

On the other hand, Grade 5 students have been employing their reading and research skills to collect pertinent information for their PYP exhibition. They have revisited and applied the grammatical skills acquired earlier, utilizing them to craft paragraphs and essays about their exhibition topics. Additionally, they have delved into the intricacies of paraphrasing and citation, further enhancing their academic writing proficiency.

MYP Mathematics

by Ms. Maria Bacus, MYP Mathematics Teacher

The student explored the concept of Trigonometry. This unit started with an investigation into the properties of right-angled triangles and the theorem of Pythagoras. The students discovered that the square of the longest side of the triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. They then applied these concepts to solve lengths in two and three-dimensional shapes. 

To further challenge the students’ understanding of the applications of Pythagoras’ Theorem and the trigonometric ratios, they worked in pairs to solve the Trigonometry Pile Up challenge by William Emeny. This task allowed students to apply their knowledge and foster collaboration and problem-solving skills as students tackled the complex geometric problems together.

Here are some photos and work of students as they completed this class activity:

Throughout the task, students engage in a multifaceted approach that includes clear communication, precision in rounding answers, and effective utilization of their technology. Specifically, students were asked to communicate their thought processes, methodologies and solutions in a clear manner. Rounding their answers to the appropriate number of significant figures is another skill that was practiced in this task. This practice fostered their attention to detail and reinforced the importance of accuracy in mathematical computations. Lastly, they further enhanced their experience by maximizing their calculators to verify solutions and improve their problem-solving proficiency. 

Here are some of the students’ reflections on their challenges and collaborations:

Participating in the trigonometry pile up challenge was a huge eye opener to how much communication and perspective can play a big role on the quality of the results. Solving difficult and repetitive formulas can cause small hiccups and mistakes either with the calculations or formulas that caused a less accurate final answer. I for one realized this as I had to go back and solve the problem from the start on my own, to understand where we miscommunicated and got the mistake. This challenge taught me the importance of communication not only in math, but day to day life. As a simple math problem already caused a big hiccup and miscommunication, how much more would this be for bigger more complicated real world problems like treatment for cancer or even global warming.

The challenge was interesting and was able to test our knowledge of trigonometry and the Pythagorean theorem. Having a partner greatly helped as we could always compare our answers and find anything one of us might have missed.

The Triangle and Pythagoras problem was so fun. It was pretty simple to do but it was fun realizing what parts we needed to solve and what wasn’t needed. Along with that, I liked seeing my classmates answer compared to mine and racing to see who finished first.

What did you learn from a mathematical discussion today?

If you are struggling with some problems or challenges, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Teamwork makes dream work.

Andrew

I learned how to solve complex problems through Pythagoras and sine, cosine, and tangent functions. It is still difficult to find the angle through sine, etc. because I entered the calculation wrong. I learned how to get numbers through calculators.

Jimin

I learned how valuable it is to have another perspective as we can constantly compare answers to see and look for any errors. We are also able to help each other if there are parts we are unsure of.

Niño

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College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

Admission 101

Bentley University has created some resources that include the best tips from their admission team on making the most out of the college application process.  

You may click on the links below to access the resources which have been designed to be insightful and easy to understand.

DATE

EVENT

April 18 Thursday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
All HS students invited to attend

Study Gold Coast – Mini College Fair

Participating Institutions:

  1. Bond University
  2. Griffith University
  3. Southern Cross University
  4. New York Film Academy Australia
  5. Australian International Student Tours

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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Newsflash: April 5, 2024

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Benjamin Martin, Middle & High School Principal

Let’s Get Personal: The Benefits of the MYP Personal Project

The MYP personal project is the culminating project for MYP students in the final year of the MYP in Grade 10. As our Grade 10 students learn on the CIS Personal Project website, The Personal Project is a significant milestone in their journey as an IB learner. It serves as both the culmination of their MYP studies and as a stepping stone towards future academic work, and the DP core, including the extended essay.

The Personal Project is a unique opportunity for students to undertake an independent and age-appropriate exploration into an area of personal interest. Through the process of inquiry, action and reflection, students will be encouraged to demonstrate and strengthen their approaches to learning skills.

The personal nature of the project is important; the project allows students to explore an area that motivates and interests them. They will choose what they want to focus on (which can be an existing or a new interest), choose how to achieve their goal, and create their own success criteria for their product. The project provides an excellent opportunity for them to produce a truly personal and creative product and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP.

Next Thursday and Friday, our Grade 10 students will be presenting their finished products and we look forward to seeing how their passion, planning, and perseverance have paid off!

Upcoming events of note

  • Apr 9: Public Holiday (Day of Valor)
  • Apr 10: Public Holiday (Eid-al-Fitr)
  • Apr 12: MYP Personal Project Exhibition
  • Apr 18: DP TOK Exhibition
  • Apr 24 – May 16: IBDP Exams
  • May 1: Public Holiday (Labor Day)
  • May 3: PYPx
  • May 6-10: Arts Week

Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

PYP Spanish

by Ms. Dina Melwani, PYP Spanish Teacher

“¡Noticias al Día!” “News up to date!”

📣 Breaking News: Students Dive into Spanish Class with a Twist!

CIS students have embarked on a fascinating journey into the world of Spanish language and culture, all while exploring the transdisciplinary unit on “Where We Are in Place and Time”.

🏠 The Topic: Houses

📚 Learning Objective: The young scholars are not just mastering basic Spanish vocabulary; they are immersing themselves in the topic of “houses” (or “casas” in Spanish) through interactive lessons.

🌎  Transdisciplinary Unit Integration: This unit seamlessly integrates the study of houses across time periods, enhancing students’ understanding of their place in the world.

🎨 Hands-On Exploration: From building miniature models of houses to learning about unique architectural styles from around the globe, students are actively engaged in hands-on activities that bring their learning to life.

📝 Assessment and Reflection: Through journal entries, drawings, and interactive presentations, students are not only demonstrating their language skills but also reflecting on the cultural significance of houses in different societies.

📣 Newsflash: Students Dive into Animal Studies with Spanish Integration!

🏠 Students have embarked on a captivating journey through the animal kingdom, all while sharpening their Spanish language skills. As part of their curriculum, students are delving into the fascinating world of animals, exploring their habitats, behaviors, and characteristics.

🌎 What makes this learning adventure even more remarkable is its integration with the transdisciplinary unit on “Sharing the Planet.” Through this interdisciplinary approach, students are not only expanding their knowledge of animals but also gaining a deeper understanding of their role in preserving our planet’s biodiversity.

🦁 Students are engaging in interactive lessons that blend language acquisition with scientific exploration. From learning animal names and descriptions in Spanish to studying ecosystems and conservation efforts, the curriculum seamlessly weaves together language learning and environmental awareness.

Through hands-on activities, group discussions, and multimedia resources, students are actively participating in their learning journey, fostering curiosity and empathy towards the natural world. By incorporating the transdisciplinary unit, we aim to instill in students a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the planet, emphasizing the importance of protecting and respecting all living beings.

📣 Newsflash: Students Dive Deep into Spanish Class Learning! 🌎📚

In an innovative fusion of language and science, students are breaking boundaries in their Spanish class!

🏔️ Exploring Landforms: Students have embarked on an exciting journey to learn about landforms and weather… in Spanish! From towering mountains to sprawling plains, they’re mastering the vocabulary while delving into the wonders of Earth’s formations.

🌦️ Weather Wonders: Not stopping at landforms, these budding linguists are also immersing themselves in the realm of weather patterns and phenomena. They’re discussing everything from sunny days to thunderstorms, all in español!

🌎 Transdisciplinary Triumph: But the learning doesn’t end there! These industrious students are seamlessly integrating their language lessons with the transdisciplinary unit on “How the World Works.” By connecting language acquisition with scientific exploration, they’re gaining a holistic understanding of both subjects.

🧠 Holistic Learning: Through this innovative approach, students are not only enhancing their Spanish proficiency but also developing a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of language and the natural world.

Grade 6: Design Class

by Mr. Jessie Saclo, MYP Design Teacher

Let There Be Light (Design Project)

The grade 6 Design class presented their lamp designs on March 22 to celebrate the end of their unit, “Let There Be Light.” During the first phase of that unit, the grade 6 students learned to make simple electric circuits to power a bulb. Through weeks of hands-on learning, the students acquired the skills of splicing and connecting wires, adding a plug, installing a bulb socket, measuring and cutting wood materials using carpentry tools, and assembling parts to create a functional product. With the objective of using locally manufactured products made of natural materials, the grade 6 students began planning their lamp designs, gathering inspiration from world-class designers such as Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue, CIS alumnus Vito Selma, and world-renowned driftwood sculptor James Doran-Webb.

Using the Design criteria, students went through a remarkable process of innovation and creativity, reflecting on their learning, and developing their design-making skills. Several changes and improvements were made to allow for the best design possibility based on available materials.

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Click on the image above to take you to a website where you can look at the innovation of our grade 6 Design students, and marvel at their creativity and cool ideas!

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

How many colleges should a student apply to?

There is no magic number.  It all depends on the factors that are of major importance to you and your conversations with family when you choose a college. Take time to read this article (How may colleges should you apply to? ) from the Harvard Business Review.

DATE

EVENT

April 18 Thursday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
All HS students invited to attend

Study Gold Coast – Mini College Fair

Participating Institutions:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • Southern Cross University
  • New York Film Academy Australia
  • Australian International Student Tours

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
May 4, 2024 April 19, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024

To register for the SAT, you may click on this link.  If you need assistance or have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at jbasa@cis.edu.ph.

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