Newsflash: September 22, 2023

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

Thanks so much to CIS Corporation Members for attending our AGM last Tuesday. In addition to completing the corporate functions required for us as Cebu International School, inc., we:

  • thanked our outgoing Board of Trustee members:
    • Mr. Quisumbing (outgoing Chairman), who has served on the Board since 2016 
    • Mr. Jeffery Lee who has served on the Board since 2017 
    • Mr. Edwin Galeos (outgoing Secretary), who has served on the Board since 2018 
  • welcomed our new Board of Trustee members for 2023/24:
    • Mr. Joshua de Manuel
    • Mrs. Shai Gica
    • Mr. Mozart Reina
  • thanked and recognized the service of our returning Board of Trustee members for 2023/24:
    • Mrs. Katherine Rivera (incoming Board Chair/past Vice Chair)) 
    • Ms. Maite Moraza  (incoming Vice Chair) 
    • Mr. Wolf Kekert (Treasurer)
    • Mrs. Jill Figueroa (incoming Secretary)
    • Mr. James Doran-Webb (Trustee)
    • Ms. Fiona King (Trustee)
    • Mr. Bruce Shin (Trustee)
  • held inquiry-based learning conversations discussing aspects surrounding the question, “What is our narrative?” that were designed to build relationships and gain a shared understanding of who we are!

It is so refreshing to work with a diverse group of committed and dedicated parents whose focus remains on what is best for the students of Cebu International School. 

Upcoming events of note

  • Sept. 23: CIS Touch Rugby Series (PM)
  • Sept. 27: Parent Coffee Morning (International Day Prep focus)
  • Sep 29-30: MUN Locals conference (Manila)
  • Oct 2 – 6: October break (School holiday)
  • Oct 16-20 & 21 Culture week, culminating with International Day on Sat 21st

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

Kinder and Grade 1 Class

by Ms. Tara Alagao and Ms. Bebelin Tubilan, K/G1 Homeroom Teachers

Four Pillars of Health 

Our Kinder and Grade 1 students have embarked on an exciting journey exploring the unit under the transdisciplinary theme Who We Are, with a central idea “Making balanced choices enables people to be healthy.” This unit has provided our students with the opportunity to inquire into the four pillars of health: eating a balanced meal, practicing good hygiene, engaging in regular exercise, and getting enough rest. To kick off this unit, the Kinder and Grade 1 students were asked if they understood the concept of balance and what it looks like. They enthusiastically expressed their preferences for foods they would love to have for lunch, and many of them grasped the idea that a balanced meal requires a variety of foods from the five healthy food groups.

Next, the students delved into the significance of exercise and rest in maintaining good health. They learned that warming up and cooling down are crucial for safety during physical activities, and they understand the importance of taking care of their bodies while being active. As a group, they also combined different stretching exercises they know to create a daily routine, which they now follow when they enter the classroom and before starting their day.

Hygiene, another vital aspect of balance, was also explored. Our students discovered that proper hygiene practices, such as brushing their teeth, taking baths, trimming their nails, and changing clothes and socks, contribute to overall well-being. They drew connections between these habits and the routines they follow at home.

The last pillar, having a growth mindset, is one of the concepts that the Kinder and Grade 1 students looked into. This was also a perfect time to incorporate goal-setting to encourage them to maintain a positive attitude in overcoming challenges and learning from mistakes. To reinforce their understanding of the four pillars of health, the students created a checklist of routines to follow at home. They took responsibility for their well-being by reflecting each day on the actions they chose to take and noting the potential consequences of not making healthy choices.

To conclude the unit, the Kinder and Grade 1 students brainstormed actions they could take to share their understanding of the pillars of health with the community. They hope to inspire the community to reflect on their lifestyle choices for the purpose of health and balance.

DP History Paper 1 Overview

by Ms. Joy Pierra, DP History Teacher

In the world of International Baccalaureate (IB) assessments, one exam holds significant weight for history students: Paper 1. This external assessment is a pivotal component of an IB student’s academic journey, accounting for 30% of the overall grade for Standard Level (SL) students and 20% for Higher Level (HL) students. Here’s a breakdown of this exam.

Question 1: Comprehension Mastery (5 minutes)
The journey begins with Question #1, where students are tasked with extracting the essence of the source. This allows students to analyze and succinctly articulate the message that the sources convey. These could be text, photos, or cartoons. Success here ensures five valuable points towards their score.

Question 2: Source Usefulness and Credibility (10 minutes)
Question #2 delves into the vital realm of source assessment. Students apply the OPCVL method, rigorously examining the origin, purpose, and content of sources. The aim? To evaluate the sources’ utility and reliability in shedding light on historical figures, documents, or events. A maximum of four marks awaits those who adeptly navigate this question.

Question 3: Source Comparison and Contrast (15 minutes)
Next up, Question #3 thrusts students into a thrilling comparative analysis. Here, they embark on an exploration of the similarities and differences between two sources. Utilizing evidence from these sources is paramount as they substantiate their insights. A total of six points awaits those who skillfully elucidate these connections and disparities.

Question 4: The Grand Finale – The Historical Essay (30 minutes)
As we near the conclusion of this intense hour-long exam, students face the pinnacle of their challenge in Question #4. This question unleashes their essay-writing prowess, with the added twist of integrating at least three sources to support their arguments. Sources become key companions in constructing a well-reasoned historical narrative. It’s here that students can incorporate their personal knowledge and understanding, elevating their responses to new heights. To help students organize their thoughts in the essay, they’re required to follow the PEEAL format. The grand prize? An impressive nine marks for a masterfully crafted essay.

In this high-stakes academic endeavor, IB history students are tasked with not only showcasing their source analysis skills but also their capacity to weave together historical narratives. As the clock ticks down, they draw upon these skills to navigate the intricate web of history’s tapestry.

Here are some of the History 11 students’ thoughts after taking their first Paper 1 exam.

Which question in Paper 1 do you feel most confident about? Why?

I was more confident in questions 1 and 2 because they required me to delve further into the details of the articles to support my answers, providing specific examples.

Renzo

I feel the most confident in question 4 since it allows me to write more due to the broader topic. It provides more room for interpretation and analysis.

Elijah

Which question is the most challenging in Paper 1? Why?

Number 4 for me was a bit difficult as I had to use a bit of my own pre-existing knowledge regarding the subject rather than the sources included within the paper. I also had to pinpoint specific reasons and examples, which were a little tricky since some effects were initially minor and inconsequential.

Renzo

How will you better prepare for Paper 1 next time?

I will prepare for Paper 1 better by learning more of the topic before-hand, so that when the exam requires the use of already learned information, I will be able to provide and derive more information from my own understanding.

Elijah

Grade 6: Design Technology Class

by Mr. Jessie Saclo, Design Teachnology Teacher

Product Innovation

In its global campaign for a circular economy, the European Union recently approved a waste-reduction regulation set for implementation in 2027, mandating manufacturers of portable appliances to incorporate user-friendly replaceable batteries. The regulation which is aimed to benefit consumers is directed on existing trends in the design and manufacture of smartphones, tablets, laptops, electric bikes and e-scooters. Design experts are already predicting a significant global impact on the design, innovation and manufacture of these devices that will potentially reshape the playing field for electronic behemoths such as Samsung and Apple. 

According to the MYP, design and the outcomes of new technologies have led to immense changes in society, profoundly transforming the way we process information, adapt our environment, communicate with others, and solve problems. The recent EU regulation is a clear example on how design and the design process are essential elements in societal change.

The MYP design framework incorporates inquiry and problem-solving at its core, cultivating rigid student learning through the application and use of the design cycle. As a tool, the design cycle provides the methodology necessary to engage students through four criteria: inquiring and analysing, developing ideas, creating the solution, and evaluating. Solutions in MYP design can manifest as a prototype, model, product, or system that students have independently developed.

Our grade six design unit, aptly named ‘Product Innovation,’ explores the concepts of communication, innovation, and perspective through the statement of inquiry: ‘Communicating ideas through technological innovations can influence perspectives.’ Students began building their understanding of the design process by navigating the unit through discussions, inquiries, research, and feedback. They embarked on the task of identifying problems in existing products, initially constructing inquiry questions aligned with our identified concepts. As the unit progressed, they researched and analyzed products to develop creative and innovative solutions. Their solutions are rooted in actual product data and supplemented by their own success criteria.

The diverse results of our students’ research and solutions serve as a sound indicator of how well they comprehend the stages of inquiry, analysis, and idea development. Take some time to view and appreciate their work.

The Dragon’s Report Card

As the new school year begins, new faces are introduced to the school community. Hear about them, their interests, and why they transferred in this exciting new episode!

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

Where do our graduates go?  

DATE

September 27
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

EVENT

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at HKUST.

September 28
Thursday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Enderun Colleges – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at Enderun.

September 29
Friday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex
Mini College Fair

Mini College Fair sponsored by ApplyAbroad –  Meet with  university reps from various institutions from Canada and talk to them about the application process, programs and other offerings.
List of institutions:
Canada: Algoma University & MacEwan University
Australia: Edith Cowan University & Torrens University
USA: South New Hampshire University

October 10
Tuesday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex

Study in Japan visit: Meet admission reps from Japanese universities and learn about their programs, the application process and scholarships offered.

October 12
Thursday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Dragon’s Dome

Education USA College Fair – meet with university reps from 24 institutions from the US.  List of universities to follow

October 13
Friday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex

Mini Workshop for Grade 11 students: Writing your College Essay – Students will learn strategies on how to write a college essay.  The resource speaker is an admissions representative from York College Pennsylvania, USA. Seniors who missed this workshop last school year are welcome to attend.

October 13
Friday
10:15 – 11:25 AM
Canteen Annex

Workshop on How to prepare your Art PortfolioLearn from a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design on how to prepare your Art Portfolio for college applications to art universities.

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed

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: September 15, 2023

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

It was wonderful to observe the laughter, fun, and collaboration among students today as we held our first House Activity Day of the year (HAD1). These typically include a range of activities to enable this, both outdoor active and indoor sedentary activities, and including sports and skills/game-based activities. We hold these days for multiple reasons. One aspect that is not visible to all, is it is a great way for our student council members to use and develop their research, organizational, thinking, and leadership skills. Judging from the outcomes, they were particularly successful this year – well done, StuCo teams (both ES and MHS were involved to differing extents)!   

In addition to the fun, the other aspect I want to highlight are approaches to learning (ATL) skills involved. Refer to the poster to the right and see if you can identify the ATL strands involved in helping students gain these HAD benefits:

  • HAD activities are good for our students’ physical health and social-emotional well-being.
  • HAD provides opportunities for students to try new skills, and develop existing ones.
  • HAD provides opportunities to develop social and communication skills.
  • HAD requires thinking and self-management skills too.

Thank you faculty supervisors for your input, and congratulations to all students for the effort you put in to make the day successful. Oh – I suppose some of you might want to know the HAD1 2023/24 house competition results! 

  • 1st place – Mahogany
  • 2nd Place – Narra
  • 3rd Place – Molave
  • 4th Place – Acacia

Congratulations all of you, the ranking is designed to help build motivation and competition, but we really just want you all to learn and have fun regardless of how many points you earned. If you are bothered about it, remember it is still early in the year so you will have the opportunity to change these rankings. Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming events of note

  • Sep 19: CIS Annual General Membership Corporation Meeting (corporation members only – refer to the info poster for how to register as a member!)
  • Sept. 23: CIS Touch Rugby Series (PM)
  • Sep 29-30: MUN Locals conference (Manila)
  • Oct 2 – 6: October break (School holiday)
  • Oct 16-2o & 21 Culture week, culminating with International Day on Sat 21st

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

Grade 3 Class

by Ms. Katrina del Mar, Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

How do we organize ourselves?

The Grade 3 inquirers began exploring our first unit, under the transdisciplinary theme How We Organize Ourselves by using their research skills to gather information about how people’s needs and interests influence communities to form and evolve. As they walked around our learning community, they made careful observations and documented what they saw, thought, and wondered. 

Sketching their initial ideas about what a community is, the class came up with the conclusion that a community is a group of people who work together for a common goal.

Next, we delved into the reasons why our class attends school. They classified their responses into needs or interests.

To deepen our understanding of our learning community’s needs and interests, the Grade 3 researchers conducted interviews with other members of the school. Taking on different roles such as interviewer, timekeeper, note taker, and recorder allowed for a successful group work thereby developing their social skills. The Grade 3 students reflected that organizing themselves made their task easier. Students also felt a responsibility to do their job and paid closer attention to the task at hand. 

An examination of the information they gathered allowed the Grade 3s to analyze how our needs and interests are supported by our learning community. They discovered that the school was formed to support our learning needs and interests. Having also reflected on the responsibility they felt from being assigned a role for their research activity, we carried this concept onto their responsibilities as members of our learning community.

Having realized that they can use their voice to influence our community to grow, the Grade 3 students suggested ideas in response to our need to organize our learning environment, for example, creating classroom jobs and labeling their seats. They also proposed playing a morning game on Days B and Days D to fulfill their interest in playing and having fun.

How about you? What are your needs and interests? What actions can you take to support your community’s needs and interests?

Grade 12: IBDP Visual Arts

by Mr. Jessie Saclo, IBDP Visual Arts Teacher

“The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries” (IBO, 2017).

The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course is a rigorous two-year program crafted to nurture students’ creative prowess through the lens of three assessment criteria: the comparative study, the process portfolio, and the exhibition. This intellectually stimulating course is designed to cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills through the process of art creation and critique. As students delve into art from diverse cultural perspectives and contexts, they are exposed to a range of traditional and contemporary techniques, styles, and media.

At the heart of the visual arts core syllabus are three interrelated areas; communicating visual art, visual arts in context, and visual arts methods. These areas are thoughtfully structured to seamlessly intertwine with the assessment criteria, forming the foundation of students’ holistic learning and comprehension. Within the visual arts course, students apply their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between these areas and how they inform, inspire, acquire, and impact their work in visual arts.

The comparative study is an independent exploration that challenges students to critically analyze artworks, objects, and artifacts from different cultural contexts. Students choose, examine, and compare at least three artworks with contrasting contexts by at least two different artists. This investigation features a comparison and analysis of the selected works and evidence of how their own work and practices have been influenced by the art and artists they examined. The completed work will be marked against these criteria:

  • identification and analysis of formal qualities
  • analysis and understanding of function and purpose
  • analysis and evaluation of cultural significance
  • making comparisons and connections
  • presentation and subject-specific language
  • making connections to own art-making practice

Take time to appreciate some excerpts of the comparative study work our grade 12 DP visual arts students produced in their journey through the IB DP visual arts course. 

Student Summer Program Experiences

Bella, Grade 12: Yale Young Global Scholars

Yale Young Global Scholars was an incredible experience that allowed me to not only explore my interests in the humanities but also prepare me for my future as a college student. During the summer, I had the opportunity to meet people from a variety of countries and cultures, allowing me to become more aware of differing perspectives and ideals. As such, I believe that I was able to become a more global citizen while also delving deeper into aspects present in the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and culture.

In my time at Yale, I attended lectures and seminars surrounding topics such as nature, film, language, honesty, and morality. Consequently, I developed several skills in analysis as well as critical thinking. Additionally, my final capstone project focused on the topic of identity in which I was able to reflect on my experience as a biracial person. Overall, I am incredibly thankful for my time at this summer program and am very proud of what I was able to accomplish.

Ara, Grade 12: Columbia University Pre-College Program

During my summer break, I was fortunate enough to experience a college-level class at one of the most prestigious universities in New York City! Columbia University was the perfect place to get a feel of what it would be like to study in the US, particularly NYC. There, I took a human rights and international law course for three weeks. Each class always had something new to offer, and it’s safe to say that I can read and deconstruct college-level papers rather quickly.

Moreover, I chose the commuter option because New York is literally the most walkable city in the world. I thought taking the subway, bus, (and occasionally an Uber) would make my experience more authentic and fun—and it did! I met people from various parts of the world and became good friends with people in my class. With Columbia’s rich and diverse culture, spending my summer there was a fruitful and meaningful experience.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

Where do our students apply and get admitted? The chart below shows the number of successful university applications by country.  

DATE

September 16
Saturday
Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
9:00 – 10:30 AM

EVENT

Ateneo de Manila – College Admissions Talk

September 27
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at HKUST.

September 28
Thursday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Enderun Colleges – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at Enderun.

September 29
Friday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex
Mini College Fair

Mini College Fair sponsored by ApplyAbroad –  Meet with  university reps from various institutions from Canada and talk to them about the application process, programs and other offerings.

List of institutions:
Canada: Algoma University & MacEwan University
Australia: Edith Cowan University & Torrens University
USA: South New Hampshire University

October 10
Tuesday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex

Study in Japan visit: Meet admission reps from Japanese universities and learn about their programs, the application process and scholarships offered.

October 12
Thursday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Dragon’s Dome

Education USA College Fair – meet with university reps from 24 institutions from the US.  List of universities to follow

October 13
Friday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex

Mini Workshop for Grade 11 students: Writing your College Essay – Students will learn strategies on how to write a college essay.  The resource speaker is an admissions representative from York College Pennsylvania, USA. Seniors who missed this workshop last school year are welcome to attend.

October 13
Friday
10:15 – 11:25 AM
Canteen Annex

Workshop on How to prepare your Art PortfolioLearn from a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design on how to prepare your Art Portfolio for college applications to art universities.

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed

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: September 8, 2023

Notes from the Principal

by Ms. Maureen Juanson, Elementary Principal

Goal Setting to Bridge the Gap

Our first month of school has passed by so quickly! Over the past month, our students have been well-engaged in gathering data to identify where they are as learners. With guidance from their teachers, they have also identified where they are going or need to be. This is a very important process that students go through at the beginning of each school year to enable them to direct their own learning pathway and develop the skills and confidence to grow as learners.

How can we, teachers and parents, help our students bridge the gap between where they are now and where they are going? One way to do this is through goal setting. 

Stephanie Toro, in her article “Guiding Students to Set Academic Goals,” explained that goal setting is an essential component for growth and development in our students for several reasons:

  • It personalizes the learning process based on their needs.
  • It creates intention and motivation that empowers students.
  • It establishes accountability to shift responsibility to students.
  • It provides a foundation for students to advocate for their needs.

Additionally, Chase Nordengren, in his article “Goal-setting Practices that Support a Learning Culture” mentioned that “Robert Marzano’s (2009) review of research, finds goal setting can produce student learning gains of between 18 and 41 percentile points. Across a variety of grade levels, subject areas, and studies, effective goal-setting practices help students focus on specific outcomes, encourage them to seek academic challenges, and make clear the connection between immediate tasks and future accomplishments (Stronge & Grant, 2014).” 

Through goal setting, we help our students to develop as agentic learners who can influence and direct their own learning, make choices, and voice opinions. This process also helps them to become assessment-capable learners who can ​​reflect, assess, monitor, and adjust their learning.

Next week, our CIS students will engage in conversations with their teachers and parents to identify areas of existing strength and areas of further growth for their learning, as well as the strategies, resources, and support that they will need to achieve their goals. Both at home and at school, let us encourage our students to identify their SMART goals for the year to ensure their continued progress and success.

Upcoming events of note

  • Sept 15: HAD1: AM only / Faculty in-service day (PM) – no classes in PM
  • Sep 19: CIS Annual General Membership Corporation Meeting (corporation members only – refer to the info poster for how to register as a member!)
  • Sep 29-30: MUN Locals conference (Manila)
  • Oct 2 – 6: October break (School holiday)
  • Oct 16-2o & 21 Culture week, culminating with International Day on Sat 21st

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

Physical and Health Education

by Ms. Demelyn Dargantes, PYP & MYP PHE Teacher

K/G1
Kinder and Grade 1 students are learning the importance of exercise and rest, part of this is identifying and taking care of the body. They’ve been learning about different warm up activities and exercises that would help their muscles grow and develop.

Grade 2/3
Grade 2 and 3 were introduced on the fundamental skills in net sports- volleyball and badminton. They were able to experience playing  using a modified version of the sport. They’ve been learning about the importance of communication and teamwork as they work with their groups. Challenging tasks were also  provided to help them think carefully about putting their strategies into action.

Grade 4/5
Grade 4 and 5 students are developing their learned basic skills in volleyball. They are focusing on how to properly execute the stance, practicing  the cues of the different skills and exploring techniques that help them perform and contribute to their teams.

Athletics Director’s Corner

by Mr. Ace Pierra, Athletics Director

MYP Pysical Health Education (PHE): Netsport – Volleyball

Volleyball is a popular and exciting sport that is played all around the world. It is a netsport, meaning the game is played with a net dividing two teams on either side. In MYP (Middle Years Programme), students can learn about Volleyball and other sports as part of their Physical and Health Education program. In this unit, students can explore Volleyball’s history, the game’s rules, and the different techniques used in serving, passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and digging. 

They can also learn about the different variations of net sports, such as badminton, and pickleball, and the specific skills required for each sport. Furthermore, students can analyze successful teams’ and players’ strategies and tactics and apply them to their own games. They can also evaluate the physical, social, and psychological benefits of participating in net sports and understand how to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), students are encouraged to learn how to play volleyball through the coach-client method. This approach promotes active participation and skill development. Here, experienced players or coaches act as mentors (coaches) while less experienced students (clients) learn and refine their volleyball skills. This method fosters teamwork, communication, and individual growth as students receive personalized guidance and feedback from their coaches. It not only enhances their athletic abilities but also instills valuable life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and adaptability. Through the coach-client method, MYP students can enjoy the benefits of sports education while building a strong foundation in volleyball.

After-school Activities (ASA) Update

ASA Highlights Outsourced Coaches are back!

The Cebu International School’s after-school program remains a popular and exciting aspect of our extracurricular and co-curricular activities. It provides an excellent opportunity for both students and parents to choose from a wide range of groups customized to individual interests. Our staff of competent educators and seasoned outsourced coaches were selected to lead and run the clubs.

Our outsourced coaching staff has returned, and we are thrilled to welcome back our experienced sports coaches, who will play a significant role in supervising Cebu International School’s entire sports training program. We are very pleased to welcome back our respected outsourced coaches, whose knowledge and enthusiasm considerably enhance the program. This program supports not only skill development but also a sense of community and personal growth, making it a much-anticipated highlight on the CIS calendar. We believe that sports not only promote physical well-being but also teamwork, discipline, and personal growth, and we are confident that with the return of these skilled instructors, we will be able to deliver a well-rounded sporting experience to our students. 

After School Activities Sessions

Red Cross Youth, Interact Club, and Advocacy In Action are Merging!

by Andre, Grade 11

We are thrilled to announce that our three clubs have decided to join forces to build a more powerful organization dedicated to creating a positive impact in our school and community. As a result of this merger, you can expect more service initiatives and volunteer opportunities for everyone. Whether you are already a part of these clubs or not, we encourage everyone to take part in our future activities. This will also give extra support to the MYP Service as Action program that will cater experiential learning to all the learners from Grade 6 to Grade 10.

Interact Club Kickstart Recycling and Waste Segregation Revolution!

by Chiara, Grade 12

The Interact Club is taking on the climate crisis head-on! The club recently revamped the trash cans around school to make it easier for students and staff to recycle properly. The trash cans are now colour-coded: green for biodegradable waste, blue for recyclable waste, and black for other waste that is not biodegradable or recyclable. The club members spent several hours painting and labeling the trash cans to remind people to recycle. This recycling project is just one of many ways that the Interact Club is working to make a difference in the community. So what are you waiting for? Get involved in the recycling revolution! Start by recycling your waste! Together, we can make a difference!

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

DATE

Wednesday, September 20, 8:00-9:00 a.m. ET
Link to register

EVENT

Join us and learn about Brown University, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania!
Admissions representatives will hold a virtual public information session for students and families about their respective universities and the highly selective college admissions process. Topics will include: academic programs, campus  activities, admissions policies, financial aid, and international student life.

September 12
Tuesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

NYU Abu Dhabi – Learn about the NYU experience, application process, programs and scholarship offered from the admissions rep.

September 16
Saturday
9:00 – 10:30AM
Ateneo de Cebu
Link to sign up

Ateneo de Manila – College Admissions Talk

September 27
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at HKUST.

September 28
Thursday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Enderun Colleges – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at Enderun.

September 29
Friday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Canteen Annex
Mini College Fair

Mini College Fair sponsored by ApplyAbroad –  Meet with  university reps from various institutions from Canada and talk to them about the application process, programs and other offerings.
List of institutions:
Canada: Algoma University & McEwan University
Australia: Edith Cowan University & Torrens University
USA: South New Hampshire University

October 12
Thursday
9:00 – 9:45 AM
Dragon’s Dome

Education USA College Fair – meet with university reps from 24 institutions from the US.  List of universities to follow

SAT Update

2023–24 School Year Test Dates

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed

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: September 1, 2023

MHS Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Benjamin Martin, MHS Principal

Does the Early Bird Really Catch the Worm?
Many of us have heard the popular phrase that “the early bird catches the worm” and have been told that waking up earlier will lead to more productivity. But what does the data show? Is this actually true? In fact, in addition to the research that highlights that students who attend their classes having an advantage over their peers who miss classes, (Gershenson et al., 2017; Kirksey, 2019; Klein et al., 2022), the results are quite clear that these “early bird” students do in fact have an advantage down the line.

We see this firsthand with our own students on their report card grades and with their performances on their IB exams. But our internal data also aligns with the studies that have shown that students who wake up earlier have higher scores in university and this is aligned with the data that shows that people who wake up early have a higher average salary and better mental health.

We know that waking up early is not easy. It is difficult for all of us and because of the sleep cycles of adolescents, ideally school could start later for them (and for us educators!). Unfortunately, we also know that most companies need their employees at work earlier and that most children would be unsupervised at home or not have the transportation they need so most schools must start early in the morning. We know that by living in Asia, large populations are a given and many people means many people commuting, which leads to traffic congestion, which means an even earlier start to the day. I have previously lived and worked in Seoul, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok and had long commuting times.

However, waking up earlier is possible for us to do and forming these habits will lead to future success over time for our students. We appreciate your assistance in making sure that your child wakes up early and has the transportation they need to arrive just after 7:00 am so they are fully awake and ready to learn at 7:30 am. As the data proves, this will result in better scores and better health. It isn’t easy to be an “early bird” but it does make a difference in putting ourselves in the best positions possible to be more successful, happier, and healthier!

Upcoming events of note

  • Sept 15: HAD1: AM only / Faculty in service day (PM) – no classes in PM
  • Sep 19: CIS Annual General Membership Corporation Meeting
  • Sep 29-30: MUN Locals
  • Oct 2 – 6: October break (School holiday)

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

Early Years

by Ms. Aimee Valenzona, Early Years Teacher

Empowering Students: Co-Creating Classroom Routines and Essential Agreements

In the Early Years, we explored the concept of routines and their significance in our daily lives. We seized the opportunity to explore the meaning of the word “routine” and encouraged our students to reflect on the similarities and differences between their home and school routines.

Together as a class, we expanded our list of routines by adding more examples. The students actively participated in this process, sharing their own experiences and insights. To further deepen their understanding, we engaged in a sorting activity where we categorized these routines into three groups: home routines, school routines, or both. What made this activity truly special was the valuable feedback and opinions shared by our students. They expressed their thoughts on where these routines are established and whether they are applicable at home, in school, or both. This discussion not only fostered critical thinking skills but also empowered our students to take ownership of their own routines.

By reflecting on their daily routines and recognizing the similarities and differences between home and school, our students are developing a greater understanding of the structures that shape their lives. The process of reflecting and categorizing these routines is helping them build a sense of ownership and agency over their routines, empowering them to make informed choices and establish positive habits.

Our students took charge of their learning environment by actively participating in the co-construction of a 3-step circle time routine. In small groups, they collaborated to create a routine that will guide their behavior during circle time. Their enthusiasm and commitment were evident as they even marked their thumbs on an agreement sheet to show their dedication.

The 3-step Circle Time Routine

  •  Listen when you hear the sound off to circle time.
  • Sit on your name
  • Listen to the teacher

But that’s not all! Our students also engaged in meaningful discussions about the essential agreements for circle time. These agreements serve as guidelines for their behavior during this important learning period. Some of our students actively shared their thoughts and ideas during circle time discussions.

Circle Time Essential Agreements

  •  Play during circle time.
  • Put away our toys
  •  We should raise our hand If we wish to speak

We are thrilled to witness our students taking ownership of their learning environment. By involving them in the decision-making process, we are fostering their independence and promoting a positive classroom culture. This activity not only helps establish routines but also empowers our students to become responsible members of our classroom community. Looking ahead, the Early Years will gradually develop their routines and essential agreements for each of the learning centers in the classroom. Our next focus will be on the Dramatic area and the Classroom Library.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we continue to grow and learn together!

Grade 6: MYP Science

by Ms. Haydee Montero, MYP Science Teacher

How does the planet work?

To know how the planet works, the Grade 6 students explored the two important movements: rotation and revolution in relation to how day and night and seasons are experienced on Earth. To do this, a 3D Simulation Model of the Earth, Sun, and Moon was made.

The Earth rotates on its axis every 23.9 hours, defining day and night for people in different parts of the globe. This axis of rotation is tilted 23.4 degrees away from the plane of Earth’s orbit around the sun, giving us seasons. Whichever hemisphere is tilted closer to the sun experiences summer, while the hemisphere tilted away gets winter, as the Earth revolves around the sun. Meanwhile, as the Earth revolves around the Earth, the Moon completes each 27.3-day orbit around the Earth as well. Both Earth and the Moon are moving around the Sun.

Here’s the takeaway for some students from the activity:

The 3-D model shows the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Rotation causes day and night, and revolution causes seasons. Rotation is when the Earth spins on its axis, and revolution is when the Earth orbits the sun.

Roshan

In the 3D model that we made, there is the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. With our 3D models, we can demonstrate rotation by spinning the Earth counterclockwise, and you can demonstrate revolution by moving the cardboard paper that is connecting the Sun to the Earth. Seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth, how high the Sun is in the sky, and the movement of the Earth around the sun, while day and night are caused by the Earth spinning on its axis or where different parts of the planets are facing towards/away from the sun. Rotation and revolution are different since rotation is spinning (on its own axis) while revolution is orbiting around something else. 

Dammy

Student Summer Program Experiences

Natalie, Grade 12: Volleyball Summer Camp at the University of Colorado-Boulder

I took part in the volleyball summer camp at The University of Colorado-Boulder during the summer. At CU-Boulder, I registered for six different clinics, including the serving, setting, and bumping clinics. in addition to two three-day high-performance skill camps. We had the opportunity to practice with the entire CU-Boulder volleyball team, and they taught us all the drills they use on campus as well as a lot of advice on how we could enhance our play.

I learned a lot from this entire experience as a student-athlete in CIS. As the volleyball team’s captain and a current senior, this experience has helped me become a better player and leader.

I am going to cherish this experience, and I advise other athletes to challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zone and try something new, particularly if it will help them become better players.

Robert, Grade 12: Engineering Innovation Program at Johns Hopkins

Participating in the Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering Innovation Program has been an unforgettable summer journey. The program has gifted me cherished moments of hands-on discovery and camaraderie.

My favorite memories from the program include the spaghetti bridge building project which was the final project of the whole program. My group won 3rd overall in the whole program when our spaghetti bridge was able to hold 20 kg of weight. Another memory I’ll never forget was seeing the space shuttle discovery, the most decorated of the shuttle fleet.

Through immersive workshops, I honed skills in coding, problem-solving, and prototyping, which I can’t wait to apply in future endeavors. Moreover, the bonds formed with fellow participants turned into enduring friendships, enriching both academic and personal aspects. This experience has not only widened my engineering perspective but also left me with cherished memories and connections that will persist far beyond the summer.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

EducationUSA Visit (September 1, 2023)

DATE

Sept 2 Saturday

Sept 3 Sunday
Link to register
11:00AM – 4:00PM (PH time)
Live sessions schedule
List of institutions

Study in Japan Virtual Fair – Chat directly with Admission reps and talk to students in Japan

Friday, September 8, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Link to register

Wednesday, September 20, 8:00-9:00 a.m. ET
Link to register

Join us and learn about Brown University, Columbia University, PrincetonUniversity, and the University of Pennsylvania!

Admissions representatives will hold a virtual public information session for students and families about their respective universities and the highly selective college admissions process. Topics will include: academic programs, campus  activities, admissions policies, financial aid, and international student life.

September 12
Tuesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

NYU Abu Dhabi – Learn about the NYU experience, application process, programs and scholarship offered from the admissions rep.

September 27
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at HKUST.

September 29
Friday
9:00 – 9:45AM
Canteen Annex
Mini Study in Canada Fair

Study in Canada –  Meet with  university reps from various institutions from Canada and talk to them about the application process, programs and other offerings.
(List will be published next week)

SAT Update

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed

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: August 25, 2023

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

As we finish up our third full week of school, our students are well and truly into their learning units. As they advance to more challenging applications, their learning may lead to more difficult concepts or applications that cause them to struggle a bit. This is all part of the learning process and will help provide valuable learning opportunities.

Rather than give up or allow stress levels to build when things are getting difficult, our aim is to help students build their skills to overcome the challenges so they not only learn the concepts and applications, but also develop their approaches to learning (ATL) skills and stress-coping strategies.

Parents, we encourage you to ask your children about their learning each day. This time is a good opportunity to ask about what they have learned about how to learn, not just about the content or skills they may have covered. As you read the classroom articles below showcasing our early years and Grade 7 this week, see if you can identify some of the behaviors and mindsets we are working on developing while they learn. Then ask your own child/ren about how they might develop these as well!

Have another restful long weekend and enjoy our Monday holiday (National Heroes Day). 

Upcoming events of note

  • Aug. 28:  National Heroes Day (Public Holiday)
  • Aug. 29: Parent Coffee Meeting (CIS Annex 7:30am)
  • Sept. 15: HAD1: AM only / Faculty in service day (PM) – no classes in PM
  • Sept. 19: CIS Annual General Membership Corporation Meeting

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

Early Years: Developing Caring Attributes and Social Skills

by  Ms. Ann Codoy, Early Years Class B Homeroom Teacher

Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Seesaw Learning Journal

We begin each day together in circle time by exchanging greetings, checking the calendar, and reviewing our day’s schedule. This week, we started showing our youngest learners their Seesaw learning journals so they are aware that their progress is being documented and that their parents can also view their work using the Seesaw app. The Early Years students were excited to share their recordings and photographs with the class. This helped them develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of well-being as they recalled what they did when the pictures were taken. One of our Information and Communication Technology (ICT) goals for the first semester is for students to be able to use media and technology to share their learning and introducing them to the Seesaw app is one way to achieve this. 

IB Learner Focus: Caring

This week, we also started talking about what it means to be “caring”.  We listened to a story entitled “Kindness is My Job.” It tells us about a child who uses magic words, waits for her turn, includes others, and follows the five respects.  Upon watching the story, some of the students reflected on themselves and exclaimed, “I do that!”, “I want to do that,” and “I also help others.” Caring is one of the ten IB Learner Profiles that students should embrace while following the Five Respects.

Our young learners are beginning to demonstrate their caring attributes in their daily interactions with each other. We try to capture these moments and show them photographs of themselves demonstrating kindness to their classmates and teachers. Doing this made them become more aware of how caring and compassionate they are.

One example was when one of the Early Years students bumped his head on one of the tables during circle time and his classmates responded to him right away by asking him how he was and how he was feeling. Then, his classmates decided to give him a group hug to make him feel better. Another example was when one of the Early Years students asked if anyone could accompany him to get his wet tissue and immediately, one of his classmates volunteered to go with him. These scenarios are just some of the many ways in which our youngest learners have been developing their social skills and demonstrating their caring attributes.

Grade 7 Music: Codes, Patterns, and World Rhythms

by Ms. Marie Vic Briones, PYP and MYP Music Teacher

In our first unit on Communication: Codes, Patterns, and World Rhythms, the Grade 7 students have been inquiring into how an understanding of the interplay between innovation and the underlying structures of communication in different communities help foster a more inclusive and consensual society. They began with a group work on sequencing random shapes, numbers, and letters into patterns and codes which established consensus on the appropriation of meaning in the codes and symbols among the members of the group.

They then presented their group’s codes and patterns in the form of a musical performance of sounds and actions.

In order to develop IB learners who are knowledgeable communicators, the Grade 7s have also been challenged to examine 5 propositions in exploring world rhythms (Bakan, 2011). Here, they discussed the range of arguments, biases, prejudices, and certain mis/conceptions when exploring world music, and presented evidence to support their group’s stand before delving deeper into more specific culture. 

Moving on to more specific musical traditions this week, the students started off with the Balinese Gamelan of Indonesia, followed by the Tala beats of India. After exploring how rhythm is used in their culture, how the culture appropriated meaning to their unique rhythms, how it has developed over time, and how it is notated and/or communicated, they began asking “What If” questions. Here are some of them: 

What if the Western civilizations never went to Indonesia and influenced the way the gamelan is playing, how would it be like today? 

Creag

What if the Gamelan is played using other instruments? What if the instruments of the gamelan were made with other materials? 

Dylan

What if the gamelan was used to communicate in the community instead of to the Gods? 

Shaun

Why did they use instruments (instead of other means) to signal the gods?

Logan

What if the Gamelan was used with a different material? What if gamelan music was discontinued, would there be other instruments similar to gamelan in other parts of the world?

Ceana

Aside from helping instruments or audiences connect, what other purpose does it serve? In what ways does it make the performance more connected to Indian culture? What if the gamelan is dying out or no longer exists? How would we preserve it or bring it back?

Soomin

What if numbers were not used for notating tala? What would be another way of notating tala?

Harvey

In the next few weeks, the students will explore other culture-specific musical traditions such as the rhythms of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Taiko of Japan, among others.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

College Essay Shifts in Focus in the USA

Since the decision of the Supreme Court in the US to ban affirmative action in university admissions, some institutions have shifted the focus of college essays so students can still talk about their background.  Here are examples of some new essay prompts:

“Tell us about an aspect of your identity or a life experience that has shaped you.” – Johns Hopkins University

“Let your life speak. Describe the environment in which you were raised and the impact it has had.” – Dartmouth College

“Tell us about a community that you have been part of where your participation helped to change or shape the community for the better.” – Emory University

To learn more about this decision, you can check:  US Supreme Court Ruling on Race in Admissions

DATE

August 30
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

EVENT

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

September 1
Friday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

University of San Francisco & Lewis University (USA) with the Education USA Rep to discuss Study in the USA.

Tuesday, August 29, 7:00-8:00 a.m. ET
Link to register

Friday, September 8, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Link to register

Wednesday, September 20, 8:00-9:00 a.m. ET
Link to register

Join us and learn about Brown University, Columbia University, PrincetonUniversity, and the University of Pennsylvania!

Admissions representatives will hold a virtual public information session for students and families about their respective universities and the highly selective college admissions process. Topics will include: academic programs, campus  activities, admissions policies, financial aid, and international student life.

September 12
Tuesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

NYU Abu Dhabi – Learn about the NYU experience, application process, programs and scholarship offered from the admissions rep.

September 27
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology – an Info session on the application process, programs and scholarships at HKUST.

SAT Update

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed

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: August 11, 2023

Admin Notes

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

Our first full week of school has been purposefully busy! It is great to see students settling into routines and starting to get into their new units of inquiry and current topics. Parents, we know from research, that (appropriate levels!) of parent involvement contributes to student learning, so please do take an interest in what your children are doing. One way of doing this could be regular casual discussions asking them (sincerely and attentively) how their learning went that day. Be sure you provide supportive comments with any feedback to ensure you create a safe environment that will encourage them to share with you what they are learning.

For more information on what they are studying, you could ask more detailed questions, request they show their work (keeping in mind the need for a safe, supportive environment),  or refer to our student learning management tools – Seesaw in the Elementary School and Google Classroom in the Middle & High School. And of course, feel free to contact their teachers with any questions or concerns!

From next week, our Newsflash will include samples of student work and activities on a rotating basis as well, so please check back here weekly as well. Have a restful weekend!

MHS Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Ben Martin, MHS Principal

Hello Dragons! My name is Ben Martin and it has already been a pleasure to meet so many amazing members of our school community this year. CIS kicked off the first day with this year’s first student-led assembly. The MHS Executive Council organized a great event with games, songs, and speeches, involving the little ones all the way up to the not so little ones. I was very impressed that even on the first day, our student leaders made it their mission to make sure that everyone was involved. I believe in the idea that leaders do not create followers but instead, create more leaders. I encourage our families that if leadership opportunities arise this year, encourage your child to get involved. There are so many ways that students can contribute and it also helps them grow and develop into the next generation of leaders shaping our future world!

Upcoming events of note

  • Aug 14-18: S1 After-School Activity (ASA) Registration
  • Aug 22: ASAs start
  • Aug. 21: School holiday     
  • Aug. 28:  National Heroes Day (Public Holiday)
  • Aug. 29: Parent Coffee Meeting (CIS Annex 7:30am)

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

Faculty & Staff HAD

by Ms. Justine Condor, Marketing Manager

CIS Faculty & staff embrace teamwork and fun with a House Activities Day!

To kick off the start of the school year, CIS faculty & staff experienced firsthand their very own version of our traditional Student House Activities Day (HAD) as a team building exercise during our new school year orientation program. This initiative not only set the stage for a year of camaraderie and collaboration but also provided our faculty & staff with an opportunity to dive into the same spirit of teamwork they encourage from our students.

During F&S HAD, members of different houses engaged in various activities designed to foster team building, communication, and friendly competition. Being educators, we even had a rubric ensuring all had a clear understanding of what Sportspersonship and Team Spirit involves!

Rubric credit: Aimee Underwood, Assistant PYP Coordinator/G5 Teacher

This early bonding experience created a stronger foundation for both teachers and staff alike. With the enthusiasm and teamwork displayed on House Activities Day, we can look forward to an exciting year of growth, learning, and mutual support.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

DATE

August 12, 2023
Saturday
12:00 – 5:00PM
SEDA Hotel – Ayala Center

EVENT

IDP Education Fair

IDP Education Fair Learn about studying in Australia and visit talk to admission reps from 29 institutions of higher education.  Below is a list of participants:
Alma Mater College Australia
Australian Catholic University 
Australian Institute of Higher Education 
Central Queensland University 
Deakin University 
Edith Cowan University 
Education Centre of Australia 
Griffith University 
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE 
International College of Management Sydney 
La Trobe University 
Macquarie University 
Melbourne Institute of Technology 
Monash University 
National Institute of Technology 
Navitas Australasia 
RMIT University 
Swinburne University
TAFE International Western Australia 
TAFE South Australia 
The University of New South Wales 
The University of Notre Dame 
Torrens University 
University of Canberra 
University of Southern Queensland 
University of Western Australia 
University of Wollongong 
Western Sydney University 
Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

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August 16
Wednesday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

Glion Institute of Higher Education (Switzerland)
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (Switzerland & Spain)
Ecole Ducasse (France) learn about the programs offered and the application process with the representative from the institution

August 18
Friday
9:00 – 9:40 AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

University of Sydney (Australia) Talk to the admission rep and learn about the programs offered, admissions process and scholarships at one of the top universities in Australia.

SAT Update

Test dates for SY 2023–24

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed
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Newsflash: June 9, 2023

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Andrew Powell, EY-12 Principal

As the school year draws to a close it has been wonderful to have the opportunity for our students to share in each other’s successes and achievements. We had a variety of events on campus this week which showcased student learning and we were also thrilled to be able to celebrate our Grade 5 and Grade 10 students in meaningful Moving Up Ceremonies, while all of our grade levels performed at our final assembly of the year.

These were moving events for many and the quality and variety of performances by students was testament to their talent and the way in which our teachers have been able to foster and cultivate it. I know that there were many proud parents watching these performances who were impressed with the growth of their children.

As a school we believe in each and every one of our students and trust that our students feel that they are valued, have learnt and grown. The nature of the school experience at CIS is such that it has provided us all with richer relationships, and a greater sense of community and purpose. I know that many of our students have expressed a desire for the school year to continue as they will miss the companionship of their peers. Others, I know, are more than ready for a break and the opportunity to recharge energy levels.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and restful summer. This is an opportunity to take a much needed break from electronic devices and enjoy time with friends and family. I can’t emphasize enough the power of literature and hope that many of our students will spend time quietly reading. All the best!

Yearbook is now AVAILABLE!

You may now purchase the yearbook from the CIS Cashier for ₱1,999! Limited quantities available, reserve your copy and email Ms. Loida at lcapuyan@cis.edu.ph.

Upcoming events of note

  • June 12-23: Summer School Activities
  • June 9 – August 2: Summer vacation
  • August 2: New Family Orientation Day (new families and student buddies only, 1-3pm); G11 DP Orientation day
  • August 3: First day of classes
    Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

Class of 2023 College & University Acceptances

Dragon’s Print

Dragonfruit: Seniors Magazine Class of 2023

This is our fifth issue of Dragonfruit, an online magazine that showcases the “Stories of Our Seniors”, which contains highlights of the Class of 2023’s experiences as they completed their final year at CIS.

Find the magazine at http://dragonsprint.cis.edu.ph/ or navigate the flipbook below!

Festival of Festivals

by Ms. Ann Codoy & Ms. Jade Berdon, Philippines Language & Culture Teachers

As an opportunity to commemorate the end of our unit in Philippine Language and Culture, “Where We Are in Place and Time,” Grades 2-5 designed festival booths to help others appreciate the diverse cultures of the Philippines, our host country! As a result, students organized an event called the Festival of Festivals. They decorated their booths and researched information about their chosen festival to better understand Philippine culture and history. 

The upper elementary tour guides class invited the rest of the elementary school students, faculty, and staff to join and participate in various activities they had prepared! They were able to achieve their purpose successfully. The students and teachers were fully engaged in experiencing the celebration of various Filipino Festivals.

Grade 8: Language & Literature

by Mr. Damon Freeman, Language & Literature Teacher

This semester, the Grade 8 Language and Literature class embarked their youthful minds on an extraordinary journey through the realm of poetry. Like ardent explorers, they delved into the depths of meaning, unearthing profound truths hidden within verses. Themes bloomed like vibrant flowers, captivating their imaginations and unveiling the tapestry of human emotions. With an unwavering gaze, they embraced the power of context, unraveling historical threads and breathing life into ancient and contemporary words and worlds. Literary devices became their paint brushes, crafting vivid imagery, striking metaphors, and enchanting symbolism. As the class waltzed through stanzas, their understanding deepened, transforming them into enlightened souls, forever connected to the timeless art of poetry.

With pens poised like wands, the students produced their own magical potions of poetry. Some examples below of students` original work:

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

SAT Update

Digital SAT Dates for 2023-2024
The College Board has confirmed the SAT Testing Dates for next school year.  CIS will be open for SAT testing for the following test dates:

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed
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Newsflash: June 2, 2023

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

It is with an abundance of thankfulness that we come together in person to celebrate our graduating students this evening. I hope we see many of you there! Our results and accreditation feedback give us the confidence that our students’ time at CIS has provided the tools needed to enable them to continue to develop their unique potential and confidently face the challenges they will be presented with to contribute to creating a better world. As they transition to CIS Alumni, we are also confident that they will continue to be responsible, respectful, and prepared.

It is wonderful to see the evidence of learning in so many ways throughout the school, as the various grades demonstrate what they have learned in their recent units. These vary in style, from essays and end-of-year exams in G11, to writing, tests, projects, dramas, presentations, etcetera in G6-10, to projects, presentations, demonstrations, and celebrations of learning (as in the Philippine Language and Culture (PLC) “Festival of Festivals” shown in the picture) in the elementary school.

Another celebration was had at our last Parent Coffee Meeting of the year last Tuesday morning. It was great to see so many faces, as we celebrated the end of the year with performances by our G4 students (using PTA-donated ukeleles) and a G10 duet (using PTA-donated wireless head microphones)! We are looking forward to a year of parent action in SY23/24 – please do join to not only contribute to the school, but you will also gain benefits from your involvement too.

While students are excited about the upcoming summer break, it is also with some sadness that we approach our last week of school next week. For those who have not read it, please do take time to review the transition “RAFT” (introduced in the May 5th Newsflash) to help both adults and students to approach the upcoming transition in a positive manner. 

Have a restful weekend ready for our busy last week of SY2022/23 next week! 

Upcoming events of note

  • June 2: Class of 2023 Graduation (*Half day of classes – ES dismissal @11:30am, MHS  @11:45am)
  • June 8: Last day of school & Moving up ceremonies (Half day- whole school dismissal @11:30am)
  • June 12-23: Summer School Activities
  • June 9 – August 2: Summer vacation
  • August 2: New Family Orientation Day (new families and student buddies only, 1-3pm); G11 DP Orientation day
  • August 3: First day of classes
    Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.

📢 Yearbook Announcement! 🎉

We are thrilled to let you know that the yearbook for this school year will be available next week!

Payments for the yearbook can be made at the CIS cashier for a price of ₱1,999.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding the exact release date next week. Let’s make this yearbook an unforgettable tribute to our amazing journey together!

The Language of Identity in the Elementary Classrooms

by Ms. Maureen Juanson, Assistant Principal – PYP

In our last full week of school, the Elementary classroom continues to buzz with the excitement of students engaged in their learning. Our PYP learners are all taking on various roles to demonstrate and share the skills, understanding, and dispositions that they have been developing throughout their final units of inquiry.

The Early Years 2 and 3 game designers are busy building and creating games that will provide opportunities for players to explore how their 5 senses can work together. As they develop their games, they demonstrate their creativity, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm.

The Kinder and Grade 1 visual artists are experimenting with different materials to create art pieces to creatively express themselves. By providing feedback to each other, they learn to appreciate another artist’s effort and be open-minded to feedback in order to improve their artistic skills.

The Grades 2 and 3 authors and illustrators are discovering their writing styles as they employ the Six Traits of Writing in completing their story books. They demonstrate their understanding of perspective by creating the illusion of depth in their drawings using different types, such as bird’s eye view, worm’s eye view, street view, zoom in, and zoom out.

The Grade 4 filmmakers are stating their opinions and perspectives about human rights through the short films that they are producing. In the process of filmmaking, they are able to employ their writing skills and storytelling techniques by writing their own scripts. Through these films, they help raise awareness about the global and local issues related to equity and fairness.

The Grade 5 doctors-in-training are evaluating the importance of the six major body systems and justifying which is most important. Learning about the functions of each body system enables them to predict the problems they might encounter as a result of the physical, social/emotional, and intellectual changes as they grow. As they create plans to help each other to make safe and healthy choices and respond to challenges that they will encounter moving up to middle school, they demonstrate empathy and care and learn to advocate for their rights and needs.

In their Philippine Language & Culture classes, the upper elementary tour guides are showing appreciation for the host country’s culture by welcoming tourists to their festival booths. As they decorate their booths and share information about their chosen festivals, they gain a better understanding of Philippine culture and history.

In the PYP, we believe that deeper understanding takes place when students engage in authentic learning experiences. When students are given an opportunity to view themselves as members of the subject or fields that they are inquiring into, learning becomes more tangible to them. Ron Ritchhart, a senior research associate at Harvard Project Zero, has identified language as one of the 8 cultural forces that learning communities must acquire in order to shape students’ development as powerful thinkers and learners. He explained how the use of “language moves” can help facilitate the creation of a culture of thinking in the classroom. These include 

  • The Language of Thinking
  • The Language of Community
  • The Language of Identity
  • The Language of Initiative
  • The Language of Mindfulness
  • The Language of Praise and Feedback
  • The Language of Listening

At CIS, we use the Language of Identity to help students assume roles and engage in the thinking and key processes that are important in the fields that they are inquiring into. Throughout the year, the Elementary students have taken on many different roles that challenged them to be engaged and become positive contrib

MYP: Student Emotional Learning (SEL)

by Ms. Evangeline Villagonzalo, Counselor/Psychology Teacher

These past few weeks, the Grades 6 to 8 students took some time to reflect and listen to important messages on child safeguarding and healthy relationships. The talk aimed to promote positive attitudes, beliefs, and values related to healthy relationships and provide an overview of the school’s child protection and safeguarding program.

While grasping the idea of consent, personal space, and boundaries, we talked about the difference between “safe touch” and “unsafe touch”. Students participated in activities that gave them an opportunity to recognize safe and unsafe situations and the impact of making smart choices in protecting themselves when faced with difficult situations. Additionally, students explored the difference between ‘wanted’ and ‘unwanted’ touches and the feelings associated with them in their broadest context. Specifically, the discussion included the value of taking responsibility, advocating for oneself, and learning how to say ‘no’ when faced with uncomfortable situations.

Here are some of our students’ learnings after the activity.

One thing that I have learned in this session is that it is important for us to protect our body and decline actions by saying “no” when there are actions that we don’t like.

Jiwoo

In this session, I learned about the rights I have as a child.  I also learned how to deal with my feelings towards different types of touches and actions from others.

Nathalia

I learned the concept of consent. It is extremely important that you give your consent freely without being forced or pressured. Our comfort, emotions, and safety is the top priority. Additionally, I learned about the different qualities of a trusted adult. We need to be protected.

Soomin

I learned what are some safe, unsafe, wanted, and unwanted touches. Also, always ask for consent.

Dylan

I learned the different perspectives of people, such as some people do not like hugs and some people like head pat.

Sav

During the session, students were given a chance to think and explore some safe and unsafe touches. The photo above contains students’ input on safe and unsafe touches
I learned that backing away and trying to stay out of trouble, and telling a trusted adult is the best option rather than making the whole situation bigger.

Creag

I learned more about consent and that you can always change your mind if you don’t feel comfortable.

Aubrey

I learned that you need to tell a trusted adult anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Ceana

 I was able to read situations and analyze them to know what to do in that situation and what it means to have consent.

Ghea

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you can ask for help, politely decline, and  tell someone you trust about the situation. Never hold it in,;always tell, especially if you’re feeling uncomfortable. Always ask for consent and always say your feelings.

Arianna

Students identify their trusted adults and explore the important qualities of their trusted adults.
I was able to learn the wanted feelings as well as unwanted feelings, such as being forcefully touched without consent. In addition, I learned how to say no and not be worried if I hurt the person’s feelings since it is my body ,and I do what I want to do with it.

A

Understanding your body parts and knowing  their proper names are important for saving your life.

Hinata

Students were given a chance to share examples of “Yes” and “No” feelings associated with how to detect and protect themselves from uncomfortable situations.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

SAT Update

Digital SAT Dates for 2023-2024
The College Board has confirmed the SAT Testing Dates for next school year.  CIS will be open for SAT testing for the following test dates:

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed
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Newsflash: May 26, 2023

Principal’s Corner

by Mr. Andrew Powell, EY-12 Principal

Celebrating Learning

This week we were treated to two very engaging assemblies. Our Elementary assembly featured a lively presentation by our Early Years students, while the MHS assembly featured an array of talented individuals and groups of students performing work they had prepared in their Music and Drama classes. As the school year comes to a close there has been, and will continue to be, a focus on celebrating learning during various class events.

Celebrations of learning are more than a display of student work and more than a party at the end of the year. These events require students to reflect on and articulate what they have learned, how they learned, questions they answered, research they conducted, and areas of strength and struggle. They are also powerful opportunities to make learning public.

At CIS we have intentionally chosen to celebrate learning with work created for an audience beyond the classroom. Our recent PYP Exhibition was a fine example of this. Preparing work to be shared with an authentic audience motivates students and creates a purpose for them to care about the quality of their work. It also raises the stakes and sets the expectation that all students, not just a select group, will share their high-quality products. It motivates students to push themselves as learners.

At the center of celebrations of learning are high-quality products and performances that reflect the content and skills that students have learned. Students are supported in producing high-quality work in preparation for celebrations of learning and take their work through multiple drafts or practices. With feedback from teachers and peers, students are motivated to meet high standards and engage in revision. It is clear to students why the product matters, and that they are being held to high expectations.

As we focus on the final two weeks of school, it is a time to celebrate student learning and the incredible growth that our students have made.

Upcoming events of note

  • May 26: End of 2nd Semester ASAs
  • June 2: Class of 2023 Graduation (*Half day of classes – ES dismissal 11:30am, MHS 11:45am)
  • June 8: Last day of school & Moving up ceremonies (half day)
  • June 12-23: Summer School Activities

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

Elementary Pajama Day: A Cozy Celebration of School Spirit

by Ms. Claudette – Elementary Student Council Advisor/LA-English EA

Our classrooms were filled with excitement and a cozy atmosphere as students and teachers came together to celebrate Spirit Day. Spirit Days are a time-honored tradition in CIS, designed to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere that encourages students to express their individuality while also promoting a sense of belonging. This year’s theme, Pajama Day, saw everyone donning their favorite sleepwear for a day of fun and relaxation. This special occasion, organized by the Student Council, aimed to foster school spirit, promote a sense of unity, and provide a break from the everyday routine.

Throughout the day, students could be seen proudly showing off their favorite sleepwear, from superhero-themed onesies to classic flannel sets. The sight of teachers in their own cozy attire added an extra layer of hilarity, creating fun memories for all. The relaxed atmosphere encouraged a more comfortable learning environment and provided a break from the usual routine. Pajama Day also served as a valuable reminder of the importance of self-care and relaxation. By encouraging students to embrace the comfort of their pajamas, the Student Council hoped to inspire students to prioritize well-being and recognize the value of taking time to unwind and recharge.

Here are some feedback from our Elementary students regarding Pajama day:

I love pajama day a lot because it was very comfortable and cool. It was also very fun to look at everyone in their pajamas. 

Sooji

I like that my friends and I were able to dress up in similar clothes and share what our favorite toys are.

Masa

I like that we can just wear pajamas because it feels comfortable and school feels like home.

Jisoo

I think it’s very nice. I love that everyone wore their nice pajamas and brought their comfortable pillows.

Livi

The best thing about pajama day is bringing our favorite sleeping toys!

Evan

Waking up on the bright side! The Early Years students in their favorite PJs .
Twinkle twinkle little stars! The KG1-A shines bright in their cozy pajamas.
From bedtime stories to Math problems – the KG1-B feel at home in their favorite sleepwear.
The G2s rocked Pajama Day with their cute outfits.
When school feels like a slumber party! The G3s enjoyed learning in their comfortable PJs.
Pajamas and pages. The G5s found a perfect combination for a peaceful and enjoyable reading experience.

Design Classes

by Ms. Gerri Ancajas Jumao-as, Design Teacher

The Grade 7 Design class has been investigating different materials and processes for their unit on Recycled Toy. Students have been exploring the concepts of change and resources to understand the process of development in order to cater to a specific function. Students created toys from recycled materials that will be donated to a local orphanage.

Here are the students’ works.

The Grade 9 Design class has been investigating different cooking methods and processes for their unit on Food Preparation. Students have been exploring personal expressions and diversity to adapt culinary choices to cater to a varied palette. Students created different dishes to express their gratitude to the school’s teachers, support and auxiliary staff.

Here are the students’ works.

Raya, Asahi and Gab – Chocolate chip cookies served with ice cream (for the maintenance staff)
Yi-Chen, Lucy, and Seby – Scallion Pancakes (for the Gr. 9 Teachers)
Seyoung, Grace and Xavier – Buko Pandan (for the security staff)
Kasey, New-a, Wilson, and June – Bibimbap (for the office staff)

The Grade 8 Design class has been investigating the concepts of sustainability and adaptation for their unit on Sustainable Vertical Garden. Students have been exploring different materials and techniques for their appropriateness to perform specific functions that promote environmentally friendly solutions. 

Here are some students’ works. 

DP Visual Arts: The Process Portfolio

by Mr. Jessie Saclo, DP Visual Arts Teacher

The Process Portfolio, one of the assessment components within the Visual Arts course of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is part of a comprehensive curriculum that encourages students to explore various artistic disciplines, develop critical thinking skills, and gain global perspectives. It plays a crucial role in nurturing creativity, fostering self-reflection, and facilitating artistic growth and exploration. 

Marianne

The Process Portfolio is a dynamic endeavor for students to investigate artists and genres, and experiment with different artistic techniques, materials, and concepts. It provides opportunities for students to take risks, push boundaries, and explore innovative approaches to artistic expression. By documenting their creative process, students are able to provide evidence of their experimentation and development over time and cultivate a sense of confidence in their unique creative abilities.

Essential to the Process Portfolio is the element of self-reflection. As students are challenged to analyze and articulate their artistic choices, intentions, and growth, written reflections enable students to develop a deeper understanding of their creative process, empowering them to make informed decisions to refine and revise their artistic intentions. It also promotes critical thinking and self-awareness, as students learn to evaluate their strengths and areas for improvement. 

In conclusion, the Process Portfolio is a visual narrative of the student’s artistic journey, demonstrating their growth, progress, and the development of their personal style. By documenting initial intentions, preliminary sketches, drafts, and revisions, students are able to demonstrate their art-making process and the development of their ideas. This visual evidence not only allows students to celebrate their achievements but also provides them with an authentic record of their artistic development. 

Have a look at our students’ documented process, reflection on their choices, artistic growth, critical thinking, and collaboration as they prepare for further artistic endeavors.

Hyein
Hyein
Ivan
Sofia
Jandra
Jandra
Liam
Liam
Marianne
Brian
Victoria
Victoria

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

SAT Update

Digital SAT Dates for 2023-2024
The College Board has confirmed the SAT Testing Dates for next school year.  CIS will be open for SAT testing for the following test dates:

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed
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Newsflash: May 19, 2023

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

Cebu International School is accredited/authorized by three globally recognized organizations:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • The Council of International Schools (CIS – but we will use CoIS in this post to avoid confusion with our school name)
  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools
Why get accredited?

Accreditation from a reputable organization provides an established, independent framework that enables us to collaboratively evaluate the quality and effectiveness of our program, using comprehensive standards which cover all aspects of operating an international school (refer to the diagram below-right for the nine domains used in the CoIS accreditation process). This is helpful in numerous ways, as follows:

  • The feedback from completing accreditation visits (which are repeated on a five-year cycle as shown in the diagram below-left) is used to provide a focused drive towards the continued development of the school program in a systematic, data-based, and accountable manner, with valuable advice provided by external international education specialists.
  • Accreditation provides an independently verifiable way for the community to check the quality of all aspects of a school’s program and provides reassurance to prospective families that our school really does provides the high-quality teaching and learning we say we offer.
  • Students who attend or graduate from accredited schools will generally find it easier to transfer to new schools or enroll in colleges, as the accreditation status of the school enables the institution to be able to trust the quality of the education the student has received.
Why do we use three different organizations? 

Each of the organizations we use provides a different aspect of accreditation/authorization that we find useful:

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) has authorized CIS to offer three well-regarded IB programs – the Primary Years Programme (PYP)  in the elementary school, The Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 6-10, and the prestigious Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11-12. Unlike most other school programs/curricula, the IB programs are student-centered comprehensive holistic programs that are based on effective research-based practices, and incorporate the teaching of life skills and character development within an environment that promotes international mindedness.    
  • The Council of International Schools is an organization providing internationally recognized accreditation services to more than 1450 schools and universities, representing 121 countries. 
  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools is a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States providing accreditation service to over 5200 schools in the US, as well as numerous schools worldwide.

Last week, we hosted representatives from CoIS and WASC for our Preparatory Evaluation Visit (the first “leaf” in the reaccreditation cycle as shown in the diagram above left). The visitors used our detailed Prep Visit Report, interviews with stakeholders, and observations to get a comprehensive understanding of how CIS is performing using the CoIS domain standards, and will send us feedback over the next few weeks to help us prepare our self study and complete our full joint (IB/CoIS/WASC) accreditation visit next school year. From the feedback we have had thus far, all indications suggest we are on track for a successful accreditation visit next year! 

Upcoming events of note

  • April 27-May 19: IBDP Exams
  • May 19: School holiday
  • June 2: Graduation Day (*Note adjusted date from previous calendar) 
  • June 8: Last day of school & Moving up ceremonies (half day)

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

EY & Grade 1: Philippine Language and Culture

by Mary Alexis ‘Maya’ Mendez, Philippine Language and Culture Teacher

Celebrations and Fiestas in Cebu

Venturing into the world of celebrations and fiestas, the EY and KG1 students were wide-eyed since they started their last unit on How We Express Ourselves. As they were able to experience Sinulog in their actual school, they looked back on the activities they enjoyed with their family and friends. 

Furthermore, they explored the big festivals of the other two islands of Cebu province as well, Kadaugan sa Mactan in Mactan Island and Palawod Festival in Bantayan. We went deeper into the festival by discussing the different story backgrounds that brought about these festivals.

They were in awe knowing the stories behind each festival and how Sinulog and Kadaugan sa Mactan are somewhat connected. They also understood that because Bantayan island is known for their marine life, the Palawod Festival shows their unique fishing tradition and the life of their fishing community. In addition, they also unlocked relevant Cebuano words!

Some students also shared the unique celebrations and festivals of their own country while others talked about the celebrations they experienced and how these are important in bringing families together! 

Now the students are busy planning and preparing as they are creating their own celebration to culminate the lesson. The Early Years came up with Flower Day which showcases their appreciation of nature and continued efforts of sharing the planet. The Kinder and Grade One, on the other hand, agreed to celebrate Sports Day to encourage the people to exercise while having fun. This celebration entices us to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Grade 6: English Class

by Mr. Alejandro Guerra Tibocha, MHS English Teacher

Argumentative Writing and The Little Prince

In Grade 6, as part of the study of World Literature, we are studying the novella “The Little Prince” written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a literary work in translation. We have also been working on a progression of writing styles from the beginning of the school year. Each quarter there has been a different emphasis, namely narrative, descriptive, explanatory, and now in quarter 4 the emphasis is on argumentative/persuasive writing.

To complement the study of this literary work, and as well to prepare students to write argumentative texts, a series of tasks and activities have been assigned to students to work individually and also in groups. Some of these tasks include visual prompts, creative writing tasks, and essay-like prompts, among other.

The following is one of the Character Recipes created to study and understand characters’ personality traits. This one corresponds to the main character, The Little Prince.

Grade 12 Visual Arts

by Ms. Gerri Ancajas Jumao-as, Design Teacher

Visual Arts have been an essential part of our lives as it reflects the world and times. It is infused in our expressions, endeavors and communication. It aids us as we understand our lives, culture, history and experiences.

One key feature of the IB Visual Arts curriculum is the Process Portfolio. It is an assessment task that highlights student’s experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.

The extracts and artworks below showcase how the students have engaged with their chosen medium and technique, and the development of their ideas.

Design and Concept by Reesha

The theme of my exhibition is childhood nostalgia. For this artwork, I aim to depict the addictiveness of nostalgia and how easy it is to be drowned in it. Thus, I plan on representing nostalgia through an abstract flow to depict drowning and consume the woman (meant to represent me). ​The subject depicted is me as the theme for this artwork was inspired by my own experiences. I tend to cling to the past and reminisce then, and thus feel a connection to the subject of this piece. The woman is not smiling but instead in a daze, to embody that this addiction to nostalgia is unhealthy and numbs the present.

After presenting this artwork, I am satisfied with the assessment of my peers. The main comment was that the composition used for this artwork was very successful in creating harmony despite the large array of forms used in the style of Lee. Moreover, they successfully appear to be drowning her-which were the main purposes for the experimentation of this artwork. My peers stated that the texture and coloring of the background creates a flow and dream-like drowning effect to the artwork, further lining with the concept of the artwork. Lastly, they stated that the overall design chosen to present the theme for this artwork successfully lines with the concept of the drowning characteristics of the past in the form of nostalgia. Additionally, the design and palette chosen has a playful child-like design shared by the artworks for the exhibition, tying everything together. However, if I were to attempt to create this artwork again, I would take more time transferring the artwork to paper using the colored pencils, using less pressure when coloring so I can have better control on values and color. Additionally, now that I have a better understanding of composition, I would like the push the number of forms and details for said forms further.​

Design and Concept by Naoki

In my sketch, I have drawn a symmetrical design of a living room of a family where I plan to include the figures of parents and a child. However, the child is on the ceiling as the parents are on the right side of the floor to express how isolated the child feels. With Andy Acre’s artwork in mind, I plan to experiment with my ability to create a story within a diorama. With my sketch, I plan to bring the audience into the scene of a family and how their emotions are taking over them. With Rene Magritte’s “Not to be reproduced,” I plan to mimic the way he conceals, yet reveals the identity of his main subject. I plan to mimic this for the characters that will be included in my artwork, which will focus on a family. Lastly, With Sun Young Byun’s artwork, I was truly inspired by the way they white out figures to create a contrast, yet meaningfully expresses the loss of identity in their artwork. With that in mind, I plan to mimic this through whiting out different objects that I can include in my artworks to draw attention and create a connection to the subject’s emotions. With the symmetry, realism, and symbolisms in mind for the artworks, I aim to create surreal artworks and/or a diorama which I will be experimenting with.

The majority of comments from peers were positive and really great to hear that my ideas and symbolisms were truly effective in the process of bringing my concept to life. In terms of suggestions, I believe that the suggestions would truly improve my artwork. I tackled the suggestion which was to cover up the parts of the walls and exteriors that aren’t thoroughly painted. To do this, I made sure to color match the areas that needed a retouch in paint and made sure that the paint I had mixed was opaque. I covered the areas that needed improvement with multiple layers to ensure that it has been covered up thoroughly. Lastly, there are certain parts of the exterior that haven’t been connected efficiently. To improve this I made use of glue and weights to hold down the parts, specifically the roof, to glue them together. Other than the suggestions given, I took a step back to gain another perspective of how I could add one last detail that could tie my artwork altogether. I realized that in the early stages of my experiment, I was inspired by expressionism to symbolically use vibrant colors to symbolize conflict between the parents. I wanted this to symbolize how these conflicts between parents don’t only affect them, but also affect everyone around them. Not only in a child’s development, but also affects everyone around them like relatives. I believe that I truly reached my goal and was able to express my ideas and concepts so much better than my initial sketch.

Design and Concept by Roy

The overall theme of my drawing is coercion, which means to persuade someone to do something by using force. The girl in the drawing can’t express her feelings or speak words that she wants. This is because there is a lot of coercive restraint in the world that we are living in now. The tape represents the restraint of voice.” 

I wanted to focus on the face to highlight the details of the face. This will also allow me to show a wider range of tonal values on the surface of the face and hair. I used the symbolism of a tape to put in her mouth to show that she is being stopped from expressing herself and she is unable to say whatever she wants. The tape represents anything and everything that might stop us from expressing ourselves. 

Before making any changes to the background, I started with fixing the butterfly. Using medium charcoal pencil, I drew thick lines to the butterfly, so that the butterfly will stand out, which brings a lot of meaning to the overall concept. I colored some big empty space, which will make the butterfly visually standout and become realistic. And then I added some light value to the cloth, which was mentioned in one of my comments. By adding light value to the cloth, the overall artwork became more harmonious, not being separated. I also added some curved lines to the hair, which will make the drawing look more realistic. By doing this the drawing became more natural and it actually looked like a person. Finally, I added the framed background. I made a framed background because it will bring focus on the middle of the artwork, which will make the woman stand out more. I also erased some dirty spots on the background because dirty spots could make the overall artwork look messy.

Design and Concept by Victoria

I have been exploring emotions and for this piece focused on depression. Depression is mainly defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. In this artwork, I wanted to express an emotion affected by the disorder and medical condition. To express this concept,I wanted the composition to be focused on the bottom parts. To do this, I drew the human figure in the bottom of a body of water. One significant impact from drawing the human figure at the bottom is that it can create the effect of a person drowning  and express that a certain amount of time has already passed after she dived into the water. Another significant part of this artwork will be the colors of the light figures from the top facing downwards, from outside into the underwater. The light will be expressed using various color layers to highlight the effect of diffusion. The variety of colors emphasized the realistic texture of the ocean and created movements of the figures underwater.

“Since the upper part needs to be the brightest, I added a light blue color layer and then added several short white and blue lines facing the sides to express the lights being spreaded. Another feedback was to details on the seaweeds and rocks. A specific feedback was that the underwater figures are placed under deep ocean and hence need to . Based on the feedback, I improved specific details on each figure. For example, for the land on the bottom and left side, I repeated adding layers with different colors. The main color used for the base was green and black was used to add darkness and shadows on the edges of the land to express the darkness of underwater.” 

Then I added the transparent  human figure drawing down the water using white acrylic. To create transparency, after drawing the outline of a human figure, I filled it with white acrylic paint mixed with a lot of water and then wiped the colored area so that only some parts are white and the blue at the back is shown. Lastly, before the artwork is complete, I spray white paint on top of the land area using small brushes to add texture and highlights underwater. The images on the right side is the final outcome of the composition artwork.

Design and Concept by Chewon

The theme I want to express for this artwork is related to stress from pressure. I decided to make a sculpture of an animal instead of a human. I decided to focus on baby birds. Baby birds usually eat what their parents eat. Some species of birds eat the food and regurgitate it to feed their young. To me, how the baby bird grows up depends on what their parent brings to them seems similar to the quality of life that a child gets depending on the social status of the parent. I plan to make 6 offspring, all with their beaks open. The beaks are opened to signify that they are hungry and dependent on their parents. This also expresses their helplessness. They are drawn on a nest sheltered from outside forces. This connotes how as children we are dependent on our parents and cannot do anything without them.

The general comments I got were about how the form looks accurate with the details, the sculpture looks clear, and the sculpture fits the concept (we were able to make a connection between birds and the human experience). The general suggestion was to make the size of the sculpture bigger. I thought about making the whole sculpture bigger, however, this would mean starting from the beginning. This will take too much time to recreate every form. Thus, I decided to make a sculpture of a parent bird. 

Mangrove Planting Field Trip

by Ms. Stefanny Hermias, Go Green Dragons Club Advisor

As an extension to their After School Activity, the Go Green Dragons Environmental Club conducted a mangrove tree planting trip this Saturday, May 13 at Co Jordan Talaba Farm and Fishing. As an environmental club they felt that it was important to reach out to the community and help the surrounding environment. The activity received support from the Mayor’s Office of the Municipality of Mandaue. Students found it a fun morning and a great way to demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

College/Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner

College Events (Virtual and Face to Face)

DATE

May 23
Tuesday
9:15 – 10:00 AM
Canteen Annex
Link to sign up

EVENT

Bond University (Australia) – An information session with the university rep to learn about the programs, scholarships and the application process.

SAT Update

2022–23 School Year Test Dates

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 Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
June 3, 2023  May 19, 2023

Digital SAT Dates for 2023-2024

The College Board has confirmed the SAT Testing Dates for next school year.  CIS will be open for SAT testing for the following test dates:

Test Date Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation
August 26, 2023 August 11, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 22, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 17, 2023
March 9, 2024 To be confirmed
May 4, 2024 To be confirmed
June 1, 2024 To be confirmed
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