Newsflash: August 16, 2019

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Dear CIS community,

We have had a busy 4-day week getting started on learning activities, while students also formed social groups in new classes with new class members. The Student Council have also been busy preparing for elections for class representatives, as well as a new initiative – an After School Activities Fair (see poster with details below)!

Due to having just starting the school year we do not have much class news or products to share with you this week, but you can expect more to appear in coming weeks! For now, here are a few announcements and some alumni news.

For parents who like to join our assemblies, we will hold a whole school assembly on Monday, with  separate Elementary and Middle/high school assemblies the following week.

Also keep in mind next Wednesday is a national holiday (Ninoy Aquino Day). Have a restful weekend!


Dr. Gwyn Underwood

CIS Alumnus Represents Metal Cup in Russia

by Jenny Basa, Alumni Liaison

Agustin Dominic “Ado” Laplana (CIS Class of 2015) is heading a team of 6 students from the University of the Philippines – Diliman!  This is the first for the Philippines to join the Metal Cup. Ado and his team will be competing with students from 10 other countries.  The international technological strategy championship in metallurgy “Metal Cup” ( is a professional command competition of youth international teams from technical universities around the world. The aim of the championship is developing human capacity of the metallurgical industry, strengthening of international contacts and cooperation of young specialists of the countries, integration of the best students to elaborate complex technological strategies for the development of key investment projects in metallurgy.  Each team is given a case study where they need to formulate a strategy to solve the key problems/tasks in each case vis-a-vis the development of the metallurgical industry in your home country. The success of the team will be based on the degree of elaboration of alternative solutions for the proposed project.

The CIS community wishes Ado Laplana and his team as they represent the Philippines in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for the Metal Cup on September 15-20, 2019.  For more details on the Metal Cup, please check this link:

Ado Laplana (2nd from right)

SAT Test Dates for SY 2019 – 2020

by Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor

For students who are planning to study in universities/colleges that require the SAT exam, below is the schedule of the SAT tests. Please take note of the test dates and registration deadlines.

2019-2010 Test DatesTestRegistration Deadline
October 5, 2019SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 6, 2019
November 2, 2019SAT & Subject Tests (includes Language w/ Listening tests)September 6, 2019
December 7, 2019SAT & Subject TestsNovember 8, 2019
March 14, 2020SAT only (no Subject Tests)February 14, 2020
May 2, 2020SAT & Subject Tests April 3, 2020
June 6, 2020SAT & Subject Tests May 8, 2020

To register for the SAT, you may log on to If you need assistance, please feel free to email Ms. Jenny Basa at or call 261-0247 local 112 to set an appointment.  You may also visit her office from 7:15am to 3:30pm.


by Ace Pierra, Athletics & Activities Director


The purpose of ISAC is to provide a structured framework for competition between the MHS students of international schools in the Philippines. It was established on May 8, 2004 by a committee of Athletic Directors representing these schools. ISAC stands for International Schools Activities Conference.

ISAC Member Schools

  • Brent International School Baguio (BISB)
  • Brent International School Manila (BISM)
  • Brent International School Subic (BISS)
  • British School Manila (BSM)
  • Cebu International School (CIS)
  • Faith International Academy of Davao City (FIA)
  • Southville International School and Colleges (SISC)

Member schools are required to participate in all ISAC tournaments and all member schools are expected to host on a regular cycle.  There are 6 core activities of the organization:

  1. Boys volleyball: October
  2. Girls volleyball: October
  3. Boys football: January
  4. Girls basketball: January 
  5. Girls football: March/April
  6. Boys basketball: March/April

Here are the records of core activities championship and overall championships.

Respective ADs meet twice a year to do a preseason and postseason updates. After 15 years of existence, CIS is a proud member of this sports organization.

CAS Experience: CIS and Ateneo Mangrove Planting in Liloan

PTA Pre-loved Book Sale

Greetings parents, from your PTA Officers for the 2019-2020 school year!

We hope you are all settling in well after the break. We welcome any new families and will be sure to meet you soon!

We will be holding a pre-loved book sale during Book Week (October 28-31), and we will begin collecting books next week. If you have books at home in good condition that you’re finished with, students can bring them to school where homerooms will have collection boxes. The books will go on sale during Book Week, and proceeds will go to the PTA general fund. As we get requests for PTA-funded projects, we will present you with options for using the funds.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marjolijn Roepers, President
Wendy Tanagho, Vice President/Secretary
Zana Gawan-Taylor, Treasurer

CIS Activities & Club Fair

On Monday, August 19, during ELO, Student Council and Athletics & Activities will host the first CIS Activities Fair! It will be a quick session from 9:30 am – 10:00 am in the Dragon’s Dome. Students and parents will be able to check out the different after school programs that will be offered this semester. Attendees will be able to explore new clubs and find out what is offered. All students and parents are invited to come. Club registration will open after the fair. Hope to see you all there!

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