Newsflash: June 7, 2024

Admin News

by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events of note

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

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

Grade 3: How We Express Ourselves

by Katrina del Mar, Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College & Careers Counselor Corner

by Ms. Jenny Basa, College Counselor

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

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

SAT Update

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

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

*Additional Fees apply

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

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