by Mr. Andrew Powell, EY-12 Principal
We have had an exceptionally busy week with a range of events on and off campus, which started with the opening of our IB Visual Arts Exhibit. This was an opportunity for our Grade 12 students to showcase their work to the community, starting with their parents and peers. Our Grade 3-5 students traveled to Aldawon Farm for a variety of engaging experiences relating to their units of inquiry, while a group of our older students traveled to Manila to participate in ISAC basketball and soccer competitions. Our Grade 10 students are nearing the end of their Personal Project and they engaged in evaluative meetings with students and teachers across the school to get feedback on the degree to which they met their learning product goals. We have also had an array of college preparatory events on campus this week that concluded with a highly successful College Fair for our Grade 9-12 students. Our elementary students, led by the Student Council, also celebrated their learning with their monthly assembly.
A common theme in all of these events that has been very apparent to me as I have worked with students and teachers during my time at the school, is the degree of collaboration that takes place between students of different ages and grade levels. As a small school our students have the opportunity to engage with each other in meaningful ways. This has significant benefits and places them in an advantageous position compared to many of their peers at schools where this sort of engagement is limited.
As a result of these cross-age learning experiences, our students are viewed as unique individuals who have the opportunity to develop into progressive and successful learners. They share a deep sense of “family” with their classmates and are provided with opportunities to support and care for each other in a variety of ways.
All of our students, regardless of age, have the opportunity to act as mentors and to take on leadership roles. Working across grade levels provides students with the opportunity to act as mentors and model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving. They are also encouraged to take charge of their learning and this dynamic leads to a greater sense of ownership and self-direction, a foundation for successful life-long learning.
Our students are also provided with positive role models for academic, behavior and social skills. They learn how to work and play with others of mixed ages and learn how to build diverse friendships. They also learn how to negotiate, support and compromise, which are particularly important skills to have as an adult.
I feel confident saying that our students are kind, caring and compassionate towards others. And I am proud of the way in which our whole school community works together to support the development of our leaders of tomorrow.
Upcoming events of note
- Mar 20-Apr 3 IB Art Exhibition @ CIS
- Mar 28: Parent Coffee Meeting
“Reviewing the CIS Guiding Statements” (8-9 am, Annex)
- Apr 3-10: Spring/Easter Break (No School)
Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.
MYP Personal Project Promo
Grade 4 Class
by Mr. Sten Coppin, Grade 4 Teacher
This week, the upper elementary classes were able to enjoy a wonderful day at Adlawon Vacation Farm. A bit later than first expected, but we made it! Some of our activities included a hike up the hill, harvesting vegetables, meeting farm animals, starting fires using friction, setting up and taking down tents, and a gardening workshop. It was wonderful to see the students learning, working together, helping each other, and having a blast outdoors! Please read on to see some reviews written by our Grade 4 students.
by Ms. Rebecca Devadoss, Biology Teacher
Grade 10: MYP Biology
As a culminating activity for the unit on “The Twisted Shape of Life,”, students researched and made a presentation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which is one of the many applications of genetics.
To promote “communication” as the chosen ATL skill, each presentation was peer reviewed using a TAG (think of some positives about the presentation, ask a question, and give a suggestion for improvement) feedback form.
Here are some of the presentations.
These are some of the advantages of GMOs that were identified by the students.
These are some of the disadvantages of GMOs that were identified by the students.
Grade 11: DP Biology
Photosynthetic pigments play an important role in the process of photosynthesis by capturing different wavelengths of light.
Grade 11 students performed a simple experiment to isolate and identify the different pigments present in differently colored leaves.
Step 1: Extraction of the pigments by crushing the leaves with acetone in a mortar and pestle. – Victoria
Step 2: Isolating and loading the pigment solution onto the chromatography paper.– Bella
Step 3: Placing the chromatography paper in a test tube/graduated cylinder with 5 mL of ethanol and allowing the pigments to separate. – Patrick
Step 4: Calculate the Retention factor (Rf) values for the isolated pigments, process and present the data. – Victoria
Step 5: Compare it with the published chart to identify the different isolated pigments.
Grade 12: DP Biology
can be broadly classified into categories such as health and fitness, impact on the environment, benefit to the economy, and testing of different plant growth factors.
The following are some of the graphs generated by the students after they completed their investigations. The trends seen were helpful for them to arrive at a conclusion for their research questions.
Health and fitness
Effect of jogging on different degrees of inclined planes on the breathing rate and time taken to reach homeostasis. – Jooha
Effect of weight training exercises on the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. – Stephanie
Effect of jogging for different distances on the breathing rate and time taken to reach homeostasis. – Heinz
Impact on environment
Impact of NPK fertilizers on Eutrophication leading to hypoxia (oxygen depletion in water). – Chesca
Effect of acid and alkaline deposition on plant growth. – Anya
Effect of using organic fertilizers (cow manure) on root length and shoot length of seedlings. – Andrew
Plant growth factors
Impact of micronutrient, zinc on root mass. – Sophia
Impact of macronutrient, potassium on the daily growth rate. – Renoa
Effect of the photoperiodism on seed germination. – Lea
Effect of UV light on yeast respiration measured by the circumference of inflated balloons. – Camille
Effect of acid and alkaline deposition on plant growth . – Anya
Effect of application of Sodium bicarbonate to mimic the alkaline soil in Cebu on seed germination. – Akeisha
Basketball remains the most beloved sport in the Philippines, trumping other famous sports such as football and volleyball. As the CIS boys basketball team heads to ISAC, one may be wondering why basketball is so popular in the country.
To learn more, visit dragonsprint.cis.edu.ph!
The Dragon’s Report Card
In this episode, the Grade 12 IB Visual Arts Students share their experiences with art such as their early foundations in the field, all the way until the upcoming art exhibition!
College/Careers Counselor Corner
by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner
A big thank you to all the parents and students who participated in this week’s events. It was a wonderful learning experience for all!
9:15 – 10:00 AM
Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (Japan) – An info session with the university rep. He will talk about the admissions process, the programs they offer and what it is like to study in Japan
SAT Update for 2022-2023
|SAT Test Date||Deadline for Registration, Changes and Regular Cancellation|
|May 6, 2023 (Digital)||April 21, 2023|
|June 3, 2023 (Digital)||May 19, 2023|
Test dates labeled Digital means that students will bring a device to the test center and take the exam using their device. The College Board may provide devices for test-takers who do not have access to a device. All test-takers for Digital SATs are still required to report physically to the test center to take the test.