by Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent
A quick search on the topic will show that defining a school’s (or company’s) purpose has been well-established as being a critical factor for growth by serving to clarify to your customers/clients/members what you stand for. A well-thought-out guiding statement used well, can serve as a base, anchor, guide, inspiration for action, and strategic driver.
Over the past few months, we have had sessions with teachers, staff, CIS Board members, parents, and students, to consider what a purpose-driven school might look like. We have considered our current guiding statements (mission, vision, and core beliefs), and collaboratively developed proposed purpose statements that reflect what each stakeholder group thinks reflects CIS’s purpose.
The next step in this guiding statement review process is for a task force to incorporate the major themes that have emerged into a draft CIS Purpose Statement, which can then be shared back to the community for final input, so it can be presented to the Board for approval by the end of the school year. Thank you to everyone for contributing to clarifying our purpose, so it can effectively drive CIS as a premium educational institution as we prepare to enter our pre-centennial year!
Congratulations on making it to the end of our third quarter. We wish you a safe, joyful time with family and friends, and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday, April 11th.
Upcoming events of note
- Mar 20-Apr 3 IB Art Exhibition @ CIS
- Apr 3-10: Spring/Easter Break (No School)
- Apr 14 – MYP Personal Project Showcase/ Exhibition Day
- Apr 21 – CIS Education Forum
- Apr 24 – 27: MHS Week Without Walls
Please refer to the CIS Event Calendar for the complete calendar of school events.
by Mr. Jonathan Denton, MYP Coordinator
On behalf of the Grade 10 students, we invite you all to our first-ever CIS Personal Project Showcase. The event will be held for parents on Friday, April 14th from 7:45 – 9:00am. While our Grade 10 parents have a vested interest this is also an excellent opportunity for Grade 9 parents to see what awaits next year and for all other parents to see first-hand the wonderful things our students are capable of producing.
The MYP personal project itself is an independent learning experience which allows students to consolidate and celebrate their learning. It serves as both the culmination of their MYP studies and as a stepping stone towards future academic work, and the DP core (International Baccalaureate Organization, 2021)
The Personal Project provides a unique opportunity for students to undertake an independent exploration into an area of personal interest. Through the process of INQUIRY-ACTION-REFLECTION, students are encouraged to demonstrate, develop and strengthen ATL skills such as critical and creative thinking, communication, research and self-management.
The showcase has quickly established itself as an exciting part of CIS culture with students in younger grade levels already considering what their project product may look like. This will be CIS’s fourth edition and first-ever face-to-face.
We have a wide variety of projects to share with you including fashion design, artwork, film and photography, music composition and arrangement, crochet, a book nook, K-Pop choreography, Korean-fusion foods, computer design and a robot that solves the Rubick Cube!
We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Open Day
As we gear up for the Open Day on Friday, May 5, 2023, we kindly invite you to spread the word to other families who may be interested in learning more about CIS.
Personal recommendations and first-hand experiences are the best way to learn about our school, and we would be grateful for your support in helping us spread the word.
Thanks for your help, and we hope to welcome your friends and their families to CIS soon!
Kinder & Grade 1 Class: Waste Management
by: Ms. Bebelin Tubilan and Ms. Tara Alagao, Kinder & Grade 1 Teacher
What would you do if you walked into your classroom seeing trash everywhere? This is what the Kinder and Grade 1 students experienced when we started our unit on Sharing the Planet. After seeing all the mess, we sat together and reflected on the situation using the See-Think-Me-We Visible Thinking Routine.
Click on the photos below to see their routines in detail!
The students unlocked the waste management words as we inquired about the unit. To further understand waste, the students investigated what is inside the trash bins around the school. They discovered that most of the thrown waste is mixed up in one trash bin. They also noticed that the labels are faded, and the colors of the trash bins are also different from different places in the school. The Kinder and Grade 1 students invited Mr. Bill to discuss how CIS manages our waste.
How is waste connected to the environment?
The Kinder and Grade 1 created a survey and were given a chance to interview and talk with their family members about their waste management process at home. After collecting the data, the Kinder and Grade One students interpreted and explained the effects of waste on the environment. Here is the sample photo of the survey sent at home.
How can I demonstrate responsibility towards the environment?
This week, they started thinking of ways to help the environment through their actions. They were able to plan and design things that can improve the waste management process in CIS.
by Ms. Joy Pierra, History Teacher
Assessment is an essential component of both teaching and learning. Different assessments are given to support the DP’s curricular goals and encourage appropriate learning in students. The Paper 2 exam is one of the assessments given to both History SL and HL students. This exam is an essay paper based on the twelve (12) world history topics. Students answer two (2) questions, each selected from a different topic, and they’re given ninety (90) minutes to write their essay. This is a critical exam as it weighs 45% of the total IB grade for SL students and 25% for HL students (History Guide First Examinations 2020, n.d.).
How do students ace a Paper 2 exam?
Here are a few tips for successfully writing a Paper 2 essay from Mr. William Dobbie, an IB History teacher.
- Make sure to understand the demands of the questions
- Organize thoughts and ideas. They should flow in a logical and consistent manner
- Essay should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion
- Plan essay and avoid repetition
- Include accurate and relevant historical knowledge
- Explain historical concepts and provide clear arguments
- Examples should be appropriate and relevant. They should support the analysis and evaluation of the prompt.
- Go beyond narrative and descriptive writing
- Give the “WHY” of history
- Demonstrate awareness and offer evaluation of different perspectives
- Use your knowledge of different perspectives to strengthen your arguments
- Know your topic
What are the challenges of writing Paper 2?
What advice would you give to those who will be taking Paper 2 exams in the future?
Also, don’t cram your notes the night before. History is very heavy on content, so make sure to make your own notes along the way.
College/Careers Counselor Corner
by Ms. Jenny Basa, College/Careers Counselor Corner
Question of the Week
Is the UCAS personal statement changing for the seniors next school year 2023-2024?
No. The UCAS personal statement will still remain as a 4000-character essay to convince university admissions one’s suitability for a chosen course for the seniors next school year. Here’s a worksheet that can help one write the statement. For the 2024-2025 cohort, more information will be provided once the official changes are published in the UCAS website.
Ritsumeikan University (Japan) – Japan is an excellent place to be a student – did you know that many Japanese universities offer undergraduate degree programs instructed in English? Did you know the average annual tuition fee for Japanese universities is less than 15,000 USD? Attend this webinar to learn more about Ritsumeikan University.
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.