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  1. 1. International School Manila For ATTENDANCE concerns, please contact the HS Office HS FRIDAY BULLETIN (Sam Ramos or Laurie Atilano) Tel: 840 8650 / 840 8653 or email HSOffice@ismanila.org. February 20, 2009 For the week of February 23 - 28 Dear Parents, Monday, February 23 No School I hope you read this message in the knowledge that this is a long weekend, at least for the students that is! The school had calendared next Monday as Tuesday, February 24 a holiday with an expectation that it would be declared a holiday to HS Course Registration Week celebrate the EDSA Revolution Day. I refer you to Mr. Toze’s letter attached IB 12 Japanese/Korean A1H World Lit DUE in this bulletin which explains the calendar process in more detail. ISSBA Meeting with Councils (1057) 2.30-2.50pm Incoming Gr.11 Course Registration (MC Computers) I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank the 5.30pm HS Sports Awards (HS Gym) outgoing PTA High School Vice President; Mrs. Dina Paterno for the excellent service she has provided to the high school over a number of Wednesday, February 25 years. Her experience and organizational abilities will be missed. At the HS Course Registration Week same time I would like to welcome Mrs. Liza Van Klaveren who has been Student Late Start 10.55 Grade Level Assembly elected to replace Dina. Liza has a graduating senior Rachael and next year 11.30-12.00pm Cooking Club Bake Sale will have a son in grade 9. I am very excited to be working with Liza and 5-7 pm IASAS Music Previews (LT) commented at our Parent Coffee morning last Tuesday how for a lady with so many talents, she had to date, escaped this sort of role! Thursday, February 26 HS Course Registration Week IB 11 Math Portfolio DUE It has been a busy week with the High School Parent Coffee on Tuesday and 5-7 pm IASAS Dance/Drama Previews (FAT) then grade 9 and 10 parent evenings to help explain the Course Registration process for next school year. All high school students should now have the Friday, February 27 HS Course Offerings book for 2009-2010, which clearly lays out all the HS Course Registration Week course description on offer in the high school and the likely pathways that IB 11 math Portfolio DUE students can take to meet ISM graduation and IB Diploma requirements. Gr11 Student Course Selection DUE Please take time to discuss these important course selection decisions with IB 12 Film Independent Study DUE your child. IB 12 Film Production DUE (journal) IB 12 Theatre Arts Major IA (IPP) DUE IB 12 Theatre Arts major IA (IPP) DUE Next week you will probably hear a lot about IASAS Cultural Convention. ISM 5-7 pm IASAS Music Previews (LT) is so lucky to have outstanding talent on display in the various fields of; Saturday, February 28 Dance, Drama, Forensics and Debate events. These talented performers, 5-7 pm IASAS Dance/ Drama Previews (FAT) speakers, dancers and debaters will all be performing at various times next 7-10pm Battle of the Bands week as they hone their skills for the IASAS convention to be held on March 5-7 in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Dates to Remember: Finally I am very pleased and excited to say that we have done exceptionally well with sourcing our new teachers for next year. I will be Mar 2: IB 11 EE Proposal DUE able to provide more information about our new hires at a later stage, but Mar 3: GEO Field Trip Gr. 9 Taal Volcano for now I feel very excited to be looking forward to working with such a Mar 3: IB 11 Econ Comm DUE talented bunch of international educators. Mar 5-7: IASAS Art/Music (ISKL) Mar 5-7: IASAS DDF (SAS) Mar 7: CCV Field Trip/ William Brown Caroline Brokvam Mar 7: GK Field Trip William R. S. Brown Caroline Brokvam High School Principal Assistant Principal Page 1 of 6
  2. 2. From the Athletics Office: 2nd Season IASAS: HUGE congratulations to our varsity boys’ tennis team who defended their IASAS GOLD medal at Bangkok. This is an outstanding result from athletes and coaches to win GOLD two years in a row. Our touch team also made it into the gold medal playoff game against SAS and in a very tight game lost in a heart breaker with seconds to spare on the clock. The girls played outstanding touch all three days and to bring home silver in such a narrowly contested final was no doubt a little disappointing but they should feel very proud of their efforts to win silver two years in a row. Boys rugby lost another heartbreaker game in the bronze medal playoff match. They let TAS get a big lead in the first half but pegged them back and tied the game with seconds to spare, sending the game into overtime. Unfortunately TAS came out the victors scoring first in the extra time period. Girls and Boys Basketball both placed 4th in Taipei however both teams played some great matches in the tournament and pushed all other teams they played to tight games. Girls tennis has some solid results and were in the running on Friday to finish in 2nd place but ended up 5th showing how close the competition was in the girls section of the tournament. Our swim team place 6th but we had over 80% of our swimmers post personal best times which shows a great improvement at the meet and demonstrates the hard work that has been occurring in the swimming pool during training sessions. IASAS All Tournament Players: ES/MS/HS track meets dates for this year are: Feb 21st MS/HS only at ISM **Well done to the following athletes who were March 7th at Brent selected to March 28th at Brent IASAS All Tournament Teams: Rugby: Jimmy Go and Jonathan Pisano April 3-5 Varsity track at Singapore (IASAS Touch: Pats Limcaoco, Mercedes Olondriz and exchange weekend) April 18-22 3rd Season IASAS at Jakarta. Sara Jane Ahmed Basketball: Pat Reed and Michelle Martin Tennis: Josh Ho and Marco Del Rosario IASAS Sportsmanship Award: HIGH SCHOOL END OF SEASON AWARDS ISM Girls Touch Team. Event: HS Sports Awards Where: HS GYM 3rd Season Sports: Date: Feb. 24, Tuesday MS/HS - Badminton, Track and Field and Softball Time: 5:30 pm All 3rd season sports are now in full swing with students and coaches making a very smooth start to the season after tryouts week concluded. I would like to remind all participating students to complete the ATAC on-line registration. 3rd season has a number of interruptions and as such students and coaches can lose the flow of the season easily. Please stay in contact with your coach regarding practices and weekend matches/meets as they relate to your particular sport this season. Page 2 of 6
  3. 3. From the Superintendent’s Office: Dear Parents: As I’m sure you’re aware, we begin the planning of the school’s academic calendar some twelve months in advance. There are various factors that we take into consideration: • The contracted maximum number of teacher contact days – 180. • The contracted maximum number of teacher working days – 190. • The location of public holidays and special holidays. Public holidays are tied to particular dates: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, All Saint’s Day, Christmas Day. Special holidays, meanwhile, are part of the annual calendar but may be moved at the discretion of the President: Bonifacio Day, National Heroes’ Day, Labor Day. Included in the category of special holidays are days that may or may not be calendared at the discretion of the President. These include Ninoy Aquino Day, Eid ul Fitr and EDSA Day. You can imagine that it is not always easy to meet the contractual obligations, predict the variables and still maintain the appropriate shape and balance to the school year that is best suited to teaching and learning. For the past twenty one years, we have seen EDSA Day become a feature of the annual calendar. Its official celebration should be held on 25th February, but recently the President declared that she was going to locate such holidays on the nearest Monday to avoid disruption of the working week and encourage families to enjoy the many attractions of the Philippines. We had therefore circled Monday, 23rd February as EDSA Day but placed an asterisk by that date to indicate that, at the President’s discretion, this holiday could be moved. Now the President seems minded not to have an EDSA Day holiday at all, which leaves me in something of a quandary. I could, of course, decide to hold classes on 23rd February as usual, but I am mindful of the fact that we published in our official calendar the number of teacher contact days; I am uneasy, at this stage of the school year, in increasing this by one. I know, too, that many families have booked holidays for the long weekend in the expectation that we would not have classes on February 23rd. I’m also aware that the political fall out from this decision by President may yet lead to a change of mind, and it is conceivable that an EDSA holiday could still be declared - but so late that families would find it difficult to book planes and hotels if they were traveling out of Manila. I am also aware that if this happens the holiday could revert to its official date of 25th February. What I’m proposing is this: in order to keep true to the spirit of the original calendar, we shall keep February 23rd as a non- teaching day. If, however, at some later stage, the President were to declare an EDSA holiday on a date other than the 23rd, then we would still consider Monday 23rd February in lieu of any other declared EDSA holiday. In the meantime, I shall work with HR to try to refine our calendar such that we are prepared for such events in the future. I’m sorry to have to announce this decision so late in the day. I can only plead in mitigation that I am as frustrated as you are by this situation. Yours sincerely, David Toze REMINDERS: Cashier’s Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 and will resume office on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 BILLING INFO In line with our intention to continuously improve our billing system, we would like to inform everyone that the School plans to start sending the billing statement of the tuition fee and other charges via e-mail starting March 2009. In this regard, we would like to request all parents and guardians to please update e-mail addresses by contacting our School Offices PHOTOS Parents/Students who ordered photos please don’t forget to send payment. The HS Office will only accept check payments. Please make the check payable to PHOTO CONCEPTS STUDIO. Page 3 of 6
  4. 4. From the MODERN LANGUAGE DEPT: Summer Language Study / Home-stay / Travel Program to SPAIN The ISM High School Modern Language Department is pleased to announce its Summer Language Study / Home- stay / Travel Program to Spain from June 6th to July 4th 2009 for students aged 13 to 19 years old. The program aims to develop students’ language proficiency and to broaden his/her cultural knowledge. This program is being offered in cooperation with Escuela Internacional Madrid (TANDEM), a school in Madrid and San Sebastian, Spain. Students will continue learning and, more importantly, will practice Spanish through total immersion in the classes and during the home-stay. The school finds families for students to stay with, assists in locating appropriate local resources for the group’s activities, plans outings, maintains a list of local medical and emergency resources, and helps with the orientation for group leaders. The language course proposal is to have 4 class sessions (45 minutes each) of language and culture from Monday to Friday, from 09.30 to 13.00 each day (with a break from 11.00 to 11.30). The classes will include language and culture subjects as well as adequate preparation for the cultural visits. Students will complete a placement test in order for the school to form groups based on the level of Spanish. Last year, 15 students from ISM traveled to Spain and all of them reported dramatic improvements in their acquisition of the Spanish language as well as outstanding experiences with their home-stay families and one another during their time in Spain. If you are interested in receiving more information about this summer course, please contact Laurie Atilano or Samantha Ramos in the High School Office, or email Adriana Vargas at vargasa@ismanila.org. From the Fine Arts Office: Page 4 of 6
  5. 5. CONGRATULATIONS: NAME OF STUDENT COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY Richard Abasta Simon Fraser University University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, University of Durham, Imperial Kamran Heinrich Ahmad College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Sarah Jane Ahmed Loyola University Chicago, Concordia University Mark Jedric Ang De La Salle University Manila, University of the Philippines Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Manila, University of Daisy Birchenall Dundee, University of Leeds, University of the Philippines, University of Stirling Antonio Brias University of Maine Antoinette Brillantes Syracuse University (Accelerated Liberal Arts) Gil Buenaventura Saint Mary's College of California Peter Burton University of Dundee, University of Leeds, Nottingham Trent University Isabel Chamberlain Mills College, Saint Mary's College of California Brandon Chin Coventry University Louie Chua University of San Francisco John Jacob Benjamin Co De La Salle University Manila, Ateneo de Manila University Vicente Jaime Constantino Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Jan-Michael Nadora Cruz De La Salle University Manila Jasmin Dargani Lesley University, Pace University, Loyola Marymount University Bangor University, University of Exeter, University of Sussex, Lancaster Suzannah Davis University, University of Stirling Cristina de Leon Loyola Marymount University Alexandra Amanda Eduque Barnard College Michael Fong Dominican University, Saint Mary's College of California Ron Richard Chow Habla Ateneo de Manila University University of Arizona, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Liberal Arts & Sciences), New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), Rutgers, Sung Yeon (Tammy) Joo The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick (School of Business), University at Buffalo The State University of New York Fordham University (College of Business Administration), University of Shao-Ting Ko Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Liberal Arts & Sciences) University of Asia and the Pacific, Ateneo de Manila University, La Salle Michelle La O' University, Saint Mary's College of California Jennifer Labrie Simon Fraser University Jobo Lau Loyola Marymount University Pennsylvania State University-University Park, Purdue University, Temple Da Hee Lee University, Washington State University Jun-Ho Lee University of Michigan Louie Angelo Lee University of Pennsylvania Patricia Maria Josefina Stanford University Limcaoco Carlos Lopez Menlo College Marine Charlotte Maupin University of Dundee, Middlesex University Ateneo de Manila University, University of British Columbia (Sauder School Maria Lourdes Margarita Mojica of Business), University of Durham, University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham Marie Elysee Murray University of British Columbia, McGill University Arjun Nandkishore Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine Jeane Catherine Catherine Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Irvine Napoles Jeanne Napoles Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Irvine Gabriella Alexandra Navas Glion Institute of Higher Education, Johnson & Wales University Page 5 of 6
  6. 6. Jennifer Patricia Ng Savannah College of Art and Design University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, Marianne Oh University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Yu Ohyama Glion Institute of Higher Education Rina Noelle Opinion Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Menlo College, Saint Mary's College of California, University of San Janina Marie Paredes Francisco, Notre Dame de Namur University Ana Laura Laura Perez O. The University of Tampa, University of Florida (College of Business Santillanes Administration) Ateneo de Manila University, University of Edinburgh, University of the Maria Rebecca Pelaez Plaza Philippines Antheia Brittni Rae Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design University of British Columbia (Science, Faculty of), McGill University (Faculty of Science), McMaster University (Faculty of Science), Queen's Saadia Rahman University (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), University of Waterloo (Faculty of Science), University of Western Ontario Katz Razon Saint Mary's College of California Daisy Recto Ateneo de Manila University, Randolph-Macon College Ateneo de Manila University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kannah Marie Alvarez Salazar (Engineering), University of Michigan (Engineering), Purdue University (School of Engineering), Wentworth Institute of Technology Zara Sibtain Manhattanville College, Randolph College Laura Smith Queen's University, University of Western Ontario Caitlin Marie Tan Glion Institute of Higher Education De La Salle University Manila, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Kenley Aldridge Tan at New Brunswick Kenichi Tsusaka (Cumagun) Ateneo de Manila University Solongo Tumurbaatar Glion Institute of Higher Education Anh Hai Vo South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Winnie Wong Mills College Mariama Wurie McGill University, Queen's University, University of British Columbia Amanda Yong Yu Duke University Wei Onn Yuen Cornell University (College of Art, Arch., & Plan.) Nissim Zeitoune Curry College, Manhattanville College Brian Zimmerman University of South Dakota LET’S GO GREEN: Poetry for our planet A competition for all ISM students To celebrate our earth, ECo are inviting you to write a poem on the topic of Environment. This can be an ode, an elegy, an epic, a limerick… it’s totally up to you. The winning poem will be published in the yearbook! Please submit all entries to:gillmanr@ismanila.org By Monday March 9th I dream of a better life, And to myself I say: “If we had been more concerned about this planet… …would earth have turned out another way?” (Grade 6 student, 2004) Page 6 of 6