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Middle School Parent Bulletin – Issue No. 34 – May 20 to 24

Middle School Parent Bulletin – Issue No. 34 – May 20 to 24

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Middle School Parent Bulletin – Issue No. 34 – May 20 to 24

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From the Middle School Office
ISSUE # 34
 
W
EEK
 
OF
M
 AY
20
TO
M
 AY
24, 2013
 
Friday Bulletin
 MIDDLE SCHOOL
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
From the High SchoolAdministraon
 
2
 
From the Oce of Admissionsand Advancement
 -
Re
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enrollment for SY12
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13
 
From the Human ResourcesDepartment: Cashless Campus
 
3
 
From the Superintendent’sOce
 
4
 
From the Math Department
 
6
 
From the Music Department
 
7
 
From the ATAC Oce
 
8
 
From the HS Guidance Oce
 
9
 
Homeless World Cup
 
The Giving Tree
 
June Summer Sports Camp
 
10
 
Uniform Shop Announcement
 
Newsash Applicaons
 
11
 
Lost and Found Viewing
 
12
 
Inside this issue:
Dear Parents:
 
This week the Grade 4 Tour and Talk takes place as part of our transitionprogram from Elementary School to Middle School. Serving as ambassadors,some of our grade 5 students will take the grade 4 students around campus,visit classes and share tips and insights about life in Middle School. We’reexcited to see our grade 5 students assuming these leadership roles andhope the grade 4 students leave excited about their upcoming move.In the classroom, our grade 8 students are busily preparing for one of their major end
-
of 
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year activities,
 Advocating for Change
. This project involves thestudents in honing their research, writing and presentation skills as they tackleglobal issues. Their work will culminate in a summit
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type meeting where theyshare their research and opinions on Thursday, May 30, not May 28 aspreviously published. Parents of grade 8 students are often invited to attendthese ‘hearings’ so keep an eye out for upcoming announcements. We hopeyou’ll be able to join us and support your child.
 
On Wednesday, May 15 the Music department had a Finale Concert for theGrade 7 and 8 students and the audience enjoyed an hour of ear pleasingmusic. This coming Tuesday, May 21, the Music department will conclude theperformance season with the Grade 5 and 6 concert. Please plan to attendand support our aspiring musicians. Thank you to Mr. Odendaal, Ms.Hausman and Mr. Howrey for all their efforts in preparing the students.
 
Enjoy the weekend!
 
Yours in Education,
 
Simon Gillespie
 
Clarissa Sayson
 
Middle School Principal
 
Middle School Assistant Principal
 
End of Year Activities
Online re
-
enrollment will be unavailable from May 27
-
June 5 asPowerSchool will be closed at this me. However, parents mayconnue to sele accounts through Online Billing and submitrequired forms to ISM Oces during this period.
 
 Access to online re
-
enrollment will resume on
 June 6, 4:00 pm.
 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Powerschool Update
 
 
F
RIDAY
B
ULLETIN
 
P
AGE
2
 
From the High School Administration
Dear Grade 8 Parents,
 
I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all those who will be moving on from Grade 8 and joiningthe ISM HS in the school year 2013
-
2014. We are very fortunate that at ISM the dierence between MSand HS is not such a physical or structural jump. Aer all grade 7 and 8 students operate a very similarschedule to HS and we are only a few meters away from each other, oen sharing similar common facili-es.
 
That being said the HS will obviously do its very best to help transion all grade 8 students to HS. A spe-cial transion morning has been organized by the HS Counselors on the morning of May 31
st
to assist thegrade 8 students with this process. A couple of dierences that do exist in the HS center around earningand awarding of credit and so aendance and passing a course for credit, are two potenal changes instudent life. Another change for next school year that we are very excited about is the extension of ourvery successful Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, that we have been running at grades 11 and 12,to grades 9 and 10. I asked our HS IT Coordinator Mr. Brandon Hoover to write a short comment on whatthis will mean for learning in the HS. He writes:
 
Internaonal School Manila is commied to delivering the highest quality educaon in line with current best pracces in the integraon of technology. Over the last two years students in grades 11 and 12 have parcipated in our “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) program resulng in an eecve 21th Century learn-ing environment. It is with pleasure that we announce the expansion of this program to include grades 9and 10 for SY 2013
-
14. We believe that students thrive in an environment in which educaon with tech-nology is a seamless part of their lives. The new BYOD program will help enable students to take owner-ship and responsibility for their learning both in and outside of the classroom. For school year 2013
-
14,High School students at ISM will bring their own laptops to school each day. We have developed a web-site called 
ISM Connect 
which will serve as a guide for informaon, requirements and frequently asked quesons. You may view it here:
We look forward to the excing range of opportunies this program will provide for all of our HS stu-dents.
 
Having a 1:1 laptop environment will provide many synergies for next year, including some excing newdevelopments where all students will have their assignments and homework in their individual Googlecalendar. This will signicantly streamline the use of the ISM blogs. The HS demonstrated the new func-onality of using the Google set of Applicaons and an integrated Teacher Dashboard program, to the HSParent Coee forum in March and received a very posive response. We believe it is a necessary stepforward at this me to enhance the educaonal experience for all of our students. If you have quesonsabout BYOD or ISM Connect that cannot be answered by the website then please do not hesitate to con-tact either Brandon Hooverhooverb@ismanila.orgor myself atbrownw@ismanila.org Congratulaons to all grade 8 students for having successfully negoated MS. Now it’s me for HS. Weare going to have an awesome year!
 
Kind regards,
 
William Brown
 
 
F
RIDAY
B
ULLETIN
 
P
AGE
3
 
From the Office of Admissions and Advancement
All returning students must complete the re
-
enrollment process in order to start school on 12
th
August 2013.This year re
-
enrollment may be completed via PowerSchool. For your guide to the online system, pleaseclick on the links below:
 
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-
-
-
-
-
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-
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Please note that to complete re
-
enrollment you must sele your accounts for SY 12
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13 and pay the rstquota of tuion fees for SY 13
-
14. Beginning
5
th
June, 2013
you may view your account details throughOnline Billing.SY 13
-
14 tuion is due on 12th July 2013.For quesons/concerns, please contact the School Oces or the Admissions Oce.
 
Online Re-enrollment for SY 13-14
From the Human Resources Office: Cashless Campus
Dear Parents and Students,
 
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and we wanted you to know that, starng in August, we shall be intro-ducing a “Campus Card” payment scheme. This system has been in the research stage for some me now, and wehave been consulng carefully with our colleague schools in IASAS, all of whom make use of a card for payments ontheir campuses. The system works through an individual identy chip that is implanted into student ID cards.One of the main purposes for making this move to is to provide a debit system in the canteen. Some of the benetsare:
 
Limit the amount of money that students are obliged to bring to school.
 
Speed up canteen lines during breaks since cash exchange will not be needed.
 
Give online access to parents so they may see what their children are eang at lunch.The intenon is to run parallel cash / debit system inially, but in me we intend to move towards a complete debitsystem during school hours.Parents and students will have several opons with regards to topping up their card. They can do this online by creditcard or PayPal or through an accredited bank (all for a minimal fee), at kiosks (similar to ATMs) located in two dierentareas on campus, or at the cashier’s oce.
 
In addion to purchasing food at the canteen, the Smart Card may be used for paying other acvies that take placeon campus: school plays, Family Fun day, concerts, T
-
shirts, etc. We also hope that the Uniform Shop will be able toaccept payments in this way.
 
Parents and helpers may also apply for an ID card complete with chip should they wish to use a debit system on cam-pus rather than cash payments.In conjuncon with the debit system, the Smart Cards issued in Middle School will allow students to access the newlockers we are purchasing.
 
We shall be sending out more instrucons on how this system will work later in the school year and again in August.Like any new system, we suspect that there will be some teething problems, but we are condent that we shall over-come these and that the card system will be benecial for the enre school.Sincerely,
 
Michelle Mapua
 
Director of Human Resources
 

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