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Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 35 - May 27 to 31

Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 35 - May 27 to 31

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Middle School Parent Bulletin - Issue No. 35 - May 27 to 31
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From the Middle School Office
ISSUE # 35
 
W
EEK
 
OF
M
 AY
27
TO
M
 AY
31, 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 SY13
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14
 
From the Human Resources De-partment: Cashless Campus
 
3
 
From the Superintendent’sOce
 
4
 
From the Math Department
 
6
 
From the ATAC Oce
 
7
 
From the Music Department
 
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:
 
On Tuesday, May 21 the Music department concluded the performanceseason with the Grade 5 and 6 Recital and it was an evening filled with smilesand style. Thank you to Mr. Odendaal, Ms. Hausman and Mr. Howrey for alltheir efforts in supporting our aspiring musicians.
 
 As the senior students of the Middle School, the grade 8 students enjoy theprivilege of a few special events. On Friday, May 31 the students will hear about the transition to High School and enjoy a Dinner Dance, participate inoutreach activities on June 3, and enjoy an Activity Day on June 4. Finally,the Moving On Ceremony will take place on June 5 in the Fine Arts Theater from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. We are looking forward to a positive end for our students as they say farewell to their Middle School years.
 
Please be informed that Powerschool will be closed starting on Monday, May27 in order for teachers to finalize grades and comments. Powerschool willreopen on June 6 so that second semester reports can be viewed. Reportcard distribution will begin on June 11.
 
 As we enter the final two weeks of school, please make sure that your childgets enough rest so that they can focus on their assignments. Energy andexcitement levels are high at this time of the year and we want to make surethat our students remain healthy and are making positive choices to maintaintheir well
-
being.
 
Looking ahead…The last day of school will be on Thursday, June 6 andstudents will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. Please make the necessaryarrangements to have your child picked up from school.
 
Have a fabulous 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 as PowerSchool will be closed at this me. However, parents mayconnue to sele accounts through Online Billing and submit required 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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Please note that to complete re
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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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