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September 20, 2012 

A weekly bulletin for Parents and Students

Message from the Administration:
Dear Grade 9 and Grade 10 Parents, From September 24 to October 17, ISM will conduct tests called Measures of Academic ProgressTM (MAP). What are MAP tests?  MAP tests are an external assessment from the United States, used to assist in determining students’ instructional level. Currently, there are 370 international schools in 123 countries, including 56% member schools of EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools), who conduct MAP testing. Who does MAP testing at ISM?  Students in Grades 3 to 10 take MAP tests. Students receiving Learning Support and ESL support will be given the opportunity, where appropriate, to participate in the MAP testing. Parents will be contacted individually regarding any modifications taking place. What do MAP tests assess and how often do they occur?  These tests will measure academic growth across the school year in the areas of Reading, Language and Mathematics, and are administered twice a year at ISM. They will be taken again in Semester 2 of the 2012-13 school year. How do MAP tests work?  Your child will take the tests on a computer. MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive. The test becomes more difficult the more questions the student answers correctly. When a student incorrectly answers a question, the following test question is adjusted accordingly and is at an easier level. In this way, your child will take a test specifically created for his or her learning level. How are MAP tests reported?  Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT (Rasch Unit) scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. Parents will receive a report that shows their RIT score, the normative RIT scores for the grade level at ISM, and the normative scores for students in the United States within the same grade level. These reports will be available in November. What does ISM do with the information that MAP provides?  Teachers use the data from MAP testing to inform learning and teaching. It assists in determining which skills require enhancing, which skills students have already developed, and which skills need to be introduced. MAP tests also provide our school with a reference point for the ongoing development of the school-wide curriculum. This data allows us to look for trends within certain areas of our curriculum. How do I prepare my child for MAP testing?  Factors such as sleep and how a child is feeling can affect the results of a standardized test. Your class teacher will let you know which three days in the coming weeks your child will sit the tests. Please talk to your child to help avoid him/her feeling anxious about MAP testing.


Lastly …  It is important to remember that MAP results provide one piece of assessment data in the process of acquiring information and making judgments about student progress toward intended learning. At ISM, we believe sound assessment involves creating a multitude of ways to measure and communicate student learning over time – a photo album versus a single snapshot. For more information on MAP testing, please consult the NWEA (North West Evaluation Association) website at In addition, parents can access the MAP Parent Toolkit at, or please do not hesitate to contact the High Office. Sincerely,

William R. S. Brown High School Principal

Michael Dickinson Assistant Principal

Dear Fellow Grade 9 Parents, We hope you and your student are experiencing a good start to High School. My name is Kathleen Lewis-Workman and together with Ruchira Goswarni we are the Grade 9 PTA Liaisons. This year the PTA is hosting a Meet & Greet for all Grade 9 and 10 parents, administrators, guidance counselors, and faculty. This is great chance for you to get to know other parents and your son or daughter's teachers while fostering school community for the class of 2015 and 2016. If you are new to ISM you can get to know more parents - if you have been at ISM a while you can get to know new people! Date: Thursday October 4, 2012 Time: 6:00-8:30 Location: FAT Lobby Wine, beer, soda and finger foods will be served. P450 per person will be collected at the door. Please RSVP by September 28th to We hope you can make it to this community social event. Feel free to contact Ruchira or Kathleen if you have any questions. Best Regards, Your PTA Grade 9 Liaisons, Kathleen Lewis-Workman Ruchira Goswami


  Monday,  September 24:    MAP Testing (Grade 9 & 10)    Tuesday, September 25:    MAP Testing (Grade 9 & 10)  College Essay Writing Workshop (3‐4pm)    Wednesday, September 26:    Late Start  MAP Testing (Grade 9 & 10)    Thursday, September 27:  MAP Testing (Grade 9 & 10)  College Essay Writing Workshop (3‐4pm)    Friday, September 28:  MAP Testing (Grade 9 & 10)  IB2 Econ H Commentary DUE    Saturday, September 29  Photoshoot for Kawayan Yearbook for Seniors (P045) 

UPCOMING EVENTS:   October 1‐5:  Underclassmen Kawayan Photo Taking  October 16‐17:  Parent Teacher Conference (PTC)  October 25:  Filipiniana  October 26‐November 2:  School Holiday  November 5:  Classes Resume        

Message from the Korean Parent Community: The annual meeting for Korean parent will be s on Sep, 24 Monday at the Little Theater, ISM. Minjoung, Park

  FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE:      An Evening with the University of Pennsylvania    Elisabeth O'Connell, associate dean for international    admissions, will be hosting an information session    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6‐8 p.m. in the FAT.  Alumni will be  present, and a film of campus life will also be viewed.    RSVP is requested for this event, even for ISM families.     Please go to:         An Evening with Brown University    James Kytta, associate director of admission at Brown, will be    visiting ISM on Monday, Sept. 24.  A special meeting for    ONLY ISM students and parents is set for 5:30‐6:15 p.m. in  the FAT.  A meeting for the general community will be held    6:15‐7:30 p.m., also in the FAT.    Anyone interested in attending the event in the FAT should    have already registered at:        University Visits at ISM    Below are universities which will be at ISM during the lunch    period in September.  Universities are continuing to schedule  visits  (and  make  minor  changes),  so  keep  up  to  date  by    checking  the  HS  Friday  Bulletin  and  Family  Connection    (Naviance).       September University Visits ‐ at Lunch    24 – University of Miami and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific    University    25 – Wesleyan University and St. Mary's College in California  26 – Emerson College    28 – ISCAHM Makati        October University Visits    3 – Lewis and Clark    3 (Evening) – University of Pennsylvania  (Location:  FAT)    8 – Pepperdine University and Southern Methodist University    11 – Singapore Management University  15 – Enderun College    19 – University of Oregon, University of Connecticut,     University of Minnesota  (Location:  PO45)    22 – Franklin College Switzerland    24 – Fordham University and Loyola University New Orleans       November ‐ Be looking for more information about an    upcoming Australian University fair here at ISM!          


The  IASAS  venues  for  the  Season  one  championships  Oct  10‐ 14  are  –  Soccer  at  Bangkok,  Volleyball  &  Cross  C ountry  at  Kuala Lumpur. Schedules for the Soccer and Volleyball games  are  now  available  on  the  blog  at  the  following  link  http://atac.ism‐‐1st‐season‐schedules/     Friday  night  lights  Sept  28th:  Come  out  and  support  the  Bearcats  vs  Faith.  Cheer  hard  and  cheer  loud  for  our  teams.  Show your support on Sept 28th Friday night lights!  Girls  Volleyball  at  ISM:  Varsity  v  Faith  and  JV  v  Faith  from  4:15pm at ISM MS gym  ISM  MS  Field  4:15pm  ISM  JV  girls  v  Faith  JV  girls  soccer  followed by ISM Aspirants v Faith JV boys soccer,  ISM  HS  Field  4:15pm  Boys  Varsity  ISM  v  Faith  (Rifa  league  game)  followed  by  ISM  girls  varsity  vs  Faith  varsity  girls  approx.6pm  Note *Boys volleyball JV and Varsity play away game at Faith    New Tennis Facility: Many parents have expressed interest in  the  new  roof  top  development  being  constructed  at  school.  This  new  construction  will  be  the  home  of  ISM  tennis  with  8  new  ITF  artificial  grass  courts,  new  locker  rooms,  bleachers  and the area will also serve as a multipurpose sports facility to  improve  our  available  teaching  space  for  PE  classes.  The  project  is  well  underway  with  completion  set  for  early  October. There will be an opening ceremony on Thursday Oct  4th,  any  interested  parents  are  invited  to  watch  a  student  exhibition  game  and  if  you  are  a  tennis  player  please  bring  your  racquet  and  come  dressed  in  your  tennis  attire  as  you  will also be able to have a game on the new courts on this day.  The opening function will begin at 4:45 pm with a ceremonial  cutting  of  the  ribbon  by  Mr.  Toze,  followed  by  two  student  exhibition games 5‐ 5:30pm and then the courts will be open  for  parents  to  have  a  game  until  7pm  on  this  day.  Please  contact  the ATAC office to register if you would like to attend  this event. See flyer attached for this event!    2nd  Season  ATAC  sports:  Tryouts  and  Practice  Schedule  for  MS & HS sports (Basketball, Tennis, Varsity Swimming, Boys  Rugby  and  Girls  Touch)  are  now  posted  on  the  blog  and  on  notice  boards  around  school.  For  interested  Basketball  players see the flyers in this bulletin for upcoming Basketball  camps being held at school for ISM students.     Information about our ES soccer teams and the RIFA festivals  can  be  found  here  http://atac.ism‐‐ season/es‐soccer‐rifa‐league‐festivals/  and  flyers  have  been  posted  on  ES  notice  board  and  on  the  notice  board  located  under the tent at the ES field. The information link for the MS  C teams and MS Girls 7 a side soccer teams is available at    

http://atac.ism‐‐season/ms‐soccer‐rifa‐ league‐festivals/  IMPORTANT: Parents please note the venues for the 7 a side  C,  E,  G  and  MS  Girls  festivals  on  Sept  22.  Please  check  the  venues  and  times  below  carefully.  Permission  slips  have  and  will be issued to all players via the coaches at training prior to  each  festival.  Please  consult  the  ES  and  MS  Rifa  League  links  below to get the latest information.    IMPORTANT:  Please  note  due  to  the  cancellation  of  soccer  festivals  last  Saturday  the  Sept  15th  festival  has  now  been  rescheduled to Oct 6th. Venues still to be confirmed!  Saturday  Sept 22nd – Boys Festival #2 and Girls Festival #1  Midgets  C  teams  (C1,  C2,  C3  and  C4  Coach  Eric/Chris/Kleng  and Jay’s teams) at Ateneo kick‐off at 10 am.  Midgets E teams (E1 and E2 Coach Popoy and Coach  Francis’  teams) at ISM HS Field kick off at 8am  Midgets  G  teams  (G1  and  G2  Coach  Mike  and  Coach  Isa’s  teams) at ISM HS Field kick‐off at 1pm.  MS Girls 7 a side festival at Ateneo 1pm kick off    Saturday  Oct  6th  –  Boys  Festival  #3  and  Girls  Festival  #2  (rescheduled  date  due  to  Sept  15th  cancellation!)Midgets  C  teams  (C1,  C2,  C3  and  C4  Coach  Eric/Chris/Kleng  and  Jay’s  teams) Venue and time to be decided!  Midgets E teams (E1 and E2 Coach Popoy and Coach  Francis’  teams) Venue and time to be decided!  Midgets  G  teams  (G1  and  G2  Coach  Mike  and  Coach  Isa’s  teams) Venue and time to be decided!  MS Girls 7 a side festivals Venue and time to be decided!    Rifa  Festival  Finals  will  be  played  at  Ateneo  on  Oct  13th  for  teams that qualify via results from the earlier festivals.    Well done to all members of the ISM Cross Country team who  raced  at  Taipei  last  weekend,  results  for  all  the  meets  completed  during  the  season  can  be  found  on  the  Cross  Country  results  page.  http://atac.ism‐‐ season/cross‐country‐race‐results/    Our  Sailfish  team  had  their  first  official  meet  of  the  year  last  Saturday at Brent with over 100 swimmers racing. Results can  be found via Coach Andy’s Sailfish blog.    A great way to stay in touch with the ISM ATAC program is to  subscribe via RSS feed to the ATAC blog and also to follow via  twitter  (see  twitter  feed  on  the  blog  home  page).  Each  Monday  I  will  post  the  weeks  happenings  and  highlight  important events for students and parents information on the  ATAC blog and in the regular Friday parent bulletins.     


GAME SCHEDULE PDF: (access to game schedule information)  Information  about  all  mid  week/weekend  fixtures  for  ISM  teams can be found via the ATAC blog. Please note the game  schedule  does  change  often  due  to  involvement  with  many  local schools so please check the page regularly to find out the  latest information of where and when the Bearcats teams are  playing.  Click  on  schedules  tab  or  the  Bearcat  logo  to  be  directed  to  the    You  will  need  your  power  school  user  name  and  password  to  access  the  game  schedule  pdf.  This  service  will  not  be  open  until power opens to the community.    HS  Student  registration  for  ATAC  activities:  (new  for  school  year ’12‐13) A Google doc registration is now available for all  HS  students  who  will  take  part  in  any  ATAC  seasonal  sports  teams,  MUN  and  Cultural  Convention  programs.  Please  take  the time to complete this online registration for activities that  you  plan  on  joining  next  school  year.  Please  access  the  form  via  the  HS  Student  Registration  tab  found  under  the  Helpful  Shortcuts bar on the ATAC blog home page.      PSAT Testing on October 17
The PSAT test will be given to students in grades 10 and 11 at ISM on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Students must register for the test by paying the fee of $20 USD to the ISM Cashier. Deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. No late registrations will be accepted. The PSAT test is an excellent practice for the SAT as the same skills are evaluated - critical reading, math and writing. While the PSAT is optional, students who are considering university admission in the U.S. should take the PSAT. Additionally, students not completing the IB Diploma and considering university admission to other countries, including the UK, Canada and Australia, may also need to take the SAT and therefore would benefit by practicing with the PSAT. In January, students will receive their scores along with their test booklets so they are able to review specific questions. Students also receive feedback regarding their strengths and weaknesses in each section of the test. This information can then be used for SAT preparation. In addition, students taking the PSAT will have access to the College Board's My Road program, a career and college search resource. Students registered for the PSAT will need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator (with extra batteries) on the day of the test. Students will be assigned a testing location, and should plan on testing from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m. If you have specific questions about the PSAT, please contact your child's high school counselor.

*please  note  this  is  for  HS  students  only  and  you  must  use  your school email address to access the link. Personal gmail or  hotmail addresses will not allow you to access the page.    BEARCAT DEN: http://atac.ism‐‐den/  Our  Bearcat  Den  is  up  and  running  and  open  for  business,  please  drop    by  to  check  out  the  range  of  Bearcat  products.  We have a great team of volunteers who run the den and are  always  looking  for  more  people  to  help  out.  If  you  are  interested in joining a fantastic group please contact Melanie  Ball at  our volunteer coordinator.    We  have  a  new  range  of  dri  fit  t‐shirts  now  available  along  with new Bearcat bags…  Regular Opening Hours for the Bearcat Den: Wed and Fridays  from 11:30am – 1:00pm and each afternoon from 2:30‐4pm.    Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! 

HS Parent Book Group for Fall 2012:

The high school counselors will host a book discussion group in September and October for parents with students in grades 912. We have chosen WHY Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen by David Walsh, Ph.D. In this U.S. bestseller, the author explains exactly what happens to the human brain on the path from childhood into adolescence and adulthood. This is one of the first books to explain the changes in teens’ brains and show parents how to use this information to understand, communicate with and stay connected to their kids. If you are interested in being a part of this book group, please reserve your space by contacting Bella Velasco at 840-8655 or For discussion purposes, we are limiting the number of participants. You will need to obtain a copy of the book. It is available in digital form for e-reading devices, and we have a very few copies in the HS Counseling Office that you can check out - first come, first served. Book discussions will be 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Little Theater on Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. Those who sign up for the book group will be sent additional information. For additional information at this time, contact Lisa Ball, grade 11-12 counselor, at


BEARCAT CAREER EXPLORATION WEEK January 14 to 18, 2013 ISM Community Request for Presenters
Bearcat Career Exploration Week is an opportunity for representatives from companies to speak to a larger number of our high school students at ISM about their industry, their particular company, the types of careers that exist within the company/industry and what the company/industry looks for in new employees. As a result, this week becomes a VERY important opportunity for students to learn more about the potential careers that await them after their formal education is completed. The presentations are expected to be 30 minutes in length (including some Q and A) and those presentations will be fit into 10 session slots throughout the Career Exploration Week. The size of your audience will depend on our students’ interest in that particular industry…and realistically, could range from 5 to 50 students As a presenter, we would then also like to invite you to a special “thank you” lunch at ISM (for all speakers) on Wednesday January 16… from 11:30am to 12:30pm. If the idea of presenting is of interest to you, please email me regarding your area of expertise/company/industry. I can then send you more details as far as the Career Exploration Week’s program and coordinate a possible presentation time. Thank you. Contact Information Doug McQueen Gr. 9/10 HS Counselor (Surnames A – Lh)


Traffic Re-routing Advisory from the Bonifacio Estate Service Corporation:
Dear BGC Locators and BGCEA Members,

This is regarding the collapsed road along 11th Avenue near the corner of 11th and 36th Street, which happened at around 6pm of Sunday, September 16. The collapsed portion of the road is adjacent to the excavation works being undertaken by Megaworld Properties located at the former "Napolcom" area. Please note that the Napolcom area is not part of Bonifacio Global City (BGC).   The investigation of the cause and remedial action to be undertaken are still ongoing. Initial assessment is that it would take weeks, if not months, before the road is restored. As a precautionary measure, and for the safety of everyone, we have completely sealed the collapsed portion of 11th Avenue from all motorists and pedestrians.  In the meantime, Megaworld Properties and BCDA (its lessor) have decided that additional portions of 36th Street will be opened in order to connect to 8th Avenue and help ease the traffic, particularly for those going to and from the international schools. Additional marshals will also be deployed. Please see attached map for your reference.  We request your understanding for the inconvenience that this incident has and will cause. We are coordinating with Megaworld and BCDA to ensure that this road is restored in the soonest possible time.



Theory of Knowledge Presentations
Shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it; and when you don’t know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge. Confucius On October 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th and 5th the Little Theatre will be filled with Theory of Knowledge students completing their Internal Assessment presentations for the course. Students will be presenting investigative reports on various topics from the realms of art, history, natural science, and the human sciences. TOK students must explore the nature of their selected topic and critically evaluate beliefs and knowledge claims involved. These findings must be communicated clearly in their presentations. We cordially invite parents to visit the Little Theatre and witness/discover what these students have accomplished thus far in the course. Each student will be given a schedule and will present in one of the five sessions – either a morning or an afternoon slot on one of these dates. Each student will be required to be in attendance in the Little Theatre for the full session for his/her ToK class so he/she may have an early arrival or late release depending on the schedule. Please be aware that students cannot simply arrive at the time scheduled for their particular presentation. The schedule and the presentation topics will be posted on the ToK blog next week. We encourage parents to “drop in”. It will give you a real sense of what the Theory of Knowledge course is all about and the opportunity to see your children in action. Sincerely, TOK Teachers Rob Anderson David Birchenall Justin Cook

Wendy Gifford Dylan Marshall

Mike Relf Neil Woods

2ND SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE SY 2012-13 (Oct 22nd to Jan 30th)
TEAM Varsity Boys JV Boys Varsity Girls JV Girls MS Boys Gold MS Boys Green MS Boys White MS Girls Gold MS Girls Green Varsity Rugby JV Rugby Varsity Touch JV Touch MS Boys Rugby MS Girls Touch MS AFAC Soccer Club TIME 3-5pm 3-5pm 3-5pm 3-5pm 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:45 3-5pm 3-5pm 3-5pm 3-5pm 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:45 3:15-4:30 MONDAY HS Gym ES Gym MS Gym TUESDAY BASKETBALL HS Gym MS Gym ES Gym WEDNESDAY THURSDAY HS Gym ES Gym MS Gym FRIDAY HS Gym HS Gym MS Gym ES Gym Covered Court

MS Gym ES Gym Covered Court 1 Covered Court 2 Covered Court 1 Covered Court 2 HS Field
MS Field

Covered Court 1 Covered Court 2 Covered Court 1 Covered Court 2 RUGBY / TOUCH HS Field Fitness HS Field HS Field HS- twilight touch 5pm MS Field
HS- twilight touch 5pm

HS Field HS Field

HS Field MS Field ES Field

MS Field MS Field ES Field ES Field

MS Field ES Field Tennis V Girls V Boys

Courts 1, 2, 3, 4 (Mket Mket end) 3-5pm Courts 5, 6, 7, 8 (HS Field end) 3-5pm 3-4pm Tennis Fitness Varsity Swimming 3-5pm

V Girls V Boys

MS Girls(3:15-4:45) MS Boys(3:15-4:45) V Girls

V Boys V Girls

MS Girls(3:15-4:30) MS Boys(3:15-4:30) V Boys

Varsity Swimming ISM Swimming Pool (see sailfish blog for squads and training sessions)


2nd Season Tryout Schedule SY 2012-13
Early release PT conferences

10-Oct WED

11-Oct THURS

12-Oct FRI

15-Oct MON

16-Oct 17-Oct 18-Oct 19-Oct TUE WED THU FRI
No training No training No training No training No training
Prac sched begins

Prac sched begins

HS Field MS Field HS Field MS Field HS Field MS Field

Prac sched begins

GIRLS Crts 1-4 GIRLS Crts 1-4 BOYS Crts 5-8 BOYS Crts 5-8 GIRLS Crts 1-4 GIRLS Crts 1-4 BOYS Crts 5-8 BOYS Crts 5-8 Prac sched begins

Prac sched begins

Students must attend all tryouts to be selected for 2nd season teams TRY-OUT TIME: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Tryouts Oct 10, 11 & 12 except those at 1st season IASAS *NOTE- Girls Basketball tryouts are Oct 15, 18 and 19th Tryouts Oct 15 is for all including 1st season IASAS returnees.





BOYS GIRLS Girls Touch Boys Rugby BOYS & GIRLS Covered Court ES GYM MS Field ES Field Covered Court ES GYM MS Field ES Field Covered Court ES Gym

Girls TOUCH and Boys RUGBY
ES Field

Tennis Courts # 5-8 Tennis Courts # 1- 8


3:15PM - 4:40PM