HS Student Circular

International School Manila
For the week of January 12 - 17 Monday, January 12 2.30 Homeroom Tuesday, January 13 7.00 PTA Bearcat Welcome (LT) 9.30 HS New Parent Coffee (LT) Wednesday, January 14 Student Late Start Gr.12 Grad Gown Fitting Thursday, January 15 IB 12 Final EE Due 11.30 – 12.00 New Student Roundup (LT) Friday, January 16 2nd Season Pre-IASAS Swimming/Tennis (ISM)/Rugby Saturday, January 17 IASAS Golf Exchange (ISB) 2nd Season Pre-IASAS Swimming/Tennis (ISM)/Rugby GK Field Trip REMINDERS: 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. SENIOR CLASS RINGS Sign up for orders are still ongoing at the HS Office. If you already ordered, Please don’t forget to pay for your class ring! Payments should be done at the Cashiers Office. EVENT: The High School Administration and PTA would like to invite the Parents of our New Students to come and join us for coffee on Tuesday, January 13 at 9.30 am at the Little Theater. This will give us a chance to welcome Parents to the ISM community. We hope to see you there!! EVENT: What : When: Time: ISM’s University Kickoff Monday, February 2nd 5-7pm

Dates to Remember Jan 19: Printed report card distribution Jan 20: IB 11 Biol H Field Trip (IRRI) Jan 21: IB 12 Math Studies Project DUE Jan 20: IB 11 Biol H Field Trip (IRRI) Jan 21: IB 12 Math S/H Portfolio DUE Jan 22: IB 12 Math S/H Portfolio DUE Jan 23 – 31: THIMUN (Hague)

Come hear details about higher education opportunists in the UK, Australia, Canada, Malaysia/Singapore, and the United States. We will have representatives from each of the educational systems discussing the variety of opportunities available. The program is open to the entire ISM community and I strongly encourage all juniors to attend with at least one parent. More detail will follow in next weeks News Flash CONGRATULATIONS: *Antheia Rae for her acceptance to Central Saint Martin’s College *Kamran Ahmad for his Conditional Acceptance At Edinburgh (U.K.) and Bristol University!

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From the Guidance Office:
DATE January 20, 2009 High School Guidance Office 11:25 am - 12:05 pm January 24, 2009 LT, AMR, ES Gym 8:00 am – 1:00 pm February 2, 2009 Fine Arts Theater 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ACTIVITY

Oxbridge summer academic programs presentation SAT College Night for Parents

Dear Parents: This week your son/daughter received their results from the PSAT they took in October. These results contain a great deal of valuable information that I hope you will take the time to read. I have found, however, that questions do arise, so I will try to anticipate them with this letter. If you study the enclosed score report and this letter, your questions should be answered. The PSAT is a good practice test to help prepare for the SAT I, but colleges do not use the PSAT for admissions purposes. The PSAT is actually designed for juniors; however, we also give it for practice to tenth graders. The only results that count toward the National Merit competition are those from the junior year. Now, take a look at the Score Report sheet. Add a 0 to each score, critical reading, mathematics, and writing. For example, a 50 critical reading and 62 mathematics, and 55 writing on the PSAT equate to a 500 critical reading and 620 mathematics, and a 550 writing on the SAT I that combine for a total of 1670. Often there is as much as a hundred point increase between the PSAT and the first SAT I at the end of the junior year. I suggest that students plan to take the SAT I two or three times. To truly utilize the value of the PSAT I encourage all students to take their test booklets and review the questions they answered incorrectly. The “Improve Your Skills” section gives you a personalized analysis of your areas of weakness as well as specific suggestions for how to improve. Because your high school student took the PSAT/NMSQT, she/he has FREE access to My College QuickStart™, a free online personalized planning kit based on their test results. Students are able to take the next steps towards college with these unique features. The information and answers your child provided when they took the test are incorporated into this useful tool, and it presents their data back to them in four main parts: • My Online Score Report- an enhanced score report that allows students to review each test question, the student’s answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations. • My SAT Study Plan- a customized SAT study plan based on student PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice. • My College Matches- A starter list of colleges based on the student’s state and indicated choice of major. • My Major and Career Matches- Major and career matches that are compatible with the student’s general interests and personality type. Access is available using the access code printed on the student’s paper score report, and the tool can be utilized throughout high school. Using My College QuickStart together with your child is a great way to introduce and guide your child through important aspects of the college-going process. Visit www.collegeboard.com\quickstart. The most important thing to remember is not to place too much emphasis on any one test. Colleges consider more than one means of measurement when a student applies. Rigor of high school program and grades are the most important part of your record but scores, recommendations and activities are also important. If you have questions after reading the information contained in the Score Report, please feel free to ask your counselor. Sincerely, HS Guidance 1/9/2009 Page2 of 4

PRE-IASAS and IASAS Trips: All varsity team members for (Rugby/Touch/Swimming/Tennis/Golf/Basketball) must hand in their passports to ATAC office by Thursday this week please to ensure all documentation requirements can be checked prior to ticketing for the upcoming trips. Please hand in your passport to Joan/Triz or Mr. Pekin thanks. 2nd Season IASAS Send off: On Wed Jan 28th the IASAS 2nd season lunch hosted by Bearcat Parents will be held in 1057 immediately following the HS IASAS send of assembly. Please go to the lunch as soon as assembly is finished. THIMUN trip: All THIMUN delegates please submit your passport to ATAC office by this Thursday at the latest thanks. Our THIMUN delegation depart January 23rd/24th UPCOMING DATES: IASAS GOLF EXCHANGE – Bangkok Jan 15-18 IASAS RUGBY EXCHANGE – Taipei Jan 16-18 2nd Season IASAS – Feb 4-8 Rugby/Touch - SAS Swimming/Tennis – ISB Basketball – TAS

Housing: Pre- IASAS Tennis/Swimming: We still need housing for 14 visitors for this event. If you have not turned in your housing slip please do so asap so this can be finalized.

From the CLINIC:
TIME TO SIGN UP FOR TYPHOID VACCINATIONS Date February 11th 2009 Price (Php) Typherix – typhoid vaccine 795

This vaccination should be renewed every 3 years and is recommended for people who travel to endemic areas (including many areas of the Philippines) and also for the following target individuals: • food handlers such as dietary personnel, cooks, waiters, servers, dieticians, nutritionists • microbiology lab technicians • persons with intimate exposure to a documented S. Typhi. carrier or patient. If you would like more information or you wish to sign up to receive the above vaccine, please contact the clinic on the number/email below or call in to pick up a registration form (next to the elementary canteen). Only people with a valid ISM ID may participate in this program. PAYMENT FOR THESE VACCINATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE CASHIER DEPARTMENT BY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 30TH JANUARY. VACCINES WILL THEN BE ORDERED AND NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Clinic direct number: 840 8580 Email: clinic@ismanila.org Many thanks, Debbie Duckworth ISM Clinic Administrator duckworthd@ismanila.org

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From the Fine Arts Office:

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