DRAGONS Bulletin: December 12, 2016

Posted on December 11th, 2016

D week

Can you believe it? We made it to the last week of Semester 1! It has been an extraordinary first semester at the middle school. Last week was a week full of collaboration and arts. HUGE thank you to every single one of you that made it a wonderful celebration of talent and achievement. Viewing the music performances, art walk, and Annie Jr., will remain a
highlight of my year!


None of it would have been possible without the leadership of Ms. Limkeman, Ms. Wilkins, Mr. Dingle, Ms. Sinitskaia, Ms. Henry, and Mr. Cour! Thank you for all the extra hours you put in to make it a successful Winter Arts Day.

Lockers:

I want to remind you of this announcement from last week...

Heads up- we will be conducting a random locker check in the next 2 weeks. If you have any items you don’t want thrown out (food), please get rid of them as soon as possible. We will throw away any food that we find.

Coming up this week:


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

D Day

A Day

MS Assembly hosted by the 8th grade


Color Group Spirit Day (dress in your color group clothes)

Grades are complete!

Half Day for Students


Last day before break! See you in 2017 :)



Friday’s Schedule:


Period 8

9:00- 9:35


Period 7

9:40 - 10:15


Period 6

10:20 - 10:55

Grade 8

Period 6

10:20 - 11:05

Grade 7

Period 6

10:20 - 11:15

Grade 6

Lunch

11:00 - 11:25

Grade 8

Lunch

11:10 - 11:35

Grade 7

Lunch

11:20 - 11:45

Grade 6

Period 5

11:50 - 12:25


DRAGONS Bulletin: December 5, 2016

Posted on December 4th, 2016

C week

Hello, Dragons! We have a big week coming up, please read carefully…


Lockers:
Heads up- we will be conducting a random locker check in the next 2 weeks. If you have any items you don’t want thrown out (food), please get rid of them as soon as possible. We will throw away any food that we find.

Cold Weather:

You may have now noticed how cold the hallways are during winter months. If you are feeling the cold, it is your responsibility to dress accordingly, in the appropriate uniform pieces. Girls, I highly suggest that you start to wear tights, if you haven’t already. You can also order a pair of khaki pants for casual day.

On formal Monday, please wear your vest, cardigan, and/or formal jacket to keep warm. You should not be wearing your grey KIS hoodie (this is not a part of the formal uniform).

Also, if you see a door open, help keep the school warm by closing it. The doors don’t automatically shut on their own, try to be conscious of closing them behind you. We appreciate the help!


Water stations:
Thank you to everyone that has transitioned to bring a water bottle to school. If you forget, you can buy water in the deli.

PSA (Public Service Announcement) on behalf of everyone at KIS: Do not put your mouth anywhere near the water dispensers to get water. Thank you!



Winter Arts Day:

B Day, December 8

Time

Period

Activity

Notes

8:25-8:55

KIS-Reads



9:00 - 9:55 AM

5

9:00-9:30 G7 Math Art Walk

9:30-9:55 G8 Math Art Walk


10:00 - 10:55

6

10:00 - 10:30 G7 Math Art Walk

10:30 - 10:55 G8 Math Art Walk


11:00 - 11:53

7

11:00 - 11:30 G6 Math Art Walk


12:00 - 1:00

Lunch

Advisory Lunch/Read Art blogs

G7 at lunch from 11:55-12:25

G6 and G8 at lunch from 12:30-12:55

1:00 - 1:55

8

1:00 - 1:30 G6 Math Art Walk

All Orchestra and G6 Choir students dismissed at 1:30

2:15- end of day

Concert

Orchestra and G6 Choir concert

Sit in advisory groups



C Day, December 9

Time

Period

Activity

Notes

9:00 - 9:55 AM

4

9:00-9:30 G6 Math Art Walk


10:00 - 10:55

3

10:00 - 10:30 G6 Math Art Walk


11:00 - 11:53

2



12:00 - 1:00

Lunch

Advisory Lunch/Vote for Artwork and blogs in advisory

G7 at lunch from 11:55-12:25

G6 and G8 at lunch from 12:30-12:55

1:00 - 1:55

1


All G6 Band and All G7/G8 Band/Choir students dismissed at 1:30

2:15- end of day

Concert

G6 Band and G7/G8 Band/Choir Concerts

Sit in advisory groups


Annie Jr.:



ANNIE JR

Thursday, Dec 8 and Friday, Dec 9

@ 8pm in the MS PAC


This show will be part of the Winter Arts Week at the middle school. ANNIE JR runs a little over an hour, and both performances are free!
We encourage everyone to arrive around 7:45pm to ensure you get a seat.

The cast and crew is ready to kick it up a notch! We hope to see everyone there!



STAR DRAGONS: November 28, 2016

Posted on December 4th, 2016


Congratulations to last weeks Star DRAGONS!


Alfred Yoon 6 Alfred was tasked with supporting two peers who were struggling in Math. He supported them so well that they both presented challenge problems in front of their peers in Math class. Both students have also improved on the most recent Math test as well. Alfred exemplifies serving others and I look forward to the positive changes he will affect on others.
Gisele Kim 8 Gisele serves others by bringing a positive attitude, inquisitiveness, and a fun sense of humor to each school day. She is a great collaborator in small group discussions and creates positions of leadership for herself. She participates well in all class discussions while using the connecting language.
Julie Kim 7 Kim Geunyoung (Julie), Emeralds.

Julie has worked hard in Set Design LC to prepare the set for the cast and crew of Annie Jr. She has volunteered to help with make-up on opening and closing night of the play.

Julie is also doing a great job in Drama class collaborating with her group and her class to create the class performance for the ES students.

Julie is collaborating well in Maker's Space on a regular basis with other students.


DRAGONS Bulletin: November 28, 2016

Posted on November 27th, 2016

A week
Good evening, Dragons! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I was delighted to see middle school students and staff supporting KIS at the first TedXKISJeju event. The event was a wonderful display of leadership, learning, and PASSION! Congratulations to all the people involved in the planning and execution, especially the members of our middle school family:
Mr. James Corton
Ms. Stacy Crook
Mr. Joe Proulx

Suco Update:

Winter Lost in Wonderland School Dance (January 20)

Are you interested in performing at the school dance in January? If so, please fill out the attached form by December 15th!

If you have any questions, please contact Doomin or Cellina.

Coming up:

Date

Event


Dec 3
What: KISAC swim meet
Where: BHA
When: Saturday December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm

Dec 8 and 9

Winter Arts Day

Annie Jr. Performance

Dec 14

8th Grade Assembly

Color Group Spirit Day

Dec 16

Half Day for students

Dec 19- Jan 8

Winter Break


I would like to end this week’s bulletin by reminding you that we only have 3 more weeks until winter break! The next three weeks will be full of assessments, performances, athletics, and closing activities. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this busy time. It’s important that you’re getting enough sleep, making to-do lists, prioritizing your time, eating well, and listening to your body. We are all here for you, if you find yourself struggling, talk to your advisor, a teacher, Ms. Martin, or any adult that you trust in the building. You can do this!

I watched an inspiring video tonight, and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Try to keep Soar in mind if you feel defeated or wanting to give up. Don’t let failure stop you from trying. Think about how you can persevere, like the two kids in this film. If you watched the short video, tell me what you think by clicking here! *Your response will be seen by everyone that submits a response.

See you tomorrow! :)

STAR DRAGONS: Week of Nov 21

Posted on November 24th, 2016

Bryan Park 7 Bryan has become very proactive in his learning. In Social Studies, Bryan went above and beyond expectations by asking to reflect on a class activity in his growth portfolio. In Makerspace, Bryan is taking control of his learning when requesting supplies and working incredibly hard on all of his projects.
David Jung 6 David has excelled the last couple weeks in Social Studies, using his work for the exemplary example in class. He has excelled in Math completing the hardest problem challenge of the year, and in STEM his ideas and process have been far ahead of his peers.
Kristy, Lee 8 Kristy "Navigates the present, and considers the future" by constantly showing effort in everything she does. By Kristy applying herself, she shows an awareness that actions today, will lead to success tomorrow. She shows this in her friendships, academics, and willingness to try new things. Congratulations, Kristy!


STAR DRAGONS: Week of Oct 26, 2016

Posted on November 20th, 2016


Peter Song
6 Peter acted very responsibly during the fall festival in organizing and running the white diamonds booth. He stayed to attend to the balloon game when it wasn't his shift and helped get more candy when the white group ran out. He has acted responsibly since the beginning of the school year in all of his classes as well. Peter acts responsible in all aspects of being a student at KIS!
Kitty, Jun 8 Kitty showed what it looks like to "Act Responsibly" by, among other things, attended fall conferences....even though unfortunately her parents could not attend. Kitty now only come to conferences, she took the time to sit down with each of her teachers, have a thoughtful conversation about her progress, and show she was serious about her progress as a student. Kitty also shows responsibility through seeking extra input from her teachers outside of class, and is a dedicated reader to help her language acquisition.
Lucia Park 7 Lucia is an exceptionally responsible student. She is noted for her ability to understand, and act responsibly. She understands that the things she is a part of are larger than she is, and acts accordingly. A specific example of this is in her Set Design Club, where she always checking to make sure she is meeting deadlines, and helping others towards theirs as well. She always shows initiative and follow through in her daily activities. She is a model of responsibility for other students.

Dragons Bulletin: November 21, 2016

Posted on November 20th, 2016

A week

Hello, awesome students! Congratulations to all of our athletes for an exciting weekend full of accomplishments. I hope you had some time to relax today, in between studying for Korean exams and/or doing homework. Thanks to Ms. Grayson, we had a wonderful performance on Friday. Ms. Karen Golden told interactive and fun stories to make us laugh and wonder. Don’t forget her request to all of you, which was to pass on her stories to others. Our stories can be our most precious gifts! I challenge each of you to tell 1 story to a teacher or staff member this week.

Korean Tests:

As most of you already know, Korean tests will be held this week during KIS- Reads and Advisory, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Testing will run from 8:25-9:10, meaning that the first block on those days will start about 15 minutes late, at 9:15. Students who do not take the exams will need to report to the library during both sessions.

Uniform Fun:

As we transition into winter uniforms, you may be wondering: why do we ask our students to dress up at all?

Mr. Limkeman recently shared a research study with me, which suggests that if you dress for success, you will actually perform better!

The example given is people wearing a white coat and being told that it was either:

  • a doctor's coat OR

  • a painter's coat

As you might imagine, the people who wore the "doctor's coat" performed better on the task at hand. Which suggests both that dressing for success is important AND it matters even more if you believe that you are dressing professionally!

Click here to discover the strange ways the clothes you wear affect the thoughts you think.

So, if you ever wondered why we have our students wear uniforms, maybe now you understand a little better.

Suco Update:

Winter Lost in Wonderland School Dance (January 20)

Are you interested in performing at the school dance in January? If so, please fill out the attached form by December 15th!

If you have any questions, please contact Doomin or Cellina.

Coming up:

Date

Event

Nov 21

Start of Season 2 Sports

November 22-23

Korean Exams. GOOD LUCK!

November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wishing our American KIS faculty and students a day full of love and gratitude.

November 26

TedxKISJeju Event

Dec 8 and 9

Winter Arts Day

Annie Jr. Performance

Dec 14

8th Grade Assembly

Color Group Spirit Day

Dec 16

Half Day for students

Dec 19- Jan 8

Winter Break



DRAGONS Bulletin: November 28, 2016

Posted on November 16th, 2016

A week
Good evening, Dragons! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I was delighted to see middle school students and staff supporting KIS at the first TedXKISJeju event. The event was a wonderful display of leadership, learning, and PASSION! Congratulations to all the people involved in the planning and execution, especially the members of our middle school family:
Mr. James Corton
Ms. Stacy Crook
Mr. Joe Proulx

Suco Update:

Winter Lost in Wonderland School Dance (January 20)

Are you interested in performing at the school dance in January? If so, please fill out the attached form by December 15th!

If you have any questions, please contact Doomin or Cellina.

Coming up:

Date

Event


Dec 3
What: KISAC swim meet
Where: BHA
When: Saturday December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm

Dec 8 and 9

Winter Arts Day

Annie Jr. Performance

Dec 14

8th Grade Assembly

Color Group Spirit Day

Dec 16

Half Day for students

Dec 19- Jan 8

Winter Break


I would like to end this week’s bulletin by reminding you that we only have 3 more weeks until winter break! The next three weeks will be full of assessments, performances, athletics, and closing activities. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this busy time. It’s important that you’re getting enough sleep, making to-do lists, prioritizing your time, eating well, and listening to your body. We are all here for you, if you find yourself struggling, talk to your advisor, a teacher, Ms. Martin, or any adult that you trust in the building. You can do this!

I watched an inspiring video tonight, and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Try to keep Soar in mind if you feel defeated or wanting to give up. Don’t let failure stop you from trying. Think about how you can persevere, like the two kids in this film. If you watched the short video, tell me what you think by clicking here! *Your response will be seen by everyone that submits a response.

See you tomorrow! :)

DRAGONS Bulletin: November 14, 2016

Posted on November 14th, 2016

D week

Another week, another bulletin! Please take a few minutes to read the items below. Do you want to get more involved outside of the classroom? If so, pay attention to the opportunities coming up!


Crewneck Confusion:

Last week I reminded students that the KIS polo needs to be worn under the navy blue crewneck sweatshirt. I think this surprised some people, and they didn’t think it was important. I want to bring it up again, because it is important. The KIS polo is an essential part of our uniform and needs to be worn on casual days. If you are cold and want to wear the crewneck over your polo, we are allowing that. But, you still need to be wearing your polo under. Come see me or your advisor, if you have questions. *Photo coming soon.


Season 1 Sports Celebration:

Season 1 athletes and coaches will be recognized on Monday morning during a MS assembly in the PAC. Signups for season 2 sports will be coming out Monday afternoon. On Friday, we invite all Season 1 athletes to wear their team shirt/jersey with jeans. All other students should be in their regular casual uniform.


Interested in robotics?

Registration for the KIS Robotics Team will start November 14th at 7:00pm. The first 18 students to register will be considered for the team. There is a 50,000 won fee for each student. A link will be sent to students for registration. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Corton, via email or in room 301. If you’re not so sure why to join, or what robotics is about, check out this video!

Coming up:

Date

Event

November 14

Season 1 Sports Assembly

Season 2 Sports sign-ups

Robotics Sign Up

November 15

G6 Field Trip to Nexon Computer Museum

November 18

Season 1 athletes can wear their sports jersey and jeans (pants). All other students should be in their regular casual uniform or DRAGONS t-shirt.

November 18-19

End of Season 1 Sports tournaments in the Tri-Schools

November 22-23

Korean Exams. GOOD LUCK!

November 26

TedxKISJeju Event





DRAGONS Bulletin: November 7, 2016

Posted on November 6th, 2016

C week

Hello, Dragons! Only a couple quick reminders and announcements from me this week. Hope you enjoyed the gorgeous fall-like weather this weekend!

Uniform Pieces:

I would like to share with you a list of “other" uniform pieces that are approved for casual day.

    • KIS grey hoodie zip up jacket

    • KIS navy blue crew neck sweatshirt
      • KIS polo needs to be worn under the sweatshirt
    • KIS navy blue dry fit athletic jacket

    • KIS letterman jacket

On formal days, there is no need for you to be wearing a sweatshirt/hoodie. If you are cold, come prepared wearing your formal vest, cardigan, or jacket.

Notes from StuCo:

StuCo is having our first Spirit Day of the year. Wednesday, November 9th is Twin's Day. Dress identical to someone in middle school or multiple people if you want to be a triplet or quadruplet. Make sure it is school appropriate and if you are not matching someone you will need to wear your KIS uniform.

English Speakers of the Week: All winners of this award please meet at 12:25 on Monday by the MS Office. We want to make sure we have your picture and get you a t-shirt that you earned for using the connecting language in school.


Coming up:

Date

Event

November 9
StuCo Twin Day

November 10

FINAL SWIM MEET FOR SEASON 1

Come cheer on our DRAGONS!

At BHA on Thursday November 10, from 4:30-6:00pm.

November 10/11

G8 Field Trip to Seoul

November 14

Season 1 Sports Assembly and also Season 2 Sports sign-ups

November 15

G6 Field Trip to Nexon Computer Museum

November 18-19

End of Season 1 Sports tournaments in the Tri-Schools


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