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ISSUE # 5 SY 2013 –2014 MIDDLEMIDDLEMIDDLE SCHOOLSCHOOLSCHOOL Friday Bulletin Weekly Publication for Middle School
ISSUE # 5 SY 2013 –2014 MIDDLEMIDDLEMIDDLE SCHOOLSCHOOLSCHOOL Friday Bulletin Weekly Publication for Middle School
ISSUE # 5 SY 2013 –2014 MIDDLEMIDDLEMIDDLE SCHOOLSCHOOLSCHOOL Friday Bulletin Weekly Publication for Middle School
ISSUE # 5
SY 2013 –2014
MIDDLEMIDDLEMIDDLE SCHOOLSCHOOLSCHOOL
Friday Bulletin
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
WEEK OF:
SEPTEMBER 16 to 20
Inside this issue:
Dear Parents,
MAP Tests
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From September 16 - 20 we welcome two consultants from Freedom from Chemical
Dependency (FCD) Educational Services. FCD is a non-profit organization that pro-
vides substance abuse prevention education for schools and colleges in the United
States and around the world. For the duration of their stay, FCD presenters will meet
Service Learning
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with students, counselors, wellness teachers and administrators. We are also pleased
that the FCD consultants are previous visitors to ISM so they are familiar with the
school and community.
Guidance & Counseling
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Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:
Admissions & Advancement
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 Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to
implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention
Athletics & Activities
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 Educate students, parents, teachers, and school administrators on the physiologi-
cal and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs
Music & Drama
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 Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive,
chronic and often fatal disease
Academic Bowl
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 Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance
abuse and to intervene appropriately
 Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol
and other drug use
ISM Upcoming Events
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 Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs
during the growing years.
Powerschool Update:
A parent meeting on Thursday, September 19 starting at 7:45 A.M. in the Little Thea-
ter has been scheduled and all parents are invited to attend.
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Progress Reports Access
Looking ahead…Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing begins on September
23; please see the letter included in the bulletin. September Classroom Without Wall
(CWW) activities will take place on September 26 and 27. Grade 5 students will re-
Events & Activities:
main on campus and parent volunteers are needed to assist with the Amazing Race on
Thursday, September 26 from 7:30 – 10:30. If you would like to volunteer and sup-
SEPTEMBER
port students at a race checkpoint, please contact your child’s grade 5 Advisor.
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FCD
Have a fabulous weekend!
Yours in Education,
Simon Gillespie
Middle School Principal
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Parent Coffee
Clarissa Sayson
Middle School Assistant Principal
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Courtyard Event
CALLING FOR GRADE 5 PARENT VOLUNTEERS!
23-25
We are looking for volunteers to help us during the Grade 5 Classroom With-
MAP Testing
out Walls (CWW) activities. Be part of the Amazing Race! If you would like to
help, please email your child’s Grade 5 Advisor. Help us make it a wonderful
experience for your children!
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CWW
September 13, 2013 Dear Parents, From September 23 to October 18, ISM will conduct tests
September 13, 2013 Dear Parents, From September 23 to October 18, ISM will conduct tests
September 13, 2013 Dear Parents, From September 23 to October 18, ISM will conduct tests
September 13, 2013
Dear Parents,
From September 23 to October 18, ISM will conduct tests called Measures of Academic Progress TM (MAP).
What are MAP tests?
 MAP tests are an external assessment from the United States, used to assist in determining students’ instruction al 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 opportuni-
ty, 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 2013-14 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 ques-
tion 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 pro-
vides 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 enhanc-
ing, 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 cre-
ating 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 www.nwea.org. In
addition, parents can access the MAP Parent Toolkit at http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930/parent-toolkit.
Sincerely,
Simon Gillespie
Middle School Principal
Clarissa Sayson
Middle School Assistant Principal
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Sincerely, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal 2
Sincerely, Simon Gillespie Middle School Principal Clarissa Sayson Middle School Assistant Principal 2
Seven Ways Students Can Get Involved in Service Learning All of us have experienced the
Seven Ways Students Can Get Involved in Service Learning All of us have experienced the
Seven Ways Students Can Get Involved in Service Learning All of us have experienced the
Seven Ways Students Can Get Involved in Service Learning
All of us have experienced the ethical conflict that arises when a homeless child knocks on our car window
at an intersection. Adolescence is a time when many students start to grapple with their response to pov-
erty, climate change, and other issues facing our world. The problems seem so big, that sometimes stu-
dents feel helpless to affect change. That’s one way to look at it. The other way is to do something about
it! As the Dalai Lama said, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosqui-
to.”
The Middle School Service Learning Program offers students a diversity of opportunities to give to others
and help safeguard our environment. Here are seven ways that your child can get involved in service and
environmental projects:
1. Saturday Service
Beginning on October 12, eight different service oppor-
tunities will be offered on Saturdays. Some events in-
volve a trip to visit a service partner, such as La Mesa
Watershed and Chosen Children’s Village (CCV) near
Tagaytay. Other events involve hosting a local educa-
tion program, such as Love 2 Learn, on the ISM cam-
pus. Along with the joy of giving, students benefit by
interacting with children from different backgrounds
and getting to know the Philippines beyond Makati and
Taguig. See the inset Saturday Service Calendar and
discuss which trips interest them most. To participate,
students simply pick up a Permission Slip from the MS
Office on the Monday before the trip. Once it’s been
signed and returned to the office, a student can sign up
on the roster. Some trips fill up quickly so encourage
them to sign up early. And yes, parents are welcome
to attend!
SEMESTER 1
SATURDAY SERVICE DATES
10/19 Love 2 Learn
11/9
Habitat for Humanity
11/16 CRIBS / Papaya Academy
11/23 Chosen Children’s Village
11/30 La Mesa Watershed
12/7
Philippine Children’s Fund
12/14 Tzu Chi Foundation
CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS
9/26-27 (G5 teambuilding @ ISM)
2/10-14
2. Classroom Without Walls
For two days in late September and a week in February, students take part in our Classroom Without Walls
(CWW) program. Activities range from teambuilding activities to hands-on service projects. Some trips are
run from campus on a daily basis, while others involve an overnight trip. All of them offer rich opportunities
for experiential learning, bonding with classmates, and helping others. In some cases, students run fundrais-
ers and supply drives to support CWW service partners running up to their trips. For details about specific
CWW plans, contact your child’s Grade Level Coordinator.
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running up to their trips. For details about specific CWW plans, contact your child’s Grade Level
running up to their trips. For details about specific CWW plans, contact your child’s Grade Level
3. ECO Council ECO stands for Environmental and Community Outreach. This club is open to
3. ECO Council ECO stands for Environmental and Community Outreach. This club is open to
3. ECO Council ECO stands for Environmental and Community Outreach. This club is open to

3. ECO Council

ECO stands for Environmental and Community Outreach. This club is open to all MS students and meets regularly to plan and promote Saturday Service projects, special events ,such as, No Impact Week, and assist with community building activities around our campus. There are also smaller service clubs associated with

service partners, such as CCV. Students can see Mr. Willey or Mr. Cook to get involved.

4. M.Y.O. Service Trip

Students can make their own service trip. All they need is a teacher chaperone and a plan. Some Advisories create service projects together. Sports teams can get involved through events such as the Homeless World Cup. Of course, there are also a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in service activities through a parent’s employer, religious group, and out-of-school clubs.

5. Start a Family Tradition

Many ISM families have forged their own ties with service partners. Some students even celebrate their birthdays by visiting their favorite service partner site. It’s easy to arrange family visits. If you’d like assis- tance organizing a family visit, contact me at the email address provided below.

6. Random Acts of Kindness

Service is more than one-off events. There are lots of ways students can help others, and our planet, through their daily actions. Encourage students to practice “Random Acts of Kindness” such as writing a letter to a grandparent, conserving resources at home, inviting a new student to a sleepover, or reaching

out to students who need a friend. Studies have shown that such activities often benefit the giver even more than the receiver.

7. “Walk the Walk”

This is perhaps the greatest challenge of working with adolescents, whether you are a parent or an educa- tor. It’s also one of the most important. Share your own struggles with issues such as poverty, the environ-

ment, and inequality. Model empathy and compassion. Get involved in service projects that suit your own interests and concerns. Research shows that a respected adult role model is one of the most powerful in- structional tools.

International School Manila holds Service as one of its core values. Those of you who have been here for a while, know how integral service learning is to our commitment to educating the whole child. There are lots

of ways for students (and parents) to get involved. Encourage your child to pick activities they are inter-

ested in and try new things. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at willeyc@ismanila.org.

All the best, Cory Willey Student Advisory Coordinator

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questions, don’t hesitate to email me at willeyc@ismanila.org. All the best, Cory Willey Student Advisory Coordinator
don’t hesitate to email me at willeyc@ismanila.org. All the best, Cory Willey Student Advisory Coordinator 4
don’t hesitate to email me at willeyc@ismanila.org. All the best, Cory Willey Student Advisory Coordinator 4
IT Parent Workshop Parent Group Discussions Come to this hands-on workshop in our MS comput-
IT Parent Workshop Parent Group Discussions Come to this hands-on workshop in our MS comput-
IT Parent Workshop Parent Group Discussions Come to this hands-on workshop in our MS comput-
IT Parent Workshop
Parent Group Discussions
Come to this hands-on workshop in our MS comput-
er lab (Room 1039) immediately following the par-
ent coffee from 9:00 am – 10:00 am on Thursday,
September 19. These workshops are put on by our
IT integrators and are designed to help parents
better support their child at home.
This session will focus on:
 Review updated Parent Portal and teacher
blogs.
 Introduction to Google and how the applications
are being utilized by students. See you there!
The ES and MS counselors will facilitate
parent group discussions starting on
Sept. 24th and continue throughout the
semester. A key focus of the group will
be to highlight and discuss parent and
child related issues. If you are interested
please contact Ms. Perez in the ES Guid-
ance Office. We look forward to seeing
you there!
Marc St. Laurent
Middle School Counselor
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Perez in the ES Guid- ance Office. We look forward to seeing you there! Marc St.
Perez in the ES Guid- ance Office. We look forward to seeing you there! Marc St.
Dear Parents, Please be reminded that keeping your contact information updated is vital to facilitating
Dear Parents, Please be reminded that keeping your contact information updated is vital to facilitating
Dear Parents, Please be reminded that keeping your contact information updated is vital to facilitating
Dear Parents,
Please be reminded that keeping your contact information updated is vital to facilitating communication with the
school. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record, simply follow the steps below:
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the school. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record,
the school. If you would like to view/change any of the details on your current record,
The ISM XCountry teams raced at home last Fri- day for the second race of
The ISM XCountry teams raced at home last Fri- day for the second race of
The ISM XCountry teams raced at home last Fri- day for the second race of
The ISM XCountry teams raced at home last Fri- day for the second race of
The ISM XCountry teams raced at home last Fri-
day for the second race of the season at our twi-
light meet. It was a great event and many thanks
to the Bearcat Council students who helped with
the finish line and marshaling duties to ensure
smooth, well organized races were held. Race
results can be found here:
http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/1st-season/
cross-country-race-results/
Our Varsity Volleyball teams and XC team travels
overseas this weekend to Kuala Lumpur for the
Twin Towers volleyball exchange and the XC run-
ners are at Taipei for the TAS Tigers XC exchange.
Best of luck to our traveling teams in this im-
portant preparation for IASAS on October 9th.
IASAS Venues this year are Volleyball/XC at Jakar-
ta and Soccer is at Taipei.
The Pre IASAS Soccer Exchange Schedule for this
weekend is included please come out to support
our boys and girls varsity teams.

The first RIFA Soccer Festival for all ES teams, MS C teams (9 aside) and MS girls teams (7 aside) will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 14th. All up to date information about our ES/MS soc- cer teams and the RIFA festivals etc. can always be found here:

http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/1st-season/es-soccer-rifa-league-festivals/ and here for MS

http://atac.ism-online.org/atac/1st-season/ms-soccer-rifa-league-festivals/

Parents please note that all permission slips are issued to all players via the coaches at training pri- or to each festival with all festival details for our ES and MS teams.

The 1st season practice schedule which runs from August 19th to October 11th is posted on notice boards around school, and is also available on the ATAC blog (http://atac.ism-online.org/ schedules/hs/) .

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on notice boards around school, and is also available on the ATAC blog ( http://atac.ism -
notice boards around school, and is also available on the ATAC blog ( http://atac.ism - online.org/
New families please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help
New families please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help
New families please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help
New families please take some time to peruse the ATAC blog as this will help orientate you with
the wide variety of co-curricular programs ISM offers.
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 week’s happenings and highlight important events for student’s and
parent’s 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 power school secure site:
http://powerschool.ismanila.org/public/
You will need your power school user name and password to access the game schedule pdf.
The Bearcat Den is 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 any of our den members
during den opening hours or please contact Carolyn Ching for details at: car-
olynqching@yahoo.com. We are always looking for new volunteers and encourage parents from
ES/MS to join our group.
BEARCAT DEN information: http://atac.ism-online.org/bearcat-den/
Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats!
Regards,
Mark Pekin
Director of Athletics/Activities
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Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Regards, Mark Pekin Director of Athletics/Activities
Have a great year at the Home of the Bearcats! Regards, Mark Pekin Director of Athletics/Activities
Do you know lots of interesting facts and general knowledge? Are you fast on the
Do you know lots of interesting facts and general knowledge? Are you fast on the
Do you know lots of interesting facts and general knowledge? Are you fast on the
Do you know lots of interesting facts and general knowledge? Are
you fast on the buzzers? Do you like ‘Are you Smarter than a 5th
Grader’?
THEN COME TO…
Middle School Academic Bowl
TRYOUTS/Practices!!!
WHERE: Room P046 (Mrs. Birchenall’s classroom)
WHEN: Every Thursday 3 pm - 4.pm starting Thursday 12th September.
The successful students will represent ISM at the next Academic Bowl compe-
tition which is to be held here at ISM on Wednesday 6th
All Middle School students are very welcome to come to the tryout/practice
sessions.
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here at ISM on Wednesday 6th All Middle School students are very welcome to come to
here at ISM on Wednesday 6th All Middle School students are very welcome to come to
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! All girls interested in auditioning for the AMIS Honor Choir in February are
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! All girls interested in auditioning for the AMIS Honor Choir in February are
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! All girls interested in auditioning for the AMIS Honor Choir in February are
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! All girls interested in auditioning
for the AMIS Honor Choir in February are encouraged to attend an
optional information & practice session for auditions, the first half
of lunch time this Monday, Sept. 16, or Monday, Oct. 7. Details for
auditions are also posted on Ms. Hausman's blog.
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lunch time this Monday, Sept. 16, or Monday, Oct. 7. Details for auditions are also posted
lunch time this Monday, Sept. 16, or Monday, Oct. 7. Details for auditions are also posted
Opportunity for 7th & 8th Graders Interested in Theater Experience!!! ISTA (International Schools Theatre
Opportunity for 7th & 8th Graders Interested in Theater Experience!!! ISTA (International Schools Theatre
Opportunity for 7th & 8th Graders Interested in Theater Experience!!! ISTA (International Schools Theatre
Opportunity for 7th & 8th Graders Interested in Theater Experience!!!
ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) PRESENTS
Guangzhou Middle School Festival:
Chinese superheroes and landscapes -
from classical to modern
When: November 22 - November 24 2013 (not including travel days)
Where: Guangzhou, People's Republic of China (Check out the website for more details:
http://www.ista.co.uk/whats-on/festival/guangzhou-middle-school-festival/Group
Auditions will be held on Monday, September 23rd, and Wednesday, September 25th,
from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1149. Plan to attend ONE SESSION, where you will play
improv games and do acting exercises with individual components. Sign up with Ms. Grev
and Ms. Rankin, and pick up an audition form!
Thank You,
Ms. Carrie M. Grev
Theater & Music Educator
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Ms. Grev and Ms. Rankin, and pick up an audition form! Thank You, Ms. Carrie M.
Ms. Grev and Ms. Rankin, and pick up an audition form! Thank You, Ms. Carrie M.
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