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High School News

Thursday, September 8, 2016

High School Principal, David Redmond

Communicating about your Child’s Academic Progress

In the high school, we regularly report on student learning through frequent communication between teachers, students and parents. At the mid-point of each semester, we send a progress report (this year, progress reports will be sent on 30 September for the first semester and 24 March for the second semester). At the end of each semester, we send home a Semester Report, which is a final grade. These reports are sent to all students and parents.

In addition to the above, at the beginning of each semester teachers will send an email to the parents of students who are receiving or who are likely to receive a grade of “3” or below. We do this to inform students and parents of immediate or potential academic concerns at the outset of the term so that steps can be taken to intervene with measures for improvement. If you receive an email from a high school teacher about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact the teacher to inquire about means of supporting his or her learning while there is plenty of time remaining to improve performance. This email will be sent before tomorrow, 9 September 2016.

We also arrange meetings between students, parents and teachers on a regular basis. This year, we are shifting to a student-centered meeting, wherein the students will present their academic goals to their parents and teachers. This is an ideal time to meet with your child and to listen to him talk about his or her progress, aspirations, strategies and plans. The meetings are required for all ICS high school students and we encourage all parents to attend. An online appointment calendar will be made available at a later date.

STAND UP FOR READING at High School Assembly

September 8 marks International Literacy Day, and we at ICS celebrate the world of reading by sharing books with the High School students at our weekly high school assembly. This year, a number of teachers will present on books that they are reading, have recently read, or that have somehow marked their lives. We will also show a short film about one person’s rise from poverty to profession through the world of books. It is called “Bookmobile.” Check it out on YouTube or come and watch it with us tomorrow 9 September at high school Assembly at 8:00 AM in the upper commons.

IB diploma Extended Essay

We are pleased to report that all grade 12 candidates have submitted a detailed outline of and works cited page for their extended essay (EE). This is a significant achievement in its own right, and we would like to thank Ms. Heidi Zickefoose, IBDP Coordinator and Ms. Kim Tyo-Dickerson, Extended Essay Coordinator, as well as all the Extended Essay supervisors for their work to bring about such an outstanding success rate.

Grade 12 University Parent Night

Mark your calendars!  Thursday, 15 September is our grade 12 Parent University Night. The presentation will start at 6:00 PM in the upper commons and will focus on information regarding the United States and Canada only. Mr. Barekman, ICS Grade 11/12 College Counselor, will work with students and their parents individually for other countries, as North America seems to be by far the dominant destination for this class based on my initial survey. If there are smaller sub-groups such as the United Kingdom, Europe, etc. where a handful of students are applying Mr. Barekman will let you know when we can have those meetings. For more information please contact Mr. Barekman.

Grade 9 Parent Night

Parents of grade 9 students are invited to grade 9 Parent night on Tuesday 20 September at 7:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the high school and connect with other grade 9 parents. We encourage all parents to attend – to learn more about our programs, to meet us, and to meet one another. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Alicia Brown, grade 9/10 counselor.  

Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD)

This year, we have once again engaged the services of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools worldwide. ICS teachers and FCD Prevention Specialists have planned three days of workshops and a special information session for parents and students on Thursday 29 September at 7:00 PM. The FCD visit offers a perfect opportunity to discuss addiction prevention, alcohol and drug-related issues with your children. We are happy to work in partnership with parents to educate our students on this crucial issue. Please come out to this evening event with your child as we take these measures for the health of our community. FCD is here at school until Friday 30 September. Parents are invited to contact the Middle or High School Offices if you would like to arrange to visit with the team.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.