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Ceremony
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MIDDLE SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL
ISSUE # 35
SY 2013 2014
WEEK OF:
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Friday Bulletin
Inside this issue:
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Treasury Department
6 Athletcs & Actvites
ISM Upcoming Events
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2 Admissions & Advancement
Superintendents Ofce
MAY
MAY 19 TO 23
Events & Actvites:
19 - 23 MS Tour & Talk
23 MS Party
29 Advocatng for Change
30 Grade 8 Dinner Dance
3 Grade 8 Moving On
Rehearsals

Dear Parents:

This week the Grade 4 Tour and Talk takes place as part of our transi-
ton program from Elementary School to Middle School. Serving as
ambassadors, some of our grade 5 students will take the grade 4 stu-
dents around campus, visit classes and share tps and insights about
life in Middle School. Were excited to see our grade 5 students as-
suming these leadership roles and hope the grade 4 students leave
excited about their upcoming move.

In the classroom, our grade 8 students are busily preparing for one of
their major end-of-year actvites, Advocatng for Change. This project
involves the students in honing their research, writng and presenta-
ton skills as they tackle global issues. Their work will culminate in a
summit-type meetng where they share their research and opinions on
Thursday, May 29. Parents of grade 8 students are ofen invited to
atend these hearings so keep an eye out for upcoming announce-
ments. We hope youll be able to join us and support your child.

Our end-of-year Middle School party, Bearcat Idol, will take place on
May 23 not May 16 as published in the calendar. Informaton will be
coming out soon and this party is ofen the most antcipated one of
the year. We hope your child will join in the fun.

Please be informed that PowerSchool will be closed startng Friday,
May 23 in order for teachers to write report card comments. Pow-
erSchool will reopen on June 6 so that second semester reports can be
viewed. Report card distributon will begin on June 11.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours in Educaton,

Simon Gillespie Clarissa Sayson
Middle School Principal Middle School Assistant Principal

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Returning for school year 20142015?
Dear Parents,

Please take a moment to review the re-enrollment procedure for your child to atend classes on August 7,
2014.

STEP 1 - Online Re-enrollment must be completed by May 22.

Afer May 22nd you will not have access to POWERSCHOOL and this may re-
sult in a delay for your child to atend classes on the frst day of school for
school year 2014-2015.

Please follow this link for the detailed step-by-step guide and required forms for students entering Grade 1,
6 and 9. To access the Parent Portal and PowerSchool, please download the PDF instructons here.

The forms should be completed and submited to the appropriate ofces at any tme prior to the start of
school in the Fall. We encourage you do start this process NOW to avoid long lines.

For informaton regarding your POWERSCHOOL access informaton please contact the school in which your
child is currently enrolled.

For informaton regarding our Health Clinic Clearance procedures, please contact the Clinic
at clinic@ismanila.org.

For informaton regarding billing or tuiton and fees, please contact our Treasury department
at villar@ismanila.org (for billing) and esguerrae@ismanila.org or felipen@ismanila.org (for tuiton and
fees).

May we request that if you are NOT RETURNING that you send the Admissions Ofce your of-
cial WITHDRAWAL NOTIFICATION FORM immediately as this will help us to clear student account(s) in a
tmely manner. We request one form per child.

Please note: Parents who fail to notfy the school by Friday, 9th May that their children are leaving ISM
will forfeit US$1,000 from each Facilites Upgrade Deposit.

We appreciate your assistance with this procedure as we have many anxious families awaitng word regard-
ing spaces for their children for school year 2014-2015.

Sincerely,
Stephanie H. Hagedorn
Director of Admissions & Advancement

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Re-enrollment: SY14-15 Returning Students Medical Update

Dear Parents:

As you may know, for a number of years we have had required medical check-ups for students at diferent stages
in their school lives: G1; G5; G9. In recogniton of the increasing concern about heart health, especially in conjunc-
ton with physical exercise in a tropical climate, we shall be introducing a mandatory Electro-Cardiogram (ECG)
test for older students.

Sudden Cardiac Death in Adolescents, especially during sportng actvity, is a recognized syndrome and well over
100 children a year die of this in the USA. Medical advice is that it makes sense to test only students who are 12
years old and beyond. In light of this, we shall now have two thresholds for medical examinatons instead of the
present three. These will be in Grade 1 and Grade 6. At Grade 1, there will be a physical examinaton performed
by a duly accredited doctor as is the case at present. At Grade 6, there will be a similar physical examinaton but
with the added component of an ECG. All new students between G1 and G5 will have a physical examinaton; all
new students from G6 onward will have a physical examinaton and the ECG.

In order to "grandfather out" our present cohort of students, please note:
Incoming G6 students will have an ECG, but will not need a physical examinaton, since this was done when
they entered G5
Incoming G9 students will have the full medical examinaton and an ECG.
Incoming G7 and G8 will have the full medical examinaton and an ECG when they enter G9.
We shall contnue to encourage very strongly all athletes partcipatng in Varsity sports to take an ECG.

Over the course of the next years, this will mean that all ISM students from G6 onwards will have had a basic heart
check-up. The ECG is not defnitve, and there is a more sophistcated check that the doctor will recommend if any-
thing in the ECG causes concern. The test itself is very reasonably priced and is readily available at St Lukes and
Makat Medical Center as well as other hospitals.

Please take a moment to review our re-enrollment tme-line and procedures for all students returning for school
year 2014-2015: RE-ENROLLMENT

I do understand that adding this requirement of an ECG may be seen as an additonal chore for parents and stu-
dents at the tme of re-enrollment, but if such a test saves even one life then it will be well worth the extra efort.

Sincerely,
David Toze
Superintendent
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MS/HS Bearcats for Street Soccer fundraiser is coming up soon.
See links for details on how to sign up here if you wish to enter a
MS or HS team htp://atac.ism-online.org/breaking-
newsupdates/

Gymnastcs team tryouts for next SY team are next Wed 21st and
Friday 23rd of May. If you want to try out to get a space on the
Bearcat team please register your name with Coach Ramon at
the gymnastcs area and make sure you turn up both days to
tryouts.

4th season practces contnue next week for HS Boys and Girls
Volleyball, HS Boys and Girls Soccer and HS Girls Basketball. If
you are interested in trying out for one of these teams next
school year, come along and join in. Grade 8s you are very wel-
come and encouraged to join these practces if you are planning
on trying out for teams next school year. Please come along and
meet the coaches. If you have questons talk to the following
coaches for informaton Boys and Girls Volleyball-Coach Atkin-
son and Coach Child, Boys Soccer- Coach Ayling, MacInnes, Girls
Soccer Coach Dodd and Girls Basketball Coach Juteau.

Well done to our ISM gymnasts who partcipated in our annual
Goodwill Gymnastcs meet last Saturday. It was a great day with
240 gymnasts entered this year. A summary of the individual
and team meet results for the ISM team has been posted to the
ATAC blog gymnastcs page. A big thanks to our coaches and to
Ms Teresa Kendrick and her team of gymnastcs parent volun-
teers who helped with the meet on Saturday.

May 10 our TaeKwondo team competed at the annual Interna-
tonal Schools tournament held at Everest Academy. Well done
to our team members and coaches, medal results are listed be-
low



ALL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS TAEKWONDO
CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVEREST ACADEMY MAY 10,2014

ISM Results:

GOLD
DIEGO LORENZANA GSB ADVANCE
ETHAN CARLO DAVID GSB NOVICE

SILVER
JULIANNE LAPUS GSG ADVANCE
JULIAN SIVAKUMAR GSG ADVANCE
PAVAN MOHAN GSB ADVANCE
LUE FANG GSB NOVICE
JASON VERMEIJ GSB NOVICE


BRONZE
KAI FELIX TAKETANI GSB NOVICE
SIVA KOTAMRAJU GSB NOVICE
ALEXANDER GALLO GSB NOVICE
DYLAN YAP GSB ADV
TOBIAS OKSTAD GSB ADV
JADENN SIVAKUMAR GSB ADV
IWEN GOALOU GSB ADV

May 17- ISM will host our annual Judo tournament at the MS
gym, this will be our fnal event of the year and is always a day
full of acton and Judo compettors from all over the Philippines
come together to test their skills.

Regards,
Mark Pekin
Director of Athletcs/ Actvites
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Dear Parents and Students!
The clinic is all set for next weeks fu vaccinaton day on Wednesday, May 21!
A nurse and a doctor from Sanof Pasteur will come and carry out the vaccinaton.
Please present your Infuenza Vaccinaton Consent Form and the cashiers receipt, and get your shot:
on Wednesday between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm on a frst come, frst served basis.
For any questons please contact Nurse Jowell (840 8582) or Dorothee Binsfeld (840 8581) or drop us an email at clin-
ic@ismanila.org
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