After the four-day break this semester, it will be warp-speed ahead, so to speak, for our students in Upper School, especially for our high school students who will be working on fulfilling the rest of the academic requirements for this semester, as well as, preparing for the final assessments in all their CORE and non-CORE subjects. These will be administered during the first week of December, 3-7th. This school year, no final written examinations will be given at the end of the first semester. Instead, alternative assessments will be done: varied types of portfolio submissions and oral presentations in English; Modern Languages; Social Sciences; investigatory projects in Math and Sciences; and practical assessments in the non-CORE subjects.
Making our students accustomed to non-written end-of-term assessments is a good way to prepare them for IBDP courses. Internal assessments (IAs) in IBDP subjects are often project-based or have an oral component, such as an oral presentation or interview.
We encourage our students to have a restful break so that when classes resume November 5th, they can focus on the workload ahead and satisfactorily meet all the requirements of each subject. We gently remind parents to support their children’s school work by making sure that the home environment is conducive to study, that their children’s health is consistently monitored to avoid risks that are health-related, and that their children’s social activities outside of school are supervised to make sure that Stephen Covey’s “First things first” habit is practiced.
We would like to remind all our parents and/or legal guardians that our Student-Parent Handbook for SY 2012-13 clearly defines the Attendance Guidelines of the school. Please make an effort to read this precious document (found inside the Resources section).
CISM does not support parents’ decisions to take the students for extended family vacations especially when the school calendar clearly differentiates the dates for holidays and those for classes. Absences incurred due to this reason (i.e. family vacation) and others detailed in the handbook are considered unexcused. As such, students cannot make up the school work they will miss on the dates they are absent from school.
For everybody’s guidance, please!
One of the most important celebrations in all international schools, including CISM, is United Nations Day, celebrated annually on October 24th. Today, we break bread by show casing these countries’ food delicacies:
Grade 9 – South Korea
Grade 10–United States of America
Grades 11 and 12 –Japan
Thank you to the CISM parents who graciously supported our high school students’ efforts at making this day memorable for all our students, staff and parents that came!
It’s been uploaded here! Just go into the Resources heading and access a pdf version of it. All school regulations, pertinent to your child’s school life at CISM for this school year, may be found in this comprehensive resource material.
Students, ignorance is no longer an excuse! To be forewarned is to be forearmed, as Mrs. V. always says.
Educational Testing Services (ETS) has approved CISM as one of its testing sites in the Philippines for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), held this year on October 17th, Wednesday.
Students from 10th -11th grades who have paid for the exam are taking it. Sound advice for all test-takers: Spend this weekend reviewing for the test. It might be in your best interest if you timed yourself while doing one of the practice tests for PSAT.
Get a good night’s rest Tuesday, eat a full breakfast on Wednesday before coming to school, bring the required IDs for the test, and be in school at least 30 minutes before the actual test starts.