Grade 2MP

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Learning Mathematics

CISM follows the Common Core Standards in Mathematics.  A lesson check is given after identifying the objective for the day.  It comes in the form of a worksheet with six items about the previous lesson.  In Grade 2MP, children check their own papers using a colored pencil to provide immediate feedback on their work.  In case of mistakes, they copy the correct solutions and answers so they know how to solve them next time.




After the lesson check, a new concept is presented in class, followed by a seatwork.  This guided practice uses a combination of two or more of the following strategies:  (1)  manipulatives or actual objects, (2) games, (3) whiteboard/notebook, (4) paired/independent work.  This way, children are able to apply the knowledge and skill presented as well as have that opportunity to learn from their peers.




Finally, the children set off to work on their own.  The results reflect how well each one of them understands the lesson.  Those who need extra assistance either have one-on-one or small group sessions with the teacher.  Moreover, homework is provided after every lesson so parents have the opportunity to follow-up at home.





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Letters to Santa

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CISM follows the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.  The subject focuses on four main areas, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.  In Grade 2, the children have been practicing to express their ideas in writing.  They are encouraged to add as many details as they can to make their compositions more interesting.  Likewise, they are asked to keep writing until the given time is up in order to develop their writing endurance.











Since Christmas is just around the corner, the children were asked to write their individual letters to Santa.  They were asked to include three things that they would like to get this Christmas.  They were also encouraged to add reasons why they should receive a gift from him, or why they wanted to have a particular gift.  Read what they have to say and if you were Santa, would you be convinced to give them one of the gifts in their Christmas list?


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My Global Community






Learning about different cultures gives us a better understanding of people around us.  In Grade 2, Social Studies follows Project American Education Reaches Out (Project AERO) Standards and focuses on the theme “My Global Community.”  This quarter, children get to know one another even more by discovering a little bit about the geography, meeting and dining etiquette, and science and technology of each home country represented in class.  Moreover, they learn about the flag, traditional costume, festival and/or folktale.  One of their favorite activities is tasting a dessert or drink from the different countries.






Other activities include research work, role-playing, reflection-writing, singing or dancing, doing arts and crafts, and/or playing games.  These experiences help children see how different people are, and at the same time, realize how similar they can also be in terms of ideas and interests.  In addition, they get to know themselves more and feel proud to be citizens of their respective countries.




South Korea

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Preparing to Become Scientists and Engineers









What does it take to become a scientist or an engineer?  The Next Generation Science Standards (, which CISM adopts, aim to prepare children to become future scientists and engineers.  Apart from teaching essential concepts, the standards expose children to science and engineering skills so they can continue being curious about the world they live in, as well as become problem solvers and team players.








Grade 2 begins with  how a scientist learns – the skills, tools and method used, which are all important when performing investigations.  As children think about a question, they list down what they already know about it before making a prediction.  Then they set out to discover the answer themselves.  Whether they learn with a small group, a partner or individually, activities are designed to motivate them to take over their learning.  They are encouraged to share their ideas, listen to others, work together and reflect on what they have learned so far.  Moreover, they illustrate and write down their thoughts to help them remember and explain their discoveries later on.


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Welcome to Grade 2MP SY 2017-2018!

Welcome to CISM SY 2017-2018!  I hope you had a fantastic break with your families and are eager to work in partnership with the school to ensure that your child continues to develop into becoming a well-rounded individual.


I am Ms. Myles to the students, and I teach English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  I graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching in the Early Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2).  At the same school, I also took up Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated cum laude.  For 15 years, I have worked as a licensed teacher at different international and progressive schools in Metro Manila.  I am also a mother of three children ages 3, 5 and 6.


“BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF,” as William Faulkner said, is a goal that I would like to share with your children.  It is a daily journey of knowing, accepting and celebrating their uniqueness — both their strengths and weaknesses, and carrying on towards gaining self-confidence and self-improvement.  It is NOT about comparing themselves to others; thus becoming limited to what they THINK they cannot do, but about being motivated in giving their 100% in everything they do.


With this in mind, let us begin this academic year with much enthusiasm for a lot of fun learning!



  • School hours — 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — late start at 8:20 a.m.
  • Club day — dismissal at 3:30 p.m. (with the exception of a few clubs)
  • Early birds (7:00-7:25 a.m.) — waiting area at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH), with designated bag area on the first floor
  • Latecomers — late slip from Admissions Office
  • Dismissal — waiting area at the cafeteria



  • Tuesdays and Fridays — P.E. kit and extra shirt sent
  • Fridays — casual clothes (NO immodest style of clothes, expensive jewelry, make-up)



  • Labeled with child’s name
  • Water bottle – sent everyday
  • Hygiene kit — extra clothes, underwear, socks, small towel, comb/brush placed in a small box or bag to keep at school
  • Gadgets and toys — NOT ALLOWED unless required by a teacher for academic purposes



  • Student packet supplies — to keep at school
  • Notebooks — labeled and covered with clear plastic; returned on or before August 14



  • Healthy food and drinks
  • Medications and instructions – given directly to the school nurse



  • Thursdays



  • Given only when necessary (maximum of 20 minutes)



  • Homework notebook — signed and sent to school everyday
  • Curriculum: