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Kozak Korner #18. December 17, 2021



Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It has been a wonderful week full of smiles, music, holiday spirit, and the joy that only comes before a school holiday. I think that everyone is ready for a nice break. We sincerely hope that everyone is safe during this holiday season wherever you might be or go. 

I want to express my gratitude to our entire KIS community for making the first part of our school year a success. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful students, parents, and teachers. I have been amazed to watch, time and time again, how people step up and show up during challenging times. Thank you so much for your patience and support.

On behalf of KIS, I want to wish you all a wonderful winter break and happy holidays! I hope that 2022 brings us all good health, happiness, and joy. We hope that it will also bring us more opportunities to be together!



Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

20 December - 7 January - Winter Break

Covid-19 Updates

  • 100% of staff are vaccinated.
  • Following new vaccination guidelines from Ministry of Health for schools.
  • Placing CO2 monitors in all classrooms as spaces.
  • Most of the vendors that come to the school campus are vaccinated; the ones who are not, go through PRC tests at KIS nurse's office and only after getting negative result are admitted to students. 
  • Students and Staff take rapid antigen test before competitions with other schools. 
  • Air purifiers, sensor water stations and hand sanitizers are easily accessible for students and staff to use. 
  • No confirmed Covid-19 cases at KIS this week!


Ms. Sheryl Hinsvark - Middle School Science

Hello KIS Community,

I am so happy to be re-joining the QSI Family.  I had the wonderful experience of teaching with QSI for 9 years. It was a wonderful and rewarding time in my teaching career. Much of my experience with QSI was as a Middle School Science teacher.   With posting from Thailand to China, Papa Hungary and Albania.  It was truly an amazing experience.

For the last few years I have lived in the Middle East, teaching in Kuwait and most recently in Egypt with my daughter, who interestingly, is a QSI graduate.  While the experience was rewarding and rich in culture, it pales in comparison to the QSI community and family.

I am so excited to be coming “home” to QSI.  I am fortunate to have some very dear friends currently teaching at KIS, which makes the move even more rewarding.  I have heard wonderful comments about the KIS community and Kyiv and am grateful for the opportunity to experience it first hand.

Mrs. Caitlin Eyvas - Secondary Math

Hello KIS!

My name is Caitlin Eyvaz, and my husband, Erkan, and I are very excited to be moving to Kyiv with our daughters!  Our girls are Alice (6) and Ela (2).  I have been living in the States for the past few years, but before that, I lived and worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and France.  While in Turkmenistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, I was teaching for QSI.  Our little family is very happy to return to the QSI family.  Along with traveling and teaching, I love to learn languages and get outside.  Our family wishes everyone happy holidays, and we are looking forward to making new friends in the KIS community.  I also can't wait to meet my new students.  See you after the winter break! 



Mr. Gale Stubbs - Middle School Math (11 y.o.'s)


We're happy to welcome back Mr. Gale Stubbs! He's been with QSI for 18 years and 4 great years with KIS.

Mr. Stubbs taught different Math levels in Middle School and it is wonderful to have him back on campus as our teacher again! 


 Parent Korner

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Sports and Activities 

Kozak Nation (Middle School and Secondary)

We were delighted by a K30 holiday performance of "Jingle Bell Rock" by our Kozak Cheer Team!  


Huge thanks to the Middle School Band and Choir for bring holiday cheer to our community on Thursday and Friday this week!  


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Learning Stories & Highlights


School Days in Preschool

Classes with homeroom teachers, specials, crafts, recess and more.

P.S. Children grow so fast. We know! That's why we've decided to post more photos of our preschool group. Enjoy!

Intensive English

Inspired by Kindness…

Teacher: Oksana Melnyk

It is a holiday season… Magic is in the air.

We were discussing themes, character traits, and the vivid spectrum of feelings imbedded in a 2 min video. That discussion took us to the next level: What is the difference between sympathy and empathy? We spoke kindness… And that is how the idea of our next creative piece of writing was born.

Based on the themes raised in the video and the list of nouns presented, the students were asked to communicate kindness, hope, and faith through their writing. Moreover, prove that the nouns they were introduced to are more than a part of speech, more than just words…

The work is still in progress… Ideas are blazing around.

Cannot wait to see the final result!

Believe in miracles…

Happy Holidays, everyone!


AP Psychology Class: The Brain

Teacher: Jacques Kaufmann 

This year our AP psychology group engaged in a new activity that happened around the world following an initiative from a peer in the US, our lab assistants worked at an amazing speed to get the materials ready for this, and the activity turned out to be a very successful one.

Students teamed up to recreate the human brain using Styrofoam heads, play dough, tooth picks, and some paper and markers.

The plan was to model the brain parts including its glands, and students were really excited about doing this, and they definitely learned a lot while they were working, of course the make-up session at the end was inevitable, and everyone had fun doing it, we even had some guest students helping.


Exercise and Cellular Respiration

Teacher: Dr. Sunitha Nagaraj

Cellular respiration is a chemical reaction that occurs in our cells to create energy: when we are exercising, our muscle cells are creating ATP (energy) to contract. Cellular respiration requires oxygen (this is why we breathe) and creates carbon dioxide (we breathe out).  

IB Biology students understood how exercise increased muscle activity and affects the rate of cellular respiration and thus energy production in our cells. The more carbon dioxide we breathe into the bromothymol blue solution, the faster it will change color to blue/yellow.  


HS Math Club

Teacher: Oksana Chemerys

Last Thursday, on December 9, our HS Math Club members participated in the second ASMA contest. 

Leo, Omkar, Shon, Iosif, Anna E., Yejee, Yegor R., Sasha F, Liza P and Maksym S.  worked very hard to solve difficult problems from different math topics. Everybody did good job! The winner of this contest in our club is Yejee! She solved 6 problems out of 7 correctly! Incredible! Leo is in the second place in this round! He solved 5 problems out of 7 correctly!

Leo's cumulative score in two rounds is 10 (thehighest in the club for now ). Yejee's  cumulative score in two rounds is 9 (second place in our club ), and Omkar got the third place in our club with a cumulative score of 7. Way to go, Mathathletes!



Real Talk With Emmett

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School Announcements

Dear IWCK Friends,

To keep the Bazaar spirit alive and continuing last year's successful basket sale, we have the pleasure of launching our basket competition auction as part of our fundraising program again. 

If you want to buy traditional products, pay attention to our open page, where there will be a post about selling a basket, from which country and starting price. 

Please put your bid in the comments of the original post only. 

The bid is closed after 2 working days from the original day of posting. If you are the winner, we will contact you with further details on payment and how to get the basket.

All proceeds will go to "CARITAS' project: a center for single mothers with children and for women victims of domestic violence.  Please follow and share this link to start making a difference!


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Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we added Classifieds section to our Connect Page on the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .

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