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Kozak Korner #22. February 04, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

This week has definitely tested our limits at KIS with our COVID response, staffing, and internet. So many teachers have made adjustments and willingly stepped in to help out where needed. Words cannot express how grateful I am for our team of teachers and staff who adapt and step up to make things work.  Right now, it feels like a COVID revolving door with many classes coming from and going into quarantine. We know how disruptive this can be, but we appreciate your support, as we are trying to keep things as operational as possible during this current wave. The numbers in Ukraine are very high right now. I would also like to thank several of our parents who offered to come and support the school with coverage when needed. This has been extremely helpful!

We also had some internet provider issues this week. Some of you may have experienced this disruption, as we have been trying to run a hybrid program. Please know that our teachers were doing everything they could to connect. We hope this was an isolated issue and shouldn't be a problem moving forward.

Even in the midst of a challenging week, good things continue to happen on campus, and we hope to keep our doors open as long as we can. We want to have as much face-to-face learning as possible and continue to provide a sense of community for everyone at KIS, no matter where they might be.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events

7 - 9 February - QSI Global University Week

11 February - HS Speech and Debate 

21 - 25 February - School 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. 
  • Confirmed Covid cases at KIS this week: 7 staff and 23 students. 


 Parent Korner

 Hybrid Learning

 Counselors Korner

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 Kozak Nation

The Secondary Boys Basketball team competed against AvanteGuard, a local club team and were victorious.  

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!




First page of the PDF file: KozakConnect2022


Project-Based Learning: Making Board Games
(West African Trade Empires)

Teacher: John R. Durham

Project-based learning is utilized throughout the 10yo curriculum. The 10yo students develop projects in mathematics, literacy, science, and cultural studies. Some of these projects are complete by individuals, while others are completed in small groups.

Essential Unit 3 (E03), in the cultural studies curriculum, was perfect for developing an original board game about the unit’s content. It contained a plethora of information about the different empires and cultures in the West African trade empires. It also provided information about the natural resources in the area such as gold, salt, and copper. Mansa Musa, one of the most interesting and influential leaders in the area, traveled thousands of miles to bring the Islamic religion to West Africa.

The students in 10-JD were asked to develop an original board game that incorporated as much of the facts and trivia as possible. The games also had to include TRADE, the major theme of the unit.

My students came up with some very unique board games that incorporated the facts and trivia. During some of the games, traders are asked to pay tariffs for traveling through another’s territory. Trading goods had to be an important part of each game. And, just as in real-life, some empires grew stronger, while others disappeared.

These projects fit in well with the school’s focus on 21st century skills: critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

I wish that everyone had the opportunity to play these unique and creative games, just as my students and me have been able to do.

Intensive English

Diving into Drama

Teacher: Olga Golitsyna

The students from Mrs. Golitsyna’s IE 9-10 y. o. Literacy class are currently exploring the wonderful world of drama, while working on their writing unit. They studied the elements of drama, enjoyed reading a variety of reader’s theater scripts, discussed the characters’ traits, and reflected on their impact on the plot. There were some great conversations on the role of mood and tone in drama. It was so impressive to see how our young writers used their imagination to create and present their short skits. The students are getting ready for the final project-crafting and presenting their own unique plays!

This is what our students think about studying drama:

A: It’s a first time for me to study drama…I am learning how to understand character’s feelings…

R: Studying drama is so much fun! It teaches you how to be in someone’s shoes…

E: Even though I am not really into drama, I like to practice new roles…try to show my character’s feelings…

Al: Drama helps you explain the main idea to the audience by acting…It is connected to real life…

M: You can see drama in a movie…If you want to be a good actor you need to practice more…

Middle School

In Teacher's Shoes

          Teacher: Galina Sheridan
   MS Literature/Writing/Drama

The 13-year-old students in my classes had a chance to put themselves in a teacher's shoes. They were teaching the literary elements of Setting and Mood in various genres including short stories, articles, a memoir, and poetry. With a provided list of teaching resources (activities and techniques) and my counsel on request, they prepared their own lesson plans and handout materials for the students based on one of the unit reading selections.

Here is some feedback on the experience: 

"Teaching requires you to be smart, strong, and quick-thinking. You need to consistently be ready for challenges to the main plan and beat them." 😉

"The lesson was not like anything I had ever experienced, I had power over an entire class and I had to do the impossible, I had to teach them something - more specifically, setting and mood. After I was done teaching, they seemed to sort of understand what I was trying to teach them, but I doubt they still remember anything." 😂

"After the teaching experience, I have a better understanding of how much work each teacher puts into their classes to make them interesting and fun, but still get the work done." 😅

"Teaching was a fun and challenging activity for me. It is a complete new experience. It also make me appreciate the work and patience teachers put in their lessons." 🙂


Home Away From Home

Teacher: Leanne Hume

As we head towards the fourth quintile, seniors are closing units, checking off boxes, and looking ahead. 

This week all Secondary fours were invited to come to the auditorium, get comfy and have senior photos taken. 

This year's yearbook theme is HOME so the students demonstrated just how at home they feel at KIS,  and how our school community is a home away from home for many.

Thank you to Olga for manning the lights and music. 

Thank you to all who make KIS a wonderful 2nd home for students and staff.

 Kozaks' Health

First page of the PDF file: AMC

What's Cooking with KFN!

Menu for the Week: February 7th - 11th

*Red Letters Menu – Default menu to be sent to the classroom during Covid Protocol

Contact KFN


School Announcements

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First page of the PDF file: Back-to-School1

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 .

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23