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Kozak Korner #22. January 27, 2023

Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

KIS is planning to move into Phase II of our plan to have students back on campus. This message is to inform the entire community of these next steps. The KIS office will begin reaching out to interested families to confirm attendance and communicate details.

Community Center
The idea for phase II is to provide the space and opportunity for willing students, teachers, and parents to be on campus.

First Day
Our first scheduled day for students is Wednesday, February 8th. We hope a soft opening before the February break will also give us the opportunity to work out any issues we may have.

Daily Schedule
School will follow the same bell schedule (9:00-3:30) that is in place, so that our online and on-campus students and teachers will be connected at the same time.

Flexible Approach
We understand that some individuals may be in situations that make daily attendance challenging. We are fully prepared to be as flexible as possible to support students wherever they might be.

Staffing in Kyiv at KIS
Currently, we are having those who are in Kyiv and willing come support the operation of this phase. We will use Monday and Tuesday, February 6th-7th for staff meetings and preparation. There are several new procedures that will need to be practiced and assessed. 

This means that several of our teachers will still be online and connecting with students who will be together on campus and still working online. 

Emergency Preparedness and Communication
KIS takes the security and safety of everyone very seriously. We want to make sure that we are ready and improving in all areas of safety possible.

We will begin confirming with families their attendance and sending out further information concerning these first days. 

Thank you for your support!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

3 February - CEESA Virtual Speech and Debate Contest

8 February - First Day of On-campus Learning for Students

20 - 24 February - February Break

Phases to Reopening Campus

School Calendar 2023 - 24

First page of the PDF file: KISCalendar2023-24


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If you are a new parent at KIS, feel free to join KIS Moms & Dads group on Facebook to stay connected.  



 DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

I have counted twice, and unless I am mistaken, we have arrived at the halfway point in the school year! Time has a peculiar way of moving both quickly and so … so ... slowly, doesn’t it?

During the school year, mileposts such as the January Conferences help us adjust and improve in our quest to help students reach their year-end learning goals. The student feedback part of our conferences was hopefully the beginning of a conversation that will continue throughout the year. Open conversations between students and teachers are the key to success! Parents are encouraged to write to teachers anytime – if you are unsure of who to contact, you can always write to the office for assistance.

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule

 Passion Project Showcase

Zlata - The Amazing World of Pets
Zlata - The Amazing World of Pets

Zlata likes to draw cats, dogs and rabbits. She learns new information about different pets and shares her own experience how to take care about animals and love them. 

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Ms. Nataliya Rudenko

  • 7 & 8 YO Projects
Bogdan - Airplanes
Bogdan - Airplanes

Bogdan's Passion Project is about airplanes. He was curious how airplanes fly and after choosing the topic, he decided to dive deeper into this topic and found out lots of new information. Also, during this time he has been working in Canva and he has improved his designing skills. He learnt new stuff, for example, about the way animals fly in airplanes. He would like to design his own airplane.

Status of Project: Done
Mentor: Mrs. Viktoriia

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Anna - Drawing People
Anna - Drawing People

I'm learning to draw people a bit more professionally. I really love my passion project! I have been watching videos and tutorials but most of my pictures came from my mind. I want to become an artist or a designer when I grow up.

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Ms. Anna

  • 9 & 10 YO Projects
Anhelina - Writing a Book
Anhelina - Writing a Book

My passion project is writing a book. I chose this, because I like to imagine stories in head and I always wanted to share them.  This book is about three kids and an amzing adventure that happened to them. I hope that this book will be great and I will try to show every single thing that they felt. Hope that you enjoyed reading short description about it. Right now I am working on chapter five.

Status of Project: In Progress
Mentor: Mrs. Dana Horbunova

  • 12 & 13 YO Projects


 DI's Message

What’s going on in Secondary?

The Student Feedback Conferences have been very meaningful. The students crafted thoughtful and considerate feedback, provided us with suggestions to improve our practices, given us new ideas to consider and discussed what they appreciate in our classrooms. We truly believe that student advocacy is an essential skill, and I am pleased with our first effort to facilitate a feedback process was successful.

We are looking forward to seeing some of our secondary students on campus in February. It will be nice to have our beautiful facilities being used.

Next Friday, we have a team participating in the CEESA Virtual Speech and Debate contest – we wish them the best of luck!




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

NHS Volunteer Project

Our KIS NHS Chapter has initiated a volunteer project with The Atlantic School, a Ukrainian school that offers classes in English. Our students are facilitating (virtually) a debate club, a cinema club, a homework club and an arts club for this school. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to work with others and help students in Ukraine improve their English skills in a fun and engaging manner. All KIS secondary students are invited to join this initiative if they are interested and should reach out to NHS president Omkar Nayak for more information:


CAS Book Club

Read a good book on the topic of issues of global assistance or  global significance? Please share your review with us! How to do it? It's very simple, just use this FORM


  This Is Us: Educator Profile

Alla Mironenko
Titles: Teacher Assistant

Why am I teaching: It is very simple. I LOVE kids. Teacher spends the bigger part of the day with students. It is great to be a big part of their lives and see them grow and explore the world together.

Favourite Quote: "You can not go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."

Favourite thing about KIS: I like that our school is international. I love people I am working with ( I mean the whole community).

International Day of Education
The International Day of Education

Teacher: Dana Horbunova

Education is a human right, a public good, and a public responsibility. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education in peace and development. 

On that day, my German Intermediate I class also celebrated this special day. First, the students shared in German their thoughts on the importance of "Tag der Bildung" (Day of Education). 

Click to Read about International Day of Education
Practice of Giving Feedback in a Constructive Manner
Practice of Giving Feedback in a Constructive Manner

Teacher: Amy Mims

In preparation for conferences this Friday, the 9 year old’s have spent some time discussing advocacy and practiced giving feedback in a constructive manner. Students analyzed short video clips of people giving and receiving feedback before jumping into the SeeSaw activity aimed at better preparing them to speak up about what it is that will help them learn better and improve their overall learning experience.

Click to Read about Practice of Giving Feedback in a Constructive Manner
Secondary Study: Government and Economics
Secondary Study: Government and Economics
World  History and Geography 
Human Geography
Global Studies

Teacher: Kyle Mims

As students returned to school this year, they are finding new and innovative ways to learn. Microsoft Teams is providing a platform for students to engage with their classes in a variety of ways, including whiteboard activities. This is especially beneficial for classes such as Government and Economics, where students can collaborate on projects and presentations with ease. In World History, students are engaging with the classic World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

Click to Read about Secondary Study: Government and Economics
NHS Volunteer Project
NHS Volunteer Project

Our National Honor Society has launched an after-school English Club with The Atlantic School in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Here a volunteer has enjoyed making dreamcatchers with the students from that school.  This program is supported by our teachers from KIS.  

Click to Read about NHS Volunteer Project


Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we have Classifieds section on the Connect Page of 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