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Kozak Korner #23. February 11, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

Unfortunately, the tension and situation on Ukraine's border has not improved and the pressure for people to leave Ukraine has increased. QSI has given the directive to our school to also heed these instructions and recommends that we shift to online learning to allow for all staff to find a safe place to be for the next two weeks.  We hope that with one week of online learning and the February break time, the situation will provide more clarity and tension will ease.

Shifting to Online Learning - Monday - Friday (February 14-18) 
We will be moving this next week to FULL ONLINE LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Full Online Program with Bell Schedule: 8:10-3:35  (Kyiv time zone) For this next week, we will stay with our regular school schedule on Kyiv time. We hope this will be a temporary shift, so we don't want to add any additional complications to class time and access. Everyone is accustomed to shifting back and forth between on campus and online, so we don't want to make any changes.

Missing a Day For Relocation
Some students and teachers may miss a day for relocation. We will ask them to contact parents directly to inform them. Please also notify your teacher or the office concerning any missed days. We are planning to be very flexible this week, so we appreciate your patience.

Campus is Closed to Students
We will be closing the campus to students this next week but have informed our security guards that some students/families may come and pick up any items from the campus.

Reassessing our Options
As we near the end of the two-week time, we will be meeting to reassess our options. We will be communicating with the community along the way to also help you as families know what to expect. We fully understand the complications connected to each individual family trying to best understand what they should do moving forward and how to stay connected with the KIS community, educational program, and support system.

KIS has always prided itself in service to the community, and it brings us great sorrow that we need to move in this direction. Though we strongly feel the need to make this temporary shift, we truly hope that it will be temporary, and that following the February break, we will be able to reopen our school campus again.





Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Upcoming Events


16 February - Virtual seminars with Talley Sjoberg-Varney on "Mental health in challenging times" (see the poster in the announcements section)

21 - 25 February - School Break

8 March - International Women's Day - NO SCHOOL

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: 4 staff and 7 students. 


 Parent Korner

 LOE Korner

LOE External Exams:

Spring is coming and soon, we will take external exams for international certificates in French (DELF), Spanish (DELE) and German (Goethe). Every year, several students participate in these sessions and demonstrate very good results.   

They will not affect your grades for LOE class, but this is an extra practice of your level test taken at the end of the school year, AP or IB exams. This is a great opportunity to communicate with other students of your age learning this subject at different schools. Finally, you will obtain a document proving your mastery, recognized around the world and needed for studies and work in countries where these 3 languages are spoken.  

We have the same standards, and QSI LOE courses are aligned to the international scale of foreign languages: 

A1 – Elementary Intermediate I/II, Secondary I (the first year of the program), 

A2 – Elementary Advanced I/II, Secondary II, 

B1 – Secondary III/IV, IB Language B Year 1, 

B2 – IB Language B Year 2, AP. 

Please, discuss everything with your LOE teacher before making the final decision. If you don’t have LOE on your schedule, we will still be happy to help you with your level choice. 

DELF Prim – May 2022 

For students from 7 to 12 y.o. speaking French, the Alliance Française organizes a special test, called DELF Prim. Only two levels are offered: A1 and A2. 

If you are interested, please, contact the French Institute in Ukraine: / 044.482.23.71. You should get registered individually from 14-18 February (the next week!).  

The exams will take place in May: 12th – A1, 13th – A2 (listening, reading, writing – in group, with all the Covid restrictions) and 14-31 May (speaking - individually).  

Bonne chance! 

 Kozak Nation

 KIS Cares

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!




Students as Teachers

Teacher: Amy Mims

9AM has been working towards increased independence, creativity and exploration.  This has led to some collaboration and creative projects.  To earn an A in our Geography unit students were tasked with creating their own countries and demonstrating their map skills with a focus on physical features.  We then headed into the Makerspace and this teacher got to use the laser cutter to cut bigger versions of their countries, helping me with my own Professional Inquiry Goal.  Students then got to work adding mountains, volcanos, rivers, and more to show their knowledge.  Hot glue guns, craft knives, big scissors, saws and drills were used expertly and without incident demonstrating that kids are capable of more than we think they are, if we just give them a chance.



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Middle School

Creating Ancient Roman Aqueducts 

Teachers: Daniel Burke and Helen Kasian

This past week, Mr. Burke's 12-year-old Cultural Studies class teamed up with Ms. Helen, our AWESOME Middle School Art teacher and designed Ancient Roman aqueducts. The students worked in two groups to construct and create their waterway systems. The class also had an in-depth discussion and reflection on the impact of bringing fresh water to the city of Rome,  how the water was used for bathing, irrigation, drinking, and public fountains. The students used marbles as water, to see if the slopes of their pipeline would adequately deliver water. Both groups were successful and did a fantastic job engineering and recreating this marvel of the Ancient world.


"On With The Show"

Teacher: Leanne Hume

This year's 46 fearless Kozactors are deep into the process of collaboratively creating a show. It is a student written and student designed theatrical production.  A show guaranteed to leave the audience (if it all works out and we are able to have an audience) tapping their toes and rolling in the aisles.

"ON WITH THE SHOW" is a show within a show, it's an AWARDS show, gone wrong. 

A fast paced, hilarious, wonderfully absurd romp! 

From start to finish it is jam packed with drama, music, dancing, sketch comedy and way more glitter than any one stage can handle. 

Students are working hard to be ready for a spring premiere. We are hopeful this show will be open to KIS students and parents of the cast. (covid permitting)  

Our Kozactors are proof that, where there is a will there is a way. These resilient artists will adapt, rejig, re imagine and rework their incredible original needed...until they can share it with YOU...the KIS community! 

Keep your eyes peeled for more information regarding this incredible student endeavor.  

There really is no-business-like-show-business!


MS’er Fedote G. Wins the Mario Kart Open

Teacher: Bob Hume

Photos courtesy of KIS On Film (Ollie Hume) & Kyiv International School Official (YT Channel)

After nine days of intense competition between MS and Secondary Kozaks, Fedote G. was crowned the over all champion of the inaugural Mario Kart Open tournament.

Fedote earned a place in the finals against the odds-makers’ favorite, Sec IV Nick C.

There were many questions asked about how MS’ers would fare against older, more experienced players, and Fedote’s win has definitely and emphatically answered any critics. There was never a shortage of competition, particularly in the later rounds when the groups began to blend and face each other directly.

By Thursday’s winner-take-all finale, both finalists had burned through three earlier matches with relative ease, each earning decisive, four-win, 60-point finishes in their Round 1 matches, and dominating convincingly in Round 2.

Nick finished first overall and Fedote was in second place heading into the Semis.

In that round, the format of play switched up slightly, with ‘machine’ / AI opponents and items removed from the track, Instead, each semi featured four human racers going head-to-head against only each other.

Jan W., Adi D., Bogdan S. and Josh F. competed hard, but came up just short of the positions they would have needed to advance to the finals.

Zach P. and Grant F., both of whom finished second in their semi-final face-offs, battled for third and fourth respectively, with Zach coming out on top to take third, and Grant owning fourth place.

Despite losing Emmett (who relocated to the US after Wednesday’s matches) and Sasha (who first-leveled out of action, also on Wednesday), the Media I team was able to wrap up the competition a day earlier than planned.

Overall, the Mario Kart Open was an unqualified success, with organizers expressing major gratitude to everyone who supported the effort. Most notably, that means the KIS Advisory Board, whose Student Initiative Grant underwrote the impressive prize package, and the KIS Admin team for making it possible to run back-to-back matches over the shared K30 / Lunch breaks in both MS and Secondary.

Additionally, the team of student broadcasters (Vicky, Max, Ollie, Dasha) were augmented by half a dozen volunteer staffers: Ms Geary, Mr. Davis, Ms. Hume, Ms. Kasian, and Mr. Stevenson.

School Announcements



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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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