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Kozak Korner #35. June 03, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

It is hard to believe that June is already here. We have two weeks remaining of school and our graduation ceremony will be this next weekend. 

I hope that many of you were able to join the student-led conferences on Friday to discuss the progress of your children throughout the year. I have always enjoyed the format of these conferences and the opportunity for students to reflect on their learning and growth.

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to complete the re-enrollment process in their family profile with the school. We are now taking this information and beginning to make plans for next school year.

We are scheduled to moving forward, anyone who would like to re-enroll or apply at KIS will need to complete a new application at Open Apply We have shifted all of our application and student enrollment information to this platform. You may also contact with any questions you may have.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

June 12th - Graduation 

June 15th - Community Coffee Chat: 2022-23 School Year (Leadership Team)

June 17th - Last Day of School

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  Learning Stories & Highlights


Persuasive Writing Letters to a Scientist

Teacher: John R. Durham

One of the literacy units in the 10-year-old curriculum is about non-fiction persuasive texts. During this unit, the students read many persuasive texts and wrote many persuasive paragraphs, essays, and letters.

After reading a non-fiction article about Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and the work being done to save these amazing creatures from extinction, my students wrote the head scientist to persuade her and her team to continue working hard. They asked her to keep working hard to learn more about the Tree Kangaroos so that they can save them from becoming extinct. The scientists need to learn more about what they eat, where they live, and how they reproduce so that generations to come will be able to enjoy these amazing animals.

After receiving many letters from the students in 10-JD, Lisa Debek wrote back to the students. She was aware that we were dealing with Covid-19 and the Russian conflict. She urged us to stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. Then, she ensured us that she would, along with her local team in Papua New Guinea, work hard to learn more about these elusive animals and how to keep them from going extinct. Finally, she encouraged us, persuaded us, to tell everyone about the Tree Kangaroos and to get involved at your schools and in your communities, because Tree Kangaroos are fighting a tough battle against illegal hunting, deforestation, and loss of habitat.


Middle School

13 yo Cultural Studies

Teacher: Patrick Notue

This week, the 13 yo started working on their research project. The goal of these research projects is to give students the opportunity to dive in to what they are passionate about, while still accomplishing educational goals.

Students will draw inspiration from the units studied this year; do research; and give free rein to their imagination. Different options have been discussed and are being worked on. But already, the result looks exciting. Here are some firsts (pictures below) of future achievements of our talented students.


Punnett Squares in Biology

Secondary students Sagnika Nayak and Illia Khaddadian explored genotypes in biology by constructing a sexta-hybrid cross (shown here in this table). 

A Punnett square is a graphical representation of the possible genotypes of an offspring arising from a particular cross or breeding event. Creating a Punnett square requires knowledge of the genetic composition of the parents. The various possible combinations of their gametes are encapsulated in a tabular format.

Here is what Sagnika had to say about their accomplishment:

“Constructing the hybrid was a difficult but rewarding journey. We divided the work and collaborated as equal partners to create the most accurate and colorful hybrid possible. With 6 alleles to work with, our hybrid had 4096 cells and 64 color categories. We completed the hybrid in a week by being consistent and meticulous. The pattern and algorithms made this project satisfying and relaxing to work on. After crossing a myriad of genotypes, we were able to master and truly understand the Punnett square. From a mono-hybrid right up to a sexta-hybrid cross. We are extremely proud to present our finished product and hope to complete another, more difficult hybrid in the near future."

Secondary Academic Awards

Class of 2022 University Acceptances

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School Wide

KIS Global Reading Challenge

Many thanks to the members of the Kozak community who participated in the Reading Challenge. We know that events this school year distracted us from pursuits like this. Participation was not as strong after February, but we wanted to recognize the students, parents, and administrators who accepted the challenge. We hope you enjoyed your book(s), and we hope this challenge inspires people to explore the wonders of reading, especially titles from faraway places in the world. Especially now, during these difficult times, it is important we learn to understand and appreciate people from different cultures.

Some people participated by reading at least 1 title from 1 region, including Scott Legan (KIS administrator), Richard Bishop (KIS parent), Gyulane Benkocs (KIS parent), Ümütai Arndt (KIS middle school student), and María Gastón Betrán (KIS parent). Thank you for participating in the challenge!

Elementary student Henry Toscano-Edwards and Elementary Counselor Pamm Ohlinger each read 2 titles from 2 world regions.

Learning Support Coordinator Mackenzie Peters and elementary student Ilias Arndt each read 6 titles from 4 different world regions.

We are happy to announce that elementary students Alena Miller and Safia Miller each read 17 titles, at least 1 from each of the world regions, completing our Reading Challenge around the world!

Thanks again to all who participated in the challenge. We hope you enjoy a summer filled with reading great books from around the world.

  School Announcements

YEARBOOK 2022 coming to KIS digitally in June! 

First page of the PDF file: PosterforZooPatrulKyiv
First page of the PDF file: Postersmall_Semeniuk
First page of the PDF file: KISBusDriver_postersmall

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 .

  School Calendar

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2021-22_Final
First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23