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Kozak Korner #36. June 15, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

This will be my final Director's message for the school year. It has been a year like no other and I sincerely regret that we are ending the school year this way. We are deeply saddened by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the continued needless violence and aggression. We hope this will come to an end soon and those in a position of leadership will look for a peaceful solution.

This past weekend, we had our graduation ceremony for the class of 2022! It was a special ceremony and you will see the instead of our normal black and red caps and gowns, this year's graduates wore blue and yellow. We are very proud of these students and wish them the best in the future. We are sure they will do great things!

As you will see in this newsletter, we are saying goodbye (or see you later) to many of our teachers and staff. They are moving on to many different places and positions. We wish them the best and want to thank them for all the hard work, dedication, care, and commitment to students throughout this school year and over many years.

We also have many students and families who will be moving to new schools and places. I just want to thank you for being a part of KIS. I hope you have found a home in our school and community. We also hope that one day you will be able to return to our amazing school. Thank you for staying with us, for being a part of KIS, and for all the good times and memories.

If you would like to keep up with what is happening at KIS, please find our newsletter, each week, on our website. If you are looking to be included in all communications, just contact the school.

Our hopes are set on the future of Ukraine, and we imagine a day when we can return to what we once were...and more.

For those of you who will be returning to KIS next school year, we look forward to a new year and ideally with refreshed possibilities. We will continue to communicate with you during the summer.

Слава Україні!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

June 17th - Last Day of School

Returning Resources to KIS

We know that it will be difficult to return student textbooks and resources this year, but we would like to try. Below are some options of how you could return some resources:

  1. If you are currently at the locations of another QSI school, you can return them to that school.
  2. If you are in Kyiv and would like to return things, please email - there are a team of staff who could meet you to collect these items.
  3. If you plan to return to Kyiv one day, please just hold onto these resources and they can be returned at a later time.

Thank you for your help with this!

Frequently Asked Questions

  Important Information and Considerations

  Parent Korner

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  Graduation Class of 2022

This past weekend our KOZAKS Class of 2022 had their graduation ceremony in Bratislava. We could not be more proud of their bravery and their spirit, and we'd like to wish them the best and the brightest future that they could only choose for themselves! Like we say: "Once a Kozak - always a Kozak!"

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  Learning Stories & Highlights

Middle School


Teacher: Gregory Davis

After such an academic year, it seemed fitting to wrap things up with humor, thoughts, reflections, and musings about the world at large. And so, it’s that time of year again for POETRY , invariably one of the most creative parts of the year, with less structure and more play. One student put it best when they said, “ is doing more, with less [words]”. Here Here:


Middle School

Fractured Self-Portraits in Literature-12

Teacher: Sarah Herndon

This year, our Literature Unit on Theme included a story called "What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?" by Avi in which a young boy named Willie asks the adults in his life some tough questions. Their answers vary greatly, leaving Willie confused and dissatisfied. After all, the answer to the cure for unhappiness could make a big difference in how we live our lives and the choices we make. 

For us, the question, and the story, came the week after Russia invaded Ukraine, when we had just resumed school and were still checking in on each other, watching friends log off quickly to run down to the bomb shelters while we anxiously waited for them to return, logging in from airports and the homes of friends and family members, holding younger siblings and cousins on our laps, and hugging each other through our screens, looking for connection, joy and hope. 

Though Willie only receives vague answers, our 12s worked to answer that question for themselves. From the chance to walk their dog outside in the fresh air, to seeing the spring flowers blooming, eating Nutella with a spoon, listening to their favorite albums, going to the beach, seeing family in their home country, or even joining in the local celebrations, my students looked for new ways to find joy in themselves and the world around them. They found that, though our class is separated from one side of the world to the other, we are held together by bonds that no bomb can ever break. 

Inspired by the David Hockney "joiner" images that illustrate the story, the students created Fractured Self-Portraits that highlight the beauty in our imperfections, both as individuals and as a class, and the fact that though we are separated, we are not broken.

  Yearbook 2021 - 2022

  Dear Kozak Families! 

 Please enjoy our digital yearbook: 

There are also videos embedded in some pages, which you will see if you move   the mouse over the screen.

We would like to thank Issuu for supporting us and our yearbook this year. 


  Departing Staff

Dear Campus Community,

This year has probably been one the most challenging in our school's history. And yet we made it! Our students, our staff did an incredible job and we're endlessly grateful for each individual who made decision to be with KIS despite any circumstances. 

What next academic year brings us, we don't know. But what we know for sure is that KIS has a profound privilege to serve its community and ensure the rich learning experience for its students. 

Saying that, we are at the point where we have to say "goodbye" to many of our staff members, who will continue their path with other schools in 2022 - 23 academic year. 

We'd like to wish them all the best and we know they're going to miss KIS a lot. We can't thank them enough for the years of service and devotion that they have put in our school.   


Mr. Scott Legan

Titles: Secondary Director of Instruction

Ms. Cheri Carpenter

Titles: PreK & Elementary Director of Instruction

Mr. Scott Carpenter

Titles: Library / Online Resource Coordinator

Ms. Randi Assenova

Titles: IB Program Coordinator

Ms. Pamm Ohlinger

Titles: Elementary Counselor

Ms. Mackenzie Peters

Titles: Learning Support Coordinator

Ms. Katryna Klymenchuk

Titles: Elementary Activities Coordinator

Ms. Katarina Legan

Titles: 5 YO Teacher

Mr. Anthony Martinez

Titles: Secondary Literature Teacher

Mr. Gale Stubbs

Titles: MS Math Teacher

Mr. Wesley Buck

Titles: 8 YO Teacher

Ms. Donna Buck

Titles: 4-PreK Teacher

Mr. Jacques Kaufmann

Titles: Science and AP Program Teacher

Dr. Sunitha Nagaraj

Titles: AP & IB Science Teacher

Mr. David Murff

Titles: MS Mathematics Teacher

Ms. Shanna Griffus

Titles: Secondary Art Teacher

Ms. Whitney Mallory

Titles: MS Literature Teacher

Mr. Michael Beins

Titles: Secondary Literature Teacher

Ms. Brooke Foster

Titles: 7 YO Teacher

Mr. Chris Foster

Titles: 10 YO Teacher


Mr. Ray Ohlinger

Titles: 9 YO Teacher

Mr. Gregory Davis

Titles: MS Literature Teacher

Ms. Sarah Carr

Titles: Secondary Literature Teacher

Mr. Scott Record

Titles: Secondary Science Teacher

Ms. Carol Record

Titles: 6 YO Teacher

Ms. Paula Walker

Titles: 5 YO Teacher

Ms. Gabriela Thompson

Titles: 6 YO Teacher

Mr. John Durham

Titles: 10 YO Teacher

Ms. Natalie Taranec

Titles: MS Science Teacher

Ms. Kelly Remick

Titles: MS Science Teacher

Mr. Todd Remick

Titles: Secondary Cultural Studies Teacher

Mr. Mike Herndon

Titles: Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Sarah Herndon

Titles: MS Literature / MS Cultural Studies Teacher

Ms. Cindy Farwell

Titles: 7 YO Teacher

Ms. Sandra Hansen

Titles: 6 YO Teacher

Ms. Cynthia Bateman

Titles: 9 YO Teacher

Mr. Paul Bateman

Titles: MS Math Teacher

Ms. Amy Smith

Titles: 5 YO Teacher

Ms. Galina Sheridan

Titles: MS English Teacher

Ms. Alla Syutkina

Titles: Intensive English Teacher

Mr. Denys Yaremenko

Titles: Technology Teacher

Ms. Diana Kuprieieva

Titles: Substitute Teacher

Mr. Andriy Hryschenko

Titles: Substitute Teacher

Mr. Cord Peters

Titles: German Teacher

Ms. Olga Petryna

Titles: Spanish Teacher

  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 .

  School Calendar

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