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Kozak Korner #36. May 19, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It was so lovely to see the many Vyshyvankas on Thursday. Thank you for wearing and sharing some Ukrainian pride! 

🔗 Yearly School Climate Survey

Each year, near the end of the school year, KIS does a survey for families to give some feedback to the school. This is a larger survey that takes some time, but your feedback can be extremely valuable for school improvement.

🔗 Summer Camp Survey

This is a very short survey to see if there are any families interested in participating in a summer camp for students this year. If there is enough interest, we will try to coordinate something. We would like to collect the results by next week and will make a decision by then. 

I admit that I feel like all I do is send you surveys these days. I promise these are some of the last.

Enjoy your weekend!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

02 June - Student Led Conferences (no school)
04 June - KIS Secondary IV Graduation (in Bratislava)
10 June - School Picnic / 30 Years Anniversary Celebration
21 June - Last day of school 

On Campus / Online Learning 2023-2024

We hope all our returning students will be able to attend classes on campus next year.  If your family believes that online learning is the best option for you, please reach out to Ms. Geary at to discuss what this might look like next year.  

KIS Information 2023-2024

School Calendars


IE Summer Program

First page of the PDF file: IESummerProgramFlyer

Join PTO

First page of the PDF file: Parent-TeacherOrganizationflyer

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


Coordinator's Message

Dear Preschool Parents and Students,

As weather getting better day by day we are trying to spend more time playing and learning outdoor.

Preschoolers are at a stage in their lives where they are learning and developing at a rapid pace, and outdoor play can have a significant impact on their growth and development. In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever for preschoolers to have the opportunity to play and explore in the great outdoors.

Outdoor play is crucial for the growth and development of preschoolers. It provides them with opportunities to improve their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills and enjoy the natural world around them.

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

Summer Break Countdown: 23 School days left. Mark your calendar, the last day of school, June 21, will be a half day.

MAP Reports: Our spring cycle of MAP testing has wrapped up. MAP testing is one way that we measure the academic growth of our students over the past year. Reports will soon be available on the Parent Moodle site – if you do not see your child’s report posted before May 26th, please email the office. The second page of the report includes a guide to help you read and understand the report. If you have questions about the contents of your child’s report, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Student Led Conferences are scheduled for June 2nd. You have just a few days left to fill this out: SLC Preferences (complete by May 22). If we don’t hear from you, we’ll set an online appointment time on your behalf. Parents and students (11yo and up) will receive more detailed information about their SLC appointment next week from the office.

As always, feel free to reach out anytime with questions or concerns. 

Elementary Office:
Middle School Office:

Best regards,

Mrs. Carla Grossman



Carla Grossman
Director of Instruction

School Day Schedule


DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary

IB Film Festival
Today we celebrated the completion of IB film for the KIS IB 2023 film cohort with a school wide film festival of their work. The challenges of production, with the students and teacher all in different countries and time zones, were numerous – but with creativity and perseverance, these film students have created an amazing production: It’s Not Locked

Classes for 2023-2024
I will work with all returning students in June on their class schedules for next year. We will offer a broad range of classes to ensure students complete their graduation requirements and are engaged, interested and challenged academically.

Incoming Secondary III students will have the option of joining the IB Cohort 2025. You can learn more about this program here:

Students will also have an opportunity to take AP Courses both in person at KIS and online with our QSI Virtual School. You can learn more about this program:

Summer School for Secondary Students
Students can get ahead or make up missing units with courses delivered by Quality Virtual School. You can learn more about course offerings and fees here:

MAP Testing
MAP results will be available on your Family Moodle Account on May 26th. For more information about MAP testing:

Student Led Conferences
Students are working on their presentations during Morning Mindset.

Families! You should have received an email regarding the graduation itinerary. If not, please contact

Deadlines to know about!
Senior Deadlines:

  • May 19th – Previous units completed
  • May 26th – All units completed

Everyone else:

  • 12th of June – work submitted for previous units
  • 16th of June – work submitted for current units
  • 19th-20th of June teachers will work with students on revision of any components of the last unit which they didn’t master by the 16th. If students do not need to do any revision for the final unit, they will have the opportunity to upgrade.




Rachel Geary
Director of Instruction


School Day Schedule

Sec IV Graduation 

First page of the PDF file: CommunityCoffeeChats

University Acceptances Class of 2023 


  • California Lutheran University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • High Point University
  • Hofstra University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Princeton University
  • Seattle University
  • South Dakota Mines
  • Susquehanna University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California Davis
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Fransisco


  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan


  • Durham University
  • Goldsmiths - University of London
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Queens Mary University of London
  • Regents University London
  • University of Essex
  • University of Kent
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Manchester
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of the West of England
  • University of York


  • EICAR – The International Film & Television School Paris


  • University of Amsterdam
  • Urtecht University


  • Saint Louis University Madrid


  • Webster University Geneva


  • Koç University


Counselors' Blog


The sun is bright and warm as you walk to school on a crisp spring day. The trees have blossomed and you smell their fragrance. Then you half-heartedly walk inside the school to your locker, greet your friends, and find your way to homeroom. Maybe you can see the playground outside your classroom window. When the windows are open maybe you can hear the sound of other classes enjoying their recess or P.E.

You want to be finished. You long to go outside and relax. Maybe you have friends that are already out of school. I want to encourage you to push through all of these feelings and finish strong even though you might be tempted to not try as hard or stay focused.

Here are some tips to help you finish this school year strong:

1. Focus on your attitude – Don’t forget the tremendous opportunity that you have to learn and grow during these last few weeks.

2. Set goals - Perhaps if you work harder during study hall and free time, you will have more time to spend outside in the evenings.

3. Take advantage of nice weather - If you do have homework, set up a table outside where you can work and enjoy the weather, or find a cozy outdoor corner to do all of your reading.

4. Remember what you have worked for – You have worked so hard through four quintiles…. don’t allow these last few weeks to ruin all of the hard work that you’ve already put in.

5. Take a time out - It’s o.k. to take a few minute and play, regroup, reset your mind before returning to your studies.

6. Take care of yourself – Continue to make healthy eating choices, get enough rest, and live a life that balances work, play, and rest.

7. Focus on the finish line – It can be helpful to count down the days until the end as long as it motivates you to work hard, knowing that the end is in sight.

8. Have fun – Experience all of the fun end of the year activities from field day to celebrations to end of the year dances and awards.

If you follow these tips you will finish the school year strong and be proud of all of your growth and accomplishments!


Click to download the article in pdf

KIS STUCO Presents


The KIS STUCO presents the following activities you can participate in to help support Ukraine. When completing one of the activities from the list, make an Instagram post or story as evidence. Make sure you tag @kissecstuco so we can see your participation. We will then donate the raised funds to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

List of Activities:

  • Make Ukrainian Food - 100 UAH
  • Create a collage of memories from Ukraine - 200 UAH
  • Create Ukraine-inspired artwork - 200 UAH
  • Take a picture with Ukrainian Flag - 50 UAH
  • Sing Ukrainian Song - 200 UAH
  • Post a fun fact about Ukraine - 50 UAH
  • Post photos/memories from Ukraine - 50 UAH
  • Dress up in blue and yellow - 200 UAH
  • Take a picture with Ukrainian colors - 100 UAH
  • Recommend a Ukrainian song - 50 UAH
  • Take a picture in a vyshyvanka - 100 UAH
  • Share your favorite place to visit in Ukraine - 200 UAH


Click to download the flyer


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


Passion Project Fun in 9AM

Passion Project Fun in 9AM

Teacher: Lyudmila Stetskova

Passion project is always the activity that students in 9AM are looking forward to. Yasya and Polina are the girls who are passionate about both crafting and cats.

This Thursday the girls were working on their “kitty’s” project. They came in wearing kitty’s ears and worked on creating kitty claws to go with the ears.

The girls worked very hard on their project and they have been creative at the same time. This cat claws, the girls have made crab claws as well!

Click to Read about Passion Project Fun in 9AM
13 yo Life Science

13 yo Life Science class: Upcycling…more than recycling

Teacher: Sheri Hinsvark

In our recent unit in Life Science, 13 yr old students were studying the environmental impact humans have on the environment. Along with the concept of reducing our use of various materials and recycling, students took a look at Upcycling. Upcycling means taking something that is not recycled or it can be intended to be recycled but constructing or reusing it to create something new and practical or esthetically pleasing. They did an amazing job!

Oskar’s cardboard sculpture: Yes, that’s made with cardboard!

Click to Read about 13 yo Life Science
Secondary Cultural Studies 

Secondary Cultural Studies 

 Teacher: Kyle Mims

Over the past few weeks, Secondary students have been diligently working in their Cultural Studies classes, highlighting their commitment to education and the pursuit of knowledge. Despite some challenges posed by remote learning, many students have successfully completed various units and engaged in meaningful activities across multiple cultural studies subjects. 

In the Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography class, our dedicated students have successfully covered all essential units 

Click to Read about Secondary Cultural Studies 

Vyshyvanka Day 2023





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