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Kozak Korner #39. June 11, 2021

 

Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

It is hard to believe that this next week is our last full week of school! Students and teachers are beginning to wrap things up, finish units, celebrate success, and prepare for the end of the school year. 

Staff Vaccination
Thursday and Friday, we had over 200 employees vaccinated with Pfizer. These were some exciting days and a huge relief, as we have been working towards this for several weeks. We are very glad that we were finally able to organize this at the school for our staff and will continue to push to have access to vaccines for our community. 

Art Appreciation Week
This next week is also Art Appreciation Week! There is more information below concerning all the details. There will be art on display throughout the school, we will be live streaming our Elementary Concerts throughout the week and releasing several video projects. The Art Appreciation team also collected staff-created music to play throughout the week. The Arts at KIS encourage self-expression, creativity, and the sharing of ideas, culture, and emotions. They enrich our lives in so many ways, and so we look forward to celebrating and sharing the many forms of Art expressed at the school.

Special Graduation and New Staff Kozak Korner Issues|
We will be sharing out a couple special-edition Kozak Korners to highlight our 2021 graduates, as well as one to introduce the new staff who will be joining the KIS team.

There are only 7 more days of school, and we are hoping to make the most of them!

Sincerely, 


Luke Woodruff
Director
Kyiv International School

 

Parent Teacher Organization

First page of the PDF file: PTOboardelections

Upcoming Events

The community calendar highlights learning, co-curricular, student life, and campus wide events happening at Kyiv International School.  The calendar also lists International Days and National Holidays that are reflective of the diverse community at KIS.  View full calendar.

 

Middle & Secondary School Red/Black Day Schedule

 

Yearbooks 2020 - 2021

A limited number of yearbooks are available for sale through the business office. Contact rachel-geary@kyiv.qsi.org for more details.

The Arts @KIS

Elementary Concerts
KIS in a Day 2021

Join the entire KIS Community on the Kyiv International School Official YouTube channel for the World Premiere of this year's doc!

Created entirely by the Media I team (with an incredible amount of help and support from the KIS community!!!), KIS In A Day 2021: A Year Like No Other will premiere Friday, June 4 at 12:30.

While you're watching, keep your eyes peeled for a little added image of a custom KISMET Media hoodie. 

(It won't be big, and it won't be up there long.)

When you spot it, be the first to email robert-hume@kyiv.qsi.org with the exact time it appears in the video.

Whoever gets the most correct number (minutes:seconds) to Mr. Hume first will win a custom designed hoodie with their name on the front and the newly-redesigned KISMET Media Logo on the back.

Good luck and Have fun!!

See you there!!!

Kozaks Got Talent!
First page of the PDF file: KISVirtualTalentShow2021
Book Fair

One step ahead: become an excellent online English teacher

Dear partners and friends,

We here at Dinternal Education have some great news for you – our yearly Book Fair is coming soon!
 

Despite the pandemic this year, we feel that we ought to continue with our prevalent literary tradition. However, new challenges mean new solutions so, welcome an absolutely new Book Fair Outdoors Format! We put a lot of time and effort into keeping your spirit high during the summer holidays. We really hope you will enjoy it.
 

Please be sure that we here at Dinternal respect all safety precautions. This would, of course, involve all Dinternal staff observing social distancing rules and utilizing the appropriate safety practices (e.g., the use of hand sanitizer and PPE). In addition to this, to add a further assurance of safety, our staff would provide the results of a recent Covid test before entering the premises.
 

With these precautions in place, we are confident that we can deliver an enjoyable and safe event for all participants, providing a range of the latest titles and bestsellers from the UK for children, teenagers, and adults.
 

Sincerely yours,
Book Fair Department,
A division of Dinternal Education

 

Our contacts:
tel. +38(050)437 38 52
email: Bookfairdepart@dinternal.com.ua

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Preschool Concerts

The Magic of Clay

Elementary Students in Ms. Chervonyk's class recently finished up a project where they learned how to use clay.  Check out their amazing work!

NAHS Murals

Learning Stories

Gardening with Ms. Law
Project Based Learning - How We Assess the Fives

Things are winding down for the year. 5-W students are showing their new skills, information and understandings that were gained throughout the year by doing projects. These projects last over several days and include multiple subjects. We researched, wrote and shared reports and habitat models for science, reading and writing. We also have developed 2 plays where we made costumes and props so we could perform and record them. Lastly, we used our STEM, science and art knowledge to make bird houses that will be displayed at the arts festival. Doing projects rather than tests is a more authentic way to see what a student actually knows.

Pandemic Haikus 

The young poets of 7CF have been composing haikus over the last week. Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Haikus traditionally reflect the beauty and power of nature.

The students decided to use the theme of the pandemic as an inspiration for one of their poems. Students are always encouraged to “write what they know.” Given their broad, albeit unfortunate, experience with Covid-19 over the last year, it was not difficult for them to craft some very poignant verses. Let’s hope it’s the last pandemic poem they every write!

Writing Prompts - Middle School IE
Passionately Pursuing Personal Projects

During a typical morning Bell Ringer exercise, Mrs. Herndon's classes responded to this quote from Malcolm X: "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." 

After some discussion and agreement that school was beneficial for young children, they explored whether education really was the most important thing for youth between the ages of 10 and 18, and if it really was the best way for them to prepare for their futures. Perhaps only elementary education was enough? As children entered middle school, maybe they should be allowed to have greater choice in what they spent their time on each day, rather than more and more homework. The thought emerged that if given the choice of how to spend their time and energy, what would they choose to do?

Enter Passion Projects, a time set aside for 10 days for students to engage in learning more about a topic, or practicing a skill, of their choice. The excitement in the room was palpable as they decided on their projects, and they dove in immediately. One student is practicing drawing the human form more realistically, while another is learning how to play a singing bowl. Two more are improving their flexibility, and still another is trying to replicate a traditional family recipe that his grandmother makes. The topics were incredibly creative and diverse. Once they understood that their teacher was not only giving them time each class period to pursue their interests, but actually encouraging and supporting them with resources, space, and permission, their eyes lit up. 

Middle School can, and should, be about finding yourself, and what better way to do that than by pursuing a project you are passionate about? 

Planting, engineering, and Tessalating with Ms. Stubb's 6 Year Old Class
Drama Unit in 9s

Student Life

See the source imageA group of KIS secondary students are hoping to organize a cheer squad for secondary students (coed activity for all genders). Cheer squad involves chants, stunts, dancing and tumbling.   

If you are interested in learning more about this, please fill in this form to be included in updates! 

 

Languages Other Than English

Welcome to LOE!

We are closer and closer to the summer break, and it's time to think about the next school year. The draft of LOE schedules and rosters based on your current choices has been already done. However, if you want to make any changes, you should complete this form.

For the new students (from 6 y.o. to Secondary 4) and for those who are officially leaving the Intensive English program, it is extremely important to let us know which LOE courses they are planning to take in 2021/22.

5 languages other than English (LOE) are offered at KIS: French, German, Russian and Ukrainian - Native / Non-Native programs, and Spanish - Non-Native only. For the moment, there is one Ukrainian Non-Native class (High School). In order to open other groups (6/7, 8/9, 10/11 and 12/13 y.o.), we need at least 3 students for each one. Everything depends on you.

Please, give us this precious information as soon as possible, and enjoy your vacations. When you come back, you will not worry about your LOE placement.

Have a great summer and see you soon!

2021 - 2022 School Year

As we look to the 2021-22 school year, KIS is planning to bring ALL STUDENTS back to the school campus and shift our school schedule to reflect previous years.

There are a number of things to consider when doing this and we want to make sure that everyone understands some of the considerations made by the school to make sure we can do this as safely as possible.

  • COVID-19
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