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Kozak Korner #39. June 10, 2023


Director's Message

Dear KIS Community,

I would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2023! The graduation ceremony was truly lovely and filled with emotion. I am so proud of our graduates, our teachers, parents, and the community for everything that has been done to reach this point of celebration and success. I have no doubt this class will do great things and look forward to seeing them take on the world!

Today, KIS is celebrated 30 years of excellence and success in Kyiv and Ukraine! Thank you to our PTO for coordinating and planning the celebration on campus. It looked like a wonderful time, and it is always nice when our community can come together to enjoy some food, fun, and activities. It is bittersweet to celebrate 30 years as a school during a time when the country is at war.

Though we had a small celebration now for the school, we are all waiting to celebrate Ukraine's victory! At this time, we will also celebrate how the school has stayed and stood with Ukraine these many years. We also truly appreciate that you have stayed and stood with KIS these many years!




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School

Key Dates

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

  Parent Portal


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 Families,

Our Preschool Summer performance was simply amazing. Every child performed with exuberance, and their performance was a true spectacle of talent and hard work.

The show was perfectly choreographed, with each and every child getting their moment in the spotlight. They all had their chance to show their talents and the way they executed their acts was simply remarkable.

The Concert was splendid, and it left everyone filled with admiration and delight. It was an excellent display of the creativity, confidence, and talent of our young performers, and it will surely remain etched in the memories of everyone who witnessed it.

If you missed this wonderful event, you still can watch it on the KIS youtube channel.

School Day Schedule

  Elementary & Middle School


DI's Message

Dear Elementary and Middle School Families,

Happy 30th Anniversary, KIS!

Passion Project Showcase: Students and their mentors have wrapped up their time together for the school year. I am amazed by all the wonderful things our students have been up to! Click to view the projects: Passion Project Showcase

If your child posted something recently, please know there is a lag between submission and viewing. The Showcase will be updated regularly between now and the end of the year.

A special thank you to all of the mentors who have provided guidance and encouragement for their mentees over the past year!

Summer Break Countdown: 8 School days left - Mark your calendar, the last day of school, June 21, will be a half day (ends at 12:10).

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

Passion Project 


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DI's Message

What’s Going on in Secondary

Kozak Nation 30 Years Strong. I was happy to see secondary students on campus on June 10th celebrating 30 years of amazing community, education and student life at KIS. As we barrel towards the end of the year, I am happy to see so many students closing their units and finishing their classes.

Classes for 2023-2024
Students should reply to the email which they received asking them to arrange a time to meet with me to discuss classes! The campus is open next year, and the expectation is that students will come to campus. If your child isn’t able to attend school on campus, please email me to discuss options.

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:

End of Year Deadlines
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


Class 2023 Graduates 🎓



































School Day Schedule

Class 2023 University Acceptances



  • 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

 Whole School Portal


Success Orientations


Dear KIS Parents and Students,

Our SO topic for the last five weeks was Trustworthiness. Trustworthiness is a vital leadership habit because trust plays an important role in healthy relationships and everyday encounters with others. Those who are trustworthy are more likely to foster positive relationships. Whether it is through small teaching moments or larger conversations around trust, you can teach kids about trustworthiness and the importance of being someone others can rely on.


Being honest means telling the truth and not lying. By being honest, others are more likely to believe what you say which allows you to build a strong reputation in your community. In addition, if you are honest, you do not risk betraying or losing someone else’s trust. It is important to teach kids the importance of being honest and how honesty can build trustworthiness and positive relationships with others.


Reliability is essential when we teach kids about trustworthiness. Being reliable means consistently matching your words to your actions. It is crucial that you are trustworthy but also reliable, because it shows those around you that you can keep your promises and be there for others when they need you most.


Whether it is during school activities, family game nights, or playing with friends, kids can learn how to be trustworthy by playing by the rules. This means that even though you may want to win a game, you will not cheat or cut corners to do so.


Teaching our children about courage is crucial. Courage is the drive to do the right thing even when that might not be an easy choice. Sometimes, doing the right thing can be uncomfortable and may require courage; however, doing the right thing in a tough situation builds character and shows others that you are reliable and trustworthy. Trustworthiness, reliability, and courage go hand-in-hand!


In order to build a good reputation in your community, it is crucial that we show others that we are trustworthy by being reliable, courageous, and doing the right thing. When others know they can rely on you, you can build healthy relationships—and what better way to positively influence those around you! When teaching trustworthiness to kids, is important that you put it into practice. For example, we provide opportunities for kids to demonstrate their trustworthiness, and enforce positive and negative consequences according to the circumstances and outcomes. Walk the talk, as the saying goes, and lead by positive example for your kids.

Best regards,

Ms. Nataliya Yegorova



Nataliya Yegorova
PreK / SO Coordinator

CAS Book Review


“Hey, Kiddo” written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic novel biographical memoir that follows the life of the author from early childhood into adulthood. When Jarrett Krosoczka was just a small boy, he was separated to his parents and was sent off to live with grandparents that never thought they would raise another child again. As he grows older, the young boy realizes that not everyone has a mother with an addiction problem and a mysterious dad they barely see. Jarrett struggles with the concept of family, and often times it gets in the way of his mental health. Later, when the young boy becomes much older, he starts piecing together the whispered secrets and murmurs said behind his back about his family. The book explores themes of resilience, family, and self-discover though art.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes coming of age stories. I know a lot of people do not like biographical stories, but this is a great read filled with beautifully emotional scenes that would make anyone cry.

- Sasha Frolova

CAS Book Club

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 Week Highlights


Celebrating 30 Years of Success!


KIS in 30 Years Timeline

First page of the PDF file: KIS30YearsTimeline

Greetings from former KIS Faculty & Students

We'd like to thank Mr. Anatoly Prima for reaching out to these wonderful people and putting such a heartwarming video together.


KIS 30 Years Album


KIS 30 Years in Photos

This academic year, 2022-2023, holds a special place in our hearts as KIS proudly celebrates 30 years of excellence and success. Since our establishment in 1992, we have nurtured and developed bright minds, cultivated a vibrant community, and embraced the essence of lifelong learning.

As we commemorate this momentous occasion, we take a moment to reflect on the countless memories, achievements, and milestones that have defined Kyiv International School.

Click to Read about KIS 30 Years in Photos

On Campus Celebration


Celebrating 30 Years of Success at Kyiv International School! 

This year marks a special milestone for Kyiv International School as we proudly commemorate 30 years of excellence in education and shaping young minds. Three decades of dedication, growth, and success have made this journey truly remarkable, and we couldn't be more excited to start celebrating this significant achievement.

Just like the layers of a cupcake, our success is built on the foundation of a strong community. We are immensely grateful to all the students, alumni, parents, and educators who have contributed to our achievements.

Click to Read about Celebrating 30 Years of Success

A Spectacular End of the Year Picnic and 30th Anniversary Celebration at KIS!

What an incredible day it was as we gathered for our End of the Year Picnic, which coincided with the grand celebration of our 30th Anniversary at KIS! The event was an absolute delight, filled with a fantastic atmosphere, delicious food, beautiful cake, and a plethora of engaging activities. 

We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to everyone who contributed to making this celebration a resounding success. 

Click to Read about End of the Year Picnic and 30th Anniversary

Special Events


KIS Class of 2023 Graduation:
A Memorable Journey Amidst Challenges

🎓 What an extraordinary day it was as many of us gathered in Bratislava to honor and celebrate the graduation of the exceptional Class of 2023! The occasion overflowed with joy, pride, and a deep sense of achievement as students, families, teachers, administrators, and friends came together to commemorate this significant event.

The graduation ceremony was truly unforgettable, serving as a powerful testament to the dedication, resilience, and personal growth of the graduating class.

Click to Read about KIS Class 2023 Graduation

Preschool Summer Concert

Teacher: Kateryna Zakharova

The Preschool Summer Concert is a cherished annual tradition at KIS, and this year was no exception. The 2-5-year-old students made their debut on the auditorium stage, creating unforgettable moments of happiness for everyone. With great enthusiasm, delight, responsibility, and diligence, they showcased their artistic abilities. Dance played a significant role in the festive mood, and the addition of musical instruments enhanced the overall atmosphere. The children were the sweetest artists in the world and tried very hard to impress their spectators.

Click to Read about Preschool Summer Concert





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