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Secondary Newsletter

9 September 2021

Dear Gecko Secondary Parents, 

It has been a wonderful week. The students across the campus are really settling into the new rhythms and patterns of the campus.  All of us are discovering how to best use the campus and the additional teaching and learning spaces to best benefit teaching and learning. The administration has been meeting with the student council and student activity groups to hear feedback and suggestions on how to improve and communicate expectations. Additionally, students are forth suggestions for how to use the space and bring a student perspective to how it can be improved.  We greatly appreciate their suggestions and will work at this throughout the semester. 


Celebrations 

Students in the Grade 9 and 10 Understanding Theatre class presented their first performance and our first performance in the Black Box this week! The student did an amazing job performing their ode 2 from Oedipus Rex. The students were responsible for not only understanding the material and historical context they also individually and collaboratively choreographed the performance.  The performance also celebrates the conclusion of their collaborative exploration of acting styles and methods of ancient Greek theatre.  Congratulations to the students and to Mr. Trey Hobbs.




 

Robert Dunseth Scholarship

The Robert Dunseth Scholarships have been decided and applicants will receive an email soon, if not already. There were many strong applicants, all with demonstrated academic excellence. The scholarship also focuses on outstanding leadership, which all the winners have also demonstrated. 


Parent Evening 

We look forward to welcoming grade 11 parents to campus tonight at 6pm to make connections and give a preview of the two years ahead to support our students as they enter and step up to the very rigorous IB Diploma Program (DP).  

MAP Testing 

This year we simplified our MAP testing schedule to help all students focus on the same tests each day. Our new campus enabled us to create consistent testing environments for each student while minimizing interruptions. Students who are still working on one or more subjects have been sent an invitation to the make-up sessions Thursday and Friday at 3:30. Hard copies of MAP reports will be distributed to students by their mentors in the coming weeks. 


Athletics & Activities Update 

SIS HS Volleyball teams have started their seasons off great – both Varsity squads are 3-0 on the season in SISAC! 

SIS MS Soccer teams’ seasons are also underway! The boys won their first match while the girls lost. Both teams will attend a Pearl River Conference (PRC) event this weekend with other Guangdong international schools. 

SIS MS/HS Tennis & HS Cross Country teams have their first competition of the season on September 18 in Guangzhou. 

SIS MS/HS Golf team roster has been set. Congrats to the 12 SIS students who qualified for the team! 

The numbers are in... 68% of our secondary students actively participate in at least one Trimester 1 sport or activity! The average number of sports/activities that a student participates in is two. Not you? Send an email to tmathews@sis.org.cn to figure out how you can get better connected through Athletics & Activities at SIS! 


Library News 

Your middle school child should have received a flyer to order books from Obido, a reading club and bookseller in China. The instructions for ordering books are in the flyer, done easily via WeChat and delivered to your home. After ordering, please complete the quick questionnaire that pops up and mention our school. You earn points on future purchases and SIS libraries do, too! 

Our Titles & Treats event last week was a fun way to display all of our new books, including our new "Geckos Read" titles. These are books recommended by our Net Valley librarian, the librarians in the Pearl Delta region, and by international school librarians all over China. Students will see different stickers on these books: Stars for our "Genre Star" titles, a boxing glove for our "Battle of the Books" titles, and a Panda for our "Panda Award" nominees that we'll vote on in May. We bought multiple copies of each title, so students can read them together with their friends and teachers! 

You can see the full list of Geckos Read titles here: bit.ly/GeckosRead2122