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High School Back to School Night – Monday 22 August 2016

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

High School Back to School Night

Monday 22 August 2016

6:30 to 8:45pm

Dear Parents,

You are warmly invited to attend our “Back to School” evening to be held on Monday August 22nd. This event is your chance to follow in your child’s footsteps at the High School by briefly attending classes and meeting teachers. “Back to School” night starts at 6:30pm and continues until 8:45 pm with 10 minutes for each class.

The evening will begin in the Theater at 6:30pm with words of welcome from the Head of School, Dr. Tarek Razik and High School Principal, Mr. David Munro.

All parents will be provided with a copy of their child (ren)’s schedule in the Lower Gallery outside the Theatre, before the opening remarks in the theatre. We would like to request your arrival at 6:15pm to begin collecting your child’s schedule in the Lower Gallery outside the Theatre prior to the start of the event.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday August 22nd.

Best regards,

David Munro

Back to School Night Schedule

When: Where & What:

6:15 – 6:25 p.m. Pick up of schedules (parents)

6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Theatre

6:45 – 6:50 p.m. Passing Time

6:50 – 7:00 p.m. Block A Classes

7:05 – 7:15 p.m. Block B Classes

7:20 – 7:30 p.m. Block C Classes

7:35 – 7:45 p.m. Block D Classes

7:50 – 8:00 p.m. Block E Classes

8:05 – 8:15 p.m. Block F Classes

8:20 – 8:30 p.m. Block G Classes

8:35 – 8:45 p.m. Block H Classes

Other Upcoming Events:

School Photos

A professional photography group will be on campus next week to take individual school photos for every student. Students in Grades 11 and 12 will have their picture taken on Wednesday 24th August, with students in Grades 9 and 10 posing on Thursday 25th August. Photo package order forms will come home with your child on Friday August 19th. If you would like to purchase a photo package, please ask your child to give the order form and payment directly to the photographer at the time of his/her photo. Note: If your child is absent on the day, there will be another opportunity on Tuesday 30th August.

High School Principal’s Coffee

The first High School Principal’s Coffee of the year will be on Thursday, September 29th, from 08:30-10:00am in the MPR.

Please remember to check the Community Calendar on Dragon’s Gate for details of upcoming events at ISB:


Down the Home Stretch

May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The school year is progressing and the end of class is nearing.  This time of year can cause students (and parents) higher levels of stress and anxiety. Please talk to your sons and daughters about effective study techniques and ways to handle stress (see this link for some tips).  Plan out a project and study calendar so that there are no big surprises at the end of the year.  Contact teachers if end of year expectation are unclear.  End of the year exams and projects are a great way to show off all that we have learned this semester.

We are working hard to meet all the schedule requests for next year. Our counsellors have collected the request forms and we are now in the process of putting the schedule together.  Please do not ask for any changes to the requests at this time as we have put all the parameters to build the schedule in place.  If changes need to happen they can be requested in the first week of school when we return in August.

There is a lot going on at this time of the year from the Summer Formal, Prom, and High School Graduation as well as ELO trips and exams from May 20-26.  ELO is our Experiential Learning Experiences that students have been planning for the past 6 months.  They will work on something at school, in and around Beijing or go out of the city for their experiences.  You should receive a letter from your son or daughter’s ELO teacher with details about their experience. Let us know if you have any questions about upcoming events or celebrations at

Good luck in all your preparations for the end of the school year and supporting our students’ learning at ISB!


David Munro


Upcoming Events:

May 2-20: IB/AP Exams

May 14: Summer Formal

May 20-26: HS Exams

May 21: Prom

May 23-26: Grade 12 ELO

May 28: Graduation

May 30 – June 2: Grade 9-11 ELO







Spring is in the air!

April 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The weather has warmed up and the celebrations are about to begin.  This next month has a lot of celebrate and build upon.  We have the ‘Showtime’ Habitat for Humanity fundraiser Saturday April 9. This event will celebrate our school’s musical talents and help raise money for our house builds.  Tickets are on sale at the Box Office.  April 7th and 8th we will host Parent Teacher Conferences once again. There have been some great accomplishments to share with parents as well as constructive feedback on how to best finish the school year.

After those two events we will have the high school musical production of Return to the Forbidden Planet on April 12 at 4:00 pm, 15 at 7:00 pm and 16 at 3:00 pm.  The show is for all ages of students.  On April 13 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am we will have the final HS Book Club meeting on the book Drive by Daniel Pink.  Please write to me at if you plan to attend.  The following week on April 21 we will host the final High School Parent Coffee. We will be showcasing student talents and work done this year from speeches, to singing and a student proposal on how to improve the school.  All Grade 12 students will have their last day of the year on April 22.  This will allow them time to prepare for their IB final exams.  We will have the Senior Dinner and Junior Dinner the night of April 23 at their respective venues. Please see your grade level PA representative for details.

It is a busy time of year and there is a lot going on.  Make sure to talk with your son or daughter about how they are managing their workload and the stress that comes with it.  Stress is not always negative and is needed to push us to the next level.  When it overwhelms our students it can cause negative effects like lack of sleep and lower productivity.  Check out this article on lowering teen stress (click here).  This may be a good way to start a conversation with your son or daughter.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parent Coffee to share in all the success of this school year!

Upcoming Events:


7-8 Parent Teacher Conferences

9 Showtime Gala

12, 15, 16 – High School Musical Performance

13 Book Club Meeting

22 Last day for all Grade 12 Students


Upcoming Events and Opportunities

February 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here are some updates on events and opportunities in the High School for Parent Book Club, APAC Theater, and Compass Quest Series:

Parent Book Club

We will be reading ‘Drive’ by Daniel Pink for our upcoming book club meeting. The book explores the shift in thinking in the modern world and digs into what motivates people today.  We will meet from 9:00 am – 10 am on Wednesday April 13.  Email me if you are interested in participating. If you need a copy of the book I will help you find one.

Please email me at


APAC Theatre 2016.

Here at ISB! Come and watch the showcase performance at 6pm on Saturday February 27 at the ISB theatre. Led by visiting artistic directors Megan Campisi and Mark Hill,  60 students from AIS Guangzhou, SAS Pudong, Taejon Christian School, S Korea, UNIS Hanoi, Western Academy of Beijing and, of course, ISB have spent three days learning new skills and working together to create an original theatre piece which will be shown at this years’ showcase.  Audiences are frequently amazed by the students’ efforts in such a short time period. We anticipate that the showcase will not run longer than an hour in total. Looking forward to seeing you on February 27th.


Introducing ISB’s Compass Quest Series:

ISB’s Compass Quest Series offers high school students the ability to explore China and throughout Asia in an inspiring and engaging manner by offering a variety of experiences that take place over school breaks.

For this school year, ISB is offering one experience during Spring Break, and three experiences over summer break.

There will be an information session this Thursday, February 18th from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Lower Gallery.  Parents and students can find out more about the experiences listed below, and also meet with the providers who will offer the experiences.

Spring Break 2016:

Music, Photography, and Film Expedition  Dali, Yunnan Province  March 26  April 1

This Spring Break, ISB has partnered up with Hadi Eldebek, member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as a contributor to Harvard University’s Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, to offer ISB students the opportunity to travel to The Linden Centre in Xizhou, Dali for a week of artistic creation and exhibition.  This experience will allow students to engage in a meaningful cultural and artistic experience that will take students around Xizhou before heading up Mount Cangshan for a 3-day, 2-night expedition.

During their time in the mountains, students will engage in reflective and creative activities with the goal of creating art through multiple mediums.  Students will then return to The Linden Centre for an exhibition of their created art.

Students who are interested in music, photography, and film are encouraged to apply for this exciting learning opportunity.

Summer 2016:

Listed below are the experiences that will be offered to ISB High School students this summer.  Clicking on the link will direct you to Dragons’ Gate, which will provide you with detailed itinerary and pricing information.

The Silk Road Pamir Mountain Camel Trek 

 Southern Yunnan Xishuanghabba Adventure

 Chiang Mai Expedition: Adventures in the Leadership Mountain Range 

Please contact Brian McManus if you have any questions




More than just the grades…

February 1st, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The new semester is underway and students are getting into gear. It is great to get right into learning when we return to the new semester as students and teachers have already aligned their expectations.  Our grade 12 students are looking towards their final exams that will come quickly.  Grade 9-11 students are now looking forward to course choices for next year as we talk to students and parents about transitions.  ELO planning is underway and is a great pathway for students to explore their interests in learning outside of the classroom.


Our hope for each school year is that our students will grow in their social, emotional, and physical development as well as academic.  Our students are involved in teams, working out in the gym, part of our Forensics team, MUN, and working with a wide range of service clubs that help those in need in our community. The mission at our school asks that we focus on improving in the classroom as well as helping students develop into well-rounded 21st century citizens of the world.  One of the things that enticed me to come to ISB was the chance to engage in this vibrant community that gives students the opportunity to grow beyond the walls of our classroom. I have not been disappointed so far!


Please come to the High School Principal’s Coffee on February 4th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Our theme will be focussed on the Whole Child. We will hear from our Strategic Learning Coordinator about all the opportunities for our students to learn in the broader community.  The Counselling Office will share what is coming up for students in their course selection and changes that we will see in the department next year. We will also hear from the Activities Office about the wide range of co-curricular activities at ISB.  I will speak about the book we read at our parent book club and share some insights we gained about giving praise to our students.  I hope you can make it.

Upcoming Events:


5 – HS Talent Show

8-12 – Chinese New Year

16 – University Forum

17 – HS Season 2 Sports Awards

23 – Moving to Grade 11 Night

24-27 – Hosting APAC Theater


Semester 2 Begins

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This has been a truly amazing semester at ISB in the High School. Half of the school year has passed and there are more great learning experiences to come. My family has settled in to life at ISB and Beijing with the help of the warm and welcoming school community. I thank you for making us feel like part of this truly special school. I will spend some time in Canada and then return to Beijing to get ready for school. I hope you will get to spend this holiday with your family and have a restful break.

School will restart on the morning of Monday, January 11th, 2016. Semester one courses continue for the first two days after the break. Students who are completing single-semester courses will need to return any borrowed resources to their teachers on that Monday or Tuesday. Semester 2 then starts formally on Wednesday, January 13th. Semester 1 report cards will be posted on Dragon’s Gate at 4pm on Friday, January 22nd.

Book Club Date Change –

I am excited to share our book together in the new semester.  I am unable to meet on the morning of Tuesday January 12 as I am returning from teacher recruitment that morning and I cannot guarantee I will be on time.  I would like to reschedule to Thursday January 14 at 9:00 am. We will meet in the High School office.  Let me know if you can still meet at that time.  Thanks for your understanding.


Upcoming events this month:


15-16 China Cup

18 Class Photos


22 Report Cards posted

25 IB Music Recital

27-30 APAC


28-30 ACAMIS


Building Capacity

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

November is a great month for our students to work on improving in their learning. They can improve this through feedback from reports and ongoing in-class assessment to build capacity for the end of the semester. Our teachers are soliciting feedback from students on teacher performance so that they can improve their delivery and meet students’ needs. Similarly this is the time of year when students should be working through course content and practicing the skills needed for the end of semester evaluations.

Along this theme I would like to set-up a book club group that reads the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. It is a book about challenging a fixed mindset that we traditionally believed that intelligence and personality traits were fixed and could not be changed. If you are interested in reading this book and discussing it over coffee on Tuesday January 12 at 8:30 am. Please email me at for more information.

Don’t forget to come to the HS Coffee Morning on Thursday November 26th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am to hear about what is going on in the High School.

Upcoming Events in November:
26 Coffee Morning – in the MPR
23-27 High School Spirit Week
26-28 Great Wall Shoot-out Basketball ISB Gyms


Feedback and Performance

October 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

October is upon us and there is a lot going on in the ISB High School.  We hope you had a great Autumn Festival break.  We have recently opened up the new Parent Portal for our grade book so that you can get feedback on your daughter or son’s progress. The link is on Dragon’s Gate or you can use the link here at: //

We will be posting progress reports on October 14th and Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 15th and 16th. This is an excellent time to gather feedback on student progress and use the feedback to guide studies for the rest of the semester. Here is a good article on making the most of Parent Teacher Conferences from NPR (click here).

To make flu vaccinations convenient, shots will be available for ISB students and parents on October 8 and 9 between 3:30 and 6:00 pm in the MSHS Nurses’ office (room 1206). The vaccines will be administered by Parkway Health at a cost of 75RMB each, payable in cash only. Students who get a shot will also get an ice cream, courtesy of our PTA.

 To ensure enough vaccines are ordered, please email (include the names and ages of the people getting the shots, as well as the date you would like to attend).

October is also a big month for performances. Our Varsity teams will be traveling to many locations for their end of season competitions for ISAC and APAC.

Our teams will compete at the following locations:

·         APAC Volleyball – Shanghai American School, Pudong

·         APAC Baseball – Shanghai American School, Puxi

·         APAC Rugby – Hong Kong International School

·         APAC Tennis – ISB

·         APAC X-Country – Brent International School, Manila

Our High School play ‘Bone Chiller’ will be performed on October 29-31 in the Theater.  Please come out and support our theater production one of those days.

We look forward to seeing you at school at the Parent Teacher Conferences and at Bone Chiller!


David Munro

High School Principal


Upcoming Events:


October 14: Grade 10 PSAT / Progress Reports Posted

October 15-16: Parent Teacher Conferences

October 21-24 APAC Sports

Drama: Bone Chiller October 29th (3:45 pm), 30th (7:00 pm), and 31st (3:00 pm) in the Theater


September Is Here!

September 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are already 4 weeks into school and classes are well underway.  The High School Principal’s Blog will be updated monthly to give you an idea of what is coming up in the high school each month.

Over the course of this month we are making a concerted effort to inform students of the impact drugs and alcohol may have on their lives as they face difficult decisions in their high school and college years.  We had a visit from a DEA agent who shared the dangers of illegal substance consumption in China. As a follow-up, our mentoring sessions worked on problem solving in difficult situations.  We had a visit from the Freedom From Chemical Dependency group from the United States last week. They worked with students on decision making skills and they shared data about making healthy decisions. On September 16 ISB will host the first ever International Schools Drug Education Forum in our theater starting at 6:30 pm. We encourage you to attend the forum and learn more about drugs and their impact on the community.

We are hosting the High School Principal’s Coffee Morning on September 17 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Multipurpose Room.  Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be a wide range of presentations on what we have in store for the ISB High School this year.

Erma Anderson is a visiting math consultant and she will be hosting and evening for parents.  Erma will speak with you about the shifts in math education to support students who not only can “do” math, but students who understand and apply mathematical skills and thinking. Erma is an engaging presenter who will push your thinking about what is best for students in math education. The presentation will be held in the High School Cafeteria from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on Thursday September 24th.

These are just some of the exciting things going on this year at our school.

I look forward to meeting you this year!

David Munro

High School Principal

Upcoming Events:

September 7-11:  Grade 9 MAP testing

September 16: International Schools Drug Forum at 6:30 pm in the Theater

September 17: High School Principal’s Coffee Morning from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the MPR

September 18-20: China Cup

September 24: Erma Anderson Math Workshop with Parents HS Cafeteria 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

September 25: Terry Fox Run  2:30 pm -3:25 pm

September 28: October 5 – Fall Break

October 15-16: Parent Teacher Conferences