Principal’s List! Celebrating our Core Values!

The following students have demonstrated one or more of the Core Values of ISB recently.  As we head off to our Chinese New Year holiday, let’s celebrate their positive influence on our community!

Grade 6
Seojin ( Dana) Kim demonstrated an ISB Core Value of service since she always try to help during class time. (helping by erasing the board, helping her mates with technology, showing the others how to be organized,….)
Poppy Upite demonstrates respect for others and is consistently engaged in class discussions. She works hard to turn in her best work, cooperates well in group activities and is always willing to reach out to her classmates.
Michael Sakai has demonstrated Balance recently in his core subjects by working hard and continuously completing his homework! Well done!
Musung Hong has consistently been a positive contributor in class, offering help to his teachers and classmates and demonstrating a growth mindset.
Eric Ge auditioned successfully for the AMIS Asian MS Honor Orchestra festival which took place in January in Hong Kong.  He prepared diligently during the winter holidays and was well prepared for both the rehearsals before the festival and the festival itself.  He was an excellent ambassador for ISB and a great example of making the most of a good learning experience.
Grade 7
Darren Zhu demonstrates the core value of service when he spent his time after school tutoring his peers on math problems. Thank you for helping your peers, Darren!
Jeff Chen consistently shows his curiosity in science class by asking lots of questions and going beyond just the material begin taught in class to think about things more deeply.
Henry Zhou did a great job submitting two extra projects to share with the class this week.  Great job stepping up to show your knowledge, sir!
Olivia Wang has consistently demonstrated creativity, integrity and balance as she has come to the forefront of our Humanities class. The same qualities are equally demonstrated in our Mentoring Class as she deals in such a positive way with her peers.
Zhiqi Xu consistently demonstrates Global Mindedness, Integrity and Creativity as he consistently strives to challenge himself and find ways to take his Humanities learning to an even higher level. He is phenomenal.
Jeehyun Song always demonstrates the core value of respect in class and she is a role model for her peers. She shows respect to academic expectations by working diligently to complete her task to her best ability, and she shows respect to her classmates by being considerate and cooperative.
Jeehyun Song always has an incredible “can do” attitude. She comes to class each day ready to do her best–which always includes attempting to extend beyond. Jeehyun is willing to help others and is a great example of a team-player. Thanks Jeehyun, for your positive influence both inside and out of the classroom!
Erica Pan is a good helper for teachers and classmates. She spent time designing the exhibition board of the Chinese reading competition and encouraged other students to become involved in the completion of the board.
Francis Pun has worked very hard to submit high quality work in our G7 Health units, to clarify and re-submit work where required and worked with great integrity under pressure.  WEll done Francis.
Hina Niihara always works with Integrity in every game and activity we play in PE.  She is respectful of her peers and herself in every class.  Well done Hina!
William Liu always demonstrates respect for his peers and his own work in PE.  He works with integrity and ensures that others are working within the framework of the game too.  Well done William.
Harry Seo has been creative in sharing tactical play ideas in PE.  He works with integrity and respect in every lesson.  Thank you Harry!
Daniel Lee has great respect for his peers and the games and activities that we play in PE.  He works with integrity and sets high expectations for others.  Well done Daniel.
Harrison Taylor works to include everyone in his team and shows great respect to of those he interacts with in PE and Health classes.  He works with integrity in game play and sets high expectations for others.  Thank you Harrison.
Angela Ning demonstrated integrity in our recent Health assessment.  She was incredibly nervous about presenting her work but stood up and took a risk to share her thinking and knowledge.  Angela demonstrated that she was able to overcome her obstacles and share her work meaningfully.  Well done Angela.
Grade 8
Maxine Lim always gives her all in Habitat for Humanity.  Her dedication to service is to be applauded.
Justin Jeon, 8.2, showed great detail and astute creative thinking with his Design Technology journal. Congratulation on work well done.
Nathan Chai, 8.2, showed great detail and astute creative thinking with his Design Technology journal. Congratulation on work well done.
After arriving this semester, Steve Kim has added incredible value to the grade 8.  His positive approach to learning and collaboration is contagious, and his kindness is a highlight of our homeroom and EAL class. His integrity and the respect he shows for others in the classroom community makes him a leader.
Sabrina Lam demonstrated balance by seeking out ways to manage school work and extra curricular activities! She’s a rock star!
Huck Henderschedt does a great service to our community every day through his positive attitude and friendly demeanor. He is  builder of positive relationships and an architect of fun! We especially appreciate his mad karaoke skills and the way he serenades the entire middle school at lunch on a regular basis.
Isabel Su is a great example of a student who balance work and fun; she is an awesome leader in class, in STUCO, and in the ABC club. She knows when to laugh and goof around with friends and when to get serious about her learning and her responsibilities, and we feel lucky to have her as a part of our community!
Lei Hsin has worked to respect others as well as herself through our Grade 8 Health units.
Isabel Su  has worked to respect others and herself in our G8 Health units and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments.
Andy Ng has demonstrated great respect to others, especially those with different opinions and ideas to his own while still valuing and respecting his own work during our G8 Health units.
Paul Lim has demonstrated great respect to others, especially those with different opinions and ideas to his own while still valuing and respecting his own work during our G8 Health units.
Thank you for giving up your Saturday to Livestream the APAC basketball game! (Fennel Son, Evan Lin, Sally Kim, Sandy Han, Alicia Song, Katie Chao, Lyndon Beadles, Ireland McDermott, Huck Henderschedt )
Sophia Yan was a great ambassador for ISB at the recent AMIS Asian MS Honor Orchestra festival.  She worked hard in all the rehearsals and her behavior during the festival was exemplary.
Sophia Liu was a great ambassador for ISB at the recent AMIS Asian MS Honor Orchestra festival.  She was one of the leaders of her section and worked hard in all the rehearsals.

MS Update: ASA Registration, New Year Parade, more…

Dear Middle School Parents-

Happy Chinese New Year!  Lots is happening in the Middle School that we would like you to know about.

ASA Registration – Today is the last day to register for After School Activities for Session 3, which starts in March.  Click here for information and look for the blue box that will take you to PowerSchool where you can log in an register for ASAs.

OneDay – Tuesday is a special day for the MS.  All students will be completing a special innovative OneDay project or learning experience.  Then, on Wednesday, they will share their learning with the rest of the MS with a blog post and an exhibition.  Be sure to ask you child what their OneDay project is about.  We will have a number of students doing their learning off campus on Tuesday.

9th Grade Orientation Night– Tuesday, Feb 13, 7pm, in the Theater.  All 8th grade students and parents are encouraged to attend.  Come and learn about course offerings in high school.

Chinese New Year Parade – Feel free to join the ISB community for our parade on Wednesday, starting on the 1st floor of ISB at 1:45pm.

Season 3 Sports have started! – For season 3 we are offering basketball, tennis, track and field, and swimming.  We already have good numbers of students participating, but we are open to having more.  Practices are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:45 to 5:45.  More information is available from the Activities Office.

Trimester 2 End and Student-Led Conferences – Trimester 2 will end on March 9 with reports issued soon after.  We also have Student-Led Conferences on March 26 and 27.  The Middle School will be doing something very special this year with our spring conferences and you won’t want to miss it.  Mark you calendars now and watch for further communication after the CNY holiday about signing up for a conference time.

Recent Parent Coffee – Click here to see the slides from the MS Parent Coffee from last week.  Great information on Design Technology.

Futures Public Radio gives voice to ISB students and global citizens! – Check out their website and enjoy watching our students connect with people changing the world!

Have a safe and happy Chinese New Year!


Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

MS Parent Coffee Wednesday, Feb 7, 8:30am

Dear Middle School Parents-

You are all invited to join us for the third Middle School Coffee of the school year, Wednesday, Feb 7, from 8:30am to 10:00am in the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room).  We have the following items on our agenda for the meeting:

  • Drama performance by Futures Academy students
  • Announcement from the Board of Governors about elections
  • Announcement from the Strategic Learning Office about our summer CompassQuest trip for students
  • Presentation on Design Technology in the Middle School
  • Presentation on the Importance of Sleep for Students
  • Information on changes to our Student-Led Conferences coming up in March

I hope you can join us!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Season 3 Sports Starting

Dear Parents,

This past weekend was a great weekend of ISAC volleyball to finish of Middle School sport season #2.

Please note the first day of Season # 3 Sports is Tuesday, February 6th.  Season 3 sports are Tennis, Basketball, and Track and Field.  Please if your children have an interest to play, they can go to Gym #2 at 3:45 to meet their coaches and start their first day of practice

Please note to have your child bring athletic clothes for the first day of practice.

In the next week if you have any questions, please stop by the activities office.  We are happy to help out in any way.

Remember there is a no cut policy in Middle School sports.  That means every student who wants to play will make the team, practice hard, and get play time!  However, sometimes there are tournaments during the season when we have a limitation on the number of students we can take.  Coaches will always do their best to be fair when selecting players for the tournaments.

Have a great rest of the week!


Jon Hill, MS Principal
Jason L. Cuthbert, Asst. Director of Student Activities

Happy Friday! MS News

Dear MS Parents-

If some of you have ES or HS students, you are likely receiving report cards around this time.  Not in the MS!  Please recall that Middle School is on a trimester system, so we report at different times of the year for all students except those in Futures Academy.  Trimester 2 will conclude in early March, so we have several weeks to go before our next reports come out.  If you would like an update on your child’s learning, please send a note or email to your child’s teacher.  Our teachers are available throughout the year to share information about your child’s growth via email, phone, or scheduled appointment.

Do you want to understand your child’s math education better?  Please join us for a Math Parent Workshop to learn more about ISB’s philosophy and approach to teaching and learning Math. We will be joined by Erma Anderson, who has worked with ISB for several years on our Math Program and is highly regarded nationally in the United States and internationally. Spaces are limited for this event as this will be a hands-on workshop. Sign up hereFebruary 1, MS/HS Library Collaboration Space; 12:30 pm to 2:30pm

I hope you also have the next MS Parent Coffee on your calendar.  Feb 7, 8:30am, in the MPR.  See you there!

Finally, some news from Jason Cuthbert in our Activities Department:

The middle school sports season # 2 is soon to conclude in the next week with the ISAC volleyball tournaments.  All teams have had great seasons.  Below are all locations for the ISAC tournaments which will be on Saturday January 27th.

U12 Girls -ISB

U12 Boys -ISB

U13 Girls -IST

U13 Boys -HBJ

U14 Girls- DCB

U14 Boys –DCB

Season # 3 Sports
The start of middle school season # 3 sports will start on Tuesday, February 6th.  The sports offered in season #3 are basketball, tennis, and track and field.  Please if your child is interested, there is again a no – cut policy.  We encourage all middle school students to come out and participate.  Students are asked to go to Gym # 2 that day to meet their coaches and start the season

Go Dragons!

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Happy New Year 2018! Flu Season…

Dear ISB Middle School Parents-

Happy 2018!  I hope your winter holidays provided great opportunities for spending time with family and I wish you a healthy and enriching 2018!

Great learning is already underway here at ISB in the new year.  Soon your children will hear about One Day, our annual day of independent, student-directed learning, coming up on Feb 13 with an exhibition on Feb 14.  We will also enjoy our annual Chinese New Year celebration on Feb 14, with the parade and other activities.

Come and hear Futures Public Radio, Community Media for Change: Parents are welcome to join FPR student journalists who will be sharing their experiences and feature pieces.
MPR; 9:00 am to 10:00 am, on January 16.

I’d also like to ask parents to mark your calendar for the next MS Parent Coffee, taking place in the MPR from 8:30 to 10:00AM on Feb 7.  We will be exploring the science of healthy sleep in adolescents, having some fun with design education, and more!

Finally, allow me to remind everyone that it is flu season!  Flu Season Reminders:

  • Wash your hands with soap regularly!
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep each night!
  • Check for fever if you are not feeling well!  Our nurse can check students’ temperature at school.  If students are at home and have a fever, they must not come to school!
  • Typical symptoms of Flu: High fever (above 38.3°C or 100°F), Chills, Headaches, Tiredness, Body aches

Hope you are enjoying the blue skies and doing your best to stay warm!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

MS Principal’s MEGA List

Just in time for the holidays we have a huge MEGA Principal’s List!  These Middle School students have impressed their teachers by displaying ISB’s Core Values of Global-mindedness, Integrity, Respect, Balance, Service, and/or Creativity.  They set a fantastic example for the rest of us, and have a major impact on the positive culture we enjoy at ISB.  Thank you to every student on the list, and thanks to the teachers who have noted their demonstrations of the our core values.

Have a restful and safe holiday! For those who are leaving ISB, we will miss you so let’s stay connected!

-Dr. Hill

6th Grade
Alex Chiang went out of his way to let a leaving student know how much we appreciate her and will miss her.
Michelle Li–Given many choices in her Let’s Go Project, Michelle decided to focus on service toward others instead of purchasing a personal item for herself.
After attending his first MUN session, Hans Yuan jumped out of his comfort zone to participate in the BRITMUN conference the following week. Great work taking a risk as well as putting in the extra effort to catch up in such a short amount of time!
Justin Gao shows respect in art, works independently, with others and makes sure he takes care of things he needs to. He needs no reminding!
Emily Parker always shows respect and kindness towards her peers and teachers. She makes people feel welcome and valuable, and she encourages a positive learning environment
Anna Meier demonstrates respect in PE class by treating everyone in the class equal and helping others and showing compassion.
Daniel Park has demonstrated a great work ethic and renewed growth mindset in class, exhibiting Integrity and Respect. Daniel works hard, participates enthusiastically, and his effort is appreciated.
James Sun is very responsible for his work and he shows integrity in class activities. I appreciated his respect to his teacher as well as his care for people. Keep it up Xuan Zhicheng!
Ethan Yuan has been very enthusiastic about stop-motion movie making enrichment by developing a very cool Lego scene. When this project is finished, look out it is going to be a good one!
Sangyoon Lee rocks! He is trying his best and asks for help when he needs it. With this attitude, Sangyoon is going to continue to improve!
Lucas Jang consistently looks out for his classmates and volunteers to help others. He demonstrates Service and Integrity in how he conducts himself by showing patience, thoughtfulness, and regard for others. Well done, sir!
Christina Lin has consistently shown respect and honesty towards her peers and teachers. She encourages and listens to others while also ensuring that her team mates are always included in game play. She is a role model to many of her peers and she is an asset to any team that she collaborates with.
Jocelyn Chan demonstrates respect in PE class by treating everyone in the class equal and helping others and showing compassion.
Alex Zhao is putting in REAL effort these days! He is trying hard and his consistent effort is paying off. Keep up the good work, Alex!
Angel Wang has demonstrated balance by finding the time in a busy 1.5 trimesters (aka 1 semester) to work on her French.  She has made a phenomenal improvement from the beginning of the year, well done Angel!
Masai Gordon presented his individual product – Soccer Soles – enthusiastically at the Innovation Expo.  Masai showed poise and articulated his learning and product well to many visitors.
7th Grade
During the Phoenix Project, a new Joyce Jiang showed up! This one was getting flusterred when she couldn’t speak enough, was full of emotion, and left us all impressed.  Great work out there, boss!
Abby Toone consistently is a leader in the trumpet section.  She exhibits quiet leadership and is a model for the other students in band.
Angela Yu really pushed herself during the Phoenix Project, and she showed us all an impressive step up in her research, quick thinking, and public speaking.  Nice work, boss!
Vivian Xu is a truly balanced student! She is an intelligent, enthusiastic, conscientious, and self-motivated student who is always eager to learn and improve herself no matter where she is. Many teachers approached me to share their sad feeling with me since the day we knew that she will be leaving. We will miss you very much, Vivian. Good luck studying in US!
Leon He shone forth as a member of his debate group during the Phoenix Debate and Exhibition. He researched and helped his teammates in the most positive way to help lead them to victory.
Claire Wu led her teammates with knowledge and research as she became an expert about the Phoenix locations and shared her ideas and expertise to help her team all become experts on the cities. Her answers were creative and she dealt with her teammates with extreme respect and they shared and built on her knowledge.
Abby Toone has been a wonderful member of the ISB community and will be missed. She constantly shows many Core Values of respecting herself and others in the class, helping through service and having a great attitude each and every day. We know that she will carry on these values wherever she goes!
Luisa Wang has done an exemplary job collaborating in groups in preparation and during the Phoenix Exhibition. She leads by example and helps those who in need. She does a fantastic job demonstrating her best best work at all times.
We appreciated Eric Chen, Daniel Wang, and Jun helping to pull our award ceremony preparation together by staying after school and working on it!
Christina Ma has continued to work on her Hero’s Journey and will be publishing it via FPR in January! Great job, Christina!!
Both Abby Toone and Tucker Long contributed to MS Knitting Enrichment’s hat drive even though they are not in the enrichment!! Thanks, Tucker and Abby
Leon (Wenliang) Guan demonstrated the core value of Balance. He has excellent organizational skills when he works on his projects.  Even when he is away from school he is able to keep up with his responsibilities.
Stephanie Li pushes herself to try new things and is a positive team member. During the Phoenix Project, she pushed her self out of her comfort zone by opening up the debate and speaking in front of an audience. Also, she supported and helped her teammates accomplish their best.
Hannah Yang did a wonderful job of preparing for her Phoenix debate.  She spoke clearly and confidently and represented her team’s viewpoints extremely well. She also came prepared and ready to EAL with a convincing and charismatic speech for her social action project about sugar as an issue at ISB.
Great job to Scarlett O’Keefe! It was evident Scarlett spent extra time preparing herself as a closer for the Phoenix debate. I am so glad I had the opportunity to witness her give her speech!
Michael Xiao has really been working hard lately on his social action project about sugar as an issue at ISB.  His speaking has improved, his research and passion for his topic has become obvious through his work, and his organization and work completion have significantly improved in EAL over the past few weeks.
Kelly Lee demonstrated the core values of respect and service when she proactively organized the group who did both MUN and the Roundabout concert last Friday so that students could get from BSB to WAB in time for the concert.
Bali Cuthbert was extremely diligent in taking care of younger students during the dress rehearsal and three shows for ‘Mary Poppins’.  She performed in many dances, but also found the time when not on stage to make sure that the little ones were entertained and looked after.
Deniz Guven is always demonstrating her ability to work with integrity in PE.  She is on-task and expects others to be working with determination and focus!  She is a role model in her class.  Thanks Deniz.
Katie Kim always works with respect to her self and others, this has been especially true in our rock climbing unit as she has shown respect to her safety and worked to ensure the safety of others as her group worked on more challenging climbs.  Well done Katie.
Arianna Bambagioni has worked hard on respecting her own and other people’s safety in our rock climbing unit.  She is always watching out for others and making sure things are safe as the risk increases with more challenging climbing. Well done Arianna.
Kairei Jones has been a super role model as a belayer in rock climbing.  He has identified how to be respectful and safe in this crucial role. Well done Kairei.
Harry Seo has been a role model in our PE class – he is always showing integrity for what is expected and works respectfully with his teachers, peers and friends to be involved and on task and expects the same from others.  Well done Harry.
Daniel Lee always works hard to be respectful of others safety (and his own!) in PE. He has worked hard to belay others in more challenging situations in our rock climbing unit.  Well done Daniel.
Joel Kumi is continually is engaged in class.  Is willing to accept feedback on his own performance and will help others without being asked. Involves himself with class logistics to help make the learning environment more enjoyable.
Cissy Li showed great respect for self when she took initiative towards her own learning.  Cissy wanted extra practice preparing the anchor line and climber’s rope in Climbing class.  She was proactive in seeking feedback and applying that feedback.  Great work Cissy.
8th Grade
Maxine Lim was great in our recent Habitat Candy Gram fundraiser!  She was very helpful in all of the tasks and helped the success of our charity event.  Thank you, Maxine!
I’m REALLY proud of Edric Kan for supporting a student who was going through a difficult situation. Edric was more than happy to assist this student in getting support, and he made sure that the counselors were aware this situation. Thank you!
Nathan Chai was so very helpful in our recent Habitat Candy Gram charity event!  He worked hard in all of the tasks and helped the success of the Candy Gram sale.  Thank you, Nathan!
Michael Yang willingly agreed to share our Grade 8-3 thank you message in Chinese with the Chartwells team. He did an excellent job with great feeling. Well done Michael.
Derek Huang was the first to volunteer three times when we asked for helpers to carry boxes from one place to another during our preparation for our homeroom gifts for Sodexo
Yujin Kim continues to shine with her service and global mindedness.  In science, EAL, and FPR, she analyzed research and is developing community presentations and stories for the implications of genetic engineering, added sugar in our diets, and the HS Sunday English language tutoring program for migrant children.
Although new to ISB this year, Amish Singh has adjusted very well to the ISB community showing global mindedness. His extroverted personality has help him develop friendships and connections within and beyond his mentoring class. His growth mindset is great to see. Keep up the positive effort!
Evan Lin has shown the core value of Service to the ISB community by serving as the morning DJ in the cafeteria every day before school for the last several weeks.  He does this cheerfully and chooses some great music to brighten each person’s day.
Huck Henderschedt showed his commitment to service by coming to school early to play music in the cafeteria for the students and teachers enjoying their breakfast. Thank you Huck!
Katie Chao continues to impress me with her passion, commitment, dedication and responsibility. She has been a dependable cast member in “Not a Box” who also contributed greatly in the development of the piece, a dedicated yogi and a creative ISTA team member. Well done Katie for a fabulous 2017!
Mateo Munroe did a great job serving as a member of the ISB BRITMUN team after spending the night at ISB for the Grade 8 Star Night. He went on to bake cookies for our mentoring service project an, on his own he decided to bake a double batch so he could share them with his classmates and teachers. Thanks for your kindness and service to our community Mateo!
I appreciate the positive influence Liza Novikova brings to our Chinese class. She also shows her open-mindedness to different cultures, with her maturity in ways of thinking and understanding.
Shawn Quek was super helpful to during the last week of Project Consume by helping students tweak, edit, and finish their videos. Good job!
Lyndon Beadles used his Sunday morning to work with local village children, helping them with English learning.


Celebrating Learning in the Holiday Season!

On behalf of the MS Office Team, I would like to say Happy Holidays to the entire ISB Middle School community.  We have much to celebrate as we reach this milestone in the 2017-18 school year!

  • The 7th grade team of teachers and students just finished another amazing Phoenix Project.  This year, the students debated where to relocate after a simulated earthquake.  As I told the students yesterday, such projects are important because of their relevance and because they provide opportunities for students to apply a wide range of skills and our ISB Core Values.
  • Our music program has enjoyed success in the last week.  Band students played holiday music in the cafeteria at lunch and the Advanced Orchestra, along with a fabulous choir of ISB parents, participated in a Roundabout Charity Concert at WAB last Friday.  We get to enjoy more student performances, with the parent choir again, this Friday at our final assembly of 2017, at 10:30 in the ISB Theater.
  • About 70 of our 8th grade students stayed at school overnight on Friday night to see the stars at Star Night.  The telescopes were out on the field and we could hear many students gasping as they saw constellations such as Orion, star clusters like the Pleiades, and clear views of the craters of the moon.  Many thanks to the teachers who bravely chaperoned this chilly event, especially those who stayed all night!
  • A number of our students attended the BritMUN event at BSB, where they engaged with students from other schools in a friendly but serious exchange of ideas about international politics.
  • The Futures Academy students recently completed projects and are now planning for their second Ignite Week of the year, an intense week of learning and projects in January that will culminate in a fascinating exhibition of performances and artistic artwork and products.  (6th Grade students… if you want to experience Ignite Weeks in FA next year, get those applications turned in this week!)

These are but a few of the exciting opportunities our Middle School students enjoy.  Such learning opportunities are only available because of our creative and dedicated faculty of teachers.  Bravo, teachers!

To those families who are leaving ISB to move to other places in the world, we bid you a fond farewell and a sincere hope that our paths cross again.  It has been a pleasure to have you in our community.

Safe travels to everyone over the holidays!  Enjoy family and friends and, hopefully, an opportunity to rest up before a busy and exciting 2018!

Warm Regards,
Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Principal’s List for Dec 1

Congratulations to the following ISB Middle School students for exemplifying our Core Values or Global Mindedness, Integrity, Respect, Balance, Service, and Creativity!  They deserve a pat on the back!

Grade 6
Katherine Wang demonstrated the core value of service  when she explained on DX how to do a task in order to help classmates.
Angel Wang has been a great example for her classmates throughout the year with her great questions as well always being prepared.
Jun Lee has exemplified the ISB core values of Respect and Service by consistently offering to help his classmates and teachers, assisting with getting students motivated to start class, volunteering to clean up after activities and being a positive model for being considerate of others.
Grade 7
Jordan Noh stood up and delivered a great speech even though he “hates speeches”.  Great conquering your fears, sir!
Daniel Lee demonstrated an ISB Core Value of Global Mindedness when he brought a box of Pocky stick for each of the students in his homeroom to celebrate Korean holiday (Pepero Day) on Nov.11th. Thank you very much, Daniel! You are very kind.
Maxim Pean clearly displayed Service as he served as the buddy to a new student who had never been overseas before. The student quickly felt a part of the group and learned to make his way throughout our large school under Maxim’s guidance.
Sophia Wu is consistently engage and an active participant in her own learning.  She maintains a positive outlook and unfailingly greets people when she sees them.  I appreciate her willingness to take risks and try something new.
Tony Deng regularly comes to school ready to work with others, push himself and try new things. It is impressive how Tony exemplifies the idea of a growth mindset by knowing that he can and will succeed. Keep it up, Tony!
Christopher Li Friis respects teachers and is friendly to other students. He can also accept challenges and tries to keep up his Chinese learning to a higher level, even in the activities outside school.
Kamsen You participates regularly in math and science, with deeper level questions and responses to questions. I appreciate Kamsen for his inquiring mind and his comments, as it inspires others to contribute to the conversations in the classroom.
Akshat Mansingh demonstrated global mindedness by learning a new language quickly.  Akshat only joined ISB one month ago, and took the brave decision to learn a new language, French.  He has worked very hard to catch up quickly and is participating fully quickly and performing very well in assessments.  Well done Akshat for working hard and learning French so quickly!
Grade 8
Aurora Li did a great job of being our class translator when we visited a plastics factory.  Her ‘trans-languaging’ skills are impressive.  This demonstrates integrity because being new to an English school can be challenging at times and she’s done a great job of persevering and using all the skills that she possesses.
Cindy Woo has jumped into ISB life with enthusiasm and joined in several ASA activities to balance out the academic work she does during the day. She recently earned a spot on the MathCounts team that will compete in Singapore, she played soccer in season 1 and is now playing volleyball. Way to get involved, Cindy!
Huck Henderschedt showed integrity by donating his Saturday to representing the work and stories created by 40+ FPR students at the Innovation Fair.
Ingrid Neuhaus is respectful to peers and teachers alike, remembering to wait her turn to talk, to be patient with others, and to communicate in a positive and constructive manner. She also demonstrated balance, because she manages to participate in a range of extra-curriculars and still demonstrate integrity and discipline towards academics.
Koen Meier showed integrity by giving up his Saturday to represent the work and stories created by 40+ FPR students at the Innovation Fair.
Shawn Quek showed integrity by donating his Saturday to representing the work and stories created by 40+ FPR students at the Innovation Fair.
Kevin Ji has been an extremely hard working member of the YEARBOOK DESIGN team thus far this school year. He is making pages of intelligent and creative design and meeting his deadlines professionally.
Allen Feng demonstrated an exceptional level of creative thinking as he and his partner programmed their robot to complete the two challenges. Congratulation on work well done.
Nolan Longley demonstrated strong leadership skills and integrity during a volleyball scrimmage by effectively and constructively coaching teammates. He was firm, fair, and friendly when addressing issues on the court and demonstrated response for officials and teammates alike.

MS Parent Coffee and Futures Academy Enrollment

Dear Middle School Parents-

Please note that this Wednesday we will hold two events for Middle School parents.

Middle School Parent Coffee, in the MPR, from 8:30 to 10:00.  This event is for all Middle School Parents.  Come and join a conversation about the Middle School schedule, report cards, how we recruit teachers at ISB, and more!  We will also have a special musical performance!

Middle School Futures Academy Enrollment Information, in the Middle School Futures Academy learning space, from 10:15 to 11:00.  This meeting is for all 6th grade parents and any 7th grade parents who are thinking about enrolling a student in MS Futures Academy for the 2018-19 school year. Come and discover the similarities and differences between the Middle School and Middle School Futures Academy programs so that you can make an informed choice with your child.  Applications will be available at this meeting. Our initial enrollment period is now open!

I also want to remind you about the ISB Innovation EXPO, in the ISB Dome this Saturday from 10 to 3.  Should be a great time for families to celebrate creativity at ISB and great food will be available for purchase.  Then go and see some exciting high school basketball at the Great Wall Shootout in our ISB Gyms 1-3!

Have a great week!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal