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Thursday, June 8, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

High School Orientation

On Wednesday morning we were happy to host the grade 8 students for High School Orientation.  Please feel free review the presentation as it includes information pertaining to summer shopping. It may be helpful to review the presentation again before starting school on Monday, August 14 so that students feel prepared for the first day of school. We wish you a wonderful summer and are thrilled to welcome you to the high school in the fall.    

Library Materials

All Library materials must be returned By June 2. We will not issue student reports or transcripts until all Library materials have been returned. For any inquiries about Library returns, please contact Kim Tyo-Dickerson, MS/HS Librarian.

Final Reports and Transcripts

Final Semester reports will be issued on Friday, June 9 and emailed to parents. We will also print copies which will be distributed to students on June 9. Please address requests for transcripts to the HS Counseling Office, meron.tekalign@icsaddis.edu.et.

IBDP information

For information pertaining to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, please contact Ms. Tigist Kassa, IBDP Administrative Assistant.

High School Office

Teachers will be on holiday from June 9 to August 7, 2017. Please address any inquiries to the High School Office during that time. I will be back at work on July 27, 2017.

ICS High School Last Day of School

During the last day of school, we will celebrate the successes of many of our students as they receive their Academic Awards. This ceremony will take place in the Upper Commons at 9:15 am, June 9. We will also hold a final school-wide assembly at 10:15 am, during which we bid farewell to all for the summer holidays. After our Awards and Farewell Ceremonies, students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.

ICS High School First Day of School

School resumes on August 14, 2017. See you then!!!

Farewell for the Summer

As another year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the ICS community for your steadfast support of learning, in all its forms. We are proud of our students and of the positive relationships we enjoy with families and colleagues. Working in partnership with you this year has been a pleasure. I wish you the very best for the holidays and look forward to seeing you upon our return in August. To those of you who are leaving ICS, my best wishes for safe travels as you embark on this next stage of your careers. And to students, I hope you will find the time to relax, to have fun, and to read something for pleasure over the summer. Best wishes to all.

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • June 8 Community Service Day - no classes – All students go out on community service projects with teachers.
  • June 9 Final Awards Assembly; Final School-wide Assembly; School Dismissed for Summer at 11:30 am 

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

HS News

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

High School News – David Redmond, HS Principal

ICS High School Final Exams

Final exams for all High School students take place from May 31 to June 6. Please see the Final Exam Schedule in order to be aware of when your children take their exams. Note that students are not required to be on campus in the mornings until 9:40 am during the Exam period and that dismissal is at 3:20 pm as it is normally. If a student has only one exam and it ends at 12:00, then the student is expected to leave campus at that time. If a student takes an afternoon exam and not a morning exam, the student should not arrive at school before 1:00 pm.

As we approach the end of the year, please ensure that your children are well rested and prepared for these final assessments. Please also note that exams may not be given early for any reason, and all students MUST attend the final exam. Please do communicate with the High School Office if you anticipate that your child will be absent during the final weeks of the year. Please address all questions regarding final exams to Mr. Kevin Hewitt, High School Assistant Principal.

Library Materials

All Library materials must be returned By June 2. We will not issue student reports or transcripts until all Library materials have been returned. For any inquiries about Library returns, please contact Kim Tyo-Dickerson, MS/HS Librarian.

Final Reports and Transcripts

Final reports will be issued on Friday, June 9 and emailed to parents. We are not able to produce reports earlier. Transcripts for departing students will also be available at that time.

 Upcoming events in the High School

June 7 8-period day; Final check out, Re-cap of the year with teachers

June 8 Community Service Day - no classes – All students go out on community service projects with teachers.

June 9 Final Assembly; School Dismissed for Summer

         

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at david.redmond@icsaddis.edu.et for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

High School News – David Redmond, HS Principal

ICS HS Senior Parade

The ICS Senior Parade will take place on Friday, 26 May at 12:30 pm, directly after graduation rehearsal. Grads will march out along the route while the entire school comes out to applaud and shower them with praise. It is a wonderful expression of our admiration and respect, one that is truly reflective of the ICS Way. Teachers especially, but all of us at ICS who have supported these students can take pride in their accomplishments.

ICS High School Final Exams

Final exams for all High School students take place from 31May to 6 June. Please see the Final Exam Schedule in order to be aware of when your children take their exams. Note that students are not required to be on campus in the mornings until 9:40 am during the Exam period and that dismissal is at 3:20 pm as it is normally. If a student has only one exam and it ends at 12:00, then the student is expected to leave campus at that time. If a student takes an afternoon exam and not a morning exam, the student should not arrive at school before 1:00 pm.

As we approach the end of the year, please ensure that your children are well rested and prepared for these final assessments. Please also note that exams may not be given early for any reason, and all students MUST attend the final exam. Please do communicate with the High School Office if you anticipate that your child will be absent during the final weeks of the year. Please address all questions regarding final exams to Mr. Kevin Hewitt, High School Assistant Principal.

Important Information for Grade 12 Students

All Grade 12 students MUST submit their completed Checkout Forms to the HS Office. Also, please take note of the following important dates:

Graduation rehearsal May 26, 11:00 am in the gym.

Senior Parade 12:30 pm beginning in the Lower Commons

Graduation May 26, 6:00 pm in the gym. (Grade 12 students are expected to arrive at school by 5:00 pm.

Additional information regarding final end-of-year procedures for parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information. Students may not participate in the Graduation Ceremony unless they have submitted form to the HS Office by that time.

Upcoming events in the High School

May 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 pm Graduation Rehearsal

May 26, 12:30 PM Senior Parade

May 26, 6:00 PM High School Graduation

May 31 – June 6 High School Exams

June 7 8-period day; Final check out, Re-cap of the year with teachers

June 8 Community Service Day - no classes – All students go out on community service projects with teachers.

June 9 Final Assembly; School Dismissed for Summer

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at david.redmond@icsaddis.edu.et for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

HS News

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

IBDP Exams IBDP exams are now underway and continue until May 19. Although our senior students no longer have classes, students continue to study in groups on campus – this is happening with impressive regularity, and we encourage students to continue this effective exam preparation practice. The campus remains open during regular school hours to students for this purpose. I would encourage all students to take advantage of our facilities in this regard.

Students are also encouraged to maintain a detailed calendar that includes study times, break times, as well as a little time set aside for leisure. Students who can manage their time most effectively are more likely to meet with success in exams. Please contact Ms. Heidi Zickefoose, our IBDP Coordinator, for more information on IBDP matters.

ICS High School Final Exams Final exams for all High School students take place from May 31 to June 6. Please see the Final Exam Schedule in order to be aware of when your children take their exams. Note that students are not required to be on campus in the mornings until 9:40 am during the Exam period and that dismissal is at 3:20 pm as it is normally. As we approach the end of the year, please ensure that your children are well rested and prepared for these final assessments. Please also note that exams may not be given early for any reason, and all students MUST attend the final exam. Please do communicate with the High School Office if you anticipate that your child will be absent during the final weeks of the year.

Important Information for Grade 12 Students

All Grade 12 students MUST submit their completed Checkout forms to the HS Office. Also, please take note of the following important dates:

  • Graduation rehearsal May 26, 11:00 am in the gym.
  • Senior Parade 12:30 pm beginning in the Lower Commons
  • Graduation May 26, 6:00 pm in the gym. (Grade 12 students are expected to arrive at school by 5:00 pm.

Additional information regarding final end-of-year procedures for parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information. Students may not participate in the Graduation Ceremony unless they have submitted form to the HS Office by that time.

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 22 May, ICS Mock Trial, 5:00 PM
  • 24 May, ICS Season 3 Sports Award Night, 5:00 PM
  • 26 May, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Graduation Rehearsal
  • 26 May, Senior Parade, 12:30 PM
  • 26 May, High School Graduation, 6:00 PM
  • 31 May – June 6, High School Exams
  • 7 & 8 June  Re-cap of the year with teachers
  • 8 June, Community Service Day - no classes – All students go out on community service projects with teachers.
  • 9 June, Final Assembly School Dismissed for Summer

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

MS/HS Counselling Office

Dear Parents of PSAT 8/9 Test Takers:

The PSAT 8/9 score reports have arrived!   Please direct your student to come after school on Thursday 11 Mayor Friday 12 May to room S017 to pick up the score report.  Ms. Charmaine Gunther or Ms. Alicia Brown will be available from 3:30-4:00pm to hand out reports and give a quick presentation on how to read and interpret the results.  Parents and students are both welcome to come.  If you or your son/daughter are unable to make it the score reports will be distributed to students by 15 May.

Please take the time to go through the score report along with the information that help explain the results.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s report please contact - Ms. Alicia Brown, 9/10 School Counselor or Ms. Charmaine Gunther, MS School Counselor for assistance; alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et or charmaine.gunther@icsaddis.edu.et   

HS News

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

IBDP Exams IBDP exams are now underway and continue until May 19. Although our senior students no longer have classes, students continue to study in groups on campus – this is happening with impressive regularity, and we encourage students to continue this effective exam preparation practice. The campus remains open during regular school hours to students for this purpose. I would encourage all students to take advantage of our facilities in this regard.

Students are also encouraged to maintain a detailed calendar that includes study times, break times, as well as a little time set aside for leisure. Students who can manage their time most effectively are more likely to meet with success in exams. Please contact Ms. Heidi Zickefoose, our IBDP Coordinator, for more information on IBDP matters.

ICS High School Final Exams Final exams for all High School students take place from May 31 to June 6. More detailed information will be sent home next week, and each student will be given an individual exam schedule. As we approach the end of the year, please ensure that your children are well rested and prepared for these final assessments. Please also note that exams may not be given early for any reason, and all students MUST attend the final exam. Please do communicate with the High School Office if you anticipate that your child will be absent during the final weeks of the year.

MS/HS Concert Please join us on Wednesday 17 May for our MS/HS Choir Concert, “Music of the People, for the People”. Culminating activities such as these represent the incredible talent, dedication, and work of our teachers and students and are highlights of the ICS year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Important Graduation Information for Parents. For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information. Students will be given their final ICS Checkout forms on Thursday, May 4. These forms are due in the HS Office no later than May 25 at 4:30 pm. Students may not participate in the Graduation Ceremony unless they have submitted form to the HS Office by that time.

High School Advisory: Stress Management and Suicide Prevention

Next week during Advisory, our counselors will be talking to our students about managing stress, developing effective responses to life challenges, distress, and mental illness, including suicide prevention. We would like to make students and parents aware of a current film on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, which deals with the issue of teenage suicide. The film presents responses to suicide that are entirely contrary to the way that counsellors and psychologists believe that the matter should be discussed with adolescents. Please see a letter on this topic endorsed by our counsellors here. This is an extremely important subject for us to discuss with our students at ICS, where professionals can provide accurate information and guidance. For further information about suicide prevention and/or other social or emotional concerns, please contact Alicia Brown, Grade 9/10 Counselor, or Jim Barekman, Grade 11/12 College Counselor.

Families On The Move-Thank You! The middle and high school counselors want to thank the parents that were able to join us for our parent coffee: Families On The Move.  We also want to share the presentation with families that were unable to attend.  Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with our middle school counselor, Ms. Charmaine Gunther, or our high school counselors Ms. Alicia Brown and Mr. Jim Barekman. We wish you all the best and are here to support you and your children as you transition from ICS to your next home.

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 17 May, MS/HS Choir Concert, 6:30 PM
  • 22 May, ICS Mock Trial, 5:00 PM
  • 24 May, ICS Season 3 Sports Award Night, 5:00 PM
  • 26 May, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Graduation Rehearsal
  • 26 May, Senior Parade, 12:30 PM
  • 26 May, High School Graduation, 6:00 PM
  • 31 May 31 – June 6, High School Exams
  • 5 June, HS Exams
  • 9 June, HS Awards Assembly, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

MS/HS Counselling Office

Dear Parents of PSAT 8/9 Test Takers:

The PSAT 8/9 score reports have arrived!   Please direct your student to come after school on Thursday 11 Mayor Friday 12 May to room S017 to pick up the score report.  Ms. Charmaine Gunther or Ms. Alicia Brown will be available from 3:30-4:00pm to hand out reports and give a quick presentation on how to read and interpret the results.  Parents and students are both welcome to come.  If you or your son/daughter are unable to make it the score reports will be distributed to students by 15 May.

Please take the time to go through the score report along with the information that help explain the results.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s report please contact - Ms. Alicia Brown, 9/10 School Counselor or Ms. Charmaine Gunther, MS School Counselor for assistance; alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et or charmaine.gunther@icsaddis.edu.et   

HS News

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

IBDP Exams IBDP exams are now underway and continue until May 19. Although our senior students no longer have classes, students continue to study in groups on campus – this is happening with impressive regularity, and we encourage students to continue this effective exam preparation practice. The campus remains open during regular school hours to students for this purpose. I would encourage all students to take advantage of our facilities in this regard.

Students are also encouraged to maintain a detailed calendar that includes study times, break times, as well as a little time set aside for leisure. Students who can manage their time most effectively are more likely to meet with success in exams. Please contact Ms. Heidi Zickefoose, our IBDP Coordinator, for more information on IBDP matters.

ICS Scholarship, 2017-18 A traditional Coffee Ceremony will be held to welcome our new ICS Scholarship students on May 4 at 3:30 pm in the Community Commons. Please come out and join us as we welcome the new members of the ICS Community.

MS/HS Concerts Please join us on Wednesday May 10 for our MS/HS Band Concert, Concert, “Celebrations and Farewell” and again for our MS/HS Choir Concert, “Music of the People, for the People”. These culminating activities represent the incredible talent, dedication, and work of our teachers and students and are highlights of the ICS year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Important Graduation Information for Parents. For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information. Students will be given their final ICS Checkout forms on Thursday, May 4. These forms are due in the HS Office no later than May 25 at 4:30 pm. Students may not participate in the Graduation Ceremony unless they have submitted form to the HS Office by that time.

High School Advisory: Stress Management and Suicide Prevention

Next week during Advisory, our counselors will be talking to our students about managing stress, developing effective responses to life challenges, distress, and mental illness, including suicide prevention. We would like to make students and parents aware of a current film on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, which deals with the issue of teenage suicide. The film presents responses to suicide that are entirely contrary to the way that counsellors and psychologists believe that the matter should be discussed with adolescents. Please see a letter on this topic endorsed by our counsellors here. This is an extremely important subject for us to discuss with our students at ICS, where professionals can provide accurate information and guidance. For further information about suicide prevention and/or other social or emotional concerns, please contact Alicia Brown, Grade 9/10 Counselor, or Jim Barekman, Grade 11/12 College Counselor.

Families On The Move-Thank You! The middle and high school counselors want to thank the parents that were able to join us for our parent coffee: Families On The Move.  We also want to share the presentation with families that were unable to attend, you may click here to access the presentation.  Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with our middle school counselor, Ms. Charmaine Gunther, or our high school counselors Ms. Alicia Brown and Mr. Jim Barekman. We wish you all the best and are here to support you and your children as you transition from ICS to your next home.

Upcoming University Visits:

Middlebury College (Vermont) and Amherst College (Massachusetts) are two very highly regarded and competitive liberal arts colleges.  See the following invite for next Friday, May 5th.  I realize that this is a holiday, but they are great schools and worth learning more about!

"ICS students are invited to attend the Amherst and Middlebury presentation on Friday May 5 at 9 AM Jupiter Hotel (Kasanchis) next to Radisson Blu.  The conference room is on the 8th floor of the hotel.  Students will need to take elevators to the top floor.  Make sure students know the location is Jupiter Hotel Kasanchis.  There is another Jupiter hotel in Bole.” 

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 28 April – 19 May, IB Exams
  • 4 May,  New Scholarship Students Welcome Reception, , 3:30 PM
  • 10 May, MS/HS Band Concert, 6:30 PM
  • 17 May, MS/HS Choir Concert, 6:30 PM
  • 22 May, ICS Mock Trial, 5:00 PM
  • 24 May 24, ICS Season 3 Sports Award Night, 5:00 PM
  • 26 May, High School Graduation, 6:00 PM
  • 31 May 31 – June 6, High School Exams
  • 5 June, HS Exams
  • 9 June, HS Awards Assembly, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

 

HS News

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

ICS Scholarship, 2017-18

I am pleased to announce that we have selected four students to receive the ICS Scholarship, 2017-18. The selection process includes assessments in Mathematics and English and final interviews for short-listed candidates. One hundred and thirty-three students sat the written exams on April 1, 2017. The English Comprehension and Vocabulary and the Mathematics Section A tests were graded by ICS Teaching Assistants and Administrative Assistants. Essays were read and assessed by the HS Principal. Section B of the Mathematics tests was graded by members of the HS Mathematics department. The selection team is made up of the ICS Scholarship Coordinator, the ICS IBDP Coordinator, the Grade 9/10 High School Counselor, and the Grade 11/12 College Counselor. Interviews were held at ICS on April 22, 2017.  Current ICS Scholarship parents also assisted with interviews of the parents of short-listed candidates.

The four selected candidates are, in no particular order:

  • Nathnael Wondwossen Bekele (male), Gibson Youth Academy
  • Armon Jemal Ibrahim (female), Meserate Hiwot Church School
  • Zeamanuel Tilahun Zewoldu (male), Future Talent Academy
  • Esset Messele Teshome (female), Chabod School

Important Graduation Information for Parents. For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information for seniors

Families on the Move: Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00 - 10:00 in the Upper Commons 

Are you leaving ICS at the end of the year? Are you worried about how to best support your student through this transition? Whether this is your first move or your seventh move, the ICS MS/HS counseling department invite you to join us for an opportunity to explore the process of transition and how to best support your student.  It will be a great time to connect with other parents who may also be leaving to lean on their experience and insight as well.  We look forward to our time together exploring this important topic.

United Kingdom University Planning for Grade 11 Parents

Mark your calendars!  On Wednesday, May 3rd from 8-9 a.m. in the Upper Commons, I will be presenting information about the process for applying to the United Kingdom.  It is a much simpler process than North America!  I will be joined by a local resource, Dr. Mabika, who will also talk about applying to a foundation year in the United Kingdom (for students who are not completing the IB Diploma and would follow this route to obtain a UK university education).

Upcoming events in the High School

  • April 28 IBDP and Senior Exams begin.
  • May 2 Families on the Move Parent Coffee
  • May 3 United Kingdom University Planning For Grade 11 Parents

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing

All students in Grade 9 and 10 will take the Measures of Academic Progress tests this month in English and Mathematics. The MAP assessment is a computerized adaptive assessment that measures your child’s progress in Reading and Math.  The level of difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers the previous questions.  As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult.  This enables the assessment to identify the full spectrum of a student’s strengths and weaknesses.  At ICS we use the MAP assessment for a variety of purposes, such as informing instruction in the classroom, monitoring student growth, and selecting courses to provide appropriate academic challenges. There is no need for students to prepare for the tests and no homework or preparation involved.

Additional information on the MAP assessment can be found at the Northwest Evaluation Association website: www.nwea.org (click on Parent Toolkit for additional resources and information).

MAP testing will take place on April 24 and 25. All High School students will be off-timetable for the day but regular school hours will be maintained.

Farewell to our Seniors

On Wednesday we celebrated our Grade 12 student successes with our annual Senior Awards Ceremony. For a list of Award winners, please click here. Friday April 21 is the last day for seniors, as they begin their study leave before their exams begin on April 28. We wish our students the best of luck! For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information for seniors

Families on the Move: Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00-10:00 in the Upper Commons

Are you leaving ICS at the end of the year? Are you worried about how to best support your student through this transition? Whether this is your first move or your seventh move, the ICS MS/HS counseling department invite you to join us for an opportunity to explore the process of transition and how to best support your student.  It will be a great time to connect with other parents who may also be leaving to lean on their experience and insight as well.  We look forward to our time together exploring this important topic.

United Kingdom University Planning For Grade 11 Parents

Mark your calendars!  On Wednesday, May 3rd from 8-9 a.m. in the Upper Commons, I will be presenting information about the process for applying to the United Kingdom.  It is a much simpler process than North America!  I will be joined by a local resource, Dr. Mabika, who will also talk about applying to a foundation year in the United Kingdom (for students who are not completing the IB Diploma and would follow this route to obtain a UK university education).

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • April 21 Last Day for Seniors.
  • April 24, 25 MAP Testing
  • April 26 ICS Scholarship Dinner
  • April 28 IBDP and Senior Exams begin.
  • May 2 Families on the Move Parent Coffee
  • May 3 United Kingdom University Planning For Grade 11 Parents           

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Many thanks for coming out to support out students in their goal-setting process this week. We are happy that so many parents were able to join us for these invaluable conversations. Please don’t hesitate to follow up with teachers in the important weeks to come as students prepare for final assessments.

High School Prom Photos

ICS students looked handsome and beautiful on Saturday night as they turned out in force to attend the High School Prom. It was an elegant way to celebrate our seniors’ achievements and to include the entire high school. Thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Ramey for taking the lead in organizing the Senior Dance, which has become an ICS tradition. Our thanks also go to Ms. Meghan Hardy and Mr. Kevin Hewitt and Ms. Tigist Kassa for organizing another outstanding High School Prom. Please contact Ms. Tigist Kassa for further details about collecting your photos from High School Prom.

Senior Awards Ceremony

This year, we will hold our Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 12:30 pm in the Upper Commons. We will distribute the major Academic Awards at that time as well as the Subject Awards. We will contact the parents of students who will be receiving awards. All parents of Seniors are invited to remain with us for a reception to follow.

MAP Testing

MAP testing will take place on April 24 and 25. All High School students will be off-timetable for the day but regular school hours will be maintained.

Families on the Move: Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00-10:00 in the Upper Commons 

Are you leaving ICS at the end of the year? Are you worried about how to best support your student through this transition? Whether this is your first move or your seventh move, the ICS MS/HS counseling department invite you to join us for an opportunity to explore the process of transition and how to best support your student.  It will be a great time to connect with other parents who may also be leaving to lean on their experience and insight as well.  We look forward to our time together exploring this important topic. 

Upcoming events in the High School

  • April 19 Senior Awards Ceremony.
  • April 19 ISSEA: STEM in Mozambique; Soccer at ICS; Golf and Tennis in Zimbabwe.
  • April 21 Last Day for Seniors.
  • April 24, 25 MAP Testing
  • April 26 ICS Scholarship Dinner
  • April 28 IBDP and Senior Exams begin.
  • May 2 Families on the Move Parent Coffee

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

HS News

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond  

Progress Reports and Goal Setting

Mid-semester Progress Reports will be sent home this week. These include important information on student’s academic progress, including Academic Achievement, Effort, and comments from the teacher. Students, in collaboration with teachers, counsellors, and advisors use the Progress Report information to set appropriate learning goals and to inform instruction for the rest of the semester. The goals will include clear targets as well as steps that should lead to improved academic performance. We lead students through a process to set SMART goals; that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Through reflection on their learning, students are able to take more ownership of and responsibility for their actions. We appreciate parents taking the time to discuss the Progress Reports and the SMART goals at home in order to provide a full range of support to our students. Students have emailed their parents to inform them of their goals and of which teachers they need to meet. We are asking parents to meet with these teachers as a matter of priority (please see below). Thank you for working with is on this, parents, and please don’t hesitate to contact me to speak about this at any time.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences April 11-13

Once again this semester, students will be working in Advisory to set their goals and will then share them with parents and teachers at the upcoming conferences (April 11-13). During these conferences, students will share their goals with teachers and parents, who will have an opportunity to listen and to ask questions. Students will inform their parents of which teachers they need to meet. Please note that we are asking parents to schedule appointments for these three teachers as a priority, and that students lead the meetings. Parents may schedule meetings with other teachers as well in order to inquire about students’ progress. In the interest of efficiency and in order to accommodate a large number of meetings, we are asking parents to schedule meetings with teachers only in courses where the student requires significant improvement or has set goals. For example, if a student is scoring top marks in the Progress Report, we do not feel that a meeting is necessary, as we believe that the meetings are more beneficial to address areas in need of improvement. We ask for parents’ cooperation in this regard. Further information about making appointments will sent home next week. At ICS, we have a high degree of participation in these conferences and we thank parents for their collaboration in their children’s education.

Times for this year’s Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences are:

  • Tuesday, 11 April, 4:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, 12 April, 4:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, 13 April, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Early Dismissal

Please note that students will be dismissed at 11:35 on Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13. Parents are asked to plan accordingly and to collect their children promptly. Note that there is no school on Friday, April 14.

High School Prom

The High School Prom takes place this weekend on Saturday evening in the gym. Student Council has arranged the event, which is designed to celebrate the seniors as they prepare to leave school. Tickets are available ONLY until lunch time on Friday, 7 April. Parents are invited to come to take photos early in the evening and to see our students in their fine suits and dresses. Prom is always an elegant event and I urge parents to come out to support their children as we pass this milestone in their education.

Senior Awards Ceremony

This year, we will hold our Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19 at 12:30 pm in the Upper Commons. We will distribute the major Academic Awards at that time as well as the Subject Awards. We will contact the parents of students who will be receiving awards. All parents of seniors are invited to remain with us for a reception to follow.  

Upcoming Events in the High School 

  • 8 April High School Prom
  • 11 – 13 April Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences
  • 19 April Senior Awards Ceremony
  • 21 April Last Day for Seniors

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

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