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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.

HS News

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Progress Reports and Goal Setting

Mid-semester Progress Reports will be sent home during the week of April 3-7. 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. Thank you, 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.

March 27-31 Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students 

As security concerns in Ethiopia have diminished, we are able to consider taking our students off campus for extended learning opportunities within the greater community. We are planning potential trips to Gullele Botanical Gardens, Born Free Conservation Center, and Entoto. All trips will be day trips and we will not take any overnight excursions. Students will also take First Aid training, extended projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), and Academic Integrity. Information and permission forms have been sent home to Grade 9 and 10 parents. Please contact Danel Kidane, ICS Week Without Walls Coordinator, if you have questions or concerns about these exciting educational opportunities.

Grade 12 IBDP Mock Exams

IBDP Mock Exams take place from March 27 to 31. All Year Two IBDP students take these exams in preparation for their final exams in May. Grade 12 students who take non-IBDP courses continue to attend these classes but otherwise there are no classes for Grade 12 students during this week. We wish all of our students the best of luck!

Upcoming Events in the High School 

  • 27 – 29 March Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students
  • 27 – 31 March IBDP Mock Exams for Grade 12 students
  • 27 – 31 March ICS Internships for Grade 11 students
  • 3 April Semester Two Progress Reports sent home
  • 9 April High School Prom
  • 11 – 13 April Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

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, March 9, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Upcoming Events in the High School 

  • 10 March CIS College Fair
  • 13 – 17 March Spring Break
  • 27 – 31 March Potential Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students
  • 27 – 31 March IBDP Mock Exams for Grade 12 students
  • 27 – 31 March ICS Internships for Grade 11 students
  • 3 April Semester Two Progress Reports sent home
  • 9 April High School Prom
  • 11 – 13 April Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences

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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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Early Notice of Student Progress

ICS High School teachers sent emails to the parents of students who are currently earning an academic grade of “3” or below, and/or an effort grade of “N” (Needs improvement”. Our aim is to ensure that we share information that can lead to improved performance and better life-long learning practices for our students. We invite parents to contact their teachers at any time to discuss these matters, whether over the phone, via email, or in person. We will send home Progress Reports before April 3, 2017. These include grades for Academic Achievement, Effort, and comments from the teachers. We will then invite parents to meet with students and teachers on April 11, 12, and 13. Please keep these dates in mind and the lines of communication open as we continue to work together.

Grade 9 Parent Coffee: It's time to think about grade 10!

We want to thank all grade 9 parents that were able to join us for our conversation about course planning for grade 10.  Here is the link to the presentation for your review.  As a gentle reminder, course selection forms are due to Ms. Brown on Monday, 6 March at 4:00 PM. Should you have any questions, please e-mail grade 9/10 counselor Alicia Brown (alicia.brown@icsadddis.edu.et)

CIS College Fair

ICS will host the CIS College Fair on March 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Upper Commons. Parents of Grade 11 and 12 students have received more detailed information about this program. Even if you are the parents of younger children in Grades 9 or 10, please feel free to drop by to learn more about these colleges and universities. For further questions, please contact Jim Barekman, our Grade 11/12 College Counselor (mailto:jim.barkeman@icsaddis.edu.et)

March 27-31 Potential Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students           

As security concerns in Ethiopia have diminished, we are able to consider taking our students off campus for extended learning opportunities within the greater community. We are planning potential trips to Gullele Botanical Gardens, Born Free Conservation Center, and Menagesha National Park. All trips will be day trips and we will not take any overnight excursions. We finalize our plans before March 10 and announce the trips after the break (approximately on March 20, 2017)

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017. Students will not attend class during this week.        

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.           

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.           

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Tash McCarroll, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 1 March Grade 8/9 PSAT Exam.
  • 4 March Pan African Model United Nations at ICS.
  • 8 March Season Two Athletic Banquet.
  • 10 March CIS College Fair.
  • 13 – 17 March Spring Break.
  • 27 – 31 March Potential Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students.
  • 27 – 31 March IBDP Mock Exams for Grade 12 students.
  • 27 – 31 March ICS Internships for Grade 11 students.
  • 3 April Semester Two Progress Reports sent home.
  • 9 April High School Prom.
  • 11 – 13 April Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences.

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, February 23, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Early Notice of Student Progress

ICS High School teachers will be sending emails to the parents of students who are currently earning an academic grade of “3” or below, and/or an effort grade of “N” (Needs improvement”. Our aim is to ensure that we share information that can lead to improved performance and better life-long learning practices for our students. We invite parents to contact their teachers at any time to discuss these matters, whether over the phone, via email, or in person. We will send home Progress Reports after March 24 that include grades for Academic Achievement, Effort, and comments from the teachers. Please keep the lines of communication open as we strive for success in the classroom, and in all areas of our program.

IBDP Theatre Collaborative Project Performance

Please come out and join us as we celebrate our first cohort of IBDP Theatre students. Performance will take place in the Upper Commons on 27 February at 7:00 pm. See you there!

Grade 9 Parent Coffee: Course Selection

We invite grade 9 parents to join us on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 am in the Upper Commons to talk about course selection for grade 10. We will explore graduation requirements, how to keep doors open for the IB Diploma Program and have plenty of time to answer questions you may have.  Coffee and light snacks will be provided. We look forward to supporting you through the course selection process. 

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017.

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However, for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.         

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty week long internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.           

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Tash McCarroll, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School

  • ISSEA Drama and Visual Arts February 22-26, Harare International School
  • ISSEA Band and Choir February 22-26, American International School Johannesburg
  • IBDP Theatre Collaborative Project Performance, 27 February, 7:00 pm Upper Commons
  • Grade 9 Parent Coffee February 28 at 9:00 in the Upper Commons

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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Thursday, February 16, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

ISSAA Championships

ICS athletes took home two local ISSAAA Championships last week in Boys Under 19 Basketball and Girls Under 19 Basketball. Thanks to our coaches: Kirstin Boutilier, Kyle Deuling, Nathan Weaver, Nick Madalinski, for leading our basketball teams to thrilling victories in a packed ICS Gym on Friday night! Go Eagles!

The Big Show

High School students once again present a variety show known as “The Big Show” as a culminating event of High School Spirit Week (February 13 – 16, 2017). This showcase of student talent is entirely produced by our High School Student Council (STUCO). It features acts from Middle School and High School student and is always a highlight of the school year. The Big Show raises funds for the Aleku Primary School Project, in Woliso, where we have been working for the past five years to enhance educational opportunities for local children. This year, the Big Show takes place on February 16 in the Amphitheatre. Tickets for this event are available from STUCO members and will be available at the door, so please pencil it in your calendars. I look forward to seeing you there!

Grade 8 Parent Night-Thank You

We want to extend a thank you to all parents of grade 8 students who were able to attend the "Welcome to High School" event on Monday night. It was a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to working with you closely as your students transition to high school.  We welcome all parents to access this link to the presentation to help guide your conversations at home with your students as they work through course selection.  Please don't hesitate to be in contact with our grade 9/10 counselor, Alicia Brown (alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et), should you have any questions.

Grade 11 College Night – Thank you

Many thanks to those Grade 11 parents who came to our presentation on North American Universities. Please follow up with our Grade 11/12 College Counselor, Jim Barekman, for further information and details on this important subject. (mailto:jim.barekman@icsaddis.edu.et)

Grade 9 Parent Coffee: Course Selection

We invite grade 9 parents to join us on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 am in the Upper Commons to talk about course selection for grade 10. We will explore graduation requirements, how to keep doors open for the IB Diploma Program and have plenty of time to answer questions you may have.  Coffee and light snacks will be provided. We look forward to supporting you through the course selection process. 

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017.       

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.          

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.        

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Tash McCarroll, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School

  • The Big Show February 16 6:30 PM in the Large Amphitheatre
  • ISSEA Drama and Visual Arts February 22-26, Harare International School
  • ISSEA Band and Choir February 22-26, American International School Johannesburg
  • Grade 9 Parent Coffee February 28 at 9:00 in the Upper Commons

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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Thursday, February 9, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

High School Students Giving Back to the Community through CAS (Creativity Activity Service).

Please see HERE for details.

Spirit Week

Next week marks a high point in student life in the high school. In order to have some fun and provide a break from the stresses of a demanding academic program, the Student Council has organized a series of activities, contests, and games, culminating in The Big Show next Thursday evening (see below). Students are invited to dress in costume each day of the week: Monday: Pajama day; Tuesday: Gender swap (following the dress code); Wednesday: Twin Day; Thursday: class colors. The week ends with the annual ICS Fools’ Olympics, a suite of silly games involving the entire high school. 

The Big Show

High School students once again present a variety show known as “The Big Show” as a culminating event of High School Spirit Week (February 13 – 16, 2017). This showcase of student talent is entirely produced by our High School Student Council (STUCO). It features acts from Middle School and High School student and is always a highlight of the school year. The Big Show raises funds for the Aleku Primary School Project, in Woliso, where we have been working for the past five years to enhance educational opportunities for local children. This year, the Big Show takes place on February 16 in the Amphitheatre. Tickets for this event are available from STUCO members and will be available at the door, so please pencil it in your calendars. I look forward to seeing you there!

Grade 8 Parent Night

Next Monday, February 13, presents an opportunity for parents of Grade 8 students to learn about our high school program and take in important information as students make the transition to high school. Information has been sent to parents – please let us know if you did not receive this and we will resend it. I look forward to seeing as many Grade 8 parents as possible on this important occasion.

Grade 11 College Night

On next Wednesday, February 15, we will be presenting important information to the parents of Grade 11 students regarding the application process for Canadian and US colleges and universities. This session will also include important information about our ICS Internship Program. All parents of Grade 11 students are highly encouraged to attend. I look forward to see many of you there.

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017.  

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Siham Omar, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School

  • February 10: No classes or assessments for Pamoja online learning students
  • February 11 Pamoja Year 2 Mock Exams
  • February 11 ICS Walk and Run
  • February 13 Grade 8 Parent Night
  • February 13 - 16 HS Spirit Week
  • February 15 Grade 11 College Night
  • February 16 The Big Show

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.

Middle and High School News

The International Community School Counseling Department is offering to students in grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9.  The PSAT 8/9 will be given on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30pm.  Places to take the PSAT 8/9 are offered on a first come first serve basis for up to 70 students.  The cost per student to take the exam is U.S. $20.00.  Students can pay the cashier at ICS and bring the receipt to Meron Tekalign to register for the exam.    If you have any questions please contact Charmaine Gunther or Meron Tekalign in the Middle School/High School Counseling Office. 

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