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Upper School Newsletter May 6, 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr 24-May16   DP EXAMINATION                        May 2-9        NWEA Testing (Gr 6-8)                        May 14         US Assembly - all parents invited          May 20-24    China Trips (Gr 6-10)                            May 29          Athletic Awards Ceremony                    June 1            SAT                                                        June 1           Swimming Awards Ceremony                June 1           High School Formal                              June 3-11      Gr. 11 Exams                                          June 4           Gr 8 Community Project Exhibition      June 11-14    Gr. 9 World of Work                              June 11-13    Senior Presentations                              June 14         Senior Breakfast                                  June 14         Graduation Practice                                June 14         Graduation Parade   2:30                      June 14         Graduation  5:00pm                              June 15         Dragon Run                                            June 18         Music Festival                                      June 19         Film Festival Finals                                June 20         Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony                June 21         Last Day of School

A NOTE FROM ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal

PERSONAL BEST

"EACH OF US HAS AN UNDENIABLE RESPONSIBILITY TO OURSELF AND TEH REST OF THE WORLD TO BE OUR PERSONAL BEST ON ANY GIVEN DAY."

                                           Laurie Buchanan, PhD

"LIFE IS NOT A COMPETITION WITH OTHERS.  LIFE IS A COMPETITION WITH YOURSELF-TO DO YOUR PERSONAL BEST EACH DAY"

                                            Cameron C. Taylor, 8 Attributes of Great Achievers

The Track and Field team came back from ACAMIS with medals and trophies galore!  It was a team effort comprised of many individuals competing (except the relays) in individual events like sprints, long distance, high jump, shot put, discus (my favorite), and javelin.  In some cases, our students won their events beating students from other schools and even breaking the ACAMIS record in the 4x1 relay!  But as Coach Hendricks shared, almost every student on the team broke their PBs (personal best) in one or more events.

The notion of Personal Excellence is part of our HIS Mission Statement.  We encourage students to find the very best version of themselves.  Competing against others is one aspect of excellence.  Competing against your own perceived limits and growing out of your comfort zone is another.

Take our GIN Club for example that most recently won the ACAMIS Jim Koerchen Award for Innovation.  What a tremendous accomplishment.  HIS was only one of 2 schools in all of ACAMIS to win the award and the $1500.00 prize that went along with it.  These kids plan on teaming up with Robotics to create a terrarium on campus.  What an incredible endeavor!  They are exploring new territory and creating a new personal best.

It's important to encourage our students to dream, grow, set goals, and surpass them.  Some goals are short term and some extend into the distant future.  Some are quantifiable and some will reside in qualitative anecdotes.  All will be manifestations of an individual's determination and resilience.  We challenge all students to find personal excellence in whatever field of study they choose. And in doing so, each child can find the very best version of themselves.

It is a journey to find your passion.  To find your voice.  Find your PERSONAL BEST.

We will be celebrating personal bests at our next assembly on Tuesday, May 14th.  Join us cheer on all our recent student success and always know that, 

ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN HIS DRAGON!!!

PAFA Fitness

Join us for a Power walk session this Thursday morning! 

Zhejiang American Cultural Fair

HIS and the USA Consulate General Shanghai are organizing the Zhejiang American Cultural Fair with activities and information, and it’s open to everyone in the community, not only to American citizens. 

However, at the event, all American citizens will have access to the American consular services offered only at the Consulate General in Shanghai, but you must register in advance. QR in the poster attached. 

There will be other activities, and everyone in the community can join in the fun.

NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR

https://www.his-china.org/inform/school-calendar

go to the calendar tab on the school website and scroll down

PAFA Kitchen! It’s Indian food cooking time!

Join us and learn from our HIS community members how to prepare an easy but delicious lunch meal from their cultural region, to enjoy afterward together! 

Information is in the poster below.

Limited spaces (24) RSVP by scanning the QR code in the poster. 

PAFA Kitchen – Recap of the Korean cooking class! 

One beautiful spring morning, our culinary journey delved into the heart of Korean cuisine within the bustling Korean kitchen. Guided by a vibrant group of Korean moms, we embarked on a flavorful adventure.

As sizzling vegetables danced in the pan for Bibimbab, fragrant Korean spices wafted through the air, infusing the class with a taste of Korea. The bubbling Doenjang jijgae stew, rich with soybean paste and vibrant veggies, promised a wholesome delight. Then came the star of the show - kimchi and chives pancakes, a crispy indulgence that left us craving more with each savory bite.

Amid laughter and camaraderie, we mastered the art of the perfect pancake flip, a challenge embraced with gusto. Learning the art of marinating kimchi, that beloved pickled cabbage, further enriched our culinary repertoire.

Finally, as we sat down to savor the fruits of our labor, old and new friendships blossomed over a table brimming with homemade Korean delights. A morning well spent, indeed, in the lively tapestry of the Korean kitchen.

You can see pictures here and by scanning the QR codes : https://as.alltuu.com/album/1331323113/?from=appmessage

SCAN BELOW FOR PICTURES FROM KOREAN COOKING CLASS

SCAN BELOW FOR PICTURES FROM FRENCH COOKING CLASS

 

                                    HIS                                           COLLEGE COUNSELING INFORMATION     

 

University Counseling Tips

US Applications

Grade 9-12-“Quantitative v Qualitative

How do Selective US Universities decide on who gets in?”

Mark Donagher

Head of Guidance and University Counseling

For the last couple of weeks we looked at US early applications . This week let’s look at how selective US universities make their admission decisions specifically looking at the quantitative and qualitative factors.

So first thing you need to know is what are “quantitative” and “qualitative”. Think of quantitative as grades, the numbers-your academic transcript and academic rigor plus SAT/ACT if included.

Qualitative is a lot more subjective- the best way to think of it is what personal qualities does the applicant show.

For the first time ever NACAC has included positive character attributes in looking at different factors used in US admission decisions and it enters at # 4 importance on the list. Please see list below.

UPCOMING SAT ADMINISTRATIONS

TEST DATE                       REGISTRATIO                                           JUNE 1                                   MAY 17

BEST UNIVERSITY YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

 

We encourage students to contact one of the university counselors  with any questions about university entrance requirements. 

                  Mr. Mark Donagher     markdonagher@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Iris Zhang     iriszhang@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Carrie Sun    carriesun@hisdragons.org.cn

                     Dr. Ryan Beddows    ryanbeddows@hisdragons.org.cn

                      Dr. Monica Prieto    monicaprieto@hisdragons.org.cn

 

DRAGON ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

Current Seasons 

Varsity Football (Soccer) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

Varsity and Grade 5-8 Track and Field – Tuesday, Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Basketball Season –Monday / Thursday 

Grade 5-8 Touch Rugby Season –Tuesday/ Thursday 

Upcoming Dates Saturday 11th May – HISAC Basketball 

Saturday 18th May – CISSA Basketball - Shanghai 

AQUATICS

Because we can never assume children are not in danger while in and around water, the drowning prevention campaign urges parents to keep children safer by following simple safety steps. If kids were born with gills and fins, then no parent or caregiver would ever have to worry about their safety in the water. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

May – Water Safety Month 

May 15 – International Water Safety Day 

June 20 – The World's Largest Swimming Lesson 2024 

SUMMER SWIM CAMP OPPORTUNITY (STANFORD SWIM CAMP + 2 ARIZONA SWIM MEETS; REGIONAL & AG CHAMPS) 

Limited spots for the 2024 Stanford University Swim Camp. If interested, contact Coach Nat at swimming @ hisdragons.org.cn by May 17, 2024. The itinerary includes the Arizona Regional Swim Meet and Arizona Age-Group Championships. 

Note: Regional Meet requires B Min Time Standard, and Age-Group Championships requires A Min Time Standard. 

SWIMMER OF THE WEEK 

Congratulations! 

Gold Squad – Naomi Xa (G8), Alice Wu (G9) 

Pre-Gold Squad – Alex Tong (G9) 

Silver Squad – Angela Chen (G5), Junhwan Lee (G7) 

Blue Squad –  Sophia Wang (G2), Chloe Sheng(G3)

Tadpoles – Keyi Wu (G2) 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

May – Water Safety Month 

May 15 – International Water Safety Day 

June 1 – HIS Summer Splash / Swimming Awards (HIS) 

June 3-6 – HIS Swim Team Aquathlon (squad practice time slot) 

June 20 – World's Largest Swimming Lesson 2024 (HIS) 

QUICK LINKS: 

Swim Team Registration and Handbook 

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule 

Aquatics Calendar 

HIS Swim Records 

Swim Meet Results

International Baccalaureate 

Diploma Programme

TOK TALK

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Student Leadership is a priority here at HIS. 

Each week, we spotlight a student leader and give them an opportunity to tell you about their clubs, sports, and activities.  

 

Personal Projects, collaboration with the GIN and Robotics Clubs and winning the Jim Koerschen Award for Innovation in Schools

By Claire Sun (Grade 10), Ms. Kushner and Ms. Rojas

“I still recall that night when my friends and I were on the phone discussing the topic for our personal project… the way I came up with the idea of "Moss" was fairly random. Since I was a young child, I have always liked to stare at those tiny plants in different parts of the city… I wouldn't exactly call it a "Hobby." But that night, while looking through my phone for ideas, I came across a video of a fantastic vivarium that looked like a massive rainforest. Among the vibrant tropical plants, each with its own vivid colors and intricate shapes, it was the tranquil moss, quietly blanketing the tank's floor, that caught my eye the most”.

This was the spark that led to Claire’s grade 10 Personal Project and grew into becoming a multidisciplinary project that includes the Robotic Club and Global Issues Network (GIN) Club: the "Bryophyte Oasis” project, winner of the Jim Koerschen Award for Innovation in School – an award that recognizes students who apply diverse skills to create impactful projects for their school community.

For Claire’s Personal Project she created multiple products: a booklet that analyzed the history, types, and effect of Bryophytes (moss) on the environment; mini-terrariums for people to place anywhere in their personal living spaces for aesthetic purposes, and to potentially reduce greenhouse gases; and finally, Claire completed a written scientific report with numerical data analyzing different types of mosses CO2 absorption from the air during photosynthesis.

From this Personal Project the “Bryophyte Oasis” project was born! A collaborative creation between grade 10 students who are members of the GIN Club, the Robotics Club, as well as a special group of students with skills in Programming and Design. Members of this diverse team, including Claire Sun, Wendy Zhou, Jia Chen Qu, Sanyukta Shewakramani, Sunny Weng, Irene Pan, Sylvia Lu, Hikari Azuma, Flora He, Raina Chaurasia, and Ikki Ma, will join forces to propel the project forward.

Building upon Claire’s foundational research and prototypes, the “Bryophyte Oasis” project leverages collective knowledge and resources within the school community. Beyond being a mere school project, it embodies a shared passion for environmental conservation and technological innovation. The project not only equips participants with practical skills, such as project management, problem-solving, and teamwork, but also

aims to establish a network of self-sustaining urban terrariums, contributing to indoor air purification and serving as educational tools.

In the pursuit of these objectives, the Science and Design team will collaborate to refine terrarium specifications and materials, while the Robotics team will explore the integration of the self-watering systems and relevant sensor technology.

Looking ahead, data obtained from this study, as well as the self-sustainability of the terrariums, will find use in various academic disciplines – spanning Science, Mathematics, Design classes—as well as future students’ research projects. These endeavors will serve as tangible markers of the project’s broader educational impact, extending beyond immediate outcomes of improved air quality and data collection.

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Middle School Uniform Guidelines 6-8

Middle Schoolers should wear tan shorts, trousers, or skirts and a navy blue polo shirt (short or long sleeved) with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

High School Uniform Guidelines 9-12

High Schoolers should wear tan shorts or trousers, or plaid skirts (girls only) and a light blue Oxford cloth button down short or long sleeved short with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

Students will be asked to remove outerwear (coats, hoodies, sweatshirts, etc) in lessons unless they carry the HIS logos. Students who are cold will be invited to go to the Dragon Shop to purchase acceptable HIS items. 

Families can purchase items at the Dragon Shop open 

Mondays to Fridays from 

8:05am - 2:45pm and 3:15pm - 4:00pm

For more information, please contact the Dragon Shop: olivexu@hisdragons.org.cn

                                                LUNCH                                             

See the updated lunch menu weekly and monthly as posted on the school website. 

Lunch Menu

HIS Mission Statement

We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.

Hangzhou International School
2190 Xiangbin Road, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310052
Phone: +86 571 8669 0045
Email: news@his-china.org Website: www.his-china.org