BIFS News

Secondary News – November 9

Assessment in the MYP

Jenny Montague

An important aspect of any good school is understanding and explaining to students how assessment works in the classroom. But equally important is to explain to parents how assessment in the classroom works. Jenny Montague, our MYP Coordinator, presented yet again, another tremendous session on ‘Assessment in the MYP’. We had in excess of 25 parents attend the session – brilliant. It was engaging and informative. HERE is the link to Jenny’s presentation.

 

Choir performances at lunchtime

The look of surprise on the faces of those in the cafeteria at lunchtime was brilliant. Many were completely caught off guard as the choir began singing! But it wasn’t traditional songs that they belted out, it was recent hits the choir had been practising. Many students joined along with the choir, singing  – so nice to hear!

 

MHS Spirit Week

The week before the midterm break was Spirit week, organised by the National Honour Society(NHS) and Mr Gysbers. Each day of the week had a theme – dress up day, dress down day, gender switch day, pyjama day! The week itself was a huge success with both staff and students getting into the Spirit! The MHS is looking to have another Spirit week before the end of this term – look out for what they have planned!

Pyjama Day

End of Season 1 Elective – Next week

Dear Parents.

It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion as to the finish date for the current elective season.

Season 1 electives do not end until Friday, November 16th.

My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.


Craig Wilson

Athletic Director/MHS Activities Coordinator

 

Update our Bear Mascot Design!!!

Our school is changing from BIFS to ISB. We want our bear mascot to evolve too. We are a student-centered school and your voice is important. Here’s your chance to leave your mark at ISB. You are welcome to use all of your creativity to update our Bear mascot image.

The Process

  1. Your design must be submitted to Mr. Graham Young by Wednesday, December 12
  2. The marketing committee will select three finalists by January 14
  3. The three finalists will be voted on by the ISB community by January 28
  4. The winning design will then be sent to a professional graphic designer who will finalize the updated design by February 22
  5. Updated Mascot revealed at the 35th Anniversary celebration event on March 8

Guidelines

  • This mascot will be used in our sports teams, school spirit, marketing, and swag
  • Desired qualities: expresses a fighting spirit, competitive, inclusive, family oriented, and intelligent. The winning design will align with the new ISB brand.
  • Submission Requirements: any format will be accepted (hard or soft copy) email to gyoung@bifskorea.org or hand deliver to Mr. Young.

Ideas or themes to consider as you design

  • IB Learner Profiles
  • Style Ideas: Abstract, Pictorial, Realistic, Futuristic, Traditional
  • Attitude Ideas: Friendly, Fun, Aggressive, Serious, Comical

The Prizes

  • All participants who submit a design will receive a new ISB sticker
  • The winner of the design will get the first ISB letterman jacket with the new design

 

Parent – Teacher – Student Conferences

Last Thursday, 8 November, we held our first session for 2018/19, of Parent – Student – Teacher Conferences in the Gymnasium. It was tremendous to see so many parents, accompanied by their children, attend the afternoon and evening. We hope that it was a beneficial session for all who attended. I have included a very brief Parent Feedback Survey – HERE. If you could take the time to complete this survey it will enable us to continue to build the levels of support we provide for both you and your child.

 

Secondary News – October 12

Secondary School

Semester 1 – Interim Reports

The report you will receive over this weekend is a snapshot of how your child is doing as of the middle of Semester One. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE MAY BE SOME SUBJECTS THAT HAVE NOT AS YET ASSIGNED ANY SUMMATIVE GRADES.

To help you understand this report, here are some things to know:

  • Formative Assessments – the first units in many classes are about setting up the skills and practices for success in future units. Therefore, these units have a lot of formative assessments, practice assessments. These assessments are an excellent indication of where your child is and where s/he needs to go.  Please check ManageBac for specific comments.

  • Summative Assessments – Criterion Scores – You will see that some criterion have an “NA” instead of a numeric score on this report.  This is perfectly natural at this point in time. Criterion scores are complex and students need sufficient formative practice before it is fair to assign them.  By the end of Semester One report, all criterion will have been assessed at least once and have a numeric score.

  • Standards – Each unit has many standards that it addresses.  For this report, teachers have selected key standards from the first two units to give you an idea of how your child is doing.  If the standard has not yet been taught, an “NA” will appear.

  • Approaches to Learning Skills – The ATL skills are a central part of the MYP and these skills are the foundation for learning the content of the different subjects.  For this report, teachers have selected key skills on which to report.

  • Official MYP 1-7 scores require at least two pieces of evidence in order to determine a trend. Predicted 1-7 scores will appear on the end of Semester One report, but the official 1-7 scores will only be on the final end-of-year report.

There will be an opportunity to get more details and discuss your child’s progress during conferences on Thursday, November 8th (1.00pm – 8.00pm).  We encourage you to bring your child to the conferences as it is important that students take an active role in their learning and assessment. If you are unable to participate in these conferences and wish to discuss the report, contact the teachers directly to organise alternative meeting times.

In addition to providing information on your child’s current progress, this report also provides an opportunity for reflection and goal setting to continue making progress throughout the remainder of the academic year. Should you have any questions about the reports, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

HERE is also a guide to help you understand how assessment works in the MYP. 

AISA Boys & Girls Volleyball Tournaments

We are lucky enough to have the AISA boys volleyball tournament held this year at BIFS. We welcomed approximately 45 coaches and players from Japan, Jeju and Seoul to the campus yesterday. A huge thank you needs to go out to all those families who have taken up Mr Wilson’s offer to ‘adopt’ a volleyball player into their homes for the duration of this tournament. Many have taken 2, 3 and even 4 players into their homes – THANK YOU!

We also need to wish the girl’s volleyball team the best of luck as they have made the journey to Seoul to participate in the equivalent event. Hopefully, I will have some photos and a report of their tournament in next weeks blog.

AISA Boys Volleyball 2018 Draw

Friday, Oct 12

The team on the left is considered Home Team (must wear white or light colour jersey)

Pool A                                     Pool B

SIS                                                      KIS

SOIS                                                   YIS

   KISJ                                                    BIFS

 

Saturday, Oct 13

Top team on the bracket is considered the Home Team (must wear white or light colour jersey)

 

Nice to see our boys trying their very best against very talented opposition! It was also nice to see the younger members of our community supporting the boys, as they battled on the court.

Volunteer for Fall Family Festival

We are gearing up for a fantastic Fall Family Festival, but we need your help to make the event a success.
1. To purchase early bird tickets, click on: this link. Please submit the money for your purchase by Wednesday, 17 October, to your child’s homeroom teacher.
2. We ask that Secondary students who are keen on entering the pumpkin decorating contest to submit their order form and money by Tuesday, 16 Oct (a day earlier than standard ticket deadline), as we need time to purchase the pumpkins and have them ready for students to take home on Thursday, 18 Oct.
3. We will need to cancel certain activities as we do not have enough volunteers to oversee them. Sign up to run an activity for an hour time-slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EA9A628A2F85-fall2
4. Sign up to donate a prize for our “Wheel of Fortune” game here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EA9A628A2F85-fffwheel
5. Send your questions or comments to pta@bifskorea.org. We look forward to celebrating Fall with you!
Warm regards,
BIFS/ISB PTA Board

Chef Kim’s Holiday Turkey Sale

Link HERE

 

Mini College Fair & University Visits

University Visits in October

  • Mini University Fair & Workshop on Oct. 8 (1:00-2:10):
    • Glion Institute of Higher Education
    • Goldsmiths, University of London
    • Indiana University
    • Queen Mary University of London
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Leeds

  • Monash University on Oct. 10 (1:00-1:40)
  • Columbia University School of General Studies on Oct. 16 (1:00-1:40)
  • Binghamton University on Oct. 18 (1:00-1:40)
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Oct. 18 (1:00-1:40)
  • Les Roches Global Hospitality Education on Oct. 19 (1:00-1:40)
  • George Washington University on Oct. 23 (1:00-1:40)

School Photos

Dear Families

It is time again for our annual school photos.
You are invited to take this opportunity to order school photographs for Christmas or friends. We have contracted with Campus Photography International to provide this service to our school. All students will be photographed regardless of purchase.

To order portraits of your children, use the order form that will be sent home today.

● Make your package selection in advance.

● Return the envelope and payment with your child on the photo date.

● Your child, order envelope, and payment must arrive together at the camera

● Please use one envelope per student, NOT one envelope for multiple children.

● Please pay in cash. Change is not given at the camera.

● Only pre-paid orders are produced and returned to school.

● Classroom composites (Elementary Grades only) may be added to your package by selecting add-on K.

Your advantages with the pre-pay program are; you receive the actual package, not just a small proof. Your satisfaction is guaranteed or you will receive a 100% refund. This program allows a faster return of the finished package.
Additional items such as photo magnets, keychain photo fobs and 5×7 portraits can be added to any package.

A telephone number and email address for any questions will be on the flyer/order form.
Please use that number for any questions you may have regarding the school portrait program.

Kind regards
Marie Eksteen
meksteen@bifskorea.org

 

Fun House Activities Every Friday

Every Friday after lunch, every student in the Secondary school participates in enjoyable and friendly house activities, today was ‘Capture the Flag’. Each game accumulates House points throughout the year which build to an eventual winner at the end of the year.

Illness Guidelines

Illness Guidelines

Our school guidelines state that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Fever: 37.8°C (100°F) or higher
  • Cold: green or yellow drainage from nose or chest congestion and cough.
  • Severe cough: persistent or uncontrolled
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting: vomiting twice within 24 hours, persistent diarrhea.
  • Rashes: present of a skin rash especially with other symptoms (fever, itching and bumps)

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feels the child is too sick to learn or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. Children recovering from sick should be able to go to school, as long as they are feeling okay.

You can help your kids stay healthy by teaching them these rules:

  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • Don’t share clothing.
  • Throw away used tissues.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.

These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all the children and staff in our school.

ISB Open House. Thursday 18th October.

International School of Busan (ISB) will host our first Open House of the year on Thursday 18th October.

This exciting and informative Open House will start at 9.00am in the Elementary School Assembly Hall.
Visit our beautiful campus for the opportunity to join a tour group looking around the school and see what ISB has to offer your children. The Open House is available for prospective parents, students, and re-location professionals to experience the ISB difference firsthand and talk to students and teachers as you tour the campus. The Open House will conclude with a Q & A session in the ES Hall at 10.30am. Please register your interest HERE. And note the LOCATION of our school in Naeri, Gijang-up.

ISB is Busan’s leading K-12 International School. Since its founding in 1983, ISB has grown to a school of 300 students from almost 40 countries. ISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School offering the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes. In addition to a rigorous academic education, participation in Service Projects is a requirement of the IB Diploma, coveted for its status as a gateway to prestigious Universities around the world.

International School of Busan Hosts Fun-filled and Family-Friendly Fair

Busan, Korea – International School of Busan (ISB) will host its annual “Fall Family Festival”, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm. This fund-raising event is also open to all members of the Busan public.

ISB is proud to present a line up of exciting activities that will cater to all age-groups. Carnival games to be conducted include spoon and sack races, gumboot throw and “Go Fish”. Students will have a chance to pitch a shot at their teachers, who will act as live targets for the sponge-toss game. The event will also feature lively outdoor activities such as large water-roller balls, an obstacle course, and a human foosball tournament. Additionally, crafting activities such as mask decorating, pumpkin carving, and face painting will be available. Young children and toddlers may freely explore their environment at a tumble gym set up especially for them. The event promises to have something to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Entrance to the festival is free. Tickets valued at 1,000 KRW each may be purchased on-site during the event, to be used in exchange for food and participation in certain activities. We extend a warm welcome for you to don your best costume, and join us in our upcoming festivities. Perhaps you could be the lucky winner of our costume competition!

Fall Family Festival is emblematic of ISB’s mission to connect teaching in the classroom with action in the community, and is integral to the International Baccalaureate’s vision of teaching creative global citizenship. International School of Busan is Busan’s premier international school, and the only school in Busan offering the International Baccalaureate diploma, valued for its status as a gateway to the American Ivy League universities and other prestigious educational institutions around the world. ISB is an IB Continuum School offering a pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 IB education. Contact ISB to schedule your personalized tour.

Secondary News – September 28

The Personal Project – Grade 10

Grade 11 Parents

The results are in! We have received the official certificates for the Personal Project from the IB.  On Thursday, Oct. 4, students will receive their certificates during our Student Life assembly from 1:40-2:05.  You are most welcome to attend.

Grade 10 Parents

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Grade 10 students should have chosen their Personal Project topic and started in on their research and Process Journal by the end of next week.  All students have been assigned a supervisor to coach them during this sustained project.  In addition, Grade 10 students have met with Grade 11 students to get advice and answers to their questions. Please help your child out by asking him/her about the project and encouraging research.  You can get more information about the Personal Project on the ISB Personal Project Google site. Please feel free to contact Ms. Montague if you have any questions or concerns.
Jennifer Montague
MYP Coordinator

Head Lice Alert (머릿니 주의) 

Dear parents,

There has been a case of head lice in a student in grade 8. Please check your child’s hair and scalp carefully.

  1. Find a comfortable well-lit area.
  1. Wash hair. Apply conditioner and leave in(do not rinse). Use a fine toothed lice comb to check the hair. Check the hair from the scalp to the end of the hair strand. First look at the hair at the back of the neck, behind the ears and above the forehead. Then, check the rest of the head.

You are looking for live lice. They are the size of a sesame seed and are tan, brown or grey.

3. If you find a louse, check all household members. Treat only those who have lice (Head Lice Shampoo or Wet combing)  If you do not find lice, it does not mean that your child does not have lice or that he/she will not get it.

Check again in a few days.

4. Let the school know if your child has head lice.

Head lice are not a major public health concern because they do not spread illness or disease.

Head lice can be itchy and uncomfortable. When head lice are founded treatment should begin immediately.

After one medical treatment (special head lice shampoo) has been given, the student will be allowed to return to school.

For further information, please contact the school nurse.

For more information, refer to attached file and below links.

 http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/

 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/basics/definition/con-20030792

 http://www.healthline.com/health/lice-buyers-guide

 학부모님께

8학년 학생 중에 머릿니가 발견 되었습니다 . 자녀들의 머리를 잘 살펴보시고 머릿니로 고생하지 않도록 가정에서의 관심을 부탁드립니다.

  1. 편안하고햇볕이 잘 드는 장소를 찾습니다.
  2. 머리를감습니다. 헤어 컨디셔를 발라 머리가 젖은 상태를 유지할 수 있도록 합니다. 참빗을 이용하여 두피부터 머리카락 끝까지 확인합니다. 우선 목뒤쪽이나 귀 뒤, 이마 위를 확인한 다음 나머지 부분들을 확인합니다.

살아있는 머릿니를 찾는 것이 중요하며 머릿니의 크기는 깨알 정도로 색깔은 검정, 갈색 혹은 회색 등입니다.  

  1. 만약 머릿니가 발견되면 모든 가족 구성원의 머릿니 확인이 필요합니다. 치료는 머릿니가 있는 경우에만 필요합니다. (머릿니 제거 삼푸 혹은 참빗 이용)  머릿니가 발견되지 않더라도 며칠동은 확인하도록 합니다.
  2. 머릿니발견시 학교에 알리도록 합니다.

머릿니는 질병을 옮기지는 않지만 매우 가렵고 불편할 수 있습니다.  그러므로 머릿니 제거가 우선 이루어져야 하며, 머릿니 제거 삼푸를 사용 하였다면 학생은 등교가 가능합니다.

아래 첨부 파일 및 링크를 참조해 주시기 바랍니다.

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/

 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/basics/definition/con-20030792

 http://www.healthline.com/health/lice-buyers-guide

Normal School Days – Not Public Holidays

Oct, 3 – National Foundation Day

Oct, 9 –  Hangul Day

 

PTA Coffee Mornings

Every year the PTA enjoy coffee mornings as part of their monthly meetings. The Elementary and Secondary school try to tap into this meeting time by providing interesting and supportive information sessions about the various aspects of the school. Please find attached HERE, the schedule for the year. All parents are invited to attend these sessions which begin at 9.00am and conclude at 10.00am, in time for the PTA meeting. They will always take place in the ELC Hall, 1st floor, Building B, unless otherwise advised.

 

AISA VB Tournament

Dear Parents

On October 11th to 14th, 2018, BIFS will be hosting the Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament in our international athletic league, the Association of International Schools Asia (AISA). One of the problems we have as a smaller school is supporting the homestay program that is an integral part of the conference.

In order to run a successful tournament, we need to ask your support in opening up your home to host students. The tournament is quickly approaching, so PLEASE consider helping us find beds for the athletes.

All information can be found in The Bears Athletic Program –Homestay

If you have any further questions, please contact the AISA Homestay Coordinator, Miky Lee at –  mlee@bifskorea.org


We thank you for your support of BIFS Athletics!

 

 

Managebac in the Secondary School

Managebac is our student learning management platform. It is a very powerful system that allows the curriculum at BIFS to be clearly constructed and easily adjusted over the course of the year. It is also a tremendous tool for parents, as it allows you to view the progress of your child. Amongst other features, it enables you to see the homework that has been set, major assignments and their due dates, comments made by teachers on specific pieces of work etc. Once access has been established, I encourage all parents to check Managebac on a regular basis and to communicate directly with teachers as issues arise.

Here is a link to the form Mr Gysbers has created to begin the process of allowing you access to ManageBac: https://goo.gl/forms/RqzApeLQk423eTnh1. 

When able, please respond to this Google Form. Mr Gysbers will send you a welcome e-mail that comes straight from ManageBac. He will also send you a personal e-mail saying that you should have received a welcome e-mail (just in case it didn’t arrive) along with a video explaining the parent portal. Mr Gysbers is happy to have an information session for parents should there be sufficient demand.

 

Message from the PTA

Volunteer for Fall Family Festival

We are gearing up for a fantastic Fall Family Festival, but we need your help to make the event a success.
View the various fun and simple ways in which you can lend a hand, and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EA9A628A2F85-fall2
Additionally, we seek your generosity in donating prizes (valued between $10 – $20) for our “Wheel of Fortune”. We ask that you wrap your gift in clear packaging, if possible. Please sign up to donate here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EA9A628A2F85-fffwheel
We look forward to celebrating Fall with you! Let us know if you have any questions or comments at pta@bifskorea.org. Thanks!
Warm regards,
BIFS/ISB PTA Board

Secondary News – September 21

Chuseok Celebrations in the Secondary School

On Thursday our wonderful secondary school Korean students along with the ‘Korean Department’, presented an informative Assembly this week about the important celebration of Chuseok. They had spent a great deal of time preparing the audiovisual support material as well as their scripts so that it went off without a hitch. Judy took questions from the students and answered them superbly.

 

On Friday the Secondary students involved themselves in the various games and activities traditionally associated with Chuseok. As you can see from the photos, they had a great deal of fun.

AISA VB Tournament

Dear Parents

On October 11th to 14th, 2018, BIFS will be hosting the Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament in our international athletic league, the Association of International Schools Asia (AISA). One of the problems we have as a smaller school is supporting the homestay program that is an integral part of the conference.

In order to run a successful tournament, we need to ask your support in opening up your home to host students. The tournament is quickly approaching, so PLEASE consider helping us find beds for the athletes.

All information can be found in The Bears Athletic Program –Homestay

If you have any further questions, please contact the AISA Homestay Coordinator, Miky Lee at –  mlee@bifskorea.org


We thank you for your support of BIFS Athletics!

Managebac in the Secondary School

Managebac is our student learning management platform. It is a very powerful system that allows the curriculum at BIFS to be clearly constructed and easily adjusted over the course of the year. It is also a tremendous tool for parents, as it allows you to view the progress of your child. Amongst other features, it enables you to see the homework that has been set, major assignments and their due dates, comments made by teachers on specific pieces of work etc. Once access has been established, I encourage all parents to check Managebac on a regular basis and to communicate directly with teachers as issues arise.

Here is a link to the form Mr Gysbers has created to begin the process of allowing you access to ManageBac: https://goo.gl/forms/RqzApeLQk423eTnh1. 

When able, please respond to this Google Form. Mr Gysbers will send you a welcome e-mail that comes straight from ManageBac. He will also send you a personal e-mail saying that you should have received a welcome e-mail (just in case it didn’t arrive) along with a video explaining the parent portal. Mr Gysbers is happy to have an information session for parents should there be sufficient demand.

Parents’ Guide to MAP Tests

What is the NWEA MAP test?  The MAP Test is a standardized test given to over 8 million students in 140 different countries.  It measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of core skills and concepts in math and reading.

Why did ISB choose the MAP Test? The MAP Test was chosen for several reasons. The first is that the test is personalized for every student. As a student answers questions correctly, the questions get more difficult. As a student answers questions incorrectly, the questions get a little easier. The second reason is that it is used by many international schools and results can be compared with other schools. Finally, the results are available immediately for schools, students, and parents. Schools can use the scores to adjust their curriculum and teaching. Students and parents can use the scores to work on areas of growth.

How is achievement measured? A RIT score appears at the end of the test. This score represents where your child is at that particular time on that particular test – it’s like a snapshot. By itself, one score does not mean anything.  However, when the scores are compared over time, they can tell a more complete story of a student’s progress. A good analogy is a photo album. Each picture represents one moment in time but looking back you can see how someone has grown over time.  See the table at the end of this document.

How often will my child take the MAP test? ISB MYP students will take the test two times a year, in the fall and spring.

How can I help my child? Getting a good night’s sleep and having a good breakfast will help your child. While most students complete the test in less than an hour, some students will take more time, which can be tiring and stressful. It is important to help your child recognize that one test cannot tell the full story of his/her achievement.  Students might have an off day and score lower or a particular skill has not yet been taught that year. It’s the pattern that matters, not the individual score.

What information will I receive from my child’s school?

For a complete list of FAQ’s for parents of students taking the MAP test, click here. You can also read more about MAP at NWEA blog or NWEA website.

Works Cited

Fleming, Jena. “Answers to Parents’ Top 6 Questions on the #MAPtest.” Teach. Learn. Grow., 23 Nov. 2016, www.nwea.org/blog/2016/answers-to-the-top-6-questions-parents-ask-about-the-map-test/.

“NWEA: Fair, Accurate Results Thanks to a Best-in-Class Scale.” Teach. Learn. Grow., www.nwea.org/normative-data-rit-scores/.

MAP Practice for Students

On Thursday, Sept 28 and Friday, September 29th we will conduct our Fall MAP Testing for grade 6-10. There are a couple of things students can choose to do in preparation. This takes about 5 minutes:

1. Go to https://test.mapnwea.org

2. If you get a message saying “Oops! Where’s my test window?” Then you need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. There are instructions to do that in Chrome at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4W7mEBPYAE&feature=youtu.be.

If you do not get the “Oops!” message, move to Step 3.

3. Try the Practice Test.
– Login: grow
– Password: grow
– Choose any test for your grade.

Look for and try the new features in the toolbar at the top: Zoom, Line Reader, Notepad and Answer Eliminator.

You are now prepared for the testing session!

The MAP testing schedule for next week in the Secondary School is HERE

 

News from the Secondary Library

There are always new books being added to the Secondary Library collection. Here is a link to some of the newest arrivals. https://goo.gl/vSqKri

Secondary News – September 14

Grade Level Camps

Last week was ‘Camp Week’ in the Middle and High School. Students from grades 6-12 were involved in exploring various regions of the Korean Peninsula as they enjoyed exciting outdoor adventures, challenging climbing courses, high ropes courses, cycling and hiking trails as well as using the camps to get to know different people in their classes. Please enjoy the images below.

The Week of College Fairs at BIFS

GJ Johnson, our College Counselor at BIFS has worked extremely hard to arrange three College Fairs at school this past week. The planning has been meticulous and the delivery just as good! We have had in excess of 60 Universities visit the BIFS Campus in the past week alone! The benefits to our students are massive. The students are being exposed to Universities from all over the world – they have the opportunity to converse directly with the University Reps.

Mini University Fair I

Sep. 10th, 2018 (1:00-1:40) @ Outside the University Guidance Center

 

   

Wednesday – 13 September

Education USA – Fair

1)         West Liberty University

2)         Michigan State University

3)         Olympic College

4)         Illinois Institute of Technology

5)         Plymouth State University

6)         Northern Arizona University

7)         University of California, Riverside

8)         Wesleyan University

9)         University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

10)   Augsburg University

11)   Otis College of Art and Design

12)   University of Toledo

13)   Shoreline Community College

14)   The University of Iowa

15)   Louisiana Tech University

16)   Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

17)   Seattle Central College

18)   Georgia State University

19)   Utica College

20)   Upper Iowa University

21)   Longwood University

22)   University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

23)   Mohawk Valley Community College, State University of New York (SUNY)

24)   Musicians Institute

25)   Fox Valley Technical College

26)   University of Nebraska at Kearney

27)   Centenary University

28)   American University

29)   University of North Alabama

30)   Foothill and De Anza Colleges

31)   Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

32)   Portland State University

33) University of California, Davis

Friday – 15 September

 

35th Birthday Celebration

We are proud of our school as we celebrate 35 years in existence! It was tremendous to have the school community come together to celebrate this important date in the history of the school. It was particularly pleasing to see that we have returned to our original name – the International School of Busan – ISB! Welcome back.

 

House Activities 

Along with the return of ISB, a long-standing tradition at the school, the House System has been resurrected at ISB. For the past 10 or so years, the school has been operating with three of the four original Houses – Jirisan, Soraksan and Hallasan. But hunting through the archives and talking with some long-serving members of the school teaching staff, a fourth House was previously in existence. Well, now it is back! Gayason is making a triumphant return to the school. Today, we experienced the first of many friendly ‘inter-house’ competitions. The students threw themselves into the action and really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Managebac in the Secondary School

Managebac is our student learning management platform. It is a very powerful system that allows the curriculum at BIFS to be clearly constructed and easily adjusted over the course of the year. It is also a tremendous tool for parents, as it allows you to view the progress of your child. Amongst other features, it enables you to see the homework that has been set, major assignments and their due dates, comments made by teachers on specific pieces of work etc. Once access has been established, I encourage all parents to check Managebac on a regular basis and to communicate directly with teachers as issues arise.

Here is a link to the form Mr Gysbers has created to begin the process of allowing you access to ManageBac: https://goo.gl/forms/RqzApeLQk423eTnh1. 

When able, please respond to this Google Form. Mr Gysbers will send you a welcome e-mail that comes straight from ManageBac. He will also send you a personal e-mail saying that you should have received a welcome e-mail (just in case it didn’t arrive) along with a video explaining the parent portal. Mr Gysbers is happy to have an information session for parents should there be sufficient demand.