HS DAILY – Monday, January 22, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • After-school activities cancelled today; possible early dismissal

Dear students and parents,

Snow or sleet is predicted to begin around noontime today and to intensify toward the evening. Anticipating messy conditions and possible delays with train and bus lines later this afternoon, we have decided to cancel all after-school activities today.

In addition, should the weather start to deteriorate earlier than predicted, we may need to dismiss school a bit earlier than usual. We will make that decision later in the day and will notify the community via the website and email. (Mr. Coutts)

  • HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive- Final Results

Grade 8- WINNERS!
Grade 9- 2nd
Grade 7- 3rd
Grade 10- 4th
Grade 12- 5th
Grade 6- 6th
Teacher- 7th
Grade 11- LOSERS!

We raised 23,460 yen in total!
The funds will go towards the construction resources for the school building in Cambodia. Thank you for all your contributions. (Airi)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • IB World Student Conference

Are you in grade 10 or 11 and interested in issues of gender equality?
If so, you may want to consider attending the IB World Student Conference taking place in Hong Kong in July-August to dig deep into this issue with other DP students. The theme is “Education for All: Moving towards a Gender-Fair World”. Please see here for the invitation to YIS and the IB website for more info. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • HS Book of the Day

In an alternate history where a dystopian brotherhood rules society, after her mother’s death, Kate Cahill struggles to hide that she and her sister are witches. The arrival of a new governess changes everything. #hsbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

  • Games this week

The JV/Varsity Girls Basketball will be going against St. Maur on Wednesday, January 24th. This will be the girl’s last home game and their senior night! Please come and cheer on the girls!

The Middle School boys also have a home game against St. Maur on Thursday, January 25th. This will also be their last home game! We hope to see as many of you supporting and cheering on the MS boys as well!

Good luck to all athletes competing this week! (Dragon Council)

HS DAILY – Friday, January 19, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive

Today is last day of the HOPE Cambodia coin drive! Thank you for everyone who has donated so far. Here are the current standings as of Thursday evening:
Grade 7- WINNING!
Grade 8- 2nd
Grade 10
Grade 9
Teachers
Grade 12
Grade 6- 2nd to last
Grade 11- LOSING!
(Airi)

  • Ring Found

A silver ring with a pink stone that looks like a shape of Mickey Mouse was found yesterday. Please collect it at the Secondary School Office. (Ms. Shiina)

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival (Repeat)

For the second year, YIS will host the Kanto Plain Film Festival. There is still time to make great films before the entry deadline of 20 April 2018, so get filming and editing now!
Entries can be of any length, in the categories of Non-Fiction Film, Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction and Expressive Film. There is also a category called the Height of Hart’s specifically for creative collaborations between teachers and students. The festival is open to students in middle and high school. Films can be made specifically for the festival or have been made as class projects, portfolio pieces or just for fun, as long as they contain only original material or licensed content.
For further details, visit the website, or speak to Mr. Pitter.
The festival Exhibition will take place in the YIS auditorium on 19 May 2018. (Mr. Pitter)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Monday, January 22 (Day 1)

Grade 11 (P0):

Group 1 – Ms. Vance + Tutors / Cafeteria
EE – Starting my research
Daily / SC Announcements / by Mr. Bates

Group 2 – Ms. Vance + Tutors / Cafeteria
EE – Starting my research
Daily / SC Announcements / by Mr. Bates

Both groups are combined.

Grade 12 (P0):

Group 1 – Ms. Hewins / Tutors / LOFT
Social Emotional Counseling
Adulting: Stress Management
Daily / SC Announcements / by Ms. Suzuki

Group 2 – Mr. Pitter / Tutors / M202
Social Emotional Counseling
Adulting: Stress Management
Daily / SC Announcements / by Ms. Justice

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Friday, January 12 (Day 10) (Repeat)

Grade 9 (P2): Preparing to visit the G10 Exhibition – Run by tutors In tutor rooms – Tutors / Tutor Rooms

Grade 10 (P1+2): Personal Project – Exhibition Prep Session
Period One (Design and I+S) and Period Two (Tutor)
Daily / SC Announcements by Ms. Pichardo / Mr. Mejia SC Reps
Ms. Clifford, Ms. Justice + Tutors
M305: Barbour, Pichardo
Loft: Hill, Mejia, Orihara

HS DAILY – Thursday, January 18, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • Music support for the Elementary Play

Ms Macdonald is looking for a willing student who would be able to make a couple of backing tracks using piano, bass and drums (and more if you can!) to use for the ES Play this year. If you are interested, please email her ((macdonalds@yis.ac.jp) or drop by H109 (Black box Drama room) to speak with her. Thanks! (Ms Macdonald)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Friday, January 12 (Day 10)

Grade 9 (P2): Preparing to visit the G10 Exhibition – Run by tutors In tutor rooms – Tutors / Tutor Rooms

Grade 10 (P1+2): Personal Project – Exhibition Prep Session
Period One (Design and I+S) and Period Two (Tutor)
Daily / SC Announcements by Ms. Pichardo / Mr. Mejia SC Reps
Ms. Clifford, Ms. Justice + Tutors
M305: Barbour, Pichardo
Loft: Hill, Mejia, Orihara

HS DAILY – Wednesday, January 17, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • BINGO Night

Save the date for our annual Bingo Night coming up on January 26 from 4:30-6:00! All YIS students are invited and encouraged to come. Bingo Night is always a fun family event, and this the PTSA is hosting the event with HOPE Cambodia students to raise funds for the HOPE Cambodia organization. As you may know, HOPE Cambodia is one of the biggest service groups at YIS. Every year, high school students travel to Pursat Province, Cambodia to build schools for local children.

In order to make our event as successful as possible, we are asking members of our community to donate items as Bingo prizes. If you have any of the following items and are not using them, please consider donating for this great cause!
– new toys
– tickets to concerts, sports, or cultural events
– unused gift cards
– anything else that might appeal to students from K-12

Donations can be brought to Ms. Hewins’s office in M308, and if you have any questions, please contact Charlotte at ccurrie@netable.com, Ms. Hewins, or Linnea, Imtiaz, or Ebba in grade 9. (HOPE Cambodia Service Group)

  • Maths Challenge #6

Maths Challenge #6 is up.

Please collect your copy from outside Ms. Harding’s room. Or print it from here.

So far the scores are close. The top 3 are Eishin and Yumi G8 and Luca G6. (Mr. Harrison)

  • HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive

Today is Day 4 of the HOPE Cambodia coin drive! Here are the current standings as of Tuesday evening:
Grade 9- WINNING!
Grade 7- 2nd
Grade 10
Grade 12
Grade 11
Teacher- 2nd to last
Grade 6- LOSING!
The coin drive will continue until this Friday. (Airi)

  • Personal Project – Film and Survey

My name is Sarah from grade 10 and I created a film for my personal project, which is about raising awareness on fashion and its effect on the environment.

It would be really helpful if you could watch my film and take the survey so that I can receive feedback.

Here is the link

Sarah G (10)

  • Dragon Dining – Customer Feedback

Link, entitled Dragon Dining Customer Feedback Jan 2018

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival (Repeat)

For the second year, YIS will host the Kanto Plain Film Festival. There is still time to make great films before the entry deadline of 20 April 2018, so get filming and editing now!
Entries can be of any length, in the categories of Non-Fiction Film, Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction and Expressive Film. There is also a category called the Height of Hart’s specifically for creative collaborations between teachers and students. The festival is open to students in middle and high school. Films can be made specifically for the festival or have been made as class projects, portfolio pieces or just for fun, as long as they contain only original material or licensed content.
For further details, visit the website, or speak to Mr. Pitter.
The festival Exhibition will take place in the YIS auditorium on 19 May 2018. (Mr. Pitter)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

WJAA Varsity Girls Basketball – Departs on Thursday at 2:00 pm from YIS

WJAA Varsity Boys Basketball – Reminder to meet at Shin-Yokohama at 7:30 am on Friday, the 19th of January.

Dragon Council – Dragon Council will meet today in the Dance Studio at 1:30.

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

HS DAILY – Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Personal Project Survey – Pet Shop Abuse in Japan

Hi, I’m Meg from Grade 10. For my personal project I wanted to raise awareness on pet shop abuse in Japan, and so for my product I made a short comic book covering what pet shop abuse is, and how you can prevent it.

It would be really helpful if you could take a few minutes to read my comic, and take the survey linked below in order for me to receive feedback.

https://goo.gl/forms/axtjUcrToxRSM5Tw1

(Meg)

  • The Snowball Creative Challenge

If you are interested in creating a creative writing piece or artwork of any medium based on a theme, we have a challenge for you. In this challenge, a word or piece of art of another student will be assigned to you as a source of inspiration. You will create something based on that word or art piece. From here, your piece (but not the one before yours) will be passed on to another person, who does not know the original theme and must guess based on the piece you create. Keep in mind that although your piece should be based on the prompt you are given it does not have to be only about the prompt. Think of the prompt as a starting point from which you can go anywhere. The idea of this project is to start with one word and after a few students to be able to see how it is reflected and changes throughout each piece. Students will have one week to work on their piece and all pieces will be displayed at the end of the process.

If you are interested in the taking part in this challenge, please follow this link

(Claire B)

  • HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive

Today is Day 3 of the coin drive! Thank you for everyone who donated yesterday. Every coin counts, and we appreciate your contribution.

So far, the winning grade is Grade 11, with 338 yen and the losing grade is Grade 6, with 1006 yen. Let’s go, Grade 6! (Airi)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

Choir – HS Choir will officially start today the 16th, all who are interested please meet with Ms. Bryant in the Choir Room (K101) at 4:15 pm. (Mr. Tananone)

HS DAILY – Monday, January 15, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival

For the second year, YIS will host the Kanto Plain Film Festival. There is still time to make great films before the entry deadline of 20 April 2018, so get filming and editing now!
Entries can be of any length, in the categories of Non-Fiction Film, Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction and Expressive Film. There is also a category called the Height of Hart’s specifically for creative collaborations between teachers and students. The festival is open to students in middle and high school. Films can be made specifically for the festival or have been made as class projects, portfolio pieces or just for fun, as long as they contain only original material or licensed content.
For further details, visit the website, or speak to Mr. Pitter.
The festival Exhibition will take place in the YIS auditorium on 19 May 2018. (Mr. Pitter)

  • Personal Project – Raising Awareness for Autism

Thank you to everyone who participated in the awareness campaign and the quiz on Friday.
There were over 70 responses and 14 home rooms who responded.

However, the homeroom with the highest score was 9M!
Once again, thank you to all who participated. (Kasumi.S)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Athletics/Activities

– Congratulations to the JV Girls Basketball team for winning this years WJAA JV Basketball Tournament this past weekend! If you did not get a chance to come out and support, but would like to watch the game it can be found on the YIS youtube channel here.

– HS Girls Basketball today @ ISSH. Please know the player will be dismissed at 3:20 to make their game.
– HS Boys Basketball today vs Yokota @ YIS, starting at 5:00 pm. (JV followed by Varsity)

Choir – HS Choir will officially start on tomorrow the 16th, all who are interested please meet with Ms. Bryant in the Choir Room (K101) at 4:15 pm.

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

HS DAILY – Friday, January 12, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Personal Project Audience Survey

Hi. I am DaEun from 10th grade and for my personal project, I’m looking into relieving stress and lack of sleep through music and sound effects. As my product, I have created a song for relaxation and sleep and I would like your feedback on the song.

It would be very helpful if you could answer this survey and give your opinion on how you felt after listening to the song. The song is around 10 minutes so please listen to as much as you can but you don’t have to listen to all. Your survey response will be recorded as anonymous.

All teachers and students are very welcome to answer the survey.

Thank you 🙂

Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/YYDII8t86Et7DSzk1  (DaEun L.)

  • Sanagitachi

On behalf of the YIS Sanagitachi service group, we would like to thank students, parents and teachers who took part in the giving tree donations drive.

It was a very successful donations drive and we hope to see the community involved in future drives, events and patrols! (Yorick)

  • Personal Project – Raising Awareness for Autism

Get as many people in the tutor to participate to win the prize of chocolate for your whole tutor group (including the teacher) It would also be extremely helpful for my PP.

Please answer the survey at this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/X2aTRyISkMkX3Jzu1

Thank you, (Kasumi)

  • Night of Hope -Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to the first ever “Night of Hope”, making it a successful event:)
We are planning on continuing this annually so please look out for next year’s as well.
A special thank you to Ms.Kimi for helping out with all technical aspects of the auditorium on last minute notice, and to Ms.Urquhart for all her help planning and organizing this event.

A very special thank you to Mr.Lowell Sheppard for coming all the way from Nagoya to talk at our event as well as Mr.Pomeroy, both with such powerful and important messages (we will be posting a video on youtube of the talk soon)

Also a shoutout to Arunansu(12), Reiko(12), Lisa(11), Eileen(11) as well as all the seniors in the HOPE group for all their work in preparation for this event alongside all HOPE group members who all contributed in some way!

Below is a video that Aru & Reiko made that we showed at the event.

Please watch to learn about the general knowledge and information we wanted people to take away from this event!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aikwJzIkApI&feature=youtu.be

Also today is WJAA. Please come support after school as we have a game:) (Krysta)

  • HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive

The HOPE Cambodia Coin Drive will resume on Monday, January 15th.

The boxes and the rules are placed at the table in the foyer. The grade with the least value of coins will win the coin drive. Make sure that you do not put your money in your own grade’s box.

So far, the losing grade was Grade 6, and the winning grade was Grade 12! C’mon Grade 6!

Thank you, (Airi)

  • Creativity Commons (Repeat)

This Friday we will have a mini drone obstacle course in the library during lunch. Can you code your way to success? (Ms. Katy)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • International Award presentations

The current Bronze and Silver groups who took part in the fall expeditions for the International Award will be presenting their about their expeditions in the loft TODAY, from 1:25. If you would like to find out more about what they did and what they learnt, please come along to the loft TODAY at HS lunch. Feel free to bring your lunch. (Mr. Harrison)

  • HS Athletics/Activities

– HS JV Girls Basketball WJAA Tournament @ YIS, starts today, January 12th at 9:30 am (YIS vs CA)

– HS Girls Field Hockey @ ASIJ vs ASIJ and BST tomorrow, January 13th, starting at 10:30 am

Choir – HS Choir will officially start on Tuesday the 16th, all who are interested please meet with ms. Bryant in the Choir Room (K101) at 4:15 pm.

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

  • HS Book of the Day

After Night of Hope, you may want to learn more. Check the 959s or ask a librarian. We recommend Loung Ung’s memoir about fleeing the Khmer Rouge army, training as a child soldier, and eventually reuniting with her siblings. #hsbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

  • Tutor Period Rotations – Monday, January 15 (Day 6)

Grade 11 (P0):

Group 1 – Ms. Wilson + Tutors / Cafeteria
EE – Generating Effective Titles
Daily / SC Announcements / by Mrs. Maeda

Group 2 – Ms. Vance + Tutors / Library
EE – Starting my research
Daily / SC Announcements / by Mr. Hooker

Grade 12 (9:00-9:55):

Group 1 and Group 2 – Mr. Redlich + Tutors / LOFT
IB Mock Exams – Review Schedule and Regulations
Daily / SC Announcements / by Student Council Exec

HS DAILY – Thursday, January 11, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Personal Project – Raising Awareness for Autism

Contrary to somewhat popular belief, vaccines do not cause autism. Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. The most popular theory is that the cause of the disorder is genetic. Although not single gene has been found to cause autism, it appears that some genes are more likely to develop autism. (Kasumi.S)

  • Creativity Commons (Repeat)

This Friday we will have a mini drone obstacle course in the library during lunch. Can you code your way to success? (Ms. Katy)

  • Books & Brownies (Repeat)

Celebrate your vacation reading with Books and Brownies during lunch this Thursday. Bring a book to read, chew on a brownie, and chat with friends about what you read over the break. (Ms. Katy)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Book of the Day

Have you read Homegoing yet? It’s a candidate for the 2018 Sakura medal, and it’s getting rave reviews from teachers and students. It traces 300 years of the life of one family simultaneously through Ghana and America. #hsbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

HS DAILY – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Creativity Commons

This Friday we will have a mini drone obstacle course in the library during lunch. Can you code your way to success? (Ms. Katy)

  • Personal Project – Raising Awareness for Autism

Hi! For my personal project I am working on raising awareness for autism. So I will be hosting an awareness week where I will be posting a fact on the daily everyday and displaying brochures in the foyer which you guys can use to answer a survey (quiz) at the end of the week about autism spectrum disorder.

The tutor with the most people with correct answers will win a prize!
It would be very helpful if you could participate.

Fact Day #2&3: (sorry!)

#2
The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths held by each person as all people have different symptoms. Also includes Asperger’s syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance.

#3
The term with the least negative connotation when surveyed specialists, people on the spectrum and their families for a person with ASD was “on the spectrum”. This is because this humanises the person on the spectrum by putting the word person before the autism. This emphasises the fact that they are the same human as everyone else.

Thank you! (Kasumi.S)

  • Books & Brownies (Repeat)

Celebrate your vacation reading with Books and Brownies during lunch this Thursday. Bring a book to read, chew on a brownie, and chat with friends about what you read over the break. (Ms. Katy)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • HS Book of the Day

Students who studied conflict minerals in science will be transfixed by this novel set during the Great Marange Diamond Rush & the brutal regime of Zimbabwe’s former President Mugabe. The term blood diamond will weigh a little heavier after this read. #hsbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

  •  Tutor Period Rotations – Thursday, January 11 (Day 4)

Grade 9 (P6): Time with Tutors (plan for ES visit 3?) – Tutors / Tutor Rooms
Grade 10 (P6): Time with tutors – Tutors / Tutor Rooms

HS DAILY – Tuesday, January 9, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Books & Brownies

Celebrate your vacation reading with Books and Brownies during lunch this Thursday. Bring a book to read, chew on a brownie, and chat with friends about what you read over the break. (Ms. Katy)

HIGH SCHOOL ONLY

  • INTERESTED IN IMPROVING YOUR PITCH?

Come to L204 (Sra. Hill’s room) at lunch on THURSDAY, Jan 11th for a short, informal presentation on four different strategies to improve your pitch. See Mia if you have any questions. See you Thursday, music fans! (Mia G10)

  • HS Athletics/Activities

Welcome back everyone. Trust that everyone is rested up, because a lot is happening this week.

– HS Girls Field Hockey vs CAJ @ YCAC on Wednesday, January 10th, starting at 4:30
– HS Girls Basketball vs Zama @ YIS on Wednesday, January 10th, starting at 5:00 (JV/V)
– HS JV Boys Basketball WJAA Tournament @ CA, depart Thursday, January 11th at 2:00 pm
– HS JV Girls Basketball WJAA Tournament @ YIS, starting Friday, January 12th at 9:30 am
– HS Girls Field Hockey @ ASIJ vs ASIJ and BST on Saturday, January 13th, starting at 10:30 am

DC Meeting– All Dragon Council members, we will meet on Wednesday, the 10th of January in the Dance Studio during lunch at 1:30.

Basketball Practice Today – (For this week only). Varsity Boys and Girls, practice will is today at Naka-ku from 5-7.

Choir – Today the 9th of January, all students interested in choir, please meet with Ms. Erika Bryant in the ES Choir Room (K101) at 4:15 pm for a few minutes. Choir will officially start on Tuesday the 16th.

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

  • HS Book of the Day

The return from the break means lots of fresh copies of magazines in the library! Interested in learning more about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin? Check out Scientific American. Into service? Check out Teen Vogue’s 21 world changers under 21. #hsbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)