MS DAILY – Thursday, May 24, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 2 School Days!

When can I see the Epic Arts Team Perform?

In addition to running the workshops, Epic Arts has been preparing performances that will highlight their skills and messages. All MS and HS students are encouraged to see these amazing performances to see that people of all abilities have fantastic skills to share (Wednesday and Thursday performances are different and a ¥500 donation is required)

  • Performance 1: Building Bridges
    Wednesday, May 30th Auditorium from 4:15-5:00pm
  • Performance 2: Cambodian Showcase → Watch the performance Trailer here! Thursday, May 31st Auditorium from 7:00-8:15pm

(Ms. Urquhart)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • Running for Student Council

Do you look at MS Student Council and wish you could help out in some way? Are you interested in running for Student Council for the next school year?

If you are, please complete the following tasks:

  • Complete the student council application form by June 1 and share it with Mr. Barker and Ms. Barbour
  • Create a slide here with your name, grade, and a photo of yourself by June 1
  • Plan and deliver a 2 minute speech at the assembly on June 7 to grades 6-7
  • Attend a MS Student Council meeting. These happen on Day 1 (M305) and Day 6 (M102) at MS Lunch.

(Ms. Barbour)

  • MS Reading Session

8R your reading session is today during period 6! Bring your book. 🙂

  • MS Book of the Day

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. #yislearning #msbookofthefday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Wednesday, May 23, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 3 School Days!

When will I get to meet Epic Arts?
Each MS and HS grade has been assigned a workshop session next week. You can see the schedule here.
During the workshop, you will meet the performers and they will teach you some dance moves and get you to express yourself through movement. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothes and have fun! (Ms. Urquhart)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Reading Session

8R, we’ll see you Thursday period 6. Remember your book. (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Bedeviled by evil fairies that only she can see, 13yo Tanya is sent to stay with her cold, distant grandmother at Elvesden Manor, where she & the caretaker’s son solve a disturbing mystery that leads them to discover that Tanya’s life is in danger. #msbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 4 School Days!

Who are the performers coming to YIS?
The performers coming to YIS are all young adults from Cambodia who are passionate about the arts and Epic Arts mission that “Every Person Counts”. Some of the performing members are deaf, others are in a wheelchair and some are differently abled either physically and mentally. One of the members of the visiting team is Mary. When Mr Saez first met her over 10 years ago, she had just arrived at Epic Arts. She was just learning to walk as she was chained to a tree from a very young age because she is deaf and her family did not understand how to properly support her. Today, Mary is confident, full of enthusiasm and a great performer. She will be running workshops with all MS and HS students is an example of how Epic Arts can help people have a better life. You can read more about the performers here. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Run Wednesday

A reminder that there will be another Yamashita Park run on Wednesday after school for all that are interested.

See you at the Gym! (Mr. Brown)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • UK Mathematics Trust competition

Congratulations to all Grade 6/7 Students who participated in the UK Mathematics Trust competition. It was a challenging contest paper and we are super proud of all of you.

A big round of applause to all who were awarded a bronze, silver or gold certificates.

And, finally – please congratulate Hyejin from 7K as she has been nominated to participate in the follow up round. This is a rare opportunity (first time in the last few years) and only 1200 students from across the world are invited to this round. (Ms. Latve)

  • MS Athletics/Activities

Season 3 Uniform Returns – Please make sure you return your uniform to the PE Office if you have not done so already. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Volleyball Open Gym

Open Gym after schools for Boys and Girls Volleyball continues today the 22nd of May after school (3:30 pm), and is open to all MS boys and girls interested in playing. You do not have to have been on one of the teams last year to partake. (Mr. Tananone)

MS Reading Sessions

Today: 7K, we’ll see you in the library period 5 today! 6H, we’ll see you period 6 today. Please bring your book with you if you have one.

Wednesday: 8H, we’ll see you tomorrow.

(Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Obsessed with Camp HalfBlood? Would you sell your pet cat to meet Percy Jackson? Desperate to find out what REALLY happens behind the scenes? #yislearning #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Monday, May 21, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 5 School Days – one week from today!

Who are the people that Epic Arts is supporting?
One person’s story is the story of Po Sakun. Growing up in a wheelchair in Kampot, Cambodia, Po’s neighbors told his mother not to waste money and time sending him to school as few job options would be available to him. Po learned about Epic Arts and started studying sign language. In 2011, passionate about their mission, he began as a volunteer receptionist before becoming a full-time administrator. His story is a metaphor for Epic Arts: Be courageous in overcoming economic and social obstacles publically, loudly, and creatively.

Reminder: Student volunteers are needed to help make the Epic Arts visit to YIS smooth. If you are interested in being involved, please come to a 15-minute volunteer meeting during morning break TODAY in M301 to find out how you can help. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Middle/High School Food Fair Poster competition (Repeat)

This year we are inviting Middle and High School students to design the poster we use to advertise Food Fair.
The poster must:
-Include the phrase “YIS Food Fair 2018”
-Be A4 portrait with solid background (white if hand-drawn)
-Be digital (PSD photoshop, 300 dpi) or hand-drawn.
-Use the entire sheet as background.
-Have no fine details or too many small elements.

Hand in designs to Mr Reed by Monday 4th June. The winning designer will receive a 2000 Yen gift card. (Mrs. Davies)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • Reading Sessions

7K & 6H, your reading sessions are tomorrow! Don’t forget a book 🙂 (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Tom Pook is growing up in a one room house in the 1920s in the roadless backwaters of New Zealand’s Kaipara Harbour. At 14, his parents leave him in charge of his 7 brothers and sisters for a week. Based on a true story! #yislearning #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Friday, May 18, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival

The Kanto Plain Film Festival Screening TOMORROW, Saturday 19th May in the YIS Auditorium. The Screening begins at 10am, with the Filmmaker & Judges panel and presentation of awards beginning at 1:15pm. Almost 40 films were entered in this year’s festival. Check out the entries in. Come out and see the entries in Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction, Non-Fiction, Expressive Film and the Height of Hart’s (for collaborations between studentchers), and support YIS filmmakers and performers, including Justin Cheetham, Kent Ishikawa, Sarah Gunanto and Rei Ishii.
It’s a full day of film, so bring a lunch or order one in advance from the Film Festival website, where all the details of the Festival Screening can be found. See you Saturday in the Auditorium. (Mr. Pitter)

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 6 School Days!

Why does Epic Arts need to advocate for seeing ability and not disabilities?
Cambodia’s treatment of people with mental and physical disabilities can still be terrible. There is still mental illness lingering in the older generation that survived the Khmer Rouge regime. Additionally, health care systems especially in rural areas are virtually non-existent and many people still live their lives in poverty. Birth defects are considered punishments for bad karma from previous lives. Many people in Cambodia still view people with disabilities as something to be ashamed off and many people are hidden from society.

Reminder: Student volunteers are needed to help make the Epic Arts visit to YIS smooth. If you are interested in being involved, please come to a 15-minute volunteer meeting during morning break on Monday, May 21st in M301 to find out how you can help. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

Hi, this is MEHC (Mental and Emotional Health Club), and for today’s daily fact will be that: Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, etc.
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

(MEHC)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Reading Sessions

7P, your reading session is period 8 today with a special guest presenter. (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Poppy Malone KNOWS there’s something spooky going on. Here’s her evidence: 1. A snicker. Soft but clear. 2. The mess. 3. White teeth gleaming in the shadows. Here are the possibilities: 1. Vampires. 2. Ghosts. 3. Goblins. 4. Werewolves. 5. Fairies. #yislearning #msbookofthefday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Thursday, May 17, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Dress code

As the weather gets warmer and we start switching to our summer clothes, this is a reminder about the dress code. Everyone is expected to be modestly dressed in a manner which is appropriate for a school environment. This may be different to what you wear outside of school or at the weekends. Specifically, please be reminded that midriffs need to be covered, footwear sensible and safe in case of an evacuation, and shoulders must be covered (no singlets, spaghetti straps, strapless tops). (Ms Vitty)

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival

The Kanto Plain Film Festival Screening is this Saturday 19th May in the YIS Auditorium. The Screening begins at 10am, with the Filmmaker & Judges panel and presentation of awards beginning at 1:15pm. Almost 40 films were entered in this year’s festival. Check out the entries in. Come out and see the entries in Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction, Non-Fiction, Expressive Film and the Height of Hart’s (for collaborations between studentchers), and support YIS filmmakers and performers, including Justin Cheetham, Kent Ishikawa, Sarah Gunanto and Rei Ishii.
It’s a full day of film, so bring a lunch or order one in advance from the Film Festival website, where all the details of the Festival Screening can be found. See you Saturday in the Auditorium. (Mr. Pitter)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

Season 3 Uniform Returns – Season 3 Uniform Returns – Please make sure you return your uniform to the PE Office if you have not done so already. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Open Gym

Open Gym after school today for Boys and Girls will be for Basketball and not volleyball as Mr. Tananone is out of town, and is open to all MS boys and girls interested in playing. You do not have to have been on one of the teams last year to partake. Open Gym for MS students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Reading Sessions!

6M & 7E, I’ll see you period 1 today. 8U, I’ll see you period 2! (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Gee only has 1 week to collect 25 leaves for her science project. With Dad running a funeral parlor out of the basement, a grandma who keeps her teeth, and a rival trying to steal her spot on the cross country team, Gee is having a hard time focusing. #yislearning #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Volleyball Sports Week

Good morning everyone! Just a reminder that today at lunch there will be a volleyball competition! Can the participants please meet at the gym.

If you forgot what you’re signed up for, please check the link.

Good luck participants! (MS StuCO)

MS DAILY – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival

The Kanto Plain Film Festival Screening is this Saturday 19th May in the YIS Auditorium. The Screening begins at 10am, with the Filmmaker & Judges panel and presentation of awards beginning at 1:15pm. Almost 40 films were entered in this year’s festival. Check out the entries in. Come out and see the entries in Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction, Non-Fiction, Expressive Film and the Height of Hart’s (for collaborations between studentchers), and support YIS filmmakers and performers, including Justin Cheetham, Kent Ishikawa, Sarah Gunanto and Rei Ishii.
It’s a full day of film, so bring a lunch or order one in advance from the Film Festival website, where all the details of the Festival Screening can be found. See you Saturday in the Auditorium. (Mr. Pitter)

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

Good morning! This is MEHC (Mental and Emotional Health Club) back at it again with a daily fact. Today’s daily fact is that: even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. (MEHC)

  • EPIC ARTS Countdown: 8 School Days!

A performing arts group from Epic Arts in Cambodia will be coming to visit YIS starting on May 28th! This performance group is extra special because some members are deaf, others are in a wheelchair and some are differently abled either physically and mentally.
Do you remember the sign language sign they made for YIS?
Watch this video they made to learn! (Ms. Urquhart)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Scavenger Hunt (Sports Week)

Calling All MS Dragons!

Whilst on an expedition, Smokey lost some of his things in the school! Now Smokey needs your help! Look for lost objects around the language building, kirin building, and playground/cafeteria! Participants, keep your eyes sharp, and good luck!

If you can’t remember who signed up for today’s hunt, check this document. (MS StuCo)

  • MS Break & Lunch in the Library

Unfortunately, because of the art show, two classes and one librarian (Ms. Kar is out today) the library will be closed to middle school students during lunch today. (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Reading Sessions

6M, 7-E and 8U, I’ll see you tomorrow for your reading sessions. Don’t forget to bring a book! (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

With her parents about to divorce, devastated 12yo Angela spends the summer in LA with her grandparents, where she folds paper cranes into wedding displays, becomes involved with a young skateboarder, & learns how complicated relationships can be. #yislearning #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Kanto Plain Film Festival

The Kanto Plain Film Festival Screening is this Saturday 19th May in the YIS Auditorium. The Screening begins at 10am, with the Filmmaker & Judges panel and presentation of awards beginning at 1:15pm. Almost 40 films were entered in this year’s festival. Check out the entries in. Come out and see the entries in Dramatic Fiction, Comedic Fiction, Non-Fiction, Expressive Film and the Height of Hart’s (for collaborations between studentchers), and support YIS filmmakers and performers, including Justin Cheetham, Kent Ishikawa, Sarah Gunanto and Rei Ishii.
It’s a full day of film, so bring a lunch or order one in advance from the Film Festival website, where all the details of the Festival Screening can be found. See you Saturday in the Auditorium. (Mr. Pitter)

  • Running after School

A reminder that there will be a run after school on Wednesday. A run around beautiful Yamashita Park – what could be better? See you at the gym after school. (Mr. Brown)

  • Daily Fact about Mental/Emotional Health

Hi, this is MEHC (Mental and Emotional Health Club), and today’s daily fact is that: according to WHO (World Health Organisation), mental disorders affect one in four people. (MEHC)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

Season 3 Uniform Returns – Please make sure you return your uniform on the date assigned to your respective teams. Myself and Ms. Yoko will collect uniforms in front of the cafeteria during your lunch break. Ms. Yoko has already emailed all of your teams the date to return your uniforms. If you forget, please drop your uniform at the office ASAP. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Volleyball Open Gym

Open Gym after schools for Boys and Girls Volleyball starts today the 15th of May after school, and is open to all MS boys and girls interested in playing. You do not have to have been on one of the teams last year to partake. Open Gym for volleyball will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Book of the Day

After their parents are called back to Japan, 12yo Summer & her brother work as migrants during the summer with their grandparents. Her family seems to have nothing but bad luck, but Summer is learning that sometimes you have to create your own luck. #yislearning #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

MS DAILY – Monday, May 14, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Rules of the Canteen

Because people are not meeting the expectations of the canteen and Dragon Dining, the cafeteria will be closed & locked at 4:30PM. If the Dragon Dining staff asks you to leave the canteen after school, please do so immediately.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the Canteen.

Dragon Dining is exclusively at Yokohama International School; we are not a big company.

Our small team works hard to source, prepare, cook and serve healthy sustainable lunches and snack items for the students at YIS.

In order to continue to deliver this level of service at YIS the rules below need to be followed.

Purchasing food in the cafeteria:

  • Do not take food without paying.
  • Pay the appropriate price for all food taken from Dragon Dining.
  • Students must not share lunches purchased from Dragon Dining.
  • Students must not use another person’s lunch account.
  • Take only what you are intending to eat…don’t waste the food.
  • Prepaid accounts must maintain a positive balance.
  • Don’t touch items on sale that you aren’t going to buy.
  • Use tongs and napkins when taking snack items.

Behaviour expectations in the cafeteria:

  • Responsible and orderly behaviour is expected at all times.
  • Students shall not save places in line, cut in line, or intimidate their way into line for food service.
  • Follow instructions of the cafeteria staff.
  • Show proper respect toward cafeteria staff.
  • Take your time and enjoy the food.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Push your chair back under the table after use.
  • Don’t leave a mess.
  • Take your dirty dishes to the dishwashing area.
  • Separate trash accordingly.
  • Report spills to cafeteria staff immediately.

(Ms. Madrid)

  • Silent Study Room

The silent study room in the library will be closed today for exams. Please be respectful as you move through the library space today. (Ms. Katy)

  • HS & MS Book of the Day

On May 29th, Taran Matharu, author of the 2018 Sakura Medal winning Novel The Novice, will visit YIS to speak with students who have read his novel and students interested in creative writing. Stop by the library today to check out a copy of his book.

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers he has the ability to summon demons, he travels to Adept Military Academy where he must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. #yislearning #hsbookoftheday #msbookoftheday (Ms. Katy)

  • Mental Health Week

Good Morning! This is MEHC (Mental and Emotional Health Club), and we would like to tell everyone that this week is mental health week! Hopefully, everybody had a great weekend. For this whole week, there will be a daily fact about mental/emotional health to spread awareness. Today’s daily fact about mental health is that: mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. It is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning. (MEHC)

  • Cambodian Clothing for Sale! (Repeat)

Cambodian Pants ¥1500
Cambodian Shorts ¥1000
Women’s only, mostly small sizes, various patterns/colours available.

Stop by M301 on Monday or Tuesday (May 14/15) during morning break to shop. All items were purchased in Cambodia and funds raised will go to HOPE Cambodia to construct a water well for families in rural Pursat. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Middle/High School Food Fair Poster competition (Repeat)

This year we are inviting Middle and High School students to design the poster we use to advertise Food Fair.
The poster must:
-Include the phrase “YIS Food Fair 2018”
-Be A4 portrait with solid background (white if hand-drawn)
-Be digital (PSD photoshop, 300 dpi) or hand-drawn.
-Use the entire sheet as background.
-Have no fine details or too many small elements.

Hand in designs to Mr Reed by Monday 4th June. The winning designer will receive a 2000 Yen gift card. (Mrs. Davies)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • Grade 6 Zoo Trip

Grade 6
After homeroom attendance please make your way to the Playground, bring all the materials you are meant to bring with you for the day.

6E Please find Mr. Ralph
6M Please find Ms. Kaufman
6H Please find Mr. Harrison
(Mr. Harrison)

  • MS Athletics/Activities

Season 3 Uniform Returns – Please make sure you return your uniform on the date assigned to your respective teams. Myself and Ms. Yoko will collect uniforms in front of the cafeteria during your lunch break. Ms. Yoko has already emailed all of your teams the date to return your uniforms. If you forget, please drop your uniform at the office ASAP. (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Volleyball Open Gym

Open Gym after schools for Boys and Girls Volleyball starts Tuesday the 15th of May after school, and is open to all MS boys and girls interested in playing. You do not have to have been on one of the teams last year to partake. Open Gym for volleyball will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Mr. Tananone)

MS DAILY – Friday, May 11, 2018

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

  • Room Changes

Becuase of grade 9/10 exams, there will be some room changes. Please pay attention if you have class on the 2nd or 3rd floor period 1/2 this week. (Ms. Madrid)

FRIDAY

M202
Mr. Hauet’s Class to M103

  • Cambodian Clothing for Sale!

Cambodian Pants ¥1500
Cambodian Shorts ¥1000
Women’s only, mostly small sizes, various patterns/colours available.

Stop by M301 on Monday or Tuesday (May 14/15) during morning break to shop. All items were purchased in Cambodia and funds raised will go to HOPE Cambodia to construct a water well for families in rural Pursat. (Ms. Urquhart)

  • Creative Commons Reminder

The Creative Commons space will be reserved for the art show for the next week. There are gorgeous pieces on display, so we hope to see you at the opening tonight. (Ms. Katy)

  • MS & HS Books of the Day

Our #esbookoftheday #msbookoftheday and #hsbookoftheday are the 2018 @sakuramedal winners: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors; The Last Kids on Earth; Ghosts; The Novice; Scythe; てのりにんじゃ; 牛乳カンパイ係、田中くん; いい人ランキング; 世界の果てのこどもたち #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

  • Middle/High School Food Fair Poster competition (Repeat)

This year we are inviting Middle and High School students to design the poster we use to advertise Food Fair.
The poster must:
-Include the phrase “YIS Food Fair 2018”
-Be A4 portrait with solid background (white if hand-drawn)
-Be digital (PSD photoshop, 300 dpi) or hand-drawn.
-Use the entire sheet as background.
-Have no fine details or too many small elements.

Hand in designs to Mr Reed by Monday 4th June. The winning designer will receive a 2000 Yen gift card. (Mrs. Davies)

  • From Nagoya International School

Earlier this week, YIS sent 1000 paper cranes to Nagoya International School to let them know that we were thinking of them and their loss of a beloved member of their community. These photos were sent back to us, showing where the cranes now hang in the school. Many thanks to all who contributed.