MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Book of the Day

“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts a poem Frankie read in school. Frannie’s winter is full of surprises (good and bad) as she deals with her brother’s deafness, her mother’s fear, her best friend’s religion and the class bully’s anger. #msbookoftheday  #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

  • MS Students (Repeat)

Please be reminded that unless you are meeting for a club, you may only be in the cafeteria, the playground, or the library at lunchtime. You should not be hanging out in the Kirin Building outside the Music rooms or in other spaces on campus unless you are with a teacher. (Mr. Redlich)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Students

Please be reminded that unless you are meeting for a club, you may only be in the cafeteria, the playground, or the library at lunchtime. You should not be hanging out in the Kirin Building outside the Music rooms or in other spaces on campus unless you are with a teacher. (Mr. Redlich)

MS DAILY – Thursday, January 18, 2018

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • Crossing the Road

Just a reminder that if you are crossing the road on your own you must cross at the lights/crosswalks. Do not run across the road EVER! (Ms. Madrid)

  • MS Chiku Group

Please remember to come to our regular meeting today during lunch. We have a Chiku visit tomorrow that we need to get volunteers sorted out for and another project to plan. See you today during lunch. (Mr. Clark)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

– MS Boys Basketball, Thursday, January 18th vs BST, tip off at 5:00 pm (B only)
– MS Boys Basketball, Saturday, January 20th vs ASIJ, tip off at 10:00 am (AB only)

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

– MS Boys Basketball, Thursday, January 18th vs BST, tip off at 5:00 pm (B only)
– MS Boys Basketball, Saturday, January 20th vs ASIJ, tip off at 10:00 am (AB only)

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Girls Soccer Practice

Just a reminder that the A Team are training after school from 3:30 – 5:30.
B Team are training Weds. afternoon from 4:15 – 5:30.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Please email Mr Pomeroy or Ms Clifford if you are not able to make training. (Ms Clifford)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • New Students

Will all students who are new to YIS come to the library after morning tutor. Please bring your computer. (Ms. Madrid)

  • MS Athletics/Activities

– MS Boys Basketball, Thursday, January 18th vs BST, tip off at 5:00 pm (B only)
– MS Boys Basketball, Saturday, January 20th vs ASIJ, tip off at 10:00 am (AB only)

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

– MS Girls Soccer, tomorrow, January 13th @ YCAC vs ASIJ & NIS, kick off at 9:00 am
– MS Boys Basketball, tomorrow, January 13th @ St. Marys, tip off at 1:00 pm (CBA)

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

  • Reading Sessions

6E: You’ll see the fabulous Mrs. Kar this morning during period 1. Please come straight to the library after tutor.

7E: You are coming to the library for period 2, not period 3, my mistake! Bring your book 🙂

Drone Challenge Friday: Mr. Broughton will be helping you rock the drone obstacle course challenge during lunch today. Pop in and do your best.

  • MS Book of the Day

Did you know that every square centimeter of your face houses one or two tiny spiders? 🕷🤢 #truestory Learn more about the hidden world with this fascinating book on microscopy. #msbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • Reading Sessions

8U, I’ll see you period 7 today!
6E, I’ll see you period 1 on Friday.
7E, I’ll see you period 3 on Friday.

(Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

Who wouldn’t want the speed of a cheetah or the power of an elephant? But as Charlie quickly learns, with great power comes responsibility. #msbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Chiku Service Team 

We will NOT have a MS Chiku Service Team Meeting today (Wed, Jan 10th) as I am away on another school related trip. I look forward to our first visit to the Chiku Center coming up soon. We will meet next Thursday, Jan 18th, as planned and on your schedules.  (Mr. Clark)

  • MS Reading Sessions

I’ll see these classes in the library today! Bring a good book if you’ve got one.
6H: period 3- come straight to the library after break.
7K: period 4
8H: period 8! Let’s end the day reading 🙂

Tomorrow
8U, I’ll see you in the library period 7 on Thursday. Bring a good book with you!

(Ms. Katy)

  • MS Book of the Day

France, 1794. The Revolution is raging, and the aristocrats are in danger. It’s flee the country or face the guillotine. This vivid piece of historical fiction combines drama, magic, romance and sizzling adventure in a satisfying read. #msbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)

MS 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY

  • MS Athletics/Activities

– MS Girls Soccer, Saturday, January 13th @ YCAC vs ASIJ & NIS, kick off at 9:00 am
– MS Boys Basketball, Saturday, January 13th @ St. Marys, tip off at 1:00 pm (CBA)

GO DRAGONS! (Mr. Tananone)

  • MS Book of the Day

The return from the break means lots of fresh copies of magazines in the library! Did you watch the Last Jedi over vacation? The latest copy of OWL looks at movie magic in over 40 years of Star Wars. Check it out today. #msbookoftheday #yislearning (Ms. Katy)