Friday, February 26, 2016

Yearbook Advertisement

This is a quick advertisement for the 2016 yearbook. There are ten very important reasons why everyone should get a yearbook. Enjoy!

KIS Life In A Day Media Team Interview

The Media team is creating KIS Life In A Day. This is an interview of the media team. All information on KIS Life In A Day can be found in the file. Enjoy!

Our Blog's Humble Beginnings

Over three years ago on September 7, 2012 KISMET Online’s first blog was posted by Anastasiya Zamula. A lot has changed since that, our community has become greater, new facilities had been added to the campus and new faces poke around from every corner of the school. Zamula (class of 2013) titled her first entry as “New Beginnings” as a flashback to her own and many other students’ constant change of schools. She herself “came back to KIS after a year of studying in a different school,” to her amazement in just one year, “much [of] the community of our school has changed.” But this is the highlight of our school; this is what makes our school so great and diverse. Her entry focused on three distinct stages of the KIS community: Elementary, Middle School and Secondary. She interview two students from each group and here is what they had to say about their transition from one group to another.

Robert, 6 y.o. Class:
Interviewer: How do you like classes so far? 

Robert: They are hard, but I am doing all the work. I like going outside with my friends.

Sarnika, 6 y.o. Class:

Interviewer: Is it difficult to study in elementary school and what is good about being in school? 

Sarnika : It’s easy, classes are not so hard, and I like teacher and that they bring us on the bus to see real animals, like spiders in cages.

Iilya, 11 y.o Class:

Interviewer: How do you feel about your recent transition to Middle School? 

Iilya: I thought it would be harder, but it’s really not. The teachers are good; they give us easier stuff at the beginning, so we could have some fun being in middle school. We got more freedom, it’s awesome. 

Interviewer: Freedom is great, but how are you going to keep up with all the work?

Iilya: Teachers are helping me a lot. They are emailing me stuff, and I can ask if I don’t get something.

Alex, 11y.o. Class:

Interviewer: How do you like school so far?

Alex: Maybe there is more homework, but you get used to it. The teachers are better, and I like it more than elementary. I like to be treated as an adult.

Bryan, Secondary I:

Interviewer: How is this year different from last year?

Bryan: Well, first of all, lockers are bigger. There are new faces. I find high school much harder, especially reading and writing. I like new containers as well.

Polina, Secondary I:

Interviewer: How do you like high school?

Polina: Yeah, it’s good. I like the lockers. More studying than in middle school, but I expected that. I would like longer breaks between classes, but otherwise it’s all good.

I hope that our KIS community will continue to grow and that our diversity will only bring us closer. And of course for does that a transitioning from school to school or just from Middle School to High School, I hope that everyone will stay positive and continue their hard work in the academics and extracurricular. 

Our Teacher's Desks

This is a short presentation of a few of our teacher's desks. With the desks I would like to show the diversity in our school. And how the organization of a desks can showcase one's personality.

This is the Reception's desk. If you haven't seen this desks I highly recommend that you do. Notice how much notes are glued at the computer screens, showing how much really happens at KIS.

This desk is found in Ms. Notaro's room in the Secondary. Even though the desk space is limited, we can see how hard students have worked by the amount of paperwork.

Mr. Brinker's desk in the Secondary has to be given some credit too. It is one of the neatest desks in the whole school. Good job Mr. Brinker!

Mr. Conover's desks is one of the few that has been stylized by his immense creativity. Mr. Conover is also one of the few teachers that insisted in posing with his very own desk.

Mr. Semeniuk's desk is also shared by Mrs. Kilby during 8th period. The hearts are left behind by the Kozak basketball players as they pranked the coach on Valentines Day.

Ms. Chemeris is always working diligently on her student's work. I sincerely hope people got those math equations right!

Finally, we have Mr. Hume's desk. This desk is probably the second most viewed desk after the reception due to Mr. Hume active role in the community.

Probably least likely to be seen desk. This desk is occupied by a teacher once a day for one class. If you can guess where this desk is found please comment below! Hint: This teacher teaches in the Secondary.

Finally. we have two EXTRA desks. These desks are found in the Media HQs. One is a MAC and the other is a PC and both of these computers are heavily in use to distributed KISMET material. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What goes on in the booth before a game?

It’s 3:55, the action is about to start, so many things to worry about, so many things to check and do. Camera is almost setup, the live stream is about to start and go!

“Hello everyone, this is Filip Zapeca and Vincent Ouimet"

Broadcasting a High School game can sometimes be really stressful. It definitely is in the 5 minutes before the game is about to start and especially if you want it as professional as possible. Sometimes when nothing is working the way expect you just really want to take the computer and throw it out the window onto the basketball court. To understand more in depth what happens in the booth, here is a quick overview since the time of the final school bell and the game at 4 o’clock.

At first, the bell rings and 3:35 and the most important thing in this very moment, is to get food. One runs over to the snack bar as fast as possible before the people start piling up and a line starts to form. One tries to get as much food as possible for 50 UAH and attempt to be out of there by 3:42. 

Once the food is purchased, it is time to head over to the booth and if everything goes well the planned arrival is at 3:45. 

Once in the booth, the first five minutes are spent on turning on the computer, the camera, the monitor, and all the necessary software.

The game is about to start and in the final 5 minutes before the pre-game all the checkups have to take place. The microphone has to be checked for sound levels, the web camera for functionality, the game camera for rotation and if the live stream can run smoothly.

There is still about 5 minutes left before the game, and in those 5 minutes is when everything should start but everything starts to fail. One must ensure that the proper graphic has been added and it is not the old one from last game. The microphone doesn’t work, oh no, what are we going to do? The most important thing to do is “go slow, breath, and smile” (Mr. Conover) then unplug the microphone and replug it back in. One repeats the same step for whoever else isn’t working.

Next, there is only about 2 minutes left and it is time to start the broadcast. You make sure that the broadcast is switched to the web camera and that you hit the big red “Start Broadcast” button. Once that is done, if everything goes according to schedule, one should have 1 minute left and that is the time to introduce the game. Introduce the game, introduce yourselves, and introduce the lineup. 

The game is now starting, one must ensure that the camera is switched to ‘Scene 1’ which is the game camera and the commentary and video has now started!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tense Game Interview

Hey everyone,

There was a pretty tense game last night and so I grabbed some interviews after the game, here's a short audio file!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chips - Short Film

Here is a short film that I worked on to see if it is possible to shoot, edit and publish a short film just using an iPhone and I found out it is, here is the result.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Who were David Bowie and Allan Rickman to you?

After the death of David Bowie and Allan Rickman, I've interviewed a bunch of people about who they were to them.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Humanity's Destiny Trailer

A short trailer which was a collaboration with Nastya for an upcoming short film titled 'Humanity's Destiny'

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Audio report by Nazar. INterviewed Ms. Kilby

In this interview I talked to Ms. Kilby, the secondary counsellor. I asked her questions about colleges and what stundets should do in order to make it to a good college. Interview

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter Holiday Video

Hello Everyone, Recently I made a video about what different cultures do during christmas. A lot of people found it very interesting so I decided to upload it here, enjoy!
Thanks! Filip

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hello! On November 20th the 2nd annual Midnight Madness Basketball night took place. I got together with Mr. Conover to ask him about this amazing event. Enjoy!

Samuel Teleki

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HS Speech and Debate CEESA Interview

During the High School CEESA Speech and Debate in Helsinki Finland, I conducted interviews with our team. We all enjoyed the tournament are looking forward to next year's CEESA.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hey, my name is Nastya Kershaw and I recently joined the Media I team, which I'm very exited about by the way. I hope my future posts will not only be a source of entertainment, but also of current events in our school.

Here is a link to the 9 YO interviews our team has recently conducted: 

3 Year Old Interview

Hello KIS! I am Samuel Teleki and this is an interview segment from the 3 year old class conducted on October 15. This interview was supposed to be an interview used by yearbook, but no one could have predicted the awesome answers we got. Enjoy!

6 Year Old Interviews

Before the fall break the Media 1 class conducted interviews with preschool and elementary students. The following audio files are cropped versions of the 6K and 6S classroom interviews. As a new member of the Media 1 class I was happy to conduct some of the interviews and learn new skills. I hope you enjoy the following interviews!

Interview 8H

Hey guys ! I am William from the Media I class. Nastya and Sam recently interviewed 8-year-olds about their favorite ancient greek god. Here is a minute long audio file which has the best moments of the interview! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

The End is Near

Unfortunately, the year is coming to an end and it is almost summer time! 
Here are some photos of some good memories during the 2014-2015 school year.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Traveling to College

When students get to the end of their Highschool years, hype is one of the many things that can be stuck in their hearts and minds. Others can be nervous and stressed out about their upcoming College lives and for understandable reasons. What exactly do you imagine about your College life? It is all up to the students to imagine because nobody can tell the future, but one of the things, that all students ought to prepare for is college interviews where the colleges discuss and decide if your ready and capable. I personally had a few college interview myself, but much bigger part of that section in life was all the traveling to those colleges. By the time I got to my third College interview which is now successful, I decided I’ve seen too much planes and hotel rooms.
It definitely paid off since I have been accepted at the Fife College in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. All students who will travel to other countries for the College/University life, must be ready for those kinds of views.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Goodbye Media 1

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" - Winnie the Pooh

Media has been one of my favorite courses this year. It is not one of the classes where you have to memories things that you won't remember in a month which is one reason why I enjoyed it this year. It is a hands on class where I learned not only different media techniques and broadcasting but to interact with the other students in my class. I am now comfortable with a camera in my hands and taking interviews of people I thought I would never talk to. I'm very proud of most of the work I have produced this year especially my video projects. These contributions to the blog and the school not only get you good grades but also great memories to look at when you're older. The hardest part for me was that overtime I did something and I looked over it, I wanted to change something and it is hard to get something perfect but it still turns out good. I can't think of anything that was super easy because it all takes work but it is fun work. I would recommend this class to everyone because some of the work you produce makes you so proud of yourself and it contributes a lot to the school and it makes you feel super important, so join media next year! '

Over and Out

Best of: Elementary

KISMET Media membership experience

Robert B. Litwin Media Mr. Hume 05/08/2015 KISMET Media membership experience By the time I was only planning my entire school year, I wasn’t sure if taking Media classes was even worth it. Honestly, in the end I only took the course with thoughts like “sure, why not?” or “nah, what the heck?” I guess I just simply wasn’t that enthusiastic about the course, mostly because I knew little to nothing about it. What came after the first few lessons in Mr. Hume’s class went pretty much as I have predicted. I predicted that the first steps will always be hard to get used to, but in time I did. I did complain a lot first time I was either giving announcements or updating journals, but that’s normal for every new class. It’s important to note that being part of the KISMET Media is also a team-effort, meaning that you’ll have to rely on others in the team and others will in time rely on you. There were many huge projects in which each one of us had to put in some work, and one example can be when we were all interviewing Mr. Legan about substituting Mr. Blaho as the school principle. At that project I was pretty much just handling the technological equipment; microphone, camera, cables etc. Even in individual assignments such as Photo essays, or Video Blog posts, help was sometimes needed from others. Afterall, how was I supposed to record myself doing a school news report? Every time someone helped me, I always tried to return the favor by doing the same. Media class is fun because it teaches you team effort as well as the rewarding nature of hard work. It is also rewarding because it also teaches a bit about responsibility. Whenever we were asked to post a blog report or include something new in the announcements, we were always told to be careful about what we post, and that the work on it depends solely on us. All the help were allowed to have in those assignments is instructions, the rest is up to us. So while the KISMET Media team teaches you something about responsibility, team-work, and hard work, you can enjoy this if you choose so. I thought that I chose this subject myself out of my own will, and I wasn’t forced to, so why should I hate it? And that’s the most important lesson and experience I have from this class; that subjects can be boring and not fun only if you let the to be. You can enjoy them if you just simply allow yourself to like them. In short; don’t complain because when you, that is the reason you later complain even more.