Friday, December 14, 2012

Middle School Girls Basketball - Dec. 13th

MS Girls  – Dec. 13th
Final Score
Home:
KIS Red
30
Away:
Ukr-70
38*


MS Girls – Dec. 13th
Final Score
Home:
KIS Black
8
Away:
Ukr-70
23*

Reading Theater

By Anastasiya Zamula

Goldilocks and many other fairy tale characters visited KIS through the voices of our talented students. The 8C and 9J classes performed a Reading Theater "Goldilocks and Christmas Elves." Students created a reading theater that they performed for their peers and parents on Wednesday, December 12. Ms. Jones and Ms. Christensen were in charge of preparing the theater, helping the students to prepare. The "Goldilocks and Christmas Elves" was modified just for the students so it includes some Ukrainian culture, such as Ukrainian Christmas characters like Ded Moroz and Snigyrochka. Many other students came to watch the show with their teachers. Parents were supporting their kids with cameras and applause. The goal for such a theater was to master the reading skills of the students, but with a great amount of fun. The atmosphere was jolly and festive. Many students revealed that they are extremely excited for the holidays, and such performances put them in the holiday mood.





Thursday, December 13, 2012

Secondary Girls and Boys Basketball - Dec. 12th

HS JV Girls – Dec. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
26*
Away:
KCA
1


HS JV Boys – Dec. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
42*
Away:
KCA
20


HS Varsity Girls – Dec. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
35*
Away:
KCA
14


HS Varsity Boys – Dec. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
37*
Away:
KCA
27


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sing and Dance Sensation


Many researches claim that no two snowflakes are the same, but KIS goes beyond the possible. For about one week already the multipurpose room has been a "magical winter wonderland" decorated with numerous identical snowflakes for the Sing and Dance Sensation, an annual preschool concert.

On Tuesday, December 11th, the 3-year-old classes presented the winter show for their parents. Each class was assigned a dress-up theme, so the stage was filled with snowmen, Christmas trees, reindeers, angels, and other personages. However, the magic did not end at that. "The Preschoolers sang winter holiday songs about snowman and December, they danced as snowflakes and etc," Mrs. Lastovych informed.

The children practiced for a whole month to put on this wonderful show, but they definitely would not be able to do it alone. Mrs. Lastovych was in charge of the music, Mrs. Zakharova took care of the dances, while many other teachers and paraprofessionals helped with the decorations.

Tomorrow, on Thursday, December 13th, a similar performance will be held by the 4-year-old class. "All of the 4 year olds will have the same mittens and beautiful Christmas hats," Mrs. Lastovych said. Do not miss out on this cute performance by our little preschoolers!

By Olexandra Rovinska

Kozaks Come Out Strong

By Tim Roby

The first games for the Middle School boys, girls and Secondary boys’ games were this past week, with the Kozaks winning 5 out of the 6 games played as well as the Secondary girls’ first games which were this Monday. The Middle School boys’ teams played at PSI this past Tuesday, the 4th, for their first games. Both KIS teams came out on top with Team 1 winning 28 to 22 and Team 2 winning 16 to 2. Both teams fought hard and ended up getting both of the wins on the road.
Varsity Girls (Amber and Miranda) versus Ukr-141
On Wednesday the 5th, both the Secondary boys’ teams played their first games as well. JV played Ukr-70, the team who won the league last year. Even though they got some 20 points behind, they fought hard and in the last couple of minutes went on a run to bring it back to within 7 points for the final score of 49 to 42. After the JV game, the Varsity played their first game against PTU. The Kozaks came out strong, taking the lead first and kept the lead the entire game to win by 29 points in the end. The Middle School girls had their first games on Thursday the 6th and also won both of their games, the Red team beating KCA 43 to 18 and the Black team beating Ukr-141 22 to 14.
Lastly, the Secondary JV and Varsity girls also had their first games on Monday the 10th. JV was on the road against PSI and came out on top for their first win, 28 to 12. Varsity played at home versus Ukr-141 and even though they lost by about 20 points they fought hard throughout the game. Let’s hope they can continue bringing that same fighting spirit as they get prepared for their next game on Wednesday versus KCA.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Secondary Girls Basketball - Dec. 10th

HS JV Girls – Dec. 10th
Final Score
Home:
PSI
12
Away:
KIS
28*


HS Varsity Girls – Dec. 10th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
30
Away:
Ukr-141
54*

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Secondary Winter Homecoming Dance

By Anastasiya (Stacy) Zamula

Last Friday, December 7th, KIS Secondary students had a winter homecoming dance. Many students came to enjoy the night with their peers and dressed up in black and pink. A good number of students had dates to switch the colors, so many had the chance to choose what colors they would want to wear. Hours passed quickly and by the time the dance was over most people didn't want to leave, asking the DJ for the last song. This evening brought great memories for everyone who was there. Dancing revealed talent, such as Tim Roby shocked everyone with his dancing skills. Karaoke brought everyone singing together, and fire works was a great way to finish the night. New students had the opportunity to meet new friends, and everyone who was there became one big family.

Events like this are a great chance to make the KIS student body stronger and closer to each other. No one is left out or ever regrets that they came. For those who didn't make it to the dance, you should join the next time because events like this shouldn't be missed. The great fun and unforgettable memories come with it.

We are thankful to our STUCO for making such events and hopefully we will have countless evenings like Winter Homecoming Dance ahead of us.




Country Highlight-More Than It Seems

THE TREMBITA -Image from http://entrus.at.ua/news/2009-08-25-122

The country with the longest wind instrument in the world known as "Trembita". The country where the Bond girl of the 22nd James Bond movie, Olga Kurylenko, was born. The country where Steven Spielberg's grandparents' came from. The country where the first kerosene lamp in the world was created in 1853. The country with the third most visited McDonald’s on the globe. The country with the second deepest subway station in the world, extending down 105 meters. The country called Ukraine.

Ukraine is Europe's geographical center. Its population is about 45 million, 3 million of which reside in Kyiv. It's the largest country in Europe, extending for 603,628 km². Ukraine's land is very widespread, including rivers like the Dnieper, and mountains like the Carphathians. In addition to 7 countries, it borders the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, so there are numerous sites to see in the country.

THE KHOTYN FORTRESS - Image from
http://www.rontravel.com/Travel_Photo_Pages/Pictures_Ukraine_
1999_Happy_Cannibal.htm
For those people fascinated by castles, there is the Khotyn Fortress; an attraction listed in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine since 2007. Its construction began way back in 1325 in Khotyn, a Western Ukrainian city. This fortress has been the center of attention of various legends and movies. Some of the top movies filmed there were the Russian movie called "Taras Bulba", as well as the famous  "The Three Musketeers".

Another national sight is the Mlynki Cave: a 35-kilometer long, gypsum cave located in the Ternopil region. The cave is a natural occurrence containing various beautiful crystals and even serving as a habitat for bats. The consistent temperature of 9-12 degrees Celcius and its benefit for health makes it a definite must-see place.

THE MLYNKI CAVE - Image from


http://ukrainetrek.com/blog/nature/gorgeous-
underground-universe-of-mlynki-cave/
However, fascinating tunnels are not limited to the underground. The region of Rivno has a kilometer-long, on-ground pathway known as the "Love Tunnel". It is based on an abandoned train track and is completely bound with trees. The scene creates a beautiful background for photos during all seasons, as long as the branches are covered with leaves or snow.

Although Ukraine's capital city, Kyiv, doesn't have an official H&M store or Starbucks Coffee, it has plenty other exceptional places. First of all, Kyiv is filled with beautiful historical sites, such as the "House with Chimaeras" (also known as the "Gorodetsky House"). Originally Gorodetsky built it as his own apartment back in 1903, but since 2005 it serves as a "presidential residence for official and diplomatic ceremonies." The masterpiece of modern architecture can be seen on Bankova street near the center.

THE LOVE TUNNEL - Image from
http://www.078.com.ua/blogs/mesta-gde-my-pobyvali/mesta
-mira-kotorye-stoit-posetit.html
Next, Kyiv stuns its tourists with the Museum of Miniature located within the territory of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. Nikolay Siadristy, the author of the display, put a lot of effort to make it an exhibition leaving children and adults in awe, unlike a typical museum. Some of the works include a portrait of a famous ballerina depicted on a 3x4 millimeter cherry seed, and Kobzar - the smallest book in the world. It is only 0.6 milimeters in size, but contains as many as 12 pages with poetic works.

For people who just want to have a rest, the capital presents an entertaining and healthy cafe called the "Salt Cave". It is located on the Taras Shevchenko Bulvar and is created out of 12 tons of natural salt imported from the Carpathian region. One cubic meter of the air might contain about 15 milimeter of salt; this greatly contributes to a person's well-being. About 10 to 15 visit to this cafe can be equalized with a rest near the sea or the mountains, claims the cafe's administration.

THE SALT CAVE - Image from
http://www.weekend.od.ua/news_full.php?id=-9890
Ukraine has an extensive list of fascinating places, many of which are located in Kyiv. This developing country is filled with national, as well as international sites. Ukraine even has its own Venice, Versailles, and Stonhenge. Once you'll start to explore, you'll never get enough!

By Olexandra Rovinska

Friday, December 7, 2012

Basketball game scores for this week:

 For the week of Dec. 3rd through the 7th

MS Boys – Dec. 4th
Final Score
Home:
PSI W
22
Away:
KIS-1
28*


MS Boys – Dec. 4th
Final Score
Home:
PSI B
2
Away:
KIS-2
16*


HS JV Boys – Dec. 5th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
42
Away:
Ukr-70
49*


HS Varsity Boys – Dec. 5th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
47*
Away:
PTU
18


MS Girls – Dec. 6th
Final Score
Home:
KIS-Red
43*
Away:
KCA
18


MS Girls – Dec. 6th
Final Score
Home:
KIS-Black
22*
Away:
Ukr-141
14