Monday, February 25, 2013

7 Billion

Overpopulation is one of the biggest problems of the 21st century that brings many negative affects on all aspects of Earth such as food security, wildlife habitat and many others. Many organizations are trying to take care of this problem, but there is one specific organization that dedicates its all towards the problem of overpopulation.

As Population Connections states itself Population Connection (formerly ZPG) is a national, nonprofit organization working to achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources. We seek to protect the environment and ensure a high quality of life for present and future generations. 

This year Population Connection came up with a contest idea for students, to raise the awareness of the overpopulation. Students who wished to participate in the contest were required to make a 30-45 second video on one of the areas that is being influenced by overpopulation: wildlife habitat, food security, or the global status of women/girls. The purpose of the videos is to present the issue, so that it will be heard by the people. The winners in each of the areas will receive money prizes for the first three places.

These types of contests is a great way to show the younger generation what problems exist in today's world and let them explore, and present the awareness of the problem.

Media One students participated in the contest and recently submitted their videos. We wish good luck to all the participants, and those who didn't participate this year should definitely make the most of  this great opportunity next year..  

By Anastasiya Zamula

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day: The Real Story



Flowers and presents, kisses and hugs - sounds like a perfect Valentine's Day. On Thursday, the 14th of February, KIS was definitely filled with sweetness. Various delicious treats occupied the bake sale table; teachers exchanged holiday presents; and girls received beautiful roses.

Sounds very stereotypical. So what really happened on that day? Interviews with students opened up some "behind-the-scene" stories.

A few of the responses were indeed very loving and affectionate. "In my opinion, Valentines day symbolizes love and it is a day for couples to dedicate to each other," explained a secondary boy. "It was a really happy day as I spent it with my girlfriend." Another boy was even more open in his response, mentioning a particular girl. "It was a great day and one of the most memorable days all because of Amber," he proclaimed.

Some people though, specifically girls, did not possess such amorous opinions. "Well I think Valentines Day is kind of a made up day and it's kind of like any other day, " stated Eylul. "I think it's a good day to celebrate if you have a boyfriend but if you don't its kind of horrible.. Haha. I think it's taken too seriously, more than it should... Besides this, I spent it with my boyfriend." This view was also supported by Albina, who expressed that she does not take Valentine's Day too seriously. The day was special for her only thanks to "Komishka".

A couple of people held neutral opinions on the holiday. "It was just a regular day, nothing special," and "I just had fun with my friends, and most of my friends celebrated it as 'Thursday',"  two girls said. IB students like Benedetta also did not have much fun during Valentine's. "Well it's just a day like any other, I went to school and once I got home I procrastinated on my homework."

Still others seemed quite upset during this celebratory day. "It's a day when you understand how forever alone you are. I sat at home, feeling crappy," a student confessed.

Meanwhile, some "forever-aloners" took a humoristic approach on Valentine's Day. "Well, I woke up, I drank tea, then I slept for two hours, and then I opened my computer, and started my programming for business. And there was a romantic atmosphere between my computer and me," Kirill described. Another guy also shared an intersting story about the holiday. "I spent it at home looking at the picture of Megan Fox and dreaming of how me and her will live forever."

All of the feedback was incredibly different. Everyone had their own way of spending Valentine's Day. Nonetheless, it was probably a good day for everyone, including staff members, since February Break began a day later - on Friday. KISToday wishes everyone a positive and relaxing vacation. Don't worry too much over being alone. As Aura Dione sings, "At least I got my friends!"

By Olexandra Rovinska

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Middle School Girls and Boys Basketball - Feb. 12th

MS Boys – Feb. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
27
Away:
Boyarka
47*

MS Girls – Feb. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS Red
23*
Away:
KCA
7

MS Girls – Feb. 12th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
16*
Away:
PSI (RR)
11

True or False, Germans Know How to Have Fun?

By Nadia Rendon

Italians have the Carnivale. The French have Mardi Gras, and Americans have Fat Tuesday. Regardless of what you prefer to call it, they all symbolize the same thing: fun! The carnival season has arrived in many places of the world and Kiev is no exception.

Daud and Edina, the greatest couple at KIS secondary, 
 dressed in their hippy/Greek goddess costumes
Last Saturday the KIS staff, students, and family members dressed up and gathered together for a night full of dancing and fun at the annual German Carnival which took place at the Dim Ditey house. The 70's and 80's theme of the event was reflected in the creative decorations and music, which included greatest hits, oldies, and Schlager songs. 

There was a guitar player and a singer. The songs they played were actually songs from today's hits, not from the 1970's. However, there was a DJ the whole time who provided all kinds of music, the majority being German, participant Edina shared with KISToday.

One of the most known characteristics of carnivals is dressing up. Despite the set theme, a large variety of costumes were seen. 

The theme was supposed to be 70's and 80's but people just came in different styles; from medieval knight, up to being a robot and spiderman. Daud reflected. I dressed up as as hippie.

I dressed up as a Greek goddess, which didn't really connect to the theme, but I thought it'd be cool. Edina added. The point was to put a fun costume on!

The family oriented ambient even took out the kid in every adult. According to Daud, the adults started dancing around in a choo choo train formation. The party was an over success providing both kids and adults with an enjoyable Saturday night!

Christi Kitchens: Discovering the Formula for Joyful Teaching

By Nadia Rendon

Acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor, Ex U.S. President James Carter, Julia Roberts, and Dakota Fanning all have one thing in common: they were born in Georgia, USA. Georgia has  been home to many important influential people. Christi Kitchens, KIS chemistry teacher and JV basketball coach, is no exception. 
Ms. Kitchens joined the KIS community at the beginning of the school year. Adventure, curiosity, and the idea of submerging in a different culture lured her into coming to Kiev all the way from Milledgeville, Georgia where she had previously been teaching at Georgia Military College. 

“I have always wanted to see the world and truly experience people and places that enjoy different cultures and traditions than those that I know,” Ms. Kitchens stated, “I also want my children to grow up with the understanding that we should appreciate and enjoy our differences and not be frightened by them.  Kiev sounded like a good starting place.”

Although Ms. Kitchens is experienced in the area of teaching, this was not always her primary focus. Ms. Kitchens started out by working in a hospital, but later on she thought teaching might bring a positive change in [her] life. This inspired her to begin her teaching experience at one of the local colleges where she taught some college courses at night. 

According to Ms. Kitchens, the feeling of accomplishment when students succeed is what motivated her to continue teaching. 

“I love teaching because I have the opportunity to share each day with many different students who each bring different joys to each day.” she informed. “I also enjoy being in a learning environment where I can watch students discover new ideas and concepts, and I can keep learning with them.”

When asked about her favorite part of teaching she responded by saying that she loves watching students get exited after figuring things out on their own. “I also like to see the joy on a students face when they are proud of an accomplishment and know that you are proud of them as well”. 

According to Ms. Kitchens she believes that every student has a different approach when it comes to learning, but ultimately all students have the ability to do so. 

“ I strive to meet the learning needs of each group of students that enter my classroom so that each student is provided with the necessary learning experience.  I am not always successful the first time, but differentiation and determination seem to work well for me.  A little tough love never hurts either”

During her free time, Ms. Kitchens enjoys exercising and spending quality time with her friends and family. She also is the current JV Girls Basketball coach along with her co-coach, Meghan Jones. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Stop & Think: Restore the Appreciation

By Olexandra Rovinska

Recently my friend, Sasha, came with me to KIS for the International Night. Although she attends a prestigious Ukrainian school, my stories made her fall in love with KIS. When we arrived to the International festival, I immediately gave her a tour of the school. She was fascinated by everything, but the elementary building is what really won her heart. "You have such talent at your school!" she said, mesmerized by the art projects all over the hallways.

That phrase, and especially the emotion behind it, changed my whole perception of aesthetic appreciation. I have been at this school for over eight years. I grew up, and along with the years, passed my appreciation of beautiful art work that was once so significant. Why do we simply forget? Why do we stop caring?

Every day, hundreds of middle school and secondary students walk through the elementary hallways. Those walls are covered with beautiful posters, those doors are decorated in bright colors, and the window sills are occupied by creative works. Nonetheless, everyone seems oblivious to the beauty. Everyone is in a hurry to the cafeteria, gym, or some other destination. What is even worse though, is when the overfilled bags brush against the works causing damage. It takes a child many hours to put together that little something, but the great effort can be completely ruined just in one second? This does not seem fair.


Even for me, it took an outsider's view to realize all of this. I am sure, that most of the schools around the world do not have such wonderful displays, including Sasha's school. People often say that we should appreciate what we have. Although this phrase is used in reference to people, it can definitely be applied to aesthetic beauty. Imagine KIS without posters, paintings, and crafts. It would never be the same place.

Next time you are walking through the elementary building, please take a moment to just look around! Notice, respect, and appreciate the small masterpieces all around. Do not ignore the brilliant colors of life!

Come Support the Teams! (Feb. 11th - Feb. 15th)


Basketball Games Schedule (Feb. 11th - Feb. 1st)
Tuesday – 12th (Feb.) 
4:00pm
MS Boys – KIS Black @ Ukr-70
4:00pm
MS Boys – Slam @ KIS Red
Wednesday – 13th (Feb.)
4:00pm
HS Varsity Girls – Ukr-70 @ KIS
4:15pm
HS JV Boys – KIS @ PSI
5:15pm
HS JV Girls – Champs @ KIS
5:30pm
HS Varsity Boys – KIS @ PSI

Secondary Boys and Girls Basketball - Feb. 8th

HS JV Girls – Feb. 8th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
20*
Away:
KCA
12
HS Varsity Girls – Feb. 8th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
35
Away:
KCA
51*

HS JV Boys – Feb. 8th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
31*
Away:
Ukr-100
25
HS Varsity Boys – Feb. 8th
Final Score
Home:
KIS
42*
Away:
Boyarka
24