Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MAP Testing Syndrome

By:  Tim Roby

For the past couple of weeks many students, from the elementary level to the second year secondary students have been taking part in MAP testing. The purpose of these MAP tests are for teachers and administration to be able to see how well the particular student is doing throughout the course of the year, and to see what progress they have been able to make from the beginning of the year when they first took these tests, and  compare them on a standardized scale.  Depending on the grade level, there are usually three different tests taken both at the beginning of the year, as well as now, at the end of the year. These three tests include a math test, which varies depending on the grade and or level at which the student is currently at. Then there is a literature test which tests the student’s ability to read and understand the reading.  At higher levels this also includes analyzing and being able to pull information from the reading. Lastly, the language arts section, which includes tasks such as word comprehension and grammar. The tests all start off at the same level for each student in the grade level. Depending how successful each
individual is at answering the questions, the questions will then become either easier if the student was unsuccessful at answering the previous question correctly, or harder if they were able to answer correctly.

The question at hand, like with many other standardized tests, how accurate can the results of these MAP tests actually be?  For the most part, middle school and secondary students understand the meaning, purpose and overall importance of taking these MAP tests. MAP testing not only gives the teachers and administration at this school understanding of the overall level the student is at, but since these are standardized tests, other schools can use these results to see where the students are at as well, and were to place them if they were to move.

However,  younger students do not have a strong grasp of the what these tests mean, only that they seem to be important. Even at the middle school and secondary level, some do not take the testing serious. Some students feel rushed to finish at the same time as their peers or do not care enough to give their full focus. The students who do “give it their all” expressed how hard it was to stay focused through the end of the test. Many students described MAPS as “long and tedious".

The main criticism was the length of the tests and some commented that maybe it would be better if the tests were  shorter or split up among more days, and maybe if students were separated so that they wouldn’t feel pressure from the other students finishing at different times.

Yet, some see MAP testing in a positive light,  
saying that it’s a good way for them to see their level and where they are at, as well as being able to be challenged by some of the harder questions, and see what might be taught later. Most students are just excited  to get out of their regular classes. Many students overall did not mind the testing and understood the importance.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Art Decorates the Halls of KIS

By Brian Jung

6P Spring Door
The 6 year old classes have been designing and making art for Spring to put on their bulletin boards and doors. Mrs. Rehberg's class wrote poetry about what they would like to do during Spring. The other 6 year old classes have been working diligently as well to create Spring masterpieces.

I visited Mrs. Rehberg's 6 year old class to talk to a couple of students about their poetry and drawings. The students described their drawings and gave me details about Spring.
6R Fryderyk

Fryderyk gave me his thoughts about Spring: In the Spring, we get rain.  
 Fryderyks Poem:
In the Spring we get rain, and I get to play with Hyein. I'll go on a train to the country of Spain.

Hyein described her picture about Spring: I am sitting in the grass drawing a Korean flag watching the butterflies.

6R Hyein

Hyein's Poem: 
In the Spring, I play tag. 
I'd like to draw a Korean flag and put it in a special bag.

The 6 year olds seem to enjoy Spring, especially after the long winter we experienced in Kyiv. Let's hope they have loads of fun In May too, and enjoy the rest of the Spring! 

6P Bulletin Board

6R Jacob's Poetry 

6R Bulletin Board

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Springtime Activities at KIS

10K and 10B field trip participants

By Brian Jung

Flowers, warm weather, butterflies and ice cream, spring has bloomed at KIS. Some of the events that are happening in the elementary at KIS are field trips. Ms. Bruce's and Mr. Black's 10 year old classes went to the Botanical Garden on Thursday April 18th.

Some of the 10 year olds shared stories from their experience at the Botanical Garden.

Sasha: On the field trip, we did a scavenger hunt. We had a list of things we had to find, and my partner Shivani and I found this thing, maybe a seed that looked like a shrimp with a color of green.
 Saumy: I think the cool thing we did was at the end of the field trip, some of us went to an animal center in the gardens and released butterflies. Other students went to eat ice cream.
Victoria: Something I really found interesting was the flowers. When we found the cacti they were all different kinds and they looked like worms; it was really funny. My friend Nicolas said they were all worms and they were going to kill us and we were running away from them because they were so spiky.
Jeong Woo: The Botanical Garden field trip was very interesting because I could feel the nature. Ms. Bruce gave us an assignment to find seeds and leaves. We went to a plant museum where we could see really big leaves, beautiful flowers, and butterflies. Overall everything was beautiful and I felt the nature.
Nikita: When we went to the Botanical Garden, I felt all the nature of the world, because there were plants from all over the world, like tropical and under water plants. Then we went to the reptile zone, where we saw lots of reptiles.

Many other elementary classes are planning field trips as well. The 10 year olds experienced reptiles, butterflies, cacti that resembled scary worms and plants from all over the world. It will be interesting to see what other elementary students experience on their field trips.

National Honor Society

There are many outstanding students in the KIS community, but those students stand out among the rest become a part of National Honor Society.

Basically, anyone who wishes to become a part of the honoured group has a chance to fill out the application and nominate himself. All of the candidates are closely studied by a committee to be recognised as an honor student. Only those students who dedicate themselves to be a part of the KIS community by participating in activities, clubs, and being outstanding in class. They are also recognised by their character. A respectful and positive attitude  as well as fulfilling the success orientations are important aspects that are considered by the committee for NHS. If you know that you deserve to be recognised as an outstanding member of our community, NHS is for you. The new members will be inducted on Monday, April 29th at 2 o'clock.

Good luck to all of those who have applied; congratulations to the new members.
By Anastasiya Zamula

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring Talent Shows

Singers, guitarists, piano players, dancers, and numerous other performers of all ages united for the annual Spring Talent Shows at KIS.

The elementary show took place in the dramatorium on April 3rd with the middle school and secondary show following the next day. Both of the concerts lasted for over an hour, each appearance ending with loud ovations.

Whoever missed out on this special event, do not despair. Instead, prepare yourself for the next talent show which will be held in Autumn. KIS always welcomes new talents!

By Olexandra Rovinska

Russian III performs the cup song

Friday, April 5, 2013

Semaine Française

 French Week was celebrated at KIS bringing many French speakers together for contests and a concert. To embrace learning of different languages, one week in the school year is dedicated to each language to create contests, concerts, and field trips.

This year French week consisted of three main parts: poetry contests, game « Questions pour un champion », and a concert.

For the poetry competition, each student was able to participate in Le concours poetique and those who won received small gifts and their poems published in the Kozak Korner. All participants put a lot of effort into this contest, but only the most talented won. Here are the winners for each difficulty level:
Advanced level: Oleksandra Rovinska, Sec.2
Intermediate level: 1st place – Anna Mukeriia, 11 y.o., 2nd place – Anna Pogoriler, 12 y.o., 3rd place – Sofia Davydenko, 12 y.o.
Beginners: 1st place – Kalyna Rondiak, 11 y.o., 2nd place – Mokhinur Sultanova, 12 y.o., 3rd place – Jiwon Lim, 13 y.o.

Game « Questions pour un champion » consisted of questions about France and the French language involving all the French students who wanted to participate. The winners were determined by the greatest amount of right answers. French 1 and 2 were the only ones to participate and the winners were French 1 – Yana Sokoltsova, and French 2 –Anton Bevza.

Mr.Rehberg and Mr.Berezhny giving out the poetry contest awards .
The Concert was the final and most entertaining part of the week. The French students sang French songs and read their poems. The French teachers acknowledged the winners of the poetry contests, and the audience participated in the show by singing with the participants and applauding. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

Weeks like this, make us appreciate other languages more and learn something new about diverse languages represented and studied at KIS. Vive le France!

Alors on Danse!!
By Anastasiya Zamula

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Success Orientations-March & April

By: Brian Jung
Mr. Runyan

The Sucess Orientation for March was concern for others and April's Success Orientation is Aesthetic Appreciation. Success Orientations are important part of the QSI Mission statement. You either get a N, S, or E. N stands for not yet, S stands for success and E stands for exemplary. Concern for others is to look out for the welfare of others, and love then as you love yourself. Aesthetic Appreciation is where a person appreciates beauty.

Here are the requirements students should meet for...

Concern for Others
Daniel Park-Concern for Others

1. TSW demonstrate tolerance for those of other nationalities, races, religions, cultures, ages, and mental and physical abilities by

a) being a person who does not make disparaging remarks concerning those different from himself/herself.
b) joining in group activities with those different from themselves.
c) having friendly associations with those different from themselves.

George - Aesthetic Appreciation
2. TSW demonstrate acceptance of others, particularly newcomers, by

a) including them in informal social groups.
b) being a person who does not actively exclude individuals from group activities.
c) approaching newcomers with a view to making them feel welcome.

 3. TSW demonstrate concern for others by

a) avoiding actions or words that hurt another person.
b) actions and/or words of support and/or sympathy for those who are unhappy or sad.
c) helping others to be successful in their schoolwork, activities, and play.
d) displaying unselfish behavior.

Ana - Aesthetic Appreciation

Nadiia - Aesthetic Appreciation
Aesthetic Appreciation
1. TSW demonstrate an appreciation of nature by
a) not damaging trees and flowers.
b) making positive comments that show appreciation for the beauty of wildlife, mountains, trees, flowers, stars, etc.
c) creating artwork that illustrates nature.

2. TSW demonstrate an appreciation of orderly surroundings by

a) voluntarily picking up unsightly litter.
b) putting litter in proper receptacles rather than throwing it on the ground.
c) keeping areas of work and play reasonably neat.

Tanmay - Aesthetic Appreciation
3. TSW demonstrate an appreciation of the beauty of ideas; musical, artistic, and theatrical creations; mathematical and scientific concepts; and literary works by

a) making positive comments or written reports.
b) being a person who does not display negative remarks or actions that show disrespect for such beauty.
Sasha - Aesthetic Appreciation

Helena and Karolina - Aesthetic Appreciation

Dominic - Aesthetic Appreciation