Friday, October 31, 2014

How do the Announcements Work? By: Sam, Sayuri, Robert and Molly

This is the second audio segment produced by the Media I students to give them practice using audio recording software to tell stories.

There's another long bit of dead air at the beginning - the audio starts at 0:00:10.

Enjoy. We'll be doing more of these in the near future.

Mr. Hume
How Announcements Work
BY: Albina, Philip, Vaibhav, Pavlo

This is the first audio segment produced by the Media I students to give them practice using audio recording software to tell stories.

There's a long bit of dead air at the beginning - the audio starts at 0:00:10.

Enjoy. We'll be doing more of these in the near future.

Mr. Hume

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Festival Is Coming!

The fall festival will take place in KIS on October 31. This is a traditional celebration of Halloween. Students of every age are invited. There will be games, prizes and different kinds of food. It is a promising event.

Everybody is welcome to wear a costume to this event. Our objective is to deliver many emotions and positive memories to our youngest participants. Thus, there will be an atmosphere of the real Halloween. There will be fall decorations, of course: pumpkins, spider nets, and many more. If anyone has any ideas, do not be hesitant to contact the any STUCO or NHS members. We will be happy to hear your ides!

The NHS is going to organise interesting activities. Among them is the angry birds activity which is an extremely engaging activity. People ranging from small kids to adults will have an opportunity to shoot from the catapult. The NHS team will make sure that this activity will be safe. 

In addition, the NHS team will be happy to contribute to the school society by organising outer activities: there will be many pleasant and sweet prizes for everybody!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees: Guest Speaker, Mr. Oldrich Andrysek

By Sayuri Iwasaki

In October 8th during 5 period, a special guest speaker, Mr. Oldrich Andrysek who works for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) came to KIS for the 11 year old assembly in the dramatorium. 

This is a guest speaker, Mr. Oldrich Andrysek. 

He asked students what people have to do for helping refugees around the world. Many students raised their hands to answer, and Mr. Oldrich Andrysek was listening the students' voices intently.  

He was listening to the answers of all the students who raised 
their hands to answer his questions.  

This is Mr. Oldrich Andrysek's assistant, Ms. Ivan. 
She talked about the hard situation of refugees in Ukraine.

Many students came to the dramatorium to see Mr. Oldrich Andrysek.

Mr. Oldrich Andrysek showed us his smile when 
a student said an interesting answer.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Little Women" Play Preparations

Some would find it incredible to hear how surprisingly well the preparations for this little play are going. Mrs. Jones who is in charge of the preparations says "We are halfway done" in their rehearsals, and that so far, nothing "out of the ordinary" has happened yet that would in any way slow everything down for the "Little Women" play.

It is now known that costumes are being handled, sets are being built, and the props are being listed and delivered to the school. What's even more relieving is that one of the main casts Stacy Zeegers has already memorized the majority of the second half of the play (Act II) and that the "Swing Actors" who supervise the ones who couldn't make it, have also memorized the majority of the script.

According to Mrs. Jones, it is absolutely normal to be nervous before the play even if its weeks away. What's more surprising is that the Staff members are more nervous than the actors, though Mrs. Jones doesn't see this as a disadvantage for anyone in the play.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Today High School Girls played against PSI. Last time girls lost against them and this game was very important for Lady Kozaks. For the first part of the game it was 0-0, though after 5 minute break girls showed their skills and scored two goals!
Great job,Kozaks!
We want to wish girls a successful game with KCA on Wednesday.

Mr. Hefley and Mr. Plasil have been interviewed. They have been teaching science in KIS the last year. However, this year they support the QVS online services. I tried to find out what are their new responsibilities and their feelings about their new positions.

Hello Mr. Hefley.

Mr. Hefley
Hello Pasha, nice to meet you again.

Thank you. Let me ask you several questions. Firstly, what are your new responsibilities?

Well, technically speaking, my new title is QSI virtual learning support. I have several things that I’m responsible for in two different ares. One is I teach 3 online classes: Ap bio, bio, and environmental studies. And so I have to prepare for those classes and follow up the curriculum and track the progress of my students. That’s on one side

, and on the other, I am responsible for teachers training. Mainly moodle. So, every QSI school has its own website. I am the one who is responsible for maintaining and developing these websites. 
In addition, I am responsible for training teachers how to use these websites. A lot of what I do is basically online. And then, with regard to the training, I do, webinars - virtual training. But then, I also do an on sight training, where I travel to different schools. For instance, couple of weeks ago I was in Sarajevo. This evening, as a matter of fact, I go to Tbilisi, Georgia. I will train teachers there. At the end of the month I have to go to Ljubljana, and then in November, Im going to travel to China, then to Thailand, and then to Bratislava. After all the business trips I will return to Kiev where I will continue working online.

Are you exited about visiting so many places?

Im exited about it, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. But I will be very tired by the end of the journey as well. But in general, I enjoy my job.

Where do your students come from?

I have 3 students from Yerevan, I believe I had a student from Tbilisi. I also have two students from Venezuela. Oddly enough, I used to teach one of them in elementary school. Sometimes, when I think about it, it makes me feel very old. I also have a students from Belize,Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Thailand. Since I have students from so many countries, sometimes it is difficult to figure out the time when I can make conferences with them, because everybody lives in a different time zone.

Do you think that’s a good idea to study online the subjects you want, or it’s better to study subjects that are offered in school?

Well, if a subject is offered in the school, I would recommend to take it in a basic class. It is a 21st century however, and more and more students are taking online classes. And especially, when you graduate, when you go to college, I guarantee you that you will take at least one online class, and then probable, more then likely, many. So right now, I would recommend that if school is not offering a particular class, then, I think, you should take it online. I think that every student right now, in the high school, should graduate with at least having taken one online class. Because as I’ve said, when you go to college, you are going to be exposed more to it a lot more.

Alright, thank you Mr. Hefley.

Let’s now move on to Mr. Plasil. Hello Mr. Plasil
Mr. Plasil

Hello Pasha.

Is it a good idea for teenagers to take online classes?

Students, especially if they are teenagers, have a difficult time taking online courses. Even when I took online classes as an adult, I had a hard time. After the work day it was difficult to come home and make myself study. So we try to make sure that teenage online students have a period scheduled every day for that online course, to study it at school, within a regular class schedule. But there still needs to be a person monitoring them. Otherwise they use computer and go to Facebook, and read news… I think soon Mr. Helfey and I will have this new responsibility for us to watch KIS online students. Because right now, they are basically assigned in safety netting course. 

What are your responsibilities?

My first responsibility is to teach online classes. I teach three usual online classes. However, I do not have any AP classes. I want to develop AP physics next year though. 

From my experience, online AP courses do not go that well. What about QVS?

We did not have a good experience with AP courses being offered last year. So we dropped most of the AP courses we were offering, except AP biology (taught by Mr. Hefley) and AP art history. Okay, so that was one of my responsibilities. The other responsibility is that I administer this virtual school for the entire QSI system. Right now, I’m an officer representative. So half of my day, I do paper work, where I enrol students in my online courses, and other paperwork. I am also a director of instruction in QSI virtual school. So I have to make sure that the grades get in on time. I do exactly the same job as Mrs. Bogush right now for KIS. I have the QVS grade program, where all of the grades and units go into. Also, I have to manually put a grade for every single unit, for every single QVS student. The number of students taking online courses is approximately 140. So it is 1400 units. 
Mr. Snyder was the director of QVS school last year. And after he left, his job was divided into 4 different positions. That’s how much work he was doing. But I think that mine and Mr. Hefley’s job could be also divided into several full times positions. At least right now. I feel like a fireman sometimes. There is a fire starting everywhere and I have to put it out everywhere. For instance, there is a parent-teacher conference soon, and so I have to put all of the grades. That is what I am doing today. And then a new units starts, and so I have to put new units online for my students. So generally, the beginning of the year is the most difficult. That’s the time when we have to enrol students, when we have to make sure that the moodle program is running fine. 

Are there any other QVS offices for QSI schools around the world?

No, we are the only one!

Thanks a lot for the interview!

Pasha Lisovyi

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Elementary Students: Recess at the Blacktop

By Sayuri Iwasaki

  When the break started, the elementary students flew out of their class rooms and
 started playing games at the blacktop. The children's smiles cheered me up!! Through their break time, I learned the importance of enjoying playing games together with your friends.

"Be Enthusiastic About Playing Soccer"

"My Best Friend"

"Playing Together Under The Beautiful Sun"

"How Well Can You Throw The Ball?"

"Playing Tag With Her Friends"

"I Will Protect My Friends!!"

Daily Life in Middle School

Middle School is one the most unrepresented groups in KIS. So, on Friday I decided to go around the MS Containers and take photos of their daily lives in class, co-operating with their peers and working on assignments like everybody else at school.

As you can see, they're not much different than anybody else at school and hopefully throughout the year I can take more photos of them and we can have a large portion of the yearbook dedicated to their lives rather than focusing on just the Elementary and Secondary sections.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Today I talked to Alex Komishnyi, a captain of High School Boys Varsity Team. Already for a long time Alex's main hobby and inspiration is soccer. All his free time he spends either practicing soccer or watching soccer. Alex played in Arsenal and dreamed of being a captain of the team, he also dreamed of having number 7 on his back, just like his main inspiration- Ronaldo. Even though last year Alex got a serious injury he didn't give up on soccer, it just pushed him to work harder and harder. This year he became a captain and got number 7. He proved that if you work hard, dreams come true. 

- What is it like to be a captain? 
- Being a captain is challenging. It is a difficult job because you have to take care of your teammates and their wishes. You have to be a leader and you can't show your weakness because your team counts on you. It is important to support your teammates and show them you are able to do it.

- What's your job as a captain?
- My main job is to help guys on a field. I have to lead and support them. After the games I talk to them and later on tell their wishes to the coach, because some of the guys want me to do it. I believe that it is very important to tell the coach the wishes of my teammates, because every member of the team is important. The most challenging thing for me is to control my emotions during  games, though I work on it. 

- What does it take to be a captain?
- It takes a lot. First of all I have to be an experienced one. I try to practice a lot so I can be successful on a field. Also, you never know what can happen during the game and how to react in certain situations. I believe that my attitude is an important part of the game. 

- Did you want to be a captain last year? 
- Well, it is hard to say. I guess I always wanted to be a captain, though I knew that I wasn't ready for it yet. That's why I practiced harder and harder and learned how to act  during games, and this year it finally happened. 

- Do you consider it as your achievement?
- Of course, I do. I mean first of all coach's trust mean a lot to me. Mr.Prima was a coach for 15 years and he saw a lot of great captains. That's why he has high expectations from me which I try to meet.

- Did team vote for you or it was coach's decision? 
Kind of both. Coach chose candidates and then most of the team chose me as a captain.

- What's you expectations from the team on CEESA?
- I know that our team has a huge potential, though it depends on how we going to work. I play soccer for a long time and I know that one moment can change the whole game. That's why I think that it is important to stay focus and practice a lot. Overall, we have pretty high chances. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Preparations for International Night

International Night is coming! All preparations done for it will soon pay off next Saturday. Mrs. Schoppka who was supervising the preparations, agreed for this interview about the Preparations. She gave me honest true answers to my questions.
She stated that while preparations sound like hard work, they aren't that hard when so many School Staffs are on it. And that the amount of people working make it a much lighter work. By the time I interviewed Mrs. Schoppka, she said that the preparations are now 95% ready.
Apparently the hardest part about the International Night Preparations is contacting all the families of all students who agree to come to the event, as well as organizing the nationality of each of them. And in the end it is all worth as in Mrs. Schoppka's opinion, the International Night is a very important event in the year of our School. She calls it an example of International Unity and Friendship for the whole world.
Actually everyone pretty much "chips in" for the preparations, as it is all financed by everyone who plans to show up on the International Night.
The biggest point is probably that the School Stuff did a very good job for the preparations in this year. Proof of that is the fact that preparations are usually put a month before the International Night. This Year however, they made all the necessary preparations in a matter of two weeks, due to a sudden change in date for the International Night.