Friday, February 13, 2015
Future… Many people try to predict where we will be in years. Many try to come up with a theory to keep our world running. Not many succeed. Christopher Nolan is known for his mind blowing films that are considered milestones in cinematography. Inception, Shutter Island, Batman and Interstellar does not disappoint us. Lets start with some basic information. Interstellar – released on October 29, 2014 in London. Rated 8.8 by IMDB. Jonathan Nolan has assisted his brother in the writing of the film. The story line is very active. “In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.” Written by Warren D'Souza Interstellar is an Adventure/Sci-fi movie that is created using multiple techniques of special effects creation as well as incredibly on point cinematography. The Budget of Interstellar is $165 million and has collected more than $671 million for less than 5 month. Along with the crew of professional film-makers, this movie was written and created by a team of scientists and astronomers. Many of the theories that are shown in Interstellar are possible, but not all of them are proved. Christopher Nolan managed to create a Sci-fi movie but keeping it real and scientific. The cast of Interstellar could have not been chosen better. Stars like Mathew McCounaghey and Anne Hathaway happened to be the main actors for this film and there could be no one who would act for this film better. Speaking of my own opinion. I have watched this movie once and had mixed feelings. Mixed in terms of – good feelings and very good feelings. It left a mark in my mind for a while not in terms of context and plot, but in terms of incredible cinematography provided by Hoyte van Hoytema. The whole film was followed by amazing soundtracks of Hanz Zimmer that created the mood and set the pace for the film. I highly recommend everyone to watch this film at least once and I promise, this is time not wasted.
Middle School students had a meeting this week. They discussed their accomplishments and congratulated their friends on publishing their poems.
Media team is always here to record every event.
Students reading their poems to entire middle school.
Posted by Pasha_Lisovyi at 1:03 PM
Each year, in one special day, February 14th, people from all around the world exchange gifts, flowers and tell each other that they have feelings for each other. Though, where did this day come from? Turns out, Valentine's Day is named for a Christian Martyr and dates back to the 5th century. During the Middle Ages, people in England and France held a popular belief that birds started to look for a mate from February 14. This popular notion further strengthened the idea that Valentine's Day festival that falls in the middle of February should be celebrated as the day of love and romance. The concept soon gained ground amongst the lovers and they began to celebrate the day by exchanging love notes and simple gifts like flower.
Here, at K.I.S., students send candies and flowers for each other. It creates the atmosphere of the holiday. In the evening, there is going to be a movie night on Friday! It is a great way to spend the day with your friends, or loved ones! If you come to the movie night dressed up as a famous couple, the entrance is going to be free! So be creative, bring your friends and enjoy the day of love!
But mostly important, remember to tell your family how much you love them everyday.
Posted by Pasha_Lisovyi at 11:21 AM
This year in KIS, we've decided to live-stream the basketball games and the people who are in charge of doing that are the media team and some volunteers who appeared along the way. The games include commentary on what’s going on with the ball and some basic information regarding the lives of the players. From time to time, we do run into some technical difficulties but they’re usually solved immediately and are then sent back to the live-stream.
We’ve decided to team up with Ustream for the games because it’s easily accessible and popular enough for students to guess where the games might be. The process of recording the games starts with going into Mr. Curry’s office and setting up two pieces of software which control the camera and the live-stream. The camera is positioned near the gymtop and it has a view of the entire court including the entrance.
There’s also a mic which we usually position on top of a music stand in order to deliver commentary on what’s going on in the games and along the ways, we’ve had some problems with it but as of now, it’s fully functioning. The camera is controlled by a joystick on the desk in Mr. Curry’s office and it requires a delicate hand in order to maneuver it around the court.
Broadcasting the games can be an exhilarating experience because you know you have so much control on it, and you know that you can either make this a good broadcast or a terrible one, so even thought the pressure may be on you, it’s still a good feeling. We hope we can get some new volunteers if we broadcast the Spring season’s volleyball games.
Link to view live-streams:
Posted by Vaibhav Pahel at 9:26 AM
Last week KIS math team departed to Turkey. After 2 months of thorough preparation, Anna Bogdanyuk, Jay Choi, junghyun Choi, Nastya Pevtsova, Alex Pensky, and Pavlo Lisovyi represented their school Istanbul. Although they had very solid competitors, the Junior team won the second place. The students were happy to hear about their success and some of them promised to take part in Math Counts next year as well.
I asked students what they liked the most in the trip. Seniors liked Istanbul and their host families. Everything was organised on the highest level. Even though they did not win, they are still happy they had an opportunity to challenge their math skills. Then I asked Juniors regarding their feelings after the trip. They were all happy, especially because of their trophy. They assured that it was the first time KIS triumphed in a math competition. The only thing they disliked about the trip was that Istanbul is a huge city and that it takes too much time to get to the school.
The trip would not have taken place unless Dr. Kim and Mrs. Chemeris had invested their time and effort. They prepared well-rounded students in all areas of math. Mrs. Chemeris strongly encourages everyone to come and join the Math Counts Club the next year. Dr. Kim expects to the team to get the first place in the next season. We hope their expectations come true and we wish all the best to the next year’s Math team!
Posted by Pasha_Lisovyi at 12:31 AM
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Math Counts team visited Istanbul recently.
Junior team won the second place. This is the first time in the school's history. Congratulations!
Every student dedicated a lot of time to studying and getting ready to represent the school.
The team also visited the most famous places of Istanbul.
Nastya Pevtsova received the 5th place in individual competition. Congratulation!
Dr. Kim talking about modern technologies.
We are grateful to Dr. Kim and Mrs. Chemeris for giving us a chance to compete in math CEESA! Good luck the next year!
Saying bye to Istanbul. See you the next year!
Posted by Pasha_Lisovyi at 9:57 PM
During this winter break I had a chance to go to the western part of Ukraine. I come from the easter part of Ukraine, Lugansk, that's why I was very interested to see the other part of our country.
While spending my vacation in cities like Lviv, Yaremcha and many others, I saw a lot of beautiful places and met a lot of kind people.
Hope these pictures will help you to feel the atmosphere of the Western Ukraine!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
In the recent few days, the weather was much less than cooperative for us. One time snow falls, the other, it melts. The Doctor of health in KIS, Dr. Anna believes that the cause of so many absences and the strange intentions of both cold and heat in the recent few days have some connection between themselves. Eversince Monday of February 2nd, there has been up to 40 Student flu-related Absences and even more than 15 Staff Absences, also flu-related. Dr. Anna believes that this amount of sick students and teachers is very rare in normal circumstances. While the recent activity in temperature and the sky is anything but normal, we cannot allow this kind of "epidemics" spread, or even happen in the first place. Even if for the whole Winter its been hard to tell whether its hot or cold, the rules of maintaining good health are still exactly the same, if not just as simple as they always were. - Don't allow children to attend school if you think they may have the flu. They should rest and drink plenty of fluids. Contact health care provider if they have other long term problems. - Encourage children to cover their mouth when coughing and use a disposable tissue sneezing or blowing their nose. Have them throw tissues away immediately, and then wash their hands. - Wash hands often by using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Wash hands immediately after contact with an ill person. Make sure plenty of soap and clean towels are always available. Teach young children how to wash their hands properly. - Don't share drinking glasses, eating utensils, toothbrushes, water bottles, or other drinks. - Clean surfaces such as door handles, handrails, eating surfaces, toys, and phones frequently with household cleaner or bleach solution (1/4 cup beach with 1 gallon of water). If disinfectant is not available, use hot water and soap.