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Homecoming 2017


Written by Dan Hale, Athletic Director

Homecoming saw a record turnout with over 30 alumni coming to campus January 10-11. On Tuesday, the 10th, some former basketball players looked to repeat last year's victory over the staff team. The alumni team was made up of Jonathan B. (2012), Austin N. (2014), Jihoon P. (2014), Jaymin C. (2014), Kildong K. (2008), Sam K. (2014), and Jae P. (2014). The staff team was out for revenge and included Mark Heil, JJ Davis, Sean Garrick, Daniel Hale, Nate Bingaman, Tim Baker, and Brian Remsburg. The staff got their revenge, beating out the alumni team 81-73. It was a good time to catch up with former students and players.


On Wednesday night, the YISS Varsity basketball teams …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Athletics on Monday January 16 at 10:58AM
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Students Sharpen Skills at Winter Basketball Clinic


Every once in awhile an opportunity arises that you just can't pass up and that was the case with the Holiday Basketball Clinic put on for our middle and high school students. Coach Ray Farrell, a former college and professional coach from the US, came and worked with the students on their fundamentals skills and gave them pointers on how to get better on their own. "You need to practice with a purpose, with a passion, and with attention to detail" stated Coach Farrell. "It was a great opportunity for our kids to learn some new things, but also to be challenged to become better in the things that they already do" mentioned YISS varsity basketball coach J.J. Davis, who also helped organize the camp. "I hope…

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Athletics, Middle School on Monday January 9 at 12:42PM
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YISS is Energized by Hour of Code


Written by Julian Willetts, Ed Tech Coordinator

The Hour of Code global event between December 5-11th provided an opportunity to promote computer science principles and how we can societal problems using technology. At YISS our students, from the youngest in the elementary all the way through to our high school students, had a range of opportunities to grow in their understanding of computer science and the role it plays in the world.


While people typically think of computers when they think of coding, our youngest students in the elementary engaged in unplugged activities with paper and pencil, solving problems that required algorithms and loops. While the language sounds complex, these concepts are carried…

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Elementary School, Middle School, Academics, Technology on Thursday December 15, 2016
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Making Waves at the Jingle Bell Splash!


Written by Bethany Stallings, Aquatics Coach

Holiday excitement was in the air at the YISS swimming pool this past weekend. The Aquatics Department held its 6th Annual Jingle Bell Splash, a swimming competition designed with the Christmas season in mind.

Over 190 students from YISS, SFS, and Chadwick filled the pool deck anticipating their individual events. Many students hoped their hard work in after-school swimming would show. This year, students received a “Best Time” ticket for each race in which they beat their personal time. The tickets could then be taken to “Santa” and redeemed for prizes of varying value: 1 ticket items, 2 ticket items, or 3 ticket items. The sport of swimming is one where …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Elementary School, Athletics, Middle School on Wednesday December 14, 2016
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MS All Star Swimmers Shine Bright


Written by Tim Linn, Aquatics Director

The middle school swim team had a successful season led by a solid group of 8th grade leaders; Jackie C., Emily C., Christie P., Hannah L., Kyle W., Pete H., and Rolf H.. Coaches Mr. Linn and Ms. Sarmiento were very pleased with the efforts, dedication, and performance of the team this year. The team was comprised of 32 individuals who were fast, fun, and full of spirit! The season seemed to go by in a flash and before we knew it the middle school swim season came to a close this past weekend with the Middle School All-Star meet hosted by YISS. For the Middle School All-Stars, 10 YISS males and 10 YISS females were chosen to represent our school in the competition. The…

Posted by bbeatty in Athletics, Middle School on Wednesday December 14, 2016
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AP Psychology Discovers Emergenetics

Written by Karin Shim, AP Psychology

On Thursday, December 1, YISS High School AP Psychology students had a guest speaker from Emergenetics Korea to learn about a biopsychology tool that offers ways for students to learn about their preferences in approaching tasks in and out of school. The program promotes understanding of self and of others as it stresses the importance of our biological preferences and how that shapes our thinking and behavior. In the context of YISS, the program offers ways to integrate how students prefer to think, learn, and behave with how teachers can facilitate a more positive and effective environment that enhances learning for all. This tool is different from other aptitude tests…

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Academics on Thursday December 8, 2016 at 01:03PM
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YISS Chess Players Excel at KAIAC Tournament

Written by Candy Swift, ES ELL

On November 12, a group of nine elementary and three middle school students travelled to GSIS to match skills and strategies against players from eight other international schools in the Fall 2016 KAIAC Chess Tournament. Amid moves and countermoves, our Guardians played impressively securing five of the top 10 positions. Maximilian H., 6th grade, won all six of his games and ultimately claimed first place in the JV Division.

In the Elementary division, Andrew L. earned fourth place, and Woo Sung L., our youngest member in 2nd grade, came in at sixth place. A special award was given to Kyra J., 5th grade, for highest female score in the Elementary. Overall, it was an enjoyable …

Posted by bbeatty in Elementary School, Middle School on Tuesday November 29, 2016
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Positive Parenting Class Offers Insights and Support


YISS Elementary School parents have been taking part in a six-week parent course on Tuesday mornings called Positive Parenting.

Developed by licensed professional counselor Scott Riviere over his 25 year career working with children and adolescents, the program offers parents practical, positive, and effective techniques to bring out the best in any child. The course focuses on techniques geared toward 5-11 year olds.


The course has addressed rewards, punishments, self confidence, play time, limit setting, social skills, working with the school and has been facilitated by Elementary Counselor, Mrs. Hooper. The course is video-based, includes a workbook, and will conclude on December 15. It’s a privilege to …

Posted by bbeatty in Elementary School, Parents on Monday November 28, 2016
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Model UN Participates in Conference at Brown Univ

Written by Junyoung Baik,11th Grade Student


Our Model United Nations (MUN) team participate in various MUN conferences in and out of Korea because we believe that MUN Conferences are a great opportunity to meet other students from across the world and join together to solve real-life problems that even adults cannot diffuse in our UN General Assemblies. Thus, our participation in Brown University Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN) was an opportunity for us to reflect what we have learned over several months of preparation in school and our individual skills of debate and diplomacy. With the conference theme of "Footprints on Foreign Shores" in mind, many of us flew to BUSUN confident of success.


Our …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Academics on Sunday November 27, 2016
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MS/HS Orchestras Kick Off Holiday Concert Season

Similar to past years, the orchestras of the middle and high school kicked off the YISS holiday concert season with an evening of classical music at an event titled, “Autumn Classics.” On November 22, under the direction of Ms. Anna Lisa Ohnstad, nearly 100 students beautifully performed songs by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Mozart, and many more. The middle school ensemble, otherwise known as Preludium, even contributed a Haymaker Hoedown to the night’s challenging playlist.

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If this performance was any indication of what the remaining holiday concerts have in store, you…

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Arts, Middle School on Sunday November 27, 2016
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Join us for a special MS/HS parent session entitled War & Peace: How to Help Your Child Resolve Their Own Conflict on Thursday, February 2.
Students, teachers, and staff are encouraged to show their Guardian spirit during Spirit Week.
Parents who are new to YISS are warmly invited to attend the Newcomers' Coffee hosted by the YISS PTO on January 20.
Enter your artwork in the 2017-2018 YISS Calendar Contest. This year's theme is "Exploring." Submission deadline is February 13.


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