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5th Grade Travels Back in Time

Written by Eleanor Moncada, 5th Grade

Just in time for their study of the American Revolution in Social Studies and the Elementary School Read-a-Thon, 5th Grade students are traveling back in time to the 1770s during the American war for independence to learn more through historical fiction book clubs. Twice a week, with the other members of their book club, students discuss the latest events unfolding in the books they're reading... and how history actually did play a part in each semi-historical, semi-fictional tale.

"The books are good," says Joanna Vincent about the book she's reading (George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff). "They hook you into the story. The wording is really good because you …

Posted by bbeatty in Elementary School, Academics on Thursday February 16 at 10:31AM
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YISS Hosts KIMEA MS Honor Orchestra Festival

Written by Anna Lisa Ohnstad, Secondary Orchestra

On Valentine's Day, YISS had the pleasure of hosting more than 100 musicians representing twelve schools and came from as far as Jeju for the KIMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival. The two student orchestras spent the day rehearsing under visiting conductors Jennifer Kim of ICS Pyeongtaek and Audrey Duncan of Korea International School.

To close the event, students presented rousing and beautiful performances of arranged classics including Tchaikovsky's "Romeo & Juliet", Dvořák's "New World Symphony", and Fauré's "Cantique" alongside the original compositions "Carpathia" by William Owens, "Jazz Rhythmico" by Kirt Mosier, and "Maharaja" by Doug …
Posted by bbeatty in Arts, Middle School on Wednesday February 15 at 12:27PM
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Tags: KIMEA, Music

Elementary Commits to be Upstanders

Written by Lauren Hooper, ES Counselor

The Stand Up Campaign has come to an end! Our elementary students have been learning about and looking for ways to be an “Upstander” this month. We honored many students for Standing Up and making the right choice when disagreements happened in their classes. Second through fifth grade students played a fun game where they were challenged to act out how they would deal with a bully. Students were Upstanders by saying no to bullies, standing up in groups, giving compliments and asking for help. Our Kinder and first graders read the book “One” by Katherine Otoshi and created a puzzle that included everyone in their class, because when anyone is left out we cannot …

Posted by bbeatty in Elementary School on Saturday February 11
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Elementary Hosts 1st Annual Spelling Bee

Written by Anna Smith, Reading Specialist

This year was the first annual Spelling Bee for all 4th and 5th grade students. Students who wanted to participate in the event had one week to study 100 challenging words. Our homeroom teachers held class Spelling Bees for those students brave enough to compete against their classmates for the title. Two winners from each class went on to represent their classes in the Championship Spelling Bee the following week.

Winners of the class Spelling Bee were given only one more week to study a new list of words. Our dedicated students showed up to the Championship prepared and ready. Suspense was high as the audience eagerly watched their classmates face off in a battle …
Posted by bbeatty in Elementary School, Academics on Friday February 10 at 09:43AM
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Dr. Wells Addresses YISS Science Students

Written by Roger DeHart, HS Science

On Monday, February 6th, science students had a unique opportunity to hear a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Wells. Dr. Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and is one the chief architects of the Intelligent Design movement. Dr. Wells did undergraduate work in mathematics at Princeton and in geology at UC Berkeley. He received his first PhD in theology from Yale and went on to earn a second PhD in developmental biology from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Wells presented a lecture arguing that science is a study of nature that requires a mind. Those adopting a materialistic philosophy in science are at odds with the reality of an immaterial mind and hence empirical …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Academics on Monday February 6
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7th Grade Sharpens Their Scalpels

Written by Julie Weakley, 7th Grade Science

As 7th grade science classes finished up their study of vertebrates, students embarked on a new role as “hospital interns” in the YISS Frog Hospital under the leadership of “Chief Coroner” Mrs. Weakley. Students learned about the similarities in frog and human anatomies as they researched and presented information on amphibian body systems. They also learned about the dramatic metamorphosis which allows frogs to lead a double life. The unit culminated in “autopsies” of the frog corpses as students identified and examined organs. It was simply amazing to see and admire God’s hand in the creation of such intricately designed creatures!

Posted by bbeatty in Middle School, Academics on Monday January 23
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OASIS Leaders Are Making News

Middle School Oasis is supported by the Advisory Support Team, known as AST. This group of students met once a week during their club time to help plan and lead Oasis Assemblies and SEW alongside Mrs. Remsburg.

AST produced "The Cherry Glaze News", a newscast focusing on positive news stories from our school and around the globe. AST also played an important role in MS Oasis Special Emphasis Week along with our speaker, Dr. Aaron Belz.

Thank you to Tanya, Jiyoon, Paul and Michaela for their leadership through this program!
Posted by bbeatty in Middle School on Monday January 23
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S.E.W. Helps Students Tune into the Right Frequency

We welcomed Tom Shefchunas (Shef) and Andy Thompson to speak and host our Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) this year. Shef talked to us about 'The Great Commandment' and invited us to examine the Scriptures and see what Jesus said about it by unpacking what it means to 'Love Others,’ 'Love Yourself,' and ‘Love God.’

We were pleased to welcome back our musicians from last year: Justin and Dylan, who led us in worship throughout the week, and this year, they brought along their friend Cory. These guys love Jesus and are very talented at what they do.

One highlight, which was also something new this year for SEW, was each day all students had the opportunity to respond to Shef's talk. We broke up into small …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Middle School, Spiritual on Sunday January 22
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OASIS Reflects on Beauty During Special Emphasis Week

Writer and poet Dr. Aaron Belz joined both middle school and high school for this year's Special Emphasis Week (SEW). The middle school’s theme was "Whatever is Lovely" and looked at the arts including music, poetry, artwork and other forms of beauty that challenge and inspire. Students shared their gifts in the arts with each other throughout the week as well.

In the high school, the theme was "Divine Madness"---Plato's dismissive term for poetry. Dr Belz, however, made a case for the peculiar truth-telling ability of indirect speech, which we find in poetry. Throughout the week, high school students both laughed and puzzled over Dr Belz's poems, considered the uniqueness of human language and laughter, …

Posted by bbeatty in High School, Arts, Spiritual on Sunday January 22
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Tag: SEW

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young to Visit YISS

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author of the international bestseller, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, and founder of the Arrowsmith Program, will visit YISS in March 2017.

Barbara's presentation, A Personal Journey into the World of the Brain: Shaping the Mind tells the compelling story of how Barbara tapped into neuroscience research and used neuroplasticity to transform her brain and life, and then went on to found the Arrowsmith Program. The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to help students of all ages become effective, confident, and self-directed learners. This program is offered in 90 schools around the world including YISS.

Date: Monday March 27
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Posted by bbeatty in Headmaster, Academics on Saturday January 21
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YISS fathers have the opportunity to spend a beautiful evening with your daughter at the annual YISS Father & Daughter Night on Friday, March 10.
The YISS Student Leadership Conference is a one day summit for high school students who are currently serving as leaders or are interested in leadership.
The theme of this year's ES Read-A-Thon is "Camp Out with a Good Book." Develop a lifelong love of learning and promote the enjoyment of reading through a variety of fun and educational activities.
Bring your vouchers to participate in the YISS PTO Book Swap.

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