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Thursday, November 3, 2016

David Redmond, High School Principal

Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.

ISSEA Track and Field and Volleyball

Over fifty ICS athletes, coaches, and officials participated in the recent ISSEA Festivals in Johannesburg and Kampala last week. The competition was demanding and the results were hard-won. All of our players represented the ICS community in the polite, respectful manner that has become one of the hallmarks of these events and certainly something that ICS has become well known for these past years. Students had the opportunity to make new friends, set new records, and discover more about their own potential as they went beyond their comfort zones in these challenging events. We should all be proud of our ISSEA student-athletes, so when you see one wearing his or her red hoody, please give them a high-five!

IBDP Presentation for Grade 10 Parents

The coming weeks offer important steps in academic counseling for our high school students as we review results from the Progress Reports and help students to review their goals. We will also begin the long process of course selection for all Grade 10 students. We will offer an introductory session for all grade ten parents on Tuesday, November 29. This meeting focuses on course selection for Grade 11 and 12 courses and for all IBDP courses. Our counselors, IBDP Coordinator, students, Heads of Department, and CAS Coordinator will all be present to discuss the many diverse aspects of our program. Parents are a vital part of the decision-making process and are well advised to attend. As choices for students widen and university applications become more and more complex, it is absolutely necessary for all of us to remain well informed and connected. The choices that parents and our Grade 10 students make in collaboration with our counselors have significant implications on college admissions and future career plans, and so close communication between home and school on this matter is vital. Please make every effort to attend this information session.

CIS College Fair

On Wednesday Nov. 2, we were fortunate to have a number of College Representatives visiting us from various universities abroad. Representatives from more than 20 universities and colleges on campus visited our campus, providing an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet face-to-face with them. Our counseling department has sent out further information on this event. This is an important piece in preparing for college, and we thank those parents who were able to attend.

High School Photos

It’s that time of year. We are taking Yearbook photos this week and next week, so please be prepared to have your children wear their best clothes for the occasion. Grades 9, 11, and 12 photos finished this week. Grade 10 photos will be taken on November 9. Students are asked to be dressed respectably and to be well groomed. The photos will be used in the Yearbook and on school ID cards. Students will have the schedule in advance.

Parenting in the Digital Age – Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 (Upper Commons)

On Wednesday, November 9 from 8:15-9:15 am John Iglar and Alicia Brown are hosting a High School Parent Technology Coffee for parents of students in grades 9-12. This is an opportunity for parents to:

  • Learn about the most frequently used social media applications by HS students
  • Talk with other parents about parenting in the digital age on topics including:
    • Social media use
    • Study habits
    • Managing technology in the home
  • Gain information about best practices regarding parenting in the digital age from Common Sense Media and other sources.

We invite you to join this important conversation about parenting in the digital age.

Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.

High School Counselors

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful fall break and have been able to spend some time together as a family. November will be a busy month in the high school! We kicked off yesterday with the PSAT and the CIS University Fair on Wednesday, November 2. We encourage you to ask your students about what they learned during the special sessions with the university representatives as well as the university fair.

We will also be revisiting a very important topic, Digital Citizenship with students in grades 9 and 10.  We are offering an opportunity for all high school parents to engage with this topic as well. Please join us for “Parenting in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, November 9, details below.  We encourage you to talk with your students at home about the importance of digital citizenship.  Common Sense media provides some great talking points that can be found by clicking here.

Season 2 sports and after school activities begin November 14 and 21 respectively. Please encourage your students to get involved! We are always happy to meet with you and your students, please just stop by! We appreciate your continued support of your students at home.

Warm regards,

Jim and Alicia

Middle and High School News

Dear Middle and High School Families,

There is a unique opportunity for your son/daughter to participate in a ski/snowboarding camp during the March week-long holiday (11-19 March 2017) in the Swiss Alps. Viamonde is an internationally known company that provides excellent ski/snowboarding instruction as well as evening fun activities. 

ICS Addis activities office helps organize this package which includes:

  • Airfare (to Geneva, Switzerland return)
  • all transportation to and from airports
  • all meals and snacks (fabulous Swiss food!)
  • equipment and ski-clothing rental
  • medical insurance
  • six full days of fantastic ski/snowboarding instruction
  • evening ‘off the mountain’ activities
  • dedicated, experienced and committed Viamonde camp counselors 

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia, both experienced teachers and trip leaders at ICS, will be chaperoning the trip from ICS to Switzerland, throughout the week, and back to ICS.

Please note, Viamonde requires a minimum number of participants at each instructional level (ski or snowboarding) in order to offer their camps. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please click here to complete the Ski/Snowboarding Camp Google Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline to register your interest is 16 December.



Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia

Ski Trip Chaperones (March 2017)