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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Early Notice of Student Progress

ICS High School teachers sent emails to the parents of students who are currently earning an academic grade of “3” or below, and/or an effort grade of “N” (Needs improvement”. Our aim is to ensure that we share information that can lead to improved performance and better life-long learning practices for our students. We invite parents to contact their teachers at any time to discuss these matters, whether over the phone, via email, or in person. We will send home Progress Reports before April 3, 2017. These include grades for Academic Achievement, Effort, and comments from the teachers. We will then invite parents to meet with students and teachers on April 11, 12, and 13. Please keep these dates in mind and the lines of communication open as we continue to work together.

Grade 9 Parent Coffee: It's time to think about grade 10!

We want to thank all grade 9 parents that were able to join us for our conversation about course planning for grade 10.  Here is the link to the presentation for your review.  As a gentle reminder, course selection forms are due to Ms. Brown on Monday, 6 March at 4:00 PM. Should you have any questions, please e-mail grade 9/10 counselor Alicia Brown (

CIS College Fair

ICS will host the CIS College Fair on March 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Upper Commons. Parents of Grade 11 and 12 students have received more detailed information about this program. Even if you are the parents of younger children in Grades 9 or 10, please feel free to drop by to learn more about these colleges and universities. For further questions, please contact Jim Barekman, our Grade 11/12 College Counselor (

March 27-31 Potential Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students           

As security concerns in Ethiopia have diminished, we are able to consider taking our students off campus for extended learning opportunities within the greater community. We are planning potential trips to Gullele Botanical Gardens, Born Free Conservation Center, and Menagesha National Park. All trips will be day trips and we will not take any overnight excursions. We finalize our plans before March 10 and announce the trips after the break (approximately on March 20, 2017)

ICS Internship Program

As part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) program in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Grade 11, we are offering the ICS Internship Program for the third year in a row. The ICS Internship Program provides students the opportunity to engage in meaningful non-academic learning experiences supervised by members of our community. This year, our Internship program takes place from March 27 to March 31, 2017. Students will not attend class during this week.        

Internships, as such experiences are known, allow students to gain valuable real-world knowledge by extending their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Internships usually seek to place students with a mentor outside of school who volunteers to supervise and instruct the student as he or she carries out duties within a work environment, normally related to a profession or career of the student’s interest. Many high school and university programs are moving to create such internships or co-op programs, which are comprised of a combination of career education and time away from class in a professional working environment. Experiences such as these provide students with “life lessons” that simply cannot be learned in the classroom. It is our hope that, by participating in the ICS Internship Program, our students will learn in ways that they might not otherwise have access to. (In many countries, adolescents take on part-time jobs where workplace skills can be developed over time. However for our youth, such lessons as these are difficult to come by, as most of our students are not legally entitled to work in Ethiopia). We very much believe in the value of experiential learning at ICS, and as with our Week Without Walls program, the addition of our Internship Program will extend and enhance our students’ education.           

I am reaching out to the members of our community for your support in creating what will no doubt become a mainstay of an ICS High School education and a model of home and school collaboration. In order to make this project viable, we will need to create up to fifty weeklong internships for our students. We will certainly be able to find internships for some of our students here at ICS, but we rely largely on the support of the community to make this a success.           

How can you help? If you own or manage a business, you could take on one of our students to assist you with a particular project. If you manage a local or international charitable organization, you could engage some of our students to work with you on a volunteer basis. If you are employed locally, perhaps you could collaborate with us to create a learning opportunity for one of our students. Embassies, NGO’s, various organizations can all participate. The range of internships includes positions in sectors such as IT, service and hospitality, charity, education, trades, finance, health, development, or entrepreneurial endeavors. The possibilities are limitless!

So please join us in this exciting new adventure in learning. Full details of the ICS Internship Program Guidelines and our online mentor application form can be found on our website, here. For further information or questions, please contact David Redmond, ICS High School Principal, or Ms. Tash McCarroll, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 1 March Grade 8/9 PSAT Exam.
  • 4 March Pan African Model United Nations at ICS.
  • 8 March Season Two Athletic Banquet.
  • 10 March CIS College Fair.
  • 13 – 17 March Spring Break.
  • 27 – 31 March Potential Field Trips for Grade 9 and 10 students.
  • 27 – 31 March IBDP Mock Exams for Grade 12 students.
  • 27 – 31 March ICS Internships for Grade 11 students.
  • 3 April Semester Two Progress Reports sent home.
  • 9 April High School Prom.
  • 11 – 13 April Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences.

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.