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Thursday, April 20, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing

All students in Grade 9 and 10 will take the Measures of Academic Progress tests this month in English and Mathematics. The MAP assessment is a computerized adaptive assessment that measures your child’s progress in Reading and Math.  The level of difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers the previous questions.  As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult.  This enables the assessment to identify the full spectrum of a student’s strengths and weaknesses.  At ICS we use the MAP assessment for a variety of purposes, such as informing instruction in the classroom, monitoring student growth, and selecting courses to provide appropriate academic challenges. There is no need for students to prepare for the tests and no homework or preparation involved.

Additional information on the MAP assessment can be found at the Northwest Evaluation Association website: (click on Parent Toolkit for additional resources and information).

MAP testing will take place on April 24 and 25. All High School students will be off-timetable for the day but regular school hours will be maintained.

Farewell to our Seniors

On Wednesday we celebrated our Grade 12 student successes with our annual Senior Awards Ceremony. For a list of Award winners, please click here. Friday April 21 is the last day for seniors, as they begin their study leave before their exams begin on April 28. We wish our students the best of luck! For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information for seniors

Families on the Move: Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00-10:00 in the Upper Commons

Are you leaving ICS at the end of the year? Are you worried about how to best support your student through this transition? Whether this is your first move or your seventh move, the ICS MS/HS counseling department invite you to join us for an opportunity to explore the process of transition and how to best support your student.  It will be a great time to connect with other parents who may also be leaving to lean on their experience and insight as well.  We look forward to our time together exploring this important topic.

United Kingdom University Planning For Grade 11 Parents

Mark your calendars!  On Wednesday, May 3rd from 8-9 a.m. in the Upper Commons, I will be presenting information about the process for applying to the United Kingdom.  It is a much simpler process than North America!  I will be joined by a local resource, Dr. Mabika, who will also talk about applying to a foundation year in the United Kingdom (for students who are not completing the IB Diploma and would follow this route to obtain a UK university education).

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • April 21 Last Day for Seniors.
  • April 24, 25 MAP Testing
  • April 26 ICS Scholarship Dinner
  • April 28 IBDP and Senior Exams begin.
  • May 2 Families on the Move Parent Coffee
  • May 3 United Kingdom University Planning For Grade 11 Parents           

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.