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Thursday, May 4, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

IBDP Exams IBDP exams are now underway and continue until May 19. Although our senior students no longer have classes, students continue to study in groups on campus – this is happening with impressive regularity, and we encourage students to continue this effective exam preparation practice. The campus remains open during regular school hours to students for this purpose. I would encourage all students to take advantage of our facilities in this regard.

Students are also encouraged to maintain a detailed calendar that includes study times, break times, as well as a little time set aside for leisure. Students who can manage their time most effectively are more likely to meet with success in exams. Please contact Ms. Heidi Zickefoose, our IBDP Coordinator, for more information on IBDP matters.

ICS Scholarship, 2017-18 A traditional Coffee Ceremony will be held to welcome our new ICS Scholarship students on May 4 at 3:30 pm in the Community Commons. Please come out and join us as we welcome the new members of the ICS Community.

MS/HS Concerts Please join us on Wednesday May 10 for our MS/HS Band Concert, Concert, “Celebrations and Farewell” and again for our MS/HS Choir Concert, “Music of the People, for the People”. These culminating activities represent the incredible talent, dedication, and work of our teachers and students and are highlights of the ICS year. We look forward to seeing you there.

Important Graduation Information for Parents. For parents of seniors, please read this important graduation information. Students will be given their final ICS Checkout forms on Thursday, May 4. These forms are due in the HS Office no later than May 25 at 4:30 pm. Students may not participate in the Graduation Ceremony unless they have submitted form to the HS Office by that time.

High School Advisory: Stress Management and Suicide Prevention

Next week during Advisory, our counselors will be talking to our students about managing stress, developing effective responses to life challenges, distress, and mental illness, including suicide prevention. We would like to make students and parents aware of a current film on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, which deals with the issue of teenage suicide. The film presents responses to suicide that are entirely contrary to the way that counsellors and psychologists believe that the matter should be discussed with adolescents. Please see a letter on this topic endorsed by our counsellors here. This is an extremely important subject for us to discuss with our students at ICS, where professionals can provide accurate information and guidance. For further information about suicide prevention and/or other social or emotional concerns, please contact Alicia Brown, Grade 9/10 Counselor, or Jim Barekman, Grade 11/12 College Counselor.

Families On The Move-Thank You! The middle and high school counselors want to thank the parents that were able to join us for our parent coffee: Families On The Move.  We also want to share the presentation with families that were unable to attend, you may click here to access the presentation.  Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with our middle school counselor, Ms. Charmaine Gunther, or our high school counselors Ms. Alicia Brown and Mr. Jim Barekman. We wish you all the best and are here to support you and your children as you transition from ICS to your next home.

Upcoming University Visits:

Middlebury College (Vermont) and Amherst College (Massachusetts) are two very highly regarded and competitive liberal arts colleges.  See the following invite for next Friday, May 5th.  I realize that this is a holiday, but they are great schools and worth learning more about!

"ICS students are invited to attend the Amherst and Middlebury presentation on Friday May 5 at 9 AM Jupiter Hotel (Kasanchis) next to Radisson Blu.  The conference room is on the 8th floor of the hotel.  Students will need to take elevators to the top floor.  Make sure students know the location is Jupiter Hotel Kasanchis.  There is another Jupiter hotel in Bole.” 

Upcoming events in the High School 

  • 28 April – 19 May, IB Exams
  • 4 May,  New Scholarship Students Welcome Reception, , 3:30 PM
  • 10 May, MS/HS Band Concert, 6:30 PM
  • 17 May, MS/HS Choir Concert, 6:30 PM
  • 22 May, ICS Mock Trial, 5:00 PM
  • 24 May 24, ICS Season 3 Sports Award Night, 5:00 PM
  • 26 May, High School Graduation, 6:00 PM
  • 31 May 31 – June 6, High School Exams
  • 5 June, HS Exams
  • 9 June, HS Awards Assembly, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

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.