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Thursday, February 9, 2017

High School Principal, David Redmond

High School Students Giving Back to the Community through CAS (Creativity Activity Service).

Please see HERE for details.

Spirit Week

Next week marks a high point in student life in the high school. In order to have some fun and provide a break from the stresses of a demanding academic program, the Student Council has organized a series of activities, contests, and games, culminating in The Big Show next Thursday evening (see below). Students are invited to dress in costume each day of the week: Monday: Pajama day; Tuesday: Gender swap (following the dress code); Wednesday: Twin Day; Thursday: class colors. The week ends with the annual ICS Fools’ Olympics, a suite of silly games involving the entire high school. 

The Big Show

High School students once again present a variety show known as “The Big Show” as a culminating event of High School Spirit Week (February 13 – 16, 2017). This showcase of student talent is entirely produced by our High School Student Council (STUCO). It features acts from Middle School and High School student and is always a highlight of the school year. The Big Show raises funds for the Aleku Primary School Project, in Woliso, where we have been working for the past five years to enhance educational opportunities for local children. This year, the Big Show takes place on February 16 in the Amphitheatre. Tickets for this event are available from STUCO members and will be available at the door, so please pencil it in your calendars. I look forward to seeing you there!

Grade 8 Parent Night

Next Monday, February 13, presents an opportunity for parents of Grade 8 students to learn about our high school program and take in important information as students make the transition to high school. Information has been sent to parents – please let us know if you did not receive this and we will resend it. I look forward to seeing as many Grade 8 parents as possible on this important occasion.

Grade 11 College Night

On next Wednesday, February 15, we will be presenting important information to the parents of Grade 11 students regarding the application process for Canadian and US colleges and universities. This session will also include important information about our ICS Internship Program. All parents of Grade 11 students are highly encouraged to attend. I look forward to see many of you there.

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.  

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. Siham Omar, ICS CAS Coordinator. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to working with you!

Upcoming events in the High School

  • February 10: No classes or assessments for Pamoja online learning students
  • February 11 Pamoja Year 2 Mock Exams
  • February 11 ICS Walk and Run
  • February 13 Grade 8 Parent Night
  • February 13 - 16 HS Spirit Week
  • February 15 Grade 11 College Night
  • February 16 The Big Show

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.

Middle and High School News

The International Community School Counseling Department is offering to students in grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9.  The PSAT 8/9 will be given on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30pm.  Places to take the PSAT 8/9 are offered on a first come first serve basis for up to 70 students.  The cost per student to take the exam is U.S. $20.00.  Students can pay the cashier at ICS and bring the receipt to Meron Tekalign to register for the exam.    If you have any questions please contact Charmaine Gunther or Meron Tekalign in the Middle School/High School Counseling Office.