February Newsletter

Message from the School Director

Dear Parents, Students and Community,

Footprints International School's goal is keeping the highest level of education for our students. I am very proud to announce that the result has arrived from the October visit from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) which is located in the United States. It gives me great pride to inform you that FIS is a PreK-12 fully accredited school.

This updated certification brings many advantages for our students and staff and the school as a whole. All report cards, transcripts and documents from FIS will be recognized around the world. This gives our Grade 12 graduating students many wonderful choices to pick as they pursue their universities of choice.

However, with this new accreditation, we as a learning community must strive and work hard on continuous improvement. Our next schedule inspection from WASC will take place on May 2020. Currently, our Teachers, Office Staff and Administration are preparing reports, documents and artifacts for the upcoming visit. I personally want to thank our staff who worked very hard in the process of this prestigious award.

As we move forward, I will be sending updates concerning our progress and achievements with accreditation. In closing, thank you for your dedication and support to Footprints International School where exciting things are happening.


Mr. Dwayne Lehman

School Director

មាតាបិតា អាណាព្យាបាលសិស្ស សិស្សានុសិស្ស និងសហគមន៍ទាំងមូលជាទីគោរព

សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្ដរជាតិប្រកាន់ខ្ជាប់នូវការរក្សាគុណភាពអប់រំខ្ពស់សម្រាប់សិស្សានុសិស្សរបស់យើង។ ខ្ញុំពិតជាមានមោទនភាពក្នុងការជម្រាបជូនលោកអ្នកឱ្យបានជ្រាបថា លទ្ធផលពីការវាយតម្លៃកាល ពីខែតុលា កន្លងទៅនេះបានបញ្ជាក់ថាសាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្ដរជាតិត្រូវបានទទួលស្គាល់គុណភាពពី សមាគមន៍ WASCដែលមានទីតាំងនៅសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក ចាប់ពីថ្នាក់អប់រំកុមារតូចរហូតដល់ថ្នាក់ ទី១២

ការទទួលស្គាល់នេះផ្ដល់អត្ថប្រយោជន៍ជាច្រើនដល់សិស្សានុសិស្ស បុគ្គលិក និងសាលាទាំងមូល។ រាល់របាយការណ៍សិក្សា ព្រឹត្តិបត្រពិន្ទុ និងឯកសារទាំងអស់ចេញដោយសាលានឹងត្រូវទទួលស្គាល់ ទូទាំងពិភពលោក។ ការទទួលស្គាល់នេះនឹងផ្ដល់នូវជម្រើសល្អៗជាច្រើនសម្រាប់សិស្សដែលបាន បញ្ចប់ថ្នាក់ទី១២ នៅពេលដែលពួកគាត់ជ្រើសរើសសាកលវិទ្យាល័យសម្រាប់សិក្សា ។

ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ តាមរយៈការទទួលស្គាល់គុណភាពថ្មីនេះ យើងដែលជាសហគមន៍សិក្សាមួយត្រូវតែព្យាយាម និងប្រឹងប្រែងធ្វើការឱ្យកាន់តែប្រសើរឡើងជាបន្តបន្ទាប់។ ការចុះអធិការកិច្ចបន្ទាប់ដែលបានកំណត់ សម្រាប់សាលាយើង​នឹងប្រព្រឹត្តទៅនៅខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០២០។ ក្នុងពេលបច្ចុប្បន្ននេះ លោកគ្រូអ្នកគ្រូ បុគ្គលិកការិយាល័យ និងរដ្ឋបាលកំពុងរៀបចំរបាយការណ៍ ​ឯកសារ និងស្នាដៃផ្សេងៗសម្រាប់ ទស្សនកិច្ចនាពេលខាងមុខ។ ខ្ញុំផ្ទាល់សូមថ្លែងអំណរគុណចំពោះបុគ្គលិកដែលបានប្រឹងប្រែងធ្វើការ ក្នុងដំណើរការដែលនាំឱ្យទទួលបាននូវរង្វាន់ដ៏មានកិត្យានុភាពនេះ។

ខណៈដែលយើងបោះជំហានទៅមុខ ខ្ញុំនឹងផ្ដល់នូវព័ត៌មានថ្មីៗពាក់ព័ន្ធនឹងការរីកចម្រើន និង សមិទ្ធផលដែលមានការទទួលស្គាល់គុណភាពនេះ។ ជាទីបញ្ចប់ សូមអរគុណចំពោះការលះបង់ ចូលរួម និងគាំទ្រដល់សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិដែលជាទីកន្លែងធ្វើឱ្យលេចឡើងនូវរឿងរំភើបចិត្តជា ច្រើន។


Mr. Dwayne Lehman



FIS CARE Term 2 Coffee Morning

Another Coffee Morning was held on February 22nd, with the theme, “Therapy in School: The What, the How and the Why”. This was organized in collaboration with Bright Minds. It focused on educating parents about the importance of therapy on working towards achieving Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals. Special thank you to the guest speakers Ms. Alejandra Martinez – Speech Language Pathologist, Ms. Soledad Carrascosa – Occupational Therapist and Ms. Mariana Ramirez – Behavior Therapist, for providing us with valuable information and tips during the Parent Workshop.

The Question and Answer portion at the end of the workshop gave the parents the opportunity to discuss their personal inquiries. This event aimed to involve parents in the student’s learning as they build partnership with all professionals supporting their child.

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FIS CARE Classroom Activities to Promote Task Completion

Students with special needs often have difficulty initiating and completing tasks independently. A lot of times, students are seen as resistant or disruptive. It is crucial to understand why being on task may seem very difficult for some children. The following could be one of the reasons:

A systematic work system must be put in place in order to promote on-task behavior, accurate task completion and independence.

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FIS had participated In Global School Play Day, a full day on February 5 set aside to just let students' play, all day long. This event encourages and inspires schools to build more time for unstructured play into every school day. Students were encouraged to bring toys such as board games, dolls, Lego, blocks, cars, puzzles, and etc. (NO devices with screens are allowed).

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They were allowed to spread their toys around the classroom or outdoors and just play. Instead of a playful teacher-led lesson, students were able to design their own games and how they wanted to play their toys. This helped them to boost their creativity and imaginations. Children have learned to get along with each other that helped develop their social and critical thinking skills. A full day experience of unstructured play also promotes physical and emotional health; reduces anxiety and improves gross motor skills. It was an amazing experience to children as it fosters their independence in decision-making and following their interests.


Early Childhood Program of Footprints International School , Toul Kork celebrated the Red colour day last Friday of February 14, 2020 . Teachers and all the little angels of ECP had dressed up beautifully in Red Colour clothes. Our Head of Campus & Vice Principal, Ms. Annebell Van Der Westhuizen started our day by giving sweet treats to our dear teachers and staff . We had a short program during assembly and did some random act of kindness by giving our support staff a red apple fruit to show how much we appreciate their help in our campus. Teachers and learners enjoyed watching the Creamy Jello Cooking Show and did some funful games and activities.

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Each class had different classroom set up . Teachers had displayed learners arts and crafts , red colour objects like fruits, red hot air balloons and many more. The children were very amused and very happy seeing red hangings, red banners , red flowers , red hearts, red apples, red heart shape balloons . All the children participated and everyone was very happy. A lovely day passed by with getting introduced to the colour of love – Red Colour.


On Friday 14th February all of our ECP students celebrated Red Day, this is a joint celebration of Chinese New Year, Valentines’ Day and really just all things RED! Across the different ECP campuses students dressed up in red clothes, did red arts and craft activities, played games and performed in shows. There were also red STEAM projects and stories to enjoy.

To make the day even more special, parents came into school to receive a gift, write a note to their children and to play games and enjoy some red snacks. As you can see from the photos a lot of fun was had and teachers made a real effort to link activities to our theme for February; Compassion. This is one of our school values that we promote throughout the year, but during this month we place a particular focus on what it means to be compassionate and kind, and how our students can encourage others to do the same.

To that end we are inviting donations of any unwanted clothes, books, toys or dried food that we will give to Bravehearts, who are an organisation who help orphans with special needs in Phnom Penh. If you would like to donate please do so at any of our campuses, and if you would like more info please follow the link below:

Mr. Martin McGuiness,

ECP Vice Principal

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

February has been a very busy month for the Primary Programme. Students have been completing their assessments for the end of Term 2. Our grade 3 to 5 students have also completed their second Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) tests of the school year. In addition to this, we held our annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) day across all campuses on Friday 14 February to give the students a hands-on learning experience. Finally, we have also been focusing on our core value of Determination all month with weekly challenges for students to demonstrate their perseverance.

We look forward to seeing you all next month at our Term 2 Parent Teacher Conferences held on Saturday 7 March 2020.

Kind regards,

The Primary Management Team


This month, to help students understand the importance of determination, we have been setting challenges that require students to not only put in effort but also try different strategies to find the solution. The aim is to show that you need to put in effort if you want to learn something new, but also that failure doesn’t mean giving up; it just means that you need to think of a different strategy and try again.

At BKK campus, there is a weekly revolving puzzle, which is open to all primary students. It is designed for all grades and to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to try and solve it. We are very supportive in encouraging each and every student to put effort into solving these challenges.

Meanwhile at our TNT campus, Principal Justin Bisiker has been setting weekly challenges for students to complete. He wanted to give a special shout out to Vatanak Sonita, who was able to answer all his questions throughout the month. Great work Sonita!

Below are some examples of the challenges our students have completed at TK campus. See if you can work out the answer (you can ask your child if you get stuck!).


On Friday 14th February classes across the Primary Program took part in our annual STEM Day. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The day is an opportunity for our students to take part in practical activities which require the technical skills involved in many high end professions.

This STEM day our teachers planned and facilitated a wide range of activities including:

  • Using heat to create a vacuum in order to draw water up inside a test-tube
  • Building a catapult and exploring the theory of potential energy
  • Exploring the concept of probability through games and puzzles
  • Investigating which shapes are used in engineering to support the greatest weight
  • Recreating the bones, joint and muscles found in the human hand through craft activities
  • Making a volcanic eruption to discover chemical reactions
  • Launching Rockets to discover Newton’s three laws of motion

Not only was the day a lot of fun for our Primary students, but a huge amount of learning happened as well. It is important that our students not only learn from textbooks, but also have the opportunity to engage in practical activities and use their critical thinking skills to solve problems.

The Modern World is changing rapidly – many of the careers our younger students will enter are not yet in existence. It is therefore our responsibility to instill our students with the adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful when approaching new challenges, and digesting new information.

This is the nature of 21st century learning, and at FIS we continue to strive to prepare our students for a successful life in this fast changing World.

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What is February all about at Footprints International School Secondary TTP and TK campuses? I would have to say it is about celebration and s-u-c-c-e-s-s! February is a great month for staff and students at FIS. For staff, it is the shortest month of the year… we get paid faster, and there are chocolate and roses too! For students it is about Valentine’s Day, fundraising, doing something kind for a friend or teacher, beautiful works of art, and celebrating their academic and values successes.

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Before the Academic and Values Awards this month, I took some time to watch a 2016 Kobe Bryant video on YouTube. He gave a wonderful message to Special Olympic athletes in this video. From his words I wrote the Secondary Students a poem called “What is S-u-c-c-e-s-s?”

“What is S-u-c-c-e-s-s?”

Love what you do

And do what you love

Hard work pays off

Persistence, practice, failure,

Then success

Doing it at the last minute

Produces frustration, pain,

Weariness, failure and

Gets us nowhere

Truly give it your all

All you have each day

You will be tired, very tired

But you will be successful!

Your dreams are up to you

Always be curious

Always seek out things you love

Always work hard

Once you find what you love

That is s-u-c-c-e-s-s!

Congratulations to ALL of Footprints International School Secondary students!


Dr. Stephen J. Ronzano

Secondary Principal


One of the ways FIS wants to enhance collaboration and communication with our stakeholders, the parents – teachers - students conferences are conducted regularly at our two campuses in TTP and TK. This semester, we scheduled the conference last February 10, 2020, Saturday, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon.

We were delighted to have 54. 65 % or 94 parents’ attendance at TTP campus and 50% at our TK campus. The statistics this semester shows an increased percentage of parents involvement in enhancing communication between teachers regarding the academic progress , social behaviour, and developing future plans of students.

Ms. Gemma Bangcal,

Guidance & College Counselor

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FIS administration, teachers, and staff were filled with gratitude to parents for the time spent last February 10, 2020. It was remarkable time discussing issues interfering learning, growth of your children, areas where your child is excelling as well as discussing results of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test that will be used to make instructional decisions to support your children's achievement and growth in the classroom.

We will make sure that suggestions made in the survey you participated will be taken into consideration and thank you so much for all your suggestions to help us deliver better services to you and our students. You are all welcome to contact us anytime if you have any further inquiries or questions. You can also book an appointment should you wish to see our administrators or teachers.

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Footprints International School (FIS), Tuol Kork Campus gave out awards to recognize outstanding secondary students for Semester 1.

The awarding started with opening remarks delivered by Dr. Stephen Ronzano, School Principal. He talked about the definition and principles of success. The speech was then followed by the awarding of certificates. It was facilitated by the homeroom advisers for both English and Khmer programs with Dr. Ronzano, Ms. Juna Bulahao-vice principal, Mr. Meas Borin-Khmer supervisor and Mr. Dwayne Lehman-school director:

Mr. Byron Cunan,

Science Teacher

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The program did not only award students but also teachers. Dr. Ronzano awarded teachers with the most creative classroom and pin board;

Most creative classroom and pin board: Ms. Deanna Mullings, English teacher

Most creative pin board (Khmer): Svay Samnang, Biology teacher

The program ended with a speech delivered by Mr. Dwayne. He mentioned how the roles of parents greatly affect the success and performance of the students. Awardees not only received certificates but also enjoyed a sweet treat from the school- Doughnuts!


CONGRATULATIONS to the awardees of our TTP Secondary Students during the Honours Day Assembly for the First Semester of School Year 2019 – 2020. This celebration is to recognise your dedication, commitment to excellence, and achievements for the first semester.

Thank you to the proud parents who witnessed and joined the Honours day to signify their moral support to their children. We appreciate your efforts and time being with us on this event. We are looking forward that in the future more parents will be able to attend.

There were 77 students who received the awards for both the International and Khmer Programs in our TTP Campus. It was held last February 11, 2020, from 12:35 to 2:00 p.m. at the 6th floor. Awards given were Academic Excellence and FIS Values.

On the other hand, we would also like to CONGRATULATE the World Scholars Cup (WSC) Representatives, Deat Danidh, Sok Chhayhee, and Duong Chanpisal and their chaperone, Ms. Sokly for representing FIS last November 2019 at New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Special thanks to Grade 11 students and officers of the Student Council, Theary and Sokngy who volunteered as Emcees during the program.

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There have been engaging Watercolor Lesson for Grade 6, 7, and 8 at TTP and TK campuses as well as Grade 11 at TTP for the whole month of February. I love teaching students the wonder of watercolor painting! As an artist that works mainly with watercolor, it’s one of my favorite lessons. I believe the success of mastering this media lies in the art of learning to trust watercolor because it’s ultimately going to do what it wants to do. This is why I often call this lesson, “embracing the wonder of watercolor".

Mr. Teobert Dellava,

Art Teacher

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February has been an experimental month for our secondary students. Science activities have huge significance in the learning process it engages students, helping them to develop important skills, understand the process of scientific investigation and develop a broad understanding of scientific concepts.

The quality of practical science work of our secondary science students has been improved by our science department and we are proud of our students’ progress. A short description of what our students have been doing in the science laboratories and the classroom activities are as follows accompanied by pictures of the students.

Mr. Micheal Xavier,

A/AS Physics Teacher

Secondary Science Experiment
Grade 10 Phototropism


The dirt on soil

The ground beneath our feet plays a role in everything from food to our survival on Earth.

Dirt contains a healthy mix of minerals, water, plant debris, microbes and other organisms. Most people ignore dirt, but it’s the foundation of our food supply, healthy atmosphere and a supportive climate.

Soil is easy to ignore. We might notice it when gardening or playing outdoors. But even when we forget about it, soil is always there, everywhere.

Mr. Mathew Osterloh,

Math & Science Teacher


Teaching Social Studies is both fun and challenging as it incorporates different areas of discipline. Math is explored through the dates, timelines, and data analysis; Science is explained in the changes in our physical environment; Chinese culture is discussed and its influences in society analyzed; Philosophy is meditated and applied in our daily living; Economics is studied and used to clarify the equitable distribution of goods and services; and English is employed to explain the interconnections of them all. Having been a Social Studies teacher for a time now, it has been a constant challenge to search for engaging activities that accommodate the above-mentioned disciplines, aside from the fact that you have to be very conscious about mentioning anything that might be construed as culture-insensitive or biased. The Social Studies Curriculum includes a combination of History and Global Perspectives that students can learn from. In grade 6, we have looked at what it means to be a historian, as well as how time and society were organized based on the different accounts and artifacts that were left behind by ancient peoples, in the form cave paintings, scrolls, tablets, toys, manuscripts, and oral traditions.

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In Global Perspectives grade 6, we have started researching about the beginnings of familiar brands and how they have become globally known. In grade 7 History, we have studied nomadic diaspora and Ancient China’s influences on later civilizations. We have also explored the beginnings of Christianity and Islam and how the leaders were able to create an impact on many people. Global Perspectives grade 7 is currently focused on the causes and effects of migration and the benefits of a plant-based diet. Grade 8 History has shown students the atrocities of war and its devastating effects on the human being. We have also analyzed how the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, and Scientific Revolution have paved the way to numerous realizations and discoveries that make our modern-day living more comfortable. Lastly, in grade 8 Global Perspectives, we are presently discovering the causes, effects, and prevention of viral diseases and compiling our data and related literature to gradually build our research paper project. You may ask, “where is the fun in teaching Social Studies?”. Well, it is in the everyday discourse with students about the hows and the whys of past and present events. And more importantly, it is in the learning of values and virtues that makes us better human beings and citizens of this world.

Mr. Ralph Jude Pakinkin,

Social Studies Teacher

ESL (English as a Second Language) DEPARTMENT

Footprints International School, English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed to improve the students level in English. During the ESL classes, I teach language skills dependent upon the student’s level of understanding and proficiency. During the course of the academic school year the goal is to help students improve in communication as well in comprehension. My goal is to increase their abilities develop in the English language.

Modalities I teach are conversational speech, grammar, reading and writing, listening comprehension and vocabulary. By learning these skills, it will also help in building their knowledge and help improve their academic lessons. In just the 2 short months since the program started, I am seeing process in both communication and acquisition skills. Our ESL classroom fosters an atmosphere of fun, where amazing learning is taking place.

Mr. Hamza Gulam,

ESL Coordinator


For the month of February, our topic focuses on the student’s Social and Emotional skills. Students will be able to understand their emotional responses to every situation. They should be able to practice good manners and right conduct in public or even at home. And use a growth mindset for continuous learning in their academics or in their professional careers in the future.

Ms. Chenee Pearl Damasole,

Health Teacher


Footprints International School made its presence known in a marvelous way at National Debate Society Cambodia’s National Debate and Public Speaking competitions in the past week.

First and foremost, Patrick Sam-Lazarov, Lim Sok Ngy and Srun Sokun Theary took place in the National Debate Championship tournament on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, the team went 3-0 and finished second overall in the preliminary round. Their success rolled over into Monday, when they won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches to win a spot in the Grand Final, which will be held on Thursday, March 5 at CKCC. The winner of that match wins the right to represent Cambodia in the international championships in Mexico City over the summer.

In addition to the success of the eleventh grade team, our ninth grade team of Tang Pheng Koing, Phat Kolpanhavuth and Meas Yuvareach went 2-1 on Saturday to qualify for the quarterfinals of the National Debate Championship tournament. Unfortunately, plans made prior to the tournament’s move from its original scheduled date prevented the ninth grade team from participating in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Finally, in the National Public Speaking competition, Ung “Richard” Kiritep finished first out of twenty-four competitors in Sunday’s preliminary round. Ultimately, despite a brilliant oratory performance, Richard did not advance beyond Monday’s quarterfinal round, but he still made all of us in the FIS community extremely proud of his achievements.

We wish our eleventh grade team the best of luck in the Grand Final and thank all of our participants in this event for their hard work, dedication and success!!!

Mr. Sheldon Sommer,

Debate & Public Speaking Adviser


Congratulations to all category A students for the final semester 1 of this wonderful school year!

Since the beginning of the school year, we have awarded and congratulated all of our students whose scores are in category “A” for the best classroom performance and Khmer language word dictation or spelling. The category “A” is the highest group in which students receive a score from 90% to 100%. Again, this time was for the final semester 1 of the Khmer Program class. As always, they are hard-working students and children. They are very well-behaved and have strong determination and responsibility for their learning.

For this final semester 1, we had 140 students, both primary and secondary from all campuses, awarded the certificates of the best classroom performance and 241 students for the certificates of Khmer language word dictation or spelling. In this regard, we really appreciate and must congratulate them on this excellent learning results. We can’t wait to see more and more students’ success in the following semester.


Mission: FIS empowers our learners to discover their potential in a nurturing environment through innovative instruction, challenging and collaborative activities, and exposure to diverse perspectives.

Vision: A community of responsible, determined, and compassionate learners who make meaningful contributions to humanity.

Values: Compassion, Determination, Responsibility