CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

March 8th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

Term 4 is off to an excellent start! Students showed incredible enthusiasm during our Term 4 assembly on Thursday as we recognized their achievements, listened to a beautiful ukulele performance by Sophia Lee & Sanghyuk Kim, and announced Term 4 events. Several students won prizes during our first ever PBIS R.I.S.E. raffle, and our minute-to-win it Dalton Cup activity had everyone laughing and cheering for their teams. Be sure to check out the looking back slideshow (see below), which was made by Minseo Kim & Yuna Kang.

This Tuesday teachers will share their co-curricular (CC) and After School Program (ASP) offerings for the spring season. Sign-ups for CC clubs will take place at 10:00am on Sunday, March 17th. For ASPs, students will be able to sign up from Wed. 3/13 - Sun. 3/17 using the form in their CDS bookmarks bar. I will post this year's CC and ASP offerings on the CDS Middle School website on Tuesday afternoon so that students and parents can refer to it as they make their decisions. If you have any questions, please contact the MS Office and we will be glad to help you.

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School
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[Upcoming Events]

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Math Kangaroo Competition

CDS will be hosting International Mathematics Competition “Math Kangaroo” on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Students in grades 1 through 12 can participate in this competition.

Please complete the attached registration form below and make the payment by March 12th, 2019. The fee is 33,000 won. Once the registration is complete, there will be no refund. If you are in First Program, payment should be made at the FP Office to Ms. Park. If you are in Middle School, payment should be made at MS Office to Ms. Allison Lee. If you have any questions, please contact

2019년 3월 16일(토)에 CDS에서 "Math Kangaroo" 수학 경시대회가 열릴 예정입니다. 1학년부터 12학년까지 참가가 가능하며 3월 12일(화)까지 신청접수를 받습니다. 33,000원의 참가비가 별도로 있으며 환불은 되지 않는다는 점 알려드립니다.

FP 학생은 Ms. Park (박희진 선생님)께, MS 학생은 Ms. Lee (이현승 선생님)께 신청비를 지불해주세요. 더 궁금한 점 있으시면 Jennifer Kim (선생님께 연락하시기 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

*You don't need to pay if you are in CDS Mathletes.

*Mathletes 학생들은 별도의 신청비 없이 경시대회 참가가 가능합니다.

Math Kangaroo Registration

Please click here for your registration. Do not register twice if your parents already did so.


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This is the first ever Art Exhibition and Contest held for CDS middle school students. This is an excellent opportunity for you to exhibit your artwork in the exhibition space next to Dalton Hall as we have the chance to receive a cash prize for your work! Your artwork will be displayed next high school art submissions, but will be judged separately.

Artworks will be judged on the following criteria:

Skillfulness/Technique, Originality & Creativity, Viewer Involvement, and Craftsmanship

Artwork & Submission Form are due WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13.

Art Contest Submission Form

Please click here to sign-up


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6th Annual Silent Art Auction (Art + Action + Auction)

The CDS Visual Arts program would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Silent Art Auction in April! For the last five years CDS students in the First Program, Middle School, and High School have donated pieces of artwork to be sold to raise funds for a charitable cause. Last year we raised over ₩1,000,000 collectively for charity!

This year all proceeds from the auction will be donated to “TNKR” (Teach North Korean Refugees) in Seoul. TNKR is “...a nonprofit organization that aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transitioning to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free English learning opportunities.

Donating work to the Silent Art Auction is a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase your skills, but to utilize those skills in a way that will impact and improve the lives of others.


Student/Parent Invite & Submission Form

Please click this for your sign-up

2018-19 Talent Show

Do you have a hidden talent? Play an instrument? Have you been working on your dance skills? The Student Council is hosting its annual Talent Show on Wednesday, April 17th! We are hoping to showcase all of the amazing musical and creative talent CDS Middle Schoolers have. The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 15th and a one minute video audition is due on April 13th. Performances can be individual or in groups. If you have any questions, ask your student council representative!

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[This week, around CDS MS]

2018-19 Term 4 Assembly

Term 4 Assembly Presentation Slides

Click the button to view the slides

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Math class with Mrs. Hinds

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Next week Thursday, on March 14th, the world will celebrate Pi Day! There are some really fun ways to celebrate this mathematical day but first a little background about this famous number. The Greek letter pi ( π ) represents the number 3.14. This number actually has an infinite amount of numbers after the decimal with no pattern to them. These types of numbers are called irrational numbers. In order to find this number, you must use the circumference (the distance around the outside of a circle) and the diameter (the line that goes from one side of a circle to the other passing through the center). No matter the size of a circle, if you take its diameter and start to wrap it around the outside of the circle, it will take three of those diameters plus a little extra to get all the way around. In other words, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is about 3.1415926...

Now that you know all about pi here is a link to some fun activities you can do at home as a family. Included in the list are ideas to cook pi-related items, make pi crafts, and even a pi music project. There are so many digits of the number pi with no end in sight that you can even find your birthday somewhere in it! You can try that here. One final fun fact about Pi Day, it is also Albert Einstein's birthday! It is a great day to celebrate and have a little math fun together as a family,

- Mrs. Hinds

Chinese with Ms. Liu

During Term #3 MS Chinese Advance class has covered school community unit. They have been conducting a group project related to how to introduce CDS with the vocabulary and expressions mastered during this unit. They have described different facilities at school, classes offered, classroom objects, teachers and extracurricular activities. They have creatively introduced CDS and made brochures about it. I am really impressed with the efforts they put in their projects and I am very proud of MS Chinese Advance learners.

- Ms. Liu

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G6 Social Studies with Mr. Drews

In 6th grade Social Studies, students recently learned about the movers and shakers of the European Rennaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution. Students were tasked with impersonating a significant person from one of those movements and competed to earn a posthumous Nobel Prize. Students discussed the merits of each person's achievements in a digital discussion and then voted on the winners.

6A Winners

Sooheok Jeong (Johannes Gutenberg)

Daniel McCarthy (Isaac Newton)

SH Choi (William Shakespeare)

6B Winners

Ivette Jin (Lorenzo de Medici)

Justin Kim (Thomas More)

Liz Kim (Isaac Newton)

Claire Sua Cho (Leonardo Da Vinci)

Spanish with Mr. Biarje

During Term 3 Advanced Spanish students explored their family culture and how it has changed throughout time. They researched about one family member´s life and wrote a biography. Later on, students presented it orally in front of their classmates. By doing this project students not only worked on their Spanish writing and speaking skills but also got to know better their own family and thus themselves. Please join me in celebrating their work.

-Mr. Biarje
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Physical Science with Mr. Keel

This week in 8th Grade Physical Science students explored the chemistry of water. Students examined the structure and properties of water and how the molecule behaves as a result of these characteristics. Because water is a polar molecule and so prevalent on our planet the cohesive and adhesive behavior it exhibits is all around us. Students used the simple test of seeing how many drops of water they could place on top of a coin to demonstrate the cohesive surface tension of water. The record was 150 drops of water!

- Mr. Keel

[MS Athletics]

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Middle School Documents

Please submit it to MS Office

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Upcoming Events

  • 3/9 - Table Tennis @TCIS

  • 3/9 - Girls & Boys Volleyball @TCIS

  • 3/9 - Grade 5's Indoor Soccer @CI

  • 3/12 - Spring CC Introduction

  • 3/16 - Boys Volleyball & Table Tennis @KIS

  • 3/16 - Girls Volleyball @CI

  • 3/16 - Grade 5's Basketball @YISS