CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

March 9th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

This week CDS Middle School held its Term 4 Assembly. We began by looking back at the wonderful experiences we've enjoyed so far this school year. We remembered those who have left CDS, and welcomed the many new students who've joined since Term 3 began.

Principal Shim gave a message on persisting in the face of challenge--sharing the stories of Olympic athletes Lee Sangwha and Japanese skater Kodaira Nao. There were musical performances, and many awards were handed out. The assembly concluded with information on Term 4 events including the Talent Show, KAIAC Basketball season, and Spring Co-curricular activities. You can view the full assembly presentation within the Newsletter.

This Saturday, our Table Tennis team, and Girls and Boys Volleyball teams will compete at SIS. After last week's Table Tennis and Boys Volleyball cancellations, our athletes are twice as ready for tomorrow's jamborees! Parents and friends are always encouraged to show up and cheer! Go Pheonix!

In closing, we are pleased this week to welcome 7 new students to our CDS community. We look forward to getting to know them and their families better in the coming months.

5th Grade:

(5A) Hyoungsun(Eddie) Koh

6th Grade:

(6A) Minseo (Hailey) Kim

(6A) Heesoo Lee

(6B) Soyun Moon

7th Grade:

(7B) Hyoungbin Koh

(7B) Yukyoung Kwon

8th Grade:

(8B) Dongun (Derick) Kim

Have a great weekend!

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The Phoenix Feed - Vol. 1 Issue 2

Click the button to read the CDS MS Newspaper

The Phoenix Feed is Back with Our Issue for Term 3!

The MS Newspaper CC has been working hard toward producing articles that are both original in content and informative to the student body. That being said, it is no easy task for our staff writers to continue researching, writing, and editing after their classes are done for the day, and thus should be commended for their excellent efforts that went into creating this issue.

We'll be back in Term 4 with more news, teacher profiles, wacky features, hilarious comics, and hopefully, a brand new section dedicated to sports!

Stay tuned!

-Mr. Cavasin

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Spring Co-curriculars (CCs) and After School Programs (ASPs)

On Tuesday next week (3/13) we will hold our Spring CC and ASP (After School Programs) Introduction. Students will have until the end of the week to make their choices. CC Sign-ups will take place on Sunday 3/18 at 8:00pm.

Normally students sign up for CCs on Saturday mornings; however, we have several students competing that morning in various KAIAC athletic events. The Spring CC & ASP season begins officially on Monday, April 2nd following Spring Break. The Spring season will continue for the rest of the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact the MS Office. The full CC and ASPs will be available in next week's MS Newsletter.

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7th & 8th Graders Experience SKYMUN V

SKYMUN V was a great success for many of our CDS students this year!

The event was held on Saturday, March 3rd, at SFS and provided a great opportunity for students to practice their public speaking and collaboration skills, as well as a better understanding of how the United Nations works.

A number of CDS students were very active in the discussion of their committee issues and represented themselves well as our next generation of international leaders. Nice work, everyone!

-Mr. Drews

Week 2: Music in our Community

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Senior Project - Free Violin Lessons for G5 & G6

High School Senior Yebin Seo is offering four free violin lessons to students in grades 5 & 6 for her senior project. The lessons will take place during CC time beginning Monday 3/12 and continuing each CC period until Wednesday 3/21. She will be working with First Program Music teacher Rachel Menzel. Lessons will take place in the Small Theater.

* Violins will be provided for as many students as possible, however, if your child can borrow a violin from a sibling or friend, that would be helpful.

If you're interested, please complete Yebin Seo's sign up form by clicking HERE. You can also see more details including her email address in her poster below.

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Chromebook Policy Review & Updates

POLICY UPDATE: Poin2 (our Chromebook vendor) is no longer making the model of Chromebook that we currently use. The new model is significantly more expensive. As such, if a student loses or breaks his/her Chromebook beyond repair, parents must purchase a second hand Chromebook from our office at a price of 100,000 won for their child to use for the remainder of their time at CDS Middle School.

For a full review of our policies (in English and Korean) on Lost & Broken Chromebooks, please click on the link below. If you have any questions please contact the MS Office.

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Upcoming Events

3/13 - Spring CC Introduction

3/15 -16 Spring Book Fair

3/16 - Spring ASP Sign-ups (Fri. Morning House)

3/18 - Spring CC Sign-ups - Sunday @8:00pm

3/19 - 3/23 - Boys & Girls Basketball Team Orientation Week

3/22 - Parent Information Session - Intro to Project Based Learning (PBL) Part II

3/26 - 3/30 - Spring Break