CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

February 23rd, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

We've had another active week at CDS Middle School. The Student Council did an excellent job building school Spirit and Community through this year's Spirt Week. It was so much fun to see students express themselves with each day's theme.

Term 3 is quickly coming to an end, so time management is going to be important for students as they complete their projects and portfolio work. Students---please make sure you're getting plenty of rest each night and asking your teachers for help when you need it!

Tomorrow morning our Table Tennis team and Boys and Girls' Volleyball teams will have their first jamboree of the season at Seoul Foreign School. Feel free to show up tomorrow and cheer them on!

In this week's newsletter you can read about the upcoming March Music in our Schools month, view the content shared in our recent parent information session on PBL, and see the academic growth students have made in each grade since the fall according to Winter MAP test results.

Have a great weekend!

Parent Information Session - Intro to PBL Part I

We would like to thank all the CDS parents who participated in this month's parent information session on Project Based Learning (PBL). Ms. Jennifer Kim explained what PBL is and how we're using it in the middle school to help our students develop essential skills. To see the slide presentation and a short video (with Korean subtitles) that was shown please click the links below.

This week was Part I of a three part series we're offering on PBL. But don't worry if you missed the first session. Please join us for the the next PBL parent meeting on March 22nd.

We will provide more time for parent Q&A in PBL Info Session II in March.

MAP Growth Test Results Winter 2017-18

We are happy to report significant progress across nearly all Middle School grades in Math, Language Usage, and Reading as indicated by the most recent MAP tests.

Please click on the presentation below to view the mean growth achieved by CDS students from Fall to Winter of this school year.

Individual student progress reports for the Winter MAP testing session will be sent home with students on Tuesday, February 27th.

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March Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music Education Month! During the month of March, the Middle School will have a music theme activity each week to help promote active music making and attendance at music events. Each week, students who decide to participate will complete the activity, then, should email Ms. Van Liew a picture and/or a video of their music participation. The photos will be posted on a bulletin board in the MS Lounge. Students who participate in a music activity each week, will receive a character card, which they can use in the new cafe. The weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1: Music in our school: perform music somewhere around the school for others to enjoy!

Week 2: Music in our community: Attend a public concert or participate in a musical activity in the community.

Week 3: Music through the generations: Teach a younger sibling/friend a favorite song or instrument or learn something musical from a parent or grandparent.

Week 4: Music without borders: During Spring Break, listen, participate in, or engage in music from a culture that is different than your own!

Please encourage your student to participate in making music during this event. We appreciate all the support that the parents can give to make the month of March an enjoyable musical experience for the students!

-Ms. Van Liew

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Spirit Week at CDS Middle School!

This week students showed their creativity and school spirit through Spirit Week! The student council's goal for this event was to increase school spirit and bring the middle school community together.

During regular "dress down" days, the student council will usually collect a small fee as a fund raiser, or to donate to a particular charity or cause; however, for Spirit Week they chose not to charge in order to make it more inclusive.

Live fashion shows were held in the cafeteria with music and a fashion runway through the center of the cafeteria.

I think the Student Council and teachers felt that the week was a big success and our community spirit is, indeed, stronger as a result. Please enjoy pictures of the the event below.

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Upcoming Events

2/24 - MS Volleyball & Table Tennis @ SFS

2/28 - End of Term 3

3/1-2 - No School (Movement Day & Faculty In-service)

3/5 - Music in Our Schools Month Begins

3/5 - Term 4 Begins

3/8 - Term 4 Assembly

3/15-16 Spring Book Fair