CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

April 6th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


This week our Spring Co-curricular clubs (CCs) and After School Programs (ASPs) had a successful kickoff. Both students and teachers seem energized by the change and I hope everyone is happy with the choices they made. If you have any questions about your child's enrollment in ASPs or CCs, please let the MS Office know.


On Wednesday we sent each of you a link to the booking form for Parent Teacher Conference. Remember that the booking window closes on Wednesday 4/11--two days before the conference on Friday 4/13. Please remember to make your reservations before then. If the teacher you hope to visit is fully booked we would be happy to help you schedule an appointment for another day. I encourage all parents to show up on PTC day so we can work together to support your child's growth.


Coming up next week is our CDS MS Talent Show! It looks like we'll have some amazing performances this year and we will be sure to live stream the event so we can share it with all of you.


This Saturday CDS 4th and 5th graders will compete in Battle of the Books at KIS. These kids have been working very hard in their respective teams---Fire, Ice, and Wind, each Monday CC time since the beginning of Term 3 to prepare for the big day tomorrow! We hope their efforts pay off and we wish them luck!


Also at KIS, our Boys Basketball team will compete in their first jamboree of the season. Our Girls Basketball team will be competing in their first jamboree of the season as well at SIS. As always, feel free to show up and support. Go Phoenix!


Have a great weekend!

Adventure Korea Update

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


Earlier today (Friday) we held a meeting with the manager from Adventure Korea in order to go over final pricing and planning details for our upcoming Outdoor Education Trip. We had hoped to send your children home with permission slips, packing lists, and exact pricing this week, but were not able to. Please expect your children to come home with final information early next week. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Questions to Ask Your Child's Teachers During Parent Teacher Conference

Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) is coming up on April 13th from 9:00AM - 4:00PM.


Click here to book a meeting with your child's teachers



  • How well does my child manage his time?


  • What can I do at home and school to help my child build on strengths and improve weaknesses?


  • Is there any concern about learning or behavior problems that I should know about? If so, what has been tried to help my child?


  • How does my child get along with others? Adults? Children?


  • How is my child doing while working in groups?


  • What can my child do to succeed in your class?


  • Is my child putting in his/her best effort in your class?


  • What is the best way for me to reach you?


  • What are some opportunities for me to become involved at school?


  • Can we talk more about your homework policy and how my child is doing with homework?


Sources:

The Importance of Attending Parent Teacher Conferences

Great Questions for Your Parent Teacher Conference

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https://youtu.be/uoUI-SQjOzM

PBL in ELL - Lounge As Learning Space & Recycling Projects

With CDS’ increased focus on Project Based Learning, students in the ELL program just finished a project to make their school a better place.


5th and 6th grade students decided to make the school greener, and after a lot of research and discussion, they made a plan to improve the recycling program here at CDS. They were successful in creating six new recycling stations in the school. They also have plans to create an art installment out of recycled bottle caps, and are creating a video to educate the First Program students about the importance of recycling.


The 7th and 8th grade students decided to make CDS a more comfortable school, and decided they wanted to improve the Middle School lounge, so that their classmates would have a place to sit with friends, study together or just socialize between classes.


Also, the ELL class wanted teachers to have a space where they could bring their classes for discussions and group work on projects. Their classmates are very excited about the improvements to the lounge and their are always kids sitting around, talking and working. Teachers have already started using the space to get their classes out of the classrooms. In the coming weeks, the 7th and 8th grade ELL class would like to begin featuring student artwork on the walls so keep your eyes open for that.


Both classes did a lot of research, created and presented a proposal to Mr. Scoville, Principal Shim and Dr. Park, and actually put out the new furniture and recycling bins themselves. It was great to see them take control and bring about some positive change to their school, while also improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


-Mr. Brennan

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Upcoming Events

4/7 - Battle of the Books @KIS Pangyo

4/7 - MS Boys Basketball @KIS

4/7 - MS Girls Basketball @SIS

4/11 - CDS MS Talent Show

4/11 - 8th Grade High School Orientation @6:00pm

4/13 - Parent Teacher Conference

4/20 - Sports Day

4/26-27 - Adventure Korea - Outdoor Education Trip