CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

November 16th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


BookCon week was a huge success again this year! Each day our students expressed their love for reading by engaging with the many creative activities planned by Ms. Carley and Ms. Choo. As parents and teachers, we know how essential reading is for intellectual and academic development. We're thrilled that so many of our students have committed to the joyful habit of daily reading. I'm certain it will enrich their lives and enhance their understanding of themselves and the world around them. I want to extend a special thank you to our librarians for planning and coordinating this year's event.


In the coming week we look forward to the CDS Science Fair! We have several middle school groups participating and I think you'll be very impressed with their curiosity, attention to process, and skillful application of the scientific method.


I would also like to remind you that we will hold a Parent Information Session on November 21st from 3-4pm. In this this session, we will discuss strategies for staying connected to your child throughout their challenging tween/teen years. We will share practical tips for getting your child to open up and how we can reduce their stress through effective communication at home.


Have a great week!


Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

[Upcoming Events]

RSVP - Parent Information Session #2

To RSVP, please click the button and complete the form

Parent Information Session #2 - Communicating with Your Middle Schooler / 중학생 자녀와 소통하는법

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 3-4pm

CDS 3rd Floor Seminar Rm. - (above the library near the HS Office)

In this session, we will discuss strategies for staying connected to your child throughout their challenging tween/teen years. We will share practical tips for getting your child to open up and how we can reduce their stress through effective communication at home.

이번 학부모 세션에서는 10대 자녀분과 학부모님이 어떻게하면 조금 더 가깝게 지낼 수 있는지에 대한 전략을 알려드리고자합니다. 10대 학생들의 마음을 열게하는 실용적인 팁과 가정에서 어떠한 대화법을 통해 자녀분과 이야기를 나누는게 효과적인 지에 대한 정보가 제공됩니다.


We hope to see many parents in attendance on Thursday, November 21st.

11월 21일 (목요일)에 많은 학부모님께서 참석해주시길 바랍니다.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MS Office.

더 궁금한 점이 있으면 중등오피스로 문의바랍니다. 감사합니다.


Thank you,

Mr. Scoville

Contests & Events

Below are several contests & events that MS students are able to participate in. For more information we invite you to visit the CDS College Counseling website by clicking on the link below. Thank you!


- Korea Youth English Debating Championship (1-9th grade)

- Youth Public/P2P Diplomacy Project (5-12th grade)

- The Global Goals Leadership Seminar (7-12th grade)

- Yonsei Model United Nations (7-12th grade)

- Idea Competition in Science/Engineering for Environment (Teenagers)

- Youth International Environmental Laws and Agreements Proposal Essay Contest (13-18yrs old)

CDS College Counseling Website

Please click the button to get more information

Thanksgiving Schedule & Dismissal

On Thursday, November 28th students will have a half day before a day off on Friday.


Students will be dismissed at 11:30am, classes will be shortened, and there will be no lab on this day. Buses will depart at 11:45am. Since the 28th is a half day, lunch will not be served, so please plan accordingly.

After School Program Sign-Ups Nov 18th-24th

Please encourage your child to sign-up for 2019-20 Winter After School Programs (ASPs). Students can register throughout next WEEK, which is from November 18th - 24th. Students can find the sign-up form in their Chromebook Bookmark Bars. Thank you!


2019-20 겨울시즌 방과후 활동 신청은 11월 18일부터 24일까지 1주일간 진행됩니다. 신청서는 학생들의 Chromebook 북마크바에서 찾을 수 있으며, 자녀분이 직접 신청을 하도록 지도해주시기 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

Science Fair (Friday, November 22nd)

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2019-20 Fill the Sleigh (Nov 18th - Dec 13th)

As we approach winter break, it is a good time to reflect on the opportunities we have in life. The Student Council's annual Fill the Sleigh fundraiser begins next week!


This year, we will be collecting everyday household items for The Holt Center in Ilsan. The Center is a residential care facility for around 300 residents, ranging in age from toddlers to adults, all of whom have some sort of disability.


Students are encouraged to bring in anything that goes in a house, from toiletries like soap and toothpaste to kitchen items such as ramen, rice, or canned food. All donations must be new and unused. If you have any questions about Fill the Sleigh, speak with a Student Council Representative. We are excited to see CDS Middle School Pioneering to Serve!


- Ms. Montelibano and Ms. Kim

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[This week around CDS MS]

2019-20 BookCon Week!

Of all the events we enjoyed this week, we we're most excited to welcome Marissa Moss. She offered a variety of workshops for our students including Visual Storytelling, Writing and Journaling, and Writing Historical Fiction.


Ms. Moss is a widely known author who has written more than 30 books over a 20 year period. We were very fortunate to have learned from her at CDS this year. If you'd like to learn more about her you can watch the spotlight video below.

Spotlight On Marissa Moss
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Grade 7 Studies Characterization in The Outsiders

This week in Grade 7 ELA, students began working on body biographies of characters from our shared read, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Throughout this project, students are examining the virtues and vices of their chosen characters. They are discussing the symbols related to each person as well as their character traits and personal goals and changes.


Through this project, students have the opportunity to think about their own challenges in life as well as what they care about. It is a great book with some very important life lessons, as well as interesting characters and situations which elicit a variety of responses. Our students have been digging deep into these characters to draw out how they survive, and how the harsh reality of their lives affect them. Look for these posters in the hallways upon completion.


- Mr. Baker

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Group Dance Presentations in PE Class

In their physical education classes, our middle school students have been working feverishly on their group dance presentations. With the goals of self expression, movement patterns, and musical flow and rhythm in mind, each group has been tasked with creating a self choreographed dance performance to a song of their choosing. Not shying away from this daunting task of not only creating, but performing in front of an audience, each group went above and beyond the expectations.


Several groups went as far as creating their own mashups, mixing multiple songs together for the track they would use for their performance. Others chose to include creative outfits and props, all adding to the excitement and increasing the entertainment value. There are certainly students in our middle school that have a bright future in dance and movement, should they choose to pursue this road further!


- Mr. Reed

Practice the skill of sequencing in EAL Class

The 5th and 6th graders in English as an Additional Language are continuing their study of Nonfiction Text Structures. This week, we talked about Sequence and how it can help us in many different ways like reading comprehension, writing, and even speaking!


To practice the skill of sequencing through speech, students were placed back to back. One partner had to explain the steps of drawing a picture that only they could see to their partner. This task was much more difficult than students originally thought! Upon reflection, students were able to identify the value of saying things in the right order, why it's important to be specific, and how this can be helpful in their writing too!


- Ms. Montelibano

2019-20 CDS MS EAL Class - Learning about sequencing

[MS KAIAC Athletics (Fall Season)]

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Upcoming Events

11/21 Parent Information Session #2

11/22 Mathletes - Noetic Competition

11/22 CDS Science Fair

11/28 Thanksgiving (1/2 Day)

11/29 Thanksgiving (No School)

11/30 Grade 5 Volleyball @CI

12/2 Winter CCs & ASPs Begin

12/7 Swimming @YISS

12/9-12/11 Winter Final Exams

12/11 MS/HS Winter Concert

12/11 Mathletes - High Four Competition

12/13 Candle Light Ceremony (1/2 Day)

12/13-12/15 DALMUN

12/16-1/10 Winter Break