CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

March 15th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


We have many exciting events coming up in Term 4, but without question students are most excited about our annual experiential learning trip with Adventure Korea on April 24th - 26th! I've included details, itineraries, and budget information about this trip within this week's MS Newsletter, so be sure to take a close look and let us know if you have any questions!


We will also hold Parent Information Session #4 on Thursday, March 21st between 3:00 - 4:00pm in the Small Theater. The focus will be on how CDS High School prepares students for college in Korea and abroad. Please click the RSVP button if you would like to attend.


We're excited to announce that The Dalton School in New York will visit Cheongna Dalton School next week to learn more about our school and discuss opportunities for collaboration. They will be speaking with students and teachers throughout their stay, and will give a presentation in Dalton Hall between 4:15 and 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 19th. Parents are welcome to attend the presentation in Dalton Hall as long as their children are in ASP clubs, or are otherwise supervised. We look forward to learning more about how The Dalton School carries out the three parts of the Dalton Plan (House, Lab, Assignment) within their school in New York.


Please remember that students will have the opportunity to sign up for spring co-curricular clubs (CCs) on Sunday morning (3/17) at exactly 10:00am. Please visit the CDS Middle School website for the sign up form. Space is limited in certain clubs, so please be up and ready! Students began signing up for After School Programs (ASPs) on Wednesday morning. The registration deadline for ASPs is Sunday night at 4:00pm. You will receive an email next week indicating which ASPs your child has signed up for.


Have a great weekend!


Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

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Air Purifiers in Every Classroom!

CDS is very happy to announce that air purifies will be placed in every classroom throughout the MS/HS building beginning next week!
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Parent Information Session #4 - How CDS HS Prepares Students for College

Thursday, March 21st, 3-4pm

CDS Small Theater

In this session our College Counselor, Mr. Jeonghee Lee, will provide an overview of how CDS prepares high school students for universities in Korea and abroad.


Please RSVP by clicking the form below.

Adventure Korea - Outdoor Education Trip (April 24th - 26th)

Dear Parents,


We are happy to announce that CDS Middle students will participate in a two night/three day Outdoor Education experience on April 24th - 26th. We will be partnering again this year with Adventure Korea, an organization that has provided high quality experiential learning opportunities to several international schools in Korea over the last 18 years. Last year's trip was a big success and we expect this year to be even better!


The purpose of this program is to help students build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and activities. CDS teachers will work closely with Adventure Korea staff to ensure a safe and positive learning experience for everyone.


For more information, please click the link above, watch the video clip below, and review the itineraries and approximate budget within this newsletter.


- Mr. Scoville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=zED4wJjsFIk

Grade 5 & 6 - Yangpyeong & Hongcheon City

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective:

Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers:

Ms. Montelibano, Mr. Thach, Mr. Drews, Mr. Howell, Mrs. Hinds, Mr. Kim


* We will provide more information the first week of April including final itinerary and price, packing list, etc. For an overview and estimated price please refer to the information below:


Accommodation: Daemyung Resort


Program Highlights:

Gapyeong Zip-lining (7 Courses)

Sheep ranch experience including ice cream making

Strawberry picking

Steamed bun making experience

Ocean World water park


Approximate Price: 342,639 won

Includes:

Transportation

Accommodation

All activity and entry fees

Trip Consulting & Guide fees

Meals

Travel Insurance


* To see a tentative itinerary, please click the button below

Tentative Grade 5 & 6 Itinerary - Adventure Korea

Click the button to view the itinerary

Grade 7 & 8 - Chungju & Pyeongchang

Adventure Korea (click link to learn more)


CDS Program Objective:

Build teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and community through outdoor challenges and experiential learning.


Supporting Teachers:

Mr. Menzel, Ms. Van Liew, Mr. Monette, Mr. Coward, Mr. Cavasin, Mr Keel, Mrs. Koetje, Ms. Lee


Accommodation: Pyeongchang Mahari Town, Shimteo Jamteo (평창시 마하리마을 쉼터잠터)

*Address: 강원 평창군 미탄면 마하길 42-5 주민활력센터

http://www.mahari.kr/theme/websre21/shop/sub5_11.php?top=5&sub=1

http://www.mahari.kr/theme/websre21/shop/sub5_15.php?top=5&sub=5


* We will provide more information the first week of April including final itinerary and price, packing list, etc. For an overview and estimated price please refer to the information below:


Program Highlights:

Adventure caving experience

Ecological system experience

Skyline & Sky Jump

Amazing Village Run


Approximate Price: 306,777 won

Includes:

Transportation

Accommodation

All activity and entry fees

Trip Consulting & Guide fees

Meals

Travel Insurance


* To see a tentative itinerary, please click the button below

Tentative Grade 7 & 8 Itinerary - Adventure Korea

Click the button to view the itinerary

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

PBIS, which is the positive behavior plan that we are implementing at CDS, continues to become a more integral part of our middle school community.


At the Term 4 Assembly, we had a raffle for students to win prizes who received a RISE card throughout Term 3. Students receive RISE cards by demonstrating one of the four expectations and going above and beyond with their behavior.


We have also created a PBIS website, which is accessible on the MS Dalton website. You can learn more about PBIS and how we have implemented it here at CDS! The website will be updated regularly so that anyone can learn about our behavior plan at CDS.


- PBIS Team

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After School Programs (ASP) & Co-Curricular (CC) Sign-ups

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Spring CC & ASP Presentation

You can also see the presentation on CDS Middle School website

Spring After School Programs (ASP)

ASP Sign-up Deadline - 3/17 Sunday 4 p.m.


On Wednesday morning students began signing up for the Spring After School Program Season. The following information has been shared with them via the ASP Sign-up Google Form:


If you choose to participate in more than one club, the clubs must not overlap, and you must submit a separate form for each club. Please understand that we will not accept any sign-ups after the registration period ends.

하나 이상의 방과후 프로그램에 참여할 계획이면 각각의 프로그램을 따로 신청해야합니다. 또한, 신청기간이 지난 후에는 "추가 신청을 받지 않는다는 점" 알려드립니다.


<Programs>

(1) Mon/Wed - 4:10-5:10 - Beginning Band - available G 5-8 [20 or 10 classes - No Fee]

(2) Mon - Thur - 4:10-5:00 - S.T.A.M.P - available for G 5-8 [No Fee]

(3) Fri - 3:00-4:00 - Mathletes - available for G 5-8 [11 classes - ₩10,000 per]

(4) Tue - 4:10 - 5:00 - Advanced Swimming - [11 classes ₩10,000 per]


<Information>

(1) CDS Band Program: Current CDS Band members who want to continue MUST sign up again for the Spring Season.


(2) Mathletes: Mathlete members must have a minimum math GPA of 3.00 and maintain it throughout the ASP season. Current Mathletes who want to continue MUST sign up again for the Spring Season. Prices for Mathletes will not exceed 10,000 won per student per class session.


(3) S.T.A.M.P: Current S.T.A.M.P. members who want to continue MUST sign up again for the Spring Season.


(4) Advanced Swimming: We will continue offering Advanced Swimming on Tuesdays if enough students are interested.

After School Program (ASP) - Sign-up Form

Click button to sign-up for Spring After School Programs: Deadline 3/17 4PM

[Upcoming Events]

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Making Soap with "DECA"

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[This week, around CDS MS]

Science class with Mr. Keel

In Grade 5 this week we investigated how density effects the behavior of liquids. Students added different amounts of sugar to water dyed with food coloring to manipulate the concentration and change the density of the water.


Students then carefully added the water to a graduated cylinder creating layers based on density. The final effect, if the students followed all the steps diligently, was a rainbow of different colored water with specific densities. The classroom was lively with a spectrum of color and student enthusiasm.


- Mr. Keel

Science class with Mr. Howell

This week grade 6 Earth Science students learned about the motion of celestial objects and the effects of gravity. We addressed the historical developments regarding the theory of gravity, and focused on Aristotle and Galileo in particular.


In an effort to test these ideas we conducted a free-fall gravity experiment in which students worked in teams to measure and record the speeds of falling objects and to compare this information with the mass of these objects. The results generally seemed to agree with Galileo’s conclusions although there was some support for Aristotle as well, which we deduced was the result of resistance from the surrounding air. Overall, it was a fun and engaging experience.


- Mr. Howell

Grade 5 Long House

This week we had a combined Grade 5 Longhouse, the students worked on setting goals and how to accomplish our ultimate objectives. We learned that in order to achieve our wish, we must practice breaking down big goals into small, simple steps. In order to do that more efficiently, we can use an IF–THEN PLAN for taking a small, simple step to realize our bigger dreams.


- Mr. Thach

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HAPPY PI DAY with 5th and 6th graders

In honor of Pi Day (March 14th because pi = 3.14) and Albert Einstein's birthday, the 5th and 6th-grade math classes wrote simple pi-ku poems which are inspired by the haiku poetry of Japan.


Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme. A pi-ku poem still has only three lines but it has a different number of syllables in each line, based on the digits of pi. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 1 syllable, and the third line has 4 syllables. Since the poems are so short I was able to share every student's pi-ku for your reading pleasure!


- Mrs. Hinds

[MS Athletics]

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Middle School Documents

Please submit it to MS Office

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Upcoming Events

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

  • 3/16 - Girls Volleyball @CI

  • 3/16 - Grade 5's Basketball @YISS

  • 3/18 & 3/21 - Boys Basketball Orientation

  • 3/19 - The Dalton School (New York) presentation in Dalton Hall 4:15 - 5:00 pm

  • 3/20 & 3/22 - Girls Basketball Orientation

  • 3/20 - Geography Bee @CC time

  • 3/21 - Parents Information Session #4

  • 3/25-29 - Spring Break