CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

November 30th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

The holiday spirit is alive and well at CDS Middle School! Our Student Council has been very active over the past few weeks with their Christmas door decorating competition, and more importantly their Fill the Sleigh drive to support children at the Happy Home orphanage in Incheon. It's wonderful to see students working together to make a difference in the world.

As Term 2 winds down, students have been busy wrapping up project work and preparing for their upcoming final exams (December 10th, 11th, and 12th). Students can find the exam schedule posted outside the MS Office on Monday 12/3.

We have much to look forward to in the coming weeks including the G7 Music & Social Justice performance, the G7 SDL TEDx presentations, MS/HS Winter Concert, Candle Lighting Ceremony, and the long winter break.

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

Student Council - Fill the Sleigh

The Middle School Student Council is continuing to collect donations for Fill the Sleigh. Fill the Sleigh is an event where students bring in items to fill up boxes that the Student Council will donate to a local orphanage in Incheon called Happy Home, and the winning team will get 100 Dalton Cup points. So far, we’ve collected 34 items! We recommend that students donate laundry detergent, but toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, conditioner, chips, and other snacks would also be appreciated. So far, we've had at least two people donate items every day! This is a really good cause to donate for, especially because the many kids at Happy Home aren't readopted, so please bring in donation items for Happy Home!

중학교학생회가 계속 Fill The Sleigh 를 위해서 물품을 받고 있습니다. Fill The Sleigh는 학생들이 기부를 위하여 물품을 가져와서 박스 안에 놓는 이벤트 입니다. 학생회는 이 물품들을 인천에 있는 해피홈에 보육원에 기부를 할 것입니다. 가장 좋은 물품들을 많이 가져온 달튼컵 팀에게 100포인트를 줄것입니다. 지금까지는 36개의 물품들을 받았기에 하루에 평균 2명씩 기부를 하고 있는 중입니다. 해피홈은 현재 세탁 세제가 제일 필요하지만, 칫솔, 치약, 비누, 린스, 샴푸, 과자 등등도 기부를 받고 있습니다. 해피홈 아이들은 이뱡을 안 받고 있어서, Fill The Sleigh는 이 아이들에게 많은 도음이 될것입니다. 그러니, 해피홈을 위해서 물품들을 기부 하셨으면 정말 좋겠습니다!

Sophia Seo

-Student Council President

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Happy Home Incheon

Click the link and check-out the website

After Hours Policy / 방과후 교내 체류 정책

All non-dorm students who wish to stay after school to participate in clubs and other school related activities must complete a permission slip. The After Hours Permission Slip is available in the MS Office and also on the middle school website: This document must be signed by the supervising teacher and a parent/guardian before 12:00pm on the day the student plans to stay after school. Non-dorm students must arrange their own ride home and may not stay on campus after 5:50pm.

기숙사 학생을 제외한 모든 학생은 방과 후에 교내에 남아있기 위해 After School Permission Slip을 작성하여 제출해야합니다. ‘After School Permission Slip’은 MS Office와 CDS 중학교 웹사이트: cdsmiddleschool.weebly.com에서 찾으실 수 있습니다. 해당 동의서에는 학생이 남아있는 시간동안 학생을 감독할 교사학부모님의 서명이 있어야하며, 학생이 방과 후에 남아있을 당일 낮 12시까지 MS Office로 반드시 제출해주셔야합니다. CDS 규정상 기숙사 학생을 제외한 모든 학생은 5:50pm 이후에 교내에 남아있을 수 없습니다.

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After Hours Permission Slip

Please submit it to MS Office by 12:00pm on the day

After School Programs

Please make sure to check whether your child is in certain After School Programs.

자녀분이 어느 방과후 프로그램에 참여하고있는지 꼭 확인해주시기 바랍니다.

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- Upcoming Events -

7th Grade SDL TEDx Presentations

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7th Grade Music Performance

Dear 7th Grade Parents,

In Music class during Term 2, the 7th graders have been learning about social justice. Social Justice is taking action and raising awareness about a social problem. We have been collaborating as a class to teach people about the seriousness of suicide. Korea has one of the highest suicide in the world, so we are trying to raise awareness about the issue through this performance.

We would like to invite you to our Music Social Justice Performance. The performance will be on Wednesday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m in the Small Theater.

Also, we will collect donations for Korean Suicide Prevention Center. If Korean Suicide Prevention Center get a donation they can help more people who are vulnerable to committing suicide.

We hope you to see there!


Bryan Kwak

Parent Outreach

Art Advocacy

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Parent Information Session #3 - NWEA MAP Testing

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 3-4pm

CDS Middle School Conference Rm

NWEA MAP Testing:

(Mr. Scoville과 Ms. Jennifer Kim이 동시에 진행합니다.)

- Why does CDS use NWEA MAP? How is MAP different from other standardized tests? How do I interpret my child's MAP scores? What is a RIT score? How can I know if my child is on track to be college and career ready? How does my child's score compare with other students in East Asia? How do teachers use students' scores to guide their instruction? How can I have productive conversations with my child about their MAP scores?

- 왜 CDS는 학생평가에 NWEA MAP 프로그램을 사용하는가? 어떻게 MAP이 다른 평가시스템과 다른가? 자녀의 MAP 성적을 어떻게 분석해야하는가? RIT 점수는 무엇인가? 어떻게 내 자녀가 대학진학에 유리한 조건에 있는지 판단할 수 있는가? 아시아의 학생들과 비교했을 때 내 자녀의 성적은 어떠한가? 교사들은 학생의 MAP 성적을 수업시간에 어떻게 반영하여 교수하는가? 내 자녀와 MAP 성적과 관련하여 어찌 대화해야하는가?

<This week, Around CDS MS>

G5 Art Project with Mrs. Koetje

This week the 5th graders have been focusing on various ways to communicate an emotion or message through artworks. They were given the opportunity to reflect on Abstract Expressionist works to understand how visual qualities can affect the mood in an artwork. Students used their knowledge about the seven Elements of Art to interpret the mood or message within a variety of artworks.

The 5th graders project was tightly connected to their English lessons about author and illustrator Jim Kay, whom creates specific moods in his writing and his artwork. Students could recognize how the types of lines, shapes, colors and forms Jim Kay used influenced the type of mood he wanted the reader or viewer to experience.

During English students chose a scene from Jim Kay's book, "A Monster Calls", to illustrate using various found objects and tools. After trying out different techniques and various materials the 5th graders were able to decide which technique or material would produce the textures and lines necessary to recreate the scene's mood. Students did a fantastic job exploring the different lines and textures random objects can produce while also being attentive to the visual qualities of their creations.

- Mrs. Koetje

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Chinese with Mrs. Liu

Language is highly related to culture. In Chinese class we have been infusing Chinese culture contents into lessons.

For term 2, students in Chinese advanced level needed to choose one of the famous mythologies and creatively made a story book to introduce the story selected and its significance. Then each student needed to present their work to their group members. When a student was giving the presentation, the group members were taking notes and making questions related to that presentation.

Through this project students explored more Chinese culture and they were impressed with these beautiful stories and the spirit embedded in the stories. Chinese advanced level students did a great job and I am so proud of them.

- Mrs. Liu

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G5 Math with Mrs. Hinds

In math class, the fifth graders are working on understanding how to decide if the word problem they are reading requires an exact answer or an estimated answer. To help deepen their understand, they wrote and solved their own examples and then created a poster to share with others. In the photos, the beginning stages of making the posters is happening. They were very creative and it is so much fun to get to see this side of them.

- Mrs. Hinds

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Long House - Door Decorating Competition

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<Co-curricular Activities>

Table Tennis with Mr. Kim & Mr. Monette

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Comic Book Club

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< MS Athletics >

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Swimming Bus Form - (YISS) - 12/8/2018

Please click the button and indicate your transportation needs for 12/8

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Upcoming Events

12/1 - MS Swimming @SFS

12/3 - G7 SDL TED x Presentations (@CC time)

12/5 - G7 Musical & Social Justice Project Performance (@CC time)

12/6 - Parents Information Session #3 - NWEA MAP Testing

12/8 - MS Swimming @YISS

12/10-12/12 - MS Final Exams

12/12 - High Four Competition (Mathletes only)

12/13 - MS Winter Concert (6 - 7:30pm)

12/14 - Candle Light Ceremony (1/2 Day)

12/14-12/16 - DalMUN Camp (for G7 & 8 only)

12/17-1/4 - Winter Break