CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

October 5th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

I hope all of you had a wonderful time with your families over the Chuseok holiday!

Students returned to CDS rested and ready to face the remaining weeks of Term 1. This week we enjoyed our first Dalton Cup competitions of the new school year. Throughout the week students brought in books for the upcoming Book Swap, and English classes took time to visit the Book Fair. We were also happy to see so many students supporting the charity Worldreader as a part of our We Run Cheongna Fund Drive.

As the weather is getting colder, we want everyone to stay healthy! Please encourage your children to get plenty sleep in the coming weeks and wash their hands often.

Next week students are looking forward to learning from author Bryn Barnard and participating in the many exciting BookCon events that we have planned this year---including our annual We Run Cheongna fun run on Friday.

Have a great weekend, and stay dry out there!

Best regards,

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

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How to Speak with Your Child about MAP Growth Test Results / 자녀와 MAP test 결과에 대해 이야기하는 법

Earlier this week we sent your children home with their MAP Progress reports. I hope you've been able to take some time since then to speak with your child about their growth.

이번주 초에 학생들을 통해 MAP test 성적표를 보내드렸습니다. 저희는 학부모님들이 이와 관련하여 자녀분과 이야기를 해보셨길 바랍니다.

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, conversation about grades and MAP scores will be most effective if the focus is centered on progress rather than achievement.

MAP 성적표를 볼 때는 학생의 성취도보다는 성적 향상 부분에 집중하여 확인을 하고, 자녀분과 이에 대해 이야기를 해보는 것이 학생에게 도움이된다고 지난 뉴스레터에서 언급하였습니다.

At CDS MS, we strive to create a culture where students value personal growth more than achieving the highest letter grade or RIT score. We know that for students to reach their potential, they need to have confidence and take risks with their learning.

CDS 중학교에서는 학생의 학업성취도나 RIT 성적 향상이 아닌, 가치있는 사람으로 성장하는데 중점을 두고 있으며 학생이 잠재력을 발휘하기 위해서는 충분한 자신감과 위험을 감수하는 능력이 필요하다고 생각합니다.

If the focus on grades and achievement is too great, students are less likely to engage in challenging work because they're afraid they will fail. This applies to both high achieving and struggling learners.

만약 학업성취도에 지나치게 중점을 두고 이를 강조한다면 해당 학생은 실패를 하는데 두려움을 느끼고 이를 극복하지 못하도록 성장할 수 있습니다.

It is my hope that we can work together as a school and parent community to share helpful messages with our students that encourage confidence and support growth.

저희는 이러한 부분에 대해 학부모님과 협력하여 모든 학생이 자신감있고 충분한 지지를 받으며 성장하길 진심으로 희망합니다.

If you would like to better understand the MAP Growth assessments, please click here or on the button below for information in Korean, English, Spanish, and Chinese.

MAP 성적표 분석과 관련하여 더 자세히 알고싶으시면 위 'please click here' 부분을 눌러 접속하셔서 한국어, 영어, 스펜인어 그리고 중국어 등 언어를 선택하여 읽어봐주시길 바랍니다.

- Mr. Scoville

MAP Test Info In Korean, English, Spanish, and Chinese

For information about MAP Testing in your Language, click the button.

Poll: Would you like a Parent Session on MAP Testing?

Complete the poll if you would like CDS MS to offer an information session on NWEA MAP testing.

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Book Week Begins on Monday!

Dalton BookCon Breakdown - Oct. 8-12

Next week is the first ever Dalton BookCon! We've revamped book week to make it even better this year.

We Run Cheongna Fundraiser - Run for Literacy

Students have raised a total of 358,000 won so far for the charity Worldreader - way to go! The house with the most donors at the moment is 5B with a total of 24 donors - they are in the lead for the after-school bowling party!

Here's an update and rundown of next week's events:

1. Morning House Trivia Contest

Every morning during house, students will answer 5 trivia questions. The house with the most points on Thursday will get a donut party on Friday!

2. Spotlight on Bryn Barnard

Author and illustrator Bryn Barnard will be visiting with all students to talk about his work, as well as doing a creativity exercise with parents and students after school. There are still a few spots left so it's not too late to sign up!

After School Collaborative Writing and Illustration Activity - Sign Up Form

3. Locker Expo

Students, don't forget to bring materials to decorate your locker with a literary theme - favorite book, author, or genre. Most creative locker, voted by students, wins a prize!

4. Cosplay Day

Get your character costumes ready! And bring 1,000 won to participate and donate to the Halloween Party. The best-dressed house, determined by Mr. Scoville and Ms. Lee, will win a donut party. Yay, more donuts!

5. Trivia Tournament

Special extra-fun Long House activity - during the first round, students will battle it out in their house. The top team from each house will face off in the Small Theatre for the title of Trivia Titans!

6. Book Swap

We have 75 books donated to the book swap so far. Keep them coming! Thursday morning is the last day to bring them in.

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- Other Upcoming Events -

Hispanic Culture Day

We are excited to have our first Hispanic Culture Day next Wednesday. Students and teachers will celebrate the beginning of the year and utilize this opportunity to get to know each other better. Students will not only practice Spanish, but also play games, enjoy Mexican food and listen to Spanish music. We are sure this will be a great opportunity to build community and spark interest in Hispanic Culture!
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Don't forget to sign-up for this year's Science Fair!

Click the button and complete the sign-up form

<This week, Around CDS MS>

Grade 8 @ CDS Fall Book Fair

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Dalton Cup Begins!

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Fire Drill

CDS had a fire drill on Wednesday with the help of the Cheongna Fire Department. All students, staff and faculty were notified to evacuate to their assigned escape routes.

Middle School did a fantastic job following procedures and all of us made it out of the building with safety and efficiency. We all feel even more prepared in the event of a real emergency.

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Contributions to the upcoming Book Swap

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5A Long House - Ms. Montelibano & Mr. Biarje

This week in morning House, students were paired up and wrote quick notes of encouragement or compliments about their partner. At some point during the day, they had to place the notes on their partner's locker. It was endearing to see all of the notes of positivity in the hallways this week!

- Ms. Montelibano

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6B Music with Ms. Van Liew

Advanced Spanish with Ms. Morillo

Discussion on Hispanic Personalities

It is important to immerse students in the Hispanic culture so they can gain a

further understanding of the language. This allows students to learn more about the world, and the Hispanic customs. Engaging students in discussions in Spanish foster sharing ideas, inquiry, and the ability to summarize. These skills promote listening, speaking, and critical .thinking. Helping further develop the communicative competence of Spanish of students.

This Term students had to select a Hispanic personality, research and write a biography about them. Then, they had to design poster that would help them illustrate to their peers the information they gathered. Here is a video of the discussion and interaction students had while discussing the Hispanic personality they selected.

- Ms. Morillo

<This week, Co-Curriculars>

Table Tennis

Team Sports - Dodge ball

Explorer Club

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MS KAIAC Athletic Bus Request Forms

Dear CDS Parents,


To ensure good communication regarding transportation needs for KAIAC athletic events, we ask that you complete a bus request form each week by Wednesday at 11:59 PM indicating whether or not your child will ride the bus to or from any jamborees taking place in the upcoming weekend.

* If you request a seat on the bus the 15,000 won fee will be billed for that day at the end of the season, so please be sure before completing the form. Exceptions may be made if a student misses a game due to illness (or another emergency) and the student informs their coach in advance.

Thank you for your cooperation.

- Mr. Scoville


버스 회사와의 버스 예약 건으로 인해 목요일 전까지 몇명의 학생이 버스를 이용할 지 파악해야합니다. 이에, '수요일 오후 11:59'까지 학생의 스쿨버스 이용 여부를 아래 첨부된 양식에 표시하여 제출해주세요.

* 버스를 탑승한다고 양식을 제출하실 경우, 학생의 개인사정으로 경기 당일 버스를 이용하지 못해도 15,000원은 시즌 말에 부과됩니다. (예외사항: 질병 혹은 타당한 긴급사유로 인해 코치에게 미리 연락을 취한 경우) 이 점 주의해주시기 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

Thank you for your cooperation.

- Mr. Scoville

Boys Soccer Bus Form - (GSIS) - 10/13/2018

Please click the button and indicate your transportation needs for 10/13

Girls Soccer Bus Form - (YISS) - 10/13/2018

Click the button to indicate your transportation needs on 10/13

Badminton Bus Form - (SFS) - 10/13/2018

Click the button and indicate your transportation needs for Saturday 10/13

X-Country Bus Form - (CI) - 10/13/2018

Please click the button to indicate your transportation needs for 10/13

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Upcoming Events

10/6 - Badminton @CI

10/8 - 10/12 - MS Book Week
10/8 - Author Visit (Bryn Barnard)

10/9 - 6B Music Traditional Korean Music Performances

10/10 - Hispanic Culture Day
10/12 - We Run Cheongna (½ Day)

10/17 - Term 1 Ends