Dragon Descant 23 January 2017

Posted on January 16th, 2017

What’s up Dragons?! Enjoying your Sunday? Hopefully most of you are inside now as today is one of those crazy Jeju winter days. How about a nice, warm campfire..go ahead, just put your toes up to the screen..ahhh.

Next week we have another holiday. How are you feeling about that?
And let’s welcome back all those SAT takers who had to go all the way to NRT to take the test..Hope you did well!
Recording Service Hours:
Have you performed service this year? Will you perform any during second semester. We have a new way for you to record all of your hours. Essentially, you will need to fill out a form each time you do any kind of service whether it is with a faculty member or not. Take a look at this slide show and you’ll find most of the answers to your questions there.
Going to the dorms before 3:30pm:
Hi Seniors! Yes, I’m speaking directly to all of you grade 12 students (but this applies to everyone). Don’t go to the dorms before 3:30pm, M-F 😃
Incorrect Important dates:
If you see an incorrect date on the Descant, please send me an email to correct it. Its a real challenge for me to keep up with everyone’s schedule. And then everyone’s schedule changes and I don’t get the update. So, please just email me if you see something wrong.
Uniforms:
I know that this is a repeat but please do not wear non-KISJ gear during the academic day. I have seen many, many students doing this in every grade. Sweaters, hoodies, pants………etc. If you’re cold, wear your vest, blazer or KISJ baseball jacket. Or all of them!! Our uniform is a part of who we are at KISJ. It is a part of our visible culture that, in my opinion, relays a message of professionalism and respect. And, please keep in mind that we have made adjustments to the uniform (shoes, jacket) to help you guys feel warmer, and cooler, while wearing them.
College Visits
School Date Time/Place
Imperial College London
[London, England, UK]
Wednesday, February 228:20 AM - 9:00 AM
Community Center
Linden College Tour Monday, February 13 8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Community Center
Summer Programs
*Students, please keep in mind KISJ deadlines for LoR requests
for summer programs as outlined in the Dorm and Life Guide*
Program Name Additional Info Link
University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs: 2017 Leadership Seminars Program Dates: July 15 – July 26, 2017
For rising high school seniors only.
Application deadline: January 30, 2017

Leadership Seminars is a 10-day, all expenses paid program for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. Students engage in lively discussions on issues of global concern under the tutelage of Notre Dame faculty. The three seminars offered are American Arts, Popular Culture, and Social Change; Global Issues: Towards a Just Peace; and Science, Ethics, and Responsibility.
Notre Dame Link
Important Dates:
1/25 STEM Fair Poster Contest; Orchestra concert in Mini PAC
1//30 Luner New Year
2/10 Key Club Valentines Day party; Boys basketball v NLCS
2/14 Theatre Film Festival in PAC
2/18-20 GECMUN
2/22 Wear Pink Day
2/24 STUCO movie night
3/1 Student v Faculty swim meet.
3/10 STUCO Talent Show
2017/18 Scheduling Dates:
2/6 Electives Showcase in PAC @ 8:20am; AP/Honors Showcase in PAC @ 3:40pm
**Parents are invite
2/8 AP/Honors Q&A in the Mini PAC
**Parents are invited
2/17 Students hand in all AP / Honors applications
DRAGONStars!
Grade 9:
Rachel Sung
Kevin Kim
Grade 11:
Edward Kim
Bor Yu Heo
Grade 10:
Susan Choi
Justin Lee
Grade 12:
Halin Yu
George Park
Daniel Lee
Sally Baik


Dragon Descant 16 January 2017

Posted on January 13th, 2017

Hey there Dragons! Is everyone feeling well rested after the break. We’re just one week into school and already we’ve had a great event at the winter formal. We were laughing..dancing..eating..taking selfies..and getting awards! Which reminds me..Congratulations to Kyle Jung for receiving the student-voted DRAGONS award. You deserve it!
Scheduling for next year is coming up fast. Your counselor and advisor will be working with you to help figure out what you will want to take next year. You can see some of the scheduling dates coming up in the next six weeks down below.
From the HS library:
This is the FINAL reminder ... the no bags and no food in the library rule applies to Grade 12 students (Seniors) as well as all the other students in the High School.
During Study Hall, your bag goes into a locker and does not go further than 2 metres into the library.
For those students who choose to ignore this, you are demonstrating an inability to comply with the library policies. As this is a condition of your study hall access to the library, you will be asked to leave the library and return to your study hall room. This applies at ALL TIMES!
Important Dates:
1/25 STEM Fair Poster Contest; Orchestra concert in Mini PAC
1//30 Luner New Year
2/10 Key Club Valentines Day party; Boys basketball v NLCS
2/14 Theatre Film Festival in PAC
2/17-20 GECMUN
2/22 Wear Pink Day
2/24 STUCO movie night
3/1 Student v Faculty swim meet.
3/10 STUCO Talent Show
2017/18 Scheduling Dates:
2/6 Electives Showcase in PAC @ 8:20am; AP/Honors Showcase in PAC @ 3:40pm
**Parents are invited
2/8 AP/Honors Q&A in the Mini PAC
**Parents are invited
2/17 Students hand in all AP / Honors applications
Upcoming College Visits:
College Visits
School Date Time/Place
School of Visual Arts
[New York, NY, USA]
Tuesday, January 178:20 AM - 9:00 AM
Community Center
University of St Andrews
[St Andrews, Scotland, UK]
Tuesday, January 175:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Community Center
Imperial College London
[London, England, UK]
Monday, February 228:20 AM - 9:00 AM
Community Center
Summer Programs
*Students, please keep in mind KISJ deadlines for LoR requests
for summer programs as outlined in the Dorm and Life Guide*
**We will update this link regularly so be sure to check it out each week. If you a passion and would like to attend a summer program to explore it further, please ask your counselor soon to help find a program for you.**




Dragon Descant 12 December 2016

Posted on December 9th, 2016

This is the end. Thankfully though, with every ending there is also a new beginning and such is the way with semesters one and two. I’m sad to say goodby to such good times from S1 and yet, so happy that S2 is only a few weeks away 😃
Before you go, please review the S1 exam rules that I have posted in the past three week’s Descant and remember to be in the cafeteria 15 minutes before the beginning of your test.
The Q2 DRAGONStars! party is tomorrow, Monday, 12/12. Check the list if you don’t remember if you’ve been nominated..today’s DRAGONStars! are also welcome 😃
Date Change:
Winter formal has been moved to the first Friday of our return, January 13th. StuCo will also have an assembly that week to welcome us back on January 10th.
No more shivers: Beginning now, students are able to wear the KISJ letterman jacket (aka baseball jacket) inside to classes. If you don’t have one, get one over the winter break and you will be able to wear it all day long in the freezing cold caverns we call hallways this winter. I’ve noticed that there are two versions of this jacket. Both are blue with white arms and basically look like this one! They should keep you nice and cozy once it gets really cold out.
Upcoming Dates:
12/17: Winter Break!!
1/9: Semester 2 Begins!!!
1/10: StuCo Assembly
1/13: Winter Formal
1/21: SAT
1/25: Orchestra Concert
DRAGONStars! Remember to come for your photo 😃 😃 😃 😃
Grade 9
Emma Nam
Chanho Jung
Grade11
Taejoon Kim
Isla Min
Grade 10
Euro Hong
Ryan Kim
Grade 12
Lizie Kim
Shane Kim



Dragon Descant 5 December 2016

Posted on December 2nd, 2016

Happy December, Dragons!
If you see your name at the bottom of this page, please come to the office to get your picture taken. The photo board is starting to get pretty cool, but, I can’t celebrate your amazingness if you don’t come down for a photo!

The countdown is on..I don’t think I need to say much more about the importance of the next two weeks. But I’ll just say this one tiny thing…the next two weeks are very important. So please stay focused on what your teachers are asking you to do. They are the people who can help you the most with your studies as you prepare for finals.
😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃
Dead Week: Except for boys basketball, there are no extracurriculars or clubs next week. Use your time wisely!
A(nother) review of the exam rules for this semester:
Academic Honesty: All students must sign the HS Cheating Policy before being allowed to take any HS semester exams. Failure to sign the policy will result in an F on the exams (If you haven’t done this, please do it ASAP). Your advisor will provide a copy of the policy for each of you to sign.
Dress for exam days: Students may wear the relaxed uniform on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Dec 13-16). Relaxed uniform consists of dark pants or jeans and KIS shirt. No shorts, sweat pants, athletic pants, pajamas, or skirts are allowed. Rubber-bottomed shoes are preferred for the gym. Failure to dress accordingly may result in missing an exam.
Procedures on the day of the exams: All students must report to the cafeteria at least 15 minutes before the exam. Please sit with your class period for that specific exam. You will be called into the hallway by grade and will enter into the gym by class period. You must stay in the gym in your seat for the duration of the exam. All grade 9-11 students must be in the HS building until 12:30 on exam days.
***Grade 9-11 students who do not have a morning exam must stay above the first floor.***
Senior privileges: Boarding seniors will have dorm privileges during the exams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Dec 13- 16). Day seniors do not have to be at school if you do not have a final. If you do not have a scheduled exam, you may stay in your dorm room to study or rest. If you miss an exam because of poor planning, you will not be able to make it up. All other students must be in the school until 12:30. There are no exceptions to this.
Finally, day students are not permitted in the dorms during exam week, December 11-17.
To Review:
  • Sign academic honest policy
  • Dress correctly for the exams (see above)
  • No day students in the dorm for the entire week (M-F)
  • G9-11 dorm students can enter dorms at 12:30pm.
  • G12 Students can be in dorms anytime they don’t have a test.
  • When your exams are done, please say: Congratulations! You have witnessed a genius at work!

From the Library:
Do you want to build a snowman (or a gingerbread man)?
The end of term is almost here and there are lots of things that need to be done ... study, study, assessments, and more study! In these times, it is really important that you also take time to relax. Over the next two weeks, the HS library will be offering some craft activities to help you remain calm during those times when you need a break!
Get creative! Make a gingerbread man to hang in your dorm room! There is also a snowman and a penguin as well. Other suggestions are welcome, so please share your ideas.
To participate we ask that you are respectful of the needs of others. This requires you to keep the craft area clean and please keep noise to a minimum. Finally, if you are using the glue gun ensure that you turn it off after use.
Please see Ms Cave in the library if you have any questions.


II am continuing to work with the counseling department in order to make the Descant more robust for all of you. That work will hopefully result in weekly updates from the Community Center posted here. In it will be updates on college visits, summer programs, and upcoming deadlines.
Just click the link for CC Updates.
Important Dates:
12/5-12/17: Prep time: No clubs, performances, practices or other events in the HS for finals.
12/6: BHA@KISJ Boys Basketball 5pm; NLCS @KSIJ Girls Basketball 5:15
12/13-15: Semester 1 Exams
1/9: Beginning of semester 2!
DRAGONStars!
Grade 9
Heeju Cho
Eric Cho
Grade 10
Christina Kim
Edward Yoon
Grade 11
Mike Kim
Alison Heo

Grade 12
Heather Oh
Steven Kim







Dragon Descant 28 November 2016

Posted on November 27th, 2016

Hey there Dragons,
The semester has flown by! While we will all miss semester one terribly, we can celebrate it with a grand finale 😉 before welcoming semester two.
As a school, we should keep a record of things that have happened. Sometimes those records are photos and who best to take the pictures than our yearbook class students. But, its hard for them to get all of the pictures they need if others are pestering them to view and check the perfectness of each picture taken of them. Please, let the yearbook folks do their work and take pictures without having to have each picture pre-approved by all of you.
TEDxKISJeju:
Tedx was a complete success! That’s the only way I can describe it. Perhaps fantastic? It is an honor for our school to have hosted Jeju’s submission to the global conversation of TED talks. I want especially wish to thank Mrs. Stearman and Raymond Kil for their contributions. I would also like to congratulate each of our volunteers, performers, presenters, and organizers for their efforts in making the entire event run smoothly and adding a some fun. Well done!

Spirit day / Advisory shirt day:
All students will be able to wear their spirit wear which includes advisory t-shirts, sports uniforms, club gear, etc., each month on the second Tuesday. This coincides with our StuCo assemblies and will be a good way for everyone to express their spirit together. There is one exception to this which is the senior advisory winner for the weekly challenge. They will be able to wear their spirit wear the the Monday following their win. Keep in mind that whenever you wear spirit wear you must wear normal uniform bottoms that day. Everyone must follow these guidelines in order for spirit day to continue.
**Note to all students and faculty: The December Stuco assembly will take place on Tuesday, December 6th (the 1st Tuesday of Dec.) due to finals week. Students may wear spirit gear on this day.
Uniform Checks:
We will be conducting weekly uniform checks but you may not know when they are going to happen. I have spoken with the teachers and they have agreed to check their class’ uniforms and mark students in PS for any issues. Non KISJ gear is not permitted (I think you know this already!).
A review of the exam rules for this semester:
Academic Honesty: All students must sign the HS Cheating Policy before being allowed to take any HS semester exams. Failure to sign the policy will result in an F on the exams (If you haven’t done this, please do it ASAP). Your advisor will provide a copy of the policy for each of you to sign.
Dress for exam days: Students may wear the relaxed uniform on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Dec 13-16). Relaxed uniform consists of dark pants or jeans and KIS shirt. No shorts, sweat pants, athletic pants, pajamas, or skirts are allowed. Rubber-bottomed shoes are preferred for the gym. Failure to dress accordingly may result in missing an exam.
Procedures on the day of the exams: All students must report to the cafeteria at least 15 minutes before the exam. Please sit with your class period for that specific exam. You will be called into the hallway by grade and will enter into the gym by class period. You must stay in the gym in your seat for the duration of the exam.
Senior privileges: Seniors will have dorm privileges during the exams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Dec 13- 16). If you do not have a scheduled exam, you may stay in your dorm room to study or rest. If you miss an exam because of poor planning, you will not be able to make it up. All other students must be in the school until 12:30. There are no exceptions to this.
Finally, day students are not permitted in the dorms during exam week, December 11-17.
Important Dates:
11/29-11/30: Korean Finals
11/29: BHA @ KISJ Girls Basketball 5pm
11/30: Choir program in the PAC
12/2 HS Band Concert in the PAC
12/3: SAT @ KISJ / Basketball @KISJ
12/3 KISAC All division swim meet @BHA 10am
12/5-12/17: Prep time: No clubs, performances, practices or other events in the HS for finals.
12/6: BHA@KISJ Boys Basketball 5pm; NLCS @KSIJ Girls Basketball 5:15
12/13-15: Semester 1 Exams
Upcoming University Visits:
University of Melbourne: Monday, November 28 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Linden College Tour (10-15 universities): Monday, February 13 @ 8:15 a.m. in the HS Mini PAC (invite your parents!)
DRAGONStars! Please remember to come to the HS office Monday during advisory to take your picture.
Grade 9:
Alex Choi
Kelly Cho
Mina Kim
Kevin Kang
Grade 10:
Gerrard Dhoe
Lynn Kang
Eric Kim
Jenny Hong
Grade 11:
Sophia Kim
Jinkyung Kim
Simon Jeon
Martin Na
Grade 12:
Stella Kim
Brandon Noh
Regan Park
Lily Cho






Dragon Descant 21 November 2016

Posted on November 14th, 2016

Good day, Dragons. I’ve been out for half the week but it seems everyone’s doing great without me 😉. As promised, I have the final exam schedule for you all. A couple of things to remember.
  • If you’re a senior, you can go to the dorms anytime you don’t have a test.
  • Grades 9-11 can go to the dorms after lunch if you don’t have an exam.
  • Isn’t that sweet!
Instructions for Students:
Academic Honesty: All students must sign the HS Cheating Policy before being allowed to take any HS semester exams. Failure to sign the policy will result in an F on the exams (If you haven’t done this, please do it ASAP).
Dress for exam days: Students may wear the relaxed uniform on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Dec 13-16). Relaxed uniform consists of dark pants or jeans and KIS shirt. No shorts, sweat pants, athletic pants, pajamas, or skirts are allowed. Rubber-bottomed shoes are preferred for the gym. Failure to dress accordingly may result in missing an exam.
Procedures on the day of the exams: All students must report to the cafeteria at least 15 minutes before the exam. Please sit with your class period for that specific exam. You will be called into the hallway by grade and will enter into the gym by class period. You must stay in the gym in your seat for the duration of the exam.
Senior privileges: Seniors will have dorm privileges during the exams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Dec 13- 16). If you do not have a scheduled exam, you may stay in your dorm room to study or rest. If you miss an exam because of poor planning, you will not be able to make it up.
Raymond Gil has been selected as a percussionist for the National Honors Band Festival! Congratulations Raymond! You deserve it.
Important Dates:
11/26: TedxJeju
11/29-11/30: Korean Finals
11/30: Choir program in the PAC
12/2 HS Band Concert
12/3: SAT @ KISJ / Basketball @KISJ
12/5-12/17: Prep time: No clubs, performances, practices or other events in the HS for finals.
12/10: ACT
12/13-15: Semester 1 Exams
Upcoming University Visits:
University of Melbourne: Monday, November 28 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Linden College Tour (10-15 universities): Monday, February 13 @ 8:15 a.m. in the HS Mini PAC (invite your parents!)

Dragon Descant 14 November 2016

Posted on November 9th, 2016

Good day, Dragons! We must start off with a huge congratulations to our first time KISAC Red girls volleyball champions! You brought home a well deserved trophy. The boys and girls JV also had good showings with second place finishes. A big weekend, a big tournament, and 3 successful runs highlighted by the lady VB Dragons!
Some good news for seniors:
Seniors, on Wednesday and Thursday of exam week you may have no exams. If you don’t have exams you can stay in or go back to the dorms. Dorm staff will be there. Day students cannot enter the dorms during exam week. That’s Monday Dec. 13th to Friday Dec. 16th, no day students in the dorms. Next week, I will announce the regular and AP exam schedule.
Also, seniors, you must wear a tie..but you can wear any tie you’d like. Yes, that’s right. Pick a tie, any tie, and wear it.
Spirit Day
We have some new rules for alternative dress days:
  1. In recognition of senior accomplishments to this point, and the status the G12 students have garnered as the oldest/most experienced students at KISJ, we believe seniors have earned the right to claim Mondays as their exclusive day to use if/when the G12 teachers decide that special t-shirts / hoodies are to be worn by one or more advisories or other subgroups. However, uniform bottoms must always be worn. No jeans, sweatpants, or shorts will be permitted.

  2. G9, G10, and G11 students will be permitted one day per month to wear any special t-shirt / hoodie that their grade-level teachers approve for the advisories or other sub-groups. This day will be the second Tuesday of each month, which coincides with regularly-scheduled STUCO assemblies. However, uniform bottoms must always be worn. No jeans, sweatpants, or shorts will be permitted.
Running to lunch. Here is your final warning. All students must stop running to lunch or all students will be effected by new policy. You must stop running to lunch.
DRAGONStars! Don’t forget to come down to the office in the morning to get your photo taken!
Grade 9:
Jessy Eum
Andy Roh
Grade 10:
Alex Chang
Julie Kim
Grade 11:
Daniel Choi
Diana Hong
Grade 12
Chris Jeong
Rachel Kim



Dragon Descant

Posted on November 6th, 2016

Hey Dragons! Time is racing by and with November comes the testing season. Things to remember? Sleep long. Eat well. Make time for fun or exercise. I know everyone is stuffing their brains with knowledge but everyone has a limit. Start early and work consistently throughout the week to stay up on your homework.
I found this interesting article about what services international students should look for when applying to college. Its an interesting read so have a look.
Please don’t sit on the counters and sink tops in the bathrooms. They are beginning to break and are becoming a hazard. Its our school and its our job to keep it looking nice.
Uniforms are a part of who we are at KISJ and about 99% of you are dressed perfectly so thank you! I’m really happy that we are doing this simple, but very necessary thing. If you’re missing a part of your uniform please get it ordered straight away. Just as a reminder, everyone should be wearing KISJ issued uniform items only (remember your tie). I’m going to ask teachers to do a random uniform check once a week so please be aware that you will be marked if you are out of uniform.
Important Dates:
11/8: Stuco Assembly
11/11: Volleyball @KISJ
11/14-17: Wellness week
11/18: KISJ Theatre—Our Town
11/26: TedxJeju
11/30: Choir program in the PAC
12/2: Orchestra in the Mini PAC
12/3: SAT @ KISJ / Basketball @KISJ
12/7 HS Band Concert
12/10: ACT
College Visits:
Hesston College: Friday, November 4 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of British Columbia: Friday, November 11 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
DRAGONStars: Please come down for your photo Monday morning during advisory.
Grade 9:
Anna Hong
Jason Moon
Grade 10:
Diana Kang
Joey Jang
Grade 11:
Jasmine Kim
Yasmin Daly
Grade 12:
Alice Ko
Jay Song


Dragon Descant

Posted on October 30th, 2016

Fall break has broke and we’re on to cooler weather on and Happy Halloween!! I had some good feedback from the teachers about meeting all of your parents. I’m sure all of your meetings went well and you all went home with happy moms and dads.
Q2 has officially arrived. So, what’s your plan? Now is the time to focus to keep up with your work because we all know the work just keeps coming. In any case, you all, as usual, are doing great so keep it up.
There’s a few things on the horizon for this month so take note. There are still a few seats left for Tedx by the way. Fill out the request form for it if you want to go.
Important Dates:
11/4: Q1 DRAGONS Party
11/8: Stuco Assembly
11/11: Volleyball @KISJ
11/14-17: Wellness week
11/18: KISJ Theatre—Our Town
11/26: TedxJeju
11/30: Choir program in the PAC
College Visits:
Hesston College: Friday, November 4 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of British Columbia: Friday, November 11 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
DRAGONStars!
Grade 9:
Grace Kim
Louis Lee
Grade 10:
Avril Chung
Henry Ko
Grade 11:
Oscar Ha
Remi Lee
Grade 12:
Crystal Yoon
Jaxon Park
(click the GIF for more fun!)

Dragon Descant 17 October 2016

Posted on October 12th, 2016

This week marks the end of Quarter 1 and Family Weekend. Are your parents coming? For the rest of us, lets try to make sure that each of our visitors gets a good feeling from being in our school. We are all responsible for the reputation and standing of KIS Jeju so make sure you give a good showing as parents come through. Honestly, so long as you act as you do most days, I think everything will be great!
Family Weekend is here and on Thursday, 3 club members will be allowed to go at 1pm to help set up your booth. Those three members have already been chosen for each club and the teachers have the list of names. Please do not go early if you are not on that list. For students not involved with a club booth the times to go to the fall festival are the following:
  • Grades 9 &12: 2:00-2:45pm
  • Grades 10 &11: 2:45-3:30pm
As I was just saying, we a welcoming, kind, friendly, and giving community at KISJ. But, I think some of us are being a little bit too warm and cozy with one another. In fact, you’re making your teachers feel uneasy and so they have asked me to remind you that public displays of affection, a.k.a PDA, are not allowed on campus. Please keep yourselves at a safe distance as to avoid breaking this policy. Next time, try a wink!

Important Dates:
10/17: Stuco Spirit Week
10/19: Senior Idol competition
10/20: Family Weekend Begins / Fall Festival / Stuco Halloween Party
10/21: Advisee Paren Meetings / Music Showcase @PAC
10/22: All-faculty parent meetings in the gym
10/23-30: Fall Break
11/4: Q1 DRAGONS Party
11/8: Stuco Assembly
11/11: Volleyball @KISJ
College Visits:
University of Sussex (UK), the University of Manchester (UK), AND the University of Sheffield: Monday, October 10 @ 8:20 a.m. in
Hesston College: Friday, November 4 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of British Columbia: Friday, November 11 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
DRAGONStars!
Grade 9:
Yuna Lee
Stella Moon
Grade 10:
Steven Ryu
Euro Hong
Grade 11:
June Im
San Lee
Gade 12:
Caitlin Kim
Joon Lee

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