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

Dragon Descant 10 October 2016

Posted on October 6th, 2016

Our first marks of the school year are here. Was it a good quarter for you? Or one you want to improve on? Either way, there’s plenty of time until the end of S1 so try to st. We do have a nice break coming up in a couple of weeks!
Senior Idol:
The seniors will have an Idol competition on October 19th. Seniors, get ready to lip sync, sing, dance and just generally do your thing! Everyone is invited to watch the show during the advisory period.
MS Gate:
No HS students are to use the MS gate to be picked up or to leave by foot. All HS students should enter and leave at the HS gate. We have instructed the guards to restrict HS students from using the MS gate.
Fall Festival:
For clubs that have a booth at the fall festival, a maximum of three students will be allowed to go and set up a booth. During the festival, however, any number of club members can participate in running the booth. I don’t have the release time for set up yet but when I do I’ll let you know. In the mean time, I’ll ask you sponsors to fill out a document naming the students that will be released early to set up.
Reminders:
Keep in mind that this year we have changed the low level discipline policy. This year we have increased the number of tardies, sleeping in class, absences, or uniform violations you can get before your first consequence. It used to be 4/ 6/ 8 and now it’s 6/ 8/ 10. However, at 6 and 8 you have a Saturday detention from 2-5pm instead of an in school detention 😃
Please pick up your trash. We have noticed some messes around the first floor lately. We love the deli and we’re happy to be able to get snacks but it’s important to keep it clean around campus.
Important Dates:
10/11: StuCo Assembly
10/13: End of Quarter 1
10/15: GECMUN; X-Country @ NLCS
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 the mini PAC. (Location Change)
Laureate Design: Wednesday, October 12 @ 12:00 p.m. in the HS Learning Center (Date Change)
Utah State University: Thursday, October 13 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Boston University: Friday, October 14 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS PAC
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:
G9:
Johnny Kil; Responsibility
Michelle Kim; Responsibility
Roslyn Lee; Get Global
Joe Jin; Get Global
Kevin Lee; Collaboration
Soon Huh; Just plain awesome!
Raymond Kil; Design your Destination
Erin Song; Serve Others

Dragon Descant 3 October 2016

Posted on October 2nd, 2016

Congratulations Dragons! Why am I saying this? Because you all have nearly finished the first quarter of this year in quite splendid fashion. I know that sometimes it seems like we’re all just following a bunch rules and listening to our teachers talk but after visiting classrooms these last few weeks I really do think we’re all doing a great job. Your teachers are working hard to help you learn and keep you engaged and you are all responding well! This has been one of the best starts to a school year in our short history and each of you has been apart of it. Obviously, our work is not done just yet but as the quarter comes to an end, I thought it was a good time to reflect on how things have been going.
Keep in mind that October 13th is the last date for grades this quarter. However, the quarter grade is only an update. There is no GPA at the quarter and no official transcript. Its only an update on your progress towards the semester grade. The work you have done until now will combine with quarter 2 to form your semester 1 grade. So, there’s plenty of time to turn that B- into an A (although a B is not bad;-)
Winter Uniforms Reminder:
Uniforms will change over beginning tomorrow, October 3rd. This means that all students will move to long sleeve shirts, a vest, and a tie. Bottoms for the boys are the dark grey pants and girls are in skirts or pants. Shoes will remain the same as they are, dark with dark laces.
Fall Festival:
Here are the clubs with a fall festival booths. You advisor should be able to let you know more about the booths soon. The date to get a booth at the festival has passed and so this is the final list.
Amnesty International
Art for Heart's Sake (Art Club)
Climate Reality
Computer Science
DECA
Global Issues Network
Human Rights Club
Key
KISJ Tech (Engineering)
Knowlege Bowl
MAT (Mu Alpha Theta)
Robotics
STEM Fair
Student Council
TAIL
Chemistry
Korean Ambassadors
NHS
Lunch:
I want to say thank you to everyone for bringing their IDs to lunch. Having them has helped the school be more efficient. Also, there is still some running to lunch but there is a lot less running than before. I hope we can continue the downward trend until no one is sprinting to lunch.
Over Night and Field Trips:
If you’re going to be gone on a trip for sports, MUN or another co-curricular, be sure to check in with your teachers to get the work from them before you go. Its important to check in with them because often times students feel overwhelmed when they don’t miss class. When you do miss it, there’s always extra work to do. So, if you can get as much of the work ahead of time as you can….its a positive.
Notice:
Room #218, under the PAC, is not a room for student use. I know that until now it has been open to you but we are making a change. That room will be used a lot by teachers and so we want to make sure it is always available to them to use as they wish.
Also, if you’ve been recognized by your teachers as someone who represents the true DRAGONS spirit (DRAGONStars) please come down to the office during Monday’s advisory period to get your picture taken. We’ll give the picture back to you later but first I would like to show off some of our awesome students to the entire community.
Upcoming College visits:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University AND Binghamton University SUNY Monday, October 3 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Abilene Christian University: Tuesday, October 4 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
NYU Abu Dhabi: Tuesday, October 4 @ 10:30 a.m. in the HS Counseling Office
New York University: Wednesday, October 5 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS PAC
The Ohio State University AND Rutgers University: Thursday, October 6 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Colleges That Change Lives Tour: Friday, October 7 @ 8:20 a.m. in the Mini PAC
University of Sussex (UK), the University of Manchester (UK), AND the University of Sheffield: Monday, October 10 @ 8:20 a.m. in the mini PAC. (Location Change)
Laureate Design: Tuesday, October 11 @ 12:00 p.m. in the HS Learning Center (New)
Utah State University: Thursday, October 13 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
Boston University: Friday, October 14 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS PAC
Upcoming Dates:
10/7: Half day for students; not a holiday so students will go back to dorms (12:30)
10/8: MAT Tri-School competition; Volleyball @ Seoul
10/11: StuCo Assembly
10/13: End of Quarter 1
10/15: GECMUN; X-Country @ NLCS
10/17: Stuco Spirit Week
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
DragonStars: See you Monday morning!
Grade 9:
Sophia Kim; Grit
Joseph Seong; Grig
Grade 10:
Yuwei Zhang; Leadership
Ikjun Jang; Leadership
Grade 11:
Simon Jeon; Responsibility
Sue Kim; Communication
Grade 12:
Ashley Kim; Design Your Destination
Bin Yun; Responsibility

Dragons Descant 26 September 2016

Posted on September 20th, 2016

Good day Dragons,
I trust that your weekend has been going well and you did something fun?! We are having a typically slow moving autumn which is great for enjoying the outdoors.
Winter uniforms:
Uniforms will change over beginning October 3rd. This means that all students will move to long sleeve shirts, a vest, and a tie. Bottoms for the boys are the dark grey pants and girls are in skirts or pants. Shoes will remain the same as they are, dark with dark laces.
Fall Festival:
September 30th is the final date to request a space for your club at fall festival. Ask your sponsor to email me if you want to reserve a table.
Spirit Day:
This Tuesday, September 27th, is spirit day! This is to celebrate our season one sports and co-curriculars including our first sports trip to an international tournament. Let’s support our swim team as they travel to Taiwan and all of our season one participants! For spirit day you can wear any KISJ top with pants of your choice. No shorts or skirts unless you wear the normal uniform.
Upcoming College visits:
Southern Oregon University: Monday, September 26 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
UC Davis - Monday, September 26 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Tuesday, September 27 @ 8:20 a.m. in the Mini PAC
University of Sydney (Australia): Wednesday, September 28 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
King's College London - Friday, September 30 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center.
Binghamton University SUNY - Monday, October 3 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
(Remember to check in with your advisor before heading to the presentations)
Upcoming Dates:
9/19-30: MAP Testing
9/29-10/1: Swimming @ Taiwan!!
10/1: SAT at KISJ
10/7: Half day for students (12:30)
10/8: MAT Tri-School competition; Volleyball @ Seoul
10/11: StuCo Assembly
10/14: NHS Book Swap Charity event
10/15: GECMUN; X-Country @ NLCS
10/17: Stuco Spirit Week
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
DragonStars:
G9:
Yubin Park
Peter Jiang
G10:
Kate Nam
G11:
Jasmine Kim
Kyle Jung
G12:
Tiffany Goo
Seungbeom Han

Have a great week everyone!


Dragon Descant 19 September 2016

Posted on September 18th, 2016

Welcome back everybody! I’m sure each of you is just a little bit fatter from eating all that good food during Chuseok. OK, maybe just I am. But it was fun so I’m not too stressed about it. Did you do something exciting over break? I do kind of wish we could post comments on this blog and have a discussion board. That could be good.
Do you sometimes find yourself talking like a pirate? Well, Monday is your day because it’s international talk like a pirate day! So, have at it mate-e and give me your best arghhh!
How about some back to school business.

Important Dates: Keep Shining!
9/19-30: MAP Testing
9/29-10/1: Swimming @ Taiwan!!
10/1: SAT at KISJ
10/7: Half day for students (12:30)
10/8: MAT Tri-School competition; Volleyball @ Seoul
10/11: StuCo Assembly
10/14: NHS Book Swap Charity event
10/15: GECMUN; X-Country @ NLCS
10/17: Stuco Spirit Week
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
College visits-- though September:
Southern Oregon University: Monday, September 26 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Tuesday, September 27 @ 8:20 a.m. in the Mini PAC
University of Sydney (Australia): Wednesday, September 28 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
(Remember to check in with your advisor before heading to the presentations)
DRAGONStars:
G9
Shin Chen; Grit
Noah Helman; Grit
G10
Kelly Yang; Respect
Flora Lee; Respect
G12
Minseo Kim; Design Your Destination
Katniss Lee; Serving Others

That’s it for this week. Mostly house-keeping stuff. Have a spectacular week everyone!

Dragon Descant 12 September 2016

Posted on September 11th, 2016

Good afternoon, Dragons! Including this weekend, you only have school 2 days out of 9 total days. So you have plenty of time to get your studies in;-) Actually, I wish each of you to have a good rest, great food, and an amazing time with your families over the Chuseok holiday!
Dorm Passes:
If you’ve forgotten something in the dorms on a school day,hopefully it will be there when you get back after school. Please do not come to the HS office asking for a dorm pass. Forgot your PE clothes? Nope. Left your Macbook? Really??? Forgot your project!? How can you forget your project that kept you awake until 4am? Maybe you’re a bit tired... Anyhow, I think you’re catching my message. No dorm passes during academic hours.
Advisory lunch:
We’ve already talked about not running to lunch..That still applies, and it also applies to our teachers. However, on the day’s teachers have advisory lunch they need to be in the cafeteria to welcome their advisees. I’ve discussed it with the teachers and they say that it would be a lot better if they could get in quicker on those days. Let’s all help them. When a teacher has advisory lunch, please allow them to skip the line in front of everyone so they can be at their table when you arrive.
College visits:
If you want to go see a college presentation, I think that’s awesome. You are, though, required to check in with your advisor first so they know where you are and you are not marked absent. Please check in before heading to the presentations.
CCTV:
We’ve had a few issues with students leaving things around the school and when they return, their things are gone! There are two main lessons to be learned here. The first lesson, don’t leave your stuff around and expect it to be there when you get back. The second lesson, don’t leave your stuff around and expect it to be there when you get back (I could only come up with one lesson but sometimes you need two for emphasis).
The policy that is coming out of this: The only lost items we will check CCTV for are wallets. If it is important to you, you should take care of it. Please be mindful of the things you wish to keep.
On the other side of this policy..If you find something that isn’t yours, turn it in. If it seems valuable, bring it to the HS office for one of us to keep. We will try to find the items owner. I don’t think I have to say that we all make this community what it is. If people are taking stuff, what does that make us?

Important Dates:
9/13: Stuco Assembly
9/14-16: Chuseok
9/19-30: MAP Testing
9/29-10/1: Swimming @ Taiwan!!
10/1: SAT at KISJ
10/7: Half day for students (12:30)
10/8: MAT Tri-School competition; Volleyball @ Seoul
10/11: StuCo Assembly
10/14: NHS Book Swap Charity event
10/15: GECMUN; X-Country @ NLCS
College visits-- though September:
Columbia College Chicago: Tuesday, September 13 @ 8:20 a.m. in HS Learning Center
Southern Oregon University: Monday, September 26 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): Tuesday, September 27 @ 8:20 a.m. in the Mini PAC
University of Sydney (Australia): Wednesday, September 28 @ 8:20 a.m. in the HS Learning Center
DRAGONStars:
G9:
Yuji Yamada; Grit
Anna choi; Responsibility
G10:
Aiden Seo; Responsibility
Coline Kim; Responsibility
G11:
Julie Lee; Responsibility
Shawn Heo; Collaboration
G12:
Richard Oh; Serve Others
Angelina Cho; Serve Others

Have a great (super short ) week everyone! Aren’t two day weeks the third best thing ever?! Right behind one-day weeks and weeks with no school at all! Except I really like coming to school…so in my case they’re the fourth best thing ever. Right behind three, four and five-day weeks.

Dragon Descant 5 September 2016

Posted on September 4th, 2016

September has arrived. I want to enjoy the warm weather before winter sets inhave you been having outside a lot lately? You should before its too late!
A big shout out to to G11 for helping the middle school students with their adventure day actives and getting a bit wet in the process! On campus, I saw (and heard) grades 9 and 10 having a lot of fun. It was really nice to see everyone working together and having a good time.
Running to lunch is just not a good idea. I’m asking everyone who is running to slow down. I know lunch is so super awesome these days that you can’t resist running but...it’s still not a good idea. People charging to the lunch line like Santa just showed up with free ramen is seriously begging for something bad to happen. Especially when stairs are involved. I’m here again saying that I don’t want to make rules for silly things like this so please be responsible. Walk to lunch.
Another note about lunch..you’ll need your ID to get lunch beginning Monday (9/5). If you don’t have your ID you can buy a meal ticket from the deli. There will not be a separate line in the deli for the ticket so please wait in line. Then, you’ll have to go to the end of the line for the cafeteria.
Does your club want to have a booth at the fall festival? Ask your sponsor to contact me to reserve one for your club by September 30th.
How about hallway boards? Teachers have first dibs to reserve them unit next Sunday (9/11) and the following Monday (9/12) your sponsor can contact Mrs. Pfeiffer to reserve one.
Congratulations:
On Aug. 26th 2016 Fri. Bin Yun was given a excellence award from the Korea Forest Service which in the Daejeon Government Complex. He submitted a thesis exhibit for the International Junior Forest Contest. Since he won (!!!) this award, Bin will participate in a International Junior Forest Contest in Saint Petersburg, Russia from September 4th to the 9th. Great job Bin! Show them what Dragons are all about!
Upcoming Dates:
9/10: ACT
9/13: Stuco Assembly
9/15-16: Chuseok
9/19-30: MAP Testing
9/29-10/1: Swimming @ Taiwan!!
10/1: SAT at KISJ
107: Half day for students (12:30)
DRAGONStars!
G9
*Katie Kim; Responsibility
*Leo Roh; Communication
G10
*Ewan Chang; Responsibility
*Lynn Kang; Grit
G11
*Sarah Lee; Responsibility
*Aiden Kim; Communication
G12
*Isabella Kim; Design Your Destination
*Jack Min; Design Your Destination
*Welcome to the party.
**I’m planning a DRAGONS board outside of the HS admin office..stay tuned.
Let’s have a great week everyone.

Dragon Descant 29 August 2016

Posted on August 28th, 2016

Wow! What a nice day Sunday it has been. I hope you got the chance to enjoy it. Not a lot coming up as we continue to pick up speed in this new year. I do have a couple of reminders for you.
Reminders:
Only hang things on boards: Soon, we will be assigning board space to clubs. But first, teachers and a few bigger groups in the school will get theirs. When you do get your board you may use it how you wish. If your club wants to advertise an event, you may not hang things randomly on the walls. One space that we will reserve for all clubs to use is that space just outside of the HS office. If you wish everyone to see it, you can put it there and I hope that board will become a central place for people to come and see what’s going on at the school.
Don’t eat above the first floor. Including seniors: that pretty much explains it. If you do eat above the first floor you are risking a detention from 3:45 to 4:30pm that day.
By the way, how is lunch going? Are you getting through the lunch line ok or is the wait still too long? It will never be a zero-minute wait (keep that in mind). How about seating in the cafeteria? We are looking at lunch in general so if you have any feedback just reply to the Descant link email for this week (don’t reply all…never reply all! unless its an absolute necessity).
A second open question: Is there something you would like me to add to the Dragon Descant? What I mean is, is there a weekly piece of information or interesting did-bit that you would like me to add? I’m considering new additions now. Just reply with you answer in the email.
Upcoming Dates:
8/29: Clubs begin
9/2: Adventure day
9/10: ACT
9/13: Stuco Assembly
9/15-16: Chuseok
9/19-30: MAP Testing
9/29-10/1: Volleyball /Swimming @ Hong Kong / Taiwan!!
DRAGONS Stars!
Grade 9
Irene Jung
Brian Kim
Sonya Song
Justin Kim
Grade10
Joe Cho
Olivia Moon
Grade 11
Amy Kang
William Kim
Grade 12
Yoojeong Seo
John Park
***I am now crowning the new shoe policy a complete success! Thanks for making it happen the right way everyone and keep it up! ***

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