Language immersion provides students with significant experiences that make learning Spanish valuable. As an end of the term celebration and with the Holidays near, the High School Spanish Level II and III came together to experience the making of quesadillas. This is a traditional Mexican Dish. Enthusiastic students were able to have hands on experience as the the culture of the language was brought into their lessons. It was a unique, enriching and productive experience that students will cherish.
The CDS social studies department is looking for students to participate in National History Day Korea. This is the 2nd year we have participated in this event and would like to invite any students that love history or would like to challenge themselves on a deeper academic level to sign-up. National History Day Korea is a contest that allows students to explore their natural talents by creating in-depth historical projects in various formats of their choosing. Students can work individually or with a group of friends to create a website, a documentary, an exhibit, write a research paper, or perform an original play. The theme for this year’s event is Conflict and Compromise. Students who are interested should speak with Mr. Riniker or their Social Studies teacher. More information is available at the NHD Korea website.
Students MUST register by Friday December 15, 2017 in order to disclose their topic and category. Click NHD Registration Form in order to register.
The entrance fee is 50,000KRW per student and registration is not officially completed until payment is received. Payment must be given to Mr. Riniker by Wednesday January 10, 2018 or you will not be able to join the competition. So if you are interested please sign up early so you can get your projects started during the winter break.
How important is a good night’s sleep? For students it is extremely important! Studies show that a continued lack of sleep will result in poor grades, decreased concentration, irritability and leads to illness to name only a few of the consequences resulting from not receiving a solid night's sleep. It is very important that students receive an average of 8-10 hours of continuous sleep a night in order to have a productive day at school. The benefits of sleep far out weigh the consequences of not getting enough sleep. In today's society we are always busy with things that need to get done or have distractions that pull us away from the well deserved sleep that we need. However, parents and teachers must take the time to show our students and children that a solid 8-10 (more for younger children) hours of sleep is not only recommended but a necessity to be functional and productive. After speaking with many students about their sleep patterns and hearing what other teachers have to say about their concerns for their student’s lack of sleep, I felt that that a challenge should be given! It takes 21 days to form a habit. So I would like to challenge the student’s of CDS (with the help of CDS parents) to take the next 21 days and form the habit of getting a good and solid night of sleep. Simply have your student track how much sleep they are getting a night (I, personally, use a Fitbit for this purpose) for the next 21 days and see how much of a difference that it truly makes! For more information please feel free to visit https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep
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The current exhibition for the CDS Gallery is up an moving. Check out a preview of the exhibition in the attached video, and watch a featured interview with Gr. 10 artist, Richard Lee where he speaks more in depth about his work.
The full transcript of the interview, and exhibition review is featured on the Gallery Website, so check it out here!
On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of November the CDS speech and debate teams travelled to GSIS to compete in the second KAIAC Forensics competition of the year.
Friday night’s achievements were no surprise with Mark Park representing CDS in the Solo Acting finals, ranking at an overall 4th place. Another special mention goes out to Jun Cho, Cheul Shin and Danny Cho who ranked 8th place overall in their respective categories, Oratory, Impromptu and Poetry. Most students improved on their personal bests, confirming that dedication and preparation do pay off.
We would also like to congratulate Seongmin Lee and Kevin Song from our debate team, who placed 7th out of 21 teams on Saturday, competing in the Open Parliamentary category.
We look forward to the third competition on the 19th and 20th of January 2018 at YISS and hope to return refreshed and energized after the Winter Break.
Congratulations to all the students and thank you for everyone’s hard work and great manners. I am always proud of you.
Students will be assigned a locker for use on campus. CDS is loaning the lockers for each student and as such, students are expected to respect their locker as shared community space. Students must supply their own lock and are responsible for remembering their key/combination. Due to time constraints CCTV footage will not be checked for items missing from an unlocked locker.
Students are to keep their lockers tidy and free of any vulgar materials, weapons, drugs, or alcohol. Any malfunctioning locker should be reported to the administration office.
The school reserves the right to open school lockers without consent for any reason deemed appropriate by the Division Director or administration.
Personal Property Policy
It is very important to keep track of all the items students bring to school each day. Labelling all clothing, book bags, belongings, lunch boxes (and containers) with the student’s name and grade helps ensure the return of the item, should it be misplaced. Please check at the HS office for misplaced items. The school accepts no financial responsibility for personal items that go missing at school. Students are discouraged from bringing non-essential belongings to school. Occasionally personal items may be brought to school at the teacher’s request. If unsolicited, personal items brought from home become a distraction or annoyance in the classroom, they will be confiscated and returned at a later time.
Large sums of money and other valuable items should be left at home. Distracting electronic devices (psp, gameboy, expensive cameras, etc.) and similar items should not to be brought to school. The school assumes no responsibility for loss of student’s property.
Due to time constraints CCTV footage will not be checked for items left unattended within the school.
Participation in the science fair hit record numbers on Wednesday. Such were the number of entrants that the High School Presentations were delayed until Monday. The posters were still displayed and judged. All science teachers commented that they were really impressed at the level of research and creativity that was on display. Results will be released on Monday.
As you all know, CDS now has a new building for high school use including a brand new gym and a cafe. The cafe will soon have wifi and can be used as a high school lounge. Students who would like to take a break from studying can do so in the cafe as well as the high school lounge areas in the main building.
Students who wish to study and do homework can do so in the CDS Library. The Library is a public space for students needing a quiet place to study. Study groups are welcomed but should be considerate of those who are studying individually and need a quiet environment. If frequent discussion is necessary, students can use a discussion room or the cafe.
It goes without saying that students are expected to respect all public spaces by keeping them clean and neat for others to use. This includes the cafe, library, and high school lounge areas which are meant for all students to use and enjoy.
Here you will find announcements from the Director of High School