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International School Eastern Seaboard: September Events


International School Eastern Seaboard: September Events

What Events are Planned for September

ISE Background:

The ISE International School was founded in 1994 to serve the growing number of professional families living and working on the Eastern Seaboard. Our school is a family school. By this we mean that we don’t want to be the biggest school in the region, but a school where each child is well known by her/his teachers, the support staff and the administration. We also invite parents to be well connected to the school. We feel strongly that the parent-student-school triangle is very important to each child’s well-being and academic development.

5th September

Secondary School Open House
This is a good opportunity for parents the meet the teachers to talk about their son/daughter’s classes
“ WOW, This is good chance to know programs in each subject… ”

In each classroom
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

6th September

Wai Kruu Assembly
Wai Kruu ceremony is the Thai tradition of paying respect to one’s teachers.
“Wai” means to bow in Thai and it is also involves bringing your hands together as if saying a prayer. “ Kruu ” means teacher, a person whose job is teaching.
The most important event to be held at every Thai school is called the annual Wai Kru Ceremony. It always takes place towards the start of the new academic year and always on a Thursday.
How does the Wai Kruu start? The Wai Kruu ceremony will start with the senior teacher lighting candles and incense sticks and paying homage to the Buddha image.
Then uses a chalky paste to draw a Buddhist symbol on the books. A senior student leads all students to pray. After we finish praying, the students pay respect to their teachers by presenting them with flowers and going down onto the floor to do a krab which is the most best way to show respect. They are doing this to thank their teachers for teaching them well in the past, but also in order to gain merit and good fortune for the future.
What should students bring to the Wai Kruu Ceremony? Every student comes to school with a candle, three joss sticks and a bouquet of flowers for their teachers.The flowers used in the arrangement are symbolic. Dok Ma Khue (eggplant flower) stands for respect because when the tree is blooming its branches bend down in the same way a student pays respect to their teacher. Ya Praek (Bermuda grass) stands for patience or perseverance because although the grass looks wilted it is still very much alive. The Dok Kem has the same name as the Thai word for needle. So it means the student will be sharp-witted and brainy.
Finally, a senior teacher comes forward to bestow words of wisdom upon the entire student body. This message usually encourages the students to be disciplined, prompt and respectful during the rest of the school year. Then all students take a vow to be loyal to their nation, religion and King, to be good pupils, to behave themselves, and to obey the school rules.

8:15 – 9:30 A.M.

7th-8th September

MRISA CAP stands for the Mekong Region International Schools Association Cultural & Athletics Planning.
The coordinator from each member schools meet together to do the planning for all the events this coming school year.

MUN or Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations Assembly that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.
The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. More recently, simulation of other deliberative bodies, such as the United Nations National Security Council, has been included in Model United Nations. In general, the participants on each committee that the teachers’ executive panel considers to be most contributing are given awards, such as ‘Best Delegate award’.

13th September

SS Progress Report
All students in Secondary school will get a progress report from the teachers in the first quarter to report how they are in doing in each class.
“ Keep doing well in class !!!! ”

14th September

ISE Holiday

17th -21st September

MAP Test
MAP or Measure of Academic Progress is a computerized adaptive test that helps teachers, parents, and administrators understand the improvement in learning for all students and enables them to make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth.
ISE provides MAP testing for grade 3 to grade 10 students to measure a student’s progress or growth in school. This is important to teachers because the results let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them plan instruction in the classroom.

ES computer lab

27th -30th September

MRISA Leadership Summit
The MRISA Leadership Summit brings together student leaders from the eight schools.
United Nations International School of Hanoi (Vietnam) Hanoi International School (Vietnam)
International School of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) Saigon South International School (Vietnam)
International School of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) Vientiane International School (Laos)
Northbridge International School of Cambodia (Cambodia) International School Eastern Seaboard (Thailand)
The weekend is dedicated to developing leadership skills through workshops and a community service project.

27th -30th September

Volleyball Tournament in Hanoi
The ISE volleyball teams will travel to Hanoi to participate in a tournament that includes UNIS, HIS and a Vietnamese volleyball club. Good luck to the teams.

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