Page 1


O C TO B E R 2 0 1 5


UPDATE 57 WOLGYE-RO 45GA- G I L , NOWO N- G U, S EO UL , 1 3 9 -8 5 2 , KOREA ■ T. 0 2 .9 0 7 .2 7 4 7 ■ F. 0 2 .9 0 7 .2 7 4 2 ■ WWW. A PIS .O RG


■ Glimpse into Military ■ Read Across APIS ■ Field Trips Galore


■ ■Middle School Music Concert Elementary Chinese & Japanese ■ ■N.Faculty Korean Human Rights Talk Retreat ■ Fall Carnival


E L E M E N TA R Y S C H O O L N E W S & E V E N T S

Sharks, Sleepovers, and Souvenirs


t took weeks of hard work, but APIS third graders were ready by Oct. 6, when the class held its first publishing party of the year. After lunch that day, the students rearranged the classroom so that their desks were in a circle and then they began to meet with guests. Parents and other family members sat down one by one with each young author as they shared their writing, a neatly printed personal narrative about topics like sharks, the APIS carnival, a sleepover at a friend’s house, swimming pools and water guns, and a favorite souvenir keychain. Then, students in all the other elementary classes and their teachers, as well as resource teachers and guidance counselors took their turns coming in, listening to the authors read, and then leaving comments about the stories. “It’s basically for celebration. We’re celebrating their work,” said Judy Park, Grade 3 teacher, about the party. “It’s a chance to share their stories with others and get feedback.” And that feedback is precious to the young writers. They “treasure” the comments, Mrs. Park said. “They’ve worked for weeks developing the stories.” And the positive comments are a great reward for all that work. Mrs. Park noted that the event was particularly exciting for her because she was the first-grade teacher for many of the current third-graders starring in the publishing party. So, she said she enjoys seeing their progression and how much they’ve learned (and how much they remember from their first-grade class). The Oct. 6 event was just the first in a series of about half a dozen publishing parties — each focusing on a different style of writing, such as poetry and persuasive writing — that will be hosted by the third grade this year and is part of APIS’ schoolwide use of a method of writing instruction recommended by Lucy Calkins and other educators involved in The Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University in New York City.


W W W. A P I S . O R G

Major Offers Glimpse into Military


s part of his job, Major Ich Yun Jeon of the Korean Air Force gives briefings a couple of times a week to generals and other high-level personnel in the Korean military. Nevertheless, he admitted that he was more nervous when he visited his son, Matthew’s, class at APIS on Oct. 9 to offer a different kind of “briefing” — a talk about his military career — to a group of enthusiastic and inquisitive thirdgraders.

Major Jeon enlisted in the military because he had a longtime dream to become a pilot. He was successful and flew the A-37 Dragonfly until his vision worsened and he was told he would have to switch jobs. Major Jeon blamed his weakened vision on watching the television too closely — a practice he warned the students against. Major Jeon now works as an air defense artillery officer, which is nicknamed a “duck hunter,” as he helps operate the Patriot Air Missile and Defense System, a system that has the capability to intercept enemy missiles or planes in flight. Major Jeon noted that South Korea is technically still at war with North Korea. “But don’t worry,” he said. “We are watching North Korea 24/7 … You don’t have to worry about security stuff.” In his 21 years in the Air Force, Major Jeon has never been in a battle, he said. In response to other questions, he said he does not drive a tank and that two ways the military is working toward peace with North Korea is by training to stop North Korean provocation and developing cuttingedge weapons that would discourage tensions from escalating. During his visit, Major Jeon also awarded two students with a special coin given to military personnel for significant achievement and let several students try on the coat from his dress uniform.


E L E M E N TA R Y S C H O O L N E W S & E V E N T S

Judy Park, teacher for third grade, said that having a parent guest speaker is a valuable experience for her students. “Sometimes teaching concepts about government, conflicts between two countries, or armed forces to young children can be a hard concept to grasp,” she said. “However, when Matthew's dad ... spoke about his career in military services to Grade 3 students, they were very engaged and asked many thought-provoking questions.”

Major Ich Yun Jeon (Matthew Jeon's dad) visits with APIS third graders.

W W W. A P I S . O R G



E L E M E N TA R Y S C H O O L N E W S & E V E N T S

Read Across APIS? This Year It Was a Mystery

Landy Hwang, kindergarten teacher and head minion, gives all her students a chance to speak minion.


he theme for this year’s Read Across APIS week was “Mystery.” The fun began with all the elementary grades participating in an outdoor scavenger hunt to locate pieces to a puzzle that, when put together and read, would relate a mystery. The students also created and decorated bookmarks and mysterious masks. All week, mystery readers — teaching specialists, guidance counselors, parents, and even former teachers (thank you, Ms. Cyrus!) — visited classrooms or Skyped to share favorite books or mysteries with the students. Older students also visited the younger grades and read to those students. APIS hosted extra special readers for elementary chapel’s Read Across APIS activity. Nine APIS parents stopped by the school to read (or recite), each in a different language, the Bible verse, I Tim. 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” (NIRV) Students heard the verse in English, German, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese and had the chance to guess which language was being used by each parent. A highlight of the week was a talk via Skype with children’s book author Audrey Vernick. An awardwinning writer of both fiction and nonfiction, Ms. Vernick spoke from New Jersey in the United States about how she gets ideas for her stories, how she became a writer, and how she does research for her stories. In response to one student’s question about how to get published, she suggested working hard. “Write and write and write,” she said. “And listen when someone tries to help you with your writing.” She noted that just like Dr. Seuss, she was rejected by 26 publishers before she found one that wanted to get behind her first book. “It has a lot to do with not giving up at the beginning,” she said. Ms. Vernick participated in two presentations to the elementary grades and, in both, she brainstormed with the students about a way to get a story idea — pick an animal and then put that animal in an unexpected place, she said. Then think about why the animal is there and what does it want. Then she encouraged the students to write down the story that came from that brainstorming session next time they had time for free writing.


W W W. A P I S . O R G

Read Across Paddington Bear, Luke Skywalker, Cinderella, Harry Potter, and Pokemon, along with many other book characters, visited APIS on the last day of Read Across APIS week, when the school held its annual book character parade. Students had the chance to dress like a character from a favorite book and then share that book with the rest of the elementary students. The kindergarten class stole the show by all dressing as minions for the event. The event also featured a mystery read by a very mysterious guest reader, Mr. O’Malley!

Mystery Readers

Skype iew Interv hor Aut with

g din a Re ture p i r Sc

Character Parade


E L E M E N TA R Y S C H O O L N E W S & E V E N T S


Scaven Hunt

W W W. A P I S . O R G




Secondary in Brief Field Trip to the Farm

Students in Mandy Kern’s environmental science class and Charlie Nichols’ economics class traveled on a field trip Oct. 8 to the Gimpo area, where they visited several small farms (including a tomato farm and rice/soybean farm) and then the Nonghyup Local Food Cooperative, where the farmers sell their products. The students discussed sustainability and methods in Korean agriculture, local issues in agriculture, the positive consequences of buying local food, and experienced what it's like to farm. On the economics side, they had an opportunity to look at a new economic model for agriculture here in Korea, discuss consequences to the Free Trade agreement for farmers, discuss pricing and demand in a local food context, and look at factors related to change in the agricultural industry in Korea.

STEAM Class Field Trip

On Oct. 16, the STEAM class went on a field trip to the Seoul Arts Center to see the Antoni Gaudi show. Charlie Nichols and Meg Pendleton led the field trip. The students were impressed with Antoni Gaudi’s unique, organic style, and the precision of the architectural models featured in the show.

Linden Fair APIS invited the Linden Fair again this year on Oct. 5 to give high school students the opportunity to meet admissions officers from various colleges and find out more about the colleges where they want to apply. Representatives from 21 colleges, including the University of California, San Diego, University of Connecticut, and Purdue University, arrived early in the morning to set up their booths at the gym. The representative from UCSD Lindsey Fogleman, who visited APIS last year as well, said that "the students seemed excited for college, and they had very good questions." 6

W W W. A P I S . O R G

AP Scholars

During the senior seminar on Oct. 6, Jim Bleecker, director of college counseling, acknowledged Eddie Kim and Kevin Kim, who were given the “AP Scholar with Honor” award from the College Board. Charles Cho was also commended for receiving the “AP Scholar with Distinction” award on Oct. 15.

Hanok Field Trip

The eighth-grade class participated in a guided walking tour of Bukchon Hanok Village on Oct. 28. The students are studying a thematic unit called "Transformation" in their social studies class. By visiting Bukchon they were able to see for themselves how much Seoul has transformed over the past 100 years.

College, Computers, and a Little Byte of Advice


Don Kirkwood, center, introduces Dr. David Reed of Creighton University.

PIS high school students had the chance to hear from a U.S. college professor and computer science education expert at the school on Oct. 8. Students filled the college counseling lecture room for two periods to hear tips for success at university in the United States and about topics like the logistics of applying to college for a double major, extracurricular activities at college, and the content of collegelevel computer science classes.

The visitor, Dr. David Reed, was invited by Don Kirkwood, APIS computer science teacher, who had worked with him when Dr. Reed was serving his four-year stint as the chief reader for the AP Computer Science exam scoring program. Dr. Reed is also a computer science textbook author, the chair of the board of directors of the Computer Science Teacher’s Association, and an associate professor of computer science at Creighton University in Nebraska. One student at the talk asked what qualities are most helpful for someone hoping to study computer science in college. “Persistence and fearlessness,” Dr. Reed said. He explained that in computer science, “you fail a lot,” and “you can’t be worried about messing up.” That is just part of the process. He noted that the students he sees fail in college are those who don’t ask for help. He noted that students need to step up and take advantage of the resources that are offered. “It’s OK to go and ask for help,” he said. Talk to your professor.



A student asked whether extracurricular activities are encouraged in college. “Yes … yes, yes, yes, yes,” he said. “College is about preparing yourself as a person for the future … You can’t just go to your room and study all the time. That doesn’t prepare you for real life.” Dr. Reed described college as “a lot of fun, where you try lots of different things.” And he noted that students don’t need to enter college with their goals decided and written in stone. “Don’t be afraid to explore things,” he said. “You should be trying things in college to figure it out.” Mr. Kirkwood said Dr. Reed’s talk was valuable for his students. “The student's questions and Dave's responses were timely, focused, and probing,” Mr. Kirkwood said. “His statement that computer scientists must be people who are not afraid to fail and at the same time have dogged determination for success was a key statement that we all needed to hear.”

W W W. A P I S . O R G




Humans of APIS are Invited to Read The Hawkeye


group of student journalists with The Hawkeye gathered in the art room Oct. 21 and then sat down together to interview 10th-graders Michelle Choi and Jenna Lee. They asked the two students about their experiences on the volleyball team. “Do you ever feel intimidated?” They asked about things like when the two students felt the happiest. “When I’m just lying in my bed with no homework and no friend problems and no family problems,” Michelle answered. The questions were designed to set the groundwork for a new feature in the school newspaper — Humans of APIS. The Hawkeye planned to begin publishing a Humans of APIS feature both on its webpage (http://www.apis.seoul.kr/news-events/the-hawkeye/) and on The Hawkeye’s Facebook page in October. The hope is that the colossal appeal of Humans of New York, the photography/street biography project that has more than 8 million followers on social media, will also work its magic with The Hawkeye, boosting the online publication’s readership. The Hawkeye is put together by a group of journalism students who are dedicated to keeping their readers informed not only about school news, but also with information about national issues as well as reviews of movies and new music. But Angelina Ahn (Grade 11), who is in her third year of working on The Hawkeye and one of the reporters involved in the Humans of APIS effort, said she thinks some students aren’t even aware that the student newspaper exists. The Hawkeye staff tried a couple of approaches last year — a scavenger hunt competition, a challenge to identify a teacher’s childhood photo (with the answer on The Hawkeye site) — to encourage more students to visit the paper’s site and read the articles there. This year, hopes are pinned on Humans of APIS. “We’re working on it,” Angelina said of the efforts to boost the online publication’s visibility. While the rest of the staff works on other projects, reporters Crystal Cho (Grade 11), along with Jennifer Lee (Grade 10), Sophie Yoo (Grade 10) and Angelina, are focusing on the Humans of APIS feature together. They are interviewing students around lunchtime and during eighth period. Mr. O’Malley said he appreciates that the newspaper staff is interested in increasing readership, but his goal as the teacher is more focused on fostering the students’ skills. In addition to learning about reporting, “I want them to make some kind of connection to the real world,” he said.

We are the

Humans of APIS


W W W. A P I S . O R G

APIS Shines in Forensics Meet By Sarah McRoberts, High School English Teacher


e are really excited to announce the results from the first KAIAC Forensics tournament held Oct. 16 and 17.

Advanced Debate students celebrate their awards.

APIS earned third place sweepstakes points (out of nine schools) at the largest tournament that KAIAC has ever hosted. In order to earn sweepstakes points, schools had to have students place first, second, or third in both Speech and Debate events. Students who earned top speaker awards in Debate also earned sweepstakes points.

On Oct. 16, APIS students competed for Speech in Prose Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Poetry Interpretation. Richard Jo (Grade 10), earned second place in Prose Interpretation for his reading of the "The Tell-Tale Heart." Prose Interpretation was also the largest event at the tournament. On Oct. 17, APIS students competed in Parliamentary Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate. They debated on topics ranging from the role of surveillance in society, immigration, and National Health Care. Charles Cho (Grade 12) and David Lee (Grade 12), made it to the semifinalist round and earned third place in Parliamentary Debate.



Every APIS debate team had at least one win at the tournament.

s che Coa

Second place in Parliamentary Debate: David Lee (G12) Sixth place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Kayley Suk (G10) Ninth place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Jeeseung Kang (G10) Ninth place in Parliamentary Debate: Kenny Jang (G12)

ren sics )

APIS also earned Top Speaker Awards for the following:

Students who represented APIS:

o M s. M r (F e k cRo leec berts (Debate) and Ms. B

Forensics: (all G10) Richard Jo (Prose / Duo), Claire Shin (Prose / Duo), Jeff Kim (Poetry) Debate: Charles Cho (G12) & David Lee (G12) - Parliamentary Debate Kenny Jang (G12) & Alvin Jo (G11) - Parliamentary Debate Tommy Lee (G10) & Max Park (G10) - Parliamentary Debate Kayley Suk (G10) - Lincoln-Douglas Jeeseung Kang (G10) - Lincoln-Douglas Seunghyun Chung (G11) - Lincoln-Douglas Claire Shin (G10) & Sophie Yoo (G10) - Public Forum Cathy Lim (G11) & Angelina Ahn (G11) - Public Forum The next KAIAC Forensics tournament will be held Nov. 20 and 21. W W W. A P I S . O R G




Speaker Illuminates Situation in the North


Officers in the North Korean Human Rights Club, all juniors, from left in back, Harry Park, Edwin Lee, Leo Jo, and in front, Grace Y. Kim and Yoonjae Hwang, gather after the speech.

he young man pointed to a black box about three-quarters of a meter tall at the side of the APIS stage. He said that was about the same size as the small metal cage where prisoners at the political prison, after being stripped of their clothes, were forced to crouch, with their hands tied behind. The speaker, a North Korean refugee who went by the name Mr. Park, said that the metal cage punishment was the worst of the many beatings, deprivations, and frightening situations that he had lived through before finally arriving in South Korea in 2011.

As the featured speaker in a North Korean Human Rights Club-sponsored talk on Oct. 16 at APIS, Mr. Park told his story — how as an 8-year-old he had come home from school one day to find his life turned upside down. His father had been arrested for assisting South Korean smugglers. His mother had fled. He and his sister were on their own. Mr. Park survived a brutal orphanage, failed escape attempts, and three years of 12-hour-a-day, free labor for the government before fleeing to South Korea. He is now in university, working toward his dream of becoming a police officer. Dong Hui Mun, president of the NGO 북한인권학생연대, a North Korean rights group for which Mr. Park serves as a speaker, said at the beginning of the presentation that there is a lot of interest in North Korea worldwide, but the amount of interest still doesn’t match the reality of the harshness of the lives of those living in the country just 35 miles north of Seoul. 북한인권학생연대 sponsors speakers like Mr. Park “to raise awareness of the issue of human rights,” Dong Hui Mun said. The North Korean Human Rights Club, an APIS-sponsored club, set up the Oct. 16 speaking engagement at the school. Edwin Lee (Grade 11), president of the club, said the group’s goal is to “raise awareness of the realities in North Korea and the rights that are being violated” and to find ways that to improve the situation. The club is only in its second year. Albert Cho, an APIS alumnus, created the club last year and was the first president. Edwin said that the situation in North Korea had always been important to him but that his interaction with the speaker had solidified his concern about the situation to the north. “This is important to me, because as an international student and as a person who is in a more ‘privileged’ situation than most of the people in the world, I believe that it is my obligation (and everyone else’s obligations in our school) to use my opportunity and talent to help others that are in less fortunate situation than I am,” he said. Edwin invited other like-minded students to also get involved with the North Korean Human Rights Club. “We are hoping for more intuitive and passionate students to join our club throughout the years.”


W W W. A P I S . O R G

Middle School Fall Concert


iddle school students performed to a packed audience on Oct. 27 showcasing their work during Quarter 1 in their music classes, Band, Orchestra, and Music Fundamentals. The audience heard the students hunt a wild beast, march in the military, and even sing in Hebrew. At the end of the concert, Dean of Students Andrew Murphy congratulated and thanked our student musicians and music teachers for an amazing concert and said, “By far, this was one of the best middle school concerts I’ve attended.”



BAND Mrs. Sophie Holbrook, Band Director Marche Militaire ... Franz Schubert Vortex ... Robert Longfield

ORCHESTRA Ms. Emmalee Johnson, Orchestra Director Funky Pizzacato ... Susan Day Hunting The Wild Beast ... Brian Balmages

GENERAL MUSIC Mrs. Melinda Baum, Choir Director Folk Songs of Israel ... Traditional Hebrew Songs Zum Gali Shalom Chaverim

W W W. A P I S . O R G




Principal’s Note: The Value of Failing


ast year in one of the APIS Update editions I wrote about the importance of failing. I quoted Thomas Edison, Confucius, Henry Ford and Michael Jordan. I suggested that every successful person we know or hear about in the media has a very long list of stories about the times they have failed, and the efforts they have taken to then overcome the disappointment to find success. I also suggested that to focus on those failures would be missing the point, that the efforts to overcome are where we should focus if we are to learn anything from those experiences. Earlier this month I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with a number of parents as they spent time at APIS meeting with teachers for discussions about their children. Those discussions with teachers included successes and failures, and ideas for overcoming the failures and maintaining the successes. What should be understood through all those discussions, through all the planning for success, is that failure is a vital part of that process. But again, it should not be the focus. At APIS, we take pride in our ability to work with students on an individual basis to give them the strategies and support they need to overcome the failures, to learn from their mistakes. We have an Instructional Support Team that meets weekly and works with students from all grade levels daily, whose job is to support students, through their teachers, as they experience those failures on their way to future successes. We have a fully staffed Learning Lounge available for all student until 5:30 p.m. every day, which serves as a center for students to receive additional support as they build towards success. And we have a faculty of teachers who make themselves available at all times of the school day to help students with their learning. Learning is a process of failing and succeeding, over and over again. At APIS we recognise the importance of both and do all we can to help students through the failures to arrive at success. If you feel your son or daughter would benefit from more support as they continue to learn at APIS, please encourage your son or daughter to contact their teacher directly, or take the opportunity yourself to contact your child’s teacher directly to plan the next steps.


W W W. A P I S . O R G

Librarian's Pick: Books That Give You Chills


very year on Oct. 31, people across the world enjoy Halloween. Did you know that about 600 MILLION POUNDS of Halloween candies are sold each year? What about the fact that, in the past, trick-or-treaters received fruits and nuts? This month, the librarian’s pick will introduce you a couple of books that probably won’t give you candies or fruits and nuts -- but they certainly will give you goosebumps! Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

L E V E L: K I N D E R G A R T E N - G R A D E 3

Finnigin is a scary yet funny looking character, who is described as being nothing more than skin and bone. Contrary to his appearance, he has an enormous appetite and is a big fan of feasting and traveling. On Halloween, he visits a village full of witches, mummies, and ghouls, with hopes of joining a feast there. But being such a big big eater, he is not welcomed. This does not discourage Finnigin from enjoying Halloween. He makes a soup starting with one small bone just by himself. Then, a magical thing happens...

Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex

L E V E L: G R A D E 2 - G R A D E 5

Do you want to meet the Headless Horseman, Dracula, Vampire, and Wolfman all at the same time? If yes, you will love “Frankenstein Takes the Cake.” Companion to “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich,” this story is about Frankenstein’s wedding. From making plans to the actual wedding and reception, you can experience the steps of preparation together with Frankenstein. Read how Frankenstein figures out how to accommodate all the spooky guests’ unique preferences and tastes.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman



L E V E L: G R A D E 6 - G R A D E 8

A 2009 Newbery Medal winner, Neil Gaiman presents another terrifying yet magical adventure. “The Graveyard Book” begins with a tragedy -- an entire family gets attacked by a man named Jack except for the 18-month-old baby. The only survivor boy, having nowhere to go, stays at a graveyard and the graveyard's ghostly residents take care of him and name him Nobody (Bod) Owens. Inspired by “The Jungle Book,” Gaiman describes the life of Bod, being raised and educated by ghosts from different historical periods. Will Bod be able to overcome his fear of Jack, and step out into the wider world?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

L E V E L: G R A D E 9 - G R A D E 12

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “circus”? Do you think circus acts are simply tricks that fool people or is there some real magic involved? In “The Night Circus,” the debut novel of Erin Morgenstern, magic is felt. An unfortunate fate unfolds when two young magicians Marco and Celia, who fall in love, realize they have to contend for victory. The rivalry and competition will end only when one side loses, and death awaits the loser. How will their destiny play out? Do you think magic will work for them, too? Read to find out. W W W. A P I S . O R G




What scares you? What scares me is octopus! And squid! When I see it on a menu I freak out and I am always so scared I am going to get it served to me without me knowing it and then I am going to eat it and it will be all chewy and squishy and it scares me because I think if it I swallow it I will gag!. -Megan Vosk, ELA/social studies teacher

I'm scared of two things:

1. I'm scared of snakes. 2. .I'm scared [that] someone will figure this out and use it to scare


-Ryan Murfield, English teacher

Kimchi used to scare me, but I am used to it now. I am even becoming a kimchi fan. :) -Carly Shinners, mathematics teacher

ights, failure. Scorpions, he ts, ELA teacher

-Sarah McRober

z.. z .

.z... Kids opining reading is boring

-Jeff Underhill, fifth grade teacher


W W W. A P I S . O R G

I am scared of pigeons. I think that you cannot imagine how much I hate them. Even now, my hands are shaking with fear while writing this sentence . In Peace Park of Hiroshima, Plaza San Marco in Venice, I have almost lost mind among the pigeons. Please don't ask me anymore this kind scared question. Oh~ No~~~ -Naomi Anno, Japanese teacher

Faculty Forum I am scared of the dark and of scary movies! -Kim House, second grade teacher

I thought of two things which are a bit in contrast/conflict with each other. Firstly, in watching the younger students, I envy how free they are to spontaneously express themselves. They are uninhibited by public opinion. I wonder what experiences make us (me) fearful of “what others might think.” There are times when the fear of other's opinions prevents me from participating in things which might be enjoyable if I was bold enough to “give it a whirl.”

Dogs and Horses. I love them, but I was bitten by both when I was very young (4 & 5 years old), and I just can't meet a new dog without a little fear.​ -April Paulin, admissions officer, Hawaii campus

My reflection. . .(especially in the morning) -Jim Bleecker, director of college counseling

Secondly, I am fearful of looking back on life and realizing I missed out on some wonderful opportunities. Our selling of our house, car, and possessions to move to APIS involved, for us, the looking past fear to seize this opportunity. -Ward Milligan, school counselor



Spiders and the Dentist. Spiders AT the dentist would kill me! What scares you?

-Principal Bruce Knox

For the record, I don't like to be scared nor do I like to feel fear . . so I never watch "scary" movies or read scary novels. I use to be afraid of snakes, spiders, and cockroaches; but Africa cured me of that. I use to be afraid of never going anywhere; but books cured me of that. I use to be afraid of never fulfilling anything on my life's bucket list; but my husband and my children cured me of that. I used to be afraid, but Faith cured me of that. -Vivian Bleecker, English teacher

W W W. A P I S . O R G




Middle school students enjoy the moon bounce during the fall carnival on Oct. 9.


his year’s carnival on Oct. 9 was a hit with students and parents alike! Students participated in games, bought snacks, and even challenged their peers and teachers in contests of skill and luck like pie-throwing. More than 30 parents came out to the field to help at game booths or simply to enjoy the beautiful weather and see the students having fun. And to top off a great day, all of the ticket sales from the water bucket challenge booth and pie-throwing were donated to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) organization.

Mr. Weller gets pied.

What a cool "hot potato" game!


W W W. A P I S . O R G

e bidding for pie-t t th hro "Le wi n


n!" egi gb ennis. ble t a t joy en ts n de

Basketball with three hoops can be challenging.

Wa terg un sa nd fu n.



. ge en

takes on the water bu cke inas k s tc ha r. A M ll

Stu de nts

enjo y see d. ing Mr. M urphy get pie

No carnival is complete without a face painting booth!

W W W. A P I S . O R G






Thank you so much to the APIS parents who came out to assist with the carnival this year. The students had so much fun, and that was due, in part, to all the hard work put in by so many. Special thanks go to SRC sponsors Sarah McRoberts and Alicia Morgenroth for organizing the event, APIS staff for all the behind-the-scenes work, and the parents who spent time helping with jobs like staffing the popcorn concession, monitoring a moon bounce, or selling tickets, including: Ms. Chunyan Lu (G1 Frank Li’s mom), Ms. Mi Ra Kim (G2 Elliot and G6 Justin Suh’s mom), Ms. Se Jung Lim (K5 Janice and G2 Joshua Oh’s mom), Ms. So Yeon Kim (G2 Ji Min and G3 Ji Woo Jung’s mom), Ms. Tomoko Arata (G3 Yeonsue Arata’s mom), Ms. In Sun Chong (G1 Sunon Jones’ mom, Ms. Caroline Webster (G2 Peyton and G5 Cullen Webster’s mom), Ms. Hye Young Kwon (K4 Arianna and G4 Samantha Kim’s mom), Ms. Jae Eun Yang (G3 Matthew Jeon’s mom), Ms. Hea Young Shim (G4 Erica Shim’s and G10 Richard Shim Jo’s mom), Mr. Dongjoon Lee and Ms. Adella Woo (K5 Jensen Lee’s parents), Ms. Seong Nyeoh Jeong (G5 Christine Jeong’s mom), Ms. Juyoung Chun (G5 Edric Yoon’s mom), Ms. Judy Park (G5 Claire Park’s mom), Ms. Hey Jung Eum (G3 Jason Kim’s mom), Ms. Mi Kyung Ha (K5 Abigail and G1 Nicole Mazalu’s mom), Ms. Nathalie Ariadne (G5 Ethan and G7 Kimberly Ho’s mom), Ms. Yang Geum Lee (G6 Subin Park’s mom), Ms. Ji Eun Baik (G6 Sarah Koo’s mom), Ms. Hye Jin Baek (G5 Joanna and G8 Danny Kim’s mom), Ms. Soo Jung Byun (G8 Justin Lee’s mom), Ms. Jung Yeon Choo (G8 Cole Park’s mom), Ms. In Soon Lee (G8 Eric Lee’s mom), Ms. Grace Gao (G3 David Jeong’s mom), Ms. Sung Im Kwon (G8 Anna Frankl’s mom), Ms. Connie Lee (G8 Philip Yoon’s mom), Ms. Yun Hee Kim (G7 Jina Wang’s mom), Ms. Eiko Suzuki (G8 Jaewoo Suzuki’s mom), Ms. Myoung Hee Lee (G5 Jacob, G8 Jay, and G10 Sean Hong’s mom), Ms. Jisook Han (G8 Yunji Kim’s mom), Ms. Mee Young Lee (G10 Sung Jin Shin’s mom), Ms. Su Kyung Lim (G11 Brandon Sohn’s mom), Ms. You Jung Kim (G11 Louis Koo’s mom), and Mr. Man Jung Kim and Ms. Kiroung Cho (G9 Grace Kim’s parents).

W W W. A P I S . O R G EDITORIAL TEAM: ■ Euysung Kim Director ■ Nicole Suh Art & Design Editor ■ Josephine Shim Communications & PR Team Leader ■ Susan Craton Writing / Editing Staff ■ Soora Koh Communications Officer

Profile for Asia Pacific International School

Issue 34 APIS Update October 2015  

Issue 34 APIS Update October 2015 (online)

Issue 34 APIS Update October 2015  

Issue 34 APIS Update October 2015 (online)