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FIRST SEMESTER 2017-2018 Community, Service, Excellence, Student-Focused




Semester 1 Highlights


Test Scores


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Thank you for your ongoing support of

Concordia International School Hanoi. As the first half of the 2017-2018 school year has

concluded, grade reports are available on Sycamore. There is a great deal of excitement as we prepare for the Lunar New Year celebrations. With so many great things happening over the past few days I wanted to remind you of some of the extraordinary accomplishments that have happened at Concordia this year - and make a few special announcements. As Concordia grows, we are committed to providing the best education possible to you and your families. As part of this commitment to academic excellence, we are moving ahead with plans to build our Phase 2 facility - a state-of-the-art educational structure designed and built to provide and support the best high school learning experience possible in Hanoi. We look forward to working with you on this exciting academic journey, and wish you all a very Happy New Year. Best regards, Steven Winkelman, Head of School

Farewells & Staffing Changes for next year At the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year, Concordia will say farewell to a few of our teachers and congratulate some of our current teachers moving to new positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Voss, Secondary EAL & EAL Coordinator on her retirement after over 30 years of teaching. As Concordia expands, the following teachers will be transferring internally to help us better meet the academic needs of our students and families: Teresa Winterstein 4th Grade Teacher – Elementary Assistant Principal Jeni Nelson Preschool Teacher – Elementary EAL Debbie Burns Reception Teacher – Preschool Teacher Merrian Mills 2nd Grade Teacher – Middle School Language Arts & Social Studies Keith Snider 5th Grade Teacher – MS/HS Physical Education and Athletic Director And, while we are sad to see them go, we celebrate with the following teachers on the new adventures to which they will be moving: Sara Sokola, Secondary Physical Education & Athletic Director – Ivory Coast, Africa Margie DeVilliers, School Librarian, - Yangon International School – Myanmar (Burma) Nancy Durance, Secondary Music will be relocating to the United Kingdom with her family. Two teachers departed during the school year for personal reasons. We said goodbye to Marilyn TrinidadElementary EAL and Julien Mabika – MS/HS Math. We look forward to sharing more information in March about the great new teachers joining our staff for the 2018-2019 school year.


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Semester 1 highlights Math Competition Concordia’s high school math department held an internal math competition for problem solving practice - an initiative from math teacher Neil Whitehead to prepare students for what they’ll experience in math at the next level, and prepare for the SATs.

Grade 2 Concordiaville As part of a special teacher innovation grant, Ms. Shih purchased a variety of community Lego sets to aid in teaching a hands-on design and community program for the second grade.

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Fall Sports HS girls were crowned HAC volleyball Champions, while the boys went undefeated but lost in the championship game.

MS/HS Interim Trips Students traveled throughout Vietnam to build community, to serve others and to enrich their learning experience.

Thanksgiving Feast Elementary school families came together by class to celebrate over a Thanksgiving pot-luck feast.

Fall Festival Our Parent Support Organization (PSO) helped lead a great Fall Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)!


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Walk-a-Thon The Concordia community gathered for our annual Walk-a-Thon at the Van Tri Golf Course. Students gathered VND 127,911,000 in sponsorships for laps made. All enjoyed this fun Concordia tradition!

HS Drama Our talented high school drama students staged the heartwarming play, “The Big Friendly Giant,” (The BFG), by Roald Dahl.

5th Grade Movember Concordia’s 5th grade classes raised VND 114,756,400 as they sponsored the men of CISH to grow moustaches for “Movember”. All proceeds were donated to SympaMeals, a local organization that supports cancer patients and families.

Christmas concerts Our Middle & High School Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and all of our elementary school, performed an elaborate Christmas concert, putting their elite musicianship on display.

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Test Scores Concordia prides ourselves on elite academics. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and the SAT and PSAT results, are strong indicators which chart our academic success.

As these comparative tables show, Concordia consistently tests far above the Hanoi average in the MAP. MAP results also help us identify specific areas, class by class and student by student, where we are excelling and areas in which we can improve, making

The MAP test is taken by most international schools in

it an excellent curriculum tool for shaping Concordia’s

the world, as well as some Vietnamese schools. As the

overall learning strategies.

name indicates, it is used to measure a school’s overall academic progress.

MAP Comparison Data Fall 2017-2018


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Concordia students who have taken the SAT exam

Our Math portion scores in the top 99th percentile,

have scored exceptionally well compared to global

putting Concordia International School Hanoi in an


elite group of schools worldwide.

The Concordia student average of 1374 ranks us in the

During the 2016-2017 school year, 22 Concordia

top 93rd percentile globally among those who have

students took 32 AP (Advanced Placement) exams.

taken the SAT, according to College Board statistics.

90% of the students scored a 3 or higher and 65% the students scored a 4 or 5. The 2016-2017 school year was the first year for Concordia to offer the AP program.

PSAT Summary Report 2016 - 2017

October 2017 PSAT

Mean Total

Reading & Writing


# of test takers


Grade 9






Grade 10






Grade 11






SAT Summary Report 2016 - 2017 Concordia Hanoi

Mean Total

Range of Individual Student Scores

Reading & Writing

Range of Individual Student Scores


Range of Individual Student Scores

# of test takers

Grade 9 CISH








Grade 10 CISH








Grade 11 CISH








Grade 12 CISH











SAT Summary Report 2017 - 2018 (up to October 2017 Administration) Grade 12 CISH





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phase 2

To support Concordia’s long-term growth and continue our commitment to providing a world-class elite high school education in Hanoi, we break ground on March 1, 2018 on our new high school facility. This 5-storey, (approx. 8300 sqm), building will continue to enhance and develop our overall program. The first floor is designed for and dedicated to the fine arts and student services. Art studios with supporting space will allow students to design and develop their passions for the fine arts in painting, sculpting, drawing, and creating. A black box theater, music classrooms for both choral and instrumental groups and individual and small group practice facilities will enhance our performing arts program. The first floor will feature a large coffee house atmosphere with space for high school students to collaborate and work with faculty and staff. A college counseling center and the admissions office will move to the new building. The second floor will focus on a second gymnasium, locker rooms, a fitness center, and a dance studio.


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The third and fourth floors will have classrooms and lab spaces, which will promote the school’s applied learning programs. The fourth floor will also have an outdoor garden area for students and staff to enjoy the outdoors. The fifth floor will be finished at a later date based upon the specific needs of the school. The entire facility has been designed to promote energy efficiency and provide students with opportunities to learn how buildings work, and we aim to be LEED silver compliant - making it one of Vietnam’s few “green” buildings.

Our commitment to providing a worldclass elite high school education in Hanoi Most importantly, we are working closely with both the construction team and Van Tri Golf Course management to keep the existing school area free of dust and debris, by implementing proper dust barriers, wetting techniques, and other environmentally-appropriate methods to reduce impact on surrounding land and air. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018 and the school plans to start using the space at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The high school students (grades 9-12) will move into the new space and the middle school students will expand on the third floor of the current building. We look forward to celebrating and sharing this new worldclass facility with you!

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University: Admissions Process 2017-2018 Concordia International School Hanoi enjoys an excellent reputation with top U.S. and global universities. At Concordia, we work with each individual

For most universities, acceptance decisions will come

student to assist him or her during the university

between March 15th and April 15th.

admissions process helping each find the best fit. A few students chose to apply “Early Action” meaning Our college counselling office advises students, on

they can apply early and get a response from the

when to take exams and what exams are needed,

university early, but have until the May 1 deadline to

financial considerations/scholarship applications,

consider with their families which university will be

writing essays, developing activities lists and

their final choice.

exploring career options. Many students chose not to apply “Early Decision” We are early in the application process for the U.S.,

(ED) meaning that they apply early, and hear back

where most of our students are planning to attend

early, However if they apply ED and are accepted,


they must attend that university. This option is good for students that have one dream school.

Most of our students chose to apply “Regular Decision” meaning they submitted their

We will keep you informed of the universities to

applications on January 1st and, we are now waiting

which our graduates have been accepted as we

to hear the decisions.

begin to hear back from the majority of schools.


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Alumni Update February 2018 During the Christmas break, Concordia hosted our first Concordia Alumni Gathering, and invited our current seniors to get together in Hanoi at the home of the Head of School. Fifteen current and former students connected to reminisce about the past and talk about the joys and challenges of going away to university. Most of the Concordia graduates expressed they felt very prepared for their academic classes. The biggest surprise was how cold the weather is, especially for those who chose schools in the northern United States and Canada. Concordia will continue to host opportunities for our alumni to connect in the future, and will continue to report on their achievements.

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2nd Semester Highlights International Day Student Led Conferences April 12-13 Graduation

Groundbreaking Ceremony Invitation Concordia would like to invite all parents and Concordia families to celebrate with us at our Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Phase 2 facility. The event will be held on campus at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The program for the event is as follows: 10:00 am - Welcome 10:05 - Concordia Speaker (tba) 10:10 - HS Choir performs 10:15 - LCEF Speaker 10:20 - US Ambassador (tbc) 10:25 - Shovel turning ceremony (US Ambassador (tbc), LCEF CEO Bart Day, (HOS, Board Chairman, Student Rep) 10:30 - Reception We hope to see you there! Steven Winkelman, Head of School


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