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January 16, 2013

MISSION STATEMENT Yanbu International School, a K-12 college preparatory institution, is committed to providing the highest quality U.S.-based education. Dedicated professional educators will empower our community of multi-national students to achieve their wildest dreams in a world increasingly without borders.

Principal’s Ponderings On Sunday, January 13, YIS hosted our second Parent Teacher Group (PTG) meeting for this school year. We had about twenty parents and staff in attendance. Both of our PTG meetings have been productive and exciting this school year and I would like to see more parents participate. The school needs your participation and support and the PTG is an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to come together and share ideas that will improve our school community. The meetings are relaxed and informal and we are very flexible with arrival times. If you arrive late and have to leave early, we understand and we will all appreciate any time that you can spend at our PTG meetings. During our second PTG meeting, our teacher design team presented the drawings and plans for our new YIS school building. We also discussed the timeline for completion and the next steps that will be taken with this project. Parents asked many excellent questions and also made some helpful suggestions that are always appreciated. The second topic of discussion was International Day. This day is currently on our school calendar for January 31. There is not enough time to plan this major community event by January 31 so the date will be determined at the next PTG meeting and will be rescheduled for a date in the spring. During the next PTG meeting in February, we will be discussing and organizing plans for International Day. I will also be asking a parent to be the Parent Chairperson of this major event and work with our Staff Chairperson, Mr. Ronnie Caldwell. International Day is the major community event of the school year. I would like to ask for the help of all YIS parents to make this the best and most enjoyable International Day that YIS has ever seen. Please attend the next PTG meeting in February if you are interested in planning International Day and please volunteer your time.

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Counselor’s Chronicles University Acceptance: Mr. Wan Mohammad Zalman, accepted to the Michigan State University Other accolades: Nikita P. Patil Advanced Placement Scholar Grade 12: Applications for North American Schools should be nearly completed and a number of them on their way. Students headed towards schools in other parts of the world need to have a timeline in place for in terms of what documents need to be sent and when. It is always an excellent idea to have made contact with a University in such a way that someone there knows you and you know someone there. In the event that something goes wrong in terms of your application process, you will have a point of contact. Grade 11: If you’ve not taken the SAT, you need to be making plans to do so in the next year. If you are planning on going to a school in North American and are not a citizen of the country where you plan to attend, you may need to take the TOEFL or the ILS, next summer is a great time for that test. Grade 9 and 10: Your GPA is your future; don’t harm your transcript by ending up with a D or F at the semester.


First Quarter Honor Roll High Honor Roll Akshay Anantharaman

Usman Khan

Nurafiqah Yusof

Chelsea Nicole Baniqued

Shayan Jalali

Syed Shiraz Razi

Muhamad Fahad Hussain

Shiva Jagadeesh

Alyssa Alea

Misha Hashmi

Yusir Mohammed-Ali

Kaitlyn O’Malley

Christine Cenidoza

Alizey Mobasshar

Sohaib Korai

Tareef Lodhi

Kassem Antar

Dania Khan

Syed Raza Razi

Justine Paul Berina

Luzan Jadkarim

Atiya Ahmad

Honor Roll Nikita Patil

Moazma Khalid

Ayesha Rahman

Tathir Abid

Mary Claudette Berina

Nur Irdina Mohd Safawi

Kavita Kanitkar

Muhamad Usama Hussam

Nadeem Ahmad

Bakhtiar Sait

Samana Syed

Ibrahim Qureshi

Jan Moira Ihris Acielo

Hamshini Suresh

Salah Sheikh

Salma Mahgoub

Ehtesham Sait

Danilo Dizon

Yeseul Shim

Gobgleth Santiago

Hafsah Memon

Muzhda Hussain

Zarlish Sajjad

Misha’a Khan

Hania Mir

Shahood Tarique

M. Hidir Mohamad Nasir

Shah Eiman Shah Apandi

Syed Maaz Bin Qamar

Firdous Afreen

Esraa Mahgoub

Firdous Afreen

Syed Anas Bin Qamar

Aaron Carino

Congratulations Scholars!


Look What’s Happening in 2N! It is hard to believe how fast this school year is going! We are learning so much. Now we are raising live butterflies, beetles, and other insects in our classroom. We observe and study the complete life cycle of butterflies on their natural host plants. The young entomologists of 2N, request that you visit our classroom to see our insect collection and to know more about simple and complete metamorphosis. Last trimester we enjoyed the air and weather module. The investigations we conducted and observations we made helped us to learn more about air and weather. Exciting field trips including those to the Environmental Department and Air Monitoring Station strengthened our understanding. Science is really cool in Grade 2N! Math Time means Fun Time for 2N’s. We developed a concrete understanding of the base-ten numeration system and placevalue concepts. We had tons of hands-on activities, songs, and math games which made learning math concepts so much fun. We enjoy everyday math practice and animated math lessons with curious George. Now we are developing quick recall of addition facts and related subtraction facts and fluency with multi-digit addition and subtraction. Our favorite math activities include problem solving using the giant number grid, going around the world with basic facts, hand cricket addition, and math race. Active participation of our budding mathematicians in the Middle East Math Challenge was remarkable as most of the students of Grade 2N were in the Hall of Fame! In Social Studies we learned about government and laws they make to help people to be safe and get along. As good citizens we learned how to be responsible in our community. Now we know who our leaders are and how a country’s government works. In the unit ‘The World Around Us’, we learned about maps and different kinds of land forms and water bodies that surround us and how the seasons and climates vary in different regions. We are now working on “My Place in the World” project. We are also learning about our natural resources and how to use them wisely.

In Language Arts we are learning how to become better readers and writers. We are using a reading resource named “Story town” to improve students’ comprehension and fluency. We worked on the themes “Count On Me”, “Doing Our Best", and “Changing Times” and are reading many genres of literature including realistic fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. We continue our shared and guided reading lessons to develop comprehension skills. In phonics we reviewed a variety of short and long vowel sounds, r-controlled vowels, digraphs, inflections, CVC patterns, and compound words. Students explored word relationship and learned new high frequency and robust vocabulary. In grammar we looked at how sentences are formed, types and parts of sentence, nouns; singular and plural, proper and common. We have been working on abbreviations and punctuation. Students are currently working on singular and plural possessive nouns. Our writing is progressing. Every day we are engaged in a variety of writing activities from editing sentences, forming a paragraph, personal narratives, and writing to a prompt. We created our own docs stories and published them in the web using Google Story Builder. Here are few of our story links for you to enjoy. http://goo.gl/sLhMx http://goo.gl/QTIbq http://goo.gl/4CKne http://goo.gl/cCQLv http://goo.gl/VTyCm http://goo.gl/rKSio http://goo.gl/BOuDo http://goo.gl/pXhk8

2N’s are eagerly looking forward to prove ourselves in the SAT 10/ OLSAT 08 examinations to be held in the month of April.


YIS SOCCER

Get Ready for a Special Evening of Culture at YIS! Please save the date of February13th to attend the Performing Events evening that will take place from 5:30-7:00 P.M. at YIS auditorium. Music and drama students combined will present a comedy two-act play called "After Hours” followed by singers and dancers from the music department. Tickets for the evening are SR 5 and can be purchased at school. This evening is sure to add to your pleasure of music and drama. The students have worked hard to perfect their skills and provide a performance that is sure to be enjoyed by all. The evening will close with a special finale musical number performed by all 88 of the YIS students involved. Hope to see you there! Bev Winterfeld HS English Yanbu International School

What’s UP in Preschool!

Our days in school have always been busy with fun-filled activities. We have been practicing fine motor skills and we have used lots of exciting activities to reinforce these skills. My students can now recognize the letters of the alphabet and can associate sound with certain letters. They have learned new skills through play and have grown socially with other students in school. The children have also developed greater control over the small muscles used for drawing, cutting, buttoning and zipping. I can say that they have developed their manipulative skills. In Math the students have learned to count numbers from 1-100 using our abacus. They have also learned to recognize the number words from 0-10. It’s amazing! The students have learned the days of the week and the months of the year. We practice this each day during our Circle Time. The children always enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories from pictures and books. Learning is always fun in our class!

On Thursday, November 29, nineteen members of the YIS Jr. Soccer Club travelled to the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) to compete in a “friendly” soccer tournament. Boys 9-11 years of age from YIS, BISJ, and several other Jeddah schools participated. YIS had two teams competing in the tournament and both teams had identical records of 1 win, 3 ties, and 1 loss for the day. These were very respectable results considering this was the first time these boys had played together as a team. It is hoped that this will be the first of many other competitive opportunities for the Jr. Soccer Club in the future. BISJ also hosts the “Festival of Football” every February, and boys of the Jr. Soccer Club will have an opportunity to participate in this again this year. For the first time in several years, YIS was able to enter a U-16 Boys team in the SAIKAC U-16 Boys’ Soccer Tournament. The tournament was hosted by Dhahran ARAMCO School on December 12 & 13. Most of the boys on the YIS team started as members of the Jr. Soccer Club, and have been practicing and developing their skills over the past few years. Unfortunately, there have been few opportunities for competition so this was a great chance to finally test themselves against teams from other schools in the Kingdom. The YIS boys had a tough start to the tournament with an 8-0 loss to BISJ in their first game. The boys quickly rallied after that however, and played to a 0-0 draw against the Dhahran British Grammar School (DBGS) in their next game. This was a game that YIS really deserved to win. The final game of the day was against ARAMCO Ras Tanura which YIS won 5-0. The results of the first day of competition put YIS in a playoff position against Jubail for the 6th and final spot in the medal rounds the next day. The game was scheduled for 9:00 Thursday morning, and, although YIS was in the lead for most of the game, a lapse in play allowed Jubail to tie the game 2-2 before the final whistle. This meant the game had to be decided on penalty kicks. Jubail went on to win the penalty shoot out by a score of 4-3. Although YIS had been knocked out of the medal round, the boys played two more games following that, defeating ARAMCO Ras Tanura once again 7-0, and playing to a 2-2 draw against the British International School of Al Khobar (BISAK). Although the boys were disappointed not to have challenged for a medal, they finished the tournament with a respectable record of 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses. This was a very valuable learning experience and, with more opportunities to play in the future; one we should be able to build on.

Nora Villaruel Members of the YIS U-16 team are as follows; Afif Memon, Ehab Memon, Hassan Shabbir, Hamad Shabbir, Asad Afzal, Maas Bin Qamar, Anas Bin Qamar, Kassem Antar, Hidir Nasir, Sher Mohammad Khan, Sohaib Korai, and Omer Khan (did not travel due to illness). Mr. Terry Naso


DATES TO REMEMBER

January 31

Community Day

February 19

Teacher Work Day – No students

February 20

School Holiday

April 6 - 10

Spring Break

May 18

School Holiday

June 16

High School Graduation

June 18

Last day of school for students (minimum day)

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