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May 8, 2013

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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 International Day Success

Congratulations to the YIS Under 19 Badminton Teams!

On Thursday, April 25, Yanbu International School had its annual International Day and from the parent feedback that I have received, it was a great success. I would like to thank both Ronnie Caldwell and Bahar Mofti for their leadership in coordinating the International Day activities. I would also like to thank the parents who volunteered their time to decorate and work at the country booths. Finally, I would like to thank all of the parents and students who performed their national songs and dances in the auditorium. This was an amazing day for the entire YIS community and it was a great way for everyone to experience the various cultures that are part of our school.

On May 1st and 2nd, the U19 boys and girls badminton teams traveled to Dhahran to compete in the SAIKAC tournament. Last year, the boys came in second and the girls ranked third. This year, YIS was victorious with the girls winning second place and the boys winning first place overall. These dedicated athletes made YIS proud and they should be congratulated for doing an amazing job.

Counselor’s Chronicles

Middle School and High School Honor Roll The middle and high school have just completed quarter 3 and their report cards have been posted. Saturday, the honor roll students will receive certificates for their achievement. To reach highest honors, students need to earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. To be on the honor roll, the student needs to earn a grade point average of 3.5. The chart below shows how many honors and high honors were received by grade level.

Testing at YIS Advance Placement Exams will be taken by a number of our high school students over the next two weeks in Calculus, History, English, Chemistry and Physics. YIS completed the last SAT for this year over the past weekend. There will be one more SAT this year in June, although it will not be hosted by YIS. The DIAL-IV


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In the next week, YIS will be administering the DIAL-IV (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Version 4) in order to examine the growth of our current preschool class. The DIAL assesses their readiness for kindergarten. It is a test administered to a small group of children and involves a number of hands-on activities that children enjoy doing. Many children enjoy working their way through the four areas of the assessment. The DIAL provides normative scores for children in the following 4 categories: 

Motor area: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and a popular finger touching task.

Language area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”  Concepts area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. This area also includes an item that assesses automatic naming of objects; a skill that is associated with potential learning disabilities.  Self-help development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.  Social development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy. The DIAL helps us identify children who may be in need of a bit more help in kindergarten and those who may excel. Pre-School at YIS In the next week YIS will be recruiting for the fall preschool class. If your child was born before September 1 st, 2009 or after August 31st, 2008 he or she may be eligible for admission to next fall’s pre-school class. In addition to age requirements, a good candidate for admission will have sufficient spoken English such that they can understand simple directions as well as make their own needs understood. Some knowledge of the alphabet, numbers to 10, colors and shapes is also necessary. Pre-school candidates should also score appropriately on indicators of developmental readiness on the DIAL-IV. If your child is ready for a stimulating half-day school experience, contact the YIS registrar and set up an appointment to see us.

The Latest Update of Grade 3A Last week lower elementary celebrated science week. The week started with an opening assembly with grades kindergarten and one performing their science songs. Each class had the opportunity to visit a minimum of two other classes to share science concepts. Grade 3A visited 1M and 1L. 1M presented investigations related to Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. 1L’s topic was Plants. Grades 2N and 1L visited 3A. Grade 3A students presented different investigations related to Sound. The other topics that were shared during this week were Wood and Paper, Balance & Motion, Insects, Weather, and Water .The students had an amazing week sharing science concepts and learning from other students. The week ended with a closing assembly of grades two and three performing science songs. In math, we are in the last unit which is Geometry and Measurement. Students are busy exploring different types of “Angles”. In language we have started a supplementary program called Read Naturally to enhance students’ reading fluency. In grammar the students have learned adjectives that compare and helping verbs. In writing they have written realistic stories which they shared with the class. The students will be exploring about the sun, moon, and the stars in the next science module. Currently students are learning about sharing cultures in social studies. They are assigned to bring folk tales of their culture to share. Overall we are having a very busy time juggling various activities and academics in grade 3A. Komali Abbineni

We Bloom Through Reading and Writing Beginning in the month of February through the month of April, my students had a “20 Book Challenge.” The goal of this “20 Book Challenge” is to motivate the students to leave their reading comfort zone and explore new and different reading genres. This was accomplished by reading during their independent reading time at school and spending at least 30 minutes reading daily at home. Most of the students read chapter books and they really enjoyed this challenge. The students also wrote how-to paragraph in which they told how to do or make something that they enjoy. Each student read his/her paragraph to the class and demonstrated how to do it in front of the class. They had fun doing this. Our area of study in science for this trimester is about insects. In Language Arts, we discussed the characteristics of poem. After brainstorming ideas for writing a poem, the students wrote poems about insects. The students are doing a great job in reading and writing! Mrs. Baldoz Grade 2

YIS Basketball Yanbu International School boys’ basketball teams have had a busy and successful season. The Under 19 (U19) team was led by Captain Humeid Khan and included Ammar Khan, Awad Chishty, Ashraf Wan, Fahad Hussein, Danial Jalali, Ahmad Ismail, Ruddin Nasir, Owais Syed, Kaustub Mallapragada, and Adam Qashou. The Under 16 (U16) team was led by Captain Kaustub Mallapragada and included Ahmed Milleti, Kassem Antar, Usman Khan, Shayan Jalali, Danilo Dizon, Ethisham Sait, Nurainman Nizam, and Shahood Tarique. Other participants were Abdul Mossad, Asad Afzal, Salik Adnan, and Kamal Dean. The Under 14 (U14) team is led by Captain Kassem Antar and includes Usman Khan, Shayan Jalali, Ethisham Sait, Shahood Tarique, Salah Sheik, Ehab Memon, Aaron Carino, and Jasper Sibal. The other participants are Murad Ahmed, Danilo Dizon, Nurainman Nizam, Asfand Yar, Essa Mir, Ahmed Milleti, Muhaymin Pirino, Faizan Khan, Arham Tarique, and Mateo Gaudio.

The teams started training with open gym pickup games in early December. Tryouts began in January and continued through the first scrimmages. They practiced at least twice a week after school. Part of each session was spent working in stations where the players would get to focus on a specific skill for a short spurt of time. In early February, we went to the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) for a friendly set of games with them and the Jeddah Preparatory School. The U19 team later went to Jeddah Prep and the U16 team went the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) to play against all the international schools from the western part of Saudi Arabia. They even played against a local Filipino team. After the teams were selected, the players decided to commit to practicing two mornings a week. We worked from 6:15 AM until 7:45, as well as the usual after school practicing. Their dedication really improved their conditioning as well as their shooting skills. The formal Saudi Arabia Inter Kingdom Athletic Conference (SAIKAC) competitions followed. The U16 team played first. They went to Dhahran High School and performed well. However, our youth and inexperience did not present us with a level playing field. We still learned a lot about competition and sportsmanship. The U19 team went to King Abdullah University School of Technology (KAUST). After a big blowout win in the first game over Dammam and an incredibly close loss to eventual champion AISJ, bad luck and injuries eventually led to a heartbreaking loss to BISJ on the first day. Unfortunately the previous day’s disappointment and further injuries led to disappointing losses to KAUST and Jeddah Prep on the second day. At the moment the U14 team is preparing to scrimmage at KAUST this weekend and perform in the SAIKAC tournament at AISJ the following week. With all the hard work we have put in, as well as the experience we have gained over the course of the season, we have high hopes for a strong finish.

A Peek into YIS Library A library is the heart of a school; the nerve center of education. Our goal at YIS Library is to take the library into the students’ heart by making learning fun. Elementary students come to the library once a week to study and check out books. Here they learn about parts of a book, how to use a browser station, and library manners. Students also explore our reference section through dictionaries, bibliographies, almanacs, encyclopedias and lots more. Additionally, they read a lot of different genres. To encourage the students to maintain good behavior and library procedures, we have the 123 Magic Rule. Each students start with 0 points. They have to earn +1 up to +3, in order to get a treat from the library, such as a pencil, colored pen, hair tie, book, ruler, eraser, or sharpener. Also, their pictures will be on the Wall of Fame bulletin board. On the other hand, if they misbehave, they will earn negative points and will face some consequences such as shelf scanning, volunteering to pass pencils or papers, explain the previous lesson to the class, or help a class mate to understand the lesson.

Wall of fame (+3): KG: Amnah Hussain, Noah Rose, Amin Saw Lee.

1C: Danish Fadeli, Darwish Fadeli, Robert Jarvis, Tvishaa Javali, Bushra Sheikh, Venilla Siva Kumar, Muhammad Amaan 1L: Inarah Usmani, Anam Asrar, Muhammad Bin Zulkifle, Hareem Chaudhary,Sarah Lasater. 1M: Adrina Nur Syazwani, Aiswarya Kumar, Anom Kudus. 2B: Layla Caldwell. 2K: Alizeh Khan, Hadeel Antar. 2N: Cindale Cenidoza, Raaida Khan, Mahdi Tambayong, Mustapha Blain.

3A: Tanisha Hannan. 3H: Jacob Cos, Archita Wadhwa, Anna McQueen, Mayar Jadkarim, Kiaran Hurley, Muhammad Azhar, Ridwan Firman 4K: Harshvardhan Yeole, Musfira Najam, Obaid Ur Rahman, Nadherah Tambayong. 4N: Sanya Khan, Damien Caldwell. 5N: Qistina Wan, Aniq Zaki,Anannya Moharana, Arshiya Murtaza. 5P: Aman Ali, Kaitlyn Murtgatroyd.

6C: Mounika Abbineni, Jazmina Khairuddin. 6V: Hudaifa Khanam. To teach our students about responsibility, we assign students to Library Jobs such as line manager, noise manager, book-cart manager, shelf-marker manager, browser station manager, series section manager, fiction and non-fiction manager, and chair manager. These jobs will be rotated every month. Students can earn points if they do their job well. Please visit our library website:, to check students’ projects, school news, photo gallery, or to contact the librarian. You can read Tumblebooks for free (check “Home” under highlights and click the Tumblebooks thumbnail). Kindly check our reading week activities and performances too! At this point I would like to reveal a secret; YIS students love to read!!! Mrs. Dianita Asni Librarian

6th Grade Happenings Wednesday, 1st May 2013, we had the second annual Upper Elementary Science Fair. We told our students we expect top-quality work and boy did they deliver! Wherever you turned you could see students enthusiastically explaining their projects to eager students, teachers and parents alike. A wide variety of topics were covered from density and air pressure to permeability of soils and viscosity of liquids, from tips on how to cool your soda quickly to a homemade pH tester. We even had students growing crystals and gummy bears! My personal favorite was the project on how long it takes different kinds of chocolate to melt. Delicious! There is no doubt we have a creative group of students here at YIS and it was wonderful to see the culmination of all their hard work.

Mrs. Visser

Grade 5 In Language Arts, Grade 5 students have begun meeting in Literature Circles. Groups of students each have a copy of the same novel that their Circle has chosen, and meet regularly to discuss creatively, critically, and in depth the section they assigned themselves to read. The intention is that, with direction, “They engage in Grand Conversations.” (Peterson &Eeds) Some rationale for introducing this activity includes: It encourages a sense of inquiry into reading It helps develop critical thinking and diverse responses to literature It provides an opportunity for extensive reading It supports collaboration For each Literature Circle session, students must prepare their contribution to the discussion, in a specific role, Process Checker, Discussion Director, Wordsmith, Summarizer, or Illustrator. These roles offer practice in strategies that proficient readers use: Making connections Asking questions Visualizing Making inferences Determining important ideas Synthesizing (forming interpretations based on new information + existing knowledge)


May 18

School Holiday

June 8-9

MS/HS Final Exams

June 16

High School Graduation

June 18

Last day of school for students (minimum day)

Literature Circles also offer the opportunity to practice the ‘rules’ of effective discourse: Active listening “I” statements The ability to facilitate discussion Empathy towards others’ points of view Ways to restate others’ ideas Strategies to include all participants At the end of each session, individual students complete a self-assessment list, rating their preparedness and contribution according to a 3-point scale. The Process Checker also completes a similar assessment checklist for the group as a whole. The teacher assesses discussion, role fulfillment, and reading completion according to a set, posted, assessment rubric. One additional benefit of Literature Circles involves the responsibility that each member must take to ensure they come to each session prepared, according to their assigned role, in order to contribute in a meaningful way. Belinda Naso

Solution to March 244h puzzle.

Solution to this week’s puzzle can be found in the next newsletter.

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