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The Secondary Update May 16 th , 2013 THE ANNUAL JBS SPEECH COMPETITION

The annual JBS Speech Competition was divided into two parts. The G4-8 was held on Thursday May 9th. The Grade 9-11 took place Wednesday May 15th. While we, the secondary- JBS, awarded prizes of to the winners of each grade, only the winners of the three categories will advance to the annual Taaleem Speech Competition which will take place at The American Academy in Al Mizhar on May 29th. The categories for 2013 are: •Grades 4-6:  Are zoos good or bad for the preservation of animal species? (3 minutes) •Grades 7-9:  Should student’s textbooks be replaced by personal computers and tablets? (3 minutes) •Grades 10-12:  What is the greatest moral challenge facing the world today? (4 minutes) The winner in the grade 4-6 category was a grade 5 student: Coco Williams. We all wish Coco success in the Taaleem Speech Competition. The winners of the annual JBS Speech Competition were: Grade 6: Humza Qureshi Grade 7: Shefa Quazi Grade 8: Moaza Al-Mazrooei The English Department sends their gratitude to the superb teacher and student judges: Teachers: Ms. Smith, Ms. Buhl, Ms. Godel, Mr. Smith Students: Mark Derdiyashchenko, Jude Gheriani and Matine Khosrowshahi


‫‪ARAB MEDIA FORUM‬‬ ‫‪Three students from grade 9 have carried on what is now becoming a JBS tradition by participating in the highly‬‬ ‫‪prestigious annual Arab Media Forum on Tuesday the 14th of May 2013. The forum was created under the‬‬ ‫‪patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and ruler of‬‬ ‫‪Dubai. The Dubai Press Club is a well-established forum for journalists and media professionals to debate, discuss‬‬ ‫‪and deliberate upon issues that are relevant to daily life.‬‬ ‫‪High profile speakers and senior delegates are periodically invited by the Dubai Press Club to interact with the local‬‬ ‫‪and regional media, as well as visiting media professionals. Media is a common unit in the MYP and DP. It was great‬‬ ‫‪to see that our students actively involved in discussions conducted by Media experts from the Arab world and‬‬ ‫‪beyond.‬‬

‫شارك ثالثة من طالبات الصف التاسع منتدى اإلعالم العربي الثاني عشر الذي عقد في فندق جراند حياة يوم الثالثاء الموافق ‪.41/2/5/41‬‬

‫للمرة الثالثة على التوالي أصبحت تقليدا سنويا لمدرستنا مدرسة الجمي ار للبكالوريا‪.‬‬


‫ينظم المنتدى تحت رعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة‪ ،‬رئيس مجلس الوزراء‪ ،‬حاكم دبي‪ .‬ويعتبر الحدث األبرز في‬ ‫الساحة اإلعالمية العربية بسعيه الدائب إلى فتح آفاق واسعة للحوار وتبادل األفكار بشأن قضايا اإلعالم في المنطقة والعالم‪.‬‬

‫ويستقطب الحدث السنوي نخبة من أبرز الشخصيات الصحفية واإلعالمية من مختلف أنحاء العالم‪ ،‬إضافة إلى مجموعة من القيادات السياسية واألكاديمية‬

‫والفكرية‪ .‬كما يشارك في المنتدى كل عام مجموعة كبيرة من ممثلي وسائل اإلعالم‪ ،‬ورؤساء التحرير‪ ،‬وكتّاب األعمدة‪ ،‬واألكاديميين‪ ،‬وكبار المسؤولين‬ ‫الحكوميين من الدول العربية والعالم‪ .‬وتطغى على كافة جلسات وندوات المنتدى روح الحوار واالنفتاح وثراء األفكار‪ ،‬كما يركز المنتدى في كل عام على‬ ‫إشراك طلبة الجامعات وكليات اإلعالم في جامعات الدولة في عدد من ورش العمل‪ ،‬باإلضافة إلى مشاركة عدد كبير من المتطوعين من الشباب والشابات‬

‫اإلماراتيات من الكليات والجامعات‪.‬‬ ‫وألن اإلعالم جزء ال يتج أز من برنامج السنوات المتوسطة‪ ،‬والدبلوما‪ ،‬فإن مشاركة الطلبة فرصة نادرة ليتفاعلوا بشكل مباشر في الحوار حول مختلف القضايا‬ ‫المتعلقة باإلعالم مما يرفع مستوى وعيهم وادراكهم وثقافتهم اإلعالمية‪.‬‬

JBS U14 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM BRING HOME THEIR FIRST VICTORY After participating in the Taaleem U14 School Basketball Tournament and sweating it out at two intense training sessions, the U14 Girls Basketball team’s hard work paid off as they took home a win against DIS. The team has been focusing on their shooting and their defense over the past couple of weeks and has made a massive improvement since they started only four weeks ago. The girls walked out on to the court at the start of the game with confidence. The game was intense with the ball being put into the basket at both ends of the court. DIS was determined not to make it easy for us by taking advantage of a couple of bad passes allowing them to take the lead. However, with the hard work of players such as Tannaz and Bianca , JBS’s hopes stayed alive. The soft hands and quick feet of the De Suyrot sisters (Emma, Anastisia and Elisa) put points on the board, and we took the lead with 2 minutes left in the game. The girls stayed strong as a unit and played with class and excellent sportsmanship right to the final whistle! The final score was 16-14 to JBS.

SECONDARY JBS SUMMER CONCERT AND ART EXHIBITION INVITATION Wednesday, June 12 at 18:00hr the Secondary JBS Summer Concert and Art Exhibition will take place in the primary gym. Art from selected classes will be displayed. Students who take Performing Arts will have the opportunity to present pieces to family and friends. This will also count as an MYP performance assessment for the music classes. Each class will present a song and there will also be some solo and small group performances. Students are expected to be at the school by 17:45hr in their clean school uniform, and to be seated in their assigned area of the gym so that the performance will run smoothly. There will be a separate seating area for family and friends. The art may be viewed before and after the performance. We are looking forward to seeing you.

GUIDANCE UPDATE—IS YOUR CHILD BOUND FOR COLLEGE? It is never too early (or late) to help your child prepare for future success. As you plan for summer, here are some suggestions to keep kids academically engaged and on track for university applications: 1. Read, read, read! Hot summer days are great for curling up in the AC with a good book. At the same time, your child will build vocabulary, knowledge and writing skills that will help in school as well as on standardized tests. Quantity is more important than quality, so let the kids explore their interests as much as they want. But you can also guide them toward new interests by, for instance, pointing out the biography section of the library. They may find one of their favorite sports stars or historical figures or learn about heroes and inventors they haven’t heard of. As students approach high school, they should also try to read an occasional “classic.” These can be adventure stories by writers like Jules Verne, Robert Lewis Stevenson, or Jack London, mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or romances by Louisa May Alcott or Jane Austen, to name a few. Your librarian would be happy to recommend a good classic novel that interests you or your child. Whether they bring home a stack of books from the library, or download to an electronic reader, cheer for your kids when they read. It’s a great habit! 2. Explore interests. Sports, sciences, hobbies and the arts can be explored at length in the summertime. Camps, family field trips, and home activities all help develop your child’s interest in the world, and give them abilities that they will use in the future. High school students may use these experiences in their university applications. 3. Talk about the future. Ask a kid what they want to do when they grow up, and actively listen to the answer. It will probably change from time to time, but you’ll hear certain themes emerge, such as an interest in healthcare, business, etc. Talk about your own job and education experience, and where the young adult might want to attend college. Visit a university campus or two, so they can see what it is like, and start to imagine themselves as college students. If your child is approaching grades 11 or 12, college visitation is very important. If at all possible, plan a trip to the area where they will attend university, and take tours of specific institutions. Choosing a college is a huge decision, and there is much information they cannot get from a website. 4. Parents, do your homework! Start planning early for your financial support of college. In the US, financial aid packages look at family income starting in January of grade 11, so you need to have your finances organized by then. There is a great book on this topic in the JBS library. You can also find several books with information and checklists for parents to support the college search process beginning in grade 9. Your JBS Interim Guidance Counselor, Sharon Shepard, is happy to discuss any concerns you have about the college application process, and help you and your child find answers to questions. Please contact her at for an appointment or e-mail conversation.

A NOTE FROM THE LIBRARY The library will be very busy over the next 6 weeks returning library and textbooks as well as preparing for some construction that will happen in the building over the summer. To assist us, we need the cooperation from both students and parents. We have a large number of overdue library books signed out by secondary students that we would like returned as soon as possible. Would you please: 1. Check with their child/ren if they have a late library book to return 2. Check that they do not have duplicate textbooks at home and return them if they do 3. Return any books that you have borrowed as a parent. Dates to remember: 1. June 13th - The library will be closed for circulation 2. June 13th- All library books to be returned 3. June 17th- Late notices will be sent home for books and fines owed 4. June 19th- All textbooks returned for grades 6 through 8 5. June 20st – All textbooks returned for grades 9 and 10 If your child is leaving the school earlier than those dates please ensure that all of their library and textbook materials have been returned. Kindly note that end of year report cards will not be issued if students do not return all of their books. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Godel at

G6—11 ASSESSMENT WEEK Secondary students have received a revision booklet regarding the assessment week which will take place from June 2-6 for G6-8 and June 2-9 for G9-11. This booklet includes the revision topics per subject and the assessment schedule. It also provides our students with valuable tips on how to revise. We have posted this booklet and the assessment schedule on Managebac. If you have any questions about assessment week, please contact Ms. Muhtaseb at

JBS UNIFORM CONSIGNMENT STORE The first store operating days were a huge success last week. We appreciate all those who supported and assisted with getting it started. We will be holding more openings in late May and mid-June. Please look for announcements for the dates. There are a lot of uniforms in great condition for half the normal price. Please come out to the next opening and get your uniforms! We are continuously taking donations of gently used school uniforms for our store. Please place them in the tan containers which are located in the main reception area in the J-Building. Also, we are always in need of adult volunteers. Any assistance we can get is greatly appreciated (washing uniforms, sorting and inventory, running the store, ect.) Please contact a PFA member if you are interested in assisting. Thank you so much for your support!

CALLING ON ALL JBS AUTHORS Humza Qureshi has created a website for people to share short stories online for free. He aims to run a monthly competition, where the stories with the largest number of votes will be featured on the front page. The website link is http:// We strongly encourage JBS students to post their short stories online and to support this great creative initiative.

COMMUNITY & SERVICE All students need to complete their semester two Community & Service activities and written reflections by June 10th. All of this information must be uploaded onto Managebac. Requirement for MYP Community and Service according to Grade Level is as follows: Grade 6- Have to complete two short projects per semester Grade 7 – Have to complete three short projects per semester Grade 8 – Have to complete four short projects per semester Grade 9 – Have to complete one long project per year and two short projects per semester OR one long project per semester Grade 10 – Have to complete one long project per semester AND two short projects per semester. If you have any further questions about the above requirements, please contact Ms. McCabe at



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