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International School of Panama’s Dolphins are always up to something good, and we want to share it with you. Catch all the good news and important announcements for our high school school right here.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you for making the time to meet your son or daughter’s teachers. Students receiving support from their teachers and their parents have a better chance to reach their potential. Conferences are about growing and strengthening that parent-teacher partnership to better serve students. Your time and commitment is valued.

Counselor's Updates

There are lots of opportunities to learn about great universities this week! Many are during lunch in the Breezeway, so no sign up is necessary. However, some will require signing up in Naviance. Here's the list. Come visit and learn! 

  • Monday October 16: G11 and G12 only - Ocean to Ocean College Fair (off campus) 
  • Tuesday, October 17: All students - University of Tampa - 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - location to be determined - sign up required
  • Tuesday, October 17: All students - Boston University - 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. - location to be determined - sign up required (BU will then have a table set up in the Breezeway during lunch
  • Tuesday, October 17: All students - University of San Diego and Loyola University Chicago - Breezeway during lunch
  • Wednesday, October 18: All students - University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) - tentatively 9:55 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in Breezeway, followed by a presentation (location to be determined) - sign up required for the presentation
  • Thursday, October 19: All students - Hult International Business School - Boston and John Cabot University - Rome, Italy - Breezeway during lunch
  • Friday,  October 20 - All students - Florida Institute of Technology (tentative) and Universidad Latina de Panama - Breezeway during lunch

Remainder Of Semester One At A Glance

Please take a moment to review what is on the schedule for the remainder of semester one.

  • October 16: Ocean-to-Ocean College Fair
  • October 18-22: AASCA swim and tennis
  • October 21: Artsfest
  • October 25-27: Panamun “Closing Gaps”
  • October 25: PSAT make-up
  • October 25-29: AASCA basketball
  • November 3: Fiestas Patria Parade (time and location to be determined)
  • November 3-10: No school (holiday)
  • November 15: Mes de la Patria assembly (note: date has changed)
  • November 15-19: AASCA Knowledge Bowl
  • November 22: Principal Coffee #2 at 11:00 a.m.
  • November 28: No school (holiday)
  • November 29-Dec 1: High school/middle school musical “Les Miserables”
  • November 30: Grade 10 parent meeting = Educational Pathways Part 1
  • December 7: PTA holiday shop
  • December 13-19: Final exams for high school
  • December 20: Last day of first semester (12:00 p.m. release)

Progress Of Repairs On The Stairwell Next To The Cafeteria

By Woonki Park, student

Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, high school students have been complaining over the blocked stairway next to the cafeteria that once provided a shorter pathway to the Spanish Department and classrooms located in the English and math wing of ISP. The closed stairway is forcing students to take the long route, which requires a lot more energy and time. In a time where students’ dissatisfaction regarding the stairway is steadily rising, Mr. Juan Carlos Lopez, the operations director of the school, has agreed to interview with us and provide the ISP community with insights of the unrepaired ceiling.

  1. What has happened to the stairway next to the cafeteria?
    “When the 2017-2018 school year began back in August, our ISP faculty discovered a leak in the roof above the Spanish Department and the cafeteria. On the roof of the cafeteria are three ‘canals’ that provide paths for the water to travel down the pipes and eventually to the earth whenever there is rain taking place. What we discovered is that the three canals have rusted to the point where they are unable to successfully contain the water that needs to be removed from the roof, thus leading to leakage in the ceiling above the stairway.”
  2. Is this the first time where such a leak took place?
    “In a country where the climate is very humid, and especially during the time of the year where there is a high chance of precipitation, leakage is a common problem. These types of leakages have certainly occurred in the past; however, at not at this level, where a large-scale renovation is necessary.”
  3. What solutions are being proposed as a means to solve the issue?
    “Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, reconstruction of the roof has been taking place. To prevent further leaks, the roof of the cafeteria has been fully covered through ‘elastic waterproofing’, a process that allows bare surfaces to be protected from liquid substances. Also, all three canals lying beneath the roof have been replaced with new ones.”
  4. Why is the reconstruction taking so long to be completed?
    “One reason behind the delay of the construction was because the process of identifying the source of the leak has not been easy. Furthermore, the working conditions of the renovation site have not always been available, as the workers must work high above the ground and the wet climate can put their safety at risk. Another factor contributing to the delay could be the fact that the construction may only take place during the weekend, where there are no classes to be disturbed by the commotion.”
  5. On a scale from 1-100%, how much of the reconstruction process completed?
    “I would say about 85%. As of today (October 9, 2017), all the repairing that needs be done on the roof of the cafeteria are complete. Now, our job is to wait for a heavy rain to fall, so that we can double-check whether everything is fully repaired or not. Once we are sure that the roof is able to handle such precipitation, the next and final step would be to install the ceiling above the stairway.”

In ISP, everyone values being on time, which is why so many people have been frustrated with having to go around to the longer path in order to get to our next classes. However, unknown backstories must also be considered. Perhaps more appreciation could be taken place to the fact that we are at school, knowing that we are always going to be safe and sound. 

Student Council Corner

This week, we have our spirit director, Samantha Saldivia, giving us some insight on her position and executives.

"Hey there! My name is Samantha Saldivia. I am a current senior, and I hold the position of spirit director in the student council. I am also the goal keeper for the varsity soccer team and therefore know the level of spirit in athletic events. My goal this year has been for the ISP community to be more informed on the spirit events. So far I have tried to document some of the events on the social medias, and my objective is to motivate more people to support not only the athletes, but all the other Dolphin performers like musicians, artists, actors, scientists, etc. So far, the student council has great ideas to bring to action, and we are working very hard to communicate what we are doing. Keep up with all our events in our new social medias!"

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