high school news
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.
At first, when we were introduced to the project, I was convinced that everyone was going to have the same basic information, and that the Renaissance Fair would be repetitive and dull. But when the day actually came, I saw people that made their own dresses, had real lit candles for their stand, developed their own interactive activities, and even brought entire paintings to school. Everyone seemed to have put a tremendous amount of effort into their work, and it made the fair look amazing.
Overall though, I thought that the Renaissance Fair was an interactive, educational opportunity, even for the parents and teachers. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the future ninth graders try to keep little kids away from dangerous props and smile three times brighter when the teachers are nearby.
The varsity boys and girls head to the AASCA soccer in Nicaragua on Wednesday, February 15. We will have a full write up on the tournament when they get back. Go Dolphins!
This week Jose Rios shared a Near Space Program anecdote. While preparing for a presentation on the NSP at ISP at the American School Foundation Live Curious, Go Beyond Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, Jose was looking through the Global Space Balloon Challenge. He noticed something special. The first group of NSP students launching the first mission are featured next to students from Stanford, MIT and other universities that are well known for their STEM programs. Check out the links below to read more about the GSBC and see Mr. Rios listed as a presenter in the upcoming Live Curious, Go Beyond Conference. Thank you, Mr. Rios, for making us Dolphin proud!
ISP is a comprehensive high school, meaning that we offer students many opportunities to participate in activities and develop skills outside the walls of the classroom. Athletes, actors, and musicians are often recognized for their performances. Honor Roll is a great ceremony and a positive way to recognize all the hard working students who excel in the classroom. On February 1, we recognized one hundred and twenty five students from the high school for their excellence in their academic courses.
Congratulations to all the Honor Roll recipients and thank you for leading the way and making ISP proud.
The counseling department has important dates to remind you about.
- There will be an informational meeting in the MS/HS library on Monday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for The Association of University Summer Sessions (AUSS). Attending universities include: George Washington University, Boston University, University of California – Berkeley, and University of Colorado - Boulder.
- On Wednesday, March 8, The National Student Leadership Conference will set up an information table in the breezeway from 12:30 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. Then, from 1:05 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., they will have an nformational meeting in the MS/HS library. The NSLC hosts career-focused, summer leadership development conferences for high school students. Affiliated universities include: American University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Harvard Medical School, Northwestern University, Rice University, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, University of Washington, and Yale University.
Students, if you would like to attend any of these meetings, please sign up through Navience or contact your counselor. In addition to these campus visits, our counselors encourage students and parents to explore numerous other summer programs. Please see your counselor if you have questions about summer programs and need assistance with applying and obtaining needed recommendations. We strongly encourage you to apply early if you are considering attending a program this summer.
On Monday, January 23, students in grades 9-12 were divided into six groups of about 60 each, led by several student council (StuCo) members. Their goal was to accomplish three team-building challenges such as tongue twister telephone, human pretzel, or passing a hula-hoop around the circle without unlinking hands. The teams were color coded according to the colors of the rainbow (ROY G. BI) and divided by birthdays. The student council organized and led the event, which was designed to increase connections between 9's, 10's, 11's, and 12's and develop leadership and team building skills. The next StuCo team’s event will be in March with a competitive edge. Stay tuned!
We caught up with Carlos Irisarri as he prepares to be a judge for the International Court of Justice during this year’s The Hague International Model United Nations Conference. We invite you to enjoy watching our video interview with Carlos!
ISP music students are busy rehearsing for the AASCA music festival in Costa Rica from February 8-12. Twenty-four students will travel to participate in workshops and rehearsals leading up to a final performance involving students from seven schools across Central America. Missing from photo; Camila Riano, Flo Reiche, Ellie Jones, Melanie Dominguez, Marivi Acosta.