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Making a Splash: Dolphin 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 right here.

From the Director's Desk

Dear ISP Community,

IB Learner Profile graphicWe appreciate you! It has been a great start to the term and now we are already at the end of week two with two Open House evenings behind us. It has been lovely meeting the community and seeing the large number of children and parents attending. I even had one child visit me in my office and invite me for lunch! Seeing so many parents actively participate in their child’s education, setting them off to a great start is heart warming. Thank you for taking time out of your busy days, it is important in order for us to work together over the coming year as partners in our wonderful children’s education.

Common Language at ISP:

In order for our children to be successful in today’s world we as a school are aiming for them to demonstrate children who are examples of the IBs Learner Profile. The characteristics we as a school see as the model of an ISP child are at the International Baccalaureate website.

You will begin hearing this language throughout the school on a more consistent bases with the HS, for instance, using one of the traits to focus on explicitly each month, whilst it may be more organic in the other campuses.


As you will have noticed the Dolphin Dispatch has been relaunched and is streamlined so that you can easily find the information you are seeking by clicking on the links that pertain to your child. We hope you are enjoying this new format. As with everything, if you like it, please tell the entire community. If you do not, please come and meet with either Jair Guevara our Head of Communications or myself. We as a school want to get it right and input from you helps.

We will additionally be relaunching the Dolphin App which will this year not only include the dates and times for the After School Activities and Sporting events but also the VAPA and Academic dates and times. This way you have two ways to find accurate information of all ISP events! We want you to be well informed and for this to be easy.

I look forward to meeting the HS parents and children coming Wednesday at their Open House from 4-6pm and everyone at the Welcome Back BBQ which our wonderful PTA is hosting on August 26th from 10 to 3pm!

Another date to have in your calendar is the 5km ISP Fun, Run, Walk. This is a wonderful event that will take place on September 30, starting at 8am. Be sure to mark your calendars and let’s bring our community together!


Viki Stiebert, Director



Experience the Solar Eclipse

Although we will not be able to experience the upcoming solar eclipse in its totality here in Panama, there is an opportunity to be part of the experience by watching live online. To watch the live stream on the Discovery Education site. From Panama the perfect time is from 12:17-12:32 on Monday August 21. 

We have found a great resource to prepare for the eclipse. Please be extra careful and read the safety guidelines. Put simply you should not stare at or directly watch the eclipse. It could seriously burn and damage your retinas.

To be extra safe you can build your own Pin Hole Projector thanks to the resources provided on NASA’s Eclipse Website. 

Please be safe and enjoy the experience!

Falling in Arts

Les Miserables auditions went great and we have an incredible cast ready to start rehearsal on Monday! Thanks to everyone who came to audition.

Fotoseptiembre is just around the corner, and we will be participating in our own PAC Art Gallery, with an opening on September 8. Please see Mr. Hackin or Ms. Kukic for details on how to submit your work!

The first week in VAPA is off to an amazing start, from rock-crushing in ceramics to cartoon analysis in drawing to trying out instruments in music. 

Falling in Arts Photo Gallery
Calling all Dolphins!

AASCA Tennis and Swimming

The AASCA tournaments for swimming and tennis are quickly approaching (October 18-22 in Nicaragua). Parents of selected student athletes have already received detailed information on this trip and are reminded to hand in permission slips by Wednesday, August 23. 

AASCA Basketball 

We have had an excellent turnout at our basketball practices for both boys and girls Basketball. This tournament takes place on October 25-29 in Guatemala. Please note that this tournament does clash with PANAMUN on campus. Invitations for AASCA will be sent to selected players and their parents next Wednesday. 

First Swim Meet of the Year  

Our competitive swimmers are off to an early start with a meet hosted by our neighbors IJA on August 25 and 26. Those attending the PTA welcome back BBQ on Saturday, August 26 are encouraged to stop by IJA and cheer on our Dolphins in the water.

Practices Scheduled for Competitive Sports

Want to know when and where practices are? Want to know if a practice has been cancelled or rescheduled?

We have created a calendar where you may check the practice schedules, that calendar will be updated every day. You can go to the school’s Athletics website to check the schedule every day.

The calendar is for practices, but if you want to be informed of games and competitions, please download the GO Dolphins app.

Dolphin Athletics Club (DAC) 5K training

Invite your friends and family to sign up for the 5K coming up on Saturday, September 30. See below the program for training next week on August 21.

One week training schedule for 5K

After School Activities Program Registration Opens August 23!

Registration opens next Wednesday, August 23 at 8:00 a.m. Mark your calendar! Online registration only.

Visitor Access Guidelines

Thank you ISP Families for a wonderful start to the school year. As we get set for a full year of events, here is a friendly reminder about our visitor access guidelines

XIII International Book Fair of Panama

The guest country for the XIII International Book Fair of Panama this year is Colombia. This is a great opportunity to meet authors and get books at great discounts. The fair will be open from August 15 to 20 at ATLAPA Convention Center. Please view more information on the complete program. 

We recommend the following for the special participation of our own staff or children:

  1. Our High school Drama teacher Arturo Wong, (winner last year of the Ricardo Miro, highest literary award of Panama), will be presenting his book “Antologia de Teatro” on Saturday the 19th from 5:00 – 5:50 at the Salon Trenzado Lagunilla.
  2. Our K.3 student Isabel Garcia will be accompanying emergent author Gloria Rodriguez in the presentation of the book “Aventuras de Aca y Alla” by Colombian authors Irene Vasco and Pilar Lozano. This will happen in the Pabellon Infantil on Saturday August 19th, from 3:00 – 3:50. 
  3. Our retired Spanish teacher Moises Pascual will be presenting two poetry books “Ojalá” and “La Diosa Desnuda”, Saturday 19th from 3:00 – 3:50 in the Salon Trenzado Lagunilla.
  4. Our Middle School Learning Support Specialist, Maria Clara Fernandez, will be presenting her first publication in the book ¡Basta! Cien mujeres contra la violencia de género. (Stop! A hundred women against gender violence) Panamá. Thursday 17th at 7:00 pm, Salon Bejuco-Chocoe.

In addition to all those amazing things our colleges and students are doing, there is going to be a stand all week- located in the “pabellon infantil” (kids area) from 9:00 – 10:00, where you can go and donate your books to support “Blind Date with a Book”. There will be a workshop for children on Sunday from 9-10:50 a.m.

This is a cultural outreach project that you may have seen in other countries but was brought to Panama a couple years ago by an ISP lumni our very own Aury Naranjo Class of 2012. 

All the books that we receive from donations are then wrapped and distributed in events for free! Follow them on Instagram, @blinddatewithabookPTY and Facebook “Blind Date With A Book PTY.”

Also, on Sunday, we'll have a workshop for children from 9:00-10:50 a.m. Hope you can make it and enjoy the fair! We hope you all get a chance to attend and enjoy this wonderful event.

New Space Program

Do you seek adventure? Do you like science? Don't miss this incredible opportunity!

The NSP is composed of three teams: electronic, environmental and physics. Working together, we build a capsule, prepare instruments to gather data, plan and execute our launch, and retrieve and analyze our data. Can you imagine watching something you helped create go up into the stratosphere reaching more than 100,000 feet above sea level? 100,000 feet is the height of 80 Empire State Buildings!

Juniors and seniors this is an amazing CAS opportunity, and it looks great on college applications! Watch our video to find out more! For more info about NSP, you can follow our Instagram @ispnsp and check us on Facebook Near Space Panama. You can also fill out an application online!

Our ISP Community

Dear ISP Community, 

Welcome back from what we hope was a fun filled summer vacation. Over the summer the marketing and communication office reviewed our procedures in an effort to continually improve the way we communicate with our community. As a result we are going to be pilot testing a new, improved, and friendlier format for our weekly newsletter, the Dolphin Dispatch. 

So what’s new?

We have sent the first issue of the Dolphin Dispatch via e-mail to your primary listed email in our records. If you are not seeing this email in your inbox, please do check your clutter or junk mail folders. Due to the fact we are using a new tool, your email may not recognize the message as “safe”. So please be sure to add the email to your safe senders list.

In order to ensure you receive the newsletter during this pilot test period we will continue to distribute the newsletter as we did last year, via e-mail with a hyperlink like this "". By clicking it you will be taken to the online version of our newsletter where you can easily click the sections you are most interested in, and review the information that is being shared. The newsletter also provides access to our online calendar and menu pages on our website. 

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we test this new tool. 

Let’s have a great 35th year!

Strategic Plan Video Release

Join us in celebrating our 35th year with the release of our strategic plan video "There is no place like ISP'. Learn where it all began. See how far we have come, and get a glimpse of a future that is already taking shape. This is who we are #thereisnoplacelikeisp

ASA Program

At the International School of Panama, education and inspiring does not only take place inside the classroom. We believe that another important aspect of student life is being involved in after school activities.

The ASA program focuses on developing the skills necessary for students to achieve their full potential within their activity of choice. 

Students can participate in a variety of activities that will vary per semester, within the areas of: Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Academic and STEM, non-competitive Sports.

Please take a look at this semester's offer and contact Kary Almengor for any additional information.

link to after school activities page
See What Is Coming Up in our Athletics Department

AASCA Calendar 2017-18

This year AASCA have made a real effort to balance the events throughout the school year rather than condense so many in February and March. Some of our AASCA teams (tennis and swimming) have already held tryouts due to the early AASCA tournament dates. We aim to attend AASCA tournaments this school year with a full compliment of teams in tennis, swimming, track & field / cross country, basketball boys and girls, soccer boys and girls and volleyball boys and girls.

Ultimate Frisbee - new sport at ISP

Due to the increasing popularity of Ultimate Frisbee in Panama and around the world, we are offering U17 Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee as a new sporting option this semester. Stay tuned for more information as we finalize details.

DAC 5K Fun Run/Walk (September 30)

This year our goal is to increase enrollment of all stakeholders (students, parents, faculty/staff and friends of ISP) in the event. We will be challenging students to 'Beat your Coach' in the event and will be offering a prize to the team with the highest (proportional) participation in the event. Save the date in your calendars now!

Training for the DAC 5K Fun Run/Walk

Not sure whether to walk or run? Now is the time to start training. We have outlined a 7 week training program to help you prepare. Check the Dolphin Dispatch next week for the week 2 program.

Week 1 (WB Mon. Aug 14) Monday: 10 minute walk/jog. Tuesday: Rest. Wednesday: 10 minute walk/jog. Thursday: Rest. Friday: 2k walk/jog. Saturday: Cross training. Sunday: Rest. Note: Cross training could be anything from hiking, to swimming, to biking, yoga, or strength training.
ISP Developmental Philosophy in Competitive Sports

Our philosophy on competition will differ to what you will see in 'clubs.' Furthermore, we may not match the competitive stance of many schools in Panama and Latin America. As a K-12 school we have a great opportunity to nurture the development of student athletes throughout the age ranges.

  • Our focus at the ES level is to develop a love of sport in a relaxed and fun environment. 
  • At the MS level we continue to prioritize performance development over winning. 
  • At the HS level we expect student athletes to be prepared for the rigor and demand of highly competitive athletics and to balance this commitment with other aspects of life as a high school student athlete. 
  • At all age levels we expect all ISP stakeholders (students, coaches and parents) to display exemplary sportsmanship at all times. This includes understanding and supporting the ISP philosophy outlined above.
Athletics Welcome Back

My name is Matthew MacInnes, and it is my honor to be the new athletics director at ISP. I am originally from Scotland and come to ISP after spending six years in Mexico City and prior to that I taught in schools in Malaysia and in Scotland. I look forward to learning more about the school and the wider community. I am excited to see our students flourishing within the different activities we offer. 

Who is who in athletics?

We have a robust program of activities beyond the school day at ISP. We have a successful competitive sports program, and we also have an after school activities (ASA) program which encompasses the arts, non-competitive sports, academics, and STEM. See the key people’s contact details below:

The school also has a fantastic PE Department. Our coaches, teachers, and administration wish all students a happy, healthy, and successful 2017-2018 school year!

We have some new faces on our PE team this year (pictured). Nancy Pierre (back row, far left) joins our Middle School PE team (Grade 6) and our HS Girls Basketball staff. Nancy has played basketball at the highest level in Panama and previously worked at ISP in the Elementary School. Also new to the Middle School PE team (Grade 7) is Carla Bowles (back row, third from left). Carla comes to Panama with vast experience teaching overseas and originates from Canada.

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