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Making a Splash: Dolphin News

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From the Director’s Desk

Dear Community,

It takes a village to raise a child. So says an African proverb ascribed to numerous African tribes. Within the ISP core statements of who we are, we emphasize the fact that we have a close knit community and that educational excellence requires a whole community effort. That community is our village.

We have a collective responsibility for the education of our children, that is what the teachers and staff have signed up for by becoming part of this community and it is what parents have signed up for by making the very positive decision of entrusting ISP with their children's present and future education.

During the school day, teachers, and staff are role models, mentors, motivators, advocates and caregivers for the students at ISP.

Outside of the school day, it is the wider ISP community that takes care of these roles. The values that we espouse as a school, we also expect to be accepted within the community, behavior that we promote at school, we also hope is modeled within the wider community.

At ISP, we always act with the best interests of the child at the forefront of who we are and what we do, we try to ensure that students are given every opportunity to make the right choices. Isn't that at the heart of what education is about?

Each day at ISP, we see our students representing us well. However, at rare times, I hear stories drifting back to me from the wider community of poor choices exhibited by students. It shows that we still have some work to do in empowering students, teaching them about consequences, and getting them to think. Let us as a community continue modeling how to do this best. A huge thank you for actively participating in our children’s education and being that village that supports all our ISP students.


There are many accomplishments to celebrate at ISP as we head towards the end of the school year. So much going on in our community! Congratulations to the Robodolphins who competed in the Vex Robotics World Championship, now ranked 78 of 650 teams. This is quite the accomplishment for our first time, congratulations to the team, their coach, and supportive parents who traveled with the team. This past weekend there was an avalanche of arts at our Spring Arts Fest. Be sure to check out pictures in the VAPA section. Thank you all for coming!

There are also some great stories this week about celebrating Poetry Month, with poetry presented in French and Spanish at our MS/HS library that continues bringing our community together for literary activities.

I was also very happy to participate and see what ISP does for Earth Week. So many ideas to change the world. I particularly enjoyed seeing the whole of our elementary school engage in the day of design. There really is no place like ISP! 

Design Team:

This past week the Design Team of students, parents, Board members, teachers, and administrators met for the final time this school year to together develop ISPs school vision based on hundreds of data points based on interviews, surveys, drawings, discussions, and bringing together different perspectives. All of this data has been developed into a series of core messages both aspirational and qualities our school stands for. This information is now being examined by a team of consultants to help develop ISP’s North Star, which we aim to share with the wider community at the beginning of next school year. A North Star is an unwavering direction that describes a school.

This North Star will also become the foundation of ISPs Character Profile, a profile unlike that of any other school.

I would like to thank all the students, parents, teachers, administrators, and Board members who have been a part of this process. Thank you also to all of you who have contributed in the form of surveys as this also has helped us in identifying which aspects are of the most importance for a school with a rich 35-year history. I cannot wait to share the outcome of all the work done.

Viki Stiebert

PTA Funds 16 Programs with Micro-Grants

The PTA committed to using $30,000 raised by everyone during the Family Fun Fair to fund ISP through the PTA micro-grants program. Please view our article for more information.

Cross Country Meet

On Tuesday, May 15 ISP hosted the first cross country meet organized by the track and field team with the participation of 10 athletes from the Metropolitan School of Panama. 

The race was 3k long, a loop of 1.6k on the hill, and included very tough ascents and really technical descents. More than 45 athletes participated from 6th to 11th grade. The best team was the one composed by Johannes Toppe, Gonçalo Lemos, Lance Newman, Elliot Potter, and Alejandro Inchausti.

For girls, the winner was Sophie Pellenz, Valeria Alvarez got silver, and Raquel Cardenas got bronze. For boys, the winner was Lance Newman, Gonçalo Lemos got silver, and Alejandro Inchausti got bronze. 

We want to give special thanks to the students volunteering to make this event as great as it was!

ASA Open Classes

Mark your calendar! Open classes will be the last week of ASAs: May 21 to May 25. 

Please view our open classes online to see the rooms for each ASA. We discourage bringing presents to the rooms, considering not all parents might be able to attend.

You must come the day/s of the week your child has ASA. For example, if your child is registered in trampoline on Thursdays, you should come on Thursday, May 24. Parents are welcome from 3:10 p.m. and not before.

Please note this will be a regular class, unless we notify you otherwise.

The purpose of open classes is to welcome parents to observe the performance and enthusiasm of their children in a given activity. You will also have the opportunity to meet their instructors and chat with them after the class has finished, in order to not disrupt it.

Attendance At ASAs

What should I do when my child is absent from his/her ASA?

No action is necessary when your child is absent during a regular school day. We will expect students who are present during the school day to attend their after school activity.

If your child is going to be absent from his/her ASA, please e-mail Kary Almengor in advance of the absence. This prevents us from looking for the student and making unnecessary phone calls home. Also, if a student has four unexcused absences during a semester, that student may be ineligible for the same activity the following semester. This is a partnership in which we need parents' cooperation. 

A student with four or more unexcused absences in the previous semester would be ineligible for the same activity if that activity is oversubscribed in the following semester. This new procedure is due to the growth and popularity of the program.

ISP Summer Camp Advisory

For a number of years ISP has operated a four-week summer camp as soon as the school holidays began. For June 2018, we are not running the summer camp. This is mainly due to construction projects taking place around campus and concerns about safety and security on campus during those weeks.

There are lots of great alternatives out there for families staying in town, and we recommend some of those options below. 

Please visit the Panamá Para Niños website for more activities during holidays.

From the Sports Desk

ISP Go Dolphins App FlyerVolleyball Canal Cup Success

Congratulations to our varsity girls volleyball team on winning the Canal Cup on Sunday, May 6. ISP competed against other international schools within the city at the tournament organized by MET and held at the Kiwanis sports complex. 

Swim Meet

Good luck to the elementary school Dolphins swimming this weekend in the ISP Invitational Meet with over 15 schools participating.

Badminton Tournament

Some of our students have developed an interest for the sport of badminton within physical education classes. For those who have an interest in competing, see below information about an upcoming tournament. 

Sub 15 Copa Talento Boys Success

Last Sunday our boys soccer team hosted a very strong and talented Instituto Rubiano side. I was very impressed by our players’ strength of character and teamwork skills in this match. We were playing against a very talented side and knew that we would not have much possession and that it was important to take any chances which fell our way. Our team did exactly that by clinging on to a hard fought 2-1 victory. Our students can learn a lot from situations in which they are challenged to their fullest and are pushed out of their comfort zone. Well done to all of the players in the team and to coach Rafael Mae.

ISP Swimmer Represents Panama

Congratulations to high school swimmer Jason Martindale (back row, third from left) on being selected to represent Panama in the upcoming ‘Juvenil’ games. Jason has worked extremely hard to reach this level of competition and continues to balance his athletic participation with maintaining a strong academic standing.

Athletics Excellence Gala (Sub 16/18 & AASCA teams)

We are proud to hold the first ever ISP Athletics Gala at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21 in the PAC. All invited student athletes should have received an electronic invitation to respond to, including the number of guests they will bring.

VAPA Update

Ths MS/HS One-Acts have been a huge success. There are even some surprises! The show runs through Saturday, May 19 starting at 4:00 p.m. each day. Tickets are for sale in the box office. Don’t miss it!

MS/HS One-Acts scene with group of four girls talkingMS/HS One-Acts scene with group of three girls looking at each other

During the week of May 21, four talented middle school students will travel to Santiago, Chile to take part in The Association for Music in International School’s Latin American Honor Mixed Choir. These four singers have been working tirelessly to prepare ten pieces which they will workshop and perform with other students from Central and South America. Let’s wish our singers the best on this exciting journey and follow all their progress on Instagram!

Coming soon:

  • May 30: Grade 8 showcase: Fantasy
  • June 8: Elementary school music concert: A musical fantasy world
    Kindergarten & Grade 1 at 8:00 a.m.
    Grades 2 & 3 at 9:30 a.m.
    Grades 4 & 5 at 10:45 a.m.

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2018-2019 Calendar

Please note that we've recently posted an updated calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. For your convenience, you will find the updated calendar below. For additional calendar information, please visit our Calendar page.

Athletics Update

AASCA Volleyball: Return of the Dolphins!
View more photos of ISP Athletes in the 26th AASCA Volleyball TournamentOur boys and girls teams competed in Honduras last week in the 26th AASCA volleyball tournament. This tournament had the highest number of participating teams (21 girls teams and 18 boys teams) in any tournament in any sport in AASCA history. Both teams learned a lot from the experience with our boys competing and improving with every game. Our girls faced a tough group but bounced back to finish with a record of three losses and two victories. Of the 22 students who traveled, only one graduates this year. Our young teams are motivated to learn from the experience, work hard, and return to AASCA stronger next year.

ISP Invitational Swim Meet 
We are hosting over 100 swimmers from over 10 schools in Panama this weekend. The opening ceremony takes place today with competition beginning tomorrow morning and concluding on Sunday afternoon. Good luck to our middle school/high school Dolphin swimmers. Come out and cheer them on this weekend! 

ISP Dolphins Games and Practice Schedules
If you want to follow up with the practices and games schedule, visit our Athletics page. Click the practice schedule button, and you can access a calendar day by day for practices and also the games scheduled by the team.

Water Bottles Reminder
Parents are reminded that students should bring their own water bottle to school for PE class and after-school activities. In the interests of the environment, we no longer use paper cups or cones.

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