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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.

PTA End of Semester Thank You

The holiday season is here! 

As your PTA president, I would like to thank the entire ISP community for your support. Whether you chair a committee, help out occasionally, or purchase items from our fundraisers, you all play a part in supporting our kids. It takes all of us to make a welcome barbecue, holiday shop, or a family fun fair a successful event, it is our privilege to serve such a great community of families. Our most recent event, The Dolphin Appreciation Breakfast was simply wonderful. Check out pictures from the event.

Wishing you all a safe and warm holiday season!

I leave you an old Irish blessing and a big thank you!

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Debora Garcia
PTA President

What an Amazing Semester in ISP Visual & Performing Arts

Congratulations to all our artists and performers, and thank you to our audience and supportive community. Below, find some video links to recent performances. Feel free to share these with friends and family. Subscribe to us on YouTube and follow us on Instagram!

Why There is No Place Like ISP

Check out this message by ISP Director Viki Stibert.

As we like to say, There is no place like ISP, No hay lugar como ISP, But this is more than just a sound bite, more than just a hash tag,

It is something we strive to achieve every single day.

Our students thrive at this school, they are happy, they enjoy coming to school and our graduates leave to pursue interesting and successful lives.

At ISP everything we do revolves around our students and everything we do revolves around learning.

Our purpose is to establish a love of learning and to provide the individual care and nurturing that is needed to achieve this.

We strive to produce knowledgeable, independent thinkers, who care about their community, are reflective of their actions, and are principled and open-minded.

We build meaning into what our students learn through genuine inquiry and encourage them all to achieve at the highest level.

How we learn is guided by research-based best practices, supported by ongoing professional development, state of the art technology and above all the best teachers who genuinely care about their students.

So why are we the best choice for a school in Panama city?

Educational excellence- we have high expectations for our students and expect them all to reach their potential. This is one of the main reasons parents choose ISP.

Our visual and performing arts program is truly world-class. As more and more schools are turning to the arts to inspire tomorrow's creative thinkers, we are already there and striving to get better every year.

Class sizes are small, which means more individual attention for our students.

Sporting excellence - we have seven competitive sports to choose from and many choices in our after school activities program to encourage individual interests. Athletes at ISP proudly represent our school and host country of Panama in local and international competitions. 

Our facilities are a source of pride for us and continue to develop year on year.

We are one of the few forward-thinking international schools to offer an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

This year we were proud to be the first school in Central America to have a Certified STEM Program in Central America giving us the opportunity to challenge larger cohorts of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Just last weekend the Near Space Program launched its 10th capsule, aptly named ISP-35 in celebration of our anniversary. We are the only high school in the world to have our capsule data tracked by the High Altitude Balloon Association server located in England. 

Our community encompasses 40 nationalities from all regions of the globe. We share common values and together encourage our students to reflect and act in the wider communities cause.

There is no place like ISP and I, like our students, love coming into our school every day.

ASA Update

Check out our ASA program announcements!

ASA Program - Semester 2

The program is available now on our After School Activities page.

A few new activities have been added; other activities have changed, so check it out and don’t miss it! Registration opens on Monday, January 22, 2018. Pre-registration is not available.

We Want to Hear From You! How Was Your Experience? 

Please complete this survey to assess the ASA program. It only takes one to two minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. The survey will be open until January 19, 2018.

ASA Activities

There are no ASA activities this week.

From The Sports Desk

End of Semester

All competitive sports and ASAs are now finished for the semester. Our ASA program included 316 students this semester with over 50% of those students staying for more than one day of ASAs. Our competitive sports program fielded around 20 teams with over 300 students representing ISP in local and international competitions. ISP has taken eight teams to other nations in Central America to compete in AASCA competitions this semester. As we strive to build on the quality of our programs we need the feedback of parents. Please take the time to complete the surveys for competitive sports or ASAs located below. We in the Athletics Department wish you all a happy and restful break.

AASCA Track and Field Parent/Student Meeting

If you child is attending the AASCA track and field/cross country tournament in Guatemala in January please be reminded of the pre-trip meeting and record this in your calendar. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. in the middle school/high school cafeteria on Monday, January 22 and is expected to last one hour. We encourage all traveling students and their parents to attend.

Competitive Sports Program

Registration is now open for Competitive Sports, semester two. Enroll your child today by registering online.

Competitive Sports Flyer - Registration opens Friday, December 15. Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/ispsports

Please complete the survey for the Competitive Sports program. Your feedback is important for our program. 

Facilities

The pool and tennis courts will be closed during the Christmas break. 

Life at ISP: A Speech to Celebrate ISP's 35th Anniversary from Senior Luisa Subero Class of 2018

My name is Luisa Subero and I’m a current senior here at ISP. I have been here since the third grade and have had the privilege to grow within the ISP community. I have watched and experienced how the school has grown and developed throughout the years. As a person that has a very wide range of interests and likes to be involved in many activities, clubs, and events, I can positively say that ISP has provided me with the opportunity to explore all of these interests and discover myself as a person. As an athlete, I am extremely proud to say that I have formed part of ISP’s girls soccer team and have had the opportunity to compete in several tournaments in Panama as well as competing in AASCA, which gave me the opportunity to travel to many countries in Central America.

Similarly, exploring my artistic side has been something that I have really enjoyed doing here at ISP. I absolutely love reading and writing, so being one of the editors in chief of the high school’s literary arts magazine, Stuck In a Flux, has not only been a learning experience, but also one that I really do enjoy. I have also been able to improve my confidence, stage presence, and public speaking skills by being part of two high school plays which have been really fulfilling experiences. Debate has also aided me in this area of confidence. Participating in five Panama Model United Nations conferences as a chair and a delegate has helped me develop my overall knowledge on current events and debating skills. 

Of course, academically ISP has countless opportunities as well. Throughout high school, for example, we have different electives that students can choose to further explore what they’re interested in. I am currently taking part in the innovation and entrepreneurship program, in which I have developed projects through innovative approaches.

Many of these activities have certainly helped me build character, form relationships, develop critical thinking skills, and live a balanced life. However, giving back to the ISP and Panamanian community is also something that is very important to me. These last two school years I have also enjoyed being a link leader -- a program developed to help incoming ninth graders into their transition to high school and helping them feel comfortable in their new environment. I also know the importance of having the students’ voices heard and for this reason I decided to run for senior class representative. Being a member of the high school student council certainly aids us in becoming leaders and making sure that everybody’s life at school is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. After all, ISP is more than just a school to me -- it’s a community, and I know that this is the case for many, many other students here at the school. Although this is my last year here at ISP, I am glad that I have taken advantage of what ISP has to offer -- it has certainly helped me in becoming who I am today. 

Thank you very much, I hope you enjoy your day at ISP!

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