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.
IB art students are excited to present RESFEBER, a student-led collaborative show featuring nine talented artists opening on Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the PAC lobby. The name of the exhibition refers the restless race of the traveler's heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together, like a ‘travel fever’. The exhibition looks at the diversity of each of the artists, their journey throughout their lives, and the path of the development of their individual artistic voice. The students hope to engage viewers, as visitors will also embark on a journey throughout the art show, which is meant to introduce them to different cultures, places, and perspectives.
In addition to the opening, RESFEBER will be welcoming viewers throughout the month of March.
On March 9-11, ISP will be hosting the Global Initiatives Network Conference, a student-led event that will bring close to 300 participants from other schools around Central America to our campus. This will require us to use some classrooms for the meetings during these three days. In order to make this space available, we are modifying our schedule that week (March 6-10), moving our half day from Wednesday to Friday for middle school and high school.
- Middle School & High School: Wednesday, March 8 will be a full day and Friday, March 10 will be a half day with dismissal at 12:00 p.m. in both the middle and high school.
- Elementary School: Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. on both Wednesday, March 8 and Friday, March 10.
We ask that you please make the necessary preparations to receive your child as per the schedule above on Friday. There will be no after school activities on Friday for the same reason.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding.
Ahead of Carnival break, we would like to provide some important information for your consideration regarding the start of the Panamanian school year, which begins March 6-8. On the first day of school, many parents of both public and private schools are asked to accompany their children to school resulting in traffic delays, especially in the vicinity of schools.
Although we have worked with our neighboring schools and authorities to stagger their start times in order to reduce traffic jams and delays, there might still be some delays on these days. We therefore, ask your kind assistance in ensuring students board buses on time these mornings. If you are planning on, or regularly bring your child to school, please consider that there is likely to be an increase in traffic on these days. We ask that you please take the necessary precautions to ensure your child is at school on time. Thank you for your consideration.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting the Youth Flag Football League Jamboree on our multi-sport field. With nearly 2,000 people in attendance, it was a dream come true to see our stands filled to capacity with so much flag football action on the field.
This event marked the start of the flag football season and ISP's fourth season participating in the league. We introduced the teams, and they had the opportunity to scrimmage each other to get to know their rivals for the season.
The ISP Dolphins will be in the Red Conference this season and will be looking to make a name for themselves with some new players joining this sub-17 squad.
Our ISP Dolphins will play their first game of the season on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Don’t forget to download the GO DOLPHINS app so that you can check in at the game and earn some points. Wear your blue and see you there! Go Dolphins!
In celebration of our upcoming author visit from award-winning writer Neal Shusterman, we are having a contest for MS/HS students. Winners will receive a hardback copy of one of his many powerful books (of their choice) and have a special "meet the author/book signing" session with him during his visit in March.
To enter the contest, find a quote from one of his books and react to it by creating visual or written art (poem, short story, or essay)! Visual art can include drawing, collage, painting, sculpture, or a video. Written art can include any kind of poetry, a short essay, or part of a fictional or non-fictional narrative.
Some of you are already reading a book by Neal Shusterman, but if you haven't yet found a book of his to read, visit the MS/HS library and check them out! We have the Shusterman books on the front counter display. Read your book over break and think about how you can best express your response to a quote from it.
Submissions are due by Monday, March 13. High school students will submit their entries directly to the library. Please read our Neal Shusterman visit press release to learn more.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our STEM expo on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the MS/HS gym. The expo will feature ISP's Near Space program, robotics, computer science, and more! For additional information, please see our STEM expo flyer.
Spirit week is February 20-24. We are so excited for the upcoming festivities. Show your school spirit by participating in the following dress up days:
- Monday - Wacky Tacky Day
- Tuesday - ISP Spirit Day Blue Out
- Wednesday - Pajama Day
- Thursday - POD Day
- Friday - Fun in the Sun Day
The ISP Dolphins boys and girls varsity soccer teams returned this week after having made history at AASCA Soccer 2017 celebrated in Managua, Nicaragua. The girls team finished the tournament undefeated. After going to penalty kicks with the tournament champions, they went on to play for third place, securing a historic bronze medal finish for the Dolphins. The first top three female finish in our school's history. The ISP boys also made history, placing 4th, the highest finish ever for our boys team. Congratulations to both teams on this incredible accomplishment! We are so proud of you all! #wearemany #weareone #wearedolphins
Middle and high school band and choir students recently journeyed to San Jose, Costa Rica for the AASCA Music Festival. This biennial event combines students and staff from the Association of American Schools of Central America to workshop, perform, and compete over a three-day festival. All students represented ISP in larger combined ensembles, as well as showcased our own choir and band. Special thanks to our own Ms. Wendy Tooke and Mr. Malcolm McCormick for preparing, organizing, and traveling with the students. Congratulations to our students for their successful trip! Please enjoy this video of the AASCA Music Festival culminating concert.
ISP recently hosted the first workshop and performance of the Multicultural Youth Choir of Panama. An ISP visual and performing arts initiative, this choir strives to bring together students from different cultures and schools to learn, play, and perform. Students from Knightsbridge Schools International Panama, Magen David Academy, and Pacific Coast International School joined ISP students representing every class from grades 3-5. The day culminated in a performance entitled Peace Begins with Us, presenting challenging songs in four languages. Please take a moment to view the video for the beautiful concert.
Friends for Change is an organization that Melany Morales created with the help of Ellie Jones in order to help the Malambo orphanage and an animal shelter. They are fervent to raise awareness as well as help these organizations as much as possible. Most weekends, they volunteer in the orphanage and take care of the infants. In the past, Melany and Ellie have already collected money for the orphanage at the holiday shop and are very thankful for the donations and undivided support they’ve received. Very soon, Melany and Ellie are planning to host several more events and are hoping to continue this project in the future. They welcome anyone who is willing to join them and support this cause as they feel that any small gesture will definitely make a difference in these lives.
Their notion for this month is to hold an event in order to collect clothes from students and faculty in the school for the Malambo orphanage. They will have a bucket in the PAC so that people can drop off their used clothes. Every two weeks, Melany and Ellie will take the clothes to Malambo. With the cooperation of many, they are hoping to donate enough clothes for the children. Fundraising will last for two months and will begin on February 17 in the performing arts center ticket booth. Please take a few moments to watch the video for more details.
We are busy planning for the family fun fair on March 25. Please mark the date in your calendar, as it is sure to be another incredible day of fun, excitement, prizes, and culture.
As part of the tradition, we are reaching out to families interested in coming together to represent their country in our international food court. This is a great way to share and showcase your culture with the community. Please contact Julie to register your country.
This year we are introducing a performance stage with shows from our talented school community. We are inviting individuals, groups, or countries who want to share their talents to contact the performance coordinator Lilya.
Attention ISP Dolphin fans: We have a big announcement to make! ISP is excited to launch our very own Go Dolphins application. This makes us the first school in our region to have an application like this. Go Dolphins is a mobile application that will allow ISP Dolphin fans to check event schedules, scores, share photos and videos, receive alerts and notifications, view ISP’s social media accounts, and most importantly, earn points by checking in at events. All of this will be available in the palm of your hand for quick and easy access.
Do you want to know when the next volleyball game is and whom we are playing? No problem, just check the events and remember to check in and earn points at the event. At the end of this semester, we will tally all of the points earned and will honor our first super fans in the following categories: elementary school student, middle school student, high school student, parent, faculty, and staff.
"We know that our partnership with ISP will yield lots of excitement this year," says Kayla Mount, co-founder and COO of SuperFan, the company that developed our app. "The student experience is so important to keeping a strong connection with the school and thus, we look forward to great collaboration with lots of fun outcomes in the near future." As we roll out the application, we will begin by sharing information on the upcoming athletics competitions at ISP, both here in Panama and abroad. "One of our key objectives is to increase attendance at games and our fan participation. The Go Dolphins app gives us a brilliant opportunity to not only provide important information but to also increase engagement with our fans and community," adds Jair Guevara, ISP Marketing and Communication Manager. Looking beyond, we hope to incorporate more information and develop the app further in the coming school year.
The app is available for free and is available for download from the Apple App store or Google Play online stores by searching "Go Dolphins SuperFanU." Get the app for free on your phone or mobile device, create your account, and start earning points to help us grow and strengthen the ISP Dolphin fan community and spirit! Please be advised that only members of the ISP community may redeem prizes. This includes parents, guardians, and alumni.
If you have any questions about downloading and using the Go Dolphins app. Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail.
Now ask yourself, will you be ISP's first ever super fan?
The computer science class lead by Mr. Rios takes on two great challenges. One team is working on designing an autonomous vehicle to check the interior of the parking lot tunnel. Using a high definition camera and sensors to detect dangerous gasses or water contamination. The other team is working designing and building a lightning prevention system, which will alert the whole campus when an electrical storm is coming. Additionally, these students will be training public school students, showing them how to design and build their own robots and devices.
We are excited to see these two projects be tested. Best of luck to these talented students. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the STEM EXPO coming up on February 23 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the MS/HS Gym. See you there!
The eighth grade art show, What is Art, is currently showing in the PTA gallery. They've been showing the artistic expressions from last semester's eighth grade 2-D art and 3-D art. Students investigated and researched what is art in different periods of history: the Neolithic, art in Ancient China, and contemporary art as well as exploring student perceptions of what is art and what it means to each person. Each student’s unique perspective is a product of his or her own experience and culture. Come over, take a break, and stroll through the galleries in the foyer of the performance art center! The show will run until February 23, 2017.
The PTA will once again host the Welcome to Panama Intercultural Program. This program offers orientation and information to families regarding relocation, the local language, and understanding Panamanian culture. We will meet every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby. We are looking for parent and teacher volunteers for our program. If you are interested, please e-mail Graciela Bareiro or call +507 6269.4472. We hope to see you there!
We are pleased to announce the rollout of our new digital directory. In the past, we have issued copies of directories to parents in order to facilitate communication within our school community. After a comprehensive review, we decided to test the online directory available through our RenWeb service. This is inline with our green team's efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, by eliminating our need to print the directory in mass. Moreover, this online digital directory tool allows for greater confidentiality ensuring family information is protected. To be sure, each ISP family has submitted forms to our Admissions and Records Department determining what information they want to appear on the digital directory. Only the information you have selected to appear will be displayed on the digital directory, and only people with RenWeb login and passwords will be able to access this directory.
The digital directory presentation shows you exactly how to access the online directory using your RenWeb parent log in and password. You can also print it off if needed. Please bear in mind that the directory is only for the ISP community. We ask you not to share the information with others. If you have any questions regarding the online digital directory, please contact us through e-mail.