Dear Bayside Parents,
This past weekend, like most weekends, was an eventful one for much of the SIS community. Friday night was our MS dance. Thank you to the PSA for decorating and helping with food for the event. Our HS varsity volleyball teams travelled to Shanghai to compete in the ACAMIS volleyball championship tournament. Both teams had some victories and some defeats but played hard in all games and represented SIS proudly. The boys were recognized with the Sportsmanship award. Our MS/HS badminton team also travelled to a competition last Saturday. The team from SIS finished in 3rd place in the 10-team tournament hosted by Clifford School in Guangzhou.
Our Primary Principal, Mr. Harish Kanabar, and I were in Dubai for 4 days to attend an international teacher recruitment conference. School administrators attend these fairs to interview teachers from around the world as they work to fill vacancies for the 2019-20 school year. The fair in Dubai featured nearly 75 international schools and over 600 teachers. We used this fair to interview potential candidates and to connect with other international school administrators. Recruitment fairs are one part of our overall strategic hiring practices in our effort to recruit the best international school teachers available. We will provide you with a full update once our hiring is complete early in 2019.
Last week at Bayside we had an incident where some of our students made poor choices of what they were sharing on social media. The incident was brought to the attention of our teachers and counselors by several concerned students. We addressed the issue immediately with the individual students involved. We also took some time in our advisories to review how to make wise choices when using social media and the importance of being a good digital citizen. Our role as educators and parents is to help students recognize when they have made a poor choice and to use the incident as a learning experience. While it was upsetting to see that some of our students had made poor choices, it was very encouraging to see so many students speaking up to teachers and saying they were not comfortable or happy with what others had posted. Attached is a document parents can use when discussing the wise use of social media with their MS or HS aged child (Family Tips from Commonsense Media). SIS will continue to work in partnership with our parents to help educate our students as they grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming events.
Mike Livingston – SIS Secondary Principal
Important Information and Upcoming Events
SIS Parent Identification (ID) Cards – required to enter the Coastal Rose Garden 2 car park
Secondary Sports Awards – This awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 7:00-8:00 pm in the Bayside Amphitheatre.
Improv Night – Friday, November 16, 6:30 pm
THIMUN – 22 of our HS Model United Nations ambassadors will travel to Singapore to attend the THIMUN conference during the week of November 19-23.
Early Release Day for Students Nov. 23 – All SIS students will be dismissed at 11:30 am on Friday, November 23. The SIS faculty will meet that afternoon for a professional learning session.
Winter Bazaar – November 24