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Dolphin Dispatch
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PANAMA
February 19, 2016
ISSUE 24
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
IJA (neighboring school) STARTS SCHOOL NEXT WEEK
The new school year for the school (IJA) next to us will begin on February 29th. In order to minimize the traffic
congestion they will spread out their opening over three days. Monday (2/29) will be for their upper grades,
Tuesday March 1st will be for elementary and Wednesday March 2nd will be for pre-school and kindergarten.
Their school hours will be as follows:
Pre-school and kinder: 7:55 am – 11:45 am
Elementary: 7:55 – 1:40 pm
Secondary: 7:20 – 2:30 pm
As they are spreading their openings out, we do not anticipate traffic issues. The bus pick up times will remain the same however, if you
are planning to drive your child to school, please plan accordingly in order to arrive on time. We will also be requesting additional traffic
police to assist with the traffic congestion at the traffic light by the Corredor Norte and at the IJA entrance during the morning and
afternoon entry/exit times.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
As part of our health and wellness practices, we have been monitoring the news regarding the increase in cases of Zika in the Latin
American Region. We have conducted our regularly scheduled fumigations on campus and we would like to inform the community that we
will be increasing the frequency of our fumigations on campus, starting this Saturday, February 20 th, 2016.
In addition our large team of custodial and maintenance staff will enhance their efforts to ensure there are no stagnant bodies of water or
trash, so as to eliminate any possible breeding ground for mosquitos.
As always we will continue to monitor our community members health, taking appropriate action when necessary,
advising those who are sick to stay home until fully recuperated.
as well as
Furthermore, in order to verify we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community, we will be inviting
an expert to school to evaluate our practices and provide us with guidance for improvement if needed.
Thank you for your consideration. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
In This Issue

Franklin Covey Pilot Program

Falling in Arts: Music Man Jr.

Important Announcements

Honor Roll Award Ceremony

Athletics GO DOLPHINS!

Return of the Dolphins AASCA

PTA Announcements

Menu and Calendar February 2016
Soccer 2016

Elementary news and events
Visiting author Kathryn Erskine

Middle School news and events
pictures

High School news and events
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: AASCA SOCCER 2016
February 19, 2016
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RETURN OF THE DOLPHINS!!!
AASCA Soccer 2016- A year to Remember
*READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE ATHLETICS SECTION
https://youtu.be/tyRrBPHzzzg
CONGRATULATIONS DOLPHINS!
#historyinthemaking
See all the pictures from AASCA Soccer 2016
here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/
internationalschoolofpanama/7937fh
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: VISITING AUTHOR
February 19, 2016
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“It has been such a privilege to be here. This is
a beautiful place and a beautiful school and I
have to say that these are some of the
brightest, most creative and kindest kids I have
ever met. I am privileged to have worked with
them.” -Kathryn Erskine
#THEREISNOPLACELIKEISP
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Franklin Covey Pilot Program
February 19, 2016
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FRANKLIN COVEY PILOT PROGRAM: Helping Students
Achieve Extraordinary Productivity
ISP is working with Franklin Covey to launch a pilot program tailored to meet
the needs of our ISP students. We have decided to launch the program
on March 2nd through March 16th. Students will complete a total of 9
hours of training and also receive a Franklin Covey Certificate of Completion
during their final class. The price of the program for ISP students is
$300.00. Students are expected to meet on Wednesdays between 12:45
and 3:45 pm. After school buses will be provided for students enrolled in the
program. Students will also receive lunch (pizza) and light snacks. We have
10 more spots available. For more information please see flyer below
or contact [email protected]
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: PTA
February 19, 2016
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HONOR ROLL AWARD CEREMONY IN PICTURES
STAY TUNED FOR MORE PICTURES
FROM THIS EVENT IN NEXT WEEK’S
DOLPHIN DISPATCH
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: PTA FAMILY FUN FAIR
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: PTA FAMILY FUN FAIR
February 19, 2016
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TO VOLUNTEER SIGN UP HERE: http://
www.signupgenius.com/go/805054ca9a923aa82016
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
February 19, 2016
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NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PTA
OFFICE ISP DOLPHIN FAN SHIRTS
$8 - cotton t-shirts sizes 2-4, 6-8, 10-12, 14-16
$10 - dry-fit t-shirts size 18, 20
$12 - adult dry-fit polo sizes S, M, L, XL and 2XL
PTA LANGUAGE
WORKSHOPS
When? On Wednesdays 8 to 10am
Where? At the ISP Performing Arts
Center's Lobby
Spanish/English Conversation Classes @ISP For parents and staff - intermediate and advanced levels
Improving the four foreign language elements of Communication: Reading, Listening,
Speaking & Writing
Contact name: Graciela Bareiro [email protected]
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Elementary School
Becky Jobes, PhD—Elementary Principal—[email protected]
Key Notes and Reminders from Conscious Discipline Training: CHOICES
Building Self-esteem and Willpower
Power of Free Will: The only person you can make change is yourself
Skill: Choices – building self-esteem and willpower
Purpose: Empowers Children while setting limits
Brain Smart Tip: Choice changes brain chemistry so that learning is optimized
Emotional Development – Building self-esteem and willpower reduces impulsivity
Key Phrase – You may ______ or ________. What is your choice?
Giving your power away sets you up to blame. – Giving your power away to children sets them up to be “pleasers” or “controllers.” It
also sets you up to blame them for your frustrations.
Ask yourself, “How do I help the child more likely choose to ________,” rather than “How can I get the child to _____________?”
Power comes from choice – not force
Change “Don’t make me have to _____.” to “I’m going to _________.” And you will reclaim your power. This also moves the
conversation from being personal to being logical.
A positive and a negative option is not really a choice but a manipulation.
Get your shoes on to go or I will leave without you.
Two positive choices optimize the chance for cooperation.
You can put your shoes on alone or I can help you.
You can start with your left shoe or your right. Which do you prefer?
It is impossible to make your own choices and simultaneously please others.
When a child comes to tell on another child you can ask: “Are you telling me to be helpful or hurtful?” If it is just telling to get the classmate
or sibling in trouble then we need to refocus the child on the meaning.
Child- “Lana isn’t cleaning up!”
Adult- “Are you telling me to be helpful or hurtful?”
Child – “Helpful?”
Adult – “So you want to make sure everyone is helping keep the classroom/home clean? Great! Then you could be helpful by reminding
Lana to help clean-up too. You can say ‘Lana, it’s time to clean up. I can help you get started with these blocks.’”
*By giving the child the example of what it should sound like to remind another child to clean up help set the tone and gives the wording.
This prevents the other child from saying the typical “Mom said you have to …”
Join us next time--- Wednesday, March 16th – 10:30am – Positive Intent & Empathy
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Middle School
Diane Guevara Middle School Principal—[email protected] Vickie Swann Assistant Principal [email protected]
STEM: Hands on learning for 8th Grade Students
8th Grade STEM students had a special opportunity to visit the ongoing Field
Renovation Project and learn about the engineering design process first hand. Carlos
Leignadier, ISP's project manager, spoke with the class about the new soccer field
project, which included a review of the detailed scale plans of the field, the schedule
start to finish, and information about the different materials being used for the
project. Students also enjoyed learning about the slope of the field in order for the
pipes to drain properly. Mr. Leignadier and Mr. Smyth even allowed the class to
walk around the construction site in order to see all the action and how everything is
coming together. Many students are even more excited to pursue engineering!
#THEREISNOPLACELIKEISP
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Middle School
Diane Guevara Middle School Principal—[email protected] Vickie Swann Assistant Principal [email protected]
This week the 8th grade students began the process of transition to high school.
The high school counselors, along with experienced 9th grade students, visited
Advisory on Tuesday to share important information. There will be additional
meetings and activities for our 8th graders to support them in this exciting
process.
Many parents asked us to share the presentation so we have loaded it on to our
webpage. Click here to download the document.
http://toolbox2.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/accnt_43363/
s i t e _ 4 3 3 6 4 / D o c u m e n t s / 8 9coursereg_internationalschoolpanama_021816.pdf
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Middle School
Diane Guevara Middle School Principal—[email protected] Vickie Swann Assistant Principal [email protected]
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High School
John Shea, HS Principal—[email protected] Eric Monson, Assistant Principal—[email protected]
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
HS Principal’s coffee at 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 23, at 9:00 am (until about 10:30 am) in the ES
Conference Room.
This meeting will be about course registration for next year -- and about academic choices (and beyond) in
high school in general. This is not a critical “must attend” meeting – but an optional meeting for those of you
who have questions, would like more perspective, or would appreciate the opportunity to discuss all of this. All
eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade parents are invited. Parents of seniors are also welcome – though not
much of this will be relevant to you at this point. However, your perspectives may prove helpful to other
parents (of younger students).
Remember, please, that very specific questions about your son’s or daughter’s courses next year are best taken
care of via meetings with your son’s or daughter’s counselor. Tuesday morning’s meeting will be more about
the decision process in general – and broader perspectives and considerations. Eric Monson and John Shea
will begin the meeting with their thoughts – which will be about 25-30 minutes. The rest of the time will be
Q&A and discussion. Coffee, juice, light snacks will be provided, of course.
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High School
John Shea, HS Principal—[email protected] Eric Monson, Assistant Principal—[email protected]
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wellness Week is March 7-11! Keep an eye out for information
about Parent Coffee’s, nutritional workshops, stress relief exercises,
yoga and much more. We have guest speakers coming throughout the
week to lead discussions on mindfulness, alcohol/drug prevention,
and healthy living tips. Wellness Week is for all levels including
elementary, middle, and high as well as for parents and staff.
NEW RESOURCES AVIALABLE ON HS PAGE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW:
http://www.isp.edu.pa/High_School
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High School
John Shea, HS Principal—[email protected] Eric Monson, Assistant Principal—[email protected]
In my senior year, I decided to apply for a leadership position at THIMUN. Thankfully, I was appointed Editor-inChief of MUNITY Press, THIMUN's official newspaper, also considered a Special Committee. I can easily say that
the THIMUN conference in the Netherlands was one of the best experiences of my life. I worked rigorously with
the most diverse and intelligent group of people I have ever met, and all of us became extremely united by the
end of the conference.
My role as an Officer also taught me a lot about the real world, considering that we had to produce a daily
newspaper for approximately 3,500 delegates, board members, and MUN directors. I got the opportunity to
work in a real press room with real deadlines and so many commitments, but all the hard work was worth it when
I saw the end product. As a whole, THIMUN broadened my views on so many current issues and taught me a lot
about how the world works in the big scheme - something that I would never be able to learn in a classroom.
Out of all the MUN conferences I have participated in, THIMUN was by far the most thrilling.
Meghna Bellani
Grade 12
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Falling in Arts
Adam Herzig, Visual and Performing Arts Director—[email protected]
ADVERTISING SPACE AVAILABLE IN THE MUSIC MAN JR. PROGRAM!
A great opportunity to promote your business or send a congratulatory messages
for our talented dolphins!
We are proud to announce the upcoming Elementary Musical “The Music Man Jr. “
Our wonderful PTA will be helping produce the program for what is sure to be yet
another memorable performance in our Performing Arts Center.
Support the growing Visual and Performing Arts Program at ISP by placing an
advertisement or message in our program.
For further information please contact : Leslie Gross [email protected]
Announcing Auditions
Fuenteovejuna
by Lope de Vega
Directed by Arturo Wong
Who: All MS/HS studnets are invited to audition
When: Auditions February 1 and 2 in the blackbox
at 3 pm
Show opens April 14
What do you need to prepare: Nothing! Just come on
by and be prepared to do some readings
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Athletics: #GOISPDOLPHINS!
Peter Smyth, Athletic Director—[email protected]
AASCA soccer 2016 – A year to remember
The AASCA soccer tournament is arguably the flagship event in the AASCA sporting calendar. 23 teams and over
420 players form around Central America competing over three days. This year’s tournament took place in El
Salvador, was hosted by Escuela Americana de El Salvador, and was played in some wonderful venues including
the historic Cuscatlán Stadium.
There is no doubt that the soccer program has been gaining momentum in both the boys and girls teams over the
last 3 years. The hard work put forth in training has paid dividends both in local ADECOP tournaments and private
competition (Copa Talento and Liga 10) with both boys and girls making successive finals in multiple age
categories.
The teams left Panama early Tuesday morning during Carnival eager to get settled and excited for the upcoming
days of competition. Coach Daniel Aquino for the boys and coach Gustavo Aguiar felt that this year could be the
year. Since transitioning form the small schools competition to the large schools competition ISP has made steady
improvement. The level of competition and standard of play in the large schools competition is excellent and
attracts many scouts from the US and various academies. This year saw the IMG academy in attendance looking at
players and providing advice to players and coaches alike.
The boys played exceptionally well and for the first time ever won all their group games coming top of the group.
Several 8th graders, under the guidance of Senior stalwarts in the squad, made great contributions on the field of
play (the future looks bright for boys soccer). The quarter finals proved the stumbling block for the boys. Despite
huge pressure against ANS the boys were unable to find the net and the score was 0-0 at full time. ISP once again
found themselves in the uncomfortable position of penalties to decide the winner. Unfortunately despite a tight
shootout (7-6) ISP did not go through to the semifinals. Similar to the boys basketball performance in October, ISP
soccer is now officially on the map. Who knows what might have been if he boys had gone through. All we know is
that this is the best any ISP boys team have done at the Large schools AASCA event and Coach Aquino is excited
about the upcoming year and already making plans for next year.
Girls make ISP AASCA history
AASC 2016 was always going to be a tough tournament. The travelling squad was small and the players knew
they had their work cut out. With limited subs the team was going to be pushing themselves to their mental and
physical limit. The group stages saw the girls playing on the massive field of Estadio Cuscatlán. Coach Aguiar
knew that he would have to count on his AASCA veterans to show the leadership and strength required to perform
– and they did.
The final game in the group stages was a tense affair against Lincoln Costa Rica and was looking to go to
penalties. Both teams pushing equally and missing chances to go ahead. The final 5 minutes saw Lincoln pushing
hard and ISP looked to be on the ropes when a free kick to ISP was awarded just outside the Lincoln box. A
stunning goal from ISP made for a frenzied burst of energy from the ISP players and when they scored again in
the closing seconds the girl’s fate was sealed. ISP were through to the AASCA semifinals. With only 13 girls they
had pulled off the impossible and the buzz in the team and surrounding teams was palpable.
The semifinal was again played at Cuscatlán and the girls were unable to beat the host school (they went on to win
the tournament) despite playing some excellent soccer. Exhausted physically and mentally it took some time for
time to realize that they had achieved what has eluded so many teams before them.
Congratulations to ALL the boys, girls and coaches on an excellent AASCA. Stay tuned for when they are in action
during the ADECOP season and make sure you put a date in your calendar to come out and cheer our Dolphins.
You can always stay up to date with matches and events through Twitter and Instagram.
#ispathletics
#goispdolphins
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Athletics: #GOISPDOLPHINS!
Peter Smyth, Athletic Director—[email protected]
After School Activities
We’ve had a fantastic first week of ASA’s. The diverse program continues to offer our ISP students with a
range of experiences. New offerings this semester include Gymnastics and FBLA (Future Business Leaders
of America). Check out the ASA guide on the website and contact Johanna [email protected] in the
Athletics office if you have any questions.
ADECOP Sports continue practicing
Competitive sports this semester area as follows. ADECOP is the local league of school here in Panama
that we compete against. The league officially starts when Panamanian schools return from their break.
Sub 10 Boys and Girls soccer
Sub 12 Boys and Girls basketball
Sub 14 Boys and Girls Basketball
Sub 16 Boys and Girls Soccer
Sub 18 Boys and Soccer
Swimming
Dolphin Swimmers in first meet of the year
ISP vs. MET Middle and High School Swim Meet
On Thursday, February 18, the ISP Dolphins Swim Team faced off against our number one
rival, the Metropolitan School of Panama. The level of competition was fierce, and our
swimmers looked fantastic, demonstrating the gains from their hard work and practice this
semester. It was a fantastic meet featuring many personal best times for our
swimmers. The final meet results were ISP victorious over the MET with scores of 702 and
509, respectively.
The ISP Dolphins Middle and High School Swim Team will be in action again next week on
Friday and Saturday at the second AASCA Swimming Invitational at the American
Nicaraguan School in Managua. The meet will feature nearly 120 swimmers from 7
schools in Central America. Please wish good luck to our Dolphin swimmers next week
before they leave. We are looking forward to a great trip. Go Dolphins!
Andrew Alfano
Coach
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Special Announcement
Peter Smyth, Athletic Director—[email protected]
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