Monday, September 28, 2009

Principal's message

This has been another busy month in Kodai with field trips, reports, concerts, MYP workshops, camps and other activities filling each week. In a particularly enthralling but exhausting way it is always nice to be part of a boarding school community in full swing.

The field trips, which are an extraordinary part of the KIS experience, and the task of moving 600 students off our campuses and giving them a worthwhile and challenging experience, was a lot of work for our staff. I would like to thank all the staff who worked so hard to make this a success and the students who took advantage of the opportunities and learned from the experiences offered.

The month of September included the Council of Directors meetings and a visit from Mr Adrian Moody, who will succeed me as Principal in July 2010. It was a great pleasure for me to meet Adrian and to have a chance of spending four days with him as part of his induction.

Adrian comes to us from the International School, Moshi, Tanzania, where he is the Head of the Arusha campus. Having worked in Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, Adrian has a broad experience in school management, IB, boarding schools and international education. Adrian will be joined by his wife, Gillian and their eight year old daughter, Bethany. Adrian enjoyed his time here and is looking forward to taking over full time next July. Adrian will introduce himself in the next newsletter.

In the meantime, I will continue as Principal and look forward to welcoming you should you visit Kodaikanal. Next semester, I will be travelling quite a lot but will ensure that I am here for all important events.

For those of you who will be seeing your children over the long weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time. Understandably, those of us who will be staying in Kodaikanal are looking forward to the break.

Geoff Fisher


Vice Principal's update

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be."
Marsha Petrie Sue

Structural changes in KIS academic life
On an administrative level the ES Coordinator is now referred to as K-8 Coordinator who looks after the day to day running of this section. At the Ganga campus we now have two curriculums in operation – Pre-K to 5 being PYP and grades 6-8 being MYP. Thus the follow up to this implied that we have the MYP Coordinator (Mr Graham Lambert) at Ganga campus and the Associate MYP Coordinator (Ms Mataji Sharma) at High Clerc campus. Further at the administrative level changes also needed to be affected from the budgetary perspective, discipline policy, staffing, scheduling, Library, IT and lab provisions. Five new classrooms, the expanded IT lab and staff lounge, the refurbished science lab and the extension of the kitchen and the cafeteria are a blessing in terms of attempting to make the K-8 section a self contained unit. We are thankful to the Council of Directors for assisting in the endeavor to continue to plan the building of the school’s infrastructure. The old Middle School block is now christened the Arts Block. It houses the English department with its 5 classrooms and a second IB recording room, two ESL classrooms, Health room, IT and Food Tech Lab, Classroom Music, Art department and RE department offices, each having two classrooms and an AV room. The MYP Coordinator’s office keeps an eye over the Arts Block and liaisons with the High School Coordinator’s office in the main quad.

Generally the KIS community is happy to have the additional space at its disposal. Now the High Clerc campus is having distinct departmental divisions. The main quad has Maths, Social Studies and TOK classrooms with department offices. All Second Language classes are in one area with their office space. The science and the music departments were already in separate units.

The shift of grades 7 and 8 to Ganga compound has generally meant that departments are able to have their own classrooms, thereby reflecting the subject areas and having proper space provisions for its resources. In most cases, teachers now have their own teaching spaces. All in all these structural changes have been positive though the transition does bring its teething problems which happily aren’t insurmountable.

Formulation of policies
After much deliberation and experimentation we have now articulated an All School Language and Second Language Policy. This is in keeping with the guidelines of the IB and the needs of the school. Furthermore, we have brought together a KIS Professional Development Policy document. This gives both a bird eye view and details with regards to what KIS offers by way of professional development and its aims and objectives.

IT matters
All classrooms in the High Clerc campus now have a LCD projector with a computer thereby facilitating effective integration of technology into the learning process. At the Ganga campus, by the end of this semester, most classes will also have LCD projectors. Recording of absences and tardies are now done online with the facility of automated messages coming from the Vice Principal’s office to remind the teachers in case they have not completed the online class attendance.

New thrusts and developments
SAT and PSAT classes

PSAT classes for grades 9 and 10 have started. Furthermore 90% of the PSAT and SAT classes have been put onto the regular schedule rather than taking place over the weekend as was previously the case. I am happy to report that there is a high level of enthusiasm to join these classes. For example in PSAT Math (grades 9 and 10) 92 students registered requiring us to streamline the numbers for those taking classes in the regular schedule and excess numbers being adjusted on Sunday after lunch. This semester PSAT / SAT Math and English preparatory classes have in total about 240 students. Two consultant teachers in Math and in English conduct these classes which, we hope, will also have positive spillover effects on Math and English standards at KIS.

With most of the PSAT and SAT classes being held in the regular class schedule, we have less study hall periods. Furthermore, some of these study hall periods are now being used to engage students in CAS activities, clubs such as the Heritage Club, Calligraphy, Robotics and Information Literacy.

Schedule matters
The two year IBDP Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math Higher Level courses have seven periods per cycle as against six previously. This has helped in achieving the stipulated 240 hour requirement of the IB for these courses. In addition to the regular Math classes, two additional math support classes are now being provided to students who aren’t able to cope well in the regular classes. This initiative has been popular with the students and more so with the parents. It is our hope that with this additional Math support the students will be able to achieve better standards in Math. New courses added in this semester include Advanced Creative Writing, Auto Mechanics, Journalism, Art Application: Design and Architecture.

The IB Diploma Program
The initial excitement and nervousness associated with the first IB assessment is over with the final TOK presentation of the IB students held from 24 August to 1 September. The presentation by over 90 students was a time –consuming task but an enriching experience for one and all. The IB students are now moving on to preparing their first draft of extended essay and the orals in English and second languages which is scheduled in September and November
time frame.

The Middle Years program
As a build up to the follow up visit by the MYP Associate Regional Manager, the focus in July and August was to have more of Tuesday in-service devoted to MYP needs. On 3 September we had a successful consultation cum follow up visit by Ashish Trivedi, the MYP Associate Regional Manager from Singapore. We now await his report. This follow up visit has resulted in a better understanding of the implementation of the MYP and thus gearing us up for the program evaluation due in November 2010. After the follow up visit we had two days of MYP workshops conducted by Ashish which were attended by 23 MYP teachers and the two MYP Coordinators.

The Elementary School program
PYP updates: All PYP teachers are currently attending a semester long professional development session introducing them to both the Primary Years Program and Kagan Cooperative Learning led by Brian Nelsen.

Kagan Cooperative Learning + PYP – Balance for Transformational Teaching and Learning: Over the summer holiday Brian Nelson traveled to the US along with four KIS teachers from ES, MS and HS for one week of Professional Development in Kagan Cooperative Learning. They shared a short video of the Kombai School project with Dr Spencer during the Kagan Conference in Orlando, Florida and he showed interest in supporting it in form of research support and implementation of cooperative learning structures in the tribal village school. It is hoped that PYP when combined with the Kagan Cooperative Learning curriculum will provide the balance between social and leadership skills with the academic rigor of the PYP.

Service Learning at ES - Education for All: Last year at the end of April, the students raised $3500 dollars to help build a dorm and two additional classrooms for Kombai School. This summer Pastor Kim led a crew of builders to the completion of the new dorm and two additional classrooms. Without the new classrooms, the education journey for the 5th graders at Kombai School would have come to an end. The new classrooms provided the space for grade 6. We plan to continue to partner with this school by providing new classrooms each year so every student can finish through grade 10.

The ripples going out from KIS will continue to amplify as this place builds on its strong foundation.

Kaisar Dopaishi
Academic Vice Principal


Admissions update

I have just returned to the office having spent a week on field trip with a group of 19 students – mostly 11th and 12th graders. It was a great experience. We stayed at BASIL (the academic wing of ISKCON, Bangalore's rural development program), a one hour’s drive from Mysore. I learnt what I could absorb (not so easy being back in the classroom!) about organic and biodynamic farming practices and had the opportunity to interact with some of our students. Field trips are an important component of both the KIS and IB diploma programs, giving our students the opportunity to learn in the field at a practical level and open themselves to ideas and situations unexplored before. I was impressed by the commitment the students on this trip had to listening to alternative methods of caring for our planet and even putting some of these methods into practice – dirty hands help make a cleaner environment! We had several discussions when subjects such as industrialization / globalization versus traditional / local aspects of agriculture, the environment and ourselves were debated. Kodai kids are thinkers and problem solvers.

Extra-curricular activities continue for some of our students this coming weekend as the hiking program heads off on the 40 and 80 mile treks. Others staying in Kodai for long weekend will be kept busy on and around our campuses: boating, cycling, lake walks, bonfires and barbeques. Those lucky enough to be going home will enjoy several days with family.

The Admissions office is gearing up for busier times. Statistics for the second semester are looking good. We have 6 students re-enrolled as they return from their German exchange, 3 newly enrolled, 6 in accept and 4 staff children joining. There are a further 4 applicants at the enquiry stage. Although we don’t recommend a January admission, we’re always happy to consider an application as there can be numerous reasons why families are looking for a school in, what for KIS, is the middle of the academic year.

We’re in positive mode for the 2010 - 2011 academic year: enrolled = 2, accepted = 5 and to date 20 possibilities. Enquiries continue to come in and the diary is filling up.

To further encourage prospective families to pursue the KIS experience for their children, Pacific Rim and / or within India information receptions are in the initial stages of planning. As parents of current students, you are the ones to help get our message across – we appreciate your advocacy.

Helen Hauesler
Admissions Coordinator


Exciting events through the Careers office

US College Tour: On 20 June 2009 I traveled with 9 students on a tour of colleges in the US. We visited over 25 colleges where we participated in information sessions conducted by admissions officers, toured the campus and met with alumni when possible. The colleges we visited were American University, Barnard, Boston College, Boston University, Brown , Bryn Mawr , Columbia University, Drexel , Fordham , Georgetown , George Washington , Goucher , Harvard , Haverford College, Johns Hopkins, Loyola College, University of Maryland, MIT, Northeastern, NYU, Providence College, Sarah Lawrence, Swarthmore , Tufts, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova, Wesleyan and Yale. The tour began in Boston and ended at Washington. Not only did we get some valuable first hand experience of college life in the US but were also able to include plenty of sight-seeing with experiences like dining at Harvard Square, walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, visiting Broadway and Times Square in New York and the White House, Washington Monument and Smithsonian Museums in Washington.
New York University Abu Dhabi: KIS was recently invited (among 25 schools in India) to nominate two students to visit the NYU Abu Dhabi campus for a weekend. Student economy class airfare, accommodation, meals and a $200 allowance to assist with other travel expenses will be provided by NYU Abu Dhabi for the selected students. During the trip, students will learn about academic and extracurricular options available at NYU Abu Dhabi, meet faculty members and advisors and begin to explore the local culture of the region.

Council of International School tour visits to KIS: On 28 September admissions officers from 28 universities will be visiting KIS as a part of a tour of Indian schools organized by the Council of International Schools. The colleges participating in the tour to KIS are Brandeis, Bucknell University, Connecticut College, DePauw , Franklin and Marshall, George Washington , Illinois Urbana Champaign, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins, Knox , Manhattanville College, Mercer University, Michigan State, Mount Holyoke, Northeastern University, Penn State, Richmond--the American University in London, Suny Plattsburgh, Texas Christian University, Tufts, University of Rochester, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Wittenberg University. Besides meeting with the admissions officers, students will also get an opportunity to participate in workshops explaining the college application process which will be conducted by the CIS team. The workshop topics include Choosing the College that’s right for you, the Application Process, the College Essay, Financial Aid / Scholarships for international students, Liberal Arts Majors, Careers and Pre-professional studies, How Colleges evaluate Applications and 9th-11th Graders: Planning for the U.S. College Process

Naviance: The Careers Office will be using an internet based program called Naviance this year as a resource to help students with their career and college planning. The program includes a learning style inventory test, personality test, college search resources and information on a wide range of careers. Students can also use the program to practice for the SAT and ACT. Students will have access to Naviance over the vacations when they can continue to research colleges.


Professional Development in KIS

. The KIS professional development policy now put together as a document aims at building a professional learning community which has a shared mission, vision and values, enhances collective inquiry, believes in collaborative teams, experimentation, action, results and continuous improvement. It is our endeavor to work towards this goal slowly but surely!

· The new avenues we are exploring are having official IB in-house workshops in MYP and PYP by the IB personnel so that at lower cost more staff can get their official training. Also we are making some staff take up specialized areas such as planning MYP units as online courses with a hope that a better in-depth expertise is gained in areas were the need was identified.

· Nevertheless, the focus is to achieve a mixed bag of workshops which suit the needs of the school and the staff – in-house official workshops, online official workshops, sub8 regional workshops, IB workshops held in different parts of India and overseas.

· Based on the recommendations of MSA, MYP and IBDP and the needs of the PYP our workshops have been planned in areas such as critical thinking and differentiated learning.

· The workshops staff have attended up to September 2009 (apart from the regular Tuesday inservice) are:

1. KAGAN (USA) - 5
2. In house official MYP workshops led by the Associate Regional Manager of MYP (Asia –Pacific) -4th and 5th September - 25
3. Online IBDP workshop – CAS - 1
4. Online MYP workshops – Language B, PE and Technology (making MYP Units) - 3
5. MYP Coordinator’s workshop - Level 2 – Bangkok (Thailand) - 1
6. DP Physics (Mixed Level )workshop - Malaysia - 1
7. Colleges and Careers Counselor - New Delhi - 1
8. HP and ISTE training – Integrating technology in the classroom- New Delhi - 3

· A workshop on KIS appraisal system was conducted by the Vice Principal for the new staff, HODs and Coordinators. The teacher evaluation period has now started from 1 September and goes on till 23October 2009.

· Our ISM Rudy Wuthrich, Science HOD Mr Shand and our senior Math teacher Mr Biswas attended a HP and ISTE training program. This helped teachers become aware that technology is a tool to support the learning experience. It's not about learning 'computers'.


IB results Class of 2009

IBDP May 2009 Results:
Overall Analysis –IB May 2009

Number of registered candidates - 93
Number of Diploma students - 54
Diploma awarded - 53
Diploma students awarded certificates - 1
Highest Diploma points - 41 (out of 45)
Average points obtained by our Diploma candidates - 34
Average grade for Diploma - 5.37
Certificate students - 34 (100% successful)
Anticipated candidates - 5 (100% success)

Highlights of May 2009 results
· School Average was higher than the world average in 20/31 subject levels offered by KIS
· On par with the world average - 7 subjects levels
· All-round excellence in English HL, Second Languages (no student got below Grade 5)·
. Significantly, higher school average than the world averages in English HL, French B-SL, German B- HL, Spanish B- SL & AB, Psychology HL, Biology HL & SL, and Physics SL
· KIS sent up students for the first time for the IB exams in French B – HL and Korean and after ten years in Psychology
· For two years in a row in all levels of Math the school average was higher than the world average
· In Extended Essay the performance was exceptionally good: 13 students received grade A , 22 grade B, 18 grade C and 1 grade D

. Grade point analysis as follows:
Highest score – Aditya Menon (41 /45 points)
45-39 - 2 students {3.7%}
35-38 - 16 students {29.62%}
30- 34 - 29 students {53.70%}
24- 29 - 7 students {12.96%}
1-23 none


Russel DeValois scholarship - call for candidates

Criteria for student applications as recommended by the committee are as follows. Student should be:

. Entering grade nine
. A resident of a SAARC country (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka)
. Applications weighted to provide preference based on applicant’s proximity to
Kodaikanal and the surrounding villages in the Palani Hills
. Intent of the Scholarship Program is to attract a student who is likely to excel
academically; our expectation is that the student will be on the [Vice]
Principal’s List for each semester they receive a scholarship award. We also seek
to attract a student with outstanding character who can contribute to the public
service, artistic, and/or athletic life of the school
. Preference will be given to applicants with a family income that is not sufficient
to cover all education-related expenses at KIS. Family income must be adequate to
cover expenses in excess of the scholarship award

Please contact if you would like to make an application for this scholarship.

Alika Khosla
Development Officer


Reflections of a KIS parent

Sabiha Mahmud Sumi is the daughter of Sohel Mahmud Sagar of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Sumi, now in grade 12, will graduate with the class of 2010 in May. She has just completed a research paper on microfinance in Bangladesh which is the accumulation of her holiday work during the last three end-of-semester vacations. She is also the author of her first book "Kaleidoscope: A Compilation" of the many articles she has written over the last 4 years, which have been published in various newspapers and journals in Bangladesh and have made her well known in this city.

Bangladesh is a pioneer country in microfinance. Sumi has worked with her father, Executive Vice President of ASA, one of the largest and most efficient microfinance institutions in the world, documenting the successes of this movement which aims to provide financial services to the poor people of Bangladesh.

Always inspired and encouraged by her father, Sumi was asked by him to write articles on people she encountered during her holidays and subjects that interested her, particularly the workings of ASA and its effect on the common people, her life at KIS and what she saw around her. Her father had once been impressed by the story of Fazle Lohani, a legendary figure in Bangladesh, who in a TV series had mentioned free lance writing as one of the ways in which he had financed his student days after stubbornly rejecting help from his wealthy family. Sagar himself relates how, when he was a student studying for his Chartered Accountants Article studentship, he had a dream in which he was blessed with a daughter. Knowing the way women are treated in Bangladesh and the difficulties they face to gain an education, he began to economize on his student allowance, preparing for the day when he too may have to educate and be responsible for a girl child in a country where women are definitely considered as second rate citizens. This day came on 27 November 1991 when Sumi was born and Sagar had already managed to save quite a bit of money after years of putting small amounts aside, taking overdrafts from the bank and buying seasonal crops from the farmers to sell later at a small profit. He began his search for an outstanding school located in India when Sumi was in grade 2 in Dhanmondi Tutorial, Dhaka. He knew what he wanted; one that would make her a global citizen giving her experience in multiculturalism but also with a strong accent on service for Sagar’s dream for his daughter is not only that she acquires knowledge, but that she uses it to uplift those who are unable to do so themselves, a philanthropic attitude to life.

Sumi was admitted into grade 4 in KIS in July 2001. It was love at first sight for Sumi, who after her initial visit to the Elementary campus and celebrating her birthday with the then Admissions Coordinator, Sara Ann Lockwood who had ordered a cake specially for the occasion, the family decided not to go to visit the other 2 schools which Sagar had so painstakingly short listed after his research in the Indian Cultural Center in Dhaka.

Sumi’s path in KIS has been long and not always straight. She has learnt by her mistakes and grown from her experiences. The staffs of KIS, who have known her since she was small, have seen a young woman of strength and determination grows out of the little girl who was delivered into their hands back in 2001. They are confident that she will leave this mountain with the skills, judgment and experiences that have given her a maturity beyond her years and that she will need to achieve her father’s dream and to realize her own.

Good luck Sumi - may your future be happy and may your work be recognized in the advancement of the poor people of Bangladesh. We are sure we will be hearing lots about you and the great work you will be doing in this area.


Grade 10 camp at Poondi

The beginning of September meant a weekend of Poondi Camp for the grade 10 class. The theme of the camp was “low-key,” and the getaway provided the perfect opportunity for students to unwind at the end of the first quarter.

The students settled in late Friday afternoon, moving into their tents, playing soccer or sitting around chatting. After dinner, students lugged down the wood for the bonfire and sat around the blaze singing songs, stargazing, catching up with old friends or making new ones. Next was the highly anticipated midnight snack. Though served not quite at midnight, the students eagerly gathered around the fire pits under the covered area heating up their marshmallow and chocolate treats. Lightning lit up the night sky, though there was no rain.

Morning arrived early on Saturday and it looked to be a hazy day. Some students ate breakfast while watching their classmates play a competitive game of cricket. Others rode the zipline, booted around a soccer ball on the slope leading down to the lake (gravity made this a challenge), or took the raft out on the water. A few brave souls tested out the climbing wall, which proved to be more difficult than it looked. There was even a game of volleyball. However, the most popular activity of the day was archery. Students lined up to test their skills with mostly positive results. It was a two part challenge – not only did students shoot the arrows, but they also had to go find them in the grass if they missed the target! Sometimes the arrows appeared to be camouflaged as they’d woven themselves into the grassy soil.

As the weekend drew to a close, memories were made and friendships were strengthened. Though the students were glad to have had this opportunity to catch their breath before the challenge of the final half of the first semester, they were already talking about grade 11 camp next year.
Beth Dagitses
PE teacher


Family Resource Group update

Together we can be wiser than any one of us can be alone.
We need to know how to tap that wisdom
(Tom Atlee)

In the spring of 2008 some parents and the administration of the Elementary School initiated a group called Family Resource Group (FRG) to promote family involvement in the Elementary School. The diversity and energy of families who send their children to KIS has such rich potential that we would like to find as many ways as possible to build on this for all our children.

The objectives of this group are:

• to encourage consistent communication between parents, teachers and administration
• to support one another as families living here at KIS

• to create a place for reflection, discussion and contribution to our school
• to provide an opportunity for parents of residential students to participate in their children’s

life and the life of the school community

We meet periodically to share our experiences and ideas among ourselves and with the school. We schedule our meetings in such a way that as many parents as possible can participate in them. These meetings are inspiring and encourage us to become aware of our own approaches in raising our children and the expectations we have from an educational institution. Last years participants expressed a sincere interest in this kind of involvement. They felt enriched and encouraged to communicate constructively with other parents, teachers and the school administration who they felt supported and enabled in contributing to their vision that everybody – be it teacher, parent or administration – share his/her expertise for the best of our children. They would like to see the group grow and encourage the participation of everyone belonging to this learning community. Parents are keen to see and experience hands on, as to how their children are learning and growing. Sharing the perspectives and views of parents allows the teachers and school administration to receive consistent feedback and ideas from families.

Another way to connect with our children, their friends, teachers and other parents is by volunteering our skills, talents and time to the school. In the past parents have been involved in various activities such as helping with class projects, supporting school events and activities, preparing teaching material, to name a few. Our experience shows us that good communication structures and our willingness to nurture our strengths to empower this community are very purposeful.

This academic year brought new changes and challenges with the move of grades 7 and 8 to the Ganga compound. The FRG (Family Resource Group) hopes that parents of grades 7 and 8 students will make use of this opportunity as well and become involved with all the activities of the group and the school.

Parents of KG through grade 8 students will meet again on Thursday, October 8 2009 from 4.45 to 6.00 pm on Ganga campus. We as a group would like to encourage all parents to step forward and be a part of their child/children’s life at school. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

Hemma Wuthrich / Anu Vedmurthy / Brian Nelsen
Family Resource Group


October calendar dates

2 October - Gandhi Jayanti holiday
2-6 October - Long weekend
2 October - 40 & 80 mile hikes
17 October - HS play
17 October - Diwali
19-23 October - RSM prep week
22-23 October - Kodai Open basketball
22-23 October - Tennis is Ooty
24 October - MS international banquet
26-30 October - RSM exams
28-29 - Girls' basketball in Ooty
30 October - ES & MS October festival
30-31 October - Boys' basketball in Ooty
31 October - HS formal


KIS Giving

Update from Judy Redder & Alika Khosla - September 2009

In these tough economic times, it is the loyal donors who are vital to KIS fundraising efforts. Many of you have shown your loyalty by supporting KIS over time. We would like to take this opportunity to say that we value your continuous support and the trust you have in KIS.

The following KIS supporters have made gifts, large & small, to KIS every year for:
21 years, George & Anne Althouse
14 years, John E & Lillian K Camp
15 years, Robert H & Lucile Carman
23 years, Bruce & Louise Cummings
15 years, Garrett E DeJong
16 years, David & Lois Dickason
14 years, John & Dorothea Helms
9 years, Gene & Kristie Hennig
17 years, Andrew M & Dorothy Hume
8 years, Benjamin & Mary Johnson
10 years, Kunal Kapoor
14 years, Eleanor Macfarlane
22 years, John & Patricia MacKay
8 years, Daryl & Elsie Miller
9 years, Ernest & Edna Nunn
9 years, John & Dorothy Nyce
15 years, Richard & Joanne Patton
17 years, John E & Lorraine Rittmann
13 years, John & Ruth Ruggiero
18 years, August F & Alice Schmitthenner
9 years, Sandra Schoeninger
10 years, May L & Charles Votaw
13 years, Andrew W & Wilma Wilch
15 years, Theodore W & Gwendolyn Zwemer


Appreciation and Accomplishments

KIS Archives
Many of you already know that the KIS Archivist has resigned and will be leaving KIS on 30 September. The search for a new archivist has been underway, and a short list of new candidates is being reviewed. On Monday, 5 October the KMU Building will be shut down to begin renovation for the KIS Archive Museum. By October newsletter we hope to have much progress to report.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
- Antoine De Saint Exupery


KIS Profiles

Annual Giving Supports KIS People
The Annual Fund gives KIS the means to develop and continue programs that make this school a truly outstanding place. The Fund creates opportunities for KIS students to achieve all kinds of excellence and has a direct impact on KIS ability to attract exceptional teachers and tomorrow’s leaders.

In past newsletters, we have done many profiles of the KIS staff & students. In future we would like to begin including profiles of alumni, family & friends of KIS.

Please contact Judy Redder, Foundation Officer at if you would be interested in allowing me to feature you in an upcoming newsletter. Your contributions would be very much appreciated.