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Have you ever had a medical crisis in Nanjing?

Have you ever struggled in a Chinese hospital or pharmacy?

My Personal Project will help solve your problem.

I’m working on a medical service guidebook for my PP. Please take a minute to fill out this survey to help me help you with these kind of problems. Thank you, Chloe gr10.

PP Help in the Library

Wednesdays are a great day to get PP and EE help in the library! But did you know there’s now a Thursday option? Come see Miss Keus on Thursdays after school for help with your process journal, report, or a great pep talk.  You can do it! Go you!

Boomwhacker Needed

Hey teachers,

Are you looking to fulfill your volunteer requirements for Ms Anna before the end of the semester? Is your ManageBac looking empty? Well, I have an opportunity for you!

I have 7 very happy teacher volunteers who would LOVE to be hit over the head with a musical instrument during next week’s Winter Assembly… but I need 8. I’m looking for one more!

If you are interested, please let me know this week. Here’s your schedule:

Thursday lunch 1: MSUS teachers’ tech rehearsal

Thursday lunch 2: PS teachers’ tech rehearsal

Friday morning: MSUS and PS performances during the winter assembly



(PS: If I don’t get my last volunteer, I’m going to continue my current strategy of accosting people in their classrooms!)


Volunteer – Musicians Needed

Volunteers are needed for the NIC Benefit Concert to perform in a 4 person iPad / 4 person boomwhacker performance of Christmas songs. This is part of your volunteerism requirements.
If you are interested, please contact Miss Keus by tomorrow (Friday) at 3 p.m.

Pianist Needed

The Advanced Orchestra would like to thank DY for all his fantastic work last year and wish him best of luck in grade 12!

We are currently seeking a new pianist for Advanced Orchestra. Students should be between grades 6 – 11 and have exemplary skills on their instruments. The piano is the core of the orchestra, so you should have a minimum of grade 9 RCM or grade 7 ABRSM playing level  to apply (You do not need to hold these certificates, but this should be your performance level).  Rehearsals are once a week, regardless of whether school is in session (e.g. practices during 3 way conference days) and may includes weekends nearer to performances. Since this is the Advanced Orchestra, some performances are during weekends (e.g. Grade 12 Graduation).

If you are interested, please contact Miss Keus and arrange for an audition. You should play the most challenging piece you know.

NIC Benefit Concert Volunteers

The Music Department is currently seeking volunteers to perform at the NIC Benefit Concert. We are looking for musical performances based on a Christmas theme.

  • small ensemble / duet?
  • 4 person iPad orchestra?
  • Boomwhackers?

You must be able to attend a tech rehearsal on Friday, November 29th and the performance on Saturday, November 30th. You may need to have a weekend rehearsal in between.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Heidi or Miss Keus.

Australian School Visit

On Tuesday, the 24th of September, a group of 44 middle school students from Australia will be visiting NIS to give a music performance / workshop. The topic will be a history of Australia, as seen through music.

Block 4: MSUS music students will attend during xBlock.  This will also include all grade 9 and 10 music students (see email from last week).  Advanced Orchestra students are allowed to attend if they get their teachers’ permissions beforehand.

Block 5: PS students will be attending after lunch.  They will sit on the floor of the middle music room, so there is plenty of space for any primary classes that still want to attend.

Please see Amy for more information. Thanks!

Grade 10 PP Day

Wow! Today is the day! Grade 10s, come to M251 (the music ensemble room) for a great start to your Personal Project!

Block 1: Choosing Your Topic & Global Context with Miss Keus and Ms. Fox.

Block 2: Research & Academic Honesty with Ms. Lenke and Ms. Romero

Block 3: Process Journals with Ms. Kuan and Miss Keus

Block 4: Product Specifications & Action Plans with Mr. Baker & Ms. terBorg

Block 5: ManageBac / Wrap Up with Miss Keus and Mrs. Clarke

Please bring a pencil, and your excitement & enthusiasm. 

Wednesday Music Clubs

Advanced Orchestra & Chinese Drumming clubs start Wednesday, August 14, 2014. 

Advanced Orchestra has two gigs in semester 1 – Learning2 conference in October and Awards Assembly in January. All members must be auditioned. Rehearsals are Wednesdays after school. Please see Miss Keus (M252) for more information.

Chinese Drumming will be performing at a wide variety of events throughout the year, including the winter concert, NEAMC, assemblies, Earth Hour, Music Evening, etc. No auditions required, but space is limited to the number of drums available. Rehearsals are Wednesdays during lunch.  Please see Sunny Cho (M252 advisory) for more information. 

xFest Tech Rehearsal

The following students are required to attend a tech rehearsal in the Black Box on June 18th during block 2:

Phoebe, Cici, Rachel, Reina, Oscar B, Jisook, Jiyou, Hyun, Jihyun, Jaemin, Yumin, Ethan, Darcy, Noa, Emily, Juno & Ruby. Please bring all equipment / supplies with you and be ready to perform.

Thank you,

Miss Keus

Music Evening is Tonight!

Tonight is the night! Get ready for a great night of music! We’ve got amazing solo pieces, cool duets, energetic choirs, thrilling orchestras, and TOTALLY ROCKIN’ ROCK BANDS! The show starts tonight at 18:30 (6:00 p.m.!) SEE YOU TONIGHT!

Music Evening

Come to our NIGHT OF ROCK! @ NIS. We’ll start off with show tunes, movie themes and fun pieces from our ensembles and soloists, before moving into our ROCK BAND SHOWCASES! Come see the grade 7, grade 8, grade 11, and Chinese school bands as they ROCK THE ROOM!


This year we have a packed list of performers, including 4 rock bands and a rock soloist! Come see some of your talent show favourites! Come listen to musical medleys, including Black Panther and Queen! All are welcome!

Many thanks to the hard working supervisors who have been guiding our students through this challenging and engaging PP project. 

Today I received emails and visits to my room (all are welcome!) from both staff and students alike asking for clarifications. Also, I learned that people have not received my digest emails.

Here are a recap of the instructions.

Academic Honesty Form Instructions:  (Click the link for a video tutorial.)

Please complete the form, print it, and have you and your student sign and date the form. Give me the hard copy or put the scanned copy on the server.

TeacherLargeStorage / Personal Project

Please find your students’ folder and upload their report in Word, their report in PDF, any evidence of a soft-copy product, and their Academic Honesty form. If they did a media report, please upload that file (whatever media form it took).

If they have a physical product, this can come to my classroom.

I hope this helps! Please keep the questions coming.





We will be starting an ABRSM5 club once a week during the first half of lunch in the music room. This will take place during either Day 4 or 7 each week (depending on whether Miss Keus has an assembly tech rehearsal). We will have an ABRSM5 WeChat that includes your parents and every Sunday night we’ll send out the schedule of which day the club will take place.This is not a mandatory club and Miss Keus will not be chasing students who miss sessions – it’s all up to you and how serious you are.

If you are interested in attending, please come to Miss Keus’ room today during the 1st half of lunch.

PP in the Library

Dear PPers,

We are getting to the final stretch! With goals chosen & researched, and product made, now it’s time to turn your attention to the report. Would you like some SUPER help?

Come to the library today from 3:00 – 4:15 for some heroic help!

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