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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!

PP Thursdays

 Looking to level up your PP?

There’s no cheat codes or Easter eggs for you –> just hard work and perseverance. 

Come to the library today from 3:15 – 4:15 and Miss Keus will help you become the PP Boss.



PS: Your princess is not in another castle, she’s in the library.


Chinese New Years Skit 2019

Many years ago, Mr. McBride and Ms. Xue create an NIS tradition –> the CNY Teacher-Student skit. We can’t match Mr. Tyoschin dancing Gangnam Style or Ms. Weatherly showing off her taichi, but we’ll definitely do our best to entertain you.

We are looking for 10 teachers and/or students to participate in this year’s skit. We must have 1 teenage female, but otherwise all roles can be any gender or age.

If you are interested, please contact Miss Keus (M252) or Ms. Bella (Hutong) as soon as possible. We will be rehearsing Sunday mornings from 09:00 – 12:00.


PP in the Library

Would you like help in takin your PP to the next level?

Come to the library today after school for some high-quality, focused work time. We’ll help you construct your PP so that it meets all the building codes needed for a successful product.

Chinese Drumming Club – NEAMC

 The Chinese Drumming club will be presenting at this year’s North East Asia Mathematics Competition. Rehearsals will be every Wednesday during the first half of lunch – there will also be a 3 hour weekend rehearsal (date to be determined). This performance will be part of the “Arts in the Community” programme.

There are limited drums available, so all members should come promptly to the music room today at 12:50 to ensure they have a spot.

Please go to studentlargestorage / music / sheet music / drumming to get your rehearsal files.

School Bell

This week’s bell is called, “Seaweed Dance.” It was submitted by Ms. Chen’s advisory.

NIS Community Orchestra

We have little ensemble that plays at charity events – NIC Benefit Concert, RFG Christmas Market, NIS Earth Hour, etc. At the moment, we have 2 parents, 3 teachers, and 2 students. We are always happy to have more members. If you are interested in being in our little group, please contact Miss Keus in M252. This is open to NIS community members (staff, teachers, parents, and students.)


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