Welcome!

Welcome Back! Welcome back to all of our returning students, and a sincere welcome to KFS to our new students. Moodle is used extensively here at KFS. If you do not have a username and password, please read below. It's going to be a Great Year here at KFS!

If you have any problems using Moodle, please follow these steps:

1. Tell your teacher. They may be able to solve the problem.

2. See Mr. Clark, Mr. King, or Mr. Stock

If you forget your password, please see Mr. Clark, Mr. King,  or Mr. Stock. They are the only ones who can reset it for you.

Congratulations to Haejin Jo for being the Grand Prize Winner in the PRIDE Writing Championship! Great work Haejin! Everyone at KFS is very proud of you! Enjoy your prize!

The school has added two additional optional (not required) uniform accessories. They will be showing up on the Landsend website fairly soon. One item is the T-200 Fleece Jacket with school logo, the other is Dress shorts. The Middle and High School will have Khaki dress shorts available, the elementary will be blue. Please keep an eye on the Landsend website if you are interested in these items.

As a public service from our KFS students, please click on the link below and learn more about Lab Safety!

Thank you Students! Well Done!

 

College Night at KFS was very successful. A lot of good information was shared, and many questions were answered. KFS would like to thank Mr. Eisenhart for his part in the evening. Thank you to the KFS staff who attended in support of our KFS students. Thank you to Mr. King for operating the Control room for us. Unfortunately, some parents we not able to attend. There is a link here on Moodle to Mr. Stocks presentation for those who missed it, our would like to see it again.

College Night

College NightCollege Night

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Notice to all KFS Moms!   Ms. Yeun who teachers piano lessons to some of our students has offered to run a after school activity for KFS Moms. Starting Friday, October 10, 2014, she would like all moms who are interested in starting a "Mom's Choir" at KFS to meet with her in the KFS. All moms are welcome. Practice will be every Friday from 2:30-3:30 (14:30-15:30). If there are enough moms interested in this activity, the "Mom's Choir" will perform with KFS students during our winter concert. Show your KFS Spirit! Join the "Mom's Choir"!

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On October 24-25, One of our KFS teachers, Mr. Lewis, will be doing a presentation at the 21CLEduLan conference in Seoul. The conference will be held at Korea International School. Mr. Lewis will be giving a presentation on Opportunities for Gifted and Talented Students. We appreciate Mr Lewis helping the educational community in Korea, by sharing his experience and knowledge in this area, all students in Korea may have a better classroom experience!

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Fire Training!

Fire Training at KFS!

 KFS Staff With The Fire Fighters

DANGER!

                                                                                                                                                     Mr. Coyle shooting water at...Nothing?

FIRE Training

  The fire truck shooting water over the back fence    at school!

 ***UPDATED Information About Uniform Ordering******UPDATED Information About Uniform Ordering***

The Lands’ End KFS Uniform shop is now up and running! There are two ways you can order:

 

  1. Go to the Lands’ End website and order directly. If you need assistance, refer to this presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14BcKWt0t1YLfV9reDgMLjRmsq28Cw-DB3g3pmVqtdK8/edit?usp=sharing

     

  2. KFS will submit a group order this month. We will collect orders between now and June 25, then submit to Lands’ End. They will then give us a cost that will include shipping, import tax, and a possible bulk discount. We will then contact you with a total and a date by which to pay. Once the fees are collected, we will place the order, which should take about 2 weeks to process and ship.

    1. To participate in the group order, you can download the order form on moodle( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FBpxQd9tSicNF4TUXoYn1mLkWPYNCZ-bY7-9lb6_s5M/edit?pli=1#gid=1050975455 ), find the items you want on the Lands’ End website, then fill out the order form and email it to Ms. Shin at kwangjufs@hotmail.com.

*새로운 교복 주문*

1.  Land's End 웹사이트에서 개별 주문. 주문방법은 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14BcKWt0t1YLfV9reDgMLjRmsq28Cw-DB3g3pmVqtdK8/edit?usp=sharing 참고

2. 학교에서 단체주문 : 주문서( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FBpxQd9tSicNF4TUXoYn1mLkWPYNCZ-bY7-9lb6_s5M/edit?pli=1#gid=1050975455 )를 다운받고, Land's End 웹사이트에서 구입할 교복을 결정하여 주문서 작성하여 이메일(kwangjufs@hotmail.com)로 6월 25일까지 발송. 주문 취합 후 7월 중 주문예정.

  

************* Uniform  Announcement for 2014-2015 School year (Updated September 23, 2014) **************

As all of the returning students know, at the end of last school year, a new school uniform was approved. In order to accommodate families who may of recently bought new "Old" uniforms, it was agreed that the new uniform roll out period would be for one year. By doing this, it allows families who had recently purchased the old uniform to get some use out of it. As a point of clarification on this issue, we want to make sure that several things are clear about the uniform change over.

1. Students will either be in the newly approved uniform, or in the old uniform (provided that it is still in good shape and presents well). If they fail to be in one or the other, they will be asked to have someone from home bring them the correct attire.

2. Because we are allowing for two different uniforms for a period of one year, it does not mean that students can wear anything that they want. They will wear one or the other. Students who wear the old uniform do so with the expectation that it is in good condition, and fits properly. If the old uniform does not fit properly, the student will be asked to purchase, and wear the new uniform.

3. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, all students will be required to wear the newly approved uniform regardless.

4. If you need a new uniform, it is strongly recommended that you order it right away. Our understanding is that it takes about two weeks from date of order until actual delivery.

***Update*** September 23,2014****

Shortly, the latest large order that was place by the school for parents will arrive and be handed out. Once this has been completed, unless you have come to KFS very recently, all students are expected to be in either the old, or the new uniform. If you are new, please order your uniform right away. Most people report that individual orders appear to arrive much faster than the large orders that we put in. Students who are not in uniform will be reporting to Mr. Stock. We appreciate all of the parent support in regards to making sure your students are following the dress code. PLEASE NOTE: Because the new uniform gives you various choices on what to wear, depending on the temperature, there will no longer be a summer/winter change over period. When students begin to feel cold, they can pick from several options. One Option would be to switch from a short sleeve shirt to a long sleeve shirt. Another option would be to wear a KFS hoodie or sweater, or yet another option would be the new T-200 Fleece Jacket. This allows the student to dress according to what will keep them warm/cool all through the year.

                              We had an excellent turnout to the September 15th PTO meeting. Lots of information was shared, and many good discussions took place. The Next PTO meeting will be October 6, 2014 at 6 pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!  See you there! If you have anything you would like put on the agenda, please contact Mr. Stock, or email him no later than the day before the meeting.

For Safety and Security reasons, KFS will be enforcing the school visitor policy which has been in the Student Handbook for many years. Any visitors to the school, parents included, will be required to go to the main office before they enter the building and sign in. The main office will issue visitor badges at that time. The badges must be returned to the main office when you leave the building. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Please make sure you get to school on time.  Students are expected to be in the building no later than 8:10. Contrary to popular belief, School does not start at 8:20 with a ten minute grace period. School starts at 8:10, and if you are not where you are supposed to be at 8:20, you are tardy! (actually, you are absent until you are marked tardy, or you report to the office to have Miss Shin change you to being tardy.) Start the year off right. Be on time!

 

 

 

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This is our pilot Self Study vechile

This is a Technology focused class and resource for the faculty of KFS.  Mr. King will host an in house networking event focusing on Ed Tech.  A lot of us resist technology or avoid it because of the amount of time it takes us to figure out to to implement the technology in our classrooms.  I am sure that most of us have realized though that we either learn how to integrate Educational Technology or we get out of the way for teachers who are willing to do so.  

It sounds bleak to say that we need to adopt or die in the classroom, but it is going to become a fact in our industry.  A lot of people look at it as a disadvantage that we are, for the most part older, and are not from the the generation of DIGITAL NATIVES.  I totally disagree with this.  I think we are the ones with the advantage!  Educational Technology is not about technology for technology's sake.  It is still about education!  It is about how we can streamline processes, engage students, and make exciting lessons.  We can understand that.  We are not using technology just because it is what we grew up with.  We are digital immigrants, so we look at the technology and evaluate its value, its appropriateness.  We digital immigrants are looking to ensure that our delivery is rigorous, targeted, precise, etc.

This will be a seminar that continues from year to year, and will aim to address new technologies and concerns that teachers might have about using technology.  Questions are expected as is curriculum input.  We are not looking to bore you with a weekly lecture.  I want to make this interesting and topical.  This Moodle page and associated Google Groups and documents will be available for all, and obviously attendance is not required or expected, though it is appreciated.  Come when you are interested, or don't come at all.  I hope this will turn out to be a valuable resource.

This semester the class continues work in the lower registers of soprano, alto and tenor recorders by adding the chormatic fingerings commonly used in recorder scores. They will also expand their knowledge and technical abilities in the upper ranges of their instruments.

The spring program entitled, Update: Earth includes seven selections and the clas will begin working to accomplish the first four selections this quarter.  The students are responsible for the lyrics, the melodies, and the choeorgraphy in each selection assigned to their class.

This course will introduce students to computer science.  The course will focus on the programming aspects of Computer Science.  The students will learn how to think like a programmer and do a little bit of coding as well.

This is the Moodle page for the Grade 3 class at Kwangju Foreign School

During the first semester, the second grade 1) sang, 2) did circle games, 3) danced, 4) began reading music, 5) worked at the whiteboard, 6) played instruments, 7) played the class keyboard, 8) performed in the winter program.

This semester, the class wants to enjoy their favorites in the categories above and are looking forward to learning the music for the spring program in May.

“ Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibers from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint he scratches, the blood or semen he deposits or collects. All of these and more, bear mute witness against him. This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value.
- Professor Edmond Locard

Biology is a one year course that provides students with the opportunity to research and investigate the natural world around them. Students study the structures and functions common to all life forms and then learn of the many features that make individual organisms so different from each other and other types of life. Topics include historical studies and discoveries, tools of the trade, cell structure and processes, molecular basis of heredity and DNA, biological history/origin of life, evolutionary relationships between organisms determined from morphology and phylogenetic comparisons, advanced ecological topics such as water, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and behavior of organisms. Modern technological innovations such as genetic engineering and medical advances are also presented. The skills of identification of details, classification, diagramming and comparative study are stressed.

This is a one year course that explores the foundations of Earth Science in the following related topics: Earth’s place in the universe, dynamic Earth processes, Energy in the Earth system, biochemical cycles, structure and composition of the atmosphere, and geology. Students will have the opportunity for self assessment as well as for teacher guidance and assessment throughout the course including the preparation and finalization of Problem Solving Projects, which focus on research, organization, and drafting strategies. The course covers scientific terminology, historical and cultural advances in science, vocabulary building, test taking strategies, and several simulated labs, hands-on labs, the essay, workplace documents, and science projects using the scientific method.

Chemistry is a one year course which will provide a firm foundation in chemical concepts and principles. Students will be instilled with an appreciation of the vital role chemistry plays in our lives. Topics will include, but are not limited to: the nature of chemistry as a science, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table of elements, chemical formulas and bonding, chemical reactions and equations, states of matter, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and chemical thermodynamics. Students will be engaged through lectures, projects, independent research, laboratory activities, and lab reports.


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