Welcome! ( New Pictures added below - 11/19/2014 ! )

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.

Gwangju Foreign Language Network and KFS!Mina and Nate

On November 18, 2014 Gwangju Foreign Language Network came to KFS to record our students for an upcoming Radio Star segment. The broadcast of our KFS students will occur on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:05 am. You can find GFN on your radio at either 98.7 or 93.7. Below are some pictures of the recording session.

Important Date Changes!  Important Date Changes! Important Date Changes!

This year, the Thanksgiving dinner was scheduled for Novemeber 25th. At the request of the parent group, that date for this event has been changed to Novemeber 21st. The December 1st PTO meeting has been rescheduled for December 8th, 2014

Important Announcement!  Important Announcement!

In order to make it easier for parents, we will have Parent/Teacher meetings on November 21st, 2014. Please Make an appointment to see individual teachers with that teachers. In order to see as many parents as possible, meeting times are limited to 10 minutes. Please have any questions you may have ready for the meeting! When the meetings are over, stay and enjoy our Thanksgiving Dinner celebration!

Even though we had a small group of parents and teachers at the Last PTO meeting, many things got accomplished, and many important discussions took place. If you want to be part of this process, we encourage you to attend the next PTO meeting. The date of that meeting will be announced shortly.  A  BIG THANK YOU to everyone who did attend!



Dear Cougar Families,

The annual NHS Won War begins Monday and runs until Thanksgiving Break (11/27)

We are raising money to support the “Adopt A Child For Christmas” program at Sung Bin Orphanage.

If you’re new to the Won War, here are the rules:

  • Coins are positive, and bills (paper money) are negative
  • Students will bring coins to add to their grade level jar. Coins can be added at any point, but no paper money until November 21!
  • Starting November 21 during Thanksgiving dinner, students (and parents!) can also add bills to other grade level jars.
  • The class that generates the highest net (that is coins minus bills) per student will earn a pizza party courtesy of the NHS.

Please help your child to contribute generously and remind them of the positive goal of this fundraiser: to provides Christmas gifts to the children at Sungbin Orphanage and other orphanages around Gwangju.

We also strongly encourage families to contribute directly to the Adopt-A-Child program. You can do so using the following spreadsheet (the good folks at Sungbin will contact you): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1voOOiuNUCvormeyJ0po95woQnmh9FGJOS6L7id6vYUs/viewform?c=0&w=1

Thank you!


National Honor Society 

! !!    Attention Seniors and Parents of Seniors!  !!    ! !!    Attention Seniors and Parents of Seniors!  !!  !! !!    Attention Seniors and Parents of Seniors!  !!  !

Brown University and University of Detroit- Mercy came off the list this week, and Stanford and University of Minnesota were added. These links take you directly to their admissions page. Make sure you take advantage of having this links at your fingertips as you do your research. It is important that seniors have done their research, and begun the application process. Please remember that as Mr. Stock and your teachers have reminded you many times, International Student deadlines are different than US residence deadlines. If you are a US citizen, you can still apply based on the residence deadlines. If not, you must meet the International Student deadlines to be considered. This year KFS has worked hard to give the students what they need to begin the application process. Andrew Eisenhart From Drexel University met with the students and gave them important information they needed to apply to university, and answered all of their questions. He also was our guest speaker for this years "College Night". Mr. Stock, Mr. King, Ms. Stark, Mr. Coyle, and Mr. Lewis have been working with the seniors since the start of the school year. Mr. King, Ms. Stark, Mr. Coyle, and Mr. Lewis in the classroom providing information and answering questions sometimes daily or weekly, and Mr. Stock met with each individual senior going over their transcripts, GPA, college choices, and what things they need to do. We have had several universities come visit the school. We have been posting popular universities on Moodle(directly to the admissions page), along with a direct link to the Common Application. Overall, KFS has done everything we can to prepare the seniors for the application process. We reminded the seniors almost daily that they need to look up the due dates and deadlines for universities that they wished to apply to. Actually filling out the application is something that KFS can not do. That is the students responsibility, and not something we can do for them. We are glad to assist them when they ask for help, but the responsibility is solely the students. They have to ask for help to get it.

Parents, please keep reminding and checking on your seniors to make sure they have started the application process. Ask them if they know what the deadlines are for the universities they wish to apply to. There is no way the school can check to see how far they are in the process, or if they have even started the process at all. The application process is the first step universities use for eliminating students for acceptance to their university. They make it difficult to see if students have the will, determination, time management skills, and problem solving skills to get through the application process. Failure to meet deadlines is a quick way to eliminate students who didn't properly follow the process. There is nothing KFS can do to change this.

Students, if you have not started the application process by now, with the exception of a very small number of universities, you are now behind in the process. If using the Common Application, even if you have not selected any universities yet, you should have everything else completed. It is not something most people can do in an hour. It takes time, which you are running out of. You have been told since the beginning of the year to do your research, find out timelines and deadlines, find out exactly what you need to do for each university you plan on applying to. If you have not started this process, as you have been told to do, when do you plan on starting it? You are running out of time. As you have been told since the beginning of the year, if you need help, all you have to do is ask. Please remember that we can't help you if your don't ask first. this is your responsibility.

Everyone at KFS wishes much success to this years seniors as the work through the process of university admissions.

 Instructions on how to order uniforms has been moved to the Main Menu.

KFS Fall Festival! Thanks for everyone's hard work!


Global Families of Gwangju Festival !        

Thank you for everyone from KFS and Global Families of Gwangju for putting on another well attended festival by the community of Gwangju!

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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