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13 Jan 2020

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*NewPoor Air Quality Days Recommendation | nurse@gisthailand.org
Even though we have air purifiers in the classrooms and make accommodations for recesses when the air quality is poor, it is still a good idea to be protected to the best of our ability when outside.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that all students wear face masks when outside on poor air quality days. The GIS nurse’s office recommends N95 face masks because they have the ability to filter PM 2.5 (particulate matter).  Please contact the nurse’s office if you’d like information on where to purchase these air masks.

(formerly Spiritual Emphasis Week), Jan. 27-31, 2020 w/ Darren Prince (click for his bio
here) (for G7-12 GIS students, ESD students welcome to sign in & attend [morning session]). Worship with Jamie Johnson. Elevation Week is an annual week of meetings with a special guest speaker who helps equip our GIS Secondary to know Jesus better.  SURROUNDED  Morning sessions (8:20am) and evening sessions (6:45-8:15pm) in the cafeteria–Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Guests/parents welcome to attend (please sign in at Admin Bldg. registration for morning sessions)!

Medical Resources | nurse@gisthailand.org
The school nurses have put together this document for parents to know what’s available in the community as you provide care for your family. The document have always been on the school’s health web page (Medical and Dental Care in Chiang Mai), but here is the direct link to the Google document. If you have questions or recommendations, feel free to share them with the nurses.

Semester 2 (Quarter 3) Tuition and Lunch Fees Due | finance@gisthailand.org
The finance office would like to remind families that Semester 2 (Quarter 3) tuition and lunch fees are due on January 15. For those students taking school lunch, the amount due includes prorated lunch fees for Semester 1 covering the period January 7-24.

Vaccination Available Jan 28 nurse@gisthailand.org   
GIS Nurse Office is able to offer monthly vaccination services in partnership with a local Thai doctor. Visit the Health Services website for complete information and forms. Please note completed payment at the Nurses Office confirms a vaccination appointment. It requires at least 2 days to process the information before the appointment.


*New* Heads Up – Standardized Testing | counselor@gisthailand.org
Starting this year, we are using standardized testing in grades 8 & 10 to gather data to improve teaching and learning. This will also inform students’ post-secondary readiness and provide parents with data to track their child’s learning growth. We are using the College Board’s assessments – PSAT 8 & PSAT 10. All full-time students in grades 8 & 10 will be required to take these exams on the following dates (no cost):

  • PSAT 8 – February 24
  • PSAT 10 – March 16

More information to come!

End of Semester 1/Q2 & Exam Schedule | secprincipal@gisthailand.org
Due to the delayed start of the school year, this year Semester 1 will end on Friday, January 24. Final exams will be Jan. 21-24. The schedule can be accessed on the Secondary calendar here.(FYI from the PSMO Handbook: Semester exams for grade 9-12 students or students taking a grade 9-12 level course are given at the end of each semester according to the schedule determined by the Principal (typically the last 4 days).  Courses in the following areas will have semester final examinations: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, and Religious Studies. Other courses may or may not include final semester exams.)


  1. All secondary students (7-12) are required to leave campus after finals/classes are completed for that day at 11:30am.
  2. All Secondary students (grades 7-12) are required to wear school uniforms during finals week. 
  3. In most courses for grades 9-12, as indicated in the PSMO Handbook, an exam will be given at the end of each semester. If a student does not have a final exam in their class(es), they do not need to come to school.
  4. Grades 7 & 8 will run a block class schedule that follows the exam schedule on the calendar. 

If, due to transportation issues, a student needs to be at school but doesn’t have a final (G 9-12), they are permitted to study in provided classrooms.

*New* Friday is Tiger Pride Dress Up Day | jmckeown@gisthailand.org

This Friday, Jan 17, the theme for our Tiger Pride Day is GROUPS! Students should get together with friends and dress in a creative and obvious group. GIS dress code applies, see the PSMO.


*NewElementary Subs Needed | mkennedy@gisthailand.org

Elementary is in need of more substitutes for our teachers and teacher aides.  Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to sub. When our teachers are absent they leave very comprehensive instructions for subs to follow.  If you don’t feel comfortable teaching, how about subbing for one of our teacher aides, they assist in the classroom and on the playground. Subbing is a great way to get more volunteer hours.  Contact Michelle Kennedy if you are interested in helping in this way. Feel free to specify what days you are available and if you’d prefer to only sub for teacher aides.


Where to Get Sports Updates
We know practice and game changes have a great impact on everyone involved in sports. The best ways to know about these changes are on the Athletic website and Grace Athletics Facebook Page.

For more information, please visit our website athletics.gisthailand.org

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