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14 Dec 2020

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2021-22 Re-enrollment Physical Exams | nurse@gisthailand.org

Physical exam forms are available here. We will not be able to do any physical exams at our January vaccine clinic this year. You will receive an email reminder if your student is due for TB testing this year. Please return completed forms to Health Services by January 29th.

Carnival Cancelled for This Year | communications@gisthailand.org

Please note the Community Carnival scheduled for January 20, 2021 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to bringing this event back in 2022.

COVID Update | nurse@gisthailand.org

Please see this post update for the latest information on the Tachilek outbreak and our response.


Advent Podcast | jkamphausen@gisthailand.org

We want to invite you to continue listening or catch up with our Advent Podcast! Our theme this year is “Present” and we have been hearing stories from students and staff about how Jesus is present in their lives but also how He has been a gift to them. You can find the link to the podcast HERE and listen on your preferred podcast platform.


Elementary Important Dates in December | mkennedy@gisthailand.org

December 15 – Christmas Program for Parents (see below for details)
December 16 – Christmas Festival (for students)
December 17 & 18 Early Dismissal @ 11:30
December 19 – January 5 – No School (Christmas Break)


Elementary Christmas Concert | mkennedy@gisthailand.org

Parents are invited to attend a Christmas Concert performed by our elementary students on Tuesday, December 15 at 8:20 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Due to COVID socially distancing regulations and space limitations, students will be coming to the cafeteria only for their performances.  This concert should be approximately one hour long.  Remember to sign in at the guard shack (gate entrance is for students only) and wear a mask for entry to campus.  Individual class performances will be recorded.


December Dress-Up Days | mkennedy@gisthailand.org

We are so happy to see so many of our students getting into the Christmas spirit and wearing their favorite Christmas hat, headband or Christmas socks to school.  We’ll continue this for the rest of the month.


December Tiger Pride Day | mkennedy@gisthailand.org

Our Tiger Pride Dress-Up day for the month of December will be Wednesday, December 16.  If they want, students can come to school dressed in Christmas colors.  This dress-up is optional


End of Semester 1/Q2 & Exam Schedule | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

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 11:30 am.
  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.

Semester 1 Report Cards | aspohnhauer@gisthailand.org

Semester 1 report cards will be emailed on January 6 at 9:00 AM. 


Staffing Changes for Semester 2 | mrandolph@gisthailand.org

There will be some staffing changes coming up for Semester 2 and if your student has courses that are affected as a result of these changes, you will receive an email detailing these changes. Please keep an eye out for an email from Ms. Randolph regarding staffing changes that are specific to your child. 


Reminder: Start of Semester 2 is a Late Start | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

We will come back to school for Semester 2 on January 6th. This will be a C Day, and thus will be a late start. 


Reminder: Cold Weather & Outerwear | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

As the weather gets cooler in the mornings, please remember that the GIS dress code applies to outwear. Please refer to the PSMO Handbook for more information. 


Senior Yearbook Tributes | yearbook@gisthailand.org

Would you like to honor a 2020-21 senior (G12) in the Yearbook? Find information here.  


G12 Weekly Academic Counselor Update | counselor@gisthailand.org

Seniors (G12) receive the Weekly Academic Counselor Update via Google Classroom on Monday mornings. Please encourage your senior to look at the Update or share it with you as it has NEW information each week about scholarships, applicant portals, deadlines, financial aid, webinars, sending transcripts, letters of recommendations, and more.

Mark your Calendars with Upcoming Events | secondary.office@gisthailand.org

  • December 15-18: End of Semester schedule (see above)
  • December 19- January 5: Christmas Break!
  • January 6: Quarter 3/Semester 2 Starts 


This Week in Athletics | athletics@gisthailand.org

No event scheduled!  Enjoy the Christmas Break!