G6 Agreements

Below are the G6 Consensus Agreements that all students believed represented who we wanted to be as sixth graders for SY 2014-15.

We agreed to:                                                    photo 4-4

  • Be organized and prepared                       
  • Be helpful and positive
  • Shoot for the stars
  • Encourage yo’amigos

We will make a real effort to put these agreements into practice everyday.

Supplies for G6 Eng and SS

We have been through what you need for Ms O’Regan’s English and Social Studies classes in Grade 6.

You should have received the Supply List when you picked up your schedule. You can also pick up a copy at the MS Office.

As a friendly reminder, here is the Supply List again and how to label your book and folders:


1. Journal notebook- Writing & Reading Journal (Journal stays in class)
2. 2x clear files- Eng & SS Folder and Eng & SS Portfolio (Portfolio stays in class)
3. Planner
4. Independent reading book
5. Loose leaf paper (you don’t need a lot- just a few sheets- to be kept inside your folder)
6. Pencil case- inside your pencil case there should be:
  • post its
  • pencil
  • pen
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • markers/ high lighters/ color pencils

Introductory Letter to Parents 2014

Dear Parents,

My name is Rena O’Regan and this year I will be teaching English and Social Studies to the students who are in the Advisories of Ms Vergel, Ms Arrieta, Ms Sucre and myself for school year 2014-15. I am a New Zealander who has taught in NZ, China, and Indonesia before arriving in the Philippines. This is my eighth year at ISM. I am thrilled to be teaching two of my favorite subjects to a new batch of Grade 6 students!

We made it through our first day in sixth grade today! There was plenty of nervousness and excitement in the hallways this morning as students and teachers introduced themselves, reacquainted with friends, met newcomers and found out what Grade 6 is all about. There was a lot to take in over the course of the day; lockers to come to terms with, variations to the schedule, and all those school supplies to sort out. But we survived and had a great day! 

The first two days of school have introductory activities and some schedule changes to accommodate this. Our regular schedule will run from Monday 11th Aug. We ask students to have their necessary supplies by then, so we can all get organized and start our learning together. Open House is also a little later in MS this year, so please keep up to date with my weekly blog posts at http://oreganr.ism-online.org/

The aim for the next couple of weeks is to settle students into school and establish routines and an environment where everyone is comfortable and ready to learn. If I have not met you already, I hope to do so in the near future. Please feel free to pop in and say “Hi,” especially after school when you are likely to catch me. I also hope to see as many of you as possible at the MS Open House on Wednesday 27thth August.

I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with 6th grade students again. I look forward to a challenging and rewarding year, full of rich and exciting learning experiences.

6th Grade here we come!


Rena O’Regan

Introductory Letter to Students 2014

Dear Students,

Welcome to 6th grade! I am delighted to meet you. I will also be your English/ Social Studies Teacher. We are part of the Green Team which is made up of three other core teachers; Mr Hamaguchi, Mr Benford and Ms Vergel.

This is the start of my eighth year at ISManila, and is my fifth year in MS here.

Ali & me 005

I am so excited to be back in Middle School and working with you. We will be very busy learning about Structures, Relationships, Cause and Effect and Discoveries. All Grade 6 classes study these topics at the same time. Our first unit will be Structures.

Many of you are lucky as you are not new to MS any longer. However some of our classmates are new. I know I can rely on you to help all of the “newbies” feel comfortable and settle in.

I am sure you have lots of questions about Grade 6. Please feel free to ask any of your teachers, or myself. We are all here to help you!

I hope you have a great first day in sixth grade. I look forward to a terrific year working and learning with you.


Ms O’Regan 

Activity Day Schedule 2 May, 2014

Activity Day Schedule:

7:30 – 8:15      Attendance in Homebase/MS Gym

8:20 – 9:20      Session 1

9:20 – 9:55      Break

10:00 – 11:00  Session 2

11:05 – 12:05  Session 3

12:10 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 2:00      Session 4

2:05 – 3:00      Whole School Assembly in the FAT

Activity Day Sign Up

Activity day sign ups started on Friday. You can sign up any time this week. 
Please make sure you go to the Blog first:
You need to read all the instructions on the blog before clicking on the eventbrite website.
  1. Password (ISM) is on info that you need to read.
  2. You can only sign up for an activity ONCE.
  3. Equipment for activities will be provided.

English Honors info for G7

If you are interested in taking English Honors in G7, please read the letter below with your parents. This is simply an informational letter so you are aware of the process and expectations. More details will be sent out closer to the time in semester 2.

Honors Letter

Dear Parents,

An English Honors Program is offered in Grades 7, 8 and 9 at ISM.  These classes give students opportunities to enrich their English experience with literature and improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The published aims and objectives of the English Honors Program at ISM are:

  • To broaden and deepen student appreciation of literature by engaging in a study of challenging literary texts
  • To foster a greater sense of the artistry and artfulness of language and writing
  • To extend each student’s English skills beyond the regular English curriculum
  • To foster a deeper understanding of how communication skills enrich and enhance the learning experience across the curriculum

The Honors Program: What is it and why do we do it?

The English Honors Program is primarily about enrichment; it is not used as a prerequisite for future English courses such as the IB Program in the High School.  The Middle School English Honors Program, however, is good preparation if a student wants to pursue English studies in the future.

While the Honors English Program focuses upon enrichment, it is not for everyone. Parents should talk to their child about the challenges of the class.  You need to be honest and think deeply about your reasons to apply. Does your son or daughter fit the profile of an Honors student? Before you consider applying, look at the following criteria of what makes an ideal Honors student:

Honors Profile: What does an Honors student look like?

  • Students in our Honors Program see the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening as essential components to their lives both in and out of an English classroom.
  • They consistently demonstrate mastery of the skills taught in English and therefore function more independently as English learners.
  • They achieve and maintain the highest standards of English at ISM as reflected by their English grades at ISM and in external testing.
  • They want to extend and deepen their English skills beyond the regular English curriculum.
  • They want greater formal exposure to challenging and varied literature.
  • They are avid readers and writers who practice these skills beyond required coursework.

How does my son or daughter apply for Honors?

If students presently in Grades 6, 7 or 8 wish to be considered for English Honors in the next school year, they must apply for the selection process by submitting an application form; the official deadline will be announced by home base teachers in January, and the form will only be available through the Middle School office at the start of the second semester.

Each student who applies will be assessed in the four areas of consideration:

1.     First Semester English Grade: The minimum requirement is a A-in English.

2.     Teacher Recommendation: Teachers will look at each student’s educational dispositions to determine whether they are reflective, self-directed critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

3.     External Assessment Scores: The first semester’s MAP scores for language and reading will be considered as another piece of data.

4.     Cornerstone Writing Assessment:  In December/January all students participate in a standardized in-class writing prompt.  Students will be expected to write extended responses (essays) that will examine each student’s ideas through comprehension, analysis/interpretation, and evaluation as well as technical writing ability as described by voice, word choice, and sentence fluency. Students will be instructed on essay development and writing during the quarter and do not need to do anything extra to prepare.

A grade level teacher panel will conduct a careful review of the information outlined in the four areas for each potential Honors student.

After reviewing the criteria, a teacher panel will select the top candidates for each grade level to be offered a place in the English Honors class for the next year. Decisions will be sent to parents in April.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at burked@ismanila.org.


David Burke                                                                                                        Simon Gillespie

Middle School English Program Leader                                                    Middle School Principal




Mabuhay Middle School,


An important part of the school year at ISM is Filipinana, an opportunity to celebrate and discover Philippine culture together as an international community of learners.


The schedule for Friday October 25, 2013:

Period 1 (D/D/D) 7:30 – 8:10

Period 2 (E/E/E) 8:15 – 8:55

Period 3 (F/F/F) 9:00 – 9:40

Break – 9:40 – 9:55

Period 4 (A/G/G) 10:00 – 10:40

Period 5 (B/H/H) 10:45 – 11:25

Advisory – 11:30 – 11:55

11:55 – Parade. 

(11. 50 Students and teachers marching in the parade are to meet at the Middle School drop off area between gates 1 and 2.  Student and teachers not in the parade can line the parade route to enjoy the event and cheer on the kick off to Filipiniana.  The parade route will complete a ring starting at gate 1, continuing on the road that goes past the HS, MS, and ES drop offs, along the ES field, and down the covered area on the plaza level back to gate 1.  If it is raining the parade will begin on the plaza level at the HS field end, walk down the covered area to the end, up the stairs to the first level along that hallway in front of the canteen down to the FAT, up to the second level passing the hall with the MS MC and back down to the plaza level – in this scenario, MS students and teachers participating will join at the MS drop off area in the undercover side).

12:15 – 1:15 –  Move to the Fine Arts Theater – sit in assigned Home Base seats for MS Filipinana Assembly.

Enjoy some great entertainment and performances focusing on the theme of Bayanihan. Students from our Dance, Choir, and Strings will be performing along with some High School groups.

1.15- 2.00 – Middle School Barrio Fiesta and Lunch.

Students will have the opportunity to eat lunch in the Middle School Courtyard and in the HS/MS canteen.  Tickets or chits for food will be on sale in front of the canteen during lunch on Thursday and also during the event in front of the courtyard in the covered area on the plaza level.

2:00 – 3:00  Students, Faculty and Staff will make their way to their assigned Activity Period room

This information will be sent out on Wednesday to be shared in Advisory.  Groups have been made according to our new houses.  Each group is a mix of students from Advisories in the Middle School.  Each group has been assigned a different room.  A list of students and their assigned room will also be posted on the bulletin board in front of the Middle School office area.

What should we wear on Filipiniana?

Students wear traditional dress from the Philippines, a PCC shirt which can be purchased, your house t-shirt, or your regular school uniform.


See you back at school on the 4th Nov.