We haven’t had snow yet in Daejeon, but I was in Seoul this weekend where it snowed. It makes me thing…snow will be coming to Daejeon soon! The colder weather always makes me excited for the holidays…decorating a tree, putting up colorful lights, and sipping hot cocoa with family. Before we all head our separate directions for the holidays, we wanted to update you on some of the recent events in TCIS’s Counseling Department.
In the PYP, Ms. Kim has been working on Anti-Bullying and Ways to Keep Safe along with Empathy Training during the recent months! See the pictures of her helpful (and beautiful!) bulletin boards below.
In the MYP, Counselors have been pushing into Learning Lab to offer some classroom guidance to our students. Grades 6, 8, and 10 all have Learning Lab this semester; whereas Grades 7 and 9 will have it next semester. Grade 6 has learned about teamwork, Grade 8 has taken a look at the theory of Multiple Intelligences, and Grade 10 has identified their strengths and interests and have been given the tools to start researching careers. Ms. Smith, DP Coordinator, will join the Counselors on November 29 in Grade 10 Learning Labs to further explain the Diploma Program and its registration process on November 29. Counselors will start meeting individually with all Grade 10 students in February regarding DP registration.
In the DP, Counselors met with all Grade 11 students and many of their parents on October 4 to kick off the college search and application process. We are also meeting with Juniors this week to explain how to use MaiaLearning, our new college and career planning platform that will be replacing Naviance. Individual Junior Meetings about college will begin in December and continue throughout January. Counselors have held countless individual meetings with Grade 12 students regarding the college application process and have also offered several College Application and Essay workshops where Seniors can get their questions answered. All Seniors must turn in a pink Transcript Request Form for every college that they apply to. This alerts us to send their transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges. The recommended deadline to complete all applications to North America and Hong Kong is December 3 in order to give students ample time to study for final examinations. However, TCIS’s required deadline to COMPLETE and SUBMIT applications to North America and Hong Kong schools is December 10. Seniors have been working hard, and that work will pay off as they head into final examinations, the holiday season, and second semester.
We have some exciting events planned for next semester as well…stay tuned! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
We hope your holiday season is filled with joy, family, and laughter, and we wish you all a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ms. Kimberly Eggleston, Gr. 10 MYP & DP/College Counselor (L-Z)
Ms. Janet Hong, Gr. 10 MYP & DP/College Counselor (A-K)
Ms. Susan Kim, GK-5 PYP & Gr. 6 MYP Counselor
Ms. Kyungah Rhee, Gr. 7-9 MYP & Asian College Counselor