Category Archives: International Community School

Step right up, folks!

The Fekat Circus came to ICS this weekend. It’s not Ringling Brothers, which in my opinion is a good thing, and I think the tigers and elephants would agree. This being Ethiopia, and Fekat being a not-for profit operation, you could … Continue reading

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WWW

A week of service learning outside the traditional classroom is an important component of the academic program at many international schools. In September, ICS students in grades 10 and 12 had their Week Without Walls: grade 10 worked with a … Continue reading

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Diplomatic weekend

Last weekend was a busy one for the family. The ICS Model United Nations club hosted the PanAfrica ADDMUN conference. The first of the 260 participating students to arrive flew in from Austria and Kenya on Tuesday night. In his … Continue reading

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Stand back, we’re doing science

A few weeks ago, while half the high school was away for Weeks Without Walls, our administration decided to do something special with the two grade levels left behind. Inspired by the revolution in Syria, Grade 9 completed a project-based … Continue reading

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Saving grace

Well, folks, it’s been quite a month so far, and not in a good way. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’d say it’s been craptastic. I won’t bore you with the unpleasant details. Thankfully there are … Continue reading

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O honorable one

I’m feeling a little guilty about broadcasting my daughter’s vehicular mishap all over the Internet. She’s a great kid. So I am going to post something nice about her. A couple of weeks ago, our school held an induction ceremony … Continue reading

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Put to the test

The end of the academic year is upon us.  For ICS high schoolers this means what it does for students everywhere: finals. Da-da-da-DUM. ICS high school students are on a special three-day exam schedule this week. On Thursday and Friday, … Continue reading

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Pirates!

Check out the recycled-materials ship from the school’s pirate-themed spring carnival last weekend. The sails are plastic milk bags. The trim is bottle caps.  The ocean is blue packing plastic. And of course the buoys are plastic water bottles. Never … Continue reading

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Pied pipers

Elementary teachers received this message on Monday: Every year we have the privilege of hearing the two pipers that the British Embassy sends to Addis every year. Last year we heard them in the covered area, which was a bit … Continue reading

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Folklorist for a day

Alekka is taking a Spring semester course in Anthropology. Her teacher asked me last month if I’d be willing to present a guest lecture on folklore. My first reaction was, not possible, I haven’t thought about folklore in 25 years. … Continue reading

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