2015 Annual Report
Cayman International School
Demographics & Finances
Teaching & Learning
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Cayman International School ‒ 2015 Annual Report
Cash Flow Statement
Message from the Director
Growth & Expansion
Divisions & Highlights
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Table of Contents
Cayman International School has always been a school with a vision to provide the Cayman community with the very best of educational opportunities. CIS is committed to continuous improvement and excellence, and each year we make great strides in the development of children and the organization. The purpose of this report is to impart summary information to the community and to highlight the progress and achievements of the school and its students during the 2014-15 school year.
The purposeful and meaningful growth of CIS is providing new and exciting opportunities for children and adults to learn, develop and play. One thing that is important and special about CIS is that despite our notable growth as an institution, our ethos and culture of family, positive relationships, and thoughtful care for the needs of children has not waned. Images of the impressive school campus can capture your attention, and graphs and statistics can quantify learning results and demographics, but these don’t begin to describe the joyfulness and synergy that flows through the halls. It is my hope that this report will provide a small glimpse of the positive school culture and quality educational experience that children and adults share at Cayman International School.
Jeremy A. Moore, Ph.D.
External Examinations & Comparative Analyses
Quantitative analyses of global MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing results indicate that CIS students continually outperform their counterparts when comparing examination averages from the United States, the Caribbean and Latin American regions, and All International Schools.
2015 Spring MAP Results
IB exams are scored on a scale of 1-7, with 7 as the highest score
Results from International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations indicate that 92% of student exams earned a score of 4 or higher, and for the 4th consecutive year 100% of CIS candidates were successful in earning the IB Diploma.
CAYMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CELEBRATES OUR GRADUATES
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As of June 5, 2015, CIS Graduates were offered scholarships totaling: $536,841 USD. Multiple students anticipate entering university with sophomore standing due to IB course completions and exam scores.
Cayman International School is proud to announce that the students in the Class of 2015 were accepted to the following universities:
Berklee College of Music
Chicago State University
City University, London
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
George Mason University
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Illinois Institute of Technology
John Brown University
Kent State University
London Metropolitan University
Loyola University, New Orleans
New York University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
St. Francis Xavier
St. John’s University
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
University of Birmingham
University of British Columbia
University College of the Cayman Islands
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Exeter
University of Georgia
University of Guelph-Humber
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Kent
University of Kentucky
University of Liverpool
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Toronto
University of Western Ontario
University West of England, Bristol
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Facility enhancements and enrollment trends
Cayman International School has grown tremendously in recent years. Since moving to the Camana Bay campus the student enrollment, numbers of staff, and facility use has more than doubled, and space for continued growth is still extremely limited. CIS, Dart, and International Schools Services have partnered together to expand the school facility; the first phase has been completed, and construction on the second phase will occur in June through October of this year. An expanded facility not only allows CIS to educate more of Cayman’s children, it also provides opportunities for additional programs and enhanced offerings to students. Aspects of the upcoming expansion being built this summer will include:
-Four additional classrooms located above F Block (Music Rooms)
-Two additional classrooms located on the upper level of A Block and D Block extensions
-Early Childhood & Elementary Student Support room on the lower level of A Block extension
-Secondary Student Support room on the lower level of D Block extension
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During the 2014-15 school year, Homeroom class sizes ranged from 13 to 18 students, depending on grade level, and will continue to remain close to this range.
Enrollment peaked at 554, an increase of 44 students over the previous year. The Secondary School experienced the largest growth of any division.
Under current expansion scenarios, CIS will not have more than three sections at any grade level, and will begin the 2015-16 school year with wait lists for admission in many grade levels.
Annual enrollment continually exceeds projections, and there will be additional capacity to accommodate more students in the future with an expanded facility.
Faculty, staff and programming will continue to increase in relation to student enrollment increases.
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Statistics and Quantitative Data
There are 104 students at CIS (representing approximately one fifth of the school population) who claim multiple nationalities.
There are over 30 nationalities represented at Cayman International School.
The graph below reflects expenses for CIS for the 2014 fiscal year, prior to facility expansion. Tuition generates approximately 97% of CIS financial resources. All funds are utilized for CIS school operations, and the finances generated must meet the expenses incurred during each school year. CIS is owned and governed by a non-profit organization, International Schools Services (ISS).
Qualifications of CIS faculty have continued to increase over the years. In 2014-15, 52% of CIS faculty held a Master's degree or higher.
Progress Reporting for Strategic Plan Initiatives
In the spring of 2014, the CIS Strategic Planning Committee reviewed and revised the foundational documents of the school as part of the larger strategic planning process. The new documents were approved by the Board and were put in place to begin the 2014-15 school year. These documents displayed throughout the school provide a framework and descriptions that help to characterize a unique identity for Cayman International School.
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The CIS Strategic Planning Committee was comprised of parents and faculty stakeholders from every school division, as well as as representatives from the student body, CIS staff, International Schools Services (ISS) and Dart. With input from parent and stakeholder surveys and facilitation by a consultant the committee crafted a new 5-year strategic plan for Cayman International School that was approved by the Board and enacted for 2014-15. The plan centers around 5 key objectives:
- We will optimize the recruitment, development, retention and effectiveness of our human resources.
- We will enhance our teaching and learning to include a broader ranger of challenging, developmentally appropriate programs.
- We will ensure effective communication among all stakeholders.
- We will enhance our programs to promote and develop wellness and balance.
- We will define, model and cultivate a framework of shared values to integrate character development and service learning into our school culture.
Modern Approaches and Curriculum Redesign
The CIS faculty continually engages in processes of reflection and review, repeatedly inspecting pedagogy and systems of teaching and learning. In 2014-15, a great deal of teacher dialogue centered around approaches to modern learning, technology integration and inquiry-based methodologies. CIS is endeavoring to provide engaging, relevant and meaningful educational experiences for children, and is working with innovative and modern practices to meet students where they are, while challenging them to excel in new ways. Over the course of the year, rich dialogue resulted in development of a CIS vision for teaching and learning. In time, this vision was articulated in the following way...
A SCHOOL OF INQUIRY
A CULTURE OF EXPLORATION
A WORLD OF DISCOVERY
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In February, CIS welcomed Will Richardson to Cayman to work with teachers and speak with parents as an expert in modern learning. A parent of two teenagers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He is an outspoken advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies now offer.
This year, CIS curriculum review committees worked to update our Spanish and Social Studies curricula. This process resulted in a number of changes, including the adoption of ACTFL standards in our Spanish department in order to better prepare our students for the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Our Spanish teachers attended the ACTFL conference in San Antonia, Texas in November. The Social Studies Curriculum Review resulted in the decision to include History in our IB offerings. This addition necessitated a restructuring of our secondary course of studies in order to prepare our students for both Geography and History at the International Baccalaureate level.
Teachers throughout the school responded to our faculty exploration of modern learning approaches by planning and carrying out a variety of exciting learning experiences. A sampling of these included:
Grade 1’s project-based study and showcase of animal habitats
Grade 2’s “Passion Projects”
Grade 3’s “Invention Convention” featuring their own original inventions
Grade 4’s “Explain Everything” digital teaching presentations about the human body
Grade 5’s student-created iMovies inspired by the novel Where the Red Fern Grows
Grade 6’s “Wicked History” biographies debate tournament
Grade 7’s interdisciplinary study of viruses, including stop-motion videos narrated in rhyme
Grade 8’s Product Design “Jumpstarter” Showcase
Grade 9’s Oral History project documenting the experiences of Cayman’s migrant workers
Grade 10’s “Gatsby Soiree” featuring period characters discussing contemporary concerns of the 1920s with invited guests
CIS completed its first five year IB self-review which highlighted those areas of the IB Diploma Programme we would like to develop during the next five year cycle. This review involved input from the parents, students, teachers and other faculty who are involved with the program, and was a very informative process for all of the IB Team. We reflected on our progress over the last five years, and also examined those areas where we still want to grow and improve. The outcome of our self-review was very successful, the IB approved our documentation and our targets, and we are continuing to work on developing our program in line with their recommendations. In addition to our self-review, this spring, during our exams, we had an unannounced inspection visit from the IB. The inspector spent a full afternoon observing our examination practices, talking to the teachers involved in the process, and reviewing our paperwork; and his feedback was simply put – ‘excellent!’
This year also saw the greatest number of IB examinations and the largest IB cohort in CIS History. We had 22 IB students sitting over 200 examination papers, including 8 who were studying for the full IB Diploma, and one taking four Higher Level courses as part of her Diploma – another CIS first. We have begun planning and training faculty in order to offer two new on-site courses next year – IB History and IB Music; and these are proving to be popular choices with the incoming cohort. We also plan to extend our IB Chemistry course to include HL, which is again popular with the incoming students. Overall this has been a year of growth and success for the IB Programme at CIS, and we are looking forward to building on this in the years ahead.
Reflections on CIS Activities & Events
Our Early Childhood division is excited about transitioning to High Scope, a research-based early education program emphasizing active, participatory learning for our youngest students. Teachers and assistants received training in the Growing Readers Early Literacy Curriculum as well as the COR Advantage birth-to-kindergarten assessment tool in order to help them plan targeted instruction for our students.
The Storycrafters spent 5 days at CIS providing workshops and performances for students (PreK4 through Middle School), faculty, and families. Intensive work was done with the Grade Five students who learned about the art of storytelling. They wrote their own stories, practiced telling them with one another, and then performed for Grades 1-3. Throughout the remaining school year, Grade 5 students continued to use the skills learned from their work with the Storycrafters in their presentations and project work.
Student-led Conferences helped parents understand student progress over the year, with many classes transitioning to digital portfolios to showcase learning.
In the Elementary School, our Social Studies scope and sequence was revised to include theme-based studies of “big ideas” allowing for deep and authentic learning. Units such as “Contact and Conflict: the Development of the New World” and “Ancient Civilizations” will allow teachers to build engaging, student-centered explorations of important historical, social and geographical concerns.
This year, Middle School Leadership sought to take a more active role in the student body, working to increase unity across Grades 6-8 and provide a variety of fun activities, all while supporting CIS’s chosen cause, the Children of Haiti Project. To that end, the 10 students in Leadership (2 elected representatives from each homeroom) organized, planned, and hosted numerous events, including 2 dodgeball nights, a neon dance party, a pool party, a movie night, and a Kids Who CAN Canned Food Drive (benefitting ARK of Cayman). They also organized a Halloween themed fundraiser entitled “Spookygrams” (donating all proceeds to COHP) and hosted a concession stand at the PSA Soccer Tournament. Finally, Middle School Leadership planned and led multiple Secondary assemblies and volunteered to run the assembly for the Blue Iguana Jamboree basketball tournament. The students involved in Middle School Leadership shouldered much of the responsibility for each of these events, and they earned valuable experience planning, organizing, and running them.
CIS introduced a new organization to high school students and was approved to host a chapter of the National Honor Society. The NHS is a prestigious honor society in US high schools, and is rapidly expanding in international schools. The first CIS NHS induction ceremony was held in April, and our first elected officers were elected the same month. CIS NHS have contributed to our community by taking over the responsibility for the recycling project, helping raise funds for COHP, and holding an acts of kindness recognition week.
This year Destination Imagination at CIS experienced significant growth. Over 50 students from grades 3 through 8 participated in the program. The first ever Cayman Islands Destination Imagination Tournament was held in January where students had the opportunity to share their creative solutions to a variety of challenges ranging from improv and robotics to the study of phobias and the manipulation of sound waves. In May, five teams went on to compete in the International Global Finals competition in Tennessee against more than 1400 teams from 17 different countries. Everyone’s hard work and dedication to the program has been very impressive and each of our Global Finals teams placed in the top 25%!
-Band enrollment continued to grow, reaching over 60 students
-5th and 6th Grade Choirs performed for the Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting (6th consecutive year)
-CIS Holiday Concert with over 350 K-12 students performing
-CIS hosted the second annual PSA Interscholastic Music Festival, combining more than 200 choir and band students from four schools on Island
-The CIS Advanced Band participated in a Master Class at Boston College with Director Tim Leonelli in May
-The elementary spring showcases highlighted the students’ abilities and classroom learning
-The Band’s Spring Concert featured our Middle School and Advanced Band performing quality literature
-The Advanced Band performed for CIS Graduation
-CIS continued to further integrate technology into the curriculum with iPads, Smart Music and composition software
-This CIS Rock Band performed for various community events, including Empty Bowls and CIS Idol
-The Ninth annual CIS Idol talent show featured over 26 acts highlighting many talented students and staff
-Continued participation in NCFA, with many students earning Gold and Silver Awards
This year’s K-12 Art Show was held on campus in the MPR and in both the Elementary and Secondary studios, and all the students had an opportunity to experience seeing all their hard work in the context of a show. Highlights included integrated projects with the Technology department, a Grade Six Interactive City, and a Cave installation featuring Kinder art work. Each student was asked to assess their individual portfolio and choose their favorite piece based on effort and enjoyment of the artistic process. There were follow up drawing activities that gave students the opportunity to reflect on their own work and on the work of other young artists that inspired, as well as a Compliments Box to express appreciation for individual and collaborative efforts.
The IB Art Exhibition was held at Camana Bay and highlighted the hard work and creativity of the 12th graders. After successfully completing the IB Art curriculum, the seniors designed and painted a beautiful blue iguana mural on the exterior wall of the art room.
The performing arts department this year saw CIS producing Peter Pan, taking place off campus for the first time at the Harquail Theatre. This production featured elementary students through high school seniors. We are proud of the increased participation in the Performing Arts from our students this year, and are excited to continue to see growth! The Drama and Art departments worked together to create the costumes and sets. These items were completely designed, built, and created by CIS students; the students' vision, work, and outcomes were exceptional.
A new spring tradition has sprung! "Coffeehouse" was a success! It was held in proper beatnik style backstage in the ARC. The mood was set for the acts with treats, lamps, and cramped and cozy cushion seating. Here we witnessed CIS secondary students and CIS faculty perform poetry slams, spoken word, comedy skits, improv, original songs, and more. We look forward to more of these for all ages.
Got pitch? This year began our first high school A Cappella singing group here at CIS, and we are happy to announce that a secondary choir elective will be offered during the school day this coming school year, so come one come all! We welcome singers from all skill levels and backgrounds.
CIS Secondary students participated in the PSA sports league, with opportunities for interscholastic competition in football, basketball, volleyball, netball, track & field, and swimming. There are three CIS football teams, including a High School Girls team, a Middle School Boys team, and a High School Boys team. CIS hosted the 5th Annual PSA Football Tournament with more than 18 teams across the island participating. The middle school and high school basketball and volleyball teams have grown significantly in 2014-15 and more students are becoming involved in interscholastic competitive sports. For the 4th consecutive year, CIS hosted the Blue Iguana Jamboree international basketball tournament. The Jamaica team from the American International School of Kingston and the Lyford Cay School from the Bahamas were hosted by parents and faculty of CIS and competed along with three local teams, Wesleyan Academy, Cayman Prep and Triple C School.
CIS students are encouraged to live and active, balanced and healthy lifestyle, with sports as a significant component of school based physical education activities. In 2014-15 elementary, middle and high school students were invited to participate in various events such as interscholastic Swim Galas, PSA and Cayman Islands Track & Field competitions, and the extensive CUC Primary Football League. CIS faculty organized a new CIS event this year, the "You Gotta Tri" triathlon event, with a huge group of elementary and middle school students participating in swimming, biking and running on the CIS campus.
Mirroring the worldwide trend, mobile computing continues to play an ever increasing role at CIS. This year a significant number of iPads have been added to the school’s technology inventory, thus allowing for a 1:1 student to device ratio in grades K-5. Likewise, iPads have been made available to each teacher in these grades. With the roll-out of 1-to-1 iPads in all elementary classes, teachers have had the opportunity to truly integrate technology into every aspect of their teaching. Combined with the purchase of additional school Chromebooks and laptops, and building on the success of the BYOD program at the secondary level, by the start of the next school year, every student and teacher at CIS from kindergarten through grade 12 will have access to either an iPad, a Chromebook or a laptop computer. Additionally, the Library/Media Center continues to maintain a set of iPads for check-out to classes for special use situations such as Early Childhood technology instruction or secondary class projects.
To keep pace with the broadening use of mobile technology on campus, a 50% increase in wireless access points as well as a more than doubling of available bandwidth has been implemented.
A new Technology Lab has opened right next to a new Multi-Purpose Room above the elementary and secondary art spaces. The proximity of these four spaces to one another permits greater flexibility of use for all of them.
The introduction of both Rediker’s Teacher GradebookPlus and the PlusPortals for online student/parent/teacher access to grades, assignments and resources continues to build the school-home connection while also allowing for tighter integration of data between the school office and the educators in the classroom.
One example of numerous excellent projects involving technology, Fifth grade classes wrote screenplays based on a scene from the book, Where the Red Fern Grows, but students could change the outcome to their liking. They decided on all of the camera angles, sound effects, locations, and performers; they produced, directed, shot, edited, and dubbed audio all completely on their own. They held a screening party to view all of the videos after they were completed. At the end of this video (6:41), students decided to talk about how they feel about bullying, relating to a theme in the story, and they raise awareness about bullying issues.
A private Minecraft server has been established in the new Tech Lab allowing students to explore and construct in a safe, collaborative environment while having fun and learning. A variety of Maker projects have been initiated in 3rd grade and 6th grade technology classes, introducing students to paper, sewn, and squishy circuitry and encouraging the hands-on, self-directed learning that forms the core of the Maker philosophy. Maker and Minecraft Clubs are also offered.
Web-based MAP testing was implemented for grades 3-8. Grades 3-5 students actively learn and practice keyboarding skills.
The Robotics program continues to expand with both 7th and 8th grade classes participating as well as after school activities for middle school and elementary classes.
At CIS, Technology assists in the development of cross-curricular, interdisciplinary, collaborative projects across various subject areas at each school level.
Service Learning and Family Involvement
In 2014, CIS adopted the Children of Haiti Project (COHP) as a focus for global service outreach. Student Leadership groups raised funds that were donated to the organization, and various events were centered on raising awareness for the cause. CIS students raised over $2,000 to support the COHP mission, and they learned about the geographic, demographic and societal issues that face our Caribbean neighbor. CIS plans to continue its partnership with COHP next year, making a significant difference in the lives of a group of Haitian children in need.
The entire school participated in CIS Service Week, focusing on local projects as part of service learning activities. Students and staff engaged the community and assisted organizations all over the island.
CIS raised more than $4,000 for Feed Our Future, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to solve childhood hunger and to support intellectual nourishment in the Cayman Islands through the funding of nutritionally balanced low cost or free school meals to children in need in public and private schools, thereby serving a dual purpose of enriching the learning potential and health of the child and reducing the burden on the community that supports them.
Modern Approaches and Redesigning Curriculum
Cayman International School PTA
The purpose of the PTA at CIS is to foster a sense of support, pride, and enthusiasm for our school. This is accomplished through family activities and fundraising to promote positive school/community relationships that enhance our children’s educational environment and experiences.
Some highlights from the 2014-15 school year included:
- Back to School BBQ (a huge success!)
- A PTA Ladies Night fundraiser with a special guest visitor
- Supporting teachers with smoothies, a happy hour event at Camana Bay, and providing supplemental discretionary supplies.
- $1000 PTA Essay Scholarship Contest
- Hosting uniform swaps
- Sponsoring the Grade 11 recycling initiative
- PTA Jog-A-Thon
Parent Series & Family Events
Cayman International School hosts monthly parent workshop sessions that help parents understand educational practices and other school methodologies. A few examples included:
- Family Math Night was celebrated again this year, with students and parents enjoying a night of math games and activities
- Parent Evenings in EC and ES focused on our CIS literacy practices as well as effective strategies for reading with children at home
- A technology/database event was held to familiarize parents with the many technology resources available through the CIS library
School Advisory Committee
In 2015, the CIS School Advisory Committee was established based on the CIS Strategic Plan. The committee is comprised of parent and faculty representatives from each school division, as well as a member of the CIS staff and the community. The purpose of this committee is to increase and enhance communication, share insights and perspectives from stakeholders and focus on school improvement efforts.
We hope you take a moment to reflect on the many great things that have occurred over the course of the 2014-15 school year. When you start to think about all of the events, activities and celebrations, it is astounding how much happens at CIS! We are extremely proud of all of our students who have clearly demonstrated growth and advancement through their many experiences. During some of the presentations at graduation and final assemblies, teachers and students share some thoughts about their experiences, and the genuine connection between faculty and students is demonstrated in the words they convey. The CIS faculty and staff pour their hearts into their work, and the dedication that they display on a daily basis is inspiring. The various final videos played across several school venues are a vehicle for reflection as well, presenting many of the meaningful moments that students shared. It is important during the happy times to reminisce about what you did, and remember who you shared it with. There are many excellent memories to reflect on from this school year.
Parents, we want to thank all of you who supported children and the school in a multitude of ways. Education is a partnership, and your support and involvement is fundamental to the success of students and the school. We appreciate all of your efforts and contributions this year. The end of the year is also time for farewells. For some it is goodbye for just a short time, and for others, we hope that you find success and happiness in your new adventures elsewhere. We wish all the students, staff and families of CIS a safe and happy summer!
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