Cayman International School
2016 Annual Report
Cayman International School - 2016 Annual Report
Table of Contents
Message from the Director Pg 4
Academic Progress Pg 5
Growth and Expansion Pg 9
Demographics and Finances Pg 12
Teaching and Learning Pg 16
Divisions and Highlights Pg 21
Community Connections Pg 35
Reflections Pg 39
Message from the Director
Jeremy Moore, PhD
Cayman International School is a dynamic and warm educational environment offering tremendous opportunities for growth and learning to the children of Grand Cayman. At the end of each school year we take time to reflect on the events and developments that have shaped our students and our organization, and this report is one vehicle used to share highlights from various areas of the school as we celebrate student learning along with CIS advancements and progress. The 2015-16 school year marked several significant milestones for Cayman International School. Educational approaches, modern pedagogy, sports associations, and service learning networks were just a few aspects of the notable developments that will impact CIS for many years to come. With a growing enrollment and new and exciting programs and opportunities for kids, CIS continues to excel as Cayman's premier international school. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of our wonderful year.
2016 Spring MAP Results
Results from the Spring 2016 MAP Reading and MAP Math tests indicate that CIS students outperformed their peers in the United States, surpassed their peers in the region (Tri-Association and AASSA), and demonstrated higher scores than the All International Schools average at every grade level assessed (Grades 3-8).
CIS IB Exam Results
The 2015 International Baccalaureate scores indicate that CIS students earned a grade of 4 or higher on 90% of their exams, and for the fifth year in a row, 100% of full diploma candidates received their IB Diploma.
IB Exams are scored on a scale of 1-7, with7 as the highest score.
Growth and Expansion
In October of 2015, Phase II of the CIS expansion was completed. Phase II included two new Elementary classrooms, four new multi-functional Secondary classrooms, and two new Student Support rooms. Spaces are thoughtfully designed and equipped with contemporary furniture that allows increased mobility and flexibility of the classroom layout. These 21st century ergonomic classrooms allow students and teachers to maximize the learning experience without the confinement of a specific setting. The field was upgraded in the summer of 2015, and it has been FIFA certified with a 2-Star Rating which approves it for professional-level usage.
We want to express many thanks to our partners at Dart for all of their hard work in making these upgrades a reality.
Enrollment Information & Projections
As waitlists continue to build, enrollment growth projections begin to slow in the coming years due to lack of facility space.
Demographics and Finances
CIS Financial Data
Data from final 2014-15 external audit
CIS Faculty qualifications for the 2015/2016 school year are illustrated below. The percentage of teachers with Advanced Degrees continues to increase annually.
Teaching and Learning
Cayman International School is continuing to take bold steps toward progressive and modern pedagogy. In 2015/16 the faculty advanced toward the CIS Vision for Teaching & Learning, and teachers engaged in new levels of professional collaboration while creating and planning Project-based Learning (PBL) experiences for students. Thom Markham, a PBL expert and global consultant, skyped with teams of teachers to aid them in the process of project development, and he visited CIS for two inservice days to provide insights into PBL advancements. Thom offered the following reflection after his time working with CIS teachers:
"As a leading practitioner of project based learning, it has been my privilege to work with over 300 schools in the past 15 years. However, it was a distinct pleasure to learn alongside the faculty of Cayman International School. Every member of the teaching staff showed great enthusiasm, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to bringing CIS further into line with 21st century teaching and learning. The culture of the school goes beyond congeniality; there is a visible effort to work together and share ideas and methods—a necessity when taking on the complex teaching challenge of designing and carrying out successful projects. The efforts that I witnessed over the two days—and in the many online coaching sessions—will result in significant advantages for CIS students, who will now be better prepared for college and work life through practicing problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. I applaud CIS for taking this step and putting the school in the forefront of international school development. Thanks again for the opportunity to work with CIS!"
This year, CIS elementary and middle school teachers have had the benefit of regularly scheduled collaborative planning time to develop project-based learning experiences for our students. Some of the highlights included:
• KG’s “Leprechaun Trapper, Keeper, Catcher, Sleeper Project” (Social Studies/ELA)
• Grade 1’s Minecraft Community Project (Social Studies/ELA)
• Grade 2’s “Book-Mark-It,” a personalized bookmark business (Math/Social Studies)
• Grade 3’s Earth Day Festival (Science/ELA)
• Grade 4’s Hurricane Preparedness Documentaries (Science/ELA)
• Grade 5’s Remembrance Day Tribute to Veterans (Social Studies/ELA)
• Grade 6’s Exploration of the Crusades and today’s Refugee Crisis (Social Studies/Art)
• Grade 7’s Miniature Golf Course Project (Math/Art)
• Grade 8’s Toy Rocket Design Project (Math/Science)
A screening of the film, "Most Likely To Succeed " was a part of the third quarter School Conclave. Special guests and parents were also invited to view this film at the Camana Bay Theaters. The documentary focuses on 21st century learning and the school High Tech High and the use of Project Based Learning in its curriculum. The film was well received by the CIS community, and many parents expressed their intrigue with the incorporation of PBL into the school curriculum.
Our teachers and students have enjoyed immersing themselves in the deeper learning of PBL and look forward to continued growth in 2016-17!
This year, CIS curriculum review committees worked to update our science curricula. This process resulted in a number of changes, including adding physics into the science rotation in high school.
Starting next year, all ninth grade students will have a semester of chemistry, biology and physics during their high school career. In the future, students in high school will be able to choose IB chemistry, IB biology or IB physics for their 11th and 12th grade school years.
In the middle school years, CIS is engaging in a more active learning science exploration program with the framework of understanding scientific practices through investigations and analysis of data.
In the elementary science program, all units were reviewed to ensure one earth, life and physical science unit is taught and they are aligned to the AERO science standards.
Along with new courses, our IB teachers have been working diligently to increase cross-curricular collaboration, and this year saw the first Group Four project which sprung out of Group 3 learning. This meant collaboration between our Geography, Biology and Chemistry departments and resulted in the introduction of composting at CIS. This also allowed our students to collaborate with primary classes who were studying composting so the benefits of the project were wide-spread. We have also seen collaboration between the IB Spanish and IB History departments on smaller scale projects, and our Geography and Math departments are endeavoring to develop a further collaborative project in the wider community for next year. We are excited at the continued collaboration between subjects, and real-world application of learning to which our IB students are being exposed, and we look forward to developing this even further next academic year.
This year saw the launch of two new IB curricula at CIS - Music and History. Both subjects have now completed the first year of their two year syllabus, and we are excited at the continual growth our program has demonstrated. Our two new courses are offered at both Standard and Higher Level, with a selection of students taking each level. The courses have proven popular with both Diploma and Certificate students at the IB level. In addition to two new courses, we also expanded our existing IB Chemistry course to include Higher Level, and many of our Grade 11 Chemistry students intend to take the course at the Higher Level when they sit for their exams next year. Online courses are growing in popularity at IB level, with French and Business Management proving particularly popular among the incoming cohort.
Divisions and Highlights
This year, the Early Childhood Division has fully embraced the High Scope initiative. During faculty orientation, EC faculty participated in a four day training and from the first day of school, fully implemented the High Scope curriculum and daily routines. In addition, presentations were offered to help assist parents in their understanding of the High Scope methodology and the benefits of an inquiry/play-based approach to learning.
The CORAdvantage, an authentic digital assessment tool, is an important component of the program. Utilizing this tool, teachers look at meaningful educational outcomes, gather information in ways that are natural and comfortable for children and adults, and provide accurate data that can be used for individual child planning. The Family Network portion of the program has been a valuable method of communication with parents as well.
During this year’s faculty orientation, Elementary teachers completed a two day Positive Discipline in the Classroom certification program with Dina Emser. Classroom teachers facilitated lessons, modeled the approach, and implemented class meetings. Guidance lessons provided by the elementary counselors supported the concepts practiced in the classroom.
Specialists were also trained in the use of the model as well as the language and approaches of the program. During the course of the school year, the approach was helpful to students during difficult social-emotional situations and enabled students to find their own solutions to problems and conflicts.
The CIS Middle School (grades 6, 7, and 8) has made great strides this year in designing and establishing unique programs and activities to support and celebrate the Middle School years.
With the addition of a Middle School counselor, Ms. Kim, 7th and 8th grade students received monthly direct instruction in line with the International School Counseling Association standards, while 6th grade students met with Ms. Kim weekly for Organization and Development, a course designed to assist 6th graders with academic, social and emotional skills. Middle School Leadership continued to work hard throughout the year in the planning of events and activities. Some of the highlights included: Middle School Pool Party, Dodgeball Tournaments, Movie Nights, Holiday Scavenger Hunt, and Spirit Week. Middle School developed and ran assemblies throughout the year with a focus on highlighting student success and service both in and outside of school.
An additional activity option benefiting both secondary and elementary students was launched this year. The Peer Tutoring/Mentoring program paired High School students with Middle School students and Elementary Students for weekly tutoring/mentoring. Over 40 students participated. The program proved to be mutually beneficial for all involved, while building community, forming relationships, and spreading service throughout the CIS community.
The high school started the Global Issues Network club (GIN), hosted an interscholastic Model United Nations conference (CAY-MUN), hosted an interscholastic debate competition and debate workshop. These were all first. We also hosted the PSA netball tournament, PSA volleyball tournament, PSA football tournament, PSA music festival, and Blue Iguana Jamboree. Finally, the high school facilities continued to grow with the addition of four purpose built and specifically designed flexible learning spaces.
In 2015-2016, the high school at CIS continued to expand.
The IB program implemented IB Music and IB History, and two students registered for IB HL Math through Pamoja. The physical education department added a teacher to implement a middle school and high school physical education program. The focus of the swim course in high school also changed, and a number of students received life-guarding certification through the swim elective class.
The counseling department expanded with the hiring of two counselors (one focusing on middle school and student development and the other focusing on high school and career and college readiness). The high school counselor hosted student and parent meetings throughout the school year, implemented BridgeU, coordinated college visits, and organized a career day.
Once again, the high school offered two student trips (one to New York and one to Peru). The Peru trip truly focused on service as students went into a community in Lima and refurbished a soup kitchen, repaired and painted a community walkway, and served community members out of the soup kitchen with food they prepared.
It is the goal of CIS to continue to develop CAY-MUN to encourage every high school on island to send delegates to participate in, and experience a Model UN conference. We hope that the growth in local conferences will lead to a larger representation of students as delegates from the Cayman Islands at an international conference level.
CIS hosted its first Model UN event this past school year. After experiencing it for themselves overseas, the CIS team put together the very first local Model UN event in the Cayman Islands.
The event has been named CAY-MUN, a slight play on the name “Cayman” but shortened and abbreviated to mean Cayman Islands Model United Nations.
Local schools were invited to participate and discuss the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe. The attending students represented delegations from the various countries involved in the migrant crisis. The aim was to reach a resolution for the crisis which all the represented countries could agree on.
Over 400 students performed in the CIS Holiday Concert, Home for the Holidays.
5th Grade Performed at Remembrance day with an arrangement titled “Remembrance Day”
4th and 5th grade choirs performed for the Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting for the 7th consecutive year.
CIS hosted the third annual PSA Interscholastic Music Festival, combining more than 200 choir and band students from four schools on the island. Students worked with clinicians, Christopher Bell (Choir) and John Logan (Band).
2nd grade students performed a musical adaptation of “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt to showcase their classroom learning including movement, improvisation, instruments, and speech.
The 10th Annual CIS talent show ("CIS: On Stage"), featured over 26 student and teacher acts.
The elementary spring showcases (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade) highlighted the students’ musical learning and abilities.
Two High School Students, Maya Antes and Marika Scotland, participated in NCFA, performing on Piano and Flute respectively.
Maya Antes (11th Grade Piano Student) was nominated for the Young Musician of the year.
CIS started the first Steel Pan Band Rehearsals.
The CIS Bands all participated in the 2016 Summer Concert and Advanced band played at CIS 2016 Graduation.
The secondary choir launched with a small HS ensemble that was added as an elective for the fall.
The 3rd Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser saw the addition of a faculty member from the secondary Math Department who gave instruction on the pottery wheel. We successfully reached our goal of $4000 KYD to benefit needy families on island.
In an effort to support collaborative initiatives on campus, the Art Department continues to integrate curriculum across the subject areas and participate in PBL projects with various teachers. Both elementary and secondary programs emphasize creative approaches and choice. Pedagogically, we believe that our work promotes the planning, implementation, and reflection processes that build artistic thinking and behaviors.
The Art Department hosted three major events this year:
The annual International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition
The K-12 Art Show
The Empty Bowls Fundraiser in conjunction with Feed Our Future
IB Art students highlighted their art works, including their studio journals for the community at Camana Bay.
The annual Art Show was held on campus, utilizing the elementary and secondary art studios, and the Multi-Purpose Room. Classes had the opportunity to tour all student-chosen pieces on display. Highlights included the 7th grade miniature golf course, 8th grade robots and various Genius Hour projects from the elementary students. Families and young artists celebrated their achievements at the Closing Celebration, where they could appreciate the works of all students in context. They also had the opportunity to write positive comments and critiques about art works to add to the Compliments Box.
This year, the Drama department produced Hairspray Jr., the musical, that took place off campus at the Harquail Theatre. This production featured approximately 60 auditioned elementary and secondary students collaborating together to create a fantastic show full of big personalities, big dance moves, and even BIGGER hair! The Drama and Art department worked together to create the set for the show. This set was completely designed, built, and created by CIS students; the students’ vision, work, and artistic vision were exceptional. With an increase of students auditioning for the musical, we are excited about the growth in drama activities. The after school k-2 young actor’s clubs have been full every activities session, preparing young CIS young artists by laying a strong foundation of body engagement, speech, improv, singing, dance, and teamwork skills. The spring secondary Theatre “Coffeehouse” was again a success featuring skits, poetry slams, dance, improv comedy, and solo singing from our secondary CIS singers and actors.
Our high school student-athletes represented CIS in a number of events on island as well as an international competition. Boys and girls football traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to participate in the SoccerFeva six aside tournament. Our boys battled against some of the strongest squads in the region while our girls finished third in the tournament, losing only one match over two days. Our boys and girls football teams also competed on island in their leagues as well as the PSA Football tournament, in which our girls finished 2nd. CIS co-ed high school basketball showed growth throughout their season, finishing by excelling in two different competitive tournaments, the 5th annual Blue Iguana Jamboree included. CIS high school students also competed in the PSA and Inter-School Athletics Competitions and we had a number of competitive swimmers take honors in the PSA Swim Gala.
Our middle school sports displayed significant growth across the board. The middle school girls netball team participated in their first season and finished runners up in the end of season tournament . Middle school boys football, also a first, competed in the Clifton Hunter middle school boys tournament. This year marked notable growth in volleyball, including hosting the PSA tournament and winning a game! They had an incredible season, finishing third in the regular season and they made it to the semi-finals in this PSA tournament. In addition, middle school students participated in the PSA and Cayman Islands Inter-Schools Athletics Competitions.
The under 11 girls football team won the Primary Football League championship. The under 9 and under 11 boys football teams had successful seasons as well. The under 9 team captured the third place trophy.
CIS had twenty-two students participating in the inter-primary track meet this year. Alexia Bromfield won silver in the long jump, 200m, and 800m. Jackson McKay won silver in the 100m, 200m, and 800m track events.
In the elementary school, the 1:1 iPads in grades K - 4 and Chromebooks at grade 5 allowed for the continued deepening of technology integration into the curriculum. Some examples from each grade level include:
Kindergarten made stop motion videos for their “Trap a Leprechaun” PBL and then presented their work using 30Hands software.
Grade 1 used the green screen and an iPad to record their reader’s theater presentation as if they were on a stage with a professional set behind them. This was also the inaugural year of the grade 1 Minecraft PBL project where groups of students collaborated on building communities from scratch in the virtual world.
Grade 2 pioneered the SeeSaw platform for their online e-portfolios.
Third grade built Google Tours of places they researched and then “visited” by integrating green screen photos of themselves in various locales around the world.
Fourth grade created Hurricane awareness documentaries in front of the green screen placing them in the “eye of the storm.”
Beyond the day to day deep use of Google Apps on their Chromebooks, grade 5 also took advantage of iPads checked out from the Library to record scenes based on multiple novels they read this year which they scripted, cast, performed and edited on their own.
Spanish classes created collaborative presentations with groups from K-2 using 30Hands, grades 3-4 using Explain Everything and grade 5 creating in Google Slides.
Programming was introduced across the elementary via several apps and student excitement for it was highlighted by the popularity of the Hour of Code tutorials from code.org.
As we broadened our view of technology this year, CIS further embraced the philosophy of active, inquiry-based, hands-on learning by setting aside a MakerSpace where students turned an endless supply of junk into materials for learning through creating, prototyping and building.
The secondary school continued its focus on Maker philosophy and technology throughout the middle school grades and even into high school. App Making and 3D Printing were introduced as two new secondary electives. In fact, 3D printing was incorporated into all secondary grade levels. From 3D designed and printed toys destined for children at a local hospital to exploring the practical side of implementing a design thinking process into creating an object from scratch, secondary students made good use of the 3D printer. In an effort to better scaffold graphic design, video production and robotics, the middle school tech curriculum continued to be restructured. Due to an increase in the number of available robotics sets this year, all three middle school grades took part in building, programming, testing and refining their robots.
This year the majority of our web-based MAP testing was carried out on the iPads at the center of our 1:1 program. The increased prevalence of this technology allowed for both greater flexibility in scheduling as well as increased comfort on the part of students taking the tests.
Looking at our broader infrastructure, CIS is now a 100MB school as we expanded our bandwidth to accommodate the use of more than 600 distinct devices per day on our wireless network.
This school year the Healthy School Committee promoted overall awareness of healthy choices by:
Holding the second annual “Healthy Habits week”. It was a week filled with a variety of activities that included:
Water consumption challenge.
Healthy Habits Pledge.
Setting Healthy Habit goals
Morning messages and videos by students with healthy tips and easy healthy snacks.
Numerous classroom activities with bulletin boards displaying the many class activities.
Healthy tip posters made by students and posted around school.
Bike/walk/skate to school day.
Making Healthy snacks available in a refrigerator in the staff kitchen/staff lounge.
Continuing the local farmer’s weekly fresh produce stand on campus and ordered produce delivery.
Staff salad potluck lunches
Summer construction to include two water bottle filler stations.
Other activities which occurred because of the CIS’s commitment to being a Health School were:
Composting project with a garden.
Healthy food offerings at school events.
Yoga incorporated in classes.
Fitness Boot Camp in the mornings
“Fun Runs” which were organized by the social committee.
Staff members who were committed to biking to school
Continued participation in a variety of fitness activities by students and staff on campus and on the island.
Watch our End of Year Video:
CIS Faculty and Staff in Action
Civvies Day Donations 2015-16
Meals on Wheels (in support of this local service program)
Cayman Islands Cancer Society (Cancer awareness month)
Family Resource Centre (in support of stand up to bullying)
The National Council of Volunteer Organization (Support of children and families in need)
Acts of Random Kindness (support mission of kindness)
Blue Iguana Conservation Fund (support Bob - the blue iguana adopted by CIS)
Cayman Heart Fund (Support reduction of cardiovascular disease)
Children of Haiti Project (support our international service mission)
National Trust for the Cayman Islands (Earth Day and in support of historic preservation)
Feed our Future - Civvies Day
Total Civvies Day Donations
CI Veterans Association - Poppy sales donation
COHP - Donation from IB Art show, Fundraiser feat. JW
Feed our Future ( Empty Bowls Project)
Total other donations
CIS Community Donations
In 2015-16, CIS continued its support of the Children of Haiti Project. The COHP School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was founded in response to the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake which leveled the country. The Director of the COHP School, Ms. Dominique Pierre, has established the school in one of the poorer districts of the city, and gathered around herself a small band of dedicated teachers to educate 65 poor but eager children from pre-school through to Grade 6. In March of this year five teachers from CIS – Mariska De Klerk, Dana Greenlaw, John Lane, Mary Martin, and Stephen Wise – travelled to Haiti to teach in the school. Parents, students, and staff were encouraged to contribute school supplies and educational games for the outreach and the response was overwhelming. By the time the teachers departed, they had five 50 pound suitcases of educational materials to take with them for the needy children of the COHP School. An outcome of that service project is the development of educational videos – targeted to specific needs of the COHP School – that are being developed at CIS and made available to the staff and students in Haiti. It is hoped that this ongoing project will strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two schools.
Initially, the focus for the CIS Service Committee was to work towards hosting another “Service Week” at the school in the spring, where each class would go into the community to complete a service project. After a lot of discussion, we decided that we wanted instead to focus on creating ways to make service a more integrated effort at our school, instead of just a week long event. In order to integrate sustainable service outreach into our school, we realized that we first needed to heighten our relationships in the community. After creating a list of organizations, we reached out and asked these organizations what type of support they needed. Many of the responses were that they needed fundraising support, as well as promotional support for their events. While we recognize the importance of monetary donations, we felt that through our Giving Tree project, book drives, COHP project, Empty Bowls project, and Civvies Day donations, that our school community was already donating a great deal. We want to provide our students with opportunities to actually be involved in transformative service experiences that are sustainable, meaningful and authentic.
We are very excited about CIS Service Learning experiences for the upcoming school year. At the elementary level, we envision each grade team choosing a service component which aligns to their PBL. At the middle school level, we envision the students engaging in meaningful and consistent service, and being actively involved in their community. At the high school level, students will engage in a local service and a more global approach as well.
CIS Service Learning
In May of 2016, CIS High School students engaged in a powerful and transformative Service Learning experience in Peru.
Cayman International School continues to provide sessions and programs for parents so that they can better understand their child's educational processes.
New Parent Night- New CIS Parents have the opportunity to meet each other and meet with the administrators and counselors to provide a smooth transition into the CIS community.
EC and ES Parent Series Evenings- Designed to equip parents with the tools needed to assist their child's learning progress at school and home
Parent Coffees- These sessions allow for parents to come in and talk with their child's Principal and ask questions about their curriculum or other school related items.
Positive Discipline and parenting courses hosted by CIS are wonderful opportunities for parents to learn more about child development
Cayman International School PTA
The 2015/2016 PTA committee did an excellent job with the various events and initiatives that they have put on during the school year. A few highlights from 2015/16 include:
Annual Back to School BBQ
Uniform Swap & Pop Up Uniform Shop
Parents Night Out
Fundraisers for school enhancement projects
Appreciation gifts for the faculty
$1000 PTA Essay Scholarship for Seniors
Car Boot Sale
Supporting teachers with extra resources
School Advisory Committee
The School Advisory Committee (SAC) at Cayman International School began to meet and develop purpose in 2015-16. The group is represented by CIS parents, faculty and staff who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss a variety of topics and issues regarding all divisions of the school.
The purpose of the committee is to aid CIS in realizing the school’s strategic plan and to enhance communication. Periodically, the committee provides a bulletin to the school community in an effort to inform and clarify issues that have been raised an discussed. The committee continues to seek ways to be a meaningful, positive and productive group to aid in the development of the school.
We hope you take a moment to reflect on the many great highlights of the 2016-17 school year. When you start to think about all of the events, activities and celebrations, it is astounding how much happens at CIS! This school year has been successful thanks to our wonderful community of students, teachers, parents and friends. With all of the school events, activities and celebrations, CIS is appreciative of all of the support from the community during the year. We are extremely proud of all of our students who have clearly demonstrated growth and advancement through their many experiences. The dedication of the CIS faculty and staff is obvious in all areas of the school, and their contributions to the children of Cayman are inspiring. As the year comes to an end, there are many memories and moments to reflect on that will forever remind us of the meaningful educational experience that is unique to CIS. Parents, we want to thank all of you for your involvement; your support is fundamental to the success of students and the school. We appreciate all of your efforts and contributions this year and we look forward to the great things that will be in store next school 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 wherever life takes you. We wish all the students, staff and families of CIS a safe and happy summer!
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PO Box 31364, Seven Mile Beach, KY1-1206
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands