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10 June, 2021

Words from Secondary

Words from Secondary

As you know from Mr Piper’s column last week, we sadly have to say goodbye to some members of the secondary teaching staff who will move on to new pastures in the fall. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to them for all they have done for the students and community of BISW, particularly since the start of the pandemic. I wish them the very best of luck in their new ventures and hope that they can stay in touch with us here in DC. 


As a result of Mrs Morris and Mr Taylor leaving, we will have some new faces and a slight rearrangement of roles in the Secondary School Leadership Team. I am delighted to announce that our new Assistant Heads of Secondary will be Mrs White-Hunt and Ms Yates. Mrs White Hunt will be leading the lower school, and Ms Yates the IB years. Mrs Churchill will be moving into the role of Upper Secondary. 


Assistant Head Lower Secondary (7–9) — Rachel White-Hunt  
Assistant Head Upper Secondary (10–11) — Tracey Churchill  
Assistant Head IB (12–13) — Catherine Yates 


My congratulations to Rachel and Catherine on their appointments and my thanks for all that Rob Taylor and Pam Morris have done for BISW over many years. 


In addition to this, some of our new appointments are taking up leadership roles within the school: 


Head of English — Laura Williams  
Head of Maths — Eleanor Bram  
Head of Humanities — Laura Anson  
Head of PE and Performing Arts — Neil Price 


These colleagues come with lots of experience, and I am very excited to have them join our team of fantastic teachers. 


Year 6 Transition 


This week it has been wonderful to see the Year 6 students in their transition lessons. They have received an introduction to a range of subjects taught by secondary staff. They have also met with some current Year 7 students who were able to talk to them and answer questions. When I finally met with them today, they had no questions left to ask; they said that all of the questions they had, had been answered during the week. This means to me that the week had been quite a success. My thanks to Mrs Churchill for organising all of the events. 


IB Prep Week 


Congratulations to Year 11, who today finally finished their IGCSE exams! They now have a long wait for their results, which come out on August 12th. So, I hope they find themselves able to take some time off and enjoy the summer. Next week, though, most of them will be back in school for our IB prep week. This is designed to give them a better understanding of the IB ahead of next term and gives them a chance to get involved in CAS activities and TOK. My thanks to Mrs Morris and the team for putting this together. 


On Tuesday it is our careers and universities day. Years 10-12 will be off lessons and at home connecting to this virtual day. My thanks to Mr Ramey for putting together an excellent programme of events and speakers. 


Last Week of the Term 


On Thursday 24th June, school will be a bit different for us. We have been looking to see if we can do some fun activities to finish this challenging school year with some fun. Years 7, 8 and 9 will be on-site doing activities all day on the school grounds, in Dumbarton Oaks and at Jelleff Recreation Centre. Years 10 and 12 will be going off-site to take part in paintball. The day for all students promises to be great fun, and we will send out details to all students soon. 


Euro 2020 


Finally, for those interested in sport, today sees the start of the Euro 2020 soccer tournament. We have a display in school to help mark this moment, and it asks many questions that the students can ponder, such as ‘does sport unite or divide us?’ In the last week of the term, we will have a football shirt day where the students can wear their favourite soccer shirt (or spirit wear from any other sport they would like). 

 

Please see the note below from our College Counsellor, Rob Ramey. It is the schedule for the upcoming BISW Career Fair on Tuesday, June 15. 


I hope that you all have a great week ahead. 

June 15th British International School of Washington Careers Fair

 

Time:

(Eastern Standard Time)

 

 

Presenter:

 

Careers Title:

 

Company/Field:

 

Teams Link/Host Teacher:

 

8:30-9:15am

 

Mr. Paul Danahar

 

BBC Americas Bureaux Editor

 

BBC

(Public Service Broadcaster)

 

Join here

 

Mr. Bennetts

 

 

 

Mrs. Jennifer Ferat

 

CEO

 

Military Operations Research Society

 

(National Security Analytics)

 

 

Join here

 

Mr. Williams

 

9:20-10:05am

 

 

Ms. Monda Raquel Webb

 

Filmmaker

 

Monda Media, LLC/Little Known Stories Production Company

 

(Publisher and Consulting Company)

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. White-Hunt

 

 

Ms. Linda Cipriani

 

Associate General Counsel

 

Central Intelligence Agency

 

(Civilian Foreign Intelligence Service)

 

 

Join here

 

Mr. McGrath

 

10:10-10:55am

 

 

Dr. David Wessel

 

Executive Vice-President & Chief Medical Officer

 

 

Children's National Hospital

 

Join here

 

Mr. Jones

 

 

Ms. Mae Woods

 

Entrepreneur

 

Co-Founded Howbsy.com

 

Currently working around immigration technology

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Morris

 

11-11:20am

 

BREAK

 

BREAK

 

BREAK

 

BREAK

 

11:25am-12:00pm

 

 

Mr. Sunil Mansukhani

 

Principal

 

The Raben Group

 

(Public Policy Firm)

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Wagner

 

11:25am-12:10pm

 

Mr. Walter Zipperman

 

Founder & CEO

 

Daz Systems, Inc.

 

(Provider of Oracle ERP Cloud Services. Sold to Accenture in 2018)

 

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Nall

 

12:15-12:50pm

 

 

Mr. Robert Ramey

 

Systems Engineer

 

Lockheed Martin

 

(Aerospace, Arms, Defense, Security, and Advanced Technologies Company)

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Ormston

 

 

Ms. Aresssia McDonald

 

 

Software Engineer Lead

 

L3Harris

(Technology Company, Defense Contractor and Information Technology Services Provider)

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Furneaux

 

12:50-1:40pm

 

 

LUNCH

 

LUNCH

 

LUNCH

 

LUNCH

 

1:45-2:40pm

 

 

Mr. Steven Smith

 

STEM Education Specialist

 

NASA

 

(Responsible for the Civilian Space Program, as well as Aeronautics and Space Research)

 

 

Join here

 

Ms. Taylor