Chuseok Celebrations in the Secondary School

On Thursday our wonderful secondary school Korean students along with the ‘Korean Department’, presented an informative Assembly this week about the important celebration of Chuseok. They had spent a great deal of time preparing the audiovisual support material as well as their scripts so that it went off without a hitch. Judy took questions from the students and answered them superbly.


On Friday the Secondary students involved themselves in the various games and activities traditionally associated with Chuseok. As you can see from the photos, they had a great deal of fun.

AISA VB Tournament

Dear Parents

On October 11th to 14th, 2018, BIFS will be hosting the Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament in our international athletic league, the Association of International Schools Asia (AISA). One of the problems we have as a smaller school is supporting the homestay program that is an integral part of the conference.

In order to run a successful tournament, we need to ask your support in opening up your home to host students. The tournament is quickly approaching, so PLEASE consider helping us find beds for the athletes.

All information can be found in The Bears Athletic Program –Homestay

If you have any further questions, please contact the AISA Homestay Coordinator, Miky Lee at –  [email protected]

We thank you for your support of BIFS Athletics!

Managebac in the Secondary School

Managebac is our student learning management platform. It is a very powerful system that allows the curriculum at BIFS to be clearly constructed and easily adjusted over the course of the year. It is also a tremendous tool for parents, as it allows you to view the progress of your child. Amongst other features, it enables you to see the homework that has been set, major assignments and their due dates, comments made by teachers on specific pieces of work etc. Once access has been established, I encourage all parents to check Managebac on a regular basis and to communicate directly with teachers as issues arise.

Here is a link to the form Mr Gysbers has created to begin the process of allowing you access to ManageBac: 

When able, please respond to this Google Form. Mr Gysbers will send you a welcome e-mail that comes straight from ManageBac. He will also send you a personal e-mail saying that you should have received a welcome e-mail (just in case it didn’t arrive) along with a video explaining the parent portal. Mr Gysbers is happy to have an information session for parents should there be sufficient demand.

Parents’ Guide to MAP Tests

What is the NWEA MAP test?  The MAP Test is a standardized test given to over 8 million students in 140 different countries.  It measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of core skills and concepts in math and reading.

Why did ISB choose the MAP Test? The MAP Test was chosen for several reasons. The first is that the test is personalized for every student. As a student answers questions correctly, the questions get more difficult. As a student answers questions incorrectly, the questions get a little easier. The second reason is that it is used by many international schools and results can be compared with other schools. Finally, the results are available immediately for schools, students, and parents. Schools can use the scores to adjust their curriculum and teaching. Students and parents can use the scores to work on areas of growth.

How is achievement measured? A RIT score appears at the end of the test. This score represents where your child is at that particular time on that particular test – it’s like a snapshot. By itself, one score does not mean anything.  However, when the scores are compared over time, they can tell a more complete story of a student’s progress. A good analogy is a photo album. Each picture represents one moment in time but looking back you can see how someone has grown over time.  See the table at the end of this document.

How often will my child take the MAP test? ISB MYP students will take the test two times a year, in the fall and spring.

How can I help my child? Getting a good night’s sleep and having a good breakfast will help your child. While most students complete the test in less than an hour, some students will take more time, which can be tiring and stressful. It is important to help your child recognize that one test cannot tell the full story of his/her achievement.  Students might have an off day and score lower or a particular skill has not yet been taught that year. It’s the pattern that matters, not the individual score.

What information will I receive from my child’s school?

For a complete list of FAQ’s for parents of students taking the MAP test, click here. You can also read more about MAP at NWEA blog or NWEA website.

Works Cited

Fleming, Jena. “Answers to Parents’ Top 6 Questions on the #MAPtest.” Teach. Learn. Grow., 23 Nov. 2016,

“NWEA: Fair, Accurate Results Thanks to a Best-in-Class Scale.” Teach. Learn. Grow.,

MAP Practice for Students

On Thursday, Sept 28 and Friday, September 29th we will conduct our Fall MAP Testing for grade 6-10. There are a couple of things students can choose to do in preparation. This takes about 5 minutes:

1. Go to

2. If you get a message saying “Oops! Where’s my test window?” Then you need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. There are instructions to do that in Chrome at:

If you do not get the “Oops!” message, move to Step 3.

3. Try the Practice Test.
– Login: grow
– Password: grow
– Choose any test for your grade.

Look for and try the new features in the toolbar at the top: Zoom, Line Reader, Notepad and Answer Eliminator.

You are now prepared for the testing session!

The MAP testing schedule for next week in the Secondary School is HERE


News from the Secondary Library

There are always new books being added to the Secondary Library collection. Here is a link to some of the newest arrivals.