TH Newsletter March 8, 2018


Dear Families,

Happy International Women's Day! This year's celebration is a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. We are happy with a number of UNIS student clubs, among other things, are examining these issues and discussing possible solutions.

Yesterday was the official opening of our IB Visual Arts Exhibit at a Gallery in Chelsea: thank you to those who joined. We have provided those who could not be with us with a few photos below.

Finally, a reminder that Romeo and Juliet is coming to the Tutorial House next week: don't miss this year's high school play, as drama comes to UNIS!



Antoine Delaitre

Tutorial House Principal


Upcoming Dates

Mar 8

Women in Jazz Concert (6:30pm-8pm)

Mar 9

Parent Association Meeting (8:30am-9:30 am)

Mar 9

Staff Appreciation Luncheon (10am-2pm)

Mar 13-15

Romeo and Juliet - Tut House Play

College Corner

Greetings from the College Office! The college counselors have begun leading College Planning Seminars, a series of required after-school workshops for T3s that walks through the university search and application process. In addition, the counselors are busy meeting with all T3 families before spring break and preparing for this year's college fair on April 30th!

In this week's issue of College Corner, find important reminders about this week's ACT registration deadline (March 9th), information about upcoming Parent Coffee Meetings (March 13, April 10, and May 15) and some helpful articles from our colleagues in higher education.

IB Calendar

Upcoming Events:

  • T4 Important dates:
  • Mon April 30th - Fri May 18: IB Examinations
  • Tues May 29th: Awards and Senior Brunch (Garden)
  • May 30th 6:00pm-9:00pm: Prom/Boat cruise -Wednesday,
  • Thur May 31st 2:00pm-5:00pm: Graduation rehearsal
  • Fri June 1st: Graduation

IB Deadlines:


Item to Complete



  • Meetings with Ms. Garcelon & Ms. Vitello begin


  • Work on CAS Projects
  • College meetings continue


  • Film: Production Portfolio - Internal Assessment
  • Uploads to IBIS



  • Meetings with Ms. Garcelon & Ms. Vitello continue


  • Work on CAS Projects
  • College meetings continue
  • Languages A HL/SL: Individual Oral Presentations Completed
  • Theater HL/SL: Research Presentation
  • History HL/SL: Internal Assessment
  • Visual Arts: Process Portfolio Completed - External Assessment




  • Meetings with Ms. Garcelon & Ms. Vitello continue


  • English A Lit: SL individual oral presentation completed
  • All Language A HL/SL written draft due
  • All Science IA plan or lab work completed
    • (ESS - May 21st - final due)
  • EE/SP 1st Reflection (May 3rd) & research question + summer outline (May 31st)
  • CAS Physical Activity reflection form (May 9th)
  • CAS Project Reflection form(May 16th)
  • TOK Presentations completed (TK-PPD)
  • Math Studies IA completed
  • Economics HL/SL 2nd IA completed
  • Anthropology HL IA draft


  • IB Exams: April 30th to May 18th

Women in Jazz Concert!

Please note the time change!

Women In Jazz & The UNIS Music Department presents

Women in Jazz Concert!

Featuring: Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf, Nadje Noordhuis, and Noriko Ueda

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

6:30pm- 7:30pm

Suggested Donation $10- All proceeds to benefit the Women in Jazz Organization

To attend, please RSVP HERE

Drama comes to UNIS...

The fated lovers in Shakespeare's tragic tale will take to the stage next week! Don't miss your chance to see a truly Parisian Paris, a very bad dad, two star-crossed lovers, and some dynamic duals in the Tutorial House production of:

Romeo & Juliet

Pledge for #MyFreedomDay Campaign

We invite UNIS students to participate in the #MyFreedomDay, a campaign initiated by CNN's Freedom Network. Young people around the world join the campaign on March 14th to raise their voices to generate awareness of modern-day slavery. On this day, students from hundreds of schools across six continents come together to form a global community and take on one of the world's most pressing problems, generating social engagement around the world. For those who remember, this campaign was introduced last January at the Human Rights Conference organized by the UNIS Human Rights Club. The participation is voluntary. For more information about the campaign please visit: #MyFreedomDay

2018-2019 Re-Enrollment Reminder

In order to enroll your child for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, you will be asked to complete an electronic enrollment contract by March 15, 2018.

Your personalized Enrollment Contract is available by visiting the UNIS Parent Portal: navigate to My BackPack → My Forms/Documents → Enrollment/Re-Enrollment. You will need to complete separate enrollment contracts through the online process for each of your children.If you have any questions about the online enrollment process, please contact

Eat. Drink. Auction. Fundraiser

T4 Student, Angelina Travers Lieberman, would like to invite you to her Eat. Drink. Auction. Fundraiser event. Hope to see you there and thanks for supporting the event. See details below:

Come join us for an evening of wine, food, art, and fundraising. Eat. Drink. Auction. Fundraise is a 100% student-led initiative to support the Nepal Club to help implement a sustainable meal plan at the Shreeladevi School in Bandipur, Nepal. Come join us on the 12th of April between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at our fundraising Art Auction in support of educational development in Nepal. On this day, we will be auctioning New York and Montreal-based artist's artworks (names listed below) from a variety of styles and mediums and a custom oil-paint portrait by Brandon Solof will be raffled off during the evening.

Artists: Perri Neri (art can be seen below ), Anastasiya Tarasenko, Elisabeth Condon, Brandon Solof, Arthur Brouthers (art can be seen above), Paul Corio, Joyce Weinstein, Emily Noelle Lambert, Danielle Ezzo, Jihane Mossalim.

This event is free and there will be complimentary wine and hors-d'oeuvres provided. Please RSVP on our Eventbrite. If you would like more information about the cause, please visit our websites: Schools of Nepal Website. If you have further questions about the event or cause, please email All artworks will be paid for via direct donation to the fundraising page.

3rd Annual UNIS-GIT Hacked: "FREE" of Charge

Are you interested in learning how to code? Do you like computer design and entrepreneurship? Do you want to win a prize?

Come to the 3rd Annual UNIS Girls InTechnology-Hacked at the United Nations International School (UNIS) on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 @ 9:30 am. Hosted by UNIS-GIT, open to anyone in grades 6-12 that is interested in technology & STEAM! Girls and Boys are highly encouraged to attend, as we aim to recreate the success of last year's hackathon. This event is beginner-friendly. We only have 85 tickets, so reserve your seats today! (All attendees are required to have a computer for the event; any concerns can be addressed by emailing Click here to view the program for the day.

The main objective of Girls in Tech is to break barriers to entry into the field of technology for women so that everyone can use technology as a medium to collaborate, innovate and improve lives. At GIT-Hacked, our program embodies these target goals through workshops, presentations, and hands-on collaboration with other attendees.

Please view the program for more information, and sign up via this webpage by March 27th. Please note that the number of tickets that you reserve will come out to a total of $0; you will not be asked for a payment method or billed in any way. Once we have received your reservation, we will contact the person indicated on the ticket with further instructions and forms to complete the registration. Please be sure to look for that email after you have received your confirmation. We are excited to open this event to the public. We hope to see you and your students at GIT-Hacked on April 21st!


The United Nations International School & UNIS-GIT

Singin' in the Rain . . . JS Musical


If you would like to include a congratulatory message to the cast and crew or to advertise a business or club, see this document for all the details on how to get your message out to the nearly 1,200 people that will pack the theater in April 2018.

UNIS Int'l Food and Fun Fair: Regions Survey Form

Dear Parents,

This year's UNIS International Food and Fun Fair will take place on Saturday, May 5th. The Fair is an annual school-wide event and one of the absolute highlights of our Parents Association's activity.

Planning for the event is now underway and the Food Committee Co-Chairs need your help to ensure we can reach out to as many UNIS families as possible and encourage them to contribute their country's wonderful and unique food specialties to the food buffet. For that purpose we kindly ask you to fill out this Food Fair Form (click here), with the following information by Friday, March 16th:

  • Student's first and last name
  • Country 1
  • Country 2 (if applicable)
  • Parent's email

This information should enable us to compile more accurate regional food contact lists that Regional Food Coordinators can then use to reach out to the families from their "food regions."

We would like to emphasize that filling out the online form by Friday, March 16th, is essential to ensure effective communication with parents about this year's International Food and Fun Fair. We greatly appreciate your assistance.

Warm regards,

Monique Navarro, Victoria Espada, and Irina Ivleva

Food Co-chairs

International Food and Fun Fair 2018

Computational Science Program at AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History offers a free summer or school year out of school program for rising 9th and 10th-grade girls to learn to programme in the context of scientific research. Applications are now open through 3/19. Program Information.

Musical Instrument Drive

Calling all instruments! The UNIS Adopt-a-Band Club is collecting musical instruments to donate to schools in need. All band and string instruments are welcome (such as trumpets, trombones, flutes, saxes, violins, violas etc.) and can be dropped off at the Music Department. Please contact Ms. Levy at or Mr. Lambert (Senior Wind Ensemble Director) with any questions at

Team Store NOW OPEN

Hello UNIS Parent/Guardian:

The UNIS Athletic Team Store is now open. You can purchase your items online in three easy steps:

1. Go to the online store by clicking here: To order team items online

2. Choose your items and add them to your cart

3. Security checkout with your credit. Please note that the online store closes on

February 22nd. The store is estimating to ship products by March 22nd.

2018 Spring Team Sports Registration Form

As the 2018 spring athletics season approaches, every UNIS student intending to try out for a team must first have a registration form completed on their behalf. Completion of this form serves several purposes; notably, it ensures that the Athletics department possesses up-to-date health information on each student-athlete and that parents/guardians are fully aware of all relevant policies and protocols which impact participation in interscholastic sport. In early January, the athletics department posted on schoology a form for students to complete to gauge 'intent' to participate in a spring team. This form is not the official registration form. Please note that a parent/ caregiver must complete the official registration form from the link below. Please review and discuss the information in the form with your son/daughter. It is the parent's responsibility to submit the form before the first day of tryouts, which is, Monday 26th February. Click the link below to begin: Spring Registration Form.

Spring Team Schedules:

Please click here for spring team try out dates and practice and game schedules.

Please click here to view general information pertaining to athlete well-being, athletic policies, frequently asked questions and the UNIS athletics media gallery.

Results of the Schoology Student Survey:

Here are the findings of the Schoology Student Survey sent two weeks ago:

  • 134 student responded (27%)
  • The respondents came from the following grades:
    • 20% were T1
    • 22% were T2
    • 34% were T3
    • 24% were T4
  • Of the 86 teachers listed, students reported the following:
    • For 71 teachers (83%), students have reported no issues with the way Schoology is being used
    • For 15 teachers (17%), students have reported some issues which need to be addressed in the way Schoology is being used.

We will make sure additional training is provided promptly so that every student's experience of Schoology is as optimal as can be.

James Rogers: A Meeting with the Author

The English B students met the award-winning author, James Rogers, last week. Of course, it was a bit unexpected for the students that their math teacher was also a talented writer. Mr. Rogers spoke about his work and the art of writing. He inspired the students to use writing as a form of expression and to experiment with style in order to find their own unique way of sharing their voice. The students read The English Teacher from the collection of short stories Mr. Rogers published in 2007 (A Loaf, A Pint, and A Coffin). This short story served as a precursor to examining the notion of the value of human life. The conversation with the author also revealed the complexities of the publishing industry, and how to remain positive and constructive about writing despite facing rejection by publishers. We all really enjoyed the time we were able to spend with Mr. Rogers.


From March 2nd to 4th, 2018, UNIS students attended the National High School Model UN conference (NHSMUNC). Delegates participated in General Assembly and specialized committees while others took part in Model UN Crisis. Several delegates managed to lead their blocs and address topics ranging from conflict in Colombia to crimes in the Philippines. During the plenary session, 3 UNIS students, Ning Chang, Marien Chatard, and Julio Soares De Carvalho had the privilege of addressing delegates at the closing ceremony. At closing ceremonies, UNIS won an Award of Merit, recognizing the achievement and hard work of the delegation as a whole. Thanks to Ms. Watt, Mr. Staccone, and Ms. Fuste for supervising the event and Mr. Baha for helping coordinate a successful conference!

IB Art Exhibition. . .True work of art!

On Tuesday, March 6 at the IB Art Exhibition UNIS students showcased their exquisite work from the IB Program. The evening was a wonderful success. The creativity was absolutely magnificent. It definitely displayed their hard work, bravo!


National Shakespeare Competition

On Monday, February 26, Graana Khan (T3) represented UNIS at the New York Semi-Finals of the English Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition. Coached by Kiara Downey and MS English teacher Gina Voskov, Graana offered a monologue as Portia from Julius Caesar followed by Sonnet CXXI. Her moving and subtle evocations received plaudits from other contestants and their coaches. The ESU Shakespeare Competition is an annual event open to students in grades 9-12; this year UNIS had several strong candidates and all deserve congratulations. Graana will revisit the Bard as Benvolio in the upcoming TH production of Romeo and Juliet next week.

Weekly Principal's Open Meeting

The weekly Principals are Fridays (8:30 am-9:30 am).

Note however that this won't take place tomorrow due to a conflict with the PA Meeting at the same time.

Absences or Lateness

A parent or guardian must call students in late or absent if a student is not going to be present in any classes. Students are not allowed to notify the office themselves. It is a safety issue.To notify the school of a student lateness or absence: email or call Michele Lessa (212-584-3048)