Secondary School Blog

Back to School Night

Mike Simpson

Secondary School Principal

September 1, 2023

We were very pleased to welcome so many of you to the new school year at last night’s Back to School Night. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to have such an engaged parent community and we look forward to working closely with you in the best interests of your children.

As a follow up to Back to School Night, you will have received an email with links to your child’s Grade Level Course Overviews. You will also receive an email next week inviting you to subscribe to a summary of activity in your child’s Google Classrooms – one tool we use to manage and organize course assignments.

Quarter 1 Reports Cards will be accompanied by Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 8. In the meantime, please know that you are always welcome to contact your child’s teachers at any time with any questions or information that will help us best meet the needs of your child.

Secondary School Events

This Week: MAP Testing (see below for more information)

  • Monday: Parent Association Meeting: 8:30am-9:30am, Multi-Purpose Room
  • Tuesday: HS Volleyball: ILBC @ ISY
  • Wednesday: 
    • MS Basketball: ISY @ ILBC
    • Grade 9 Parent Information Meeting (see this blog for details): 5:30pm-6:30pm in Multi-Purpose Room.
  • Friday: MS Basketball: YIS @ ISY
  • Saturday: Yangon City Invitational MS/HS Table Tennis Tournament @ ISY

Coming Up:

  • Myanmar International School Counselors Association (MISCA) University Fair: 8:30am-11:45am on Thursday, September 14. Grade 11 and 12 students will be able to connect with over 100 different international universities in this online event.

MAP Testing

Over the next two weeks, we will be MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing students in Grade 2 to 9. MAP assessments are online adaptive assessments that provide useful data in developing a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic achievement and growth. Students will sit MAP assessments in Math, English, and Language Usage.

To ensure a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic growth and achievement, teachers combine MAP assessment data with all other student data that they have collected in the classroom. This combination of data informs teacher instruction in meeting the needs of each child. 

Click here for more detail about the what, why, and how of MAP testing at ISY.

Grade 9 Parent Information Meeting

Wednesday, September 6


Multipurpose Room

Mr. A-G, our secondary counselor will provide information about how to help your Grade 9 child successfully navigate the high school experience. The presentation is titled “Setting the Stage” and will ask for parent participation as we gain insight as to how ISY can partner with parents to support the efforts of current 9th graders as they journey through High School.

Nourish Healthy Meal Plan

The food on offer at ISY at both Nourish and Gusto plays a crucial role in students’ overall health, well-being, and academic performance. We want to create a healthy eating culture that promotes nutritious food choices, provides access to balanced meals, and aligns food and nutrition practices with classroom education. Here are a few key points to consider why we are doing this:

One of our Strategic Themes at The International School Yangon is ‘Sustainability’, where students cultivate sustainability through a focus on Service Learning and The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  At ISY we want to be part of the environmental drive to offer students a healthy, nutritious, plant-based diet that contributes towards lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

Please view our latest blog post on the impact of food on the environment and the Nourish Ordering Procedures guide which shows you more information about how to order your child’s lunch from Nourish.

The current Nourish meal plan items are available to order.  Parents must order meals weekly in advance, by 5pm every Thursday through PowerSchool. The current Nourish meal plan items will then change after each four weekly cycle with a new set meal plan in place from Monday, 18th September. 

Activities & Athletics

Here is a link to Mr. O’Sullivan’s Athletics and Activities Blog for up-to-date information regarding Activities and Athletics at ISY.

The International School Yangon
20 Shwe Taungyar Street
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

+95 (0) 9 880 441 040


The 5th Annual ISY Fundraising Gala is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the PARKROYAL Hotel Yangon and will be in their Yadanar Ballroom starting from 6:00 pm. The theme will be The Garden of Hope. The Gala supports and links to ISY’s strategic theme of Sustainability. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please see this linked sponsorship document with the sponsorship packages and form. Any questions regarding sponsorship should be directed towards our Advancement Associate, May Su Yadana Bo ( or +95 9 880 441 040, +95 9 964 210 248. You can also see further details about ticket purchases for the event on our ISY Gala webpage and Facebook Event page.