Dear Seniors

A few days ago, Mr. Whit sent this email to the 2018-19 Senior Class as some last minute, unsolicited advice as they move on to college.

Graduation night. Photo by Michael Ngo

Graduation night. Photo by Michael Ngo

I wanted to thank you one more time for an amazing school year.

After our chat with alumni, it made me think of some last-minute advice for college that I wanted to share with you.

SO..... I made you a list: Top 10 things to remember when you are off at whatever school is lucky enough to have you next year.

10. Go to class. Seriously. It will be incredibly easy to justify sleeping in, going out, or just skipping class. Don't do it because you will regret it later. Attend! Learn! Engage! You'll be surprised what you will learn and who you will meet, all which will enhance your life.

9. Say no. If someone or something makes you uncomfortable or you are asked to do something you don't want to do: just say no. There are so many opportunities in college and people who will respect you and your values. Don't worry about missing anything that seems sketchy or you feel contradicts who you are and what makes you happy.

8. Say yes! I know it's a quick contradiction, but don't be afraid to say yes to something new. Rock climbing? Farming? A play? Why not? You might find out you really love that new thing.

7. Study I know you are tired of it, but take it from an old man that "Student" will be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have. Treat it like your job and work at it. You might find you want to go to graduate school or your new employer wants a transcript. What you do as an undergrad has a tendency to follow you around. Stay diligent.

6. Call home. Your parents are going to be thinking about you 24-7, so give them a shout sometime. Your needy high school counselor could use an email from time to time too.


5. Jump at opportunities. Study abroad, spend Thanksgiving with a friend's family, apply for an internship, help a professor with research. Sometimes the things that happen outside the classroom or off campus are huge for your growth and resume.


4. Visit your professor during their office hours. Students rarely take advantage of their professor's open door. Go ask for help, have a chat, introduce yourself, discuss that day's lecture. Making that connection can be huge! They will look to you when they have an opportunity or need help. Being a teacher's pet in college is pretty awesome.

3. Join a club, find a hobby, and/or get a part-time job. You will make some life-long friends in unexpected places and maybe even have a little pocket money to spend. There is a group for everyone on campus and a job that will introduce you to some people you would not have otherwise met.

2. Be open-minded. You will be around some unusual people and they may seem incredibly strange or unfriendly. Just remember that they aren't very different from you. Be open to having a conversation with someone who seems nothing like you. They may just rock your world.

1. Have fun. Study first then have fun after, but have fun. Nothing, seriously, nothing in your life, is like college. Soak it up and don't take a moment of it for granted.

Which leads to 1a.

1a. Be present! Don't spend your 4 years staring at your phone seeing what your Saipan friends are up to. Be.Where.You.Are!


Good luck lovely humans. Stay safe, study hard, and have fun!


Mr. Whit



WHERE DID THEY GO?

We’re proud of our most recent group of graduates. They are headed to the US mainland, back to their home countries, to technical school, engineering school, art school, architecture school, flight mechanic school, and world-renowned liberal arts schools.

If I were trapped on a deserted island, I’d like to have this group with me. Well-rounded, funny, and smart. After a few entertaining days and nights, we’d be on our way home on a boat they designed and built.

Good luck Class of 2019!

Jun Hee Lee University of Washington

Jun Hee Lee
University of Washington

Nathanial Racoma Universal Technical Institute

Nathanial Racoma
Universal Technical Institute

Annabelle Sablan Syracuse University

Annabelle Sablan
Syracuse University

Gun Lee Korean Aeronautical University

Gun Lee
Korean Aeronautical University

Hyeonjoon Park University of Michigan

Hyeonjoon Park
University of Michigan

Tania Tan Fordham University

Tania Tan
Fordham University

Ami Tsukagoshi Chapman University

Ami Tsukagoshi
Chapman University

Jayson Pascual University of San Francisco

Jayson Pascual
University of San Francisco

Michael Lee Air Force Academy

Michael Lee
Air Force Academy

Prunella Pellegrino Oxford College of Emory University

Prunella Pellegrino
Oxford College of Emory University

Jun Bum Huh Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Jun Bum Huh
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Christine Ngo Savannah College of Art and Design

Christine Ngo
Savannah College of Art and Design

Alex Park  University of Washington

Alex Park
University of Washington

Panisa Benchakarn Thailand

Panisa Benchakarn
Thailand

A.J. Hudkins Harding University

A.J. Hudkins
Harding University

Kevin Park University of Portland

Kevin Park
University of Portland

Carl Cui Northern Marianas College

Carl Cui
Northern Marianas College

Anna Calvert Rutgers University at Newark

Anna Calvert
Rutgers University at Newark

Andy Cho Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Andy Cho
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Fly high Class of 2019. We miss you already.

Fly high Class of 2019. We miss you already.

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Supportive Environment

We are a small school that fosters an environment of support for others and pride in each other’s accomplishments. High schoolers mentor elementary students, elementary students read to pre-K, and teachers mentor students after school hours. One Gecko’s success is all of our success. We strive to give you the environment to excel.

Diverse Community

Our student body hails from Saipan, mainland US, Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia. Diversity on our campus allows for cultural learning moments in and between classes and meaningful relationships with someone from the other side of the world. We take great pride in the many cultures and backgrounds represented at SIS.

Passionate Teachers

Our teachers also represent many different experiences and places though they have all come to Saipan to be a part of the rich educational system here at SIS. Our teachers inspire students to do great things and guide them to learn the skills they need in the 21st century.

Academic Excellence

We are the only school in Micronesia with an AP Capstone program. Our students have the opportunity to learn college-level Physics, Biology, History, Economics, Calculus, Statistics, and Research methods. Life-long Geckos and short timers have found their way to Ivy League campuses and elite schools around the world. Our elementary and middle schoolers also excel at Math Court, Academic Challenge Bowl, and Spelling Bee. We set high standards and our students rise to meet them

Ambitious Student Body

Our students dream big and work hard to make those dreams become a reality. SIS students start clubs, self-study for AP exams, form study groups, develop working relationships with their teachers, fundraise, and go on to do great things.

Class Selection

SIS offers a wide variety of classes. Through core and elective classes, students have plenty of choices to find their area of interest. Elementary students take Mandarin, music, and PE classes in conjunction with their core classes. From middle school students can choose from variety of electives that range from robotics to art magazine. SIS is also the first school in Micronesia to implement an AP Capstone program for high schools students.

Affordable

Our school more affordable than most private and international schools around the world. With our qualified teachers, college-level academics, engaging programs, and incredible opportunities for students; SIS is an educational bargain. Please contact us to learn more about pricing and funding opportunities at SIS.