Calendar at a Glance

Date Event/Occasion
October 7-November 6 MAP Testing
October 12-November 4 HS Volleyball Season
October 12-December 2 HS Ping Pong Season
October 12-December 2 MS Soccer Season
November 9-January 30 HS Basketball Season

*Please note, the Virtual iSC Conference to be held on November 9 has been postponed to the 2nd semester. Monday, November 9 will be a school day, and the first day of Quarter 2.

To view these changes, and the entire school calendar, follow the link below.

2020-2021 Calendar

3rd Grade Science Class

Foreign Staff back in China

We are very excited that our foreign staff outside of China are starting to make their way back to Qingdao. To date, Gloria Oh is back on campus, and 3 more families are in China or on their way: Wes and Michelle Bishop, Danielle Chua, and new staff Sarah and Jonathan Park. The Bishops are already in China, half-way through their quarantine, while Ms. Chua and the Parks are due to arrive within the next week.

Many more staff members have just received their visas today! We will keep you posted with all the updates.

3rd Grade Science Class


Welcome to Semester 1 Athletics! This year we want to continue building a healthy team culture and to emphasize things that define us as ISQ Dolphins.
As a reminder I want to share that our culture builds into the values of:

• Being one team
• Showing respect to all
• Helping each other
• Acting in humility
• Having fun
• Working hard

Below are our Semester 1 Athletics programs.

Thank you for your partnership with us to help develop your child.

Lloyd Rooza
Athletics Director


Soccer Team

12 October – 2 December 2020 (8 weeks)

Practice Days: Mondays & Wednesdays

Tournaments: To be confirmed based on Qingdao Education Bureau directive


Ping Pong Team

12 October – 2 December 2020 (8 weeks)

Practice Days: Mondays & Thursdays

No tournaments will happen this semester due to Covid-19 restrictions in China


Volleyball Team

12 October – 4 November 2020 (4 weeks)

Practice Days (Boys): Mondays, & Thursdays

Practice Days (Girls): Wednesdays & Thursdays

No tournaments will happen this semester due to Covid-19 restrictions in China


Basketball Team

9 November – 30 January 2021 (9 weeks)

Practice Days (Varsity): Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Practice Days (JV): Mondays & Wednesdays

iSC Tianjin (28th – 30th January 2021)
QISN – to be confirmed

Alumni Report

On Wednesday, September 30, our grade 11 and 12 students had the pleasure of hearing from Julia Kim, an ISQ graduate from the class of 2018-2019. Julia talked about her experience studying at KAIST, then we had a question and answer time. Our students heard about Julia’s passion for research, how to adjust to the college environment, and the importance of talking with professors. We are grateful to Julia for taking the time to share her experience with us.

If you have any particular alumni that you want to meet, please email us at
If you, however, want to invite Josh Carrott (class of 2007), the ‘Korean Englishman’- a famous YouTuber, give us some more time to prepare! 😊

Mid-Autumn Festival activities

In the run-up to the Mid-Autumn Festival, the ISQ Chinese Department provided students with many activities around campus.

Elementary and ECC students decorated lanterns. There were iconic Mid-Autumn elements on the lanterns, such as the Jade Hare, Chang’E, and mooncakes.

Middle School students made four posters that were displayed in the lobby. Each poster portrayed a story about the festival: Houyi shooting the suns; Chang’E flying to the moon; Wugang chopping the cassia tree; Jade hare grinding medicine.

High School students got creative by learning Chinese poems, and singing the poems as songs.

The AP Chinese class created a video about the National day. The title is “中国我想对你说” (What I want to say to China).

Even the cafeteria got into the spirit of Mid-Autumn festival, and made mooncakes for everyone to take and eat at home.

We hope our ISQ family had a joyful and relaxing Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day Holiday.

Notes and Reminders

Government Health Guidelines: Flu-like Symptoms

Parents are responsible to monitor their child’s health and keep their child who is sick or showing symptoms at home. Sometimes, students come to school and are showing flu-like symptoms. Our Health Office staff will determine whether students should be at school that day, go home, or be sent to the hospital immediately. Parents will be responsible to pick up their child with symptoms professionally judged as high risk by ISQ nurses in compliance with the World Health Organization guidelines for symptoms. Our divisional assistants will contact parents whenever students are absent from school to find the reason for the absence and to monitor the situation. Before returning to school, parents must communicate with the nurses of ISQ Health Office to receive final approval for students to come back to school. In some cases, this may include submitting a doctor’s clearance letter.

*Symptoms of COVID-19 according to WHO and CDC are: headache, fatigue (excessive tiredness), runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, muscle aches or joint pains, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (three or more loose or watery stools in a day).

Thank you for cautiously following these healthy school guidelines.

Did you miss last week's Lighthouse News?