What's Your Thing?



It’s your thing… do whatcha wanna do….… Do you know the words to this old James Brown song?


So, what is your thing? What is it that you love to do? What is your passion? For these four kids MATH is their thing. Ok, I suppose they have other “things” too but it’s true these fifth graders love math. (Pictured from left to right) Zain Khaishgi, Chen Dong, Jeea Choi, and Kyle Djibo all scored in the top five to ten percent of all math athletes participating in this year’s Math Olympiad. Zain (far left) scored in the top 2%.


MOEM, Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School students, is an ISD After School Team that competes with other MOEM teams from around the world. Basically, MOEMs is an opportunity to compete in problem solving contests. Our club is open to 4th through 8th graders. MOEMs aims to:

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics

  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts

  • To teach major strategies for problem solving

  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems

  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition

  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity

  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

Hooray for the many students who participated in MOEMs and a big shout out to the Coaches: Barbara Workman-Tan and Rik Nijenhuis who made this opportunity possible! Thanks to Ms. Jody for extending the learning for some of our very strong math students.

Click here to learn more about MOEMs


So here’s the thing, it’s important to have a thing. Whether it’s reading or writing, piano or guitar, gymnastics or yoga, ballet or hip hop… it’s good to explore your own interests. The ISD Elementary team encourages you to spend your out of school hours doing the things you love. You might decide to create your own youtube channel, or learn how to do ride a unicycle, maybe you want to take on a new language; the important thing is that you make time to explore your passion.


Zain, Chen Dong, Jeea and Kyle spent their after school hours solving math problems. What will you do? As we approach the summer break, think about what it is you might like to learn. Take some time to learn about the things that most interest you. I look forward to August; when you return to school, I want to hear about your thing. Here is a quick clip of three year old Freya as she completes science experiments at home. Science is her thing!! Watch 3 Year Old Freya do Science at Home


It’s your thing...do what ya wanna do....


-Ms. Kelly

The International School of Dakar

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