Vol. XXI • Issue 2 • August 17, 2018



Brent will be closed on the following days.

No SchoolIn observance of
Tuesday, August 21stNinoy Aquino Day
Wednesday, August 22ndEid’l Adha
Monday, August 27thNational Heroes Day



Please note that Brent will have a special schedule for classes and an early dismissal at 1 pm for students from school on Monday September 10.

All students will have a lunch period on the day.

There will be no sports or activities after dismissal.

Buses will leave campus at 1:15 pm. All students, including car riders, are required to leave campus no later than 1:15 pm.

Faculty and staff will use the afternoon to take part in an orientation for Brent’s re-accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) from the United States.



There are nine Upper School faculty members who are either new to Brent, or relocating from one of our other Brent Campuses.

Mr. John Joseph M. Bartolome is a new member of the Brent Community. He is a graduate of B.S. Psychology at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila where he also earned his units in M.A. in Special Education. He has been teaching for 10 years and had worked in Saudi Arabia the past two years before joining the Upper School Student Services team. Throughout his career, he experienced teaching learners from kindergarten to high school. His passion to teach and love for children made him decide to be an educator. John is fond of watching movies and anime, reading manga, and playing online games.

Zedrik Belaguas is a new member of the Upper School as a Spanish teacher. In 2014, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in European Languages from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Before coming to Brent, Zedrik worked as a language and culture assistant in Cuenca, Spain and, subsequently, as a high school and middle school Spanish teacher in Miriam College. He loves to spend his free time watching Modern Family, playing videogames and enjoying the company of his family and his pets.

Dolly Cho is a new addition to the Brent School English and VPA department and will be teaching English 9, IB Theatre Arts, and TOK. She will also be advising the Freshmen Council and the International Thespian Society. She is originally from Korea, but grew up in the Philippines and attended Brent Subic from grades 3-12. Then, received her Bachelors degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio as an English literature major and Communications minor. She has taught at Brent Baguio (2 years) and Brent Subic (3 years) before moving to Manila. Bring a proud Brent alumna, she is excited to join the Manila campus and looks forward to a fruitful school year.

Genevieve Dubroof is the new 9th and 10th grade counselor in the Upper School. This is her first international posting. She is coming from North Carolina where she completed her masters and educational specialist degree’s in Counseling. Genevieve is originally from Maryland and attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She is very much looking forward to meeting all the 9th and 10th graders and supporting their education as well as their socio-emotional needs. When she is not working with students, Genevieve enjoys outdoor activities, including kayaking, tennis, running, hiking and biking.

Gregory Glazier is excited to join the Upper School at Brent as an IB English teacher. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, USA, Mr. Glazier received his BA in English literature from the College of William & Mary, and his M.Ed. in secondary English from Marymount University. He has taught in China, Australia, Taiwan, and the United States, and is now looking forward to exploring the Philippines as a member of the Brent community. In his free time, Mr. Glazier enjoys reading, trying new foods, traveling, and yoga.

Crystal Fatma S. Manlulu is a new member of the Upper School Student Services team. She graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in Special Education at St. Paul University Manila and has been teaching for 4 years. Outside the academe, she enjoys being part of community outreaches with her siblings and friends. She is an adventurous food lover and is always empowered by curiosity.

David Michaelsen joins the Upper School as an IB Geography teacher. He is new to the IB program, having most recently taught AP level Social Studies classes in Barcelona, Venezuela, for the last three years. He is excited to be living in Asia for the first time and is looking forward to teaching Brent students Geography while also experiencing the Geography of the beautiful Philippines first hand. He is joined by his wife, Diana, who is also teaching at Brent as a Pre-K teacher, and his children, who are also Brent students, Jonathan (7th grade) and Diego (3rd grade). Originally from Texas, he received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, then went to the University of Florida get an M.A. in History, before returning to Texas to teach Spanish in Texas schools for eight years. In his spare time, he enjoys board games, scuba diving, playing with his boys and traveling with his family.

Eduard is a graduate of Secondary Education major in Mathematics. He will be a part of the Students’ Services Team for the Upper School. It’s his first time in Brent, so he’s looking forward to working with everyone, especially the teachers and the students. He loves to be with students and loves teaching as well. Everybody is so nice to him since his first day and is looking forward to having a great year.

Ivanah Puzon is a new member of the Upper School Student Services team. She is a BS Psychology graduate who has been in the field of Special Education for more than 5 years. Apart from her job as SST Teaching Assistant at Brent, she does volunteer work in her community parish where she helps in catechizing and feeding children from a developing community. She is currently taking her Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Ivanah loves traveling, music, cooking, and baking. She spends most of her free time exploring restaurants and dining places with her husband and 10-year old son.

Gia Ramos is joining the Upper School Student Services after spending one year in Middle School. She is excited to work with the Upper School faculty and student body. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Holy Angel University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education Major in Intellectual Disability at Philippine Normal University. Before working at Brent, she had three years teaching experience in a local private school and taught Science, English and Religious Studies. During her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, watching movies and eating Japanese food.

Kevin Spachuk is joining the Upper School English Department. Kevin is coming to Brent after spending five years living in Japan working at Nagoya International School. He is accompanied by his wife Yuko Spachuk, who is an Upper School college counselor, and his two children in the Lower School, Marina and Zen. Before moving to Asia, he taught high school in Los Angeles, California. Kevin enjoys reading, traveling, water sports, and cooking.

Yuko is excited to be a new member of the Upper School Counseling team. She is a Japanese native who went abroad to the U.S. as a college student. Yuko received a B.A. from UCLA, M.A. from California Lutheran University, and holds a K-12 School Counseling Credential from the State of California. Before coming to Brent, she worked as a preK-12 counselor and the college counselor at Nagoya International School in Japan. Yuko is here with her family. Her husband, Kevin, teaches US English, and their two children are in grade 2 and grade 5. She is looking forward to getting to know her students and parents in the coming years.



Please continue to refer to the Upper School Calendar here http://www.brent.edu.ph/Academics/upper.school/calendar/for all events in the Upper School.

  • Freshman Parent Orientation – Wednesday, August 29 @ 1:45 pm in U101
  • Upper School Open House – Wednesday, August 29 @ 2:45 pm in U101
  • IB Grade 10 Parent Orientations:
    • Wednesday, September 5 @ 2:35pm
    • Wednesday, October 10 @ 9:00am
    • Wednesday, November 7 @ 2:35pm



Our grade 9 and 10 students will be taking the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests.  Testing will begin on Tuesday, August 29 thru Wednesday, September 12.  The tested subjects are in English Language, Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. Please take some time to help insure your children be well rested and prepared.



Ongoing improvements on campus this year include a newly renovated theater, which should be ready to use in September. In the pool area you will noticed a large digital screen, which is part of a new timing system including new touch pads. New diving blocks have also been added. Progress on the tennis center continues after a number of rain delays during June and July. We look forward to the completion of eight covered courts and the central viewing deck with lockers and a concession area. Additional parking will also be available near the new courts.



Students were given the following forms to have signed by a number of important forms.  All students need to return copies of our Academic Honesty Statementand ourComputer, Network, and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.All students should return medical forms and information data sheets as well. Some students already had these forms on file, but it is important for parents to read, review, and discuss the contents of these documents with your Upper School student. Copies of the Academic Honesty Statement and Computer Acceptable Use Policy can be found in the Student-Parent Handbook. Your commitment to the principle–as indicated by your signature–is an equally important part of this process. So, please sign them, and then have your student return them either to the Office or to their homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions or concerns about these, please do not hesitate to ask us.  We will be pleased to entertain your questions.

Also sent home on Monday was the Corporate Text Messaging System Enrollment Form. Once returned and with cell numbers entered, Brent will then be able to send important text messages to all enrollees. Please complete this form and return it either to our Upper School Office or directly to the Headmaster’s Office. Thank you!



Brent International School Manila adheres to the Storm Signal Guidelines established by PAGASA – (the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). Accordingly, when storm signals are posted over Biñan, Laguna, classes will be affected as follows:

  • Storm Signal #1 Normal Operation: All Brent classes will proceed as scheduled.
  • Storm Signal #2 No Classes or Activities:No students or teachers are to report, however the school offices will remain open for the day. Administrators and office support staff report as usual if it is safe to do so.
  • Storm Signal #3 and #4 No School: The entire school operation will be closed. No classes, offices or activities will take place.

Please be aware that the storm signal for Laguna is not the same as that of Metro Manila. Weather reports regarding Manila, therefore, may not apply to the conditions at Brent.

Every attempt will be made to contact parents, students and teachers in the event of a cancellation of classes. When available and applicable, we use corporate texts to inform those whose cell phone numbers are registered in our system. If you have not heard from the school, you can assume that classes will happen as scheduled.

If you are still unsure, calling the school at +63-2-697-9043 or +63-49-511-4330 to 33 after 6:00 a.m. or checking to see if there is a notice on our website (www.brent.edu.ph) may help.

Finally, we realize that parents have the ultimate responsibility for determining whether or not their children go to school. Even if no order for the suspension of classes has been issued, if parents feel that traveling to or from school will place their children at risk, we certainly understand and will honor their decision.



Our faculty has noticed that a number of Upper School students have been wearing inappropriate shoes to school, not in line with the intent or spirit of the school dress code. As explained in the Student-Parent HandbookGirls’ shoes should be flats or leather-type dress shoes. As for boys, shoes are to be dress shoes or loafer style, with or without shoelaces.

Please note as your prepare your child for next school year, that his or her school outfit includes black or brown leather or ‘leather-like’ shoes. These must be of one solid color with no logo or ornamentation. Students should not wear athletic shoes of any kind, including sneakers or canvas-material shoes, to school.





Brent uses a customized web-based application named BASIS (Brent Academic and School Information System). This allows students and parents to view academic progress and attendance information online through a Student and Parent Portal feature. Grades 4 to 12 parents can track progress throughout the year while Nursery to Grade 3 parents can view reports at the end of each quarter.

For Parents:

Parents of new students will receive an email on how to access and use the Parent Portal. Access can also be requested by emailing itc@brent.edu.phor contacting the school level secretary.

For Students:

A new student is given an email account where they can receive communications from the school. This will also be used to login to Google Classroom, the learning management platform used in the Middle and Upper School.

New students (Grades 4 to 5) will be given their Brent email account as well as their BASIS access information through the homeroom teacher and/or computer teacher.

New students (Grades 6 to 12) can get their Brent email account as well as their BASIS access information at the IT Center, 4th Floor, Media Center.



All deadlines for the various IB projects, orals, research papers, EE, etc. are noted below. Parents please help our students stay organized with their IB assignments and due dates throughout the upcoming year.




  1. Brent students must register through College Board’s website. Offices at Brent do not assist students with registering for SAT dates.
  2. Slots for testing at Brent are usually full WEEKS before the published Deadline to Register below. Register earlier than you think you need to.
  3. SAT at Brent is open to our enrolled students, but also to students from other schools. There are enough slots for Brent students if you register early.
  4. If slots are already full at Brent for a specific SAT date, on College Board’s website look for other schools offering SAT and then register at one that has available slots. If all other schools are also full, register for the next available SAT date at Brent. Let your Guidance Counselor know if these suggestions do not work for you.

Sonia Bustamante

Upper School Principal

Todd Wyks

Upper School Assistant Principal