Upper Loop Updates: 24 May 2024 VERTEX in full Swing!

Upper Loop Updates: 24 May 2024 VERTEX in full Swing!

By Jarret Voytilla / May 24, 2024 / Upper Loop Updates, Learning Designers

Last week kicked off our first VERTEX showcase with Peachy’s artwork series “Solace,” presented in the joint exhibition “After All, I Am Human” hosted at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC). 

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Dear Upper Loop Families and Learners,

We have a few updates to share with the community this week from our amazing team of Learning Designers.


Midterm Progress Updates in May

  • We are pleased to announce that Midterm progress reports will be sent out on Friday 31 May.
  • Please review your child’s progress and if you see “not on track” for any classes or labs, we kindly invite you to contact your child’s Advisor and book a family conVERSO to discuss how we can work together to support your child and get them back on track!

 Family ConVERSOs in May

  • Please contact your child’s Advisor if you have any questions or concerns about the Quarter 3 VERSO 360 report, behavior, performance in Q4, or anything else that you would like to discuss!
  • Your Advisor will help to organize any parent-LD meetings that you wish to have, including meeting with the university counselor, Greg Mason.
  • If you are unsure of how to contact your Advisor, then email the Upper Loop Leader directly and he will personally connect you!
  • These meetings can be arranged online via video call for your convenience, or face to face here on campus.

 AP Exams are over for 2024!

  • The month of May brought our first round of in house AP exams, and our students took 31 exams across the AP subjects VERSO taught this year and for those who were self-studying. 
  • The exam results are not available until July 8, but the sense of relief from being done with their test prepping was palpable.  
  • Congrats to our AP pathway learners for making it through!


Learning Lab

Storytelling: Power & Perspectives

(with Yi Lin, Heidi, & Michael)

Driving Question

Why do stories matter - how and why do we tell these stories?

Project Updates

  • Last week, learners toured the Thai PBS broadcasting station to see a variety of media that were live-streamed. 
  • They heard from Nad Bunnag, Assistant Editor, News Presenter, and Reporter about her experiences in storytelling via producing video stories. Check out the last few minutes of this episode of a variety show to see our learners on air! 
  • Learners also explored Thana City over two BTW trips by walking in various neighborhoods, interviewing locals, and uncovering untold stories
  • Stay tuned for the final stories that will be revealed on a website that the learners are building from scratch.

Learning Lab

Ice Cream Dreams (with Matt & Chrissy)

Driving Question

How can we leverage the principles of chemistry to craft unique and delicious flavors in our own ice cream businesses, while also mastering the essential entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in the competitive dessert market?

Project Updates

  • Our learners are in the midst of this exciting project, creating their very own ice cream businesses. Two teams are competing to run the most profitable pop-up ice cream stall. While we can't share photos due to the secretive nature of the competition, stay tuned for the next edition to see their businesses in action.

  • Both teams have finalized their delicious ice cream flavors and creative packaging designs. Venues are confirmed, and BTW forms will be sent shortly so learners can set up their stalls, meet and train the staff they have hired, and carry out promotional activities to ensure their venture’s success. 


Last week kicked off our first VERTEX showcase with Peachy’s artwork series “Solace,” presented in the joint exhibition “After All, I Am Human” hosted at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC). 

The exhibition was held from 7-19 May, with a ‘Meet the Artist’ opportunity on Saturday, 11 May, from 2:00 PM -3:00 PM at BACC, 5th Floor. 

Thank you to everyone who came by and showed their support!

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Prim presented their project during the Thai Dive Expo from 17-19 May, and successfully achieved the first goal of raising funds to support the Neptune's Cup Sponge in Pattaya.

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  • Selina gave a talk about their project on Neurodivergence at NIST on 17 May, which was received very positively by mental health professionals and guidance counselors who attended the event.
  • Their final project presentation, which includes mental health kit distribution, will be tomorrow at CU Art4C, Saturday 25 May from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm.
  • To join online, click on meet.google.com/kku-jhqw-qcy



  • This week, Kyoka successfully set up their art activism exhibition entitled "I Hope You Hear Me," currently on display at Palette Artspace until 28 May 28.
  • The exhibition consists of collages and snippets from Kyoka's published book.
  • There will be a Meet & Greet today Friday, 24 May at 6:00 pm.
  • To join online, click meet.google.com/ojc-jxqi-wjw.

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Next week is Pan Pan's "Blue Mirror" Mini-Concert at Goethe-Institut on Tuesday 28 May and you may join online at meet.google.com/qmv-phqd-ucf

unnamed (1)-May-24-2024-01-31-36-1891-AMPu’s “Tiger’s Waltz” & Moe Moe's “Interconnect” art exhibitions are at Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, 5th floor, from 28 May to 2 June.

They will both be presenting on 31 May at 1:00 pm.


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uniVERSOlly Well

  • This quarter's focus has been on our productivity and learning to maximize our time for the events in our lives.
  • From reading “Eat that frog” and learning about prioritization to our current focus on fiscal literacy and work, the learners are engaged in lessons that will serve them well throughout their lives.
  • All grades have tried virtual internships and work experiences to feel what the world of work might be like.
  • As our year is coming to a close we have accumulated a significant amount of learning across the spectrum of wellness, saved in our course padlet (ask your child to show you).

It's a Creative Process [with Chad Walsh]

We have made significant progress in introducing, designing, and refining our four house mascots over the past few weeks. Contributions from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Loops have brought forth thoughtful and creative designs that truly shine. Some of these designs are now on display in pH7, showcasing the creative process our learners have experienced.

Our learners have embraced the concept that the four mindsets and four elements will come together to represent each house mascot. They have undergone a crash course in symbolism, subliminal messaging, and interpretive shape and color recognition, enriching their understanding and creativity.

The next phase involves narrowing down the designs to 3-4 sets based on the ideas of our learners. Our graphic designer is currently developing different concepts from these designs, and we will soon present the options publicly in pH7.

We will provide instructions on how the community can vote for their favorite design using a QR code. Please take the time to visit the pH7 space and cast your vote. This has been a whole school focus, and we are proud of the designs presented so far.

We will keep the community updated as this process unfolds. Remember to have your say on the strongest design that we can all be proud of and embrace as our four new VERSO House Mascots.

Inspired to Connect is WATER. Water can flow in any direction and often tries to connect with a river, ocean, or lake.

Curious to Explore is WIND. Wind can blow in any direction and can explore every corner of the planet.

Equipped to Transition is EARTH. The Earth can adapt and transition depending on the landscape and environment it is in. 

Driven to Contribute is FIRE. When we add another log on the fire it contributes to the flame that is burning to burn even brighter.





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By Jarret Voytilla