May we find peace.

The following passage is from our ISB Dragons Facebook page. I am incredibly proud of the mature and insightful response from our students. It makes teaching at ISB a true privilege.

“As ISB students, we learn through an international lens as thoughtful, compassionate world citizens. On Friday, our world was shattered with acts of terror. The attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad force us, as IB learners and compassionate world citizens, to evaluate how we will respond to these acts of violence. As ISB students and global citizens, it is our responsibility to respond to the events of Friday, the coming days, and the state of our world in a respectful and compassionate manner. We are saddened by the state of the world, but we will not let it divide us. Our school community is part of a greater world community, one with the ability to enact great change. As we progress through our weeks, let us remember to respond to the current state of our world in the same way we learn: as thoughtful, compassionate world citizens.” 


Season of Caring

ISB’s season of caring kicked off today. My 9th grade advisory had some very powerful and informative information presented to them by the Oregon Food Bank. ISB’s November initiative looks at addressing hunger here within our community and on a global scale as well. The information below presents ideas for students to get involved and address the pressing issue of hunger:



Missed class?


When you are absent, please check the website. You are responsible for printing notes and catching up on the information. Then, when you return, come check in with me on your progress. The goal is to come more independent with this task and waste less time having to play, “catch up”.

Grade level tabs are up to date.



Grade level tabs are up to date. I appreciate the hard work and excellent insight my classes have been bringing to our discussions lately. It makes teaching a true joy!

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

-William Milburn

Progress Report One

Apologies on the delay. Information for each grade level is up to date in their respective tabs.

Progress Reports: Our first marking period ends on Friday. It’s important to remember that this is a progress report and not the final grade for the semester. Students still have plenty of time to demonstrate their proficiency.

For my English classes, the bulk of the first weeks are spent setting a foundation, and doing formative assessment to gauge the strengths and areas for growth in my classes. Thus, this first progress report will be reflect on a very small sample of summative assessment and will reflect only a portion of the assessed criterion.

Please, do not hesitate to ask me questions or seek clarification. I am happy to help.

For now,

William Milburn

Random Update.

English Classes: Updates for Monday’s class are in the grade level tabs. Please check the information and email me questions as needed.

Below are some thoughts, in writing, not relevant to classes, that I was pondering this weekend. I don’t expect people to read this, but want to write more, and this may be a forum for me to do so.


My partner, Kari, and I went and saw the new film, Everest this weekend. I was oddly fascinated and saddened by the events that happened on Mt. Everest in 1996 (more info can be found here: New York Times Article from 1996) after reading Jon Krakauer’s account in Into Thin Air.

The tragic story of mountain climbers caught in a deadly storm has been a cautionary tale of the formidable power of nature ,and the dangers of personal egos. Krakauer’s account had been widely criticized for accuracy and the movie was offering a different perspective on the events.

The film included beautiful cinematography and some breath-taking shots and scenes. The acting was decent and, to our surprise, included some of Hollywood’s more talented actors. The story still included the race to reach the summit and the devastating outcome, but did offer a varied story in comparison to Jon Krakauer’s. I felt, however, the movie lacked what I did enjoy from Krakauer’s book – the critique on the commercialization of conquests, such as climbing Everest (others feel differently than I do). I struggle with the concept of allowing “not the most experienced” climber’s to endeavor on Everest simply because they could afford the price tag. Seems dangerous and irresponsible. I know this sentiment is echoed through parts of the climbing community and is a shared thought among some of my friends who do climb.

Overall, it’s a solid film and one to see if you enjoy stories of adventure and the fallacy of man.

For now,

William Milburn


Thank You Parents & Families!

I had a great time meeting the parents and families of my students last night. There is a direct correlation between family engagement and student success. So again, thank you for taking time out of your evening to come into my classroom and hear a little bit of what we all can do to help our students achieve.

English classes: Below are links to the two Prezi’s from last night, as well as, the syllabus for each class.

BTSN – Grade 08 Prezi   Grade 08 Syllabus

BTSN – Grade 09 Prezi    Milburn Grade 09 Syllabus

Please email me with any questions or concerns

William Milburn –