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Last Two Weeks of School

May 30th, 2019 · Comments Off on Last Two Weeks of School · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

We are getting close to the end of the school year and we want to keep you up to date with what your daughters and sons will be doing.

Grade 11:

Starting on May 31st – June 6th all grade 11 students will begin final exams.

Students do NOT have to attend any classes during the exam schedule time.

Grade 9 and 10:

Students attend regular classes until exams begin.

Starting on June 4th – June 10th all grade 9 and 10 students will begin final exams.

Students do NOT have to attend any classes during the exam schedule time.

You can see all scheduled finals on the link below.

20190510_Finals_Schedule_May_2019_for_Students

 

The schedule linked below will be for grade 9, 10, and 11 students on June 10-13.

Schedule for Last week of High School 2019

If you have any questions about the end of year or exams please write me at dmunro@isb.bj.edu.cn

 

Have a great end of the year!

 

David Munro

 

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Last High School Parent Coffee

April 23rd, 2019 · Comments Off on Last High School Parent Coffee · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

Thank you in advance for your amazing support this year. I have enjoyed engaging with you and hearing your feedback on school this year.  We will host our last High School Parent Coffee on Thursday April 25th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the MPR.  We will review the year, give some special thanks for your support, share a look at some changes in store for next year, and celebrate some of our students’ amazing accomplishments.  If you ever wonder why you send your sons and daughters to ISB come and see on Thursday what amazing things they do.

As the school year comes to a close I will give you a few reminders.

  1.  Watch your daughters and sons schedule and make sure they get enough sleep. We encourage them NOT to take their computers into their rooms as it can lead to work and socializing to interrupt a good night sleep.
  2. Make sure they continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.  Sometimes when work builds up students need to relieve stress by taking a break.
  3. Finally, students tend to have a lot of social occasions at the end of the school year.  Make sure you know where your sons and daughters are staying on the weekends and if there are parents at home.  Make sure you talk to parents who are hosting your children to make sure someone is at home and clarify rules about drugs and alcohol before they go out.  ISB has a zero tolerance policy and a random drug testing program.

Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback. I look forward to seeing you this Thursday at our Coffee Morning.  Please email if you have any questions or concerns at dmunro@isb.bj.edu

David Munro

High School Principal

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Course Selection and spring is in the air!

March 22nd, 2019 · Comments Off on Course Selection and spring is in the air! · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are able to attend Parent Teacher Conferences on March 25th and 26th.  Hopefully you can engage in some constructive conversations about how your daughters and sons can improve their learning based on the feedback you receive.  The discussions can be based upon where they are currently in their learning and asking teachers for support on what steps students can take next to improve.

On March 27th at 8:15 am all students in grades 9-11 must turn in their Course Selection form to the Counseling Office.  This will help us build the schedule for the upcoming year.  Students have been given forms and they need a parent signature to process the form. The Course Guide can be found HERE if you want to look at the courses on offer.

As spring approaches there are many social occasions hosted by school and many put on by students.  When students are hosting their own gatherings I encourage you to know where your daughters and sons are on the weekend and check in with other parents about where your kids are visiting.  Always call to see if there is adult supervision and if there will be alcohol available.  Often time students tell their parents that they are ‘staying at a friends place’ and it turns out that they went out without parent permission.  We hope that you can help our students stay safe on the weekends.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  My email is dmunro@isb.bj.edu.cn

Best Regards,

David Munro

High School Principal

 

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Help Engage in Mission Vision Work

February 11th, 2019 · Comments Off on Help Engage in Mission Vision Work · Uncategorized

The Office of Learning will host a week of drop in hours for you to give feedback and perspectives on ISB and the future ISB.  The Office of Learning room 2325 will be open to all parents from Monday, Feb. 11th to Friday, Feb. 15th between 8:30am and 10:00am.

 

This is our last opportunity to gather your perspective and thinking, so please join us on the day that works best for you! There will be prompts in English and Chinese that you can respond to at any time those days to give your perspectives about ISB.

 

Drop by to add your voice and perspective to this important work.

 

If you would like more background to this work, please read this letter sent out several weeks ago from Communications.

 

亲爱的家长们,我们诚挚地想聆听和广泛征集大家关于更新学校办学宗旨与愿景的修改意见。教学中心(2325办公室)欢迎大家在211-15号那周每天早上8:30-10:00之间,任选一个您方便的时间来参与这个重要的活动。大家只需要在事先准备好的提示问题下写下自己的意见和建议,以及您孩子在校期间的学习和成长故事。敬侯大家的积极参与!

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FCD and CNY

January 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on FCD and CNY · Uncategorized

Dear All –

Thanks for your support and feedback up to this point on the ISB High School.  We hope that the recent Progress Report for your son or daughter provided valuable feedback on how they are doing and next steps forward.  We are heading into the Chinese New Year holiday next week and I wish you all a great break.

We have a visiting group called Freedom From Chemical Dependency on campus this week. They are doing work with all of our students this week in assemblies or small group meetings. I would encourage you to attend tomorrow’s meeting:

FCD Week to Raise Drug and Alcohol Awareness

As part of our health education and substance use prevention efforts, we have invited specialists from FCD Prevention Works to visit the High School in the week beginning January 28. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides alcohol, nicotine, and other drug education to schools around the world. They will give a presentation to parents on how to engage your teen at home on the subject of drugs and alcohol in the MPR from:  10:00 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 29.

Thanks for your support and never hesitate to write to me with questions, concerns and positive feedback at: dmunro@isb.bj.edu.cn

Happy Chinese New Year!

David Munro

High School Principal

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Brain Based Learning

January 16th, 2019 · Comments Off on Brain Based Learning · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a restful or adventurous break with your sons and daughters as the first half of the year was full of lot’s of activity at school.  I just wanted to remind you all that we have a great presentation next week on Brain Based Learning from Marie Alcock.  Dr. Alcock is here to work with teachers on interdisciplinary course work and to share her expertise on Brain Based Learning. You can see her bio HERE.

She will be presenting next Wednesday January 23 at 6:30 pm in the MPR.  A description of her presentation can be seen below:

What does the latest brain research tell us about how students learn best? This session explores some of the brain research available and presents the connections to curriculum and instruction. Participants will look at literacy development in the brain, how to teach comprehension directly to the brain, and what is different about brains today, and the impact on curriculum designs.

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday to see the future of learning.

David Munro

High School Principal

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Holidays Coming!

December 13th, 2018 · Comments Off on Holidays Coming! · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

 

I want to thank you for your support of ISB and the High School over the first half of this year.  Many of you have attended High School Parent Coffees, and Counseling Coffees, APAC events, Great Wall Shootout, Back to School Night and more.  Your engagement at ISB and learning with us is what makes ISB a special place and tight-knit community.

 

I recently shared some updates about the high school in the latest High School Parent Coffee.  I would like to share this again as there is important in formation about caring for our students around drugs and alcohol and recent trends in vaping or e-cigarettes that we would like you to be aware of.  Please review the power point at this LINK. I would also like your feedback on the latest changes to the reporting system for students in grade 9-11.  If you have not taken this SURVEY please do so that we can collect your feedback. I will look at the feedback in the first week back to school in January.

We hope that you have a good holiday over these next three weeks. It is important for students to rest and relax and enjoy time with family.  Enjoy the holiday and we look forward to seeing you when we get back!

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me at:

dmunro@isb.bj.edu.cn

 

Best Regards,

David Munro

High School Principal

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Upcoming High School Principial’s Coffee

February 4th, 2018 · Comments Off on Upcoming High School Principial’s Coffee · Uncategorized

Dear All –

I hope you have been enjoying the second semester of school with your sons and daughters. Take the time to review their report card with them and go over ways that they can take steps to improve this semester.  They have been working incredibly hard at their classes, sports, theater projects and service clubs.  The other day I was in the Fitness Center and I watched a group of students playing a game of basketball purely for fun in the dome. No referees, coaches, or parents on the sidelines.  It was refreshing to see that sometimes our students engage in good old fashioned fun!

We have an upcoming Principal’s Coffee this Thursday February 8th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  We will be sharing news about our Grade 9 Science program, a new internship program hosted by ISB, some new courses for your sons and daughters next year, and news on our next steps in Standards Based Reporting for next school year. As always, we will have a group of ISB musicians playing for you.

I ask that you check in with your sons and daughters about how much sleep they are getting. We recommend 8-9 hours a night for growing teenagers. Please help them by encouraging some exercise, having healthy food options for them and try to have a meal together at least once a week to check in with how they are doing. This is a tough time in the school year for students so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one way to ensure balance and good health.  Check out this article on helping teens cope with stress by clicking HERE.

Thanks for helping your sons and daughters lead a happy and healthy life. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Principal’s Coffee.

David Munro

High School Principal

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High School Principal’s Coffee

November 21st, 2017 · Comments Off on High School Principal’s Coffee · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

School is in full swing and students are focussed on growing and improving as the semester progresses.  Hopefully you have seen assessment feedback on PowerSchool that shows how Grade 9 and 10 students are being assessed on standards for their courses.  Ask your son’s and daughter’s to share some of the feedback they have received on the rubrics for their assignments.  All of these are part of our Standards Based Grading and Reporting change in the High School.

Our counselors have been busy working with students on a wide range of processes this semester. Grade 12 students are finalizing college and university application plans.  Grade 9 students have been working on Mindfulness and counselors are helping to enrich our mentoring program. We are offering a wide range of topics through mentoring that help support students find life/school balance and equip them for decision making in the upcoming years.

This Thursday November 23rd we will be hosting a Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  The topics covered will be: Child Protection at ISB, IB Updates, counseling work with students, and Standards Based Grading and Reporting updates. We have done a lot of work this month collecting feedback on our new reporting system for next school year and we want to share that with you.  If you are unable to make it to the coffee we will record the presentation for you to see online.

Thanks for all your active support of the high school and your students so far this semester. It is always reassuring to meet so many parents engaging in learning about our school.  We can’t educate your children without your support and engagement.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Regards,

David Munro

High School Principal

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Important Dates

September 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off on Important Dates · Uncategorized

Dear All:

Thanks to all of you who attended the Back to School Night on September 7th.  It was a great night and many of you shared your experience with me as informative and that it helped set up our learning for the year.  Our collaboration between student, home, and school is important to student learning because it helps us share a vision of how to best support your sons and daughters.

Please come on Monday September 25 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am to our HIgh School Principal’s Coffee in the Multi-Purpose Room.  You will hear about changes in the High School this year, celebrate our IB and college and university successes, and hear some special musical guests. We will share our rationale to move to standards based grading and reporting.  If you get a chance to read before you come please check out this article that helps parents understand the reasons for the change and what it looks like. Click HERE to read the article.

Our community helped to contribute to the Climate Survey in the spring. The results will be shared with the whole ISB community on Thursday September 28 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Theater.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

David Munro

High School Principal

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