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Staying Positive

November 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The end of the semester is quickly arriving. There have been some great things going on – APAC dance, HS Blast Night, and there are lots of good things to come, Great Wall Shootout,  One Act plays in January and much more.  This is a busy time of year and you may start to see the stress levels rise at home as due dates come closer and Semester finals approach.  Please make sure your sons and daughters are getting enough sleep, exercise, and healthy food to keep them energized and engaged.  Make sure you ask how school is going and find out ways that you can help support them at home.  In our mentoring time we are looking at how we manage our time and making sure we are balancing our time between study and rest.  Here are some tips from the American Psychology Association on how to help teens deal with stress CLICK HERE.

We have shared the finals schedule with students at school and made sure everyone is aware of what they have to do.  We have sent out lists of Experiential Learning Opportunities to students and asked that they make their selections before the end of November. Please discuss this with them to find out what they are interested in exploring. Please come to the High School Principal’s Coffee this Thursday November 24th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. We will have a range of topics from ELO, CAS, assessment, and a student performance.

Also on Thursday:

Why and How is Assessment Changing?
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 24th in the MPR from 6:30 to 8:00pm to hear from Tom Schwimmer, an assessment expert and consultant working with ISB teachers this year, about changing thinking related to assessment in Middle and High School.
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of assessment for learning, sound grading practices and educational leadership.


Student of the month winners for November:

Grade 9 – Pieter Evers: He values the process of learning over the outcomes.  He doesn’t take shortcuts and focuses on what he needs to do to learn, not what he needs to earn an “A.” 

Grade 10 – Tommy Vavala: Tommy deserves to be recognized because he has shown in class that he is a good person and a good math student.

Grade 11 – Vivian Liu: For all of the personal writing she does.

Grade 12 – Sean Quigley: for suddenly coming out of nowhere and going from someone who could barely make it to class with his materials , to someone who gives peer support on essay organization and the use of detail in writing.

Upcoming Events:


24 – 26: Great Wall Shootout


7: End of Semester HS Concert

12-16: End of Semester Exams Grade 11

14-16: End of Semester Exams Grade 9-10

15-16: Mock IB Finals Grade 12


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