New Murals and Principal’s List for October 18

Dear Students, Teachers, and Parents

This week we have had the pleasure of hosting a guest artist named Mike Johnston who visiting from Texas.  Mike, also known by his artist name “truth,” specializes in large murals.  He has worked with Middle School students  and our own Mr. Steve Northcott to paint two amazing murals in our third floor lounge areas.  Stop by to see them when you come for Parent Teacher conferences next week!

It’s time again to recognize a number of students who have demonstrated one or more of ISB’s core values in a noteworthy manner in the last few weeks.  The following students were identified by their teachers for leading the school by example in the areas of Global Mindedness, Creativity, Integrity, Balance, Respect, or Service.  I’d like to thank them all for contributing positively to our Middle School community of learners!

Dr. Hill, MS Principal

Grade 6
Lia Shayman demonstrated the core value of balance. One example was that she was prepared for Chinese class and caught up very smoothly with her effort, after her Musical Theatre Camp.
Larry Kong is a role model for many of his peers in PE. He consistenly comes to class organized, with the intention to learn and he is someone who is willing to help others feel included in any activity. Larry also takes initiative to assist with setting up and putting away equipment. He is an invaluble member of the ISB community and his efforts do not go unoticed.
Jacob Sun always works with Integrity in every game and activity we play in Chinese class.  He is respectful of his peers and himself in every class. Well done Jacob!
Allan Wang always carries a smile on his face, and genuine interest in discussions. He has a keen interest in learning and the well being for others. Well done Allan!
Meredith Ni is a considerate, thoughtful classmate who consistently offers to help others and tries her best both inside and outside the classroom.
Thank you to Alex Park for being an considerate, active participant in class as well as during the Mentoring Trip. Alex is always willing to help others, whether they need help understanding an assignment, figuring out how to do something on the computer, or just need a partner for an activity.
Congratulations to Rocky Sharipov for always trying his best and being a good friend and classmate. Rocky asks for and listens to others’ opinions during discussions, he actively participates in class activities, and his energy and consideration for others is much appreciated!
Way to go, YiFan! YiFan Fan is new to ISB and he is getting used to school life here; however, he has settled in well. His kind, generous, and friendly nature are appreciated by us all.
Grade 7
Eric Ge has demonstrated an overwhelming sense of empathy, caring and dedication to his peers as he worked to ensure that all his classmates become an integral part of our class.
Richard Park is constantly showing the ISB core values, integrity and respect, during Spanish classes, he has always been very honest and loyal with his friends.
Christine Huang is consistently mindful of others and their needs.  She is a polite, respectful and conscientious friend and classmate.
Daniel Park has shown exemplary leadership, service and respect for his classmates as he excelled in the setting of Socratic Seminars and other types of work in Humanities encouraging and supporting his peers.
Emily Parker ran for student government in our classroom and showed much in the way of initiative and willingness to serve! Great job!
Ryan Hinton ran for student government in our classroom and showed much in the way of initiative and willingness to serve! Great job!
Tiffany Zong ran for student government in our classroom and showed much in the way of initiative and willingness to serve! Great job!
Elizabeth Zhao volunteered to become on of 7-4’s STUCO representatives and this showed a strong desire to be of service to her classmates. She is commended for making a speech and agreeing to support the STUCO reps as well as she can.
Westley Lau volunteered to become one of 7-4’s STUCO representatives and this showed a strong desire to be of service to his classmates. He is commended for making a speech and agreeing to to be our class’ STUCO rep and serve to the best of his ability.
Angel Wang volunteered to become one of 7-4’s STUCO representatives and this showed a strong desire to be of service to his classmates. She is commended for making a speech and agreeing to to be our class’ STUCO rep and serve to the best of her ability.
Maggie Huang works hard to turn in her best work, cooperates well in group activities and is always willing to reach out to her classmates. She also helped to write a good title for Chinese class display area with her beautiful Calligraphy.
Shawn Wong consistently shows respect for other students and adults through his daily actions. He is a great example of a student who balance work and fun; he is an awesome leader in class and in his reading team. He models good behavior and responsibility.
Aaron Hou is a fantastic student. He completes all his work with pride, he is meticulous and creative and always encourage other students in class. He is very talented in languages and he demonstrates both strong writing and speaking skills. Aaron is also a leader and an inspirational student, he has helped his peers on many occasions and always goes the extra mile!
Grade 8
Alice Xu demonstrates the core value of service when she frequently volunteered to read the MS announcement in her homeroom. In addition, she also wants to serve her peers by running for Student Council.
Erick Chen demonstrated the core value of service when he wanted to serve his peers by running for Student Council.
Emma Wang always demonstrates the core value of respect in class and she is a role model for her peers. She shows respect to academic expectations by working diligently to complete her task to her best ability, and she shows respect to her classmates by being considerate and cooperative.
Deniz Guven demonstrates our core values of integrity, respect, and balance every day. She works hard to balance her diverse extra curricular activities and she stands up for what she believes in. We are lucky to have Deniz as a role model in our Middle School.
Christina Ma is a deep thinking and creative soul who utilizes her skills in art to share insightful ideas about herself, the world, and others. We appreciate the effort and contribution that Christina has given in various areas of our mentoring class.
Bill Deng demonstrates respect for others and is consistently engaged in class discussions. He works hard to turn in his best work, cooperates well in group activities and is always willing to reach out to his classmates.
Chris Friis has willingly taken on his duty to serve by leading the way with his  support of Habitat for Humanity nd MS STUCO.
Daniel Murray is super proactive seeking out missed work and assignment due to absence. He was on top of his work, projects, and responsibilities without having to be asked! Keep it up!
Oscar Hamada is super busy with Honk Jr., but is able to maintain balance! He is on top of his school work, rocked it in Ignite Week, busy with sports, and is positively contributing to classes and the school environment everyday. Great job!
Britney Lu is doing a great job of balancing all of her responsibilities ranging from Ignite Week, sports, drama and academic commitments. With so much on her plate, she continues to work hard, have fun, and find time for herself. Well done, Britney!
Michael Atsuya was super helpful during our Ignite Week. He displayed great leadership skills and care for his peers during our travels around Beijing on the Metro.
Harrison Taylor has been a huge help in my role playing enrichment.  He is helping kids learn how to play the game by being creative and setting a good example.  He is very helpful and patient with the kids who are new to the game and he has also helped teach the class when I have been gone.

Scarlett O’Keefe volunteered to represent out homeroom, 8-6, as the STUCO representative and has been consistently enthusiastic and sincere in her duties in that position so far, warranting recognition for Service, Balance, and Global Mindedness, on top of being a great general presence in the classroom!

Community Event

Great Opportunities in the Middle School!

Happy ISB International Day!

Today we celebrate our cultural diversity at ISB with our parade and after school food, games, and community time.  I’d like to give a big thanks to all of our volunteers and PTA members who make this day special for students, parents, and ISB staff members.

I want to let all parents of MS and HS-aged students know about a special parent learning opportunity coming up:

Learning Mathematics in the 21st Century: Debunking Some Myths,  Oct 24, 6:30 pm, in the MPR    Jennifer Chang-Wathall is an independent educational consultant, author and part time instructor for the University of Hong Kong. With over 25 years experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools. Jennifer consulted for the IB on the new diploma mathematics courses for first teaching in 2019 to develop a concept-based mathematics curriculum model. Her best selling book titled “Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools” was released in February, 2016. 

I also want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Middle School students over our winter break.  See below:

For more information about the CompassQuest trip, please contact Nancy Shi, Chinese Language and Culture Coordinator, 8149-2345 ext. 1433, nshi@isb.bj.edu.cn

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 22 and 23.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please check your email for an email with details.

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Great Opportunity to Learn How We Teach Science

Middle School Parents-

Paul Anderson is a well-known promoter of science education from the U.S.  He will offer a presentation at ISB on Monday, October 8, at 6:30, in the MPR.

We know how important science education is and we know how much we want our students to have strong science learning experiences at ISB.  Please join us to learn about current trends and research related to Science education. This research will help support your understanding of our ISB programs and the changes we have made to Science over the past few years.

Please register here if you will attend!

Enjoy your holiday!

-Dr. Jon Hill, MS Principal

Principal’s List and October Break

Dear Parents, Students, and Teachers of the Middle School-

We have reached a milestone of the school year… the Autumn Break!  I hope you all have a wonderful time with friends and family over the break and are ready on October 8 to dive back into the learning with enthusiasm and energy.

Also, please enjoy the first ISB Middle School Principal’s List of the 2018-2019  school year!  We celebrate our ISB Core Values of Global Mindedness, Integrity, Respect, Balance, Creativity, and Service by recognizing students who have been examples of these values.  Teachers have nominated the students below.  The Middle School PTA has sponsored the Principal’s List again this year, providing stickers to the awardees that can be placed proudly on their computer covers.  Watch for future Principal’s Lists as the year progresses!

Grade 6
Yao, Shi (Samuel) always demonstrates the core value of respect in class and he is a role model for his peers. He shows respect to academic expectations by working diligently to complete his task to his best ability, and he shows respect to his classmates by being considerate and cooperative.
Clarence Chan demonstrated the core value of creativity when he created the “Live News” on our Great Wall hike. He included all others in his group during “interviews”, beginning a series of “reports” that were both fun as well as made everyone laugh.
Takumi Kamilya is a wonderful collaborater in class. He openly listens to his peers and ensures that he is inclusive of his team members when playing in games. He not only respects everyone in his community but he also goes out of his way to assist his teacher and his peers when they need help with set up or when they are struggling with specific tasks.
Sriramakrishna Sayi Machiraju demonstrated strong ethics during the trip. He tried to help others while hiking, he was also always respectful, he followed rules carefully and tried to lead his group in the right direction.
Xiatian Liu always carries a smile on his face, and genuine interest in discussions. He does not hesitate to ask questions to inquire about his and others academic success. Thanks Xiatian!
Chelsea Choi continues to set a positive example in class through her hard work and consideration for others. She demonstrates respect and integrity in her actions and is a valued member of her class.
Chetali models the ISB core values of Respect and Integrity by consistently being kind and thoughtful to her peers. Her attitude and actions as a good friend and classmates were very much appreciated on the trip!
Grade 7
Lucas Kang demonstrated the core value of respect with his polite and respectful demeanour shown in Chinese class. His effort of using the class time for best learning is appreciated too.
Annabel Tan, Poppy Upite, and Stella Wu did an amazing job conquering Jacob’s ladder.  It was so impressive to watch their teamwork!
Stella Wu has demonstrated since the beginning of the year almost all of the ISB Core Values during French lessons. She shows creativity in her tasks, respect and integrity.
Eric Ge demonstrates respect for others and is consistently engaged in class discussions. He works hard to turn in his best work, cooperates well in group activities and is always willing to reach out to his classmates.
Michael Sakai has demonstrated excellent talent and skills for music composition of different kinds.
Taylor Monroe consistently shows respect for other students and adults through her daily actions.  She is helpful to anyone who needs it, demonstrates natural leadership tendencies and gives her undivided attention to those she interacts with.
Carina Hong always has an incredible “can do” attitude. She comes to Chinese class ready to do her best–which always includes attempting to extend beyond. Carina is willing to help others and is a great example of a team-player.
Both Kevin Kang and Emily Pareker participated in our pre-mentoring trip informational seminar by standing in front of both 7-3 and 7-4, explaining what the trip would entail. They were willing to help out when teachers approached them and they gave a great overview of what to expect on the trip! Great job!
Both Matthew Lim and Joyce Li participated in our pre-mentoring trip informational seminar by standing in front of both 7-3 and 7-4, explaining what the trip would entail. They were willing to help out when teachers approached them and they gave a great overview of what to expect on the trip! Great job!
Angel Wang is a respectful member of our homeroom, who did a great job supporting her classmates during our trip. Her words of encouragement as her classmates struggled on the ropes course were a great service in helping them
Emily Ng has proven to be a natural leader within the 7-7 FA homeroom. She has stepped into roles that have required more work and effort in order to complete a task with her team. She is the student that follows directions and shows respect to her teachers and her classmates. She models good behavior and responsibility.
Grade 8
Michelle Kwon demonstrated the core value of respect and service during the 8th grade fall trip. She respected her peer’s wish, stayed behind her patiently, and actively encouraged her peer to overcome her fear and keep moving forward on the Via Ferrata.
Katherine  Zheng did a fabulous job in supporting her friend as they climbed the Via Ferrata wire and along the hike. So impressive!
Renee Kuo demonstrates creativity, integrity and balance as she consistently strives to challenge herself and find ways to take her Chinese learning and projects to an even higher level.
Angela Yu showed incredible bravery and a willingness to challenge herself beyond her personal expectations as she conquered Via Ferrata on the 8th grade mentoring trips.  I am proud of you!
Max Pean is an active member of 8-5. During class and homeroom, he actively collaborates with his peers, guides others in their learning, leads during discussions and is a positive contributor to a group as a whole.  He has a positive mindset as he has demonstrated the core values of respect and integrity.
David Liu demonstrated extreme perseverance completing the Via Ferrata challenge. During the route he was very nervous, worried and tired but over time he overcame his fears and was successful in the end. Congratulations David-You Never Gave UP!
Theo Kim did not want to do the Via Ferratta rock climb at first and actually quit, but was convinced that if he did it his friend who also wanted to quit would also do it. It was scary and hard and crazy, but he persevered and pushed through and in the end he agreed that it was worth it!
Monika Middendorf was a powerhouse on our hike, making sure to stay active, positive, and energetic! She was helpful and considerate to those around her! Great job!
Kamsen Yu was really great at helping others, including being a translator for a couple of activities! He was upbeat and positive and represented ISB well!
Evelyn Markey has demonstrated the core value of Balance when she crushed the vertical challenges in front of her during the grade 8 trip with via ferrata.
Leo Wu acted with integrity by standing up for some classmates, even though it was hard for him to do.
Oscar Hamada always acts as a role model for his peers in class in terms of respect and consideration.

Back To School Night Feedback Opportunity

Dear Middle School Parents-

We are eager to hear your thoughts on our Middle School Back To School Night event, held on September 4.  If you can spare a few minutes to provide feedback, please do so here or use the QR code to the right.

Also, I wanted to let you know about another parent education opportunity this week.  We will be screening the movie Most Likely to Succeed, an award winning and thought provoking look at changes happening in education.  We will show the movie twice on Thursday, September 6:

9am in the MPR

6:30pm in the Futures Academy space

Please join us if you are interested in understanding more about education trends and the future of education at ISB.

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Middle School Back To School Night this Tuesday

Dear Middle School Parents-

Please join us for ISB Middle School’s Back To School Night (BTSN) this Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:30.  We will start with a Parent-Teacher Social time in the Lower Gallery outside the Theater, with food and beverages provided.  So please come right at 6pm and enjoy meeting teachers and other parents.

Click here to see our program for the whole evening.  We have a number of exciting sessions planned for your enjoyment, but you will need to make some choices.  All sessions will be posted online later this month, so if you miss one, don’t worry.  Our goal with these sessions is to give you a deeper look into our motivation, values, and programs in the Middle School.

We will have a few students around to help with directions and video recording, but otherwise students should stay at home for this event.

Hope you can attend our very informative Back To School Night!

Regards,
Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

(PS: If you are new to ISB this year, you are invited to a special pre-BTSN event from 5 to 6pm in the MPR.  Our counselors will be there to give you information tailored to parents of families transitioning to life in the ISB community.)

Invitations from the Middle School Principal

Dear Middle School Parents-

I would like to invite you to attend one or more of our upcoming events designed to give you more information about your child’s education at ISB.

August 30, 8:30am, Glass Box- Counselor CHATT – We have new counselors in the Middle School this year!  Their names are Maureen VanderKlippe and Kara Haines.  At this session, you can come and meet the new counselors and hear more about how they can serve you and your child during the early adolescent years.

September 4, 6:00-8:30pm, starting in the Lower Gallery – Middle School Back to School Night – This is one of the most important events of the year for parents to attend.  We will start with a social time with refreshments when you can meet other parents and any of our teachers.  Then we will have a Welcome in the Theater, followed by a number of parent education sessions for you to choose from on various topics.  In those session you will learn about our philosophy and opportunities we provide for your child, as well as suggestions for how you can support your child’s learning.  At the end of the evening, you will meet your child’s Mentor teacher(s).  Please join us! (Note: This event is for parents! Please leave the kids at home.)

September 19, 8:30am, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) – Middle School Parent Coffee – Come hear our Choir perform, meet our PTA Representatives, and gain insights into the inner workings of the Middle School.  All parents welcome to attend.

Mark these events on your calendar and join us if you can!

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Meet Our New Counselors in the Middle School!

Please join us for coffee with the middle school counselor on August 30th, 8:30am in the Glass Box.  Come to learn more about ISB’s middle school counseling program, connect with other parents and meet the new middle school counselors, Kara Haines and Maureen VanderKlippe. Kara and Maureen welcome your questions and ideas for future counseling presentations. 

 

First Day a Success!

Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers of the Middle School-

It was really wonderful to have the students back in our halls and classrooms today.  The whole Middle School was buzzing with excitement about seeing friends and learning about the year ahead.  I’m grateful to our teachers for their excellent preparation and care for every student.

At the start of the year, we always encounter a few scheduling challenges.  This year some students will find their class schedule changing a little over the next few days as we balance classes and sort out a few conflicts.  This is normal for us as we accommodate new students and newly offered courses.  If you or your child experience a schedule change this week, please understand we are doing our best to sort things out in the best interest of each learner.

A few other important pieces of information:
All Middle School students will have their photo taken on Monday and Tuesday, August 20-21.  Your child will bring home a form this Friday.  If you need to order copies of the photos, please fill up the form and enclose money in the envelope.  This should be handed directly to the photographer during photo days.

Prearranged Absences: If your child will miss a class or will be away for a day or two, please fill out this form (link)  ahead of time and ask your child to ask for their teachers signature and homework.

Guardianship Form: If parents will be away from Beijing with students remaining here under the care of someone else then the school must know.  This form may be used to inform the school.  Please note that an ayi is not considered a suitable guardian in most cases.  It needs to be someone who can be trusted to make medical decisions in the parents’ absence.

Sports Season 1 begins Tuesday, August 21.  MS Students will learn about our sports program this week.  We encourage all interested students to plan to come to the first practices on Aug 21.

Best wishes to you all for the remainder of our first week of school!

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal