Middle School Parent Coffee on Feb 20

Dear ISB Middle School Parents-

I would like to invite you to attend the Middle School Parent Coffee, next Wednesday, February 20, at 8:30am, in the MPR.  There will be important topics for discussion:

  • Invitation to run for open Board of Trustees positions
  • Updates to ISB’s Mathematics Program in Grades 8-12
  • New Elective Courses in Middle School for 2019-20

Please tell other parents to join you at this MS Parent Coffee so that many parents can hear these important messages and ask questions.

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Parent Input Wanted!

Your voice and thinking are valuable to us at ISB as we revise our Mission statement.

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 2125 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2月11-15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!

One Day Exhibition this Friday


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Middle School Reminders

Dear ISB Middle School Parents-

It’s a cold and dark time of the year, but ISB Middle School is busy as ever and we are moving ahead enthusiastically with exciting learning each day.  A few announcements and reminders:

  • Marie Alcock will be offering a parent presentation on Brain-Based Learning on Wed, January 23, at 6:30 pm in the MPR. 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 are now in the winter cold and flu season.  Quite a number of students are out sick today.  We would ask that you keep students home if they have a fever and not let them return to school until the fever has been gone for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication.  This will help minimize the exposure of healthy students to those who are contagious.
  • One Day is a special day when students pursue their own innovative learning goals.  They will exhibit their work on February 1 from 10am to 11am, throughout the halls and classrooms of the Middle School.  Parents are invited to attend and enjoy the wide range of projects presented.
  • Middle School students who do not have a supervised after-school activity should go home at 3:30pm each day (2:30 on Wednesdays).  For safety and supervision reasons, Middle School students without an activity are not permitted to stay at school to do homework, play games, hang out with friends, etc.  If students do have an activity and are required to wait for the activity to start or for their ride to arrive, then they should wait in the MS/HS Cafeteria or Library.  We would ask that parents help us with this policy which is designed to keep students safe in the afternoons.

Thanks for trusting and partnering with ISB for the education of your Middle School child!

Regards,
Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal

Correction! Futures Academy Enrollment

Dear Parents-  Yesterday I sent out an announcement with an error.  The parent information session for Futures Academy enrollment is on January 18 at 2pm, not February 18, as originally posted.  This session will be for parents of 6th or 7th graders who are interested in moving their child to the Futures Academy program for next school year.   I apologize for any confusion caused by my original message.  -Dr. Hill

 

Dear MS Parents and Students-

Futures Academy is an alternative program open to students at ISB in Grades 7 and 8.  The program gives students opportunities for more project-based learning and integrated-subject learning than the typical ISB program.  Many students enjoy this kind of learning and by offering this option we are allowing students to personalize their learning experience.  Students of all academic abilities are invited to apply to be in this unique and rewarding program.

We are now accepting applications for Futures Academy 2019-20.

  • Students who are currently in 6th or 7th grade and who would like to join Futures Academy next school year can complete the application form found here on Dragons’ Gate or by picking up a copy in the Middle School Office.  These forms are due by January 31, 2019, and should be returned to the Middle School Office.  Space is limited and if we have more applications than spaces, then we will hold a lottery to determine who will be accepted into the program.  Following the Jan 31 deadline, students are accepted to FA on a first-come basis, so interested students are encouraged to turn in the forms as soon as possible.
  • Students who are currently in Futures Academy as 7th graders should turn in a re-enrollment form by January 14 to secure their place in Futures Academy next year.  The forms are available from the Futures Academy facilitators.

Need more information about Futures Academy?  There is an FAQ with information here.  All 6th grade students have also had an information session at school.  We will also hold an information session for all interested parents in the Futures Academy space at 2pm on January 18.  Additionally, you may set an appointment to speak with Dr. Hill or Mr. Schafer if you have additional questions about Futures Academy.

Best wishes to you in 2019!

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Futures Academy Enrollment for 2019-20 is OPEN!

Dear MS Parents and Students-

Futures Academy is an alternative program open to students at ISB in Grades 7 and 8.  The program gives students opportunities for more project-based learning and integrated-subject learning than the typical ISB program.  Many students enjoy this kind of learning and by offering this option we are allowing students to personalize their learning experience.  Students of all academic abilities are invited to apply to be in this unique and rewarding program.

We are now accepting applications for Futures Academy 2019-20.

  • Students who are currently in 6th or 7th grade and who would like to join Futures Academy next school year can complete the application form found here on Dragons’ Gate or by picking up a copy in the Middle School Office.  These forms are due by January 31, 2019, and should be returned to the Middle School Office.  Space is limited and if we have more applications than spaces, then we will hold a lottery to determine who will be accepted into the program.  Following the Jan 31 deadline, students are accepted to FA on a first-come basis, so interested students are encouraged to turn in the forms as soon as possible.
  • Students who are currently in Futures Academy as 7th graders should turn in a re-enrollment form by January 14 to secure their place in Futures Academy next year.  The forms are available from the Futures Academy facilitators.

Need more information about Futures Academy?  There is an FAQ with information here.  All 6th grade students have also had an information session at school.  We will also hold an information session for all interested parents in the Futures Academy space at 2pm on January 18.  Additionally, you may set an appointment to speak with Dr. Hill or Mr. Schafer if you have additional questions about Futures Academy.

Best wishes to you in 2019!

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

 

Principal’s List for December 5

It’s time again to recognize students who have shown great examples of our core values in their words and actions.  Their teachers have noticed!  Each of these students will get a special Principal’s List sticker from their Mentoring teacher and a certificate at a later date.

Grade 6
Aidan Wong was a great helper/creator of the Wishing Well Giving Station in the library. He spent 2 class periods helping to construct the well–which will be the recipient of books for Migrant children. Thank you Aidan, for your time and caring!
Rachel Fung was a great helper/creator of the Wishing Well Giving Station in the library. She spent 2 class periods helping to construct the well–which will be the recipient of books for Migrant children. Thank you Rachel, for your time and caring!
Christina Wang was a great helper/creator of the Wishing Well Giving Station in the library. She spent 2 class periods helping to construct the well–which will be the recipient of books for Migrant children. Thank you Christina, for your time and caring!
Alexander Kokcontinues to set a positive example in class and consideration for others. He demonstrates respect and integrity in his actions and is a valued member of his class.
Annie Qiu has shown perseverance in making the most of ISB’s resources to advance her learning. Even after a long day, Annie realises that a visit with a High school tutor after school will be of benefit to her as she endeavors to make academic progress.
James Guan has demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness by always being open to working with different people in class. Being flexible is an important life skill and James shows that on a daily basis.
Grade 7
Stella Wu worked really hard to make sure that the 7-1 class presentation was ready.  She stayed after school and showed an impressive work ethic, great job!
Annabel Tang devoted herself to organizing and completing the Grade 7 assembly, giving a lengthy amount of time after school to helping to pull it together.
Christina Lin demonstrated an ISB Core Value of service since she always shows her positive attitude and tries to help during class time. (helping by erasing the board, helping organizing class books, etc.)
Kenny Huang showed an impressive work ethic in preparing for the 7th-grade presentation.  He stayed during lunch and after school and didn’t ask for a word of thanks, such an awesome job, sir!
Sofia Rane was an integral part to the creation, organization and final completion of the Grade 7 Assembly. She worked tirelessly through our class time and put in a great deal of extra time after school. Hooray!
Sofia Rane has been serving her ISB community through her leadership role in organizing our Grade 7 Awards Assembly and coordination of Spirit Week for the homeroom.
Braxton Gan has stepped into roles that have required more work and effort in order to complete a task with his team. He is the student that follows directions and shows respect to his teachers and his classmates. He models good behavior and responsibility.
Long Chen did a great job helping out our newest addition to 7-3 this week! Thank you for volunteer to do this, and thank you for your consistent respect and kindness to others!
Henry Kim did a great job helping out our newest addition to 7-3 this week! Thank you for volunteering to do this, and thank you for your consistent respect and kindness to others!
Elizabeth Zhao from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as she has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day and our class’ Secret Santa.
Robinson Tong from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as he has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day.
Matthew Lin from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as he has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day.
Ada Wang from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as she has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day and our class’ Secret Santa.
Ryleigh Ryan from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as she has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day.
Kim Radnedge from 7-4 has demonstrated the core value of Service as he has been working hard behind the scenes helping to organize grade 7 games day.
Neo Stenstrom has been outstanding in his honesty, effort and the care shown to his classmates in our recent units.
Grade 8
Ryan Cunningham shows the core value of integrity and respect when he participates in Chinese class activities, and when he communicates with his teacher and classmates.
Kelley Choi showed empathy for others by donating a backpack to school children in Qinghai! Thank you!
Gary Xu showed empathy for others by donating a backpack to school children in Qinghai! Thank you!
Cherry Li showed empathy for others by donating a backpack to school children in Qinghai! Thank you!
Kelly Wong created an interesting and creative Movie for her poem she wrote in Humanities.  I appreciate her hard work and creative mind!
Eric Chen demonstrated the core value of service when he kindly took the recycle box that is not his responsibility to the recycle location.
Eric Chen has worked to respect others and has shown that he can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all his commitments. He did a good job in Chinese reading challenge with his Team.
Angela Yu is very talented in languages and she demonstrates both strong reading and writing skills. She consistently strives to challenge herself and find ways to take her creative writing to an even higher level.
I want recognize Malia Pedersen for her positive attitude, perseverance and growth mindset. She comes to school ready to go and willing to try new things. Her responsibility to her academics and respect towards her peers is commendable. Malia, congratulations to a successful 1st half of the year.
I want to recognize Bessy Belay for her positive attitude, perseverance and growth mindset. She comes to class with a smile ready to go! She asks great questions and is willing to try new things! Her responsibility toward her academics and thoughtfulness for her peers is admirable. Bessy, congratulations to a successful 1st half of the year.
I want to recognize Paris Chang for her positive attitude and growth mindset. She comes to class well prepared, asks great questions and is willing to try new things! Her responsibility toward her academics and collaboration with her peers is super! Paris, congratulations to a successful 1st half of the year.
James Huang has displayed Balance and Creativity among other valuable attributes in recent weeks. He presented a high-quality, interesting, and well delivered presentation for the NIH panel proposal project in Science that showed great presentation skills and dedication. At around the same time, he also performed by playing drums with the student band “Fly” during spirit week assemblies to help add value to those events. He’s generally been a friendly and positive influence on his classmates and the school at large and so, deserves recognition through this award.
Michael Atsuya is in knitting enrichment and he was kind enough to help organize the extra yarn we have in the supply room. Michael did a wonderful job of organizing an otherwise hopeless space! Thank you so much for helping out, Michael!
David Guo showed maturity and compassion in helping fellow students deal with conflict and tried to help them find a positive way to move foward.

An Invitation to Talk with the Principal

Dear Middle School Parents-

We are considering some changes to the Middle School schedule and program offerings for next year (2019-2020).  These proposals involve

  • More elective classes for 7th and 8th grade, specifically courses in Design, Technology, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts.
  • Adding flexible time to allow all students to get extra help or extra challenge in courses where that is needed.
  • Combining 7th and 8th grade Physical Education classes.
  • Changing from trimesters to quarters/semesters.

These changes would provide more choice to students and families while creating new opportunities for student support, service learning, integrated-subject learning, and special projects.

The proposals were discussed earlier this week at the Middle School Parent Coffee.  If you would like to learn more about the proposals, then you may join an additional session from 11am to noon on November 28.  We will likely meet in a classroom within the MS/HS Library, but if we have a lot of interest, then we could move to a larger space.  Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

MS News Update: Honk, Changing Schools, Futures Academy Enrollment, and more!

Dear MS Parents, Students, and Teachers-

What a great time of the year!  The cold weather is here, signalling holidays and new opportunities just around the corner!  Please take note of the following important updates:

  • Teacher Recommendations for New Schools: If a student needs school and teacher recommendations for other schools that have application deadlines in January or February, then we ask that all requests for such recommendations be provided to the MS Office or our counselors by November 30.  Please note, teachers will only complete recommendations that are requested via the MS Office or a counselor.  Also, there is a limit on the number of schools for which we will provide recommendations.  For more information, please contact Lisa Liu in the MS Office.
  • MS Parent Coffee on November 21: All MS Parents are encouraged to attend our MS Parent Coffee on November 21 at 8:30am in the MPR.  We will be very interested in gathering parents’ opinions on some proposals for new course offerings in the Middle School for next school year.  Fifth grade parents are also welcome to attend and give input.
  • Futures Academy Enrollment: Information sessions and enrollment for Futures Academy for next year will take place in January and February this year.  Any 6th and 7th grade students and their parents who want to join Futures Academy for the 2019-20 school year will have the opportunity to hear about the program and submit an application.  (Please note: Re-enrollment for current 7th grade student in Futures Academy will happen before the winter holiday.)
  • HONK, Jr.: Our Middle School Musical is happening this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Get tickets here.
  • Trimester 1 Academic Reports: Reports will be emailed home on the afternoon of November 21.

Regards,
Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

MS Activities Update

Dear Middle School Parents-

I hope that you were able to connect with teachers this week at Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you ever need more information about your child’s experience or development, please do contact your child’s teachers, a counselor, or one of our administrators at the school.  We are happy to answer your questions!

Please take note of the following great opportunities:

Season 2 of Middle School Sports will start on Tuesday, 30 October. This is the boys and girls volleyball season. All students who are interested in being on a team should assemble in Gym 2 at 3:45pm on Tuesday. Teams will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45pm. Season 2 ends on 26 January.

Tickets Now Available for Honk Jr.   

Honk Jr. is a family-friendly, heartwarming musical based on the “Ugly Duckling” that celebrates what makes each one special. 

Show dates:

Nov. 8, Thursday 4:30 PM

Nov. 9, Friday      6:30 PM

Nov. 10, Saturday 2:00 PM

 Tickets are now available at this link: https://www.ticketor.com/isbevents/upcomingevents

Hope you can join us for Honk, Jr.!

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal