See You Monday or Tuesday!

Dear Middle School Parents-

We are eager to welcome you for Student Led Conferences on Monday or Tuesday.  At your scheduled conference time, please go to the welcome table for your child’s grade level, with your child.  Grade 6 and 7 welcome tables are in Gym 2.  The Grade 8 welcome table is in the upper gallery.  The Futures Academy welcome table is in the FA Space.  You will then be directed to a table for the student-led conference, which your child has been preparing in recent weeks.

Following the Student-Led Conference, you may visit teachers at their tables for optional, 5-minute chats.  If you need a longer discussion or more information, then you can make arrangements to meet, email, or call at another time.

We also hope you will join us for at least one Parent & Student Learning Session.  These informative sessions will be held in the Futures Academy classrooms.  The sessions are listed below.

See you soon!

Dr. Hill
MS Principal

Middle School Parent & Student Learning Sessions
Parents and students in Grades 5-8 are encouraged to join these sessions!
Time  Presenter(s)  Session Topic
Monday: 10:30 to 11:00 Kara Haines
MS Counselor
Improving Parent-Child Communication at Home
Monday: 11:15 to 11:45 Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Monday: 12:45 to 1:15 Lucas Craig
MS Mathematics Teacher
Integrated Mathematics in ISB Middle School: Changes for 2019-20
Monday:

1:25 to 2:10

Jenny Winkelman
MS Visual Arts Teacher
Studio Habits of Mind
Monday:

2:15 to 2:45

Fred Schafer
MS Assistant Principal
Brain Research Tells Us How We Learn Best
Monday:

3:00 to 3:30

Julie Lemley
Design Facilitator
Why We Should All Be Designers
Monday:

3:45 to 4:15

Laura Brown
EdTech Facilitator
Augmented Reality Exploration
Monday:

4:30 to 5:00

Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Tuesday:

9:00 to 9:30

Emma Vallet
Christelle Gamet
MS French/Spanish Teachers
Modern Approaches to Learning French and Spanish
Tuesday:

9:45 to 10:15

Lucas Craig
MS Mathematics Teacher
Integrated Mathematics in ISB Middle School: Changes for 2019-20
Tuesday:

10:30 to 11:00

Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Tuesday: 11:15 to 11:45 Kara Haines
MS Counselor
Reducing Anxiety in the Teen Years

Parent-Student Learning Sessions at MS Conferences

Dear Parents and Students-

We are really looking forward to seeing all of you here at school next Monday or Tuesday for Student-Led Conferences.   Students are hard at work this week preparing and practicing.

We will also have a program of Parent-Student Learning Sessions running during the conferences.  We hope that all MS parents and students can attend at least one sessions.  The sessions will take place in the Futures Academy classrooms.  No need to sign up; just show up and enjoy!  Here is the schedule:

Parent & Student Learning Sessions
March 25 and 26
Futures Academy ClassroomsParents and students in Grades 5-8 are encouraged to join these sessions!
Time  Presenters  Session Topic
Monday: 10:30 to 11:00 Kara Haines
MS Counselor
Improving Parent-Child Communication at Home
Monday: 11:15 to 11:45 Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Monday: 12:45 to 1:15 Lucas Craig
MS Mathematics Teacher
Integrated Mathematics in ISB Middle School: Changes for 2019-20
Monday: 1:30 to 2:00 Jenny Winkelman
MS Visual Arts Teacher
Making Art: How Do We Do It?
Monday: 2:15 to 2:45 Fred Schafer
MS Assistant Principal
Brain Research Tells Us How We Learn Best
Monday: 3:00 to 3:30 Julie Lemley
Design Facilitator
Why We Should All Be Designers
Monday: 3:45 to 4:15 Laura Brown
EdTech Facilitator
Augmented Reality Exploration
Monday: 4:30 to 5:00 Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Tuesday: 9:00 to 9:30 Emma Vallet
Christelle Gamet
MS French/Spanish Teachers
Modern Approaches to Learning French and Spanish
Tuesday: 9:45 to 10:15 Lucas Craig
MS Mathematics Teacher
Integrated Mathematics in ISB Middle School: Changes for 2019-20
Tuesday 10:30 to 11:00 Dr. Jon Hill
MS Principal
Our New Middle School Elective Program for 2019-20
Tuesday 11:15 to 11:45 Kara Haines
MS Counselor
Reducing Anxiety in the Teen Years

 

 

Principal’s List for March 4

The following students have been impressing their teachers with demonstrations of our core values: Global Mindedness, Integrity, Respect, Balance, Service, and Creativity.  These students will get a special sticker in Mentoring class to put on their laptop cover.

Grade 6
Takumi Kamiya has been doing a fabulous job in Dragon Design.  His Book Buddy is amazing!
Aidan Wong did a great job representing Austria in the Disarmament Commission at DIMUN over the weekend. He prepared his speeches well, and made many successful contributions to the debate.
Tian Tian Ma is demonstrating some excellent leadership skills in Spanish. She demonstrated great communication and organisation skills in her group although she has recently joined us.
Larry Kong is willing to help others when needed or asked. He is taking ownership of his learning, by generating ideas of how to design in unique ways. His willingness to try new challenges motivates others to do the same. Thanks Larry!
Clarence Chan is always willing to put in the extra effort in our service club, iHelp.
Emily Barber demonstrates respect for others and is consistently engaged in class discussions. She works hard to turn in her best work, cooperates well in group activities and is always willing to reach out to her classmates.
Michelle Zhang continues to demonstrate respect and concern for others by helping her classmates to resolve differences constructively and working positively with others on projects and group activities. Keep up the great work, Michelle!
June Park is a positive influence in class, consistently trying his best and showing concern and respect for his classmates. June maintains a positive growth attitude and his attitude is appreciated in class!
 

Grade 7

Poppy Upite has consistently demonstrated a sense of integrity and leadership. She makes constructive suggestions to class and she always shows leadership when working with others. s
Annabel Tang did a fantastic job making connections and opening the minds of others during the last Socratic seminar in humanities!
SERVICE: Chloe Bao has worked hard in the service club iHELP by giving her time, both in during the club and outside during her spare time.
Oscar Zhou demonstrated Integrity and Respect as he strived to challenge himself and find ways to take his Chinese learning to an even higher level.
Stella Wu got really involved in the DIMUN conference over the weekend. She prepared thoroughly, and took frequent opportunities to contribute to debates and help her committee achieve its goals.
Alex Lee helped a fellow student who lost a key.  He retrieved and returned it to her after seeing it in the hall.  Well done, sir!
Sofia Rane is the consummate problem solver.  She always seeks to find common ground with others and include all perspectives.  She is able to bring people with different ideas together and move forward.
Kaylyn Park is very KIND and at the end of the last term, gave out notes in her Homeroom telling everyone how much they meant to her.
Cyrus Choi is always willing to put in the extra effort in our service club, iHelp.
Victoria Yin demonstrated an ISB Core Value of service since she spent her extra time to prepare the interview and dialogue with legendary Chinese film director Zhang Yimou on February 1. She did a good job on February 1.
Eric Ge played a violin accompaniment at the AMIS HS Honor Choirs Festival concert at the weekend.  This was challenging as he was playing alongside professional musicians in rehearsals and in the concert.  He managed to balance his time along with taking part in the MUN conference as well.
 

Grade 8

Jeff Chen is a wonderful collaborator in Chinese class. He openly listens to his peers and ensures that he is inclusive of his team members when working at group tasks. He models good behavior and responsibility.
Cherry Li demonstrates respect for others and is consistently engaged in Chinese class discussions. She works hard to turn in her best work, cooperates well in group activities.
Jeehyun Song did a great job at the DIMUN conference over the weekend. She showed Global Mindedness by representing the US very capably, and succeeded in getting her resolution passed.
TaekWon Kim took lots of opportunities to contribute to debates over the weekend at the DIMUN conference. He prepared well and represented Norway in the General Assembly very successfully.
Stella Kim demonstrates the core value of integrity every day. She is a diligent worker and does not lose focus even when concepts are challenging.  She continuously works to improve her skills and is always looking for ways to extend her learning.
Sophia Tang embodies the core value of creativity. Whether she is adding artwork to her assessment or she is writing an elaborate story, Sophia always tries to incorporate her artistic ideas into her work.
Linie Cha is a student with high integrity. She always strives for her best (classwork, homework assignments, group work and classroom discourse, etc…). She respects her peers and teachers. She takes advices from them sincerely and quickly turns them to her strengths.
Luisa Wang is always willing to put in the extra effort in our service club, iHelp.
Luisa Wang demonstrated the core value of service when she spent her lunchtime trying to raise money for animal shelter. She really impressed me with her commitment to this cause.
Jeehyun Song is a student with high integrity. She always strives for her best (classwork, homework assignments, group work and classroom discourse, etc…).  She takes advices from them sincerely and quickly turns them to her strengths.
Darren Zhu has really made great strides in becoming more balanced in his approach to his work. Great to see!
Tony Deng has demonstrated integrity and balance in his overall study habits by being open to feedback and keeping a growth mindset about his learning. He has already benefitted from diligent study by improving his skills a great deal, but still asks for advice in how to study effectively and makes adjustments even if they are counter to his current habits or dispositions. Way to have an open mindset, Tony!
During our Chinese food making class right after Chinese New Year, Anika Downie demonstrated the core value of service when she did an outstanding job of cleaning up for her team and helping the teacher clean up. Appreciated!
Oscar Hamada is a role model to his peers as he demonstrates the value of balance – he applies 100% effort to his work while pursuing his passion and interest. He has always been respectful to others.
Sofia Poulsen created an amazing GIF for to help advertise her Enrichment’s project! Thanks, Sofia, for all your time and energy in working on this!
Christina Ma is a student in Inkspill Enrichment. She took initiative and submitted her writing to Scholastic Art and Writing awards and received a Golden Key as well as an honorable mention for her efforts! Great job, Christina!
Katherine Zeng is a student in Inkspill Enrichment. She took initiative and submitted her writing to Scholastic Art and Writing awards and received a Silver Key as well as an honorable mention for her efforts! Great job, Katherine!

Integrated Mathematics Across ISB

Dear Parents –

At the Middle and High School Coffees this week we let the community know that we will be moving our mathematics curriculum in Grades 8-10 to integrated formats.  That means that students will get a mix of algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics each year.  This format results in better learning, more authentic applications of mathematics, higher achievement, and it is consistent with what we already do across the rest of our school, including in the IB Diploma Programme.  Here are the slides from the MS Parent Coffee if you would like to review what was covered, and if you would like to see the other topics presents.

If you would like to learn more about our integrated approach to learning mathematics, please refer to this resource and also consider attending one of the upcoming presentations by Jennifer Whathall.

Title: “21st Century Mathematics: The Case for the Integrated Pathway”

Monday, March 11, 6:30 pm in MPR

or

Tuesday, March 12, 8:30 am in 1323A, Bank Area

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 including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York and Island School, Hong Kong. 

Jennifer consulted for the IB on the new diploma mathematics courses for first teaching in 2019 to develop a concept-based mathematics curriculum model. She is currently working with a major publisher on student reference books for the new IB Mathematics courses.  Her best selling book titled “Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools” was released in February 2016. 

Hope you can join us!

Dr. Hill

MS Principal

 

Elective Interest Survey for Current Grade 6 and 7 Students

To Grade 6 and 7 Parents-

Today, your child will bring home a paper showing the elective courses we hope to offer in the Middle School next year.  This sheet is an interest survey, so that we can know how many sections of the various electives we should plan to offer.  We have already explained the interest survey to the students in an assembly.

Our elective program does require that students make choices, and some may struggle to decide the best options.  Please keep in mind that these are only choices for next year and different choices may be made in following years.  Also, I would recommend that students who play a musical instrument continue to make that a priority in their elective preferences.

This interest survey is due back to homeroom teachers on Feb 22.  This is just an interest survey and you will have an opportunity to confirm or change your preferences in April or May.

Even if you do not plan for your child to attend ISB next year, please complete and return the form.  It will still help us to plan appropriately based on student interests.

Please ask your child about the sheet and look it over carefully.  If you have more questions, I recommend you attend the MS Parent Coffee this Wednesday, Feb 20, at 8:30am in the MPR.  Or you may email me at jhill@isb.bj.edu.cn.

Thanks for your attention to this.

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

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