Best Wishes for Summer (+ Report Card fix)

Dear Middle School Parents and Students-

We just concluded our final assembly of the year where we celebrated leadership and service and said our farewells to students and teachers who are leaving ISB Middle School.  The leavers hit the Chinese gong as is our usual tradition to celebrate their time here.  We wish them well!

School will resume on Monday, August 19. Students will be given their schedules on arrival that morning.  Until then, be safe and enjoy some time with family and friends and hopefully some summer adventures.

Today some of you may have received a second copy of your Trimester 3 report via email.  We discovered errors in the PE comments for some students, requiring us to send new reports.  If you did receive a new report, please delete your old report, sent on June 12.  The June 13 report is correct.  If you did not receive a new report on June 13, then your report sent on June 12 already has the correct PE comment.  We apologize for the confusion!

Have a great summer!

Dr. Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Principal’s List for June 6, 2019

It’s the last Principal’s List of the school year!  These students have impressed their teachers by exemplifying our core values of Global Mindedness, Creativity, Integrity, Respect, Balance, and Service.  Let’s celebrate their important contributions to the Middle School community!  These students will get a sticker in homeroom and a certificate before the end of the year.

6th Grade
During the May trip, Alexander Lu worked very hard to collect enough firewoods for his tribe, which was good service to his team. Nice work Alexander!
Boyan Du has continued to show his respect, politeness and friendly to teacher and his classmates in Chinese class. He follows instruction well and could listen to others patiently before responding. We are all happy to see his great progress!
Kevin Duan did a great job contributing to Inkspill enrichment whether through being helpful or encouraging others. I appreciate his focus and creativity as well.
Throughout the whole year, Sophie Lam has not stopped to impress me. She always completes her work to a high standard, uses a lot of creativity in her written work and demonstrates all the ISB core values. She is a great role modele, an inspiring leader and her peers respect her in the class.
Lia Shayman was a superstar in Dragon Design! She crafted a wonderfully complicated backpack and taught herself Tinkercad.  Well done, Lia!
Patrick Isberg has been a great addition to ISB! Since his arrival he has continuously shown example of how to respectful of his peers and his teachers. Well done!
Andy Wang demonstrated creativity and respect on the 6th grade field trip by being an active and creative member of his tribe, offering help to his tribe mates showing a great attitude.
Patrick Isberg continues to show respect for others and a strong work ethic in giving his best effort in class and in being thoughtful and considerate amongst his peers. Great job, Patrick!
Ethan Anderton proved to be a hard-working, brave (climbing trees!), and creative tribe mate on the 6th grade field trip. His tribe benefitted from his energy, outdoor survival skills and knot-tying expertise.
Nicholas Murrmann demonstrates creative thinking and good spirit of working in his general music class.
In French class, Meredith Ni always shows generosity and empathy towards others. She is kind to​ everybody and always try to help.
Arissa Pan has worked very hard in her classes and demonstrates thoughtfulness and a strong work ethic.
Claire Song was an active and helpful tribe mate on the 6th grade field trip. She also works hard in class and interacts courteously and politely with her classmates.
For our last assessment, students had to write their own story in Spanish. Alex Park ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
Clarence Chan continually brought energy and effort to class no matter what the activity. This was certainly appreciated by his peers
Isabelle Yi is recognised for her effort and ability to include others in class activities.  Often she took on a leadership role which was appreciated
Andrew Jeon‘s effort across all areas of this subject are a pleasure to see and be involved with.  From his own performances or his work with others or his inquisitive nature make it a pleasure to have him in class
Clarence Chen demonstrated the core value of Service when he helped with different projects in iHELP and contributed his own time to make all the designs for iHELP.
Emily Yang has been a model student in this class.  She shows pride in all that she does, she is super happy to work with anyone and continually thinks of others in all that she does.  It has been a pleasure to have her in this class
7th Grade
Eric Ren has an incredible “can do” attitude. He comes to Chinese class ready to do his best-which always includes attempting to extend beyond. He 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’s generally been a friendly and positive influence on his classmates.
Chloe Bao did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments.
Christine Huang was a respectful and responsible individual on our Spring Trip in Grade 7. Throughout, she gave her all during activities and was kind and helpful during our walk on a very steep hill! Great job, Christine!
Stella Wu put in a lot of time and energy to help create the 2019 version of INKSPILL! Her dedication to the cause helped to make it a great issue and ensured that it actually happened! Thanks, Stella!!
Christina Yu Jia Lin did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments.
Carina Hong did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments. She is an awesome leader in her reading team. She models good behavior and responsibility.
Congratulations to Braxton Gan and his reading team for the excellent results in Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge!
Congratulations to Hanze Hans Yuan and his reading team for the excellent results in Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge!
Sam Xu demonstrated integrity and respect during the 7th grade trip by spending a lot of time with many different students. He is a good friend and an example to others.
Manxi (Cici) Wang did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments.
Emily Parker did a great job helping to plan our class mentoring activity last Friday! I appreciate her willingness to step up and help out! Thanks Emily for all you have done as a Stuco rep this year!
I am appreciative of Tiffy Zong‘s work as a Stuco representative this year in 7-3! I am happy you stepped up to help out!
Emily Parker, thanks for helping to create the Grade 7 slide show along with Maya!!!
Maya Munro, thanks for helping to create the Grade 7 slide show along with Emily!!!
Sam Xu, thanks for your incredible kindness towards others both inside and outside of class!
Sybil Beadles, thanks for your incredible kindness towards others both inside and outside of class!
Angela Zhang has worked really hard this year to improve her writing in Humanities. She also has been an incredible knitter in her enrichment. I appreciate her balance, and constant great attitude for life!
Westley Lau provided service to our  Community by helping organize an all grade mentoring activity Friday May 31.
Kim Radnedge provided service to our community by helping organize an all grade mentoring activity Friday May 31.
Maggie Huang did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments.
Congratulations to Benjamin Zhou and his reading team for the excellent results in Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge!
Kim Radnedge, thanks for your incredible kindness towards others both inside and outside of class!
Robinson Tong, thanks for being both humorous and creative all year long both inside and outside of class!
Alex Domingo, thanks for your incredible kindness towards others both inside and outside of class!
Jessica Han, you have worked hard this year to improve in Humanities and it really shows! I appreciate your hard work and commitment to improvement.
Much love and appreciation to Aksel Raustoel for all of his hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
Much love and appreciation to Katherine Wang for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Sally Kim ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Katherine Wang ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Justin Gao ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Fun Lam ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last assessment, students had to write their own fiction story in French. Aaron Hou ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
Congratulations to Shek Leong Shawn Wong and his reading team for the excellent results in Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge!
Peter Wang demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness when he helped the local children to understand what are SDGs.
Much love and appreciation to Sofia Rane for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
Much love and appreciation to Chaeyoung Yun for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
For a long period of time Neo Stenstrom has shown this core value in all he does in this class. Never needing reminding, he continually impresses  us all with his care and thought of others………
8th Grade
Henry Ma did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge! He has worked to respect others and has shown that he can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all his commitments.
Sophia Tang has had a fantastic past few weeks in Science. She is working hard to balance the high demands of the class. She has also shown creativity in the design process of the polymer process and her journals. She has become an excellent Mad Scientist in the last part of the school year!
Thanks, Lida Wen, for helping other groups mix their polymers when the slime got too much for them.
Stephanie Guo did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments. Thanks Stephanie for her positive influence in the classroom!
Kelly Wong is a well-rounded student who continuously demonstrates the core value of integrity and respect. She takes initiative of her own learning and asks questions whenever she needs clarification. She never stops to give her best effort and definitely is a good role model for her peers. Very proud of you!!!
Katherine Zeng demonstrated the core value of service by often staying to make sure the classroom was clean of polymer parts at the end of our lab sessions.
Daniel Cheng always has a smile and enjoys the company of others, is a great role model and strives for a balance in his life.
Eric Chen consistently shows respect for other students and adults through his daily actions. Congratulations to his reading team for the good results in Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge!
I want to give a massive shout out to the entire 8-4 homeroom for supporting Mr. Northcott and the Toronto Raptors during their first every appearance at the NBA Finals.  All the students came wearing red and black in support for the RAPS which, of course, led to a game 1 victory.
Jasmine Zhou did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments. She is an awesome leader in her reading team. She models good behavior and responsibility.
Deniz Guven models many of ISB’s core values every day. She works super hard, gives her best effort in class, and is considerate and caring about her classmates. She takes initiative of her own learning and asks questions whenever she needs clarification. Well done, Deniz!
Tucker Long has done an excellent job in music class as a creative, productive and efficient learner. well done!
James Huang is a positive influence in his Chinese class. He consistently showing his interests in Chinese history and culture learning. He respects his peers and teacher. James maintains a positive growth attitude and his attitude is appreciated in class!
Tucker Long continuously demonstrates the core value of integrity and respect throughout the whole school year. He is always focused when the teacher needs his attention and sets a good example for his classmates. Well done, Tucker Long!
Sophia Wu is a diligent student who always produces high quality work throughout the entire school year. She is a good role model for her peers.  She is a kind and patient classmate and consistently thinks how she can help others. Great job, Sophia!
Akari Oh did a good job in the Chinese Panda books Reading Challenge with her Team. She has worked to respect others and has shown that she can balance a variety of workloads and keep on top of all her commitments. Thanks Akari for her positive influence in the classroom!
Katherine Zeng demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness when she helped the local children to understand what are SDGs.
Michelle Kwon demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness when she helped with different projects in iHELP and contributed her own time to make all the designs for iHELP.
Sofia Poulsen‘s time and work on the 2019 issue of Inkspill was fundamental in getting the magazine to press. I really appreciated her time, energy and focus throughout.
Katherine Zeng‘s time and work on the 2019 issue of Inkspill was fundamental in getting the magazine to press. I really appreciated her time, energy and focus throughout.
After a few grueling rehearsals it was clear the section Kamsen You was in was struggling with a very difficult passage of music.  Not only did Kamsen stay after class for extra help from the teacher, he then stayed after school practicing the music over and over so that it was ready to be played at least by him for the concert.
Much love and appreciation to Linnie Cha for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
Much love and appreciation to Kelley Choi for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
Much love and appreciation to Emily Hellqvist for all of her hard work this year towards the completion of the 2018 2019 ISB middle school yearbook.  Thank you so much.
During our last unit on world issues, Adit Jacob came up with a brilliant recycling idea which included creativity and innovation. The presentation was made in Spanish and included the design of a reusable or recycled product and he respected all the different criteria.
During our last unit on world issues, Daniel Lee came up with a brilliant recycling idea which included creativity and innovation. The presentation was made in Spanish and included the design of a reusable or recycled product and he respected all the different criteria.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Harry Seo ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Paris Chang ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Sophie He ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Cissy Lu ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Sophia Wu ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. David Liu ensured that all criteria were respected and he used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
For our last unit on world issues, students had to come up with a reusable or recycled product to present to the rest of the class. They had to think about a suitable design, the creation and the promotion (via a speech and visual) of their product in Spanish. Alice Xu ensured that all criteria were respected and she used innovation and creativity throughout the process. It was a great success.
As with most days, a competitive game of soccer was being played on the ISB field during lunchtime. Somewhere during the game, an inadvertent handball occurred when Richard was struck in the shoulder area with the ball. The opposing team argued for a penalty kick and eventually decided to have Adit Jacob take the kick. He gently tapped it toward the goalie as a gesture of sportsmanship instead of shooting to score. Kudos to his integrity and sportsmanship.
Michelle Kwon demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness when she helped the local children to understand what are SDGs.
Annarosa Lam demonstrated the core value of Global Mindedness when she helped the local children to understand what are SDGs.
Well done everyone!

Principal’s List for May 3

Our student’s show us their leadership with our core values every day!  Here are some recent examples identified by our teachers.

6th Grade
Boyan Du has made great strides in becoming more respectful to his work and peers in Chinese class. Great to see his progress!
Jennifer Kim has demonstrated the core value of respect in her interaction with her peers. She is always collaborative and helpful as a team member.
Maggie Li has demonstrated excellent talent and skills during Chinese drama activities, and she sets a positive example through her hard work and consideration for others.
James Guan models many of ISB’s core values every day. James works hard, gives his best effort in class, and is considerate and caring about his classmates. Well done, James!
Tian Tian Ma is a diligent student who thinks deeply about issues and participates responsibly is class and group discussions.
Dana Kim continues to do an amazing job in class. She sets a good example for her peers, is a kind and patient classmate, and thinks how she can help others.
Bryan Tang is a considerate friend and industrious student. He is alway ready to lend a helping hand to those who need help.
7th Grade
Lucy Kim is a student who wants, in every situation that arises,  to to treat all classmates with respect and integrity as she deals with all the ins and outs of being a 7th grader. She is an inspiration to her classmates.
Eric Cho is a student who wants, in every situation that arises,  to to treat all classmates with respect and integrity as he deals with all the ins and outs of being a 7th grader. He is an inspiration to his classmates.
Kai Lee is a student who wants, in every situation that arises,  to to treat all classmates with respect and integrity as he deals with all the ins and outs of being a 7th grader. He is an inspiration to his classmates.
Christina Yu Jia Lin always has an incredible “can do” attitude. She comes to Chinese class ready to do her best–which always includes attempting to extend beyond. She also demonstrates the core value of service when she frequently volunteered to sort the books in the Chinese room for classmates to read.
Annabel Tang has taken initiative on multiple occasions to clean the floor in my classroom after the class has worked on projects.  She demonstrates service to her classmates and teacher and cleaning staff by helping to maintain a clean environment.
Poppy Upite is someone who is open to all people and quick to point to other’s strengths even when they don’t see it themselves.  She is inclusive and makes other feel welcome and valued as group members.  She is patient and caring with a willingness to help others in any way she can.
Jowen Liu is a student who wants, in every situation that arises,  to treat all classmates with respect and integrity as she deals with all the ins and outs of being a 7th grader. She is an inspiration to her classmates.
Sam Xu has demonstrated a great level of respect and sensitivity while working with his classmates.
Matthew Lim demonstrated the core value of service by helping to organize our class’ relay team for track and field day.
Westley Lau demonstrated the core value of service by helping to organize our class’ relay team for track and field day.
Elizabeth Zhao demonstrated the core value of service by helping to organize our class’ relay team for track and field day.
Victoria Yin continues to set a positive example in Chinese 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.
Aaron Hou demonstrated great creativity skills when he had to write up about his last vacation in Paris. He created a full storyboard with drawings and short sentences in French. It was so creative and imaginative, he managed to turn a simple writing assessment into a source of curiosity.
Jun Lee helped out in collecting the balloons from the cafeteria, and put them away. His care and service was appreciated.
Annie (Danyan) Wang models the ISB core values of Respect and Integrity by consistently being kind and thoughtful to her peers in Chinese class. Her attitude and actions as a good friend and classmates were very much appreciated!
A massive shout out to Eric Ge for his organization and work with the Smile Week concert.
8th Grade
Katherine helped create a really popular game for Earth Day activities in her service club, iHELP. Students enjoyed playing the game and it helped to get the message across of how important conservation is! Great Job!!!
Christina Ma helped create a very popular and insightful game for students to play during Earth Day activities last week. Students enjoyed the game and it helped drive home the importance of conservation. Great job, Christina!
Arianna Bambagioni balances her life with sport, academics, and creative outlets.  Well done, Arianna!
Ryan Cunningham balances his life with academics, outside school activities, and creative outlets.  He even put in an entry for the Spring Fair logo competition. Well done, Ryan!
Darren Zhu was a great support with Smile week matching all smiles purchased in our home room!
Eric Chen encouraged all our classmates to participate in Smile Week by matching the number of smiles bought during the week.
Grace Fung 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.
Manuel Carvajal worked very well in the science lab this week. He respected the space, the materials, and his group members. He stays focused and always does well in a hands-on environment. Well done Manuel!
Olivia Yi did a fantastic job in the science lab this week. She showed respect for materials and the scientific process by working hard to lead her team through a challenging lab with a positive attitude.
Jasmine Zhou always demonstrates the core value of respect in Chinese 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.
Gracie Yu Man Ng has really made great strides in becoming more balanced in her approach to her work. She showed an impressive work about Lu Xun Museum trip. Great to see!
Hannah Wills demonstrated the core value of service and integrity when she consistently remind another student to stay focused in class while the teacher is helping other students.
Ray Fang demonstrated the core value of respect with his polite and respectful demeanor shown in Chinese class. His effort of using the class time for best learning is appreciated too.
Justin Ai’s creativity shines through in our Engineering enrichment where he designs clever solutions to overcome obstacles he runs into while working on projects like his scissor lift.
Samantha Bevan has shown a good level of creativity in presenting her work.

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!