MS Progress Reports and Conferences Next Week

Dear Middle School Parents-

Friday, October 30, is the last day of Quarter 1 for the Middle School.  We will celebrate the end of the quarter and our 40th Anniversary year by wearing Blue and White clothing to school on Friday.

Next week we will be communicating with you about your Middle School child in two important ways:

  1. On Wednesday, November 4, in the afternoon, we will send you the Quarter 1 Progress Report.  This is not a final report card, but rather an update for you at the mid-point of Semester 1.  I hope that it will give you enough information to have great conversations with your child about how their classes are going this year, and where they might need to adjust their efforts in certain classes.  Semester 1 will continue until December 18.
  2. On Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6, we will hold Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.
    • Students should stay home on November 5 and 6.
    • Middle School students should attend the online conferences with their parents. (Note this is not the expectation for ES or HS.)
    • Students and parents should connect to the conferences using the student’s school computer. We will use Microsoft Teams.  The student computers are set up to use the software.
    • Parents can sign up via PowerSchool. Sign-ups are open now and close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 4. See Dragons’ Gate for more information.   Please contact the Middle School office at 8149 2345 if you need assistance.
    • On the day of the conferences, the links for the individual conferences will be listed on PowerSchool, on the same page where parents made the appointments.

We look forward to developing our partnership with you next week!  If you cannot attend the conferences, you may contact individual teachers at any time to set up other times to talk about your child.

Thank you for choosing ISB to serve your family’s educational needs!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

MS Parent Coffee Online Only

Dear Parents-

This is an update to the message sent yesterday.  Please note we will NOT be able to meet on campus next Monday.  The MS Parent coffee will be online only.  The following message will be in the ISB Weekly today.  My apologies to those who were eager to join us on campus.  Hopefully we will get another chance soon!

-Jon Hill

MS Parent Coffee 

Middle School parents are invited to the first MS Parent Coffee of the year from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, October 12.   To attend the meeting, please follow this link.  You will need either the Microsoft Teams app, Google Chrome, or a Microsoft Internet browser.  Please note, we originally hoped to welcome parents to our MS Parent Coffee as an on-campus event in our fountain courtyard.  However, there are unresolved logistical and safety concerns that have caused us to reconsider our plan.  Therefore, our MS Parent Coffee will now be held as an online event only.  We do hope to be able to welcome parents to campus in the near future.  Thanks for your understanding.

Middle School Updates (UPDATED)

October 8 – Update in Red

Dear Middle School Parents-

I hope you enjoyed a nice National Day holiday!

Today we welcomed several more of our Middle School teachers back to campus, as well as a number of students.  By Mid-October we will have about 90% of our teachers on site, and over 95% of our students.

Important MS Notices:

  • We have now returned to our normal schedule in the Middle School.  8:15 to 3:25 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  8:15 to 2:25 on Wednesdays.
  • After-School Activities: We are starting our after-school sports program this week. Students who want to participate in cross country or soccer simply need to meet in Gym 2 after school on Thursday, October 8.  We will have other after-school activities starting up in the coming weeks, with the full ASA program and other activities starting in November.  Please see more detailed information at the end of this message, including information about Swim Academy.
  • We will still allow students to stay after school in the cafeteria or library this month on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays.  Students should sign up for this in the cafeteria at lunch on the day they plan to stay after school.  They should go home at 4:30.  In November, we will return to our normal policy of only allowing students to remain after school if they are in a supervised activity.
  • UPDATED on October 8  – MS Parent Coffee  Middle School parents are invited to the first MS Parent Coffee of the year from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, October 12.   To attend the meeting, please follow this link.  You will need either the Microsoft Teams app, Google Chrome, or a Microsoft Internet browser.  Please note, we originally hoped to welcome parents to our MS Parent Coffee as an on-campus event in our fountain courtyard.  However, there are unresolved logistical and safety concerns that have caused us to reconsider our plan.  Therefore, our MS Parent Coffee will now be held as an online event only.  We do hope to be able to welcome parents to campus in the near future.  Thanks for your understanding.
  • Mentoring ConferencesThis year, we want to form stronger partnerships with parents.  Every MS student has a mentor at school.  Mentors want to meet online with the student and a parent once a month, all year.  All parents should have already been in contact with their child’s mentor once or twice this year for a quick chat.  As parents, this is your opportunity to share your hopes and concerns for your child.  Please do respond to mentors as they request these meetings and give them a few minutes each month for this important partnership!

Thank you again for choosing ISB!  We love supporting the learning of your children in partnership with you!

Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

 

Activities in the Middle School – Start of 2020-2021 School Year
Note: This school year will look a bit different to past years, but the goal is to offer as close to a normal
activities program as possible! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Gietz in the Activities Office
(pgietz@isb.bj.edu.cn).

Season 1 Sports Teams:
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
(Baseball has been moved to Season 4, towards the end of the school year)
These teams are open to all MS grade levels, abilities and genders
Soccer teams practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:40-5:30 p.m., and the cross country team
practices from 3:40-4:30 p.m.
First practice day – Thursday, October 8th (all students should meet in Gym 2 at 3:25 p.m. on the first
day; for students who take the school bus, there are buses home after practices at 4:40 and 6:00 p.m.)
The season will finish in mid-November
Boys and Girls Badminton is offered through the ASA program (starts November 2nd; online registration)
– see below

Performing Arts:
MS Drama – Starts in the week beginning November 2nd and an announcement will come to all MS
students in October when we know more about plans for this year’s ISTA Festival as well as the
possibilities for performances on campus
MS Jazz Band – Mondays – starts on November 2nd (offered through the ASA program, see below –
online registration)

Clubs:
Clubs generally run for the entire school year and registration is done directly with the adult Club leader.
Watch the MS announcements for more information! MS Clubs this school year:
Model United Nations – Mr. McLean and Mr. Carter – Mondays or Tuesdays
Chess Team – by invitation only – Mr. Mar – details to be confirmed…
ISB Media – Mr. Handy – Mondays – 3301
iHelp – Mrs. Long, Mrs. Follman, Mrs. Fiona Ju – Mondays – 3405
World Scholars Cup – details to be confirmed…
Kidsread – Mrs. Levitt and Mr. Jamieson – Wednesdays at lunch – library
Habitat for Humanity – details to be confirmed…
MS Robotics – Mr. Hamada, Mrs. Tresohlavy – details to be confirmed…

After School Activities (ASA’s):
Two ASA Sessions this school year with two registration periods and different offerings in each Session.
ASA’s meet once per week.
Session 1 Registration (via CHQ ASA Registration link on PowerSchool) – October 12 – 19
Session 1 First Day – November 2
Session 1 Last Day – February 5

Swim Academy:
Year-long swim program, including practices and meets.
Pool will re-open for after-school programs after the October break:
Returning Academy members will be able to register for the following practice sessions:
Monday – 4:35pm-5:45pm (MS/HS)
Tuesday – 4:35pm-5:45pm (MS/HS)
Wednesday – 3:35pm-5:45pm (MS/HS)
Thursday – 4:35pm-5:45pm (MS/HS)
Friday – 4:35pm-5:45pm (MS/HS)
Students who would like to join the Swim Academy will be able to participate in trials in early
November, with more information to follow. For all swimming questions, please contact Aquatics
Director, Nic Wilson, nwilson@isb.bj.edu.cn

Meet with the ISB Middle School Principal

Dear Middle School Parents-

Hopefully you read in the ISB Weekly that each ISB principal will be holding an informational meeting for parents next week.  The purpose will be to share our plans for reopening the school for the 20-21 school year.  We expect to employ our Partnered Instruction model so that we can effectively support the learning of high numbers of students on campus at a time when we still have many teachers and students in locations around the world, waiting for permission and opportunity to return to China.  Students who are outside of China will also be supported in their learning until they can return to the ISB campus.

One of our goals this year is create a stronger sense of partnership between our teachers and our parents.  This is required if we are to be successful when facing our current and future challenges as a school.  We want to prioritize this partnership in the coming weeks and months.  You can learn more about this partnership by attending our online meeting on Monday morning (Beijing time).

MS Parent Meeting with Dr. Jon Hill
Monday, August 10 at 8:00 am

Link: https://isb-bj-edu-cn.zoom.com.cn/j/61048035931
Meeting ID: 610 4803 5931

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

-committed to challenging and joyful learning-

ISB Middle School Superstars are Shining

I’m very proud to announce our latest Principal’s List, which is quite possibly the largest we have ever had with 120 nominations from teachers.  The students recognized here have set an example for the entire ISB community.  They have shown what it means to live our school’s mission in very challenging circumstances.  These students have been supported in their work by their peers, their teachers, and by their parents, so we can all celebrate their success!

Grade 6
Adrianna Ji has committed to eLearning 100%. She always produces work to the highest quality. She recently challenge herself to take on extension work. She should be proud of top effort.
Brian Huang has shown 100% dedication for learning Mathematics this semester and he is always be one of the first student who completes work to the instructions closely.
Sophie Yao continues to maintain a positive attitude throughout the eLearning process.  She responsibly completes all tasks and assignments to the best of her ability.  Her Our Stories Make History Final Project (specifically her performance piece playing the violin) demonstrated challenging and joyful learning.
Behr Ridlon has been working very hard for mathematics during this eLearning. He completes his work before deadlines and asks for help when he is unsure. Recently he even challenges himself with some extension mathematics work. He is a very responsible learner that inspires others around him to do better too.
Behr Ridlon has shown great motivation and responsibility in learning Chinese by doing extended learning tasks.
During this time of E-learning, Merle Novak has been in Europe working with a tricky time zone. Merle has checked in daily to ask questions, or even just to say hello. She has watched all Zoom recordings diligently and does her absolute best to maintain contact. I have been beyond impressed with Merle’s responsibility and attitude during this time.
Luis Lee has been amazing during this e-learning time. He single handedly orchestrated a book club the second week of e-learning and has kept the book club going strong. Luis has been an incredibly happy, positive member of our learning community during this time. I am incredibly proud of him!
Hana Parker has been such a bright light during this time of e-learning. She has been stuck outside of the country, missing home, and still she gives her all 100% of the time. Hana has been present and almost every single live lesson and if she isn’t there, an apology quickly follows. She is do dedicated to her studies and to improving as a learner. I admire how responsible she is-especially during these difficult times.
Jia Lee has impressed me with her thinking outside the box. She consistently puts in maximum effort and pushes herself to her absolute best every single day. Jia has been a very present member of our classroom community during this time of e-learning. I have learned so much from her over the past three months.
Jason Yang has been coined “the devourer of books”. It is not uncommon for me to open my computer for the day and have an ask for the next great book to read. He has been so dedicated to his reading that he or his mom will pick up bags and bags of books from the guard gate. He is inspiring me to read more!
Sixing Wang is an excellent student who is not afraid to take on extra responsibilities. He is very helpful to others.
Hana Parker has given her best in completing her eLearning tasks since the very beginning. She has met all challenges positively.
Eve Poulson has done an amazing job during e-learning. She has chosen to enter into a book club with a fellow classmate, without being expected to. During that time, Eve and her classmate pushed each other’s thinking and met with me regularly to discuss their learning. I have been so impressed with Eve’s dedication to her learning!
Grace Xia has done an amazing job during e-learning. She has chosen to enter into a book club with a fellow classmate, without being expected to. During that time, Grace and her classmate pushed each other’s thinking and met with me regularly to discuss their learning. Grace has consistently kept in touch to ask questions and check for understanding. I have been so impressed with Grace’s dedication to her learning!
Irene Tong is a very cheerful student who always seek clarification when she doesn’t understand the problem. She sets a good examples for others on how to deal with learning issues. She has made significant improvement of her academy study during this eLearning.
Merle Novak has attended all the science Zoom meetings and comes with a positive attitude and smile on her face!  She has worked very hard through some challenging assignments and has focused on doing her best work during the eLearning period.
Ania Edkin has demonstrated great responsibility and challenged herself by always doing her best in learning Chinese.
Rachel Kang has been a star both in Humanities and in Mentoring. She turns up to every meeting with a positive attitude and a smile. She brings stories and laughter to her Mentoring group, and completes all of her Humanities work with attention and care. Rachel’s positive attitude during this time has been nothing short of inspiring!
Jaden Yen consistently attends Zoom sessions. She asks clarifying questions and willingly participates in discussions. I appreciate Jaden for taking ownership of her learning and positive attitude. Thanks Jaden!
Geoffrey Liu appears regularly in Zoom sessions, asking clarifying questions when needed. He consistently has a positive attitude. I appreciate Geoffrey for taking ownership of his learning. Thanks Geoffrey!
Grace Huang attends every science and homework help zoom I offer. She never hesitates to ask questions or share her thinking. She shows interest in sharing her thoughts with others, related to her learning. I am proud of Grace for her diligence and perseverance even during difficult and changing times.
Nanda Kishore Riju Shibi has maintained a positive attitude throughout the duration of eLearning, even when circumstances were very difficult. He regularly attends class Zoom meetings, completes all work on time, and asks questions to clarify his understanding…and he does it all with a smile.
Grace Huang has taken the eLearning bull by its horns and has done a remarkable job of keeping up with her assignments in a way that demonstrates tremendous thought and effort. She is committed to her tasks, attends all Zoom meetings, and wants to do her very best at all times.
Jonathan Hong regularly attends Zoom sessions. He shares a deeper level thinking when constructing explanations. I appreciate Jonathan for his consistent positive attitude. Thanks Jonathan!
Lily Zhou has been a constant, thoughtful, and positive presence during eLearning. Lily consistently tries hard and always gives her best effort.
Max Li submitted a phenomenal and inspiring “Our Stories Make History” final project and always tries his very best. He has used this challenging period to explore new hobbies and passions, and consistently participates with a positive and energetic spirit.
Sofia Zhu has shown great responsibility during eLearning. She tries hard and is considerate and thoughtful towards her peers and teachers. She demonstrates enthusiasm for learning under challenging circumstances and her positive attitude and growth mindset are appreciated.
Angelina Zhou never hesitates to ask questions. She attends every Zoom session and is usually the first to have her assignment uploaded into Dx. She is responsible, has a great attitude and is helpful to others. Thanks Angelina!
Lily Zhou consistently takes ownership of her learning by demonstrating deeper level thinking in written responses. She is alway willing to share her thinking in class. Thanks Lily!
Brynn Comes has shown a great level of responsibility for her learning. She has been one of the most consistent students since the start of eLearning in her participation and completion of assigned tasks.
Christina Ryu has shown a great level of responsibility for her learning. She has always given her best to complete her eLearning tasks and she is always prepared to go beyond the expectations.
Angel Yin has demonstrated responsibility and impressive creativity in creating a detailed and artistic reading notebook during our current reading unit. She should be proud of her efforts and attention to detail. She has created an artifact that can serve as an example for future 6th-grade students.
Jeong-Hoon Kim demonstrates a deeper level thinking when constructing explanations. Thank you Jeong-Hoon!
Brynn Comes consistently attends Zoom sessions and/or participates regularly in class. She does not hesitate to share her thinking with a positive mindset. I appreciate Brynn for her curious mind and willingness to express her opinion or share her knowledge. Thanks Brynn!
Nicole Gu has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Tanya Liu has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Flora Zhu has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Jonathan Bai has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Matthew Fu has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Jonathan Hong has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Easton Li has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Jayden Li has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Geoffrey Liu has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Lucas Zhang has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Nanda Riju Shibi has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Andrew Luo brings such joy to his learning of Spanish. He pushes himself to use the language in new and creative ways.
Oliver Pap is a truly kind soul who brings an amazing attitude to everything he does. He treats everyone with the utmost respect and can work with any of his peers.
Grace Huang has been thoughtful and very consistent member of the Smile Week committee.  She joined despite having not previously been involved with StuCo, but her desire to take responsibility and serve others has been outstanding.  Not only has she taken on and completed a variety of tasks for our committee, she has also demonstrated creativity by suggesting additional great ideas that have either been taken up for this Smile Week or that could be great StuCo projects next year.  She has never missed a meeting and always contributes.  Her presence has been much appreciated.
Grade 7
Eric Liu has overcome early struggles with e-learning to take responsibility for his learning and put in a strong effort academically as we come down the homestretch this school year.
In Quarter 4, Yuni Seol has turned things around and is performing like an all-star.  Way to go Yuni!
Emily Cai has an eternally positive attitude, and faces each task and activity with a “can-do” attitude!
Thanks, Emily!
Despite many obligations and activities tacked on to her schedule during our e-learning experience, Hannah Cho has worked hard and taken risks in her learning, which has resulted in growth and development of important skills. Good work Hannah!
Josh Ding has had a great attitude towards learning since the start of the year in August, and this has continued with e-learning–he has not slowed down! I appreciate his hard work and attention to detail of thought.
Good job, Josh!
Steven Chou has been a responsible learner throughout our e-learning experience, working hard to show his interest and participating in class activities. Thank you, Steven!
I have been impressed with Brian Fan’s work in humanities, most especially during our e-learning experience! I have noticed greater attention to detail, reworking of drafts, and deeper critical thinking, all visible in his responses. Thanks Brian!
Grace Huang has been a consistent learner since the beginning of the year, but even more so during our e-learning experience! I have been impressed with her no-nonsense attitude to getting things done, and her continued deepening of critical thought as well as quality of her work. Great job, Grace!
Dana Kim is a constant in our mentoring meetings each week, and I really look forward to her cheerful and positive demeanor. In class she is a constant as well, always aspiring to do her best! Great work, Dana!!
Yuki Layman works exceedingly hard and turns in superlative work–again and again! Her work ethic has not diminished during our e-learning experience! Thank you Yuki–you set the bar high!
After some initial setbacks, Rocky Shapirov has been working hard to regain lost ground and is presently on top of his e-learning in Humanities once again! I appreciate his focus and determination to succeed! Great job, Rocky
I am impressed with George Xu’s willingness to help others with his participation in Smile Week this year! Great job, George!
Even though she has had some difficult circumstances to deal with during e-learning, Sophia Shokatz has stayed on top of her assignments and always let me know when she was juggling a lot of work. Thanks, Sophia, for your responsibility and strong work ethic!
Stepan Soumar has maintained his incredibly positive and helpful attitude throughout our e-learning experience! I appreciate his kindness and sincerity, as well as his willingness to go the extra mile! Great job, Stepan!
Shun Fei Tsui has been very responsible during our e-learning experience, letting me know when she had technical difficulties and making sure to stay in touch regarding her work. I appreciate her strong sense of responsibility! Great job, Shun Fei!
Yuki Layman has not only been one of the most diligent students in the class, but also a very helpful one. She is always happy to help her classmates with technical issues.
George Xu worked with Mr. McEvoy to develop the form that will be used by all ISB students, staff and parents to “Send Smiles” during Smile Week.
Ethan Anderton has shown amazing effort in responsibility since our e-learning experience began, up to the present. I am constantly impressed with his willingness to improve his work and his conscientiousness towards getting all of his work submitted on time and with quality attention to detail. Great job, Ethan!!!
Bella Benz has been a very compassionate and sympathetic listener in all of our mentoring meetings. She is always willing to lend an ear to other’s thoughts and ideas, and has been a consoling force throughout. I appreciate her willingness to help out in any way possible to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. I am lucky to have such a caring person in both my classes and mentoring group! Great job, Bella!
Jaslyn Hui has worked hard throughout our e-learning adventure. Her submitted work always reflects her attention to detail, as well as her critical thinking skills. I am impressed with her growth during this time, and her willingness to complete her assignments to the absolute best of her ability! Great work, Jaslyn!
Eloise Kang has maintained a very strong and positive attitude throughout our e-learning adventure. As a part of both my mentoring group and my humanities class, she always approaches life with a sense of humor, and a willingness to improve her work, if necessary. I most appreciate her kindness and good natured approach to everything and everyone that she encounters. Eloise definitely makes us laugh during our times together in mentoring! Thanks, Eloise!
Jizhen Li was a new student in January, and barely had enough time to get used to ISB when we were thrust into E-learning due to Covid19. However, I have been very impressed with his positive attitude and his willingness to do his very best. He asks great questions and is never hesitant to speak up when he is unclear about anything we are doing. I am really proud of how hard he has worked this year–and being new to our school. Keep up the great attitude Jizhen!
Kelly Noh has worked extremely hard during our e-learning experience and I appreciate her positive attitude and willingness to submit her best work possible at all times. Great job, Kelly!
Emily Oh has been exceedingly responsible during our e-learning experience, even though she has had some extenuating circumstances, she always has made sure that she has gotten her work done and turned in. I appreciate her responsible nature and willingness in making sure she keeps up her assignments and daily work. Great job, Emily!!
Arissa Pan has consistently turned in work during our e-learning experience which showcases her ability to go above and beyond the minimum requirements, while at the same time exhibiting creativity and freedom of thought in her responses. Great job, Arissa!
Danielle Poon has consistently turned in work during our e-learning experience which showcases her ability to go above and beyond the minimum requirements, while at the same time exhibiting creativity and freedom of thought in her responses. Great job, Danielle!
Claire Song’s attention to detail and quality of her submitted responses is always noteworthy! I enjoy her work and look forward to whatever she turns in! Thanks, Claire!!!
I really appreciate Christina Wang’s kindness towards others and her willingness to collaborate and work with everyone. This trait was evident in the classroom as well as now when we are experiencing e-learning activities. Thanks Christina, for your generous spirit!
Andy Wang’s attitude has been commendable as has his willingness to do his best. Great job, Andy!
Arthur Wu has maintained a really positive attitude throughout our e-learning experience, as well as willingness to stay on top of his assignments–always letting me know when he is confused or getting behind. I appreciate this quality about him, and am very appreciative of his efforts! Great job, Arthur!
Lucas Zhao has been working hard throughout our e-learning experience to stay in touch, and to turn his tasks/summative assessments in, on time and complete. I appreciate his sense of humor which still shines through in his writing. Great job, Lucas!
Jade Liu has maintained a positive attitude throughout our e-learning experience and consistently has worked and let me know when she encounters questions. Great job, Jade!!!
Josh Ding is attentive to detail in his learning and responsive to feedback. He has found ways to stay engaged in eLearning even through unstable times. Great job, Josh!
Danielle Poon has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Kelly Noh has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Kelly Noh has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning Spanish. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning Spanish next year.
Danielle Poon has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning Spanish. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning Spanish next year.
Daniel Poon has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning Spanish. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning Spanish next year.
Aksel Raustoel has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning Spanish. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning Spanish next year.
William has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning Spanish. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning Spanish next year.
Grade 8
Julia Furubu presented herself beautifully in her interview this week. Great job!
Kat Carter did a wonderful job in her interview this week by asking thoughtful questions.  Well done!
Julian Rivera has been an e learning rock star lately.  Thanks for all your hard work!
Robinson Tong has been an e learning rock star since we have been out of school.  Please know I have noticed all your hard work!
Andre Tsoi is a wonderful e learner.  He is always on top of his work and I so appreciate his sense of humor, even remotely!
It has been a joy to see Victoria Yin grow in this online learning time.  She is an learning rock star!
Oscar Zhou has been such a strong worker in this online learning time.  Great job!
Even though she is in a different time zone, Ryleigh Ryan has been working hard and keeping up with online learning.  Great work!
Jowen Liu has been doing so well in online learning.  I cannot wait to see how her Capstone project comes out!
Jasmine Kim demonstrated challenging and joyful learning by choosing to complete the optional challenge task while learning to model molecules.
Kaylyn Park demonstrated challenging and joyful learning by choosing to complete the optional challenge task while learning to model molecules
Calvin King demonstrated challenging and joyful learning by choosing to complete the optional challenge task while learning to model molecules
Maya Munro demonstrated challenging and joyful learning by choosing to complete the optional challenge task while learning to model molecules
Max Tian demonstrated challenging and joyful learning by choosing to complete the optional challenge task while learning to model molecules
Asher Sevy has been one of the most engaged students since the beginning of eLearning. He has participated in all learning tasks with effort and commitment.
Asher Sevy co-led the Smile Week Assembly for Grades 6, 7, and 8 this week. He put in countless hours collaborating with STUCO teachers and members and did so always with enthusiasm, positive energy, and the will to help others.
Throughout the year, Christina Lin has never missed a due date on the assignments and always been positive to help others in Orchestra.
Jowen Liu has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Jade Wang has taken full responsibility for her learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with her overall progress and I do hope she continues with learning French next year.
Kim Radnedge has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Kevin Zeng has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Johnny Du has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Alex Domingo has taken full responsibility for his learning during this difficult period by demonstrating strong organisation skills, amazing resilience and commitment to learning French. I am very happy with his overall progress and I do hope he continues with learning French next year.
Throughout the entire Elearning duration Christina Lin has consistently turned in quality work on time.  She has created several interesting musical projects that show creativity and quality.
Asher Sevy has been engaged in all of eLearning this semester.  He has created a very interesting leitmotif in the style of Star Wars and has done all of his work to a very high standard.
For her ongoing dedication to the completion of the middle school yearbook! Thank you Maya Munro.
Mea Maki brings a true interest in Spanish to class, and she hasn’t wavered in here commitment to her learning at all throughout the time of the pandemic. She comes to each lesson ready to give her best and to share honestly, authentically and kindly.
Eric Ge”s work in PE is always high quality.  It is a reflection of his positive attitude and strong work ethic.
Richard Park’s PE posts are often the highlight of my day.  He has not only completed EVERY PE post since eLearning began, but he has done so with humor and effort.
Cyrus Choi has worked hard this year on MS StuCo projects.  He’s always there at every meeting and he always volunteers to get the hard work done that goes into creating great service projects like Smile Week and more.  His consistency and level of responsibility are outstanding attributes of his and he has been a wonderful collaborator.
Eric Ge has been a driving force behind all planning for Smile Week, he participated on every committee, sharing his thoughts and completing an astronomical number of tasks. Eric has a positive attitude and took on each task with energy and grace. He has become one of the “faces” of Smile Week in the MS, I am so impressed with his leadership and the way he moves forward with both purpose and compassion.
Brian Fan has worked tirelessly to make Smile Week happen. He has been involved in every committee and volunteers to complete tasks with no hesitation. He has been determined to make the Minecraft competition work, and it has come together because of his diligence. He has demonstrated both purpose and compassion repeatedly during the preparation for Smile Week. We are impressed with his leadership skills and ability to get things done.

Principals List for March 27 – eLearning Superstars

eLearning has it’s challenges, but many of our ISB Middle School students continue to lead in our school by their commitment to learning and to our community.  They deserve a huge round of applause from all corners of the world!  Their teachers have recognized the following students:

6th Grade
Jessica Kim has demonstrated her great sense of responsibility in completing her eLernning tasks since day one, and her work has always been completed to her best ability.
Vivianna Kim has shown a great level of dedication to her learning and has always been willing to make extra effort to ensure that her work is done on time and to her best ability.
Hana Parker has shown determination to confront the challenges and is making a great effort with her Chinese learning.
Brynn Comes has shown great responsibility in her participation in the elearning tasks. She is always the first one to complete the daily assignments and she always makes an effort to join the Zoom meetings.
Adrianna Ji has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with thoughtful and detailed ideas and contributions and regularly engaging in Active classes and sharing her reflections.
Angelina Zhou has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with thoughtful and detailed ideas and contributions and regularly sharing her reflections and questions.
Ania Edkin has been engaged in trying new challenges and activities while also being a thoughtful contributor to our Health class.
Austin Xu is a regular contributor to every discussion in Health, he shares his ideas and is quick to ask questions and follow up on content.
Easton Li has been a regular contributor to our Health conversations and shares thoughtful and interesting ideas.
Flora Zhu: Flora has been working intensely during our 8 weeks of eLearning.
She has demonstrated strong organisation skills and commitment to her learning.
She submitted work of high quality, she engaged in all activities and she respected deadlines at all times.
Jaden Yen has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with detailed ideas and contributions and regularly engaging in Active classes and sharing her reflections.
Jayden Li (Li Li): Jayden has been working very hard on all our pieces of work in French. He has kept in touch and engaged with classes and materials during this difficult period. He has shown great commitment and strong organisation skills and went out of his comfort zone on many occasions.
Jessica Kim has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with thoughtful and detailed ideas and contributions and regularly engaging in Active classes and sharing her reflections.
Liza Liu has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with thoughtful and detailed ideas and contributions and regularly engaging in Active classes and sharing her reflections.
Sharon Xiong has been an outstanding role model in Health class – with thoughtful and detailed ideas and contributions and regularly engaging in Active classes and sharing her reflections.
Tom Jeong regularly completes his work, taking great responsibility for his own learning in Health classes and for communicating clearly when he needs assistance or would like to help others.
7th Grade
Chetali Chetali demonstrated responsibility when she participated in the elearning with dedication and discipline. She has also shown a willingness to take on challenges by asking for extra work.
Sayi Machiraju has been a rock star at supporting other students in his class.  As questions are posted to clarify assignments, he often beats me to the punch, helping his classmates move forward in their learning.
Dana Kim has shown dedication to her learning and has maintained a perfect recording for participation in Quarter 3.
Yuki Layman has shown dedication to her learning and has maintained a perfect record for participation in Quarter 3.
Kevin Kang demonstrated strong responsibility and positive spirit as an e-learner in Chinese class, as he has been making the best effort to do learning in good quality, despite the technology challenges he had.
Sophie Lam has demonstrated an excellent attitude towards her Humanities work this Term. She has shown great diligence and responsibility in completing her work regularly and at a high standard throughout e-learning, and she is commended for challenging herself with optional tasks.
Ethan Kim has demonstrated an excellent attitude towards his Humanities work throughout the e-learning period. He has shown organisation and responsibility for his own learning by ensuring that he completes his Humanities tasks to a high standard each day, and he is commended for challenging himself with optional tasks.
Andrew Jeon has shown a great level of dedication and responsibility in his approach to elearning. He has maintained an impeccable record for the completion of assignments.
Claire Song has shown dedication to her learning and maintained a perfect record for participation in Quarter 3.
Bella Benz has been a standout student – she is not afraid to share her thinking, works with passion and radiates positivity and is supportive of others at all time.
Christina Wang regularly contributes her voice and ideas to our learning in Health.  She has a positive attitude to her own learning and pushes others to consider their view points while defending her own.
Daniel Poon takes great responsibility to advocate for his learning and to engage on behalf of others in the way he communicates and engages in discussions online.
Jacob Sun has a positive attitude to his learning, he always advocates for himself and others and so serves to assist and promote others in our class.
James Guan consistently applies himself with a positive attitude to learning challenging content and always works to do his best work in a timely way.
Kelly Noh has been working intensely during our 8 weeks of eLearning.
She has demonstrated strong organisation skills and commitment to her learning.
She submitted work of high quality, she engaged in all activities and she respected deadlines at all times.
Meredith Ni has not let her bright light shut off even for a moment during this very difficult time. She has approached eLearning with the same amazing attitude she always brought to the classroom. Even when she was double enrolled at a school in the USA and ISB while simultaneously studying for SSAT she still remained focused and dedicated to her work in French class, all while bringing a joy and curiosity to her studies.
Patrick Isberg takes great responsibility to share his learning and thinking and works with positivity and joy.
Reina Yuan is always engaged and works to try new things and reflects on what she is doing carefully and thoughtfully.
William Kim has been working very hard on all our pieces of work in Spanish. He has kept in touch and engaged with classes and materials during this difficult period. He has shown great commitment and strong organisation skills and went out of his comfort zone on many occasions.
8th Grade
Andre Tsoi exhibited amazing grit on his movie project despite many tech difficulties.  He persevered through with a smile and a healthy sense of humor. I appreciate this skill he has in the face of adversity!
Annabel Tang’s video on the American Revolution was creative and well-written.  Her animated section at the end was interesting too! Great job, Annabel.
Jowen Liu created an amazing video project in Humanities class! It was well-researched and cleverly animated.  Beautiful work all around, Jowen!
Robinson Tong’s revolution video was fun and educational.  I love the puns too 🙂
Ryleigh Ryan has shown a great level of dedication to her learning, and she has maintained an impeccable record of completion of the daily tasks.
Ashley Wang did a fabulous job on her revolution video! It was creative and well-researched and so enjoyable to watch.  Well done, Ashley!
Clavin King has been very proactive and timely in his continued completion of all tasks. He is proactive in ensuring he knows what needs to be done and getting it done to the best of his ability within a timely manner.
Kaylyn Park did a super job on her Revolutionary Voices video.  It was well-edited and included many interesting tidbits. Nice work, Kaylyn!
Rebecca Li did a really nice job on her Revolutionary Voices video. It was creative and educational.  Great job, Rebecca!
Richard Park did a lovely job on his revolution video.  HIs examples of continuity and change were well-researched and thoughtful.  Great job, Richard!
Asher Sevy has shown great dedication to his learning. He has been willing to act on teacher’s suggestions for improvement and has always been willing to go beyond the expectations to get his work done to his best ability.
During elearning, Angela Lee is one of the first to complete her assignments, ask questions and participate in the activity. I have been very impressed in her responsibility and efforts to learn.
During elearning, Yolanda Li is one of the first to complete her assignments, ask questions and participate in the activity. I have been very impressed in her responsibility and efforts to learn and take on the challenges of elearning.
During elearning, Ben Zhou is one of the first to complete his assignments, ask questions and participate in the activity. I have been very impressed in his responsibility and efforts to learn and take on the challenges of elearning. Ben has participated in all the science zoom events.
Benjamin Zhou has really found a new discipline during elearning this semester and has been engaging with his work enthusiastically and finding productive interests in his work and learning during these times. He has been responsible with work and had a great attitude even when it has gotten difficult for him.
During elearning, Edward Kim consistently complete his assignments, ask questions and participate in the activities. I have been very impressed in his responsibility and efforts to understand the skills and concepts and take on the challenges of elearning.
During elearning, Joshua Kang is one of the first to complete his assignments, ask questions and participate in the activity. I have been very impressed in his responsibility and efforts to understand the skills and concepts and take on the challenges of elearning. I’m inspired by Joshua’s curiosity to learn.
Asher Sevy is passionate and caring and always has a story to share or a kind word to say about a peer – he offers his friendship and support to all.
Chloe Bao continues to be an outstanding leader in our class, she writes and shares thoughtful and detailed responses to our questions and is a powerful role model in our class.
Christina Lin works to share her best work and always has thoughtful questions about the content we have been studying.
Cyrus Choi is a role model in our class.  He shares his ideas and knowledge freely and engages in discussion with humor to make light of discussions.
Jade Wang: Jade has been working intensely during our 8 weeks of eLearning in French. She has once again impressed me with her positive attitude, her strong work ethics and her commitment to her learning.
She submitted work of high quality, she engaged in all activities and she respected deadlines at all times.
Jowen Liu has been a role model in our MEntal Health unit – sharing important and interesting ideas and challenging her classmates (and her teacher) to think more widely about our topics with thoughtful questions and reflections.
Kevin Zeng: Kevin has been working very hard on all our pieces of work in French. He has kept in touch and engaged with classes and materials during this difficult period. He has shown great commitment and strong organisation skills and went out of his comfort zone on many occasions.
Max Tian has been an outstanding contributor to our class discussions and shares his ideas and points with detail and clarity.
Throughout eLearning, Samantha Chan has volunteered to help her peers who needed extra help and turned in all her assignments on time.

You are Invited! MS Parent Coffee Wednesday

Dear MS Parents-

The school-parent partnership is always important, and is perhaps more important than ever in our current eLearning situation. On Wednesday, February 19, at 9am Beijing time, you have the opportunity to connect with me and others in the Middle School.  We will host our regularly-scheduled Middle School Parent Coffee via Zoom.  Using this link (https://zoom.us/j/501034355), you may join our meeting using a computer, a tablet, or a phone.  You do not need a password.  You do not need a VPN, and, in fact, we recommend that you turn off any VPN that you might have running.

We will accept questions via a chat function, and these will be answered at the end of the meeting.  If we have lots of questions, or questions that should be answered by someone else at ISB, these will be answered with a follow up blog post here, or by email.  We will also be covering a number of topics during the meeting, including:

  • Board of Trustees Elections Announcement
  • Previewing the 8th to 9th Grade transition with our HS Counselors
  • MS Student Survey Data about eLearning
  • Student Panel on eLearning (We will be joined by a few students!)
  • MS Counselor Advice for eLearning
  • Parent Questions and Answers

The meeting will, of course, be a BYOC event… that’s “bring your own coffee.”  😉  But I hope that won’t stop you from joining us, with or with out your favorite hot beverage.  We have space for 100 participants in our online meeting, and spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please join us!

Best Wishes,
Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

Principal’s List for Feb 12

Dear Middle School Students, Parents, and Teachers-

eLearning changes how we work, but not what we value.  I’d like to recognize the following students for their contributions to the Middle School.  Some of them were recognized by their teachers before the Chinese New Year holiday, some more recently during our eLearning adventure.  They all deserve a “Congrats” and will get their Principal’s List sticker when we return to campus.

Grade 6
Brian Huang is a one of the top Mathematicians. He often thinks outside the box and is able to provide high level thinking for his answers. He is sharp at generalizing key concepts. Well done Brian and keep up all the good work!
Flora Zhu is an excellent student in Mathematics class. She always produces work to a very high standard. Flora sets good example for her peers how to be a good learner in class.
Hayley Levitt is a very responsible learner, she takes her learning seriously and seek help when she is unsure in class and outside class.
Eugene Lee has stayed on top of his science work with enthusiasm and excellence despite traveling to Australia during our first week of eLearning.  As a new student I appreciate all his effort and hard work from afar.
During the first week of eLearning, Grace Huang initiated a class group included 14 students; she prepared her presentation in advance and also got feedback from other listeners! Thanks Grace for the “real” Chinese lesson. You are awesome!
Grade 7
Chetali Chetali has always been willing to help others with their learning. She is always patient and considerate.
Steven Chou has had a great attitude towards learning since the beginning of the year, and showed it especially during a project he completed in class. I appreciate his hard work and great attitude towards improvement in everything he does!
Shun Fei has been extremely helpful in the mornings. She arrives at school early (same time as I do ) and volunteers to complete morning activities–such as filling in information on the white board. Shun Fei also is a great observer and reminds me of things I might have forgotten. I really enjoy having this time with Shun Fei in the morning and appreciate her helpfulness.
George Xu has worked on changing his mindset towards learning since the beginning of the year. Recently, his mindset was once again put to the test, and he showed me that he has grown in this area.
Stepan Soumar has been incredibly helpful and willing to assist with anything that needs doing in the classroom. I appreciate his “can-do” attitude!
Brian Fan has been a leader in class with his service to STUCO, and also with his willingness to take on projects for our class. I appreciate his kindness, and willingness to lead others.
Yuki Layman’s persuasive speech was inspiring because of all the work she put into it to make it entertaining! Her eye contact and body language got the audience’s attention, and kept it there. I appreciate the way she took this assessment to heart!
During the first week of eLearning, Freda Liu initiated a class group that included 21 students and made us ‘meet’ in Chinese lessons! Thanks Freda and your services for the group!
Samantha Xiwen Liang volunteered to serve class riddle guessing activities for this special lantern festival! She also participated in guessing riddles in the eLearning way. She interacted with her family and achieved good results. Congratulations!
There is a 13-hour time difference, Alex Huang listened to the recordings of Chinese lesson to keep learning. When he just landed in Beijing, he started to do his assignments. He is the first student to finish the reading book!
There is a 16-hour time difference, Brenda Li attended eLearning two times! She interacted with classmates well. Students are impressed with her Chinese poem reading aloud with beautiful music. Thanks Brenda for the joyful moment you brought us!
Arissa Pan has been a strong role model in class with her willingness to share examples of her work, and her fearless demonstrating of her abilities for others. I am lucky to have such a talented and kind person as a member of my classroom community!
Jade Liu worked hard on her final project for unit 2 in humanities. She was nervous to present her work in front of the class, but did so, despite her trepidation. Great job, Jade!
Jizhen Li just joined our class after the December break. He has been an active member, and recently, gave a very stirring presentation. I appreciate his willingness to join in and try new things with the class.
We really appreciated the work Alex Cai put into his presentation and the animated and joyful presentation he created for the class. I have seen his work steadily strengthen since the beginning of the year, and this was great evidence of his success!
Bella Benz was a strong presenter for her unit 2 project and did a great job putting the class at ease for their own presentations with joyful observations about her leader.
Grade 8
Ryleigh Ryan displayed challenging and joyful learning while responding to a video task from the airport lounge with a big smile on her face. The cheerful face during what I would find an extraordinarily challenging experience was inspiring.
Christina Lin is an expert on Tech. She started the Zoom meeting and sent the videos link to students who missed the Chinese lesson. Her communication and patience made class eLearning more effective! Good Job, Christina!
Alex Domingo has been consistently posting insightful and well-thought out comments in the Drama e-learning platform. His comments are “thinking” exemplars to his peers and a great way to share his learning.
Eric Ren initiated a class group to help the first week of eLearning. He started the Zoom meeting and sent the videos link to students who missed the Chinese lesson. Thanks Eric for you have done!
Manjishtha Rai is highly recognized for her responsibility, thinking as a learner and her commitment to Chinese learning during this challenging time.

Middle School eLearning Starts Monday, Feb 3

Dear MS Students, Parents, and Teachers-

Greetings from Beijing!  The novel coronavirus has certainly changed all of our lives in a short time!  Many of you are here in Beijing as well, and I hope you are staying safe and avoiding crowds and not going out too much.  The rest of you are scattered all across the world!  As we begin our eLearning adventure tomorrow, Monday, Feb 3, we will give a new meaning to the term “International School.”  We will not only be a school of learners from many countries, but also a school of learners in many countries.  Even our teachers are scattered all over the globe right now, and yet they are all committed to providing a positive learning experience for our Middle School students as we wait for permission from the Beijing government to reopen our ISB campus.

Some of our teachers may have already contacted parents and students with information about the start of eLearning.  Some are still conferring with their colleagues or sorting out technology challenges of their own.  If students or parents have not received messages from some teachers already, please do not worry.  Teachers will be in contact by late Monday afternoon (Beijing Time), which is the official start of our eLearning program. Like many of our students, some teachers were travelling for the CNY holiday without their school computers, and so they too are working out the best way to stay connected.  Fortunately for everyone, our eLearning tools are all web-based, so any kind of device should allow participation, whether it is a laptop, a tablet, or a phone.  Certainly the phone is the most challenging option for long-term use, so I would recommend parents seek to provide a laptop or tablet for students if they do not have their school laptop available.  Hopefully you also saw that the school is open from 10am to noon today and Monday so that students can retrieve laptops or other materials left at school, for those who are in Beijing.  You just need to go with a mask and arrive via the Main Gate on the north side of campus.

Dragons’ Gate is a great place to get general information about ISB’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and our eLearning program.  Please look there for up to date, definitive information on the school closure, eLearning, IT Support, and other information.

It will be important that students are engaging with the posted lessons every day.  This engagement, whether participating in a chat or turning in an assignment, is how we will take “attendance” each day.  Students should pay attention to their class schedule that was emailed to them two weeks ago.  We will still follow our 8 day schedule and students should work on the assignments for the courses that they have on each particular day.  So, students will need to work on up to 4 classes per day.  Please note, MS Enrichment classes will not run during our eLearning program, but will resume when we are back together on campus.  Also, there will be no work assigned for Mentoring classes, but students should feel free to reach out to their Mentor to connect if desired.  Mentors may do the same!

All teachers will be available for Office Hours in DX from 9am to noon (Beijing time), Monday through Friday.  This means you can send them a message in DX or send them an email and they should be available to respond to you quickly.   Feel free to send messages at other times as well, but you may have to wait longer to get help from your teacher outside of the 9-12 Office Hours.   Counselors and Office Staff will also be available during these Office Hours.  See their contact information below.

This will be a challenging time for families because we are not used to staying on a schedule that does not involve going to school each day.  I would suggest that families have a family meeting today or tomorrow to work out a weekday schedule that allows for several hours of “school” with breaks and reading time built in.  Some students will require more time, others less, so this “school” time each day may need to be adjusted.  But having a plan and clear expectations will help everyone involved.  It is also important that students do their own work during this time.  Parents and tutors are welcome to help explain concepts if desired, but must allow students to do their assignments themselves.  Parents can also ensure there is a quiet place set aside for learning, so that students can learn without distraction.  Hopefully this is also a place that can be monitored so that students are held accountable for the use of their time.

Parents, if your child is unable to participate due to travel, sickness, or another reason, please report to the school this using this form.

Students, I would ask that you take the primary responsibility for getting your work complete each day.  Set aside distractions like video games, social media, and YouTube, and focus on one class and one task at a time.  Your teachers are eager to help you, but they can’t be present to help keep you on task, so you need to take responsibility for this yourself.  You can do this.  Show us.  Impress your teachers and parents with your maturity and resilience in the face of this big challenge!

Hopefully this whole eLearning adventure will be a huge success and also a short one.  We look forward to welcoming you back to a safe campus before too long so we can continue our learning together in person!

Regards,
Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal

 

Middle School Contacts:

IT Support if you have trouble with DX, blogs, Office365, etc.:
Log in at Dragons’ Gate – Coronavirus – IT Support

 

General Inquiries about our eLearning Program and the School Closure: 
Dr. Jon Hill, email  jhill@isb.bj.edu.cn

Mr. Fred Schafer, email fschafer@isb.bj.edu.cn

 

Counseling, School Referrals, Class Placements, Student Well-Being:

Ms. Maureen VanderKlippe, email mvanderklippe@isb.bj.edu.cn

Ms. Kara Haines, email khaines@isb.bj.edu.cn

 

Attendance Issues and Reporting:

Ms. Betty Wang, email bwang2@isb.bj.edu.cn or call +86 10 8149 2345 ext. 1084 (9am-noon, M-F Beijing time)

 

School Reports, Class Schedules, and General MS Office Inquiries:

Ms. Hai Ning Deng, email hdeng@isb.bj.edu.cn or call +86 10 8149 2345 ext. 1083 (9am-noon, M-F Beijing time)

 

General MS Office Inquiries:

Ms. Lisa Liu, email lliu01@isb.bj.edu.cn or call +86 10 8149 2345 ext. 1081 (9am-noon, M-F Beijing time)

Happy Year of the Rat!

Dear Middle School Community-

Happy New Year!  As we begin the new year let me wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and successful year.  Our success as a school is dependent on our strong relationships among community members, and I thank you all for your commitment to the ISB learning community.

The Middle School Semester 1 ended on January 17 and our teachers are writing reports now.  Report cards should be ready to send to parents via email on Friday, February 7.  Thanks for your patience as you wait for these reports.

On February 19 at 8:30 in the MPR, we will hold the next MS Parent Coffee.  At this coffee the High School counselors will give parents a preview of the transition to High School for our 8th grade students.  We will also share about a special mentoring project on student computer use and our core value of Balance.  Come and join in these and other great conversations!

Enjoy your Chinese New Year Holidays!  We will resume classes on Feb 3.

Regards,

Dr. Jon Hill
ISB Middle School Principal