Since 2021, Mrs. Wells has been an integral part of the AISL community, primarily teaching Grade 5 students and aiding them in the realms of literacy and social studies. Although Mrs. Wells thoroughly enjoys her teaching role, as she gets the opportunity to continually see growth and improvement in her students, her educational career started off in a slightly different path, with her pursuing her Bachelors in Psychology and then veering off into a Masters in Special Education. Her educational experiences led her to appreciate the aspect of human development, an interest she continues to foster through teaching her students.
One of Mrs. Wells’ favorite parts of teaching Grade 5 students is the PYP exhibition, which allows students to grow through starting their first action project and putting to use the various life skills they have cultivated whilst in her class. Additionally, Mrs. Wells enjoys assisting her students through transitioning from Grade 5 onto middle school and overseeing their journey.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Wells maintains several eclectic hobbies, ranging from knitting to several physical activities, including mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. Mrs. Wells' vibrant personality shines through her love for Juice WRLD's music and her adventurous spirit, dreaming of trying paragliding one day. She credits Zambia’s good weather and climate for allowing her to pursue her passion for the great outdoors, reminiscent of her own home-state of Colorado. Not only does Mrs. Wells enjoy the natural aspect of Zambia (including the beautiful sunsets), but she also maintains a firm appreciation for the kindness and warmth of the locals.
Additionally, Mrs. Wells greatly values the accepting attitudes of people and the multiculturalism present at AISL, making her a proud part of our community. What truly sets Mrs. Wells apart is her authenticity; she's as real as they come. Her honesty, kindness, and unwavering support create a safe and welcoming space for all. We're incredibly grateful for her dedication and influence, making our school community richer every day.
By: Anjani, Ermias and Darya
Recently, our College Counselor, Ms. Julie Baldry, was invited to present to the EducationUSA Zambian students at the American Embassy. The students are selected to join the EducationUSA program based upon their talents and their desire to attend university in the US and be awarded a scholarship.
The students were participating in a week-long university and college ‘Bootcamp’. Ms Baldry presented sessions to help them to stand out from the crowd of applicants: ‘Demonstrating Interest’ and ‘Being Attractive in a Holistic Application Review’.
Thank you to all parents of Grade 10 students who came to last week’s Personal Project Information Session. Hopefully, everyone is a little more informed about the project. I will send out a recording of the session, but here are the slides. Please feel free to reach out to Kim Schumlansky or me with any questions you may have about the Personal project should you want further information.
Results from last week Wed 13-Sat 16 Sept.
See here the ISAZ Chess write up
See you down the pool, courts and gym as the actions continues this week as follows:
Action Needed over the next 3 weeks:
Be Team Leopards “12th Person”!
Three Way Conferences:
Please note there will be no CCAs on the following days:
Wednesday & Thursday October 4 & 5 due to Three Way Conferences and Friday October 13th due to Zambia day Celebrations
For Athletic updates please check here the: AISL Sports Calendar Sept-Dec 2023
We had a fantastic day last Saturday, where 31 of our student leaders and 8 teacher mentors received leadership training with Kate from Generation Lead. The students developed their understanding, discussed leadership styles & skills and began to vision for their individual councils and MUN. They also began to think about different events that they could lead throughout the year. The gratitude for Kate’s energy and leadership and for each other's contributions to the day was a fantastic way to end. We can’t wait to see what things the different councils make happen this year!
Save the date: Student-Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5 (12:45 - 4:45 pm)
We are looking forward to our March Three Way Conferences which will be an opportunity for our students to share their learning, growth and next steps with their teachers and parents. As before these will be held in both the Gym and the Pavillion spaces in order to continue to spread out across the spaces.
Please note that sessions have limited participants per grade level per session. This is to allow an opportunity across the four sessions to accommodate every student, as well as spreading families evenly throughout the four sessions so each family will have an opportunity to meet with each teacher. If you have multiple students in Secondary, please only sign up a maximum of two students for any one session, so that you have time to see each teacher.
We will be sharing the sign up sheet in an email to all secondary parents next week, and it will also be in next week’s Leopard’s Tale. Only families signed up for the session will have access to the teachers on that day.
These conferences are intended to be opportunities for students to interact with both their parents and teachers simultaneously and demonstrate ownership of their learning growth. The conferences are:
Secondary will run the pictured schedule for those two days. Please note that pick up will begin at 12:00 on those days and that buses will run after the 12:00 release time (same as Primary). There will be no Co-Curricular Activities on those days.
The "BoB"bers are Taking Charge
It has been a pleasure to have the G6-G8 students start to lead the Wednesday lunchtime activities for our Battle of the Books (B0B) club. Aisha and Feifei created and hosted an Emoji Guess the Title Game, Aeriona will make and take us through a Bingo Title Game and Sarina stepped into a gap and led us through an impromptu charade game. The 20 titles that will be featured in the BoB competition next spring have been circulating like a hot potato in the last few weeks and the library staff is thrilled that so many students are reading these award-winning and thought-provoking books.
Welcome to the Library
Integral to students’ learning is understanding where they are now and their next steps. To support this understanding, data collection through formal and informal assessments is essential to all teaching and learning in the PYP. Please join us for a Parent Information Session on Tuesday, 3 October from 7:30-8:30 in the Protea Room to learn more about how we assess learning in the Primary Years Programme. This session will share how we gather evidence of student learning and use that data to inform instruction in the classroom. Simone Lieschke, the Primary Assistant Principal/PYP Coordinator, and Darlene Huson, the Deputy Director/Primary Principal, will jointly be leading this session.
The Primary PE swimming unit will begin on Monday, 2 October 2023 and will end on Friday, 15 December, 2023. Please take note that students from ELC-G5 will swim during their regular PE days/times according to the class schedule. For swimming, please pack the following in a small bag remembering that all items need to be labeled:
Swim cap - this is a MUST have for all students
Goggles (optional) only IF students are certain they will use them
No flotation devices are necessary
Students must come dressed in their PE uniform and appropriate shoes even if they are swimming during the lesson. This is so that they are ready to participate in a “dry” PE lesson in the event that swimming is canceled (e.g. due to weather conditions). In the event that your child is not feeling well (e.g has a runny nose), he or she will be excused from swimming activities. For any information/queries regarding swimming please send an email to email@example.com.
The afternoons of Wednesday, 4 October and Thursday, 5 October will be dedicated to Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (G1-G5) and Parent-Teacher Conferences (ELC-KG). This is an opportunity to learn about and be part of your child’s progress so far this year.
For students in Grade 1-Grade 5, the conference format will be a three-way Student-Teacher-Parent conference focusing on specific learning goals. Please make sure your child attends the conference time.
In this half-day format, all students will attend regular classes in the morning on the 4-5 October. School dismissal will be at 12:00 on both days and there will not be any co-curricular activities on these days.
Conference bookings will begin at 13:00 and conclude by 17:00 on both afternoons. In addition to a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher, all specialist and student support teachers will be available on both afternoons for additional conferences. Conferences will be scheduled for 15-minute slots and will be held either on-campus or virtually. This will be your choice as a family. Please select a conference time with your child’s teacher(s) by placing your child’s name in the box on this sign-up sheet. Once you have inserted your child’s name, please click the drop down option to indicate whether you will be attending the conference on campus or virtually. For any virtual conferences, teachers will set up a Google Meet and invite both parents.
For families with students in G2AM and G4AVH, alternate conference slots will be communicated because the teacher will not be available for the designated times above. Ms. Andrea and Ms. Anne-Marie will be attending the AISA Conference during these dates.
If you require any assistance, please reach out to Janke Lindeque, our Primary Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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