We will be sending home report cards to families electronically on Monday, 5 February. For any families who may need assistance accessing the report through Managebac, please see Leverne Hinze, our Primary Assistant, for assistance. She will be happy to help you.
This semester, you may notice a few changes in the report card format. Information Technology Fluency (ITF) includes comments on skill progression in library and IT as a combined comment. Our Modern Languages have moved to reporting in phases of fluency, with a key provided at the end of the report card for your reference. Our numerical grading system is now part of a continuum of development that better matches our beliefs about how children learn, including a number and a descriptor. A key with each of the descriptors is included at the back of the report. Last week, Christine Kelly, our Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, and Tony Potts, our Assistant Principal for Technology and Innovation, hosted a Parent Information Session on Assessment and Reporting in the Primary School. Below are slides that were included in their presentation that we would like to share with you.
Next week we have two visiting authors on campus. They will host a parent question and answer session on Tuesday, 6 February 07:30 – 08:30. This requires us to reschedule our MYP Assessment Parent Session. Once we have a new date, we will add it to the calendar and announce it here.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about MYP Assessment, please do not hesitate to contact our MYP Coordinator, Kathleen Bowin at firstname.lastname@example.org She would be happy to meet with you.
Congratulations to our Middle School Student Council for organizing an Awesome Neon Dance! They would like to thank the PTA and all of the parents that helped them pull of this successful event. Around 60 students were present, we hope to have more at our next MS Student Council event which is scheduled for Friday 23 February in the afternoon. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
We wish all of our ISSEA Athletes and Coaches the best of luck this week while they are in Dar es Salaam Swimming, Harare –Basketball and Kampala – Rugby GO LEOPARDS!
We will leave you with this riddle:
This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!
Here is the answer to last week’s problem:
Slice it horizontally across the middle creating two equal halves top and bottom. Then simple two slice cross from above like normal. This is really an easy one. First cut into half across the top, then cut the halves in half also across the top (you now have 4 equal pieces) then cut across the middle = 8.
I thought it might be fun to start a column in the Leopard’s Tale where I shared interesting facts about the school. So, here goes:
Across our three ASA sessions each year, we offer more than 180 student activities and field more than sixty teams! Last year, 92% of our students in Grades 1-12 participated in at least one of these activities.
What I’m excited about this week...
Tuesday 6 February in the Library: Come Meet Our Guest Author Erica Perl & Guest Performing Artist Samm Farai!
AISL is thrilled to be hosting two special guests coming in two weeks' time who will work with AISL students. Across the week of February 5-9, children's book author Erica Perl will work with primary students and Zimbabwean writer / performing artist Samm Farai will work with secondary students. Mr. Farai will also help prepare secondary students for the Middle School Coffee House (7 February 08:30-09:30 in The Zone) & the High School Coffee House (9 February 19.00-21.00 in the library).
We'd love to give our parents a chance to meet these special guests and to ask them more about the valuable work they do. Please join us in the library at 07:30 on Tuesday, 6 February for an informal Q&A session with Erica Perl and Samm Farai. Hope you can make it!
Secondary School Welcomes Visiting Spoken Word Artist / Political Satirist Samm Monro Farai (Comrade Fatso) 5-9 February
As you may recall, we had to postpone our visit from Zimbabwean spoken word / performing artist Samm Farai due to political issues in Zimbabwe last semester. We are thrilled to have him rebooked and coming soon!
Mr. Farai, also known as Comrade Fatso, is a renowned stand-up comedian, poet, song-writer, and is also the producer of the satirical news show Zambezi News (a bit like The Daily Show). He was recognized as the 2016 Comedian of the Year at the African Entertainment Awards (USA) & was chosen as one of the Top 60 Emerging Young African Democracy Leaders at the 2015 World Movement for Democracy Awards (USA).
During the week of February 5-9, Mr. Farai will work with our secondary students, exploring using humor as a weapon, writing political satire, sharpening public speaking skills, and more. We will kick off the week with two assemblies on Monday, 5 February- one for middle school students (gr6-8) and one for secondary students (gr9-12). Mr. Farai will help middle school students prepare for their Coffee House on Wednesday, 7 February (08:30-09:30) in the Zone. On the night of Friday, 9 February, Mr. Farai will join upper secondary students (Grades 9-12 only) for our Coffee House Night in the library (19.00-21.00 free!).
Welcome to 2018, grade 12 students, otherwise known as the Class of 2018! The countdown to May exams has begun. With just over three months to go, grade 12 students should be taking advantage of every opportunity to be successful. Some advice from students who have successfully been awarded the full IB diploma:
1. Begin reviewing topics from grade 11 and re-make notes.
2. Set up a study schedule for yourself so that you chunk out your learning one day at a time; it's impossible to cram for the IB exams!
3. Find a study space at school and at home: DASH (Diploma Additional Support + Help) after school, the library study spaces, teacher classrooms during lunch and after school, as well as the DP Student Lounge.
Mock exams for Grade 12 students will be February 12 - 15th, 2018. The purpose of mock exams is to create an authentic examination environment that simulates the May testing conditions. Exams will run for two to four hours each day and are a great practice for students to see what it takes to persevere through day after day of testing. Mock exams will be held in the Protea Room and the Library Conference Room, the same rooms as the May exams sessions. Grade 12 students also take mock exams in their classes, so they will have the opportunity to experience and practice all of the different "papers" that each subject offers. Each student's exam schedule varies, depending on their course selection so on some days students may come to school late or leave early. The hidden secret to success on the Mocks Exams and the May Exams is plenty of sleep the night before and spreading out the studying over weeks! Good luck, students.
Last week our Middle School Mathletes jumped right in with our third Math Olympiad contest. Mark you calendars as our fourth contest will be held during the week of 14 February. Keep up the effort Mathletes!
The second week back from holiday has started smoothly. It is always a challenge to get back into the school routine after a long break. We are happy to say all of our MS students are settling in nicely. With the gym renovations on the horizon, the Tuck Shop has relocated to behind C–Block, the yellow container next to the walkway. As this new space is a bit smaller, and we want to ensure all students are able to get food in a timely fashion, Middle School students will now start lunch 5 minutes earlier than High School students.
Last week, students had the opportunity to sign up for ASA's during advisory. Remember, ASA's start on Wednesday, 24 January. Please don't forget we also have Middle School Tutoring/Homework Assistance in C4 aka "The Zone" on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14:45 - 15:30. No sign up is necessary and this is a great place to work on assignments while waiting for a second session ASA.
We are looking forward to our Middle School Neon Dance this Friday 26 January 18:00 – 20:00. Way to go MS Student Council for all of the hard work and effort you have put into planning this event.
We are excited about our upcoming Visiting Author Samm Farai who will be with us the week of 5 February. In honor of his visit, we will host our second Middle School Coffee House on Wednesday, 7 February in the Zone, 08:30 – 09:30. We are looking forward to seeing our Middle School Students show off their talents. Please encourage your child to participate.
During our last MS Coffee House and our End of Term Assembly, our Grade 6 student, Ishaan Gurazada, shared this original poem:
As the sun shines, I hear whispers.
Some chirp while the rest flap their feathers but they still whisper.
They come closer to me as the sun shines harder
Those are the whispers of happiness
As it rains, I still hear some whispers.
Some bang onto the ground while some just move their leaves around
They move away from me as the rain becomes more powerful
Those are the whispers of sadness
As the weather gets cold, I don't hear so many whispers
They just breath in really fast pace
Their breath becomes darker as the weather gets colder
Those are the whispers of fear
Then, as the flowers bloom, I hear many whispers.
Most of them whistle happily going through flower and flower.
They either come closer or move away but, I can still hear those whispers
Those are the whispers of hope
And there are times where I can hear all of those whispers
They always build me up to who I am today
I can hear them more clear as they come even near
Those are the whispers of life
Designs must be submitted to the primary office, care of Ms. Leverne, by Friday, 2 February.
Thanks for your help!!
We have our first session of 2018 happening Friday, 2 February in the Protea Room, 07:30 - 08:30. Please join Jenn and Noa in discussing new year resolutions for you and your child. We will also plan the remaining meeting times. We are looking forward to seeing you all again!
What I'm excited about this week:
I thought it might be fun to start a new column in the Leopard’s Tale where I shared interesting facts about the school. So, here goes:
Did you know that AISL is one of only 356 IB Continuum Schools in the world? An IB “World School” is one that offers one or more of the IB’s programs while a “Continuum School” is one that offers all three of IB’s major programs: Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.
Please join us on Tuesday 27 February at 07:45am in the Protea Room for our PTA Meeting & Elections! All parents are welcome
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30