Musicians from our secondary band ensembles demonstrated their musical skills and knowledge with the 5th-grade classes this week. The 5th-grade students are choosing which instruments they would like to learn this year and asked lots of enthusiastic questions and are eager to follow in the footsteps of amazing student musicians.
Our secondary coffee houses are going into their fifth year as an AISL tradition. Each year, we host 6 secondary coffee houses: 3 for Middle School & 3 for High School. These events provide students with a relaxed, safe space where they can share a variety of forms of creative expression in a supportive atmosphere. We've had a huge range of performances: from ukelele bands to spoken word pieces to dance to improv. Students serve as MC's for the events and we've even had some teachers share original work at a few coffee houses!
We host separate coffee houses for each division so that students are with a group of peers at a similar developmental stage. Note that some content at the high school coffee houses may not be suitable for middle school audiences (though students DO use school appropriate lyrics / words and are always expected to demonstrate cultural sensitivity).
We look forward to kicking off the year with our upcoming coffee houses:
HS Coffee House (Grades 9-12) Friday 20 September: 19:00-20:30 on the deck of the Palm Pavilion
MS Coffee House (Grades 6-8) Wednesday 25 September: 08:30-09:30 at The Zone (by middle school classes facing Tiyende Pamodzi Theatre)
We are excited to see what creative work students will share at these upcoming events! If you have any questions, please contact either Terry Maguire, Secondary School Librarian, or Chel Illingworth, Creative Arts Department Head.
The AISL Secondary School will host our Student-Involved Conferences during the afternoons of Wednesday 9 October and Thursday 10 October from 13:00-17:00. We encourage all parents to attend and bring your child along so that communication of expectations is clear.
As requested by many of our parents, this will be the first year that we will offer scheduling of conferences to parents prior to the conference days on a semi-first-come, first-served basis. Before the scheduling form opens to all parents, teachers will request specific parents to schedule a time slot. Remaining slots will be open for sign-ups to all other parents. More information pertaining to sign up instructions will be posted in the Leopards Tale the week prior to the conference days. Sign-ups will be opened at the same time. Conferences are limited to 10 minute time slots. We recommended that you prioritize the teachers with whom you’d like to speak. If you are unable to meet with all teachers that you would like, you can always arrange a time to meet with a teacher outside of the conference times.
On these days, students will have shortened classes. Please see the schedule below. Note that there will be no lunch served on these days as well as no after-school activities with the exception of ISSEA and drama production practices. All students that are not staying with a parent or have made specific arrangements are expected to be off campus by 12:30.
07:30-08:30 1st block
08:35-09:35 2nd block
09:55-10:55 3rd block
11:00-12:00 4th block
We look forward to seeing all of you.
The Explore Zambia trips for Grades 6-8 and 10 kick off next week 10-13 September followed by Grade 9A enjoying their adventure 17-20 September. These trips give students a unique opportunity to connect with our host country, create bonds with peers, and connect with the academic curriculum in a unique, authentic manner. Some of our Grade 10 students will even be working towards their Duke of Edinburgh award.
Please ensure that you and your child have reviewed the packing list and have all of the items necessary. Unless specifically requested by the teachers, all school issued iPads or laptops must remain at home. Also, note that daily communications about the trips will be done via email by the Secondary Principal.
We are looking forward to happy and safe adventures!
Hooray! The books have landed! Our entire library staff has been processing our 1500-volume order as quickly as possible to get these fantastic reads into the hands of all our community members.
We have something for everyone: from fantastic new memoirs to the very best in children’s, middle grade, and young adult fiction and non-fiction.
In the secondary school, you’ll often hear us make a distinction between “MG” and “YA” books. “MG,” or "middle grade," refers to books published with a middle school-aged audience in mind (roughly grades 5-8). “YA,” or "young adult," refers to books published for a high school audience (roughly grades 9-12). We have separate areas and labelling for MG and YA books to make it easier for students to find a read better suited to their developmental level. We further break down our fiction into genre categories, much as you’d see in a bookstore (for example: fantasy, science fiction, realistic, mystery, and so on). This makes it easier for secondary students to “shop a shelf” and find what they like easily (note, though, that all adult fiction is in one area). So, a book with an “M” on the spine denotes a middle grade book, and a book without the M usually refers to a young adult read.
We also have an excellent range of adult fiction and non-fiction. We have a dedicated area called Regional Reads and Regional Guides (both field guides and travel guides) to help you get out and explore and to enjoy books set in this region. We also have genrified sections for true-life survival / adventure and a dedicated section for biography and memoir.
You can search our library catalogue from any device. Simply log in to our virtual libraries from the AISL website (note: the password is the same as for the parent portal). Next, click on the icon for “Destiny On-Line Catalogue” and search by title, author, key word, or series. While you’re at the virtual library, take a look at the many other subscription services and resources we offer all our students across the grade levels.
Soon we’ll be moving back into our larger library space and will unpack the more than 20,000 books we have stored in the containers. But don’t wait until then to come visit us in the Pavilion Library. Our beautiful new books are on display and waiting to go home with you!
Our much anticipated shipment of books just landed this Wednesday afternoon. We will get to work processing the 1500+ new titles that we'll add to our primary, middle, and high school library collections! Soon we'll also be able to pull our books out of storage (our total collection number is nearly 26,000 volumes!) and move back into our remodeled library space.
Something that sets AISL apart from other schools is the amount of reading our students do. It's not at all unusual to pass by a group of teenagers talking about a favorite book or to see young patrons asking for the newest item in a series. Here's a great article called 6 Scientific Reasons to Read More from Mental Floss - in case anyone is looking for more reasons to read! Our teachers actively promote reading and make time for it within the school day. Our two teacher-librarians, Ms. Jill Daley in the Primary School and Ms. Terry Maguire in the Secondary School, are always ready to suggest a great next read, as are our library assistants, Mr. Sam Chabi and Mr. Lunyunge Sinyenga. Students are also fortunate to have families who value reading and make it a regular practice. We are very excited to unpack the tower of boxes and get the books into the hands of eager students (and parents!).
The Grade 10 MYP Visual Arts students have begun a unit focusing on environmental art. They are particularly interested in art that promotes a greater awareness of reducing one's use of plastics. To this end, they have invited any interested secondary students to participate in their Trash Challenge.
Natasha, Twange, Victor, and Zhizar, four Grade 10 Art students, presented the video, “Strawpocalypse,” during Assembly this past Tuesday to raise awareness and launch this campaign.
We invite all students to join the Grade 10 visual arts students in collecting their single use plastic trash (starting Friday 29 August until Monday 1 September). Please clean the plastic of any food or dirt.
The purpose of the project is to help people realise how much waste they create over a weekend, how much of that waste is single-use plastic, and how everyone’s waste adds up.
The visual arts students will share the photos at an upcoming assembly and continue the discussion about how we can reduce the amount of single use plastics and other waste we are generating.
Students will bring their bags of trash to school on Tuesday 3 September and will be photographed with it outside the visual arts classroom, Room K7 at the start of lunch (12:30).
Ms. Nevers also asks that students bring any bubble wrap, styrofoam, and plastic they have at home. She will help the students use these items for an upcoming project in Visual Arts class. There is a big box outside her classroom where people can leave the items.
Image credit: https://thestrawpocalypse.com/
Each year our students take part in the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) growth assessments in the areas of math, English language usage, and reading, also in English. The MAP assessments are taken by all Secondary students in Grades 6-10 in September and again in May to measure student progress against the standards of the U.S. Common Core Curriculum. These external exams help the school better understand the level of education delivered to our students.
AISL continually scores above the norms for United States schools, international schools, and schools affiliated with the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). Making this more impressive is that AISL boasts students from over 40 nationalities, many of whom are non-native English language users.
The results from last May were some of our best to date. When comparing the AISL average to that of U.S., international, and AISA schools, all participating Secondary School grade levels performed at par or better than all three comparisons on every assessment. Moreover, the longer our students stay with the AISL Secondary School educational program, the better they perform. Our students even exceeded our own excellent AISL seven-year average in grades 8-10. Each year, the gap widened between us and the U.S., international, and AISA averages, so much so that by Grade 10 the school average was well above the AISA average scores in all three assessments, a year of growth above the international average in all three assessments, a year of growth above the U.S. average in Language Usage, a year and a half growth above the U.S. average in Reading, and TWO years of growth above the U.S. in Math.
We are very proud of our students, teachers, and families as everyone plays a key role in continuing to play a role in the world class education that AISL continues to offer.
The next set of MAP assessments will begin to be administered starting the week of September 2.
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