Secondary Library Updates: Book Returns, Free On-line YA Books, & This Week's Audiosync Free Downloadable Audio Books
Happy vacation everyone! On this last day of school we want to take a moment to thank our entire community for a great year- even with its unusual ending! Here are some updates:
Book Returns: Please Drop Off if You Haven't Already
Huge thank you to those of you who've returned books to the guard post at the Secondary School Gate. We appreciate it! We know that some of you are too far away to return books. Please bring them with you as soon as you return or send them to us if you are able. If you left Zambia with books and now do not anticipate returning, please be in touch with us so that we can issue bills. We will need to do a lot of book replacement so that we do not have huge holes in popular series or missing beloved books or ones that students rely on for MYP / DP coursework and major assessments. We appreciate your understanding.
Overdue Notices & Book Payment
Our library software system will continue to send out overdue notices weekly across the break until records are cleared. This is for your information so that you are aware of what our records are showing you as having out. Note that should you need to pay for any items that are lost or that cannot be returned, we add 30% to the cost of the books to cover international shipping, high-quality library bindings, and processing.
If you need to pay for lost books, please see Ms. Cleopatra Chabalenge in the AISL Business Office. She will assist you with payments.
Yes, you WILL be able to keep checking books out across the break! We will continue to use the book request form that is posted right on the virtual library pages & on the library page of the AISL website. The form will close Wednesdays at midnight (Central Africa Time) preceding a Friday pick-up date. Pick-ups will be Friday every other week from 09:00-18:00 as follows:
Holiday Enrichment and Activities
If you are looking for ideas for holiday fun, reading activities, and more, please check out both our #BookLove Libguide and our Holiday Learning Libguide. The password for both of these is the same as for parent portal and virtual library. Please ask your child if you need it!
Great FREE On-line YA (Young Adult) Novels
For the month of June, Riveted by Simon Teen (part of Simon & Schuster Publishers) has FANTASTIC YA reads online for FREE! It really is too good to be true- but there it is! The first book on the list, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is incredible.
This Week's AudioSync FREE Downloadable YA Books
Check out this week's AudioSync Books: Mark of the Raven by Morgan Busse (The Ravenwood Saga #1), a work of fantasy, paired with Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, a YA mystery read. Keep checking AudioSync weekly so you can download books across the holiday. The downloads run weekly through 29 July.
Middle School & High School Virtual Library Classroom Spaces
All middle school and high school students have access to the virtual library classroom spaces I made for them. These virtual spaces include some great book suggestions, books coming out as movies (here's the AISL MS Youtube playlist of trailers & here's the HS Youtube playlist of trailers), free audio books, free on-line YA books, and more. Please encourage your son or daughter to take a few minutes to explore the spaces!
Thank you for a great year, everyone! Please send pictures of your family reading together or your son or daughter reading to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Twitter: @terryamaguire using the hashtag #aislreads.
Every semester I showcase the MYP student's visual artworks in the Tiyende Pamodzi Theater Gallery. This year I have done a Virtual MYP Visual Arts Exhibition. The students have produced some great work this semester and have thoughtfully written about their process so please enjoy.
Secondary Visual Arts teacher.
Our High School singers continue to engage with collaborative music making during Distance Learning.
Invited to the "VOICE" project, an initiative from a team of students at Frankfurt International School, Adhiambo, Bernice, Deborah, and Zauritz demonstrated their passion for singing through this globally-minded endeavor which involved 80 students from 35 countries around the world.
The composition selected for this Virtual Choir project is “The Song We Sing” by Jacob Narverud. The lyrics speak of peace, solidarity, and hope. As mentioned by the leaders of this project, "this is exactly what the world needs in this time of uncertainty!"
You make us proud, Leopards! Well done.
Some parents may be concerned about their children having ‘missed out’ on their education over the last few months. The teachers at AISL are a dedicated, highly qualified cohort who are constantly upskilling in the field of education. Please know that, as educators, we are trained to differentiate learning.
Here are two ways you might approach extra ‘learning’, if you are at all concerned, in your home this summer.
As the school year draws to a close, students are turning in summative assignments, teachers are giving feedback and calculating final grades, and we’re all planning to work together to reflect on the 2019-20 school year. Our teachers have planned the following all-school, grade-level, class, and Advisory closing activities.
Advisory for Friday 5 June:
Classes on Monday 8 June and Tuesday 9 June:
Closing celebrations by grade level:
Last Day of School:
Finally, after eleven weeks of Distance Learning, a format that was tweaked and refined over the past two and half months, we are very curious to hear your feedback on how the experience was for your family and child. We would like to ask each of you to complete this brief survey reflecting on our Distance Learning 2.0 program. Thank you for your time.
As always, thank you for your continued feedback and support to help us ensure that every student thrives. We appreciate the idea sharing, suggestions, and questions that help us reflect on teaching practices so that we can make sure that every student is successful. Thank you for being our partners in student learning.
Ty Smeins, Secondary Principal
Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
Greetings AISL Community,
It is my pleasure to announce the place winners and new Poet Laureate for the 9th Annual AISL-PTA Secondary Poetry & Short Story competition! But first, I would like to thank the grade 6-12 students who took positive and creative risks to submit their poems and short stories. A big thank-you to our PTA for their ongoing support for this wonderful tradition! Also, much appreciation to the P&SS Committee, including the 2019-20 Poet Laureate, Ms Laura De Raeve; PTA member, Ms Jane Okafor; AISL’s Secondary Teacher-Librarian, Ms Terry Maguire; and our Secondary science and Physics teacher, Mr Marin Dobson! And last, but certainly not least, Mr Tony Potts for his ongoing technical support to make this year our first paper-free P&SS Competition!
All the best, stay well AISL,
Click on the links below from a laptop (or open the Google Doc directly here from an iPad/iPhone) to go directly to that poem/short story OR scroll down to read them in order.
The Selection Committee for the recipients of the 2020-2021 Merit-Scholarship for qualified Zambian students to attend the high school from August continues to progress.
This week the Committee conducted virtual home-visits with FINALIST candidates and their parents. This follows a rigorous selection process, which included acquiring teacher and community member recommendations, school reports, examination results, academic and psychosocial assessments conducted at AISL, and the submission by candidates of a home-made movie of the activities that occur in their homes.
The Committee will sit next week to make potentially life-changing decisions as to which finalists will be awarded this scholarship to attend AISL and benefit from the educational and extra-curricular activities offered by the school.
On Tuesday, the IB Diploma Coordinator, Ms. Monica Murphy, and the College Guidance Counselor, Ms. Julie Ann Baldry, hosted a live virtual presentation for our graduates and their parents to highlight steps to take when IB Diploma results are issued on 6th July 2020.
Many parents and students attended and learned about interpreting results, actions to take, and implications and interventions for college admission.
If any parents or students need additional information or assistance they know that they can contact Ms. Murphy and/or Ms. Baldry in the coming weeks.
Washing Machine Week is a tradition at AISL that has been continuing for the past eight years. This year is no exception.
During Washing Machine Week (named by Richard Carruthers, Class of 2012), our graduates learn skills for independent living.
This week started off with a Basic Car Mechanics live-virtual session hosted by Andrew Baldry, a former AISL parent and husband of faculty member, Julie Baldry.
More sessions will be hosted in the coming days.
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend:
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 08:00 - 15:00 / Friday: 08:00 - 13:00