Week three open in Semester 2 and, I believe, our 20th week open for the school year!
Quite the victory for our students heading into the March break I’d say.
This week we have seen a lot of great learning in the classrooms, and a lot of fantastic projects out of our wonderful grade 10 class. For those of you who missed the Personal Project Expo on Wednesday evening, you missed a great display of AISL students’ ingenuity, creativity and grit. The number of amazing projects on display was truly impressive and our students, as well as our faculty sponsors who coached them through the Personal Project process, deserve a hearty round of applause.
Also this week saw the return of ASAs, which I know our students were eagerly anticipating. It is so nice to see students engaged in non-academic activities on campus. It allows me a little glimpse at what the school environment will look like when this present unpleasantness is behind us. Mr. Hoffman and his team also deserve kudos for making ASAs happen this term.
Also on the horizon, the National Honor Society induction ceremony will be on the 24th of this month, with more information to follow. Additionally, plans for graduation are in the works. So, events, activities and on-campus learning are all happening; and it’s almost enough to feel like normality is cresting over into imminence.
This is all extraordinary, and, at the same time, it makes me nervous. I know that sometimes I may seem like I see the dark cloud on every silver lining, but please understand that my perspective is borne out of a commitment to student safety. So, with that being said, I want us all to commit to maintaining the progress that we have achieved this term over the break. As we move into vacation mode, please maintain safe habits. Wear masks in public, avoid large crowds, don’t allow people to cough on you, avoid coughing on others. Stay healthy and encourage your kids to do the same. That way, we can continue this trajectory we have set in 2021, and close out the year safely on-campus.
Have a great weekend, and subsequent break!
Dr. Rick Odum
The Middle Years Programme is guided by “three principles inspired by the IB Mission statement: holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. These concepts are fundamental to all learning.” “These are implied in the learner profile attributes “balanced”, “open-minded” and “communicators”.” As we continue to try to meet the needs of students in a changing world, we at AISL make sure to expose students to current events and focus on “higher-order thinking skills in order to give students opportunities to explore their expanding concerns and their growing awareness of themselves and the world in ways that develop sound judgment” (From MYP: principles into practice, updated 2017, 4).
Students in Grade 10 research a current event and present to the class at the start of each lesson in Individuals and Societies. Topics have covered the coup in Myanmar, a racing pigeon facing euthanasia, discrimination in China, the COVID- 19 sitaution in the UK and border discussions between Ethiopia and Sudan.
Here are some students reflections on this learning:
“I found it worthwhile seeing that BBC or CNN tend to give a limited account of events.”
“I found it to be worthwhile as it helped inform ourselves of events around the world that are directly applicable to us.”
“I have learned about the ways people are being discriminated against.”
“It was interesting to learn about different current events worldwide, and how different the covid situation is in the UK to Zambia.”
FAQ’s for the Class of 2021
We have a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide guidance for students and families around the May 2021 examination session. It is updated as the IB provides us with more information. You can submit questions through this form.
Reminder: Grade 12’s can now request their Predicted Grades from Ms. Murphy.
Seniors submit official IB assessments
Congratulations to our Seniors for submitting their first assessment to the IBO! Last week in Advisory, Grade 12’s uploaded their Extended Essays into the IB’s eCoursework system. This was the first of a series of uploads that will happen over the next two months, as students officially submit their DP work. These uploads are major accomplishments, representing hours of work and revision, and hopefully they bring many sighs of relief!
Personal & Social Education Update
Our Personal and Social Education (PSE) curriculum supports our students in developing their social and emotional well-being and is part of the Advisory program and classroom lessons. Our middle school students have the following PSE lessons planned for Advisory lessons after the break:
Monday 15 March: Grade 6
1. Creating agreements for PSE lessons
2. Relationships: Families
Tuesday 16 March: Grade 7
1. Creating agreements for PSE lessons
2. Relationships: Dating and family
Wednesday 17 March: Grade 8
1. Creating agreements for PSE lessons
2. Human development
4. Personal skills: Decision-making
Monday 22 March: Grade 6
Sexual behavior: Masturbation and abstinence
Tuesday 23 March: Grade 7
Personal Skills: Decision-making
Wednesday 24 March: Grade 8
1. Sexual behavior: Masturbation
2. Sexual health: STDs
Monday 29 March: Grade 6
Sexual health: HIV and AIDS
Tuesday 30 March: Grade 7
Society and Culture: Sexuality and Society
Wednesday 31 March: Grade 8
1. Gender roles
2. Sexuality and religion
3. Sexuality and the media
Parents can reinforce learning at home by sharing what they know about these subjects. They can share their family’s, culture’s, and religion’s perspective on these aspects of Personal and Social Education.
If you would like your child to opt out of any of these lessons, just send an e-mail to your child’s Advisor and make sure your child knows. If you have any questions, you can contact your child’s Advisor.
The listed PSE lessons will be led by our Secondary School Assistant Principal, Dr. Sheila Seiler, with advisors present to support lessons.
Grades 9-10 will begin their PSE lessons in April; the lesson topics will be shared in advance via the Leopard’s Tale. The PSE schedule for Grade 11 students was shared in a past issue of the Leopard’s Tale and is also located here. The Grade 12 schedule is published weekly in the Leopard’s Tale.
Our Personal and Social Education curriculum integrates the IB’s beliefs about PSE together with the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education 3rd Edition from the Sexuality-Information and Education Council of the United States in order to provide a well-balanced program for our students. You can find our Personal and Social Health Handbook here.
Parent Information Sessions
We host three to six Parent Information Sessions each month to support our parents in understanding what their children are learning and how to support them at home.
None: Personal Project Expo on Tuesday
If you have ideas about Parent Information Sessions that you or others would like to attend, please let our Assistant Principal, Dr. Sheila Seiler, know by writing to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that this can be a time filled with uncertainties, so please understand that our highest priority is the health and well-being of your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Rick Odum, Secondary Principal
Dr. Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
University of Winchester, UK
After participating in a rigorous interview, Tania has learned that she has been accepted to attend the University of Winchester to study for the Bachelor of Nursing with Honors (Adult Nursing).
The University of Winchester is a public research university based in the city of Winchester, Hampshire, England, and located close to the south coast of the UK in the scenic South Downs. A cathedral city, Winchester achieved university status in 2008 and currently has around 7,500 students enrolled. Established in 1840 by the Church of England, Winchester is a thriving university with a deep commitment to teaching and research excellence.
The culture of the University is informal, with an emphasis on providing a supportive community for students through promotion of start-up businesses and social entrepreneurship, as well as personal support in student study and life.
International students have access to special services which include pre-arrival advice and an international induction programme, including an airport pickup service and workshops on life, study, and culture in the UK. Student support advisers can be seen at any time for help with academic and related personal issues. The University also runs an organisation through the Student Union which aims to help integrate international students into life at Winchester.
For people like Tania, who are caring and compassionate individuals, the Adult Nursing degree will help them to become highly skilled and much sought-after graduate nurses, specialising in caring for adults across a variety of settings.
The degree is a dynamic and interactive professional course that places the needs of patients at its centre. Throughout the course, Winchester’s team of supportive and accessible lecturers help students to realise their potential to become caring, effective, and autonomous nurses who are able to deliver and lead adult care within an ever-changing health and social-care environment.
Royal Agricultural University, UK
Etai has been accepted to attend two Bachelor of Science with Honours courses at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, England: Agri-Food Business Management; and Agriculture.
The Agri-Food Business Management course positions graduates to work in a range of roles in the extended food supply chain. Whether students want a career in corporate directing supply systems, working in a family business or, in refining delivery processes this degree supports them in achieving their goals.
Core modules give students a solid grounding in business while specialist modules encourage them to explore food supply systems and their management in a wide range of contexts.
To support personal development the degree includes a free international study tour to explore how businesses around the world are approaching the changing global economy.
In addition to this trip students attend networking events, gain contacts through the university’s alumni network, and have the opportunity to take part in a range of additional trips and activities to broaden their perspectives.
Upon successful completion of the degree, graduates may also receive the Chartered Management Institute Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs Professional Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
The Honours degree in Agriculture provides students with a solid grounding in fundamental science while understanding the changing needs of the industry through a course that is constantly updated in consultation with industry advisers. Students become familiar with the opportunities for technological transformation and the demands of global production, economic consequences, and new policy developments.
In the second year, students apply and develop their expertise during a 15-week work placement. Upon graduation, not only could graduates find themselves working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, but they will have also developed confidence and industry contacts.
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