We have had a great week in Secondary school! Our students have improved in remembering to stay 1.5 meters apart, including during transition times between classes. The students have improved in their ability to sanitize their work areas quickly, resulting in more available time for instruction. They are meeting our health and safety standards while learning and thriving. Additionally, we want to applaud the parents and students for their performance during arrival and dismissal. After some difficulties at the beginning, it seems we have settled into a system that is working to get the children on and off campus quickly and safely. Thank you for your efforts in this regard.
A couple of quick reminders: please remember to send your child to school every day with two water bottles, a snack and their lunch. We cannot have food delivered, nor can we have food dropped off at the school. Also, we welcome parents to visit campus, but in order to control the number of people on campus, we require that parents make an appointment so that the gate guards know to allow you through to your destination.
Finally, as we go into the October break, a lot of people are anxious to get out of Lusaka. It is important to note that AISL still requires that all community members who return to Zambia from traveling abroad spend 14 days in self-isolation prior to returning to campus, even with a negative COVID test.
Save the Date!
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. 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 her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Parent Information Sessions:
Tuesday 13 October 18:00-19:00 - Assessment in the MYP
This session will help parents in understanding the grading criteria used in MYP classes. Parents will unpack how teachers and students use the criteria. Parents will have the chance to try their hand at using the criteria to grade sample assignments. Our MYP Coordinator and Grade 7 teacher, Ingrid Turner, and IB workshop leader and Grade 6 and 9 teacher, Alta Conte, will host this information session. Parents can join by clicking on this link.
Tuesday 13 October 19:00-20:00 - Assessment and Academic Integrity in the DP
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning in the DP. Learn how we gather evidence of student learning and use that data to inform teaching and learning. This session will help Grade 11 parents to understand the Internal assessments and will help Grade 11-12 parents understand the external assessments. Our DP Coordinator, Monica Murphy, and our Grades 11-12 and College Counselor, Julie Baldry, will host this information session. Parents can join by clicking on this link.
Thursday 15 October 18:00-18:30 - Reporting using the ATLs
This session will help parents understand what the Approaches to Learning are in the IB, how they better report student learning, and what the new report card will look like. Our Assistant Principal, Dr. Sheila Seiler, MYP coordinator, Ingrid Turner, and Grade 6-7 teacher, Elna van Rensburg, will host this information session. Parents can join by clicking on this link.
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October 13:00-17:00 - Student-Parent-Teacher conferences
More information will be available after the October holiday about how to sign up for appointments to meet your child’s teachers and learn about your child’s progress at school. This information will come out in the Leopard’s Tale.
Personal and Social Education
Our Personal and Social Education (PSE) lessons will resume for the 2020-21 school year during advisory lessons in Quarter 2. As in previous years, we will post the lesson resources two weeks in advance on the Leopard’s Tale so that families can gain an understanding about what the students will learn in each grade level. If parents would prefer that their children opt out of the lesson, they can inform their child’s advisor.
The background of the PSE program:
Our Personal and Social Education curriculum integrates the IB’s beliefs about PSE together with the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education from the Sexuality-Information and Education Council of the United States in order to provide a well-balanced program for our students. The PSE program was started at our school during the 2018-19 school year. You can find AISL’s Personal and Social Health Handbook here.
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.
Have a wonderful October break!
Dr. Rick Odum, Secondary Principal
Dr. Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
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: