Welcome back from break! It has been a roller coaster of a week here in the Secondary school. With students coming back from break rested, and full of energy, we have had our hands full with all the activity on campus.
With ASAs revving up, and student events like NHS induction and Coffee House on the near horizon, it is very important to remember that the indicators of normalcy are not necessarily the proof of normalcy. What I mean by that is that the only reason we can start having these events and activities is because we have become so adept at following the reopening protocols.
At this week’s assembly I applauded the kids for their adherence to our health and safety rules, and their efforts have been truly impressive over these many months. However, complacency is the enemy of safety in these times, and until COVID is done and dusted, we have to be sure to stay vigilant if we are to continue to have events, and move towards more normal operations.
Have a fantastic weekend, and enjoy this amazing weather!
Dr. Rick Odum
FAQS 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.
Grade 12 Personal & Social Education
As teachers and students begin a new semester in an academic year full of many uncertainties, we can all reflect on our experiences of 2020 and realise that academics are certainly not the most important part of our lives. The relationships we form with others, our physical and mental health, our beliefs and our values - all of these contribute to our well-being and sense of self. AISL's Personal and Social Education (PSE) curriculum aims to complement our academic program with lessons on a variety of important topics, including, for our older students, sessions on sexual education. These sessions are led by Advisors, Counselors, or subject teachers, as appropriate.
Honoring the diversity of our community, we provide parents with the dates and topics in advance. While the following lessons will be postponed if we are in Distance Learning, the current schedule for upcoming lessons is as follows:
Personal and Shared Sexual Behaviour, Abstinence; Sex and Religion (Julie Baldry)
If any parents would prefer that their child not attend a PSE lesson, they are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org, to exempt their child from attending. Whether or not your child is attending a PSE lesson, we do encourage all families to discuss these important issues with your children at home.
Personal & Social Education: Grade 6 - 10
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 Grade 6-10 students have the following PSE lessons planned during Advisory lessons:
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
Wednesday 7 April: Grade 9
Monday 19 April: Grade 9
Tuesday 20 April
Sexual orientation and gender identity
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.
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.
There is so much going on internationally in March! We just celebrated International Women’s Day and Zambian Youth Day. Some of you will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day! It’s American National Nutrition Month and a day is allocated to diabetes and self injury this month. March brings sleep awareness week too!
There are also a number of UN international observed/declared days in March: Zero Discrimination Day, World Wildlife Day, International Day of Happiness, International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Poetry Day, International Day of Forests, International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Why does the UN mark international days?
“International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.” (United Nations 2020)
Why are international days important to the AISL community?
Friedrich Nietzsche says ‘The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
Here at AISL, we engage students in learning experiences in all classes to explore what it means to be a global citizen. Students of all nationalities and races make connections and listen actively to each others’ stories and experiences and we encourage them to be open minded, caring, respectful and tolerant. Furthermore we ask them to question their beliefs.
The IB Mission Statement states “The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” (International Baccalaureate, 2020)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Dr. Rick Odum, Secondary Principal
Dr. Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
University of North Carolina, Greensborough, USA
Alex has recently received acceptances from universities in the United States to study Business Administration.The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) is one such university.
UNCG has been recognized for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment, and engaged community. Among its accolades, the U.S News and World Report 2020 rank UNCG #1 in the state for ‘Social Mobility’, one of the ‘World’s Best Colleges for Thirty Consecutive Years’, and the university has been awarded the ‘Insights into Diversity Higher Education Award’.
Nestled in the North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Greensboro is truly at the heart of the state, so it’s the perfect launchpad for a day trip or weekend getaway.
As North Carolina’s third-largest city, Greensboro also offers every reason to stay put. The Piedmont Triad area is home to 10 other four-year colleges and universities which infuse the city with energy, a vibrant nightlife, and countless options for cultural outings.
The Business Administration major provides students with broad exposure to the functional areas of business and a comprehensive understanding of one of the managerial specialties in a specific concentration. The Bryan School’s mission is to offer education programs that prepare students to perform successfully as business professionals in a global economy, and all majors in the Department of Management benefit from the infusion of these critical issues throughout the curriculum. www.uncg.edu
Queens University of Charlotte, NC, USA
Alex has also been accepted to attend Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. Firmly grounded in liberal arts, Queens delivers an innovative education that fosters dialogue and critical thinking. With 42 majors, 63 minors and numerous graduate and certificate programs, students of all ages have unlimited possibilities to grow academically and socially.
Backed by the university’s inimitable Yes/And Initiative, students engage in a unique combination of transformative experiences in and out of the classroom, that include studying abroad. It’s through close relationships with peers and faculty that every student at Queens feels valued, supported, and challenged. www.queens.edu
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has offered Daniel admission. Daniel intends to major in Business Administration.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is consistently rated among the top 10 public Midwestern universities (Princeton Review) and recognized nationally for quality academics and high return on investment. Among the university’s ranks are celebrated scholars and award winners, people who are passionate about their intellectual pursuits, critical thinkers, and innovators deeply committed to interacting with and improving the world around us.
The campus provides a beautiful setting for living and learning. Faculty and staff provide instruction, inspiration, and the kind of challenge that makes an education extraordinary. A century of accomplished alumni around the world provides evidence that lives are transformed and meaningful careers are launched right here.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's business administration program delivers innovative ideas and solutions to practical business principles.
The program builds students’ understanding of business practices through a diverse curriculum, with courses ranging from accounting and business communication to marketing and management. Through real-world projects and experiential learning opportunities, students enhance their communication, interpersonal, technical and critical thinking skills — all of which are highly valued by organizations seeking to employ business graduates.
UW-Eau Claire students are always striving to experience something new and explore places they never have before. The business administration program offers countless opportunities for students to grow, whether it's through an internship, student organizations, study abroad, competitions, or projects that better the community.
Because of the broad-based nature of the program, graduates can go on to pursue a variety of careers, including arts administration, advertising, sales, marketing, hotel management, restaurant management, and retail. www.uwec.edu
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: