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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-led Conferences

Student-led Conferences (SLC’s) are coming soon and provide an opportunity for students and parents to sit together in a structured process during which the student shares his/her reflections on growth in their learning. During SLC’s, students "take ownership of their learning" and demonstrate an ability to:

  • articulate their learning processes across multiple subjects to their parents 
  • reflect on their challenges and strengths
  • respond to questions from their parents about their learning

SLC’s will be held on two dates:

  • Tuesday April 11 4:00 - 7:30
  • Thursday April 13 1:30 - 4:30

Appointments will be made via the Pick-a-Time system.

Quarter Change

Quarter 3 ends on Friday March 24 so on Monday March 27th, students with quarter-long electives will begin new ones. All students are reminded to work on their effort goals and finish the year strong!

MS News

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week's Community Time was an extended advisory. Students participated in grade-level activities in their advisories, including getting ready for student-led conferences, participating in discussions and activities about social and emotional well-being and connecting with their advisory group members. 

Quarter Three Progress Reports

Our quarter three term ends on 24 March. Progress reports will be sent home before the student-led conferences, which take place on 12 April and 14 April. Progress reports outline student achievement towards grade-level standards in their subject areas. They also report student learning behavior through three distinct effort categories: Self-Management, Commitment to Learning, and Collaboration and Respect.

MS News

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week's Community Time was a House activity where houses competed in a series of challenges for the top points. All students participated well and had a great time. The 'Water Challenge' that was originally scheduled has been postponed until the weather clears up. 

Course Selections Coming Soon!

Grade 8s have already begun their course selection and transition process for next school year. Our grade 6 and 7 students will soon have the opportunity to look forward and select their preferences for next year's move into grade 7 and 8. Please stay tuned for further information regarding course selections and the options for next school year for your child. 

ISSEA Arts Festivals

Last week, several middle school artists, thespians and musicians headed out as members of our varsity arts teams to participate in regional festivals for the arts. Choir and Band students headed to Johannesburg where they worked with guest conductors on set repertoire and fine-tuned their skills before presenting a lively concert on Saturday night. Visual Art and Drama students headed to Harare where they participated in a series of workshops and activities that lead to a collaborative piece presented on Saturday.

Congratulations to our amazing arts students! We're so proud of you for being COURAGEOUS THINKERS who are OPEN-MINDED, KNOWLEDGABLE INQUIRERS. You've actively participated in developing yourselves as COMMUNICATORS in new ways. Well done!

Student Led Conferences Coming Soon!

Students have been actively working towards developing their student portfolios for presentation in the upcoming Student Led Conferences in April. Students are putting together examples from all their subject areas where they show growth in their learning. We're looking forward to sharing these with you soon!

Learner Profile Action Steps

As you know, we believe in 'growing learners' in the middle school. Students have been working on their Action Steps throughout the quarter, in order to improve the way they learn in their classes and at home. Ask your child about their Action Steps!

MS News

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Community Time

This week students from Mr. Giles advisory presented an assembly on the Learner Profile theme of "Communicator". They used voice, art and movement to emphasize the diversity of communication in our lives.  Next week, Community Time is a water activity.  Students need to have appropriate clothing for getting wet and be sure to have their house hat and sunblock with them.

"Artsy Eagles" Flew

Wednesday students representing the performing arts (band, choir and drama) and visual arts traveled to ISSEA Arts tournaments in two different countries.  We are really excited by the numbers of students who are participating and by their fabulous creations.  

Course Selections for HS

Grade 8 students and parents are reminded that they need to have their course selection forms submitted to the HS counseling office by Friday 24 February. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact either Ms. Brown (Grade 9/10 counselor or Mrs. Gunther (MS counselor).

MS News

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston     

Grade 8 Parent Night-Thank You

We want to extend a thank you to all parents of grade 8 students who were able to attend the "Welcome to High School" event on Monday night. It was a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to working with you closely as your students transition to high school.  We welcome all parents to access this link to the presentation to help guide your conversations at home with your students as they work through course selection.  Please don't hesitate to be in contact with our grade 9/10 counselor, Alicia Brown (alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et), should you have any questions.

Community Time

This week's community time Grade 6 and 7 students worked on building their portfolios, getting work samples ready to show their growth. Grade 8 students took part in course selections for their transition to Grade 9 and High School next year.

Student-Led Conferences

Students have begun preparing their portfolios of their work in subject areas in order to prepare for the student-led conferences in April. Student-led conferences are opportunities for your child to share their learning this year with you. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks so parents understand the process and expectations of the activity. Your child is looking forward to sharing their learning with you!

Sun Protection

Just a reminder that sunny days in Addis (and even overcast days!) are more intense than most other places due to altitude. Students have been reminded to wear hats and bring water bottles. This is especially important during PE, when students are participating in activities outdoors. 

Thank you for reinforcing this message at home. Teachers have noticed an increase in the number of students being sun-conscious and taking care of themselves properly.

ISSEA Arts trips

Several of our middle school students will be joining the variety arts teams next week as they travel to participate in the Band and Choir Festival in Johannesburg and the Drama and Visual Arts Festival in Harare. All the best to our hard-working artists as they work with other students across the region in collaborative activities! We look forward to hearing and seeing some great projects!

Spirit Week Success!

Big thank-you to our Student Leadership Council (STUCO) and grade 6 advisories for last week's Spirit Week activities. Students had a wonderful time showing their school spirit by dressing up and participating in events organized by their peers. Houses competed for points throughout the week and we ended the week with the MS Social, organized by our STUCO. Loads of fun and team-building in the MS last week. 

 

MS News

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This Wednesday as part of Spirit Week, the middle school participated in our annual Fool's Olympics. See pics below.

       

     

MS Student Social

This Friday is the middle school student social in the SEC beginning at 6pm.  Parents are reminded to pick up their children by 8:30.

Grade 8 Transitions Event

It's hard to believe our Grade 8 students will be getting ready to leave us in just a few short months to take that next step in their educational journey: high school. This is an important time for students in the middle school as they begin to make that transition into next year's grade 9 class. There will be an information evening for parents of 8th grade students on February 13 at 6pm in the Upper Commons with High School counselor, Alicia Brown and High School principal, David Redmond. Please save the date and plan to attend this event where high school leadership will explain the course selection process and what to expect as a parent of a grade 9 student.

Sun Awareness

ICS takes you children's health very seriously, please be aware of exposure to sun at this time of year.

The PE teachers would like to involve you, as parents, in the reminders that they have been passing on to your child since the beginning of the year. As a matter of good practice every student is asked to wear full ICS PE uniform to class, we also ask that a hat, sun screen and a reusable water bottle be incorporated into your child’s PE Uniform. We also encourage sun shirts and for girls, sun leg-ins to be worn underneath the ICS PE Kit, should your child possess sport sun glasses please wear them. (Please note fashion sun glasses are not appropriate for doing activities in and could easily get damaged).

The teaching and learning continues; "please be sun savvy at this time of year; drink water, slip slap slop and cover up, be sun smart...."

Middle and High School News

The International Community School Counseling Department is offering to students in grades 8 and 9 the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9.  The PSAT 8/9 will be given on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30pm.  Places to take the PSAT 8/9 are offered on a first come first serve basis for up to 70 students.  The cost per student to take the exam is U.S. $20.00.  Students can pay the cashier at ICS and bring the receipt to Meron Tekalign to register for the exam.    If you have any questions please contact Charmaine Gunther or Meron Tekalign in the Middle School/High School Counseling Office. 

 

MS News

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Spirit Week

Next week is our annual Spirit Week with special dress up days and a Fool's Olympics on Wed.  

The themes are as follows:

Monday- Pajama Day

Tuesday-Sports Team Day (wear sports jerseys etc.)

Wednesday-Crazy hair clothes day (Wacky Wednesday)

Thursday- Superhero/Supervillain Day

Friday- Stereotype Day (Jock/Athlete, Nerd, Mean girl, Slacker, Drama Queen)

Student Led Conferences

In April, when the high school is having its parent teacher conferences, the middle school will be having student led conferences.  These will take place on Tuesday April 11th (4-7:30) and Thursday April 13th (1-4:30).  They will take place in specific classrooms and a schedule will be created with parents.  Every student in the middle school will have put in significant time and prepared to lead this conference with their parents. It is essential that parents attend and participate to acknowledge the work and reflections of their child.

Grade 8 Transitions Event

It's hard to believe our Grade 8 students will be getting ready to leave us in just a few short months to take that next step in their educational journey: high school. This is an important time for students in the middle school as they begin to make that transition into next year's grade 9 class. There will be an information evening for parents of 8th grade students on February 13 at 6pm in the Upper Commons with High School counselor, Alicia Brown and High School principal, David Redmond. Please save the date and plan to attend this event where high school leadership will explain the course selection process and what to expect as a parent of a grade 9 student.

 

 

MS News

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week's assembly on the Learner Profile theme of "Thinker" was presented by Mr. Sitch's advisory.  New students to ICS were welcomed, the students who attended AMIS last week spoke about their experiences, the upcoming spirit week was highlighted and students participated in a dance competition.  

FitUp!

Students chose their final two FitUp! Activities via survey this week.  FitUp! takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 - 8:30 AM.

From the Principal

From 1 -4 February, I will be in Dubai attending a training for our new Student Information System. One of the HS counsellors, the Director of Operational Technology and two of our IT support personnel make up the team that will also attend.  Ms. Theresa Davis will be Acting Principal in my absence.

 

 

 

MS News

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Grade 8 Transitions Event

It's hard to believe our Grade 8 students will be getting ready to leave us in just a few short months to take that next step in their educational journey: high school. This is an important time for students in the middle school as they begin to make that transition into next year's grade 9 class. There will be an information evening for parents of 8th grade students on February 13 at 6pm in the Upper Commons with High School counsellor, Alicia Brown and High School principal, David Redmond. Please save the date and plan to attend this event where high school leadership will explain the course selection process and what to expect as a parent of a grade 9 student.

Community Time

As we have a half-day this Wednesday January 18, there was no Community Time this week. Next week's Community Time is a student-led assembly. Mr. Sitch's 8th grade advisory will be leading this assembly. 

AMIS Honors Festival

Each year, many wonderful choir members audition for six highly-prized spots on our AMIS Honor's Choir team. This year, young singers Allison Karabu, Jacob Tesseme, Andrew Hanson, Mpilenhle Masuku, Alayda Flick and Reese Fischer will travel with Ms. Hardy and Ms. Davis to the American School of Dubai where they will join 80 other singers from across multiple countries in a 4-day festival of music-making. Our gala concert will be streamed live at this LINK on Saturday, January 21 at 7pm (Dubai time). We're looking forward to a wonderful festival and concert in Dubai!

Middle School News

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week in community time, students took part in a brief "Welcome Back" assembly to encourage a thoughtful start with a growth mindset into Semester Two. After this, students participated in their house groups in a series of relay challenges. From Hula hoop to skipping ropes, houses competed to see how teamwork and dexterity skills could win them the prize! Well done to all!

        

Effort and Action Steps

Students had the chance to analyze their reports this week and look at their effort grades from last quarter to see their progress and areas that need further attention. Students are encouraged to keep their Action Steps in mind so they can take their learning to the next level by employing effective strategies as a learner! Ask your child what their action steps are and how these are helping them improve as scholars!

Water Bottles

Please remind your child to bring a reusable water bottle to school each day in order to stay hydrated. The weather is dry at the moment and students need regular reminders to drink water. Please assist from home by reminding them to bring a water bottle each day.

 

 

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