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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.

 

 

MS News

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

MS CAS Project

Middle school after school drama students voted to donate their 7,520 birr ticket sales money to the award-winning CAS project, e-pads. High school students Rediet and Daggy plan to use the money to purchase more sewing machines in their partnership with Mekdela School, thus empowering even more young women to continue their educational journeys.

Community Time

This week during Community Time, Ms. King's advisory led an assembly on the ICS Learner Profile trait, reflective. Students performed dances, skits and songs. Several students received awards for cross country and Student of the Month. What a great time to get together to reflect on our successes of the first semester and celebrate our growth together!

    

 

    

 

Students of the Month (October, November)

The ICS Learner Profile traits for October and November were 'caring' and 'courageous'. The following students received the Student of the Month awards. Congratulations to all!

Final Note for 2016

Please note parents can arrange to pick up a hard copy of their child's report card by calling Helina in the MS office after 20 December --office hours are 9-3:30 during the break. School resumes on Monday 9 January with an extended advisory and students attending all 8 (shortened) blocks in the one day.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. 

MS News

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

Grades 6 and 7 students participated in a House Activity: Football. During this time, grade 8 students took part in an activity regarding social and emotional health to support growth in the ways in which we care for each other at ICS.

Reports

Please note that first semester reports will be sent out by email on 20 December. If parents would like a hard copy of the report, they should contact Helina in the Middle School office to arrange for printing and pick up after 20 December.  Office hours during the break are 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. On 9 January, middle school students will receive a hard copy of their report during advisory in order for them to reflect on their effort goals.

January Return to School

Just a heads up that our first day back following the break will be 9 January. This day will begin with an extended advisory and will follow with all 8 blocks so students can have brief introductions to their third quarter classes.

Congratulations to All Performers and Athletes

This week there have been several opportunities for middle school students to shine. From soccer matches to theatrical performances to music concerts, our middle school students are just amazing! Congratulations to everyone for being balanced and participating in all these activities. And a big thank you to all those fans who've attended these events and activities to support their peers and cheer them on.

MS News

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Attendance Policy Reminder

Students are beginning to talk about their holiday plans and so we remind parents that ICS has a policy on the number of absences a student may acquire without consequences to their academic progression. The policy reads: 

The school asks parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly. We request parents to avoid absences for travel of vacations during regularly scheduled school days, or on days adjacent to weekends and school holidays. Each division has an absence limit which impacts on promotion, credits and graduation. For middle school, promotion is reviewed and may be denied for absences of 15 days or more.

In cases of excessive absences, a meeting will be held between the student, a parent or guardian and teachers and/or the principal, to discuss the cause of the problem and to determine an appropriate course of action. Absences due to school-sponsored activities do count toward these absence limits. It is not a matter of having an excuse: attendance is important, regardless of the reasons for extended absences.  

Extenuating circumstances requiring longer absences such as prolonged illness or family bereavement, will be taken into consideration by the principal in consultation with the family and the classroom teachers.

MS News

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Last week our Community time was a student led assembly on the Learner Profile of “Courageous”. Students from Mrs. Milone’s advisory use a zoo/circus theme to showcase students taking risks and demonstrating courageous qualities. The audience was enthralled by a variety of elements including, a performing dog, a limbo contest, a student playing happy birthday using his violin while riding a “ripstick” and a great demonstration of gymnastic collaboration.   Banners from recent athletic competitions were also presented to the principal. It takes a lot of courage to get up and present in front of the entire middle school and in this case students shared their personal talents and interests, which is even more courageous!

        

 

           

    

There will be more opportunities for our students to showcase their talents between now and the Christmas Break, please keep an eye on the calendar for the Band and Choir Concert, the MS class drama production and one more student led assembly.

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