Skip to main content

You are here

Middle School

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week two of our grade 7 advisories led an assembly around two of the Learner Profile traits: "Balance" and "Open-Mindedness". There were awards given to Students of the Month by grade level. Here are the results:

Grade 6: Guiseppe Avaro

Grade 7: Achintya Verma, Naomi Assefa

Grade 8: Addis Kerby, Natasha Barekman

Congratulations to everyone who has been demonstrating excellence in the Learner Profile traits! What an amazing group of students we have in middle school!

Grade 5 Transitions: Cracking the Middle School Code

We had a great turn-out on Monday for our transitions night to welcome grade 5 parents to middle school for next year. Lots of excitement as the new intake become familiarized with the wonders of middle school at ICS. We're looking forward to having you join us next year!

FitUp

This is a reminder that FitUp has officially gone to Tuesdays only. Thursdays will be regular advisory time now until the end of the year.

Common Writing Assessment

Next Wednesday, May 3, all middle school students will participate in our spring Common Writing Assessment task. Students will be in their advisory groups from 12-2 on Wednesday participating in this writing activity. There is no studying for this assessment task. Students are only expected to use the time they have during this activity and their best organizing and writing skills to demonstrate their abilities in writing. These assessments are NOT included in report grades but they help us better understand student growth in writing over the year.

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Poetry Month in the MS

Poetry is alive and well in the middle school!  The students have been writing and hearing and reading poems throughout the month of April and Tuesday they were able to hear our visiting author David Greenberg. As you can see in the picture, they were completely engaged in his presentation.

Thank you for attending the SLC's

Our student led conferences were very successful last week with great attendance and feedback from parents. 

 

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Middle School PrincipalElizabeth Johnston     

Student-led Conferences

Middle school students were engaged in deep and meaningful conversations with their parents this week as reflected on their growth over the year.  If you were unable to attend and your child did not have a teacher "fill in" for you in the meeting, we request that you complete the conference at home and return the parent feedback form to the MS office as soon as possible.

   

Melkam Fasika

Please remember that Friday is a teacher work day and middle school students are only permitted on campus "under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian" as stated in the parent-student handbook.  Please respect our campus access rules so teachers will be able to focus on their collaborative work.

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-Led Conferences

Third quarter reports were sent to parents on April 3rd (by email) and next week we will have Student Led Conferences (SLC’s) during which students share their reflections on their effort and academic growth with parents.  All SLC's for MS will take place in the MS wing of the school and we look forward to seeing parents on 11 April (4:00 - 7:30 PM) and 13 April (1:00 - 4:30 PM).  We know that students deepen their learning by talking about their learning processes while reflecting on their strengths and challenges and responding to questions from their parents. We appreciate your participation in this process.  Please remember that these are not Parent Teacher conferences.  If you wish to speak with a subject teacher, please contact them via email or make an appointment through the MS office.

Parents are reminded that we have early dismissal at 11:40 AM on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April to accommodate the MS and HS conference schedules.  

Community Time

Students have been using community time in the last two weeks to prepare for their conferences with parents.  This week they also completed their effort analysis and reflected on their goals from the fall.

Elementary and Middle School

Addis Ababa World Environment Performance: Opportunity for you and your family to participate: Les animaux malades du climat

A partnership with UNESCO as well as the economic community of West Africa and Fekat Circus are supporting this show scheduled for 5 June 2017 for World Environment Day.

The organizers are looking for students to take part.

“Their participation will consist in showing the public the effects of globalization and in giving their point of view on death or disappearance of animals.

Students will be selected to interpret a song for peace and hope. Others may be able to play climate-sick animals on stage.  Spoken languages: Chinese, French, English, Wolof, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Amharic.

Older students can participate in a journalism and photography lessons and may have an opportunity to interview selected Ambassadors. After some journalism, photo and editing training workshops, their work will be added to the show along with a scientific research on climate warming.

ICS is not officially a part of this opportunity, but we wanted to pass along the information.  If you are interested or want further information, please email the organizers directly bienvenuboko@gmail.com

 

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-Led Conferences

Third quarter reports will be sent to parents on April 3rd and these will be followed up with Student Led Conferences (SLC’s) on 11 April (4:00 - 7:30 PM) and 13 April (1:00 - 4:30 PM).  Students have been reflecting on their growth in each subject and are required to sit down with parents in a formal setting and discuss their growth and reflections.  We know that students deepen their learning by articulating their learning processes while reflecting on their strengths and challenges and responding to questions from their parents. We appreciate your participation in this process and look forward to seeing you in April at the SLC’s.  Please note this is not a parent-teacher conference.  Teachers are available to speak with parents at any time throughout the year, so if you wish to arrange a meeting with a specific teacher, please do not hesitate to contact them via email.  

Course Selections for grades 6 and 7 are due Friday 31 March!

MS News

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
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

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
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

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
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

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
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

Blog Type: 
Date Posted: 
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. 

 

Pages