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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.

MS News

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Middle School News, Elizabeth Johnston, Principal

The Whole Child in Middle School

In the middle school at ICS we are focused on the whole child not just the “student” in the classroom, which is why we have a vibrant pastoral program that includes Advisory, Fit Up, House Groups and Community Time.   We dedicate significant time and resources to these programs. In previous Yezare issues, many of you have read about FitUp!, our House activities and our Community Time. This week our Community Time was a student led assembly on the Learner Profile trait “Risk Taker” presented by Mrs. Milone’s advisory (pictures will be posted next week).

Our Advisory curriculum covers many different aspects and helps students develop the skills and attitudes that contribute to success in the middle years. Grade 7 Advisories for example, have been working through the “.b” Mindfulness curriculum over the last two months and students who have completed the 10 session course will receive a certificate. Lesson topics included stress reducing techniques, exercises in strengthening attention, and finding the positives in everyday life. If you are a parent of a grade 7 student, please ask them about the program and the strategies they have gained from it. The philosophy of Mindfulness is a huge part of our program for promoting both physical and social emotional wellness in students and we thank Ms. Julia Emes for guiding our students through Mindfulness training again this year.

We say in the middle school that we are “growing learners” and this is evident in our significant focus on Effort and the Learner Profile. All MS students have set goals and chosen actions steps linking their effort and the Learner profile in order to internalize the essential traits of the Learner Profile. Again, ask your MS child about his or her goals this year.

As part of our focus on the whole child, Mrs. Gunther, the MS counsellor, also sponsors a series of girl empowerment groups that help our female students develop self-esteem and confidence to meet the challenges of their world. For grade 6 girls, she runs the “Sisterhood” on Fridays during lunch in G121. Students do not need to sign up formally but can just show up and participate. For grade 7 girls there is a group called “She Believed She could So She Did” and this takes place on Thursdays at lunch in room G121. Mrs. Gunther organizes a variety of guest speakers for these groups and is helped out by Mrs. Tyo-Dickerson and Ms. Franks. Mrs. Gunther is currently organizing a third group for girls in the 8th grade and more details will be available shortly.

The middle school focus on the whole child is absolutely essential to achieving the ICS mission:

We nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.

 

MS News

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Ms. Johnston the MS Principal will be out of the country on school business from Thursday 10 November  through Monday 14 November. During her absence if you have any urgent questions, please feel free to contact the MS Assistant Principal, Ms. Theresa Davis.

MS Drama

Don’t miss out on our MS Drama production. “All in the Stars”, happening Thursday and Friday night in our mini-amphitheater. Students have been working very hard to bring us this tale of intrigue mystery and good fortune!

Community Time

In community time this week, students were in extended advisory continuing with our advisory curriculum and working on their effort goals and action steps. Next week, Mrs. Milone’s advisory will be hosting our first student led assembly.

FitUp!

Students have really enjoyed the start of FitUp! which takes place in the first 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please remind your children to wear their house hats on those days.

MS News

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Elizabeth Johnston, Middle School Principal

Community Time

This week, students participated in an active House Activity where they strategically stacked and unstacked cups in teams, trying to beat out their opposing teams in stacking all their piles of cups.

Learner Profile Goals

Before the October break, middle school students examined their report results to determine their greatest areas of need with regards to effort improvement. Each student has selected three key action steps they will work on throughout the year to improve their effort and achievement. Student action step sheets will be distributed this Friday in Advisory for posting in their locker and at home. We're looking forward to seeing some excellent student growth this year! 

Yearbook Photos

All MS students took their photos this week during advisory, FitUp or Community Time. More information regarding photos will be provided shortly.

Middle and High School News

Dear Middle and High School Families,

There is a unique opportunity for your son/daughter to participate in a ski/snowboarding camp during the March week-long holiday (11-19 March 2017) in the Swiss Alps. Viamonde is an internationally known company that provides excellent ski/snowboarding instruction as well as evening fun activities. 

ICS Addis activities office helps organize this package which includes:

Airfare (to Geneva, Switzerland return)

all transportation to and from airports

all meals and snacks (fabulous Swiss food!)

equipment and ski-clothing rental

medical insurance

six full days of fantastic ski/snowboarding instruction

evening ‘off the mountain’ activities

dedicated, experienced and committed Viamonde camp counselors 

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia, both experienced teachers and trip leaders at ICS, will be chaperoning the trip from ICS to Switzerland, throughout the week, and back to ICS.

Please note, Viamonde requires a minimum number of participants at each instructional level (ski or snowboarding) in order to offer their camps. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please click here to complete the Ski/Snowboarding Camp Google Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline to register your interest is 16 December.

 

Sincerely,

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia

Ski Trip Chaperones (March 2017)

Middle School News

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Elizabeth Johnston, Middle School Principal

 

FitUp!
This year we have revised our FitUp! program to include more activities and more student choice. All students filled out a survey in the week before break in which they selected activities they would like to participate in. Mrs. Milone and Mr. Friesen have organized all of the students into a wide range of activities. Tuesday students participated in Green Team, bowling, capture the flag, basketball, tag and soccer to name a few.  Student will continue in these activities for multiple weeks and are reminded to wear their house hats.

Community Time

This week community time was spent in Extended Advisory. With FitUp! Now two mornings a week, our Advisory curriculum continues in the scheduled afternoon sessions.

Halloween Social

All middle school students are invited to the Halloween Social to be held at the SEC on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Parents are reminded to pick up their children promptly from the SEC and students are reminded that they do not have access to the main campus Friday night.

Middle and High School News

Dear Middle and High School Families,

There is a unique opportunity for your son/daughter to participate in a ski/snowboarding camp during the March week-long holiday (11-19 March 2017) in the Swiss Alps. Viamonde is an internationally known company that provides excellent ski/snowboarding instruction as well as evening fun activities. 

ICS Addis activities office helps organize this package which includes:

  • Airfare (to Geneva, Switzerland return)
  • all transportation to and from airports
  • all meals and snacks (fabulous Swiss food!)
  • equipment and ski-clothing rental
  • medical insurance
  • six full days of fantastic ski/snowboarding instruction
  • evening ‘off the mountain’ activities
  • dedicated, experienced and committed Viamonde camp counselors 

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia, both experienced teachers and trip leaders at ICS, will be chaperoning the trip from ICS to Switzerland, throughout the week, and back to ICS.

Please note, Viamonde requires a minimum number of participants at each instructional level (ski or snowboarding) in order to offer their camps. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please click here to complete the Ski/Snowboarding Camp Google Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline to register your interest is 16 December.

Sincerely,

Dawn Ashby and Alex Lancia

Ski Trip Chaperones (March 2017)

 

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