Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Dear High School Parents,

We are looking forward to Parent Student Teacher Conferences on April 19.

This is another opportunity for you as parents to meet with subject area teachers for a 10-minute session to discuss his/her progress in the subjects as well as to ask any questions about your child’s progress at school. During conferences there will be no classes for students in grades 9 – 11. Students in grade 12 will have their regular classes on that day. Please note, students are requested to attend conferences because we believe it is important for students to be able to demonstrate their accomplishments and learning.

Conference registration dates online through Veracross:

  • Conference registration and sign-ups was opened at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 10
  • Conference registration and sign-ups will close at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 17.

Instructions to register for conferences: Online instructions including written and video instructions. Please see the email attachment for instructions.

Conference dates: Friday April 19, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Conferences with Counsellors: please book your appointment  via Counselling office 024 7300 4500 ext. 8513 or email directly to your child’s Counsellor as follow:

If parents/guardians experience difficulties booking conferences or need login information please contact the High School office on 024 7300 4500 ext. 8500.

Please enjoy your conferences!

Scott Schaffner
High School Principal

APAC Boys Soccer Opening Ceremony – Celebrating Our Growing School Spirit!

Thursday morning was a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome visiting teams at the APAC Boys Soccer Opening Ceremony. ‘Learning Community Responsibility’ was central in the message that Principal Scott Schaffner shared with guests and students from Discovery to Grade 12.

Celebrating our student-athletes with performances from the ES students, and G11 student Josh Scott who played a drum solo were fine demonstrates of our growing school spirit.

Parent Student Teacher Conferences – 19 April

Dear High School Parents,

We are looking forward to Parent Student Teacher Conferences on April 19.

This is another opportunity for you as parents to meet with subject area teachers for a 10-minute session to discuss his/her progress in the subjects as well as to ask any questions about your child’s progress at school. During conferences, there will be no classes for students in grades 9 – 11. Students in grade 12 will have their regular classes on that day. Please note, students are requested to attend conferences because we believe it is important for students to be able to demonstrate their accomplishments and learning.

Conference date will be on Friday, 19 April, 10.00-14.00.

Conference registration and sign-ups will open online through Veracross on Wednesday, April 10 and close on Wednesday, April 17.

Please look out for further instructions to register for conferences from the High School Office.

Glenda Baker
HS Deputy Principal

Save the date for STEAMfest

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Who: UNIS Ha Noi MSHS students, staff and families

What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas to celebrate and share

Activities include:

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Opening talk with local STEAM entrepreneur guest speakers
  • 9:30 – 12.00 Variety of STEAM demonstrations and challenges run at booths by MSHS students and staff (Picnic lunch provided)
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Underwater robot obstacle course challenge in pool; Prize raffles and closing slideshow

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)

When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Cost: 100k entrance fee for lunch and activities

RSVP: Formal invite will be sent out by 12 Apr, RSVP by 26 Apr

What if I want to present an activity at a booth? Students and staff interested in presenting at STEAMfest should fill out this form.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

When UNIS New York and UNIS Ha Noi Give Their Helping Hands

A group of visiting students from UNIS New York joined the Helping Hands Group last week on a visit to Sapa.

Having run rice and clothing drives during the early part of the year, UNIS students (with the help of students from NY) delivered the rice to two ethnic minority primary schools in Sa Pa (Sin Chai School and Sa Seng School) and held a jumble sale at Sa Seng School. In addition, students from UNIS Ha Noi and New York collaborated to deliver an art and craft class with the primary school students in Sin Chai and distributed reading books purchased through funding from the SCO and Birthday Gift Fund.

Nick Whatley, MYP/DP English language & Literature teacher who works with the Helping Hands service group commended that the attitude and behaviour of the students from the two school during the Sapa trip was exemplary.

The group was also accompanied by Mr. Thong from IT Office who supported them as they carried out essential maintenance on the laptop computers loaned to Sin Chai School at the end of the last academic year.
 
Well done to one and all!!!

Parent Workshop: Grading in High School

On Tuesday, March 19, close to 40 High School (HS) parents attended a workshop about grading in the HS. The workshop was interactive and “hands-on” where parents were asked to describe “hopes and dreams” about grading in the HS, as well as analysing the HS’s important document: HS Reporting and Evidence of Learning.

The workshop addressed some of the questions and concerns surrounding grading in the HS such as:

  • There is no Grade Point Average (GPA) in the HS
  • The IB publishes Grade Descriptors, Markbands, and Criteria Rubrics that teachers use to assign scores (ie. grades)
  • Teachers should always be able to give students feedback about how they can improve their academic performance
  • Grades and student learning do not have to be mutually exclusive
  • “Authentic” learning tasks have some element of “real-life” learning to them, sometimes related to who the audience will be (ie. students write an article – just as a journalist would – and a real-life journalist gives the student feedback)
  • Every student’s university/college admissions process is unique. Parents need to converse with their daughter/son’s counsellor early and often.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have about teaching and learning in the HS: hsprincipal@unishanoi.org.

Grade 11 Exams

Dear Grade 11 Parents,

I am writing to share information about the Grade 11 Exams which take place over three days from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 March.

The primary purpose of the Grade 11 Exams is to provide students with some experience of taking written assessments in a formal setting. This will be of value as they progress towards their IB final examinations in May 2020. The Grade 11 Exams will take place in the new rooms above the canteen (B8b 115-8). This is the same location that we will use for the IB final examinations. We will run the exams according to the IBO exam regulations.

Following the Grade 11 Exams, students will receive feedback and a mark from each of their teachers. However, student performance in these exams will not have a major impact on their high school transcript. At UNIS Hanoi, report grades are based on the latest and most consistent fit between all evidence of learning. The Grade 11 Exams simply provide one more piece of evidence of student learning, together with all of the other assessments that they will undertake this academic year.

You can find the exam schedule HERE.  We have spent some time to review the IBO exam regulations with the students. Every Grade 11 student will sit one exam for each subject that they study (except for DP Film, DP Theatre and DP Visual Art). Exams will be up to 90 minutes in duration. Students will not be required to attend regular classes from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 March.

If you have any questions regarding the purpose of the Grade 11 Exams please do not hesitate to reach me in the DP Coordinator’s office, or contact me by e-mail at dpcoordinator@unishanoi.org .

Elliott Cannell

Let’s be an Upstander!

Dear Grades 6-9 Parents,

We would like to make you aware of a recent situation regarding an Instagram feed that promises to share gossip and secrets about UNIS Hanoi middle school students.  Having viewed several screen shots, we see that the intent is to ridicule fellow students. As Counsellors, we are sending a very clear message to students about the problems of being a follower (or bystander) and not an upstander.  At the beginning of guidance lessons this week and next, we will remind students of their responsibility to members of the community to step in and support each other by not engaging as followers.
Additionally, we have asked our Technology facilitator, Paul Swanson, to investigate the feed further for more information and to shut this down. 
If you have a chance to discuss with your child this weekend the idea of bystander versus upstander and the importance of being an upstander, it will go a long way to supporting the spirit of the community and UNIS Hanoi MS. 

MS/HS Sports Day – March 29

This year’s middle and high school sports day will take place on the afternoon of March 29 from 11:45 to 15.25. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our students to unwind from a busy portion of the school year as they participate in a range of fun activities in their house groups.  The schedule for March 29 is included below.