About Distance Learning in Middle and High Schools

This week we have received some questions around Distance Learning “basics”.  Please keep them coming! Here are some answers to those that have come in.

Academic classes

During Distance Learning students have been told to follow their daily schedule. Teachers are posting a Lesson Plan via Veracross on each day that their class falls and students are expected to engage in all activities and assigned tasks. 

Should you have any questions related to your child/ren’s academic learning please contact her/his teacher directly. All faculty email is available via the school’s online directory, here is the link.

Synchronous Tutorials

As UNIS continues to provide distance learning for our students, parents are advised to be mindful that faculty will be offering synchronous lessons during regular school hours 8:00 – 15:35 (Vietnam Time).

As families make decisions that may mean students are no longer in the school’s time zone it may not be convenient for your child to join these sessions. They would then be optional only. To ensure continued regular contact, teachers will continue using Office Hours by appointment within reasonable hours outside the school day.

Digital Citizenship and Online Etiquette

Students are expected to abide by the school’s rules for Responsible Digital Citizenship, found on pages 38 and 39 in the MS and HS Handbooks. Mentors and teachers have and will continue to remind and monitor to support students in following these expectations.   

Social emotional wellbeing

Mentors continue to focus on our students’ social and emotional well being. As such, Homebase meetings and check ins every week. Mentors are sending invitations for a video chat to take place for MS on Monday at 8:10am – 8:45am, and for HS on Tuesday at 9:20 am. It is requested that students continue engage in these conversations in a quiet place in school-appropriate attire.

The MS and HS Counseling Team continue to support students during Distance Learning. Counselors are available via email or Google Hangouts by appointment to support students. Counselors continue to be in contact directly with students who have been receiving regularly scheduled individual counseling. Counselors have been sending support resources to students during the distance learning period, including topics such as anxiety, family separation, and self-care.  

Learning Support (LS) students have individual support plans developed by their LS teacher and speak directly with their LS teacher regularly.

Attendance

During Distance Learning attendance is not being formally recorded in Veracross however teachers are monitoring student engagement and following up if a student is not participating or submitting work. 

Student Progress on Veracross Gradebook

Parents are encouraged to view the Veracross Gradebook to see Assignments that have been submitted throughout the year including during Distance Learning. 

Attached please find instructions for accessing all of your child/ren’s information via the Veracross Parent Portal. Any questions about access to the Portal should be directed to Thu Ha Tran, Senior Manager of School Information Systems at this email address: smsis@unishanoi.org

Report cards

The Distance Learning programme is providing robust academic programmes for Grades 6-12 students. Teachers are ensuring that curriculum requirements for the successful transition of students to their next grade level will be met. This will support students returning to UNIS Hanoi next year and those transitioning to new locations. As previously explained by both Jane McGee and the Board in recent communications, proof of continuity of education and complete school records are a common requirement for student enrollment. End of year report cards and transcripts will indicate that students have met both the condition of continuity of education and achievement of the curricular expectations through our distance learning programme as long as students remain engaged and active in their coursework.

From the High School Counsellors

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Our university online platform, CIALFO, has invited UNIS Hanoi to participate in this very unique On-Line University Fair on March 20, 23 & 24 – 8:00 – 20:00 – Hanoi time – and we have ACCEPTED!  UNIS Hanoi students will be receiving information directly from CIALFO with instructions on how to register – this is free and we encourage you all to take part in as much as the University Fair as possible. Make sure to add it directly to your Google Calendar and/or daily planners.

Special Message to G9 students:  This is the time of year that you all would have been introduced to CIALFO in Counselling Class with Mr Anwer. Unfortunately, due to campus closure, he has not been able to provide direct instruction regarding the CIALFO platform. However, CIALFO is a very useful tool that you will be using in G10-12 for your post-high school planning purposes. You are most welcome to attend the University Fair as well, as we have asked CIALFO to include you in their email to all HS students. If the thought of post high school planning is not where you are at this point in time, not to worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet with university representatives later in high school – we just didn’t want to leave you out! Let Mr Anwer know if you have any questions.

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

  • Grade 12 students, please update your Cialfo with the status of your application
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students are meeting with their counsellors, discussing their Uniquest research project and sharing thoughts about degree choices, countries of study, and universities that they may apply to next year.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s should only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT 2020 date: October 28, 2020 at UNIS – NEW!

SAT – Important:

College Board has taken extra security measures in test taker fraud. If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates:                Registration Deadline Date

New Date: March 28, 2020                     –

May 2, 2020                        April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:      Registration Deadline Date

May 2, 2020                        April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020                        N/A

 

International SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Score Release Date

August 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

September 7-14, 2020

October 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

October 11-18, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 13-20, 2020

** March 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

March 21-28, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 16-23, 2021

** No SAT SUBJECT TEST on this date

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:                 Registration Deadline Date

April 4, 2020                       February 28, 2020

June 13, 2020                      May 8, 2020

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

Projected dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 ACT testing year. 

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Sept 12, 2020

Aug 7, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2021

Jan 8, 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Mar 5, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 11, 2021

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available

Upcoming University Visits: No visits

G11 Exams Postponed until Next Academic Year

In light of resumed campus closure, families with Grade 11 students were informed earlier in the week that examinations that were scheduled to take place this month have been cancelled. In its place, teachers will be conducting a range of online assessments to ensure recent learning has been grasped by every student. Additionally, students will be introduced to new units and new material. The reshuffle of the schedule is within guidelines set by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

Elliott Cannell, the School’s IB DP Coordinator explained, “The IB Diploma is a programme that must be completed over two academic years. The IBO provides us with a curriculum framework, assessments and policies, but as a School, they give us the flexibility to decide how we structure the learning over the two year duration.”

He added, “Through online assessments, teachers are collecting evidence of learning on topics that have been taught in the last month. Formal exams in Grade 11 are not an IB requirement, but have long been considered a good opportunity for students to practice the habit of taking tests. We still believe it’s good practice, but one that can be postponed.”

Same learning, different modality

Brian Chanen, an IB Exam Author for the past 16 years, and a parent of a Grade 11 student agreed with the School’s tough decision. He said that, although there’s clearly a place for exam practice, the most important element for students is learning by engaging with the material. He continued, “The kind of exams students were set to take this month serve a different purpose to the final exams they will take at the end of Grade 12. These assessments would have helped teachers and students determine what students know and are able to do, so that teachers can plan for growth. Summative assessments can be used to achieve this goal.

With knowledge of the rigorous learning that’s taking place at UNIS Hanoi, he is confident that the School’s IB Diploma students are resilient and in the ‘best place possible’ for dealing with changes to their schedule as a result of COVID-19.

His best expert advice? “The single biggest piece of advice I can give to students is to engage with learning, not assessment and preparation.”

 

March SAT – Postponed until March 28

Dear UNIS Hanoi Students registered for the March SAT,

Please be informed that our SAT site supervisor, Ms Hoa has notified the College Board that we will not be able to administer the SAT on March 14 here at UNIS Hanoi due to campus closure.

Ms Hao has also notified that College Board that UNIS Hanoi would like to postpone the administration of the March SAT to the offered March 28 date.

This is all contingent upon UNIS Hanoi being able to open campus on March 28.

More information will be given toward the end of March. You do not have to do anything at this time.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counsellor.

Thanks,

Ms Manfredi and Mr Cifizzari

Student Daily Distance Learning Schedules

In High School, Distance Learning schedules help to keep teachers, students, and parents organised.  This schedule follows your student’s on-campus block schedule and is easily visible in Veracross. Please help to make sure that your student is getting the most from our Distance Learning Programme by following their schedule.  If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to reach out to our teachers directly. Thanks for your support during this unique time.

Student daily “schedules”

In High School

  • Mentors check in with students 2 times per week, on Mondays and Thursdays.  These times provide insight into student’s and their levels of engagement in Distance Learning as well as social and emotional well-being.  
  • Grade Level Teams meet weekly to discuss students of concern, upcoming assignments, and monitor Distance Learning engagement.
  • High School Leaders meet on Mondays to lay out the curricular and pastoral week. Counselors, Curriculum Leaders, Grade Level Leaders, and Administrators are all members of this team.
  • HS Teachers are available for Office Hours.  
  • Synchronous Lessons are scheduled once per week according to student schedules. 
  • An Asynchronous Lesson Plan is posted to Veracross on each day of classes.

HS Students Invited to Sign Up for new GOA Course

As a member school of Global Online Academy, our High School students have opportunities to join really interesting short courses. One such course is When a Virus Goes Viral. Five HS students have already signed up.

“While ideas, goods, and people move quickly around our globalized world, pathogens spread with the same haste. Outbreaks of disease and epidemics have been part of human history since we started living in close proximity, but increased mobility and population densities allow for disease to spread even faster, making any local outbreak a potential global threat.
Using the recent coronavirus outbreak as a case study, this one week learning experience will explore specific factors that contribute to epidemics and pandemics as well as some strategies for preventing these occurrences. We will then move to examine ways that countries, organizations, and individuals may respond, depending on their context.”
One of the Guest Speakers is a UNIS teacher. Lily Liu teaches “Mandarin in an international school in Vietnam. On January 24, she returned to her hometown in Nanjing, China to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Now, the coronavirus’ spread across China is preventing her from re-entering Vietnam.”

Read full details about this short course here: https://globalonlineacademy.org/student-program/flex-courses .

UNIS Hanoi HS student can sign up directly: https://goa.force.com/Flex_Course_Register

Being a Successful Online Learner at UNIS Hanoi MS and HS

Distance Learning is different from Face-to-Face. Distance Learning changes the way we use time and space. It changes the structure of learning. It requires a mutual understanding about learning outcomes and tasks, and asks us to do so without the benefit of being in direct contact.

Providing a robust programme as a school is one of the first steps. Having students engage in the learning is another. In order to maximize the Distance Learning potential, we all need to; Be Active, Be Steady and Reliable, Be Playful, and Be Resilient!

Here is an article from Global Online Academy, experts in online education for 10 years, that gives us some helpful tips. We are a member school and several of our teachers are enrolled in their course: Designing for Online Learning. 

If you have questions, let us know by contacting teachers directly, mentors, or your child’s grade level leader.  We’re all in this together! Keep up the engagement and thank you!

Acceptable Use for MS and HS Online Learners

UNIS Hanoi believes technology is a crucial tool for learning and inquiring that empowers students to think critically, collaborate and communicate. Access to technology supports the UNIS Hanoi Mission Statement and prepares students to successfully engage in a global society. 

With the increase in online use during Distance Learning, it is important to revisit our standing Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and ensure that the community has an understanding of how it is implemented. 

Today during MS and HS staff Professional Development, Grade Level teams worked through age-appropriate ways to remind students about expectations for acceptable technology use.  These will be reiterated during conversations and classes next week and include explicit reminders around online etiquette eg, do not take video lessons in a student’s bedroom, appropriate dress and attire, no screenshots of online group chats without permission, etc.  

The infographic below will be used to help illustrate UNIS Hanoi’s AUP.  Thanks for your support at home to ensure students are engaging in an acceptable manner. 

If you have any questions about educational technology or online etiquette during Distance Learning feel free to reach out to our technology coaches MS Brycen Davis: bdavis@unishanoi.org, HS Jonathan Gomez: jgomez@unishanoi.org or Senior Manager of Information Technology, Adam Archer: smit@unishanoi.org 

From the High School Counsellors

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Parents, feel free to contact your child’s counsellor with any concerns. Your children are quite resilient but if you need any support, please let us know.

Career Day at UNIS Hanoi will not occur this year. We have decided to combine Grades 10 and 11 students next year into an expanded and better than ever Career Day event next March!

Please click the Article of the week: “The Difference Between Worry, Stress and Anxiety.”

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

  • Grade 12 students, please update your Cialfo with the status of your application
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students are meeting with their counsellors, discussing their Uniquest research project and sharing thoughts about degree choices, countries of study, and universities that they may apply to next year.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s should only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT 2020 date: October 28, 2020 at UNIS — NEW!

SAT – Important:

College Board has taken extra security measures in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates:                Registration Deadline Date

March 14, 2020                     –

May 2, 2020                        April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:      Registration Deadline Date

May 2, 2020                        April 3, 2020

June 6, 2020                        N/A

 

International SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Score Release Date

August 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

September 7-14, 2020

October 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

October 11-18, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 13-20, 2020

** March 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

March 21-28, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 16-23, 2021

** No SAT SUBJECT TEST on this date

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:                 Registration Deadline Date        

April 4, 2020                       February 28, 2020

June 13, 2020                      May 8, 2020

2021-2022 ACT Test Dates

Projected dates and deadlines for the 2021-22 ACT testing year. 

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Online Score Release*

Sept 11, 2021

Aug 6, 2021

Sept 21; Oct 5, 2021

Oct 23, 2021

Sept 19, 2021

Nov 2; Nov 16, 2021

Dec 11, 2021

Nov 5, 2021

Dec 21, 2021; Jan 4, 2022

Feb 5, 2022

Jan 7, 2022

Feb 15; Feb 28, 2022

Apr 9, 2022

Mar 4, 2022

Apr 19; May 3, 2022

June 11, 2022

May 6, 2022

June 21; July 5, 2022

July 16, 2022

June 10, 2022

July 26; Aug 9, 2022

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available

Upcoming University Visits: No visits

Attention Grade 10 Parents!

Due to the amount of classroom time we have lost over the past month, we have made the difficult decision to cancel both grade 10 Career Day and our Work Experience week.

This will allow students to gain an additional 6 days of classroom instruction. As our grade 10 students prepare for the rigor of the IB Diploma Programme, we feel that this decision is in the best interest of our students.

Thank you to everyone who was interested in volunteering to help make these programme happen.