STEAMfest TOMORROW!

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

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Welcome to High School Info Night for Grade 8 Parents

This is an information night for Grade 8 parents of students entering High School next year at UNIS Hanoi. We know that the transition from Middle to High can be both daunting and exciting for parents and students. Knowing more about some of the anticipated changes between Grade 8 and 9 can be helpful. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the High School Admin team and learn more about High School courses, and information specific to Grade 9s.

When: Monday 27 May, 18:00 – 19:00
Location: B8b, Room 116

On the night you will get to meet:

HS Principal (Scott Schaffner) and HS Deputy Principal (Glenda Baker)

MYP Coordinator (Daniel Copper) and DP Coordinator (Elliott Cannell)

HS Counsellor (Brenda Manfredi) and Grade 9 Grade Level Leader (Lily Lui)

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Middle School Open Classrooms

Dear Middle School Parents,

We are excited to remind you about Middle School Open Classrooms on Wednesday (May 15 from 8:00 – 12:30) and Thursday (May 16 from 1:10 – 3:25).

We have made some adjustments based on parent feedback to our fall invitation, so please follow the instructions below in order to make the most of your visit to campus.

First, talking with your student, form a visit plan. Maybe you want to come for a couple of classes in the morning or the following afternoon. Maybe you have a specific class that you want to engage in, or you want to see a few classes over the two days. The invitation is open for you to decide.

Then all you need to do is attend on Wednesday and/or Thursday! Middle School students start at 8:10 AM in their HomeBase and you are welcome to be part of that to begin your Wednesday visit. Connect with your child during the visit as they can help to guide you around campus.

We will also be offering a chance for MS parents to enjoy a break and connect with each other, counsellors and administrators.

Thank you for planning to attend! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Marc, JJ & The MS Team

Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.

Welcome to the High School Info Night for Grade 8 Parents

This is an information night for Grade 8 parents of students entering High School next year at UNIS Hanoi. We know that the transition from Middle to High can be both daunting and exciting for parents and students. Knowing more about some of the anticipated changes between Grade 8 and 9 can be helpful. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet the High School Admin team and learn more about High School courses, and information specific to Grade 9s.

When: Monday 27 May, 18:00 – 19:00
Location: B8b, Room 116

On the night you will get to meet:

HS Principal (Scott Schaffner) and HS Deputy Principal (Glenda Baker)

MYP Coordinator (Daniel Copper) and DP Coordinator (Elliott Cannell)

HS Counsellor (Brenda Manfredi) and Grade 9 Grade Level Leader (Lily Lui)

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Measures of Academic Progress Tests

Dear Middle School Parents,

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language.  This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools.  The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. 

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP.

Thank you for your support,

Marc Vermeire,
MS Principal
msprincipal@unishanoi.org

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Middle School Open Classroom – 15-16 May

Dear Middle School Parents –

We are excited to remind you about Middle School Open Classrooms on Thursday (May 15th from 8:00 – 12:30) and Friday (May 16th from 1:10 – 3:25). We have made some adjustments based on parent feedback to our fall invitation, so please follow the instructions below in order to make the most of your visit to campus.

First, talking with your student, form a visit plan.  Maybe you want to come for a couple of classes in the morning or the following afternoon. Maybe you have a specific class that you want to engage in, or you want to see a few classes over the two days.  The invitation is open for you to decide.

Then all you need to do is attend on Wednesday and/or Thursday!  Middle School students start at 8:10 AM in their HomeBase and you are welcome to be part of that to begin your Wednesday visit.  Connect with your child during the visit as they can help to guide you around campus.

We will also be offering a chance for MS parents to enjoy a break and connect with each other, counselors and administrators. Details coming soon.

Thank you for planning to attend!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Marc, JJ & The MS Team

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Upcoming Middle School Events – Mark your calendar now!

Hello from the middle!

We are so proud of our UNIS Hanoi Middle School student’s and their learning as we move into this last quarter of the school year! And, as always, we want to share what’s happening with you!
Please mark your calendars for these upcoming middle school events:
 
MS Parent and Admin Coffee – 03/05 – 8:30-9:30 in the B7 Community Room
This final installment of the year will include some tips around teen technology use and include a time to brainstorm topics for the 19/20 meetings.  Questions and suggestions welcome!
 

MS Open Classrooms – 15/05 from 8:10AM – 12:30PM and 16/05 from 1:00PM – 3:25PM in MS Classrooms based on student schedule.These days are a chance to come and engage with the learning in our middle school classrooms.  Based on parent feedback, we have adjusted the format to allow for more open opportunities in classrooms.  Details coming soon!

MS Student Led Conferences – 17/05 from 8:00AM – 4:00PM in MS Classrooms based on student mentors.

Student Led Conferences with Mentors are designed to provide parents with the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the overall progress of their child.  Conferences will be 25 minutes in length and sign-ups coming soon!

STEAMfest – 18/05 from 9:00AM – 2:00PM (B8B and pool)

This open house is a chance for students (G6-12) to experience, explore and get excited about all thing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! The event will be a mix of inspirational speakers and activities and booths.

Thanks for your support!

Marc Vermeire and the MS Team

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Measures of Academic Progress Tests

The fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language. This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools. The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or to get in touch with me.

Marc Vermeire,
MS Principal
msprincipal@unishanoi.org

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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

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