Semester 1 Progress Reports and ISA Testing

Hello from the “Middle”!

Semester 1 Progress Reports

We have completed the first semester of the 19/20 school year! You will be able to view a second report on the academic progress that your child is making here at UNIS Hanoi Middle School on Thursday January, 23rd.

The Semester 1 report will show progress criteria levels in each course. Criteria levels in MYP courses range from 1-8 and there are four criteria in each MYP course. These levels have been arrived at by multiple pieces of formative and summative assessment evidence and represent the progress made by your student during this first half of the 19/20 school year.

Comments are not a regular part of this semester 1 report. Students receive regular feedback in their classes including comments designed to help them improve performance on future assessments.

Parents can continue to view this “live” feedback in the UNIS Hanoi Middle School open Veracross Gradebooks. You will be able to see posted assessment calendars, view teacher feedback, track assignment completion, and see levels of achievement on completed assessments. Clarity on student progress and parent ability to assist their students are goals for the Middle School. If you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly.

ISA Testing

Your child will be participating in the International Schools Assessment (ISA), a product of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), on February 13th and 14th, 2020. ISA is based on the reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA).

UNIS Hanoi has been using the paper form of the test for more than 10 years. Students from grade 3 to grade 9 will be tested in Reading, Mathematics, Narrative Writing and Expository Writing.
The school has chosen ISA because it is specifically designed for students in international schools of which instructional language is English. As ISA is not specific to a single curriculum, it provides non-cultural-bias questions that ensure the content is appropriate for students in international schools. Another advantage of ISA compared to other standardised tests is that ISA includes open-ended questions and writing tasks which better showcase students’ thinking process.
Regarding data analysis, the school uses ISA reports as a piece of data to inform students learning. Individual student results are input in the school’s Learning Analytics Collaborative (LAC), a platform for data management. Together with professional judgements and classroom records, standardised testing data is used in grade level meetings, department meetings, learning retreats and is frequently revisited for instructional adjustment and personalised learning purposes. ISA results provide breakdowns in specific knowledge areas as well as learning skills and allow the school to track progress over time. Moreover, ISA is a tool for the school to measure where they are on international benchmarks.
Being an Australian company, ACER is compliant with privacy and data law. Therefore, any school participating in ISA is required to inform parents about the privacy statement which could be found in the attachment.
Should you not hesitate to contact the school for further information.
Thank you for your support –
Marc, JJ, and the MS Team

Cross Country Christmas

Shortly before the Winter Break, fourteen members of the the UNIS Hanoi Cross Country team competed in the Concordia Christmas Around the World 5km race. There was a wonderfully festive spirit on the day, highlighted by the Elfin shirts provided for each runner. As well as getting into the Christmas spirit, our runners delivered terrific results.

High School Girls
Moeka Gaman – 1st
Gaby Chanen – 3rd

High School Boys
Iestyn Rusinow – 1st
Jan Krubner – 3rd

Middle School Girls
Harune Masuda – 2nd
Lily Piggott – 3rd

Middle School Boys
Endric Lotsch – 1st (and 2nd in all age groups)
Graham Abrams – 2nd
Jakub Trent – 3rd

After our Winter hiatus, the Cross Country programme will be starting up again at the end of February. New runners are welcome. If you’re interested, please contact Mr Piggott or Mrs Gibbons.

From the Middle School Team

Hello from the “Middle”! – 

We are so appreciative of our UNIS Hanoi Middle School students!

Looking back on the first part of this school year we can reflect on the many events that have led to their growth socially, academically, and physically.  We have dealt with deadlines, assessments, and relationships. We have seen empathy, grit, and friendship.  

We are all ready for a break! 

Sometimes holidays can be stressful.  Students, parents and families are out of their regular routines, friends aren’t close by, and we may be spending a lot of “quality time” with our teenagers.  

Whether you’re travelling or staying home in Hanoi we wanted to share these tips to keep in mind over the next few weeks.

  1. Pick your battles – It is a holiday!  Allow a little room for loosening the norm.
  2. Set clear expectations (though slightly adjusted) – These should include rules around screen time (phones/TV/video games) and bed times.  
  3. Read a book!  Holidays are made for reading.  Read to each other and talk about what you’re reading.  Students should not have homework from UNIS Hanoi classes over the break, but are highly encouraged to read every day.
  4. Enjoy the time together and with family.  They do grow up so quickly!

From all of us here at UNIS Hanoi Middle School, have a wonderful winter break!  

We look forward to seeing our middle school back in session in 2020!

Marc, JJ, and the MS Team

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Middle School Fun Run

Friday, 14 December 2.00pm. Starting on the sports fields.

On Friday, 13 December, Middle School students and staff will be racing 5km around Ciputra in the annual MS Fun Run.

All students will be issued with a sponsorship form to support Grade Service Learning partners School on the Boat. Please donate generously. Last year we raised 55 million VND, which made a big impact on the children in the School on the Boat education programme. Our aim is to go even bigger this year.

Students should wear a fun costume (and sports shoes). There are prizes for best dressed in each grade level.

There will be a post-race barbecue to raise funds for School on the Boat. Students should eat a light lunch before the race, and save some space for a sausage or burger afterwards. Please bring some money for the barbecue.

Parents are warmly invited to participate in the run, or to cheer on the runners (the course follows the Ciputra Green Path from school towards the Ciputra Club and back).

MS Resources for Student Success

Hello from the Middle,

We had 83% of our UNIS Hanoi Middle School parents attend Parent Teacher Conferences last week. Thank you to those that made the effort during those two days.  We strive to ensure clear communication around your child’s learning experience here.  If you did not get the chance to attend, please know that you can reach out to teachers any time you have a question, concern, or want to discuss your child’s progress.  Our teachers are here for your students and you on campus each day, so make an appointment or come by…we’d love to see you more often.

As a follow up to conferences, we wanted to continue to share some tips on how to help your student be successful in MS.  Here is an example used by our G06 Team as they work with our newest students.  This article was used by our counselling staff during conferences to help promote positive habits for students G06-G08.

It’s a journey and we’re here to help!

Thanks for your support,

Marc, JJ and The MS Team

Middle School Fun Run

Friday, 14 December 2.00pm. Starting on the sports fields.

On Friday, 13 December, Middle School students and staff will be racing 5km around Ciputra in the annual MS Fun Run.

All students will be issued with a sponsorship form to support Grade Service Learning partners School on the Boat. Please donate generously. Last year we raised 55 million VND, which made a big impact on the children in the School on the Boat education programme. Our aim is to go even bigger this year.

Students should wear a fun costume (and sports shoes). There are prizes for best dressed in each grade level.

There will be a post-race barbecue to raise funds for School on the Boat. Students should eat a light lunch before the race, and save some space for a sausage or burger afterwards. Please bring some money for the barbecue.

Parents are warmly invited to participate in the run, or to cheer on the runners (the course follows the Ciputra Green Path from school towards the Ciputra Club and back).

Pecha Kucha Presentations during MS Individual and Societies Classes

Dear MS Parents,

MS Individuals & Societies classes have been preparing for a Pecha Kucha presentation that will showcase their research and communication skills. Each student is preparing a topic, researching it, organizing it, and then presenting it to their classmates and parents. All parents are invited to come and see their children present and support their learning, but we will also record the presentations and email them home.

Pecha Kucha will take place between December 4 and 12 – please check your email for the time and date for your child’s presentation or contact their I&S teacher if you have questions.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

The Individuals and Societies curriculum team

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences – November 21&22

Dear Middle School Parents, 

We will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on November 21 and 22

This is  a wonderful opportunity for you as parents to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss his/her progress in the subjects as well as asking any questions about your child’s experience at school.    

The conferences will be on 2 days from 10.00 until 18.00. Appointments with each teacher are 10 minutes in length. Though this is the formal time for you to meet with teachers, please remember that teachers are available before or after school upon request.

To sign up for the meetings, please follow THIS INSTRUCTION or view this VIDEO TUTORIAL. The sign up will be available on your Veracross portal from November 11 until November 18

Please note that this sign up procedure does not apply for Counsellors. If you would like to set up meeting, please email directly to your child’s Counsellor as follow: 

G06 and G08 – Ms Sandra Flores – sflores@unishanoi.org or 

G07 Mr. Anwer Kamal – mkamal@unishanoi.org 

Please don’t sign up for Academic Prep, 1st Quarter iBlock, or Wellness teachers. You can meet with these teachers outside of conferences if you feel the need.

For any other questions, please feel free to contact our Middle School office at mspsecretary@unishanoi.org or msdpsecretary@unishanoi.org

Marc Vermeire
MS Principal

Screen Time Management

Managing screen time for children can become a full-time job for parents.  While not always bad, and sometimes necessary, screen time is an issue that should be at the forefront of discussion with our “tech native” students.

This article from the Austrailian government, this one from Empowering Parents, and the accompanying slides from a recent Middle School Parent Session may help to build parent’s understanding and direction around screen time for their child.  It is a topic that takes all of our understanding and support.

Thanks for reading!