‘Raising Boys with Love’ Presentation

Thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.

If you did not make it on the day or would like to access the presentation, you can read it here.

Exploring Seesaw in Middle School Design

Over the past semester, the MS Design Team has been prototyping Seesaw as a way to enhance student engagement by allowing them to respond to tasks in a variety of ways. Whether students posted a video reflection, a link to some written research, or images of their products with an audio recording about the steps taken in their process…the benefits of using Seesaw were apparent.

In addition, parents seemed to enjoy the ability Seesaw has given them to see what their child is doing in the classroom immediately through the use of the mobile app. The likes and comments from both students and parents have dramatically increased our ability to give peer feedback and parent support.

One added highlight of this endeavor was that our MS Design Teacher and Curriculum Leader was recently selected as a Featured Author on the Seesaw platform. Brycen Davis’ MYP Design activities can now been seen and copied by teachers from around the world! As a result, in less than one month, over 3,500 students have participated in the formative and summative activities he has published.

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Grades 6-9 Counselling Corner

Find out what Grades 6-9 have focused on during Counselling classes!

MS Counselling lessons have focused on supporting students to understand their self-identity.  Students have explored the various roles we fulfill in and outside of school which shapes our identity, how our self-identity can change over time and why and how we should accept and celebrate our peers’ identities.

Grade 9 Counselling lessons have focused on understanding (and therefore improving) our ability to self-motivate ourselves for whatever situations come our way. Students have learnt that combining what they love, what they are good at, what they can be paid for and what the world needs can potentially lead to a greater sense of purpose.
Speaking of which, thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable TET holiday!

MS Academic Progress Report

Hello from the “Middle”!

As we come to the close of quarter 2, you will be receiving a second report on the academic progress that your child is making here at UNIS Hanoi Middle School.

The quarter 2 report will that show initial 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 18/19 school year.  

Comments are not part of this quarter 2 report. Students receive regular feedback in their classes including comments designed to help them improve performance on future assessments.

In quarter 3, starting Monday 21 January, UNIS Hanoi Middle School teachers will be “opening” their Veracross Gradebooks for students and parents. 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 should all benefit from this process.

This will be a transition and your patience and input are appreciated. We will address questions that may arise as they come and in future UNIS Middle School Admin coffee mornings.

Thanks for your support –

Marc Vermeire


MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.


Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

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Raising Boys with Love – Parenting Talks with MSHS Counsellors

When it comes to parenting, do we need to treat our boys and girls differently? On what basis? What are our cultural perceptions and expectations of boys? What does research tells us?  What do our male students tell us they need? MSHS Counsellors will share practical information which can help support the holistic development from ‘boys to men’.

Parents to boys in middle and high school should attend this workshop if they …

  • Would like to share their concerns and/or strategies with other parents and the MSHS Counselling team.
  • Appreciate practical suggestions and information as to how they can support their child/children navigate through adolescence.

For questions, please contact the kjackson@unishanoi.org.

If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form.

Semester 1 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Come explore the amazing work done by our Grades 6-10 students during their Art classes in Semester 1.

This exhibition demonstrate different visual art techniques in a variety of different subjects. While the 6th graders created images using both their drawing and digital media from their Cuc Phuong field trip, grade 7 chose to look into history, folklore and literature to create Mythical Creature Prints. Grade 8 artists are excited with their Artist Trading Cards inspired by their lives in Hanoi that they created during the unit ‘It’s Not What you Draw, It’s How You Draw It’.  You will be blown away with Grade 9’s thought-provoking artworks as they created new images by appropriating and reworking existing artworks. And finally Grade 10 students will treat our eyes with a series of stunning self-portraits which are rich in personal symbolism but also communicate with a wider audience.

See you in the Centre for the Arts next week!

MSHS Counselling Corner

I trust that parents will join me in appreciating the efforts of my G6-9 Counsellor colleague, Ms Paula Wilcox and wish her a happy maternity leave.  As much as Paula will be missed, let’s all ensure that the ‘cover’ Counsellor – Ms. Susan Renaud, feels welcomed into our UNIS Hanoi Community. Susan is due to start with us on 7 January and I am looking forward to supporting her transition, and working in partnership with her.    

With regards to dates in your diaries, the MSHS Counselling team will be facilitating a series of parent workshops in 2019 starting on 25 January, whereby we will be focusing on supporting the holistic development of ‘boys to men’.  If parents interested in attending wish to share what objectives they would like from the workshop, please contact me before the 11 January at kjackson@unishanoi.org.

G9 Counselling lessons have, focused upon skill building including how to reduce procrastination – a topic which specific students and parents have recently raised with Counsellors.  Middle School Counselling lessons have recently been building upon UN Day, in considering how we embrace that students will be celebrating the upcoming holiday from differing perspectives and cultures. So on this note, l finish by wishing our UNIS community a very joyful December-January break, and the Counselling team looks forward to a successful 2019!

Kirk Jackson
Grade 6 – 9 Counsellor

Makers Club Opening Soon

Are you into robots and apps making? Would you like to create things from cardboard or simply enjoying making things?

Join The Makers Club starting on January 8 at 12.10, room B6-108. The Club will meet every Tuesdays. All Middle School students are free to drop by!

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