Message from the Middle School Principal

Hello Middle School Parents!

It’s hard to believe that Monday brings June 1!  There has been such great learning and student interaction since our return to campus. The energy has been wonderful to be part of. We have been putting together several year end events and would like to share some details with you about them.

Coming on June 5, we will “go live” with our Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony. This has been a work in progress with students, staff, mentors, and our tech department all lending a hand. The virtual launch will take place at 13:30 via email to all G08 parents and students. It will be followed up in the TinTuc later that afternoon. Please do take the time to celebrate with our Grade 8’s during this transitional time into High School.  Watch it with your G08 student and share the link with family and friends.  Enjoy!  Congratulations to our 2020 Grade 8’s and good luck in high school!

Also on June 3, we will be rolling out our Middle School Performing Arts Showcase.  This is an opportunity for parents and members of our MS community to see the products of the hard work students have done in Orchestra, Band, and Choir.  These products are individual videos in which students have chosen pieces that help them to express their learning and intentions. Please look for the link to go live and enjoy the show!

On the evening of June 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 we will be having a “End of Year Celebration” for all Middle School students. You will have received an email from our MS Office containing a permission to attend form. Please do complete the form. This evening has been well planned by our MS StuCo and will provide students with the opportunity to sing, dance, watch movies, play games, and enjoy each other’s company.  We will also have some food available for purchase with proceeds going to our MS Service groups. We’ve put all of the necessary measures in place to keep physically distant and comply with the restrictions while providing a great outlet for student fun!

Our MS mentor groups have been doing some filming on behalf of this year’s leavers.  We are compiling those pieces together in order to share these HomeBase memories with students and families. The video will be emailed out to all MS parents and students on June 9 at 9:00 and a link will be shared in that week’s TinTuc.

Lastly, as the semester comes to a close, we prepare for end of year grades and reports. All Middle School students will receive a full report on the four criteria in each class that result in the yearlong grade for the MYP course. In addition all students will receive comments based upon their successes before, during, and after Distance Learning. Should you have any questions or concerns relating to your students’ classes, please contact their teachers directly. Reports will be completed, proofed and published for you and your students on June 9. Please take a moment to review your student’s reports and to celebrate their accomplishments during this unique time in our educational history.

If you have any comments, please let us know!

As always, thank you for your support – 

Marc, JJ and the MS Team

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Band, Choir, Orchestra Students Asked to Share Recordings

In preparation for our online celebration next week, the Grade 6-10 band, choir and orchestra students have been busily sharing their video recordings through the google form that was emailed last week.

Please check with your student to make sure they have done this so that they can join in the celebration of all their hard work this quarter. Keep an eye out in your emails for the final link on Wednesday June 3. We are so excited to unveil the creative work of our students! 

New Site Designed to Help Students with French Acquisition

The French department has launched a brand new site that’s designed to help students consolidate their learning over the summer months.

On Le Français à UNIS Hanoi, students of all abilities will find opportunities to:

  • review and practice grammar
  • practice reading comprehension
  • practice listening comprehension
  • discover culture through quizzes, music videos and movie trailers.
Additionally, a suggested selection of books give advanced learners a great opportunity to further develop their language skills.
A google doc, available on the home page of the site, allows students to self assess the areas in which they feel they would benefit from practice. Students are encouraged to share the document with their teachers so that it can be reviewed after the summer.
This site will also be a great tool for next academic year, as students will be able to review certain points that are individual challenges for them. Therefore everyone’s learning will be more personalized.
Students should contact their French teacher if they have questions.
The  MSHS MFL team
Valdir Chagas, Christophe Denizot and Cynthia Frey

From the Middle School Principal

Hello Middle School Parents, 

Thank you to the ~125 Middle and High School parents that responded to last week’s “First Week Back” survey.  We have gone through the responses and recommendations and would like to share some of the changes to restrictions that have impacted the student “climate” during this week’s classes.

Firstly, as suggested by many parents, students have been allowed to remove masks when in classrooms. Physical distancing must still apply and teachers and students are doing well to keep apart from each other. When moving around campus in between classes masks are still required.  

In classes, teachers have been focused on ensuring that the learning objectives covered while on Distance Learning have been reinforced and assessed. All Middle School students will receive reports containing criteria levels of achievement and grades for their year-long MYP courses. In addition, every student will receive comments on this end of year report. As always, if you have questions for your student’s teacher, please contact them directly.

We have been eating lunch in our HomeBase classrooms. Students have had the option of ordering from the canteen this week and the lunches are delivered to the rooms. After 25 minutes faculty and students are released to Wellness Opportunities.  This provides a structured 20 minutes of activity with mixed grade levels and social groups. Wellness Opportunities also occur during the afternoon break time. We have all really enjoyed this and thank the Co-curricular Team for their help in organizing.  Next week we will be using the iBlock for some other Wellness Opportunities and Inter House Competitions to provide exercise and fun!

The Summer ProgrammeSummer Programme – was also a topic of the survey.  Registration starts today!. Please do include a conversation this weekend with your children about the Passion Pursuits being offered in MS and how spending some time “at school” might fit nicely into summer vacation planning.

Our end of the year activities planning is in full swing. We are in the midst of our first virtual G05 Step-Up week and will be hosting a Grade 05 Parents Transition to Middle School Virtual Meeting next Friday, May 22nd at 9:30AM.  The virtual Middle School Performing Arts Showcase goes “live” on June 3rd and our Grade 08 Promotion will have live streamed components to be enjoyed on June 5th.  What a year it has been!

Thank you for your continued support –

Marc, JJ and the MS Team


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From the Middle School Principal

Hello Middle School!,

Thanks to those of you that were able to tune in to this Wednesday’s “Let’s Chat” webinar. The Middle and High School administrators were joined by Sue Perez, our School Community Organization’s Communications (SCO) Officer and Garry Reichart, the SCO’s Middle School Chair. It was a great discussion around navigating learning, family, and routines during these uncertain times. Thanks to Sue and Garry for joining and sharing and thanks to the High School for continuing to share our 6-12 message of student and family support.

Parent – Student – Teacher conferences begin on Thursday 23rd and run through Wednesday 29th. We encourage you to use conferences as a time to celebrate your child’s accomplishments, hear about the concepts and skills they have been learning, ask questions, and set goals. Our teachers are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase what has been happening in their courses, listen, and offer support. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask by contacting Ms. Nhung our MS Secretary at

Please take a moment to read the TinTuc entry from Daniel Cooper, our IB Middle Years (6-10) Programme Coordinator. Dan, in consultation with the IBO, has taken the lead in consolidating teacher agreements that will drive reporting and assessment for the remainder of the year. The purpose of Dan’s work has been to simply and clarify expectations – for all members of the UNIS Hanoi (MYP) school community.

In closing, we want to share with you what we’ve been reading as Distance Learning continues 

Thank you for reading and for your continued support. Enjoy this film we made to thank and applaud your children!

Marc, JJ, and the MS Team

MYP Assessment – Determining End of Year Grades during Distance Learning

All MYP courses at UNIS Hanoi are year long courses, this means that teachers consider evidence from Semester 1 and 2 when making judgments on end of year criterion grades.  At the end of the school year, each MYP subject determines students’ final criterion grades and these are then calculated into a final grade from 1-7 using the published MYP grade boundaries- see table below under Additional Information.

Covid-19 school closure has changed our approach to assessment in Semester 2.  Firstly, the IB has officially made some adjustments to their assessment requirements by reducing the number of times each criterion is required to be assessed. This means that UNIS Hanoi MYP Teachers have redesigned their unit assessments, from summatively (end of unit of study, culminating assessment task) to smaller, more frequent tasks that systemically target the no more than two criterion per task. 

Students’ will receive end of year grades which will be determined by evidence recorded from Semester 1, which supplements the collection of real and specific evidence of each criteria during distance learning in Semester 2.

The upcoming Parent, student, teacher conferences in the middle and high schools are  a great opportunity to discuss how your child is engaging with distance learning and identify any criteria that requires further evidence.

UNIS Hanoi MYP Teachers  recognise the challenges associated with distance learning and award criterion grades based on what students have done, and not on what they haven’t done. 

Additional Information regarding MYP assessment

Labelling system for task types in Veracross

Distance Learning = Asynchronous and synchronous tasks and lessons 

Evidence of Learning = Criteria assigned evidence of learning assignment/task for the gradebook. 

An overview of MYP subject criteria

Criterion A – Knowledge and Understanding / analysing 

Criterion B – Investigating / developing ideas / organising

Criterion C – Communicating / applying / performing

Criterion D – Thinking / evaluating / reflecting

MYP Grade Boundaries

Final Grade Sum of Criterion Grades
1 0 -5
2 6-9
3 10-14
4 15-18
5 19-23
6 24-27
7 28-32


Grade 6 Science Chemistry Magic Trick Challenge

Grade 6 Science students have been working on a culminating project for our recent chemistry unit on Matter and Change. This has been a Grade 6 Science tradition for the past few years, and some students have done so well with their Chemistry “Magic”  that they have even stumped a few teachers! 

Students were tasked with the challenge of creating a Chemistry “Magic Trick” video to show off their skills as a magician-scientists. Through the video, they applied their knowledge of physical and chemical changes and also physical and chemical properties. The final Chemistry “Magic Trick” needed to be both safe and successful… and WOW their audience with their “magic”.

Students were asked to create a goal for their video and brainstorm strong research questions which they answered to help them learn about the science behind the trick. Next, they experimented with the trick to identify the most successful and SAFE method for performing a “magical” trick. They posted a draft video and received comments from “Feedback Buddies” made up of two to three students from their class. Finally, they used these tips (as well as some teacher feedback on their research) to write a “Disclaimer” to inform us that we have been fooled: this isn’t really magic, it was science. Their “Disclaimers” included an explanation of the science behind their trick and all the information we would need to be able to do it ourselves. 

Our Grade 6 Magician-Scientists took their challenge seriously, and produced some incredible videos! To do this, the students had to develop both their scientific knowledge AND many filming and editing skills to make their magic trick videos believable.

All videos were posted to our SeeSaw classes, and we had a final Popcorn and a Movie lesson where everyone watched the final products, added comments and likes, and voted for their favorites. It was hard to narrow them down, but here are a few of the wonderful videos created.

  • Harley Dore – Invisible Ink
  • Doyun Kim – Bouncy Egg
  • Linh Vuong – Amazing Pepper Trick
  • Marlowe McClelland – The Amazing Magic Show with Bob the Great
  • Manasa Nadessan – Magical Gloves Trick 
  • Aanya Barman – Color Changing Milk
  • Sandra Ngo – Magical Potion
  • Na Nguyen- Eruption in a Cup
  • Treshaun Reuter – The Magical Trick that Will Save us From the Aliens
  • Momo Iida – Bottle Slam
  • Khue Nguyen – Unicorn Tears 
  • BJ Park – Crushed Unopened Can
  • Mitsuki Okabe – Amazing Flame
  • Olivia Kim – Liquid Smoke 
  • Alfie Goosey – Magic Beaker 
  • Nghia Le – Ice, Ice, Baby 
  • Sophie Roche – Minion and the Magic Forest 
  • Greta Mawe – Magic Hands 
  • Dion Payne – Fireproof Banknote 
  • Khanh Linh – Magic Dragon Eggs 
  • Zoe Banh – Magical Artifact 
  • Jacky Padungtod- Lava Lamp

Middle School Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Dear Middle School Parents, 

We are looking forward to Parent Student Teacher Conferences starting 23 to 29 April, 2020. This is a change from the original plan at the beginning of the year. Normally, we would host our spring conferences with you, your student, and their mentor. This year we are hosting conferences with your student’s classroom teachers. We are making this switch in order to ensure that students, parents, and teachers all have a chance to celebrate, review, and set goals in order to make this year the best learning experience possible.

Due to the school campus being closed, we will hold Parent-Student-Teacher conferences online. 

This is another opportunity for you as parents to meet with subject area teachers for a 10-minute session to discuss your child’s performance in the subjects as well as to ask any questions about your child’s progress at school. During conferences there will be no synchronous classes for students. Please note, students are to attend conferences because we believe it is important for students to be able to demonstrate their accomplishments and learning, particularly since we have been conducting classes via Distance Learning these last months.

Conference registration dates online through Veracross:

  • Conference registration and sign-ups will open at 8:00am on Monday, April 13
  • Conference registration and sign-ups will close at 5:00pm on Friday, April 17.

Instructions to register for conferences: Online instructions including written and video instructions. Please use this link: Parent Student Teacher conference signup

Conference dates:

  • Thursday April 23 from 01:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Friday April 24 from 09:00am to 12:00pm
  • Monday April 27 from 02:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Tuesday April 28 from 02:00pm to 06:00p
  • Wednesday April 29 from 09:00am to 12:00pm

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

After registering parents will receive their conference schedule and further instructions on how to join the online meeting spaces for teachers.

If parents/guardians experience difficulties booking conferences or need login information please contact Ms. Nhung in the Middle School Office – 

Please enjoy your conferences! 

Marc Vermeire
Middle School Principal

Course Request in Middle School

Hello Middle School Parents of G6 and G7 students and welcome G5 Parents!!- 

As we continue this fourth quarter with our Distance Learning Programme, we also look forward to next year. Part of that planning is completing our master schedule and gathering student course requests for next school year, 2020/21.

On Monday April 13th, we will be sending out our Middle School course request form to students currently in G6 and G7 and to our incoming students, currently in G5!

Please review our Middle School schedule using these slides and Screencasts:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out. Feel free to contact myself, or Mr. Akin,

In addition, we will be hosting a MSHS Parent Let’s Chat Webinar on Wednesday April 15th at 10:00AM. This is another chance to be able to hear about Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, End of Year Reporting, and to engage in a Q&A from MS and HS parents.

Also, remember that the course request form will go to your student’s UNIS Hanoi email address and must be completed on their computer login in order to correctly collect the information.

Again, we will send out the Middle School course request forms directly to students on Monday April 13th. We ask that these course requests are made by Friday April 17th.

Thank you for assisting your student in making these course requests.

As always, thank you for your support – 

Marc Vermeire and JJ Akin

G7 Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 for I&S

Students in Grade 7 Individuals and Societies classes have been examining how COVID-19 has impacted people and countries around the world. Students jumped on the chance to look at how different nations were responding to the virus, the xenophobia that has arisen, media narratives and the economic impact across the globe, to name but a few hard hitting investigations.

With freedom to decide their topic of inquiry, students were asked to followed the four stages of the IB Inquiry Cycle:

  1. Planning – brainstorming, questioning and narrowing down their inquiry
  2. Investigating – guided research including interviews and evaluating and discussing sources
  3. Taking action – developing their topic and creating the product, including posters, videos, animations and podcasts
  4. Reflecting – evaluating their work and thinking about what the learnings have been.  

Students presented their findings in a variety of formats including essays, animations and podcasts. 

UNIS Hanoi’s MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper said, “This investigation is the MYP in action. It not only developed understanding of the IB inquiry cycle but also allowed students to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on our local and global community. The work accomplished was impressive.”

Below is a snapshot of some of the projects submitted:

How did the spread of the fake information on social media affected Japan? by Haruka

Risk Assessment by Jonatan

Podcast by Oliver