Middle School Celebrations

Grade 8 Parents!

Please join us on Friday, June 7th at 1:30PM in the Center for the Arts for Grade 8 Promotion. The Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony is a celebration of the transition of UNIS Hanoi students from the Middle School to the High School. Parents are invited to witness this important moment in their child’s lives. Those relatives that cannot make it to campus on that day may watch the event via live stream.

Congratulations to students and parents!

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Middle School Teachers Leaving in 2019

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

This is the time of year when our entire community is in transition.  Members of our school community are either leaving, entering a new place, or being left behind. Transition impacts us all.  

Many of our teachers are also in transition.  We are grateful to the following educators who have put their hearts and souls into creating exceptional learning experiences for our students, and have contributed to our school values of Learning, Community and Responsibility.  

  • Donna Bracewell (10 years of service) – Moving to Kenya
  • Maurice Humphries (7 years of service) – Taking a sabbatical year
  • Paul Swanson (6 years of service) – Moving to Singapore
  • Medeha Zahid (6 years of service) – Moving to Lebanon
  • Lori Key (5 years of service) – Moving to Korea
  • Deborah Wells-Clinton (5 years of service)- Moving to Hanoi International School
  • Heidi Pullen (4 years of service) – Moving to Singapore
  • Joan Hargrave (3 years of service) – RETIRING after 42 years in education! Moving to Malaysia
  • Kirk Jackson (2 years of service) – Moving to UK
  • Paula Wilcox (2 years of service) – Going to be a full-time mother
  • Nicholas Valldejuli (1 year of service) – Moving to Czech Republic
  • Milene Magre (1 year of service)- Moving to UNIS Hanoi Elementary School French
  • Susan Renaud (6 months of service)- Moving to Thailand

These teachers have all been part of the fabric of our Middle School.  They have contributed to the incredible educational process with your students and for that, we are forever grateful.  Please make sure to join me and the other “stayers” in wishing them well as they move on to new adventures in life.

 

 

 

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Knowing More Than Your Teen: Healthy Choices

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Middle School counsellors invite you to the last in our series of ‘Parenting Talks’:

What do you know about smoking, vaping, cannabis and the options on the street here in Hanoi? Come and hear and share in the research and ideas for talking to your teen about what they know and think.

“Adolescents Pushing Boundaries & Making Decisions Without Thinking About Consequences”
When: Friday, May 31 @ 8:00 – 9:00 am
Where: Community Room B7 104

As a community we strive to work in partnership with families for the most effective learning in both academic and social/emotional areas. Teen years can be challenging for students and parents alike.

In the classroom and through School programmes, our counsellors and PE team discuss healthy choices and peer pressure. We also have a bi-annual programme with Freedom from Chemical Dependency which we are hoping to extend next year. But this is an issue which extends beyond School and we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss strategies and information that will be helpful for all families.

Pushing boundaries, doing new and exciting (and possibly dangerous) things. This is adolescence and a part of your child’s efforts to assert their not-quite-adult independence. Since your teen is not always as good as they think they are at making decisions about things that have real consequences, their willingness to take risks and make impulsive choices is concerning for the adults in their world.

Whether accessing parents’ beverage cupboards, purchasing vape devices or experimenting with cannabis edibles, sound, mature judgement is rarely involved. Given the local availability, illegality and long lasting negative health aspect of vaping, cannabis and excessive alcohol consumption for teens and their developing brains and lungs, conversations with your adolescent are extremely important.  Popular now among adolescents are vape devices (aka – E-cigarettes) with reports indicating that 2.1 million middle and high school students have been users. (childmind.org) The draw is that they are compact (easily appearing to be a pen or a flash drive, so easy to hide) and come in a wide variety of ‘appealing’ flavors.  These flavors easily mask the reality that vape pens are nicotine delivery devices at much higher levels than cigarettes, including carcinogenic compounds.  The marketing of vape devices is very effective at leading adolescents to believe that they cause not harm, and because of the sleek designs they are a ‘must have’ for teens who enjoy being on the cutting edge of new trends.

Effective conversations with teenagers can be hard work… but it is essential and in this last of our ‘Parenting Talks’ we hope to give you some strategies on framing the conversations and some resources to help guide your discussions.

We hope the resources below will be a helpful start and we will be sharing more at Friday’s coffee morning. It is always useful for our planning if you can let us know if you plan to attend: RSVP form

Articles that might help:  ChildMind Institute

  “How to Talk to Your Teen About Substance Use”

  “Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know”

 

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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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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