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!

Run for Fun and for School on the Boat

Middle School Fun Run – Friday, 14 December 13.30. Starting on the sports fields.

After lunch on Friday, 14 December, Middle School students and staff will be charging 5km around Ciputra in the annual MS Fun Run. We are also inviting parents who would like to participate or cheer on the runners.

This year, we are calling for runners to run in their most awesome costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and entertaining costumes.Just remember that costumes should be appropriate to the school dress code.

All runners will also be issued with a sponsorship form to fundraise for School on the Boat – an organization that helps disadvantaged children living along the Red River near the Long Bien bridge.

UNIS has an ongoing relationship with School on the Boat, and this year a Grade 8 Service Learning Group are partnering with the NGO throughout the year. So please get behind our Middle School kids to recognise their efforts and support a great cause.

Food and drinks will be on sale after the race, with proceeds also going to School on the Boat. Please bring cash to purchase post-race snacks.

Bringing SDGs Knowledge to the next Level

Over the course of this week, all 7th Grade home bases applied their knowledge of the SDG’s to a better extent. Because this week was SDG week, all 7th graders were attended to by guest speakers that had completed some sort of action related to at least one of the 17 sustainable development goals; this encompassed the G9 students who briefly talked about how they were helping those in rural poverty.

Tod Pollack from the Harvard Medical Center also came to explain how poverty is depriving many Vietnamese citizens of getting the medical aid they need; specifically for HIV which is quite common in rural areas. Another guest speaker talked about NGO work and climate action related to the dangers we are facing and could face in the near future.

The 7th graders then applied what they had learned to fabricate a list of what SDG’s they think are the most and least important. The intentions were, of course, to show how much SDGs are seen in daily life as well as how we can make a difference.

All these guest speakers had made an impact on society in some way which is the path we, 7th graders, should be influenced to follow as a result of identifying the importance in all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Kaylin Slewka

Parent Teacher Conferences – November 22-23

Dear Middle School Parents,

Following up with our Initial Progress Reports – Quarter 1 recently, we will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on November 22 and 23.
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 10am until 6pm. 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 is now available on your Veracross on November 13 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 Counselor as follow: Ms. Wilcox – pwilcox@unishanoi.org or Mr. Jackson –  kjackson@unihanoi.org
For any other questions, please feel free to contact our Middle School office at mspsecretary@unishanoi.org or msdpsecretary@unishanoi.org
Thank you for your support.
Kindest regards,
Marc Vermeire
MS Principal

Middle School Design Classes in Action

GRADE 6: GIFTS FOR THE FAMILY UNIT 

We began the year in Grade 6 with a DIY challenge to make a gift for a family member. Students learned how to safely operate multiple tools in the workshop and discovered the importance of creating concept sketches and foam-core prototypes to test their ideas and perfect their measurements. Their final products have been taken home and their process has been documented on a new tool we are testing out in the MS in Design called Seesaw. 

GRADES 7&8: MASTERCHEF REMIX 

We started our inter-disciplinary learning journey this year with several courses designed to combine knowledge from two MYP subjects. In this course, we coupled the iterative process in Design with the nutritional studies of Physical Health Education. During MasterChef Remix, students learned about the benefits of balancing proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables in their diet to create healthy fusion cuisines. They paired their menus as a group and competed in a multi-staged competition that offered them the chance to improve their dish using the design cycle. In the end, there could be only one group who won, but they all came away with a collective cookbook of their favorite cultural dishes. 

Parent Series: Applying the MYP

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend the Middle Years Programme (MYP) parent session- part 2 focusing on ‘Applying the MYP’. The session will begin at 8.30 in the Community Room (B7). Please register here
Applying the MYP is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.

If you were unable to attend the part 1 session – ‘What is the MYP’ – which gives you basic understanding of the MYP concepts, please make sure to register for the next one coming up on January 22. The part 2 – Appyling the MYP will also be repeated on January 29.

What is the MYP (Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.

  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
 Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

MYP i-Block Exploration Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Quarter 1 MYP I-Block Exploration Exhibition. MSHS Exploratory Ceramics classes have explored working with clay, hand-building and glazing. Meanwhile, Grades 7 and 8 Exploratory Digital Photography have explored composition and digital editing using Adobe Photoshop. The MS Exploratory Animate! inquired into visually communicating a story through stop motion animation techniques.

Parent Series: Understanding the Middle Years Programme

All grade 6 – 10 parents are invited to attend the Middle Years Programme (MYP) parent session- part 2 focusing on ‘Applying the MYP’. The session will begin at 8.30 in the Community Room (B7). Please register here
Applying the MYP is a hands-on workshop where parents will be engaged in activities to acquire a deeper understanding of how the MYP works in practice!
  1. How do students engage with assessment rubrics?
  2. Example of developing conceptual understanding.
  3. The explicit teaching of ATL skills
  4. Spend a short time in 2 different MYP classrooms then debrief what we see.

If you were unable to attend the part 1 session – ‘What is the MYP’ – which gives you basic understanding of the MYP concepts, please make sure to register for the next one coming up on January 22. The part 2 – Appyling the MYP will also be repeated on January 29.

What is the MYP (Jan 22) Is a lecture based talk designed to give you basic understanding of the MYP concepts and language surround our curriculum.

  1. What is conceptual learning / understanding?
  2. What is the purpose of the statement of inquiry and inquiry questions?
  3. What does learning in context mean? – (global contexts)
  4. Assessment in the MYP – How does criterion based assessment work?
  5. formative and summative assessment
  6. Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs)
 Questions? Contact MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper: mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org