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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MS Academic Progress Report

Hello from the “Middle”!

We have completed the first semester of the 18/19 school year! You will be receiving a second report on the academic progress that your child is making here at UNIS Hanoi Middle School this Friday, January 25th.

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.

You can begin to see this “live” feedback as UNIS Hanoi Middle School teachers have “opened” their Veracross Gradebooks for students and parents beginning this week.  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.  

All changes take time to implement and your patience and input are appreciated.  We will address questions that may arise as they come and during our March 15th UNIS Middle School Admin coffee mornings.

Thanks for your support –

Marc Vermeire and JJ Akin

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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

 

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.

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.

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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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.

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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

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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
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