Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences – November 21-22

Dear Middle School Parents, 

We will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on November 21 and 22

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 10.00 until 18.00. 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 will be available on your Veracross portal from November 11 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 Counsellor as follow: 

G06 and G08 – Ms Sandra Flores – sflores@unishanoi.org or 

G07 Mr. Anwer Kamal – mkamal@unishanoi.org 

Please don’t sign up for Academic Prep, 1st Quarter iBlock, or Wellness teachers.  You can meet with these teachers outside of conferences if you feel the need.

For any other questions, please feel free to contact our Middle School office at mspsecretary@unishanoi.org or msdpsecretary@unishanoi.org

Marc Vermeire
MS Principal

MRISA Art Exchange is open for Application

What is the MRISA Arts exchange (MRISA AX)

Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) carries out sports/arts exchange among 6 international schools in the region. The arts exchange is a fun-packed three-days of Arts workshop in music, dance, drama, and visual arts on March 18-22 at Vientiane International School in Laos.

What is expected of participants?

Selected participants will be involved in weekly after school workshops run by teachers and students January-March.

Selected participants will be in charge of creating and leading their very own workshop to present at the Art Exchange. 

Selected participants will be travelling to Vientiane International School in Laos to take workshops in their chosen discipline as well we exploratory workshops.

Selected participants will be staying with a hosted family in Laos.

* See video from last year’s exchange for a clearer understanding.

Who should apply

Students grade 6 -12 who have a passion for the arts and wish to dive deeper into a chosen discipline.

Students who are willing to collaborate with other students from MRISA schools.

Students who are responsible and respectful.

Students who are comfortable travelling to another country and be hosted by a family in Laos. Families need to be able to host future visiting students from MRISA or APAC events

Who will be selected

  • Only 20 students will  be able to attend
  • 5 for each discipline: Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts
  • Selection will be based available spaces application questions and  teacher recommendations.

How do you apply

Complete the application form  by November 22.

Come and speak to Ms Wise or Ms Graham if you have any questions.

Grade 6 Math Lessons

Grade 6 students have just completed their first MYP Mathematics unit in which they inquired into how operations work on whole numbers. They started by exploring how our current number system has developed over time, which they will continue in our second unit as we branch out from whole numbers to rational numbers. Next, they looked at how operations can be applied to whole numbers in a variety of ways. To do this they inquired into the relationship between using “concrete” manipulative models and “abstract” algorithms. They finished the unit debating that while there are different strategies to solve a problem, are some strategies more effective and efficient than others?

We are now moving on to our second unit which is an inquiry into the Rational Real Numbers and will be driven by the following questions:

Statement of Inquiry:
Equivalent number quantities can be represented in different forms and used to express ideas creatively.

Guiding Questions:

Factual:

  • What are the different forms used to represent number quantities?
  • What is equivalence?
  • What is pattern?

Conceptual:

  • How do real world situations influence which form of a number we should use?
  • How can we describe patterns?

Debatable:

  • Is the appropriate form of a number always the same?

All units in MS Mathematics are aligned with Australian Curriculum Standards. The specific standards of focus in unit 2 are:

Number and Operations Pattern Probability and Statistics

ACMNA 122

ACMNA 124

ACMNA 125

ACMNA 131

ACMNA 133

ACMSP 144

ACMSP 145

ACMSP 146

To support students varying levels of ability we are using two platforms to personalise student learning. IXL “teacher recommended” practice problems are assigned both by grade level as well as personalized to individual students based on need. Additionally, we are using the “Challenge by Choice” Enrichment Programme where students are empowered to decide what level problems are best for them to explore. For example, “green level” practice starts at grade level, “blue level” reaches a bit further, and “black level” is significantly more advanced. This is available and encouraged with all of our MS students providing the opportunity to both personalize learning and extend appropriately on selected topics while also promoting student agency.

Finally, a reminder that students are encouraged to practice mathematics at home for 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times per week. Practice at home should look like:

  1. Finishing practice set problems given each lesson with student guided notes
  2. Starred “teacher recommended” problems on IXL

Please do not hesitate to contact the math team with questions or concerns.

Kindly,

MS Mathematics Team

Hanoi Band Evening

On October 25, students representing ensembles from HIS, Concordia, St. Paul’s, and UNIS Hanoi put all their skills and individual practice together to form an ensemble of 80 student musicians.  After two rehearsals the group performed.

Enjoy pictures and videos of the rehearsal and performance here. Highlights for students were meeting others who are excited to play and perform music, playing music and spending time with old friends, and of course a celebratory pizza dinner!

 

Middle School Updates

Hello Middle School!

Veracross Gradebook Reminder 

What an exciting time of year!  We’ve done trip week, had an autumn break, and celebrated UN Day!  We’ve also come to the end of the first quarter of the year (October 25th).  It is an important time for families to develop an understanding of how their children are achieving academically at UNIS Hanoi Middle School.

Beginning last year, the Middle School started using the Veracross Gradebook to communicate more fluidly with students and their families.  As a MS faculty, we agreed that through this more dynamic communication, all would benefit.  Celebrations and concerns can be addressed when they arise, rather than waiting, and students see the impact of weekly efforts on their achievements.  

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a look through your student’s Veracross Gradebook, please do. If you have questions for individual teachers, please do reach out to them via email, and, as always, the Middle School Office Team welcomes your comments and suggestions.

GOA Course for Grade 7 Students 

This week, our Grade 7 students started a Global Online Academy course called Growth, Grit and Gratitude. In this two-week course, students will design a personalised wellness toolkit packed with life hacks that will serve them well throughout their time in school and beyond. They will identify their strengths, use them when faced with a challenge, and explore strategies to change the way they think to affect how they feel and act. 

The course will be framed around three concepts: growth, grit and gratitude. Students will explore and develop their ideas of what it means to live life with purpose, a sense of power over how they think and feel, and the ability to create and sustain a sense of well-being. Students walk away from this module with an understanding of actions they can take to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  In addition, they will benefit from trying an online course format, something they will definitely experience in their future.

If you are a Grade 7 parents and haven’t heard about it yet, ask your student, check your email, and take a look…really great stuff!

Happiness, stress, and Well-Being 

How happy and content are you?  How do I manage the bad stress I feel from various activities? How does the amount of sleep I get impact my motivation in school?  All of these questions and more are part of our “UNIS Hanoi Middle School Well-Being Tracker” survey that starts tomorrow. Students will be asked to reflect on the past 24hrs to answer the questions. In addition, there will be links included to help answer questions and offer support and celebration. The survey will go out weekly and the data will be used in conjunction with counseling and mentorship activities. If you have questions, please see your student’s email for a copy of the survey or stop by the Middle School Office.

Thanks for your support!
Marc, JJ, and the MS Team

MSHS Band Concert

On Friday, October 25, Middle and High School Band and Orchestra students from Hanoi International School, Concordia International School, St. Paul International School and UNIS Hanoi will combine to put on a short performance in the UNIS Hanoi Theatre from 6:00-6:15pm.

The students have been preparing their parts at their respective schools and will come together on Friday afternoon to put all the parts together for the performance. No Tickets are needed to attend, but make sure to bring an ID or your UNIS ID Badge to enter the school.

This is the second year this event has happened and it is a wonderful way to bring students together through music. Come by to hear a short and FUN performance before enjoying your weekend!

Veracross Grade Book

Hello Middle School Parents!

Happy SDG Week and so looking forward to our annual celebration of UN Day on Monday (October 21).

As we near the end of the first quarter of the year (October 25) and head into Parent Teacher Conferences (November 21 and 22), it is an important time for families to develop an understanding of how their children are achieving academically at UNIS Hanoi Middle School.

Beginning last year, the Middle School started using the Veracross Gradebook to communicate more fluidly with students and their families.  As a MS faculty, we agreed that through this more dynamic communication, all would benefit. Celebrations and concerns can be addressed when they arise, rather than waiting, and students see the impact of weekly efforts on their achievements.  

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a look through your student’s Veracross Gradebook, please do. If you have questions for individual teachers, please do reach out to them via email, and, as always, the Middle School Office Team welcomes your comments and suggestions.

Thank you for your support
Marc, JJ, and the MS Team

When SDGs meet Dystopia

To align with our UNIS Hanoi goal of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals within the learning experience of students. To complement UNIS SDG Week, Grade 7 students have launched into an integrated Language and Literature A and Visual Arts project. The project is titled SDG and Dystopia.

Students have chosen an SDG that they are most passionate about and have created an imagined worst-case scenario where this goal has definitely not been achieved.

Through developing setting, character and narrative structure for this imagined world, students will write the opening chapter of their very own dystopian narrative. Employing their Visual Arts skills students have drawn their setting and are beginning to develop mythical creatures to further embellish and bring their imagined world to life.

By the end of Quarter 1 Grade 7 students will publish their opening chapter of very own dystopian narrative that can serve as a warning of what can happen if we do not collectively work to achieve the SDGs. Hopefully, the dystopian narratives and printed illustrations will also serve as an inspiration for each of us to continue to strive to achieve positive outcomes in each of the SDGs. 

Presentation on North Korea

On Thursday, September 24, Ms Sitara Syed, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam, presented to the Grade 8 Individuals and Societies students.

Ms Sitara Syed, whose children are attending UNIS Hanoi, is a recent arrival to Viet Nam with her family, but comes from a long association with the UN. In her more than 15 years with the UN she has served in a variety of roles for the UNDP and since 2014 was Coordination and Liaison Specialist in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York.

Ms Syed shared her observations on North Korea, where she spent two months as UN delegate in the summer of 2019. Her observations were an excellent and enriching addition to our current unit of study, Citizenship and Protest.

Mad Science Club in the Middle School

Middle School students have been hanging out in the Science lab@ lunch from 11:05-12:00, exploring the world of Chemistry.

Our spectacular demonstrations, hands-on activities, and real world chats make learning about science fun for kids! So far we’ve have created mini fireworks, sugar fireballs and this week they have set bubbles alight. Safety first, of course; everyone still has their eyebrows!

Our interactive, 50 minute sessions are themed around particular areas of science and include such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers, and even the science of toys. Students decide!

If you are in MS or have a child in MS, encourage them to check it out. They can come any time, dip in or dip out and learn more about real life science through experiments.
Every Thursday 11:05am-12pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before you go, here are a couple of chemistry jokes for the weekend:

A small piece of sodium that lived in a test tube fell in love with a Bunsen burner. “Oh Bunsen, my flame,” the sodium pined. “I melt whenever I see you,” The Bunsen burner replied, “It’s just a phase you’re going through.

  Q: What do you call a clown who’s in jail?
  A: A silicon.

  Q: Why can’t you trust atoms?
  A: They make up everything!

If you need more info or have questions, contact fmcauley@unishanoi.org in Middle School Science