Grade 7 Service Learning Trip to Pu Bin

Last Thursday & Friday, a group of 7th-grade students had an overnight trip to a school in Pu Bin for the first of two service trips. Next service trip will be in April with a different group of 7th-grade students.

They provided the school with sports equipment, a variety of Vietnamese books, educational toys, and fun.

The main purpose of this visit was to set up a relationship, research and genuinely interact with both students and staff. This, in turn, gave us an insight into the real needs of this group and how to convert this service trip into actionable outcomes.

The students from UNIS Ha Noi and Pu Bin were both a little nervous at the start but soon settled into enjoyable interactions that we feel will leave some lasting memories. Earlier in the year Grade 7 students designed and made educational toys with a service outcome in mind. These not only excited the students in Pu Bin but also served as a great ice breaker.

Look out for fundraising booths at the Spring Fair as proceeds will go toward products and materials the school has indicated would best ‘service’ their requirements.

A big thanks to all involved, Grade 7s, teachers and a special thanks to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Thuy for their organisation and support !

Math Olympics

This past Saturday, February 23rd, the ten Middle School students and ten High School students came together and participated in the Math Olympics at The Wellspring International School in Long Bien. Twelve schools participated, including UNIS,with twenty-three teams each in the Middle School and High School.

The students had a great time participating in a variety of mathematical problem solving challenges.  In the end, UNIS finished second, overall, with one of the High School teams placing first. It was great to see our students working collaboratively and enjoying themselves at the competition.

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MS/HS Counselling Corner

This week in Middle School Guidance, counsellors are focusing on the following topics related to character development and accessing success:

Grade 6 – You as a Successful Sixth Grader. – What does it look, feel and sound like to be the best student you can be?  How you can get there in terms of habits and behaviors.

Grade 7 – Understanding how personal interests relate to school and future.  What subjects, areas and activities should I try more of to be better ready for my future?

Grade 8 – Being a Better Person. Reviewing important human, community member values for a modern age, and discussing the best characteristics to use to apply these in everyday life

This week in High School Guidance, counsellors have focused on students undertanding…

Grade 9 – Introduction to Cialfo (replacing Naviance). Grade 9 students have updated their appropriate personal information to register their account and ensured their parents get a registration e-mail. This is in preparation for lessons on knowing and understanding your learning style, character strengths etc.

MS/HS Counselling Team

‘Raising Boys with Love’ Presentation

Thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.

If you did not make it on the day or would like to access the presentation, you can read it here.

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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Grades 6-9 Counselling Corner

Find out what Grades 6-9 have focused on during Counselling classes!

MS Counselling lessons have focused on supporting students to understand their self-identity.  Students have explored the various roles we fulfill in and outside of school which shapes our identity, how our self-identity can change over time and why and how we should accept and celebrate our peers’ identities.

Grade 9 Counselling lessons have focused on understanding (and therefore improving) our ability to self-motivate ourselves for whatever situations come our way. Students have learnt that combining what they love, what they are good at, what they can be paid for and what the world needs can potentially lead to a greater sense of purpose.
Speaking of which, thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable TET holiday!

MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.

Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form.

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

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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

 

MYP Parent Information Sessions

Dear Parents of MYP students,

You are invited to attend our Semester two MYP information sessions. There are two different types of sessions which are designed to support our parents in developing a deeper understanding of the MYP here at UNIS Hanoi.  These are a repeat of sessions offered earlier in the year.

 

Session 1 is on January 22, 18:30 – 19:30 in the Community Room (B7-104). This is a MYP Information evening with presentation and Q&A session. During the session, we will cover

  • What is the MYP?
  • How does my child learn?
  • How does grading work?
  • Key and related concepts, Assessment, Inquiry

Session 2 is on January 29, 08:30 – 10:00 in the Community Room (B7-104). Different from session 1, this second session is a MYP interactive workshop with example classroom activities following by a Q&A session. Parents will also have the possibility to walk around MYP classroom, learn more about Global Contexts, Atls skills, and the IB Learner Profiles.

Please register your attendance using this sign up form

For more information please contact:  Daniel Cooper at mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

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