From the Secondary School Principal

Good Morning MS/HS Families, 

The weather has cooled which is also allowing ever better use of some of our wonderful outdoor spaces. Students are well into the routine of school; indeed, it is hard to believe that the October break is nearly upon us!

This week, new members of the leadership team for the Middle & High Schools had the opportunity to meet with members of the Executive SCO (School Community Organization) off campus to connect and to plan possibilities for engaging more with the community as the year unfolds. We truly appreciated hearing from parents and learning some of the reasons many are so very happy to have their children at UNIS Hanoi.

As a new leadership team, we’ve made a few small changes that parents should be aware of that take effect from Monday (Sept. 28). The Deputy Principals’ for both divisions are located in B6. While Veracross is still the place for logistics requests, anyone who needs some human interaction can contact the Administrative assistants who take care of attendance and Report Card/Transcript requests:

For students who need to sign out during the day, please go to the Deputy Principals’ Office in B6, G01.

Students registered to ride the bus? 

Whether students use the bus after school or after an ASA, it’s important students know and follow these guidelines to make the experience smooth for everyone:

  • transportation requests are in Veracross – so they’re shared with teachers, coaches, activities sponsors and the Transport Office
  • When a student doesn’t show up for a bus, it causes worry, concern and work for a bunch of people. So, please follow the transport reservations. Students can’t automatically join an earlier or later bus as the bus routes are not scheduled to go to all homes
  • Not taking the bus? Need to make a change?  Have your parents write transportoffice@unishanoi.org Please do so by 11:00 on the day. Change requests must be made by parents so the Transport Office can try to meet the request.

Have an excellent weekend!

Warmly,
Jeff Leppard

Secondary Counselling News

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents and Community,

As we all know, effective communication is essential. Parents are continually navigating communication lanes as a child moves from Grade 6 through Secondary School into Grade 12; and this can sometimes have its challenges. This week, we are sharing some articles related to communication strategies.

Below, please find information related to specific grade level information, standardized testing information and upcoming virtual university visits at the bottom of this article which includes an international university fair as well a week-long U.K. fair.

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER

Vietnam, our host country is a safe and wonderful place to live; however, there are situations that can arise where in Hanoi or in any big city in the world. There has been a recent warning from the US embassy regarding issues of assault. We ask parents to please remind your children that they should never take an unmarked taxi or accept rides from drivers not booked via a traceable application or a reputable taxi company. They should ensure that the license plate matches the application reservation. Also, they should pay attention to their route and ensure the driver drops them off in a safe area at the correct destination.

Parents should also be aware that perhaps different than in some other countries, high-school aged students can easily obtain alcohol or other substances. Such substances can be laced to impair individuals, raising the danger level further. Moreover, the use of drugs is a crime in Vietnam and we ask that you reinforce the message at home that contravening the laws of our host country can have grave implications for the whole family.

In sessions with students, the counsellors have and will continue to discuss questions pertaining to personal safety and healthy choices. At UNIS Hanoi, we provide students with pertinent, age-appropriate information about the dangers and potential harm of substances, about healthy relationships, and consent. And we know that raising a young adult takes a village.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication

Why Teenagers Reject Parents’ Solutions to Their Problems 

GRADE 12 UPDATE

  • Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due by October 1. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.
  • Students and parents should have signed the ‘Essential Agreements’ contract and returned to their counsellor.
  • United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/dentistry/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15.
  • United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline: We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counselling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 11 UPDATE

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • October 6th is the deadline for changing a higher and standard level of the same IB DP course.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 10 UPDATE

  • During our counselling session, we began the process of discussing future planning for students, in terms of requirements for certain career pathways and course requirements in countries around the world.
  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  •  Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 9 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 9 students are currently learning about Microagressions in relation to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unishanoi.org

      GRADE 8 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 8 students are learning about the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world  Resource: UNCR 
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

    GRADE 7 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 7 students are learning about Social Justice an analysis of stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unsihanoi.org

     GRADE 6 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 6 students are learning about the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world  Resource: UNCR
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

   TESTING

The September 26th SAT exam is tomorrow! Please carefully review the email you should have received from the UNIS SAT testing Coordinator and check your email for any last minute changes that may occur.

The ACT’s/SAT’s should only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2020-2021.

PSAT 2020 date changed from October 2020  to January 26, 2021 at UNIS Hanoi during the school day.

SAT – Important:
CollegeBoard has taken extra security measures in test taker fraud. If a student receives an email from the CollegeBoard to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2020-2021 are:

International SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Score Release Date

September 26, 2020

October 9, 2020

October 3, 2020

October 11-18, 2020

NEW ** November 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 13-20, 2020

** March 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

March 21-28, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 16-23, 2021

NEW ** June 5, 2021

May 6, 2021

NA

** No SAT, SUBJECT TEST only on this date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

Projected dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 ACT testing year.

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2021

Jan 8, 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Mar 5, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 11, 2021

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

No on-campus visits.
(Details available on Cialfo/ High School Calendar)

Sep 29, 2020: 20.00 ICT (USA Colleges)
Join Davidson, Smith and Union Colleges (USA) – Online information session

Sep 30, 2020: 20.00 ICT
Christian Colleges and Universities Virtual Seminar

Oct 03, 2020: 08.00
SixColleges.Org: Information session for international students
Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, Williams and you

Three Students Recognized for Academic Acumen by Johns Hopkins Center

A second group of UNIS Hanoi students have been recognized for their academic acumen by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The three students, all in Middle School, performed exceptionally well in verbal and math assessments taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. As a result, they were presented with High Honors Awards by the globally-renowned institution.

The students are:

  • Benjamin, 8, Verbal and Math
  • Zey, 8, Verbal and Math
  • Khin, 6, Verbal

Benjamin, Zey and Khin join six other UNIS Hanoi students who had also recently received High Honors Awards from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. The nine UNIS Hanoi students were among 16,000 students from 66 countries who tested with CTY in the 2019-20 Talent Search. Less than a quarter of CTY Talent Search testers qualify for CTY High Honors Awards and UNIS Hanoi’s students were the only recipients from Vietnam.

In addition to earning a High Honors Award, one student, Benjamin, also qualified for the Grand Honors Award based on his verbal ability. This means that Benjamin scored in the top 12% of all students who took the assessment.

“Honorees, today we celebrate the knowledge and perseverance you have demonstrated by taking a test designed for much older students and achieving a remarkably high score,” said Amy Shelton, CTY’s Interim Executive Director and Director of Research. “Above all, today we celebrate your potential. In the months and years to come, we hope you’ll stay curious, keep challenging yourself and continue learning and growing as a scholar. Use your talents to do good things in your communities.”

UNIS Hanoi congratulates you on your achievements!

Grade 12 DP Music Class Performs First Concert

This morning, five Grade 12 DP Music students shared their creative talent through an informal concert as part of their internal assessments. Featuring a diverse range of musical styles from Debussy to Fleetwood Mac, it was a joy to hear such accomplished young musicians performing live.

Please share our enjoyment through this video of the performances.

Secondary Mathematics Lab

Mathlab is an opportunity for students to get teacher and peer support with mathematics.  Mathematics is a complex learning endeavor and students are more efficient with their learning when they are able to ask questions and work with their peers to solve problems.

High School: Every Monday and Tuesday, students may drop-in after school from 15:30 – 16:30 in room B6-110. Mathematics teachers will be available to support students with their homework, preparing for assessments, or learning mathematical skills.

Middle School: Every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch in B5-110 starting at 11:10 – 11:50. Mathematics teachers will be available to support students with their homework, preparing for assessments, or learning mathematical skills.

Sincerely,

Neil Fairbairn

From the Secondary School Principal

Dear Middle & High School Families, 

Earlier this week some members of the leadership team had the opportunity to share information with parents in the community during an online session. More than 100 chose to attend which was heartening.

As I reflected afterward, I realized too that the new secondary school leadership team is one with whom you’re not yet familiar. This will come over time, and I know we’re looking forward to engaging with families more directly. Personally, what has guided me in my more than 20 years in education is my belief in 3 “Rs”: rigour, relevance and relationships. To start with the latter, I believe that our kids will not learn or achieve their potential if they do not feel connected to their teachers and to their peers. Further, our learning must also be relevant. No doubt there are times where there is foundational knowledge and skills that students must learn first in order to engage in a topic or process, but we must always strive to help kids connect what they are learning to the ‘real world’. 

And I wanted to devote a paragraph to rigour. Rigour means that each child is seen and known and that s/he is challenged to learn and grow — to reach his or her potential. The IB curricula that guide much of our work is concept driven in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) in years 11 and 12, while including more content, is still an inquiry driven programme characterized by what many would call a “low floor and a high ceiling”. By this I mean that the individual courses are accessible to most students (low floor) while the demands of the courses also offer much room for students agency to go above and beyond (high ceiling) while demonstrating their knowledge, skills and understanding. 

When I think about our student body I know we are fortunate to have students who come from homes that value education. Indeed, this makes working with your kids such a pleasure. And, unlike some private schools, we are not a selective admissions school. That is, we accept students whose learning needs we are capable of supporting. We are not a selective school. Moreover, some international schools limit student participation in the full IB Diploma because it is demanding and because results are so very public. At UNIS Hanoi, students are permitted to challenge themselves and we have a very high participation rate and, as I shared with the community earlier this week, extremely good results. Our median diploma score last year was 36 out of 45 (compared to a world average of 30). Indeed, nearly 80% of our students achieved a higher than average score.  

What makes me most proud, however, is not uniquely the IB Diploma scores, though they are laudable, but rather our aspiration to offer classroom learning that inspires while providing a balanced education that allows our kids to participate in a great variety of sports and activities that often form the basis of the best memories of our high school career.

Have a great weekend.

Warmly,
Jeff

MYP Zoom Parent Info Session – September 22

Dear Parents,

The first virtual Middle Years Programme (MYP) parents information session for 2020/21 will be held on Tuesday September 22 from 10:30 – 11:00, via zoom.  

This beginner session is aimed at parents new to the MYP, and will cover the following topics:

  1. What are the aims of the MYP?
  2. The IB continuum: How do the PYP, MYP, and DP fit together?
  3. What do the IB terms ‘Inquiry-based’, ‘concept-driven’, and ‘global contexts’ mean?
  4. How will learning be assessed in the MYP?
  5. How can parents support students learning at home?

All parents are very welcome to join and hear how we embrace the MYP at UNIS Hanoi and there will be opportunities to ask questions and suggest other topics for future MYP sessions this year. 

If you have any questions about the session or would like to learn more about the MYP,  please feel free to email Daniel Cooper on mypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

Please join us on the zoom link below, which can also be found in the UNIS Hanoi calendar.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83165088568?pwd=cCtLQ1JFSEZRdGd4V3VVUFU4V1RzUT09

Meeting ID: 831 6508 8568
Passcode: QHTuW5

Secondary Counselling News

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents and Community,

This year we will be examining ways to remain Stronger Together, so please keep an eye out for information to help support both students and parents in our community. Thank you for taking the time to read through the Secondary School Counselling weekly news. We hope you find it useful.

Below, please find information related to upcoming events, specific grade level information, standardized testing information and upcoming virtual university visits at the bottom of this document which includes an international university fair as well a week-long U.K. fair.

PSAT INFORMATION – GRADES 10&11

The date of this years’ PSAT exam, a standardized test given to all Grade 10 students in lieu of the MAP Testing, will be on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Please note this is a change from the usual October testing date. Some Grade 11 students may also opt to sit the test. More information to follow in the coming months.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

How to Help Teenagers Get More Sleep
By Juliann Garey

GRADE 12 UPDATE

  • Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due by October 1. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.
  • Students and parents should have signed the ‘Essential Agreements’ contract and returned to their counsellor.
  • United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/dentistry/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15.
  • United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline: We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counselling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.
  • This week, the counsellors met with students to discuss procedures related to reference requests, grades for universities, and separately met with US applicants.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 11 UPDATE

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes, class changes, or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Today was the IB office deadline for changing IB courses. Students have until October
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 10 UPDATE

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  •  Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 9 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 9 students are currently learning about Social Justice via an analysis of stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice. We will continue the unit by exploring what microaggressions are what they can do to be an ally.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unishanoi.org

      GRADE 8 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 8 students are learning about the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world  Resource: UNCR 
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

    GRADE 7 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 7 students are learning about Social Justice an analysis of stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unsihanoi.org

     GRADE 6 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 6 students are learning about the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world  Resource: UNCR
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

   TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s should only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2020-2021.

PSAT 2020 date changed from October 2020  to January 26, 2021 at UNIS Hanoi during the school day.

SAT – Important:
CollegeBoard has taken extra security measures in test taker fraud. If a student receives an email from the CollegeBoard to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2020-2021 are:

International SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Score Release Date

September 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

October 9, 2020

October 3, 2020

September 4, 2020

October 11-18, 2020

NEW ** November 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 13-20, 2020

** March 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

March 21-28, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 16-23, 2021

NEW ** June 5, 2021

May 6, 2021

NA

** No SAT, SUBJECT TEST only on this date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

Projected dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 ACT testing year.

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2021

Jan 8, 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Mar 5, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 11, 2021

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

No on-campus visits.
(Details available on Cialfo/ High School Calendar)

Sep 20: UnivAssist WebiFair

Sep 21- 25: UK Universities Virtual Week

Please join us to participate in a brilliant and comprehensive Virtual Schools tour happening with 33 UK Universities from September 21.

During the week, there will be opportunities to engage with 30+ universities. There are over 130+ sessions taking place and we have tried to make sure that we have catered for as many subjects as possible. You will have the opportunity to speak to international teams, student support and subject specific academics.

We hope that you find this week incredibly engaging and informative. Once you have registered your interest in the event via this  LINK, you will be sent an updated guide with all the relevant links to each specific session. Please read the full schedule here .

MUN Holds First General Meeting

Yesterday, Thursday September 17, the Model United Nations (MUN) Leadership Team held their first meeting which was convened to share information about the MUN with fellow High School students. 

The UNIS MUN General Interest meeting attracted more than 40 new students who expressed a willingness to get involved in this year’s programme of activities. The MUN is student-led and members of this year’s leadership team spent time talking to students about the different roles up for grabs. An appeal was made for: Delegates, Delegation Ambassadors, Council Presidents, Committee Chairs, Admin, Traveling Teams and Virtual MUN Teams. 

Every year, a total of 100 students participate in MUN debates and conferences in one form or the other. This year, the theme of the upcoming November conference is ‘Perseverance in the Face of Adversity’. Students who were unable to attend yesterday’s meeting but would still like to get involved in MUN, can contact Dhviti Shah (dshah@unishanoi.org), Head of Human Resources for UNIS MUN.

From the Secondary School Principal

Dear Secondary School, 

This week, as you’ll have noted, has seen a slight decrease in the temperature which has coincided nicely with the beginning of After School Activities (ASAs). I am so pleased with the level of participation and the dedication our students are showing to our vibrant arts, service and athletics programme. I am proud that UNIS Hanoi offers a holistic education and that our students take advantage of the many choices on offer. The ASAs help our students to achieve some balance between the demands of the academic programme and the need to be well, to be active and to pursue passions or areas of interest.

As I think about balance, I also hope that families have conversations at home about screen time on mobile devices. Not all screen time is created equal: kids are sometimes being creative, connecting with others, or are actively engaged in learning. At other times, we are likely to be engaged in passive activities such as scrolling through Instagram (IG) or Pinterest. Increasingly, we know that such activities are not in kids’ best interest. Indeed, even as adults many of us are drawn to our devices more than we might like. At school, we’ll share information about device use with students and it is also powerful if families have these conversations over dinner about your own expectations about how much time is appropriate, or when devices should be turned off in the evening and where they should be left overnight, which should not be the bedroom.

I’m also pleased that this week we finally have our full complement of teachers and the secondary team is joined by the High School Deputy Principal, Ms. Hordenchuk, who started work today. Having staff arrive that has called on faculty and students to exhibit great flexibility as we ensured that our programme was running successfully. 

Parents, students in Grades 6-9 will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test next week in Homebase. These tests help inform the teaching and learning process and the data is used at a programmatic level. Students do not need to study for these tests; the best preparation is to eat and rest well.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Warmly,
Jeff Leppard

Measures of Academic Progress Tests

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Monday 14 September until Friday 18 September 2020 for students in grades three through nine (Grades 3-9).

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 3-9 will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language. This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in September 2020 and again later in the year to look at how much growth our students are making.

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 the divisional Principals.

The Personal Project: A Journey of Personal Interest

As we move into our second month of the school year, our Grade 10 students have begun their Personal Project Journey, creating a goal that is formed from a deep personal interest. From a series of Personal Project Workshops, the students have progressed through the investigation portion of the adventure, where they have shaped their Personal Project goal with purposeful research and reflection. The students have also conferenced with their Project Supervisor, a teacher-mentor that will provide structure and guidance to help them achieve the goal of their journey.

Personal Project Parent Learning Summit

On September 17 from 10:30 – 11:00, UNIS Hanoi will hold a Personal Project Parent Learning Summit for our Grade 10 parent community. During the Zoom session, our MYP Coordinator, Daniel Cooper, and Personal Project Coordinator, Griffin Loynes, will lead an information session, where parents can inquire into the purpose and structure of the Project. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the Coordinators, as well as UNIS Hanoi students from Grade 11 that already completed their Personal Project Journey. 

In the IB’s own words: 

“Through MYP projects, students experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, as well as the need to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work—key skills that prepare students for success in further study, the workplace and the community.” (IB Personal Project Guide 6)

Griffin Loynes
Personal Project Coordinator 

Secondary Counselling News

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents and Community,

Thank you for taking the time to read through the secondary school counseling weekly news. We hope you find it useful. Below, please find information related to upcoming events, specific grade level information, standardized testing information and upcoming virtual university visits.

CIS SOUTHEAST ASIA VIRTUAL FAIR

This is a free event designed exclusively for secondary school students who aspire to study internationally.

With over 247 accredited CIS Member Universities from 23 countries taking part, this fair offers a significant breadth of options. There are several notable institutions attending, including the likes of University of California, Berkeley, McGill University, University of Melbourne, and University of Edinburgh. You can find the full list of universities attending HERE

PSAT INFORMATION – GRADES 10&11

The date of this years’ PSAT exam, a standardized test given to all Grade 10 students in lieu of the MAP Testing, will be on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Please note this is a change from the usual October testing date. Some Grade 11 students may also opt to sit the test. More information to follow in the coming months.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

University of California Barred From Considering SAT/ACT Scores
By: Scott Jaschik, September 8, 2020

How to help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience
By Deborah Farmer Kris, February 12, 2019

GRADE 12 UPDATE

  • Counsellors are meeting with Grade 12 students daily. Parents, please feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have.
  • Students and parents should have signed the ‘Essential Agreements’ contract and returned to their counsellor.
  • Students should be dropping off personal statements, letters of motivation and university essays to counsellors so that we offer you extensive feedback. It is necessary that we can attest to these documents in their references. Mr. Cifizzari prefers a hard copy. Ms. Palmer prefers soft copy.
  • Lunch-time student sessions:

    • US- Opening US Common Application: September 15 at 11:15, B8B 115/116, Mandatory
    • Students should bring their lunch to these meetings.
    • More sessions related to other countries’ application systems to follow.
  • List of Universities are in CIALFO. Place them on the long list for the moment or if confirmed, they can move over to the short list.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15. UK bound students will have a session very soon to  open their UCAS application as a group. Please do not start this process until that session.

United States: Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline – We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the Counseling Office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 11 UPDATE

  • .Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes, class changes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • September 18 is the IB office deadline for changing IB courses.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process will begin soon in our counselling classes.

 Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 10 UPDATE

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  •  Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.
  • Counselling class focused on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brianna Palmer

GRADE 9 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, grade 9 students are finishing the lessons regarding the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world in addition to promoting social justice.  Resource: UNCR 
  • Next, Grade 9 students will be learning about Social Justice an analysis of stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unishanoi.org

      GRADE 8 UPDATE

  • In Grade 8 counselling class the students are working on identifying and managing their emotions
  • Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

    GRADE 7 UPDATE

  • In counselling class, Grade 7 students are learning about the United Nations Convention of Children’s Rights and how this applies to them regardless of where they reside. During class, we explore how these rights support the physical and mental health of children across the world in addition to promoting social justice..  Resource: UNCR 
  • Next, Grade 7 students will be learning about Social Justice an analysis of stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Sandra Flores sflores@unsihanoi.org

     GRADE 6 UPDATE

  • In Grade 6 counselling class the students are working on identifying and managing their emotions
  • Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal akamal@unishaoi.org

   TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s should only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2020-2021.

PSAT 2020 date: October 28, 2020 at UNIS during the school day.

SAT – Important:
CollegeBoard has taken extra security measures in test taker fraud. If a student receives an email from the CollegeBoard to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2020-2021 are:

International SAT Test Date

Registration Deadline

SAT Score Release Date

September 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

October 9, 2020

October 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

October 11-18, 2020

December 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

December 13-20, 2020

** March 13, 2021

February 13, 2021

March 21-28, 2021

May 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 16-23, 2021

NEW ** June 5, 2021

May 6, 2021

NA

** No SAT, SUBJECT TEST only on this date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

Projected dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 ACT testing year.

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Sept 12, 2020

Aug 7, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2021

Jan 8, 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Mar 5, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 11, 2021

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

No on-campus visits.
(Details available on Cialfo/ High School Calendar)

  • Sep 17: CIS Southeast Asia Virtual Fair
  • Sep 17: Virtual Admissions Resources from UChicago Fall 2020
  • Sep 20: UnivAssist WebiFair

Service Learning Groups Begin!

Three hundred and thirty-five High School students have set into motion 19 student-led Service Learning initiatives this week with the aim of making an impact around Hanoi. 

The Service Learning programme at UNIS Hanoi aims to address authentic community needs and gives students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and outlook required to play their part in creating a fair, inclusive and cohesive society. 

On Tuesday, students met in groups to plan a years’ worth of meaningful activities. This year’s groups are:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • High School Senate
  • KOTO and Blue Dragon Service through Sports
  • UNIS Sustainability Action Group
  • Helping Hands – Sapa Projects
  • Operation Healthy Heart
  • High School Community Garden
  • Fashion Revolution
  • Bamboo Music and Arts Service 
  • Huong La Centre
  • SANSE
  • Swim for Life
  • Learners for Learners
  • Vietnam Youth Network
  • Youth Sports Coaching
  • Animal Welfare Group
  • Gender Awareness Group
  • Microfinance for Change
  • UNIS Legacy Group

Students Personalise Learning with GOA

Five students in Grade 11 have enrolled onto courses via the Global Online Academy (GOA). UNIS Hanoi is a member school of GOA and the partnership gives students increased access to a wide variety of courses. This semester, students are learning topics ranging from Problem Solving in the Medical Field to Poetry.

Cecil Mack, the Secondary School’s new Tech Innovation Coach, is overseeing the learning that takes place via GOA. He said, “As iBlock is a time for our students to explore and discover interests, we saw a benefit to continue to grow our students personalized learning pathways through our continued partnership with Global Online Academy. Students who enrolled to take a course thoughtfully considered how this type of learning could better prepare them for university and help them gain independence as self guided learners.”

The students have already displayed skills of agility, focus and curiosity and are on track to complete their journey in mid December. Students and parents interested in learning more about the Global Online Academy can check out the available courses on the website www.globalonlineacademy.org or by contacting Cecil Mack (cmack@unishanoi.org).