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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Middle School News – Elizabeth Johnstson, MS Principal

Community Time

This week, two grade 7 advisories (Ralston & Hymes) lead an assembly around the ICS Learner Profile Trait "Knowledgeable". Kudos to our students who organized and lead this assembly! Winners of this month's "Student of the Month Award" are:

  • Grade 6: Abiram
  • Grade 7: Tellman
  • Grade 8: Lokrit

The grade 5 students joined us for this assembly, taking the opportunity to experience a Middle School Student Led Assembly before they join us officially as our sixth graders next year!

 

  

Library Collections

Our Middle School students are such avid readers and we are so proud of their commitment to reading this year! Please remind your child to return any overdue library books and materials before next week.

 

Finishing Strong

As we near the end of the school year, the excitement of reaching the finish line can be very distracting for all of us. Please remind your child to continue with their consistent effort and routines they've devised to be successful in their studies. We want all our Middle School scholars to FINISH STRONG!

 

Grade 8 Stepping Up

Please remember that all grade 8 students will participate in the Stepping Up ceremony to High School on June 6. Grade 8s are expected to come to morning classes but will be dismissed at 11:30. Their ceremony begins at 5pm and is held in the gym.

MS News

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week, students participated in a 'water day' activity where they played games and competed for points in a number of water-based contests. Students requested we conserve our water usage and we ensured that only a third of the water used to water the lawn is being used for these games and will immediately go into the lawn where it would have gone for regular watering. We can 'take care of this place' while we have a little fun too!

Grade 8 Stepping Up

Please remember that all grade 8 students will participate in the Stepping Up ceremony to High School on June 6. Grade 8s are expected to come to morning classes but will be dismissed at 11:30. Their ceremony begins at 5pm and is held in the gym.

Finishing Strong

All students are reminded to continue their best effort towards the end of the school year. In the midst of making summer plans or managing the rainy weather, it's easy to forget that the end of the term is just around the corner. Please be diligent and use your agendas to keep track of all your work, talk to teachers when you miss assignments and carefully manage your time so you can meet deadlines! It's crucial to FINISH STRONG! You can do it!

Music Concerts

Last week, all band students wowed us with their performances in the end-of-year concert. This week, the choirs have done the same. Way to go to all the student musicians who have worked so hard to develop and refine their musical skills this year! Stay tuned for more end-of-year celebrations of success coming from multiple classes. It's great to see how much our MS students have grown!

MS Friday Hangout

Don't miss out on the final party of the year! The MS Hangout will take place this Friday, 19 May in the Community Commons. Come and hang out with your friends. Party begins at 5:30 and ends at 7:30. There will be activities and food for sale. Looking forward to seeing MS students there and having fun 'hanging out'!

MS/HS Counselling Office

Dear Parents of PSAT 8/9 Test Takers:

The PSAT 8/9 score reports have arrived!   Please direct your student to come after school on Thursday 11 Mayor Friday 12 May to room S017 to pick up the score report.  Ms. Charmaine Gunther or Ms. Alicia Brown will be available from 3:30-4:00pm to hand out reports and give a quick presentation on how to read and interpret the results.  Parents and students are both welcome to come.  If you or your son/daughter are unable to make it the score reports will be distributed to students by 15 May.

Please take the time to go through the score report along with the information that help explain the results.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s report please contact - Ms. Alicia Brown, 9/10 School Counselor or Ms. Charmaine Gunther, MS School Counselor for assistance; alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et or charmaine.gunther@icsaddis.edu.et   

 

 

MS News

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Evening Events in the MS

Tuesday night grade 6 parents were "wowed" by recitations of their children's poetry and by a gallery walk through their "Hero's Journey" unit which involved not just amazing creative writing but also art integration where they created mosaics for their journey theme.  A huge shout out to Ms. Paproski, Ms. Carrano and Mr. Giles for their collaboration on this project and to the whole 6th grade team for being present and supporting their colleagues.

 

Wednesday Parents were back for the MS/HS Concert Band evening.  Fantastic work by our students and kudos to Ms. Hardy and Ms. Amy for a fabulous concert!

Next Wednesday is the MS/HS Choir Concert and we hope to see you there again!

MS/HS Counselling Office

Dear Parents of PSAT 8/9 Test Takers:

The PSAT 8/9 score reports have arrived!   Please direct your student to come after school on Thursday, May 11th or Friday May 12th to room S017 to pick up the score report.  Ms. Charmaine Gunther or Ms. Alicia Brown will be available from 3:30-4:00pm to hand out reports and give a quick presentation on how to read and interpret the results.  Parents and students are both welcome to come.  If you or your son/daughter are unable to make it the score reports will be distributed to students by 15 May.

Please take the time to go through the score report along with the information that help explain the results.  If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s report please contact - Ms. Alicia Brown, 9/10 School Counselor or Ms. Charmaine Gunther, MS School Counselor for assistance; alicia.brown@icsaddis.edu.et or charmaine.gunther@icsaddis.edu.et   

MS News

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week students competed the Common Writing Assessment (CWA) which will be compared with the CWA from the fall.  Next week students will have a house activity and he following we are expecting to have our Water day.

Evening Concerts and Events

There are many events coming up in May when MS students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning.  On May 9th students in Grade 6 will be presenting work from Humanities and on the 10th students from grade 6-8 will be performing in the band concert.  The following week on the 17th we have the choir concert and on May 30th we have a drama and arts showcase.  We look forward to seeing parents at all of these events.

Families On The Move-Thank You! The middle and high school counselors want to thank the parents that were able to join us for our parent coffee: Families On The Move.  We also want to share the presentation with families that were unable to attend, you may click here to access the presentation.  Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with our middle school counselor, Ms. Charmaine Gunther, or our high school counselors Ms. Alicia Brown and Mr. Jim Barekman. We wish you all the best and are here to support you and your children as you transition from ICS to your next home.

MS News

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Community Time

This week two of our grade 7 advisories led an assembly around two of the Learner Profile traits: "Balance" and "Open-Mindedness". There were awards given to Students of the Month by grade level. Here are the results:

Grade 6: Guiseppe Avaro

Grade 7: Achintya Verma, Naomi Assefa

Grade 8: Addis Kerby, Natasha Barekman

Congratulations to everyone who has been demonstrating excellence in the Learner Profile traits! What an amazing group of students we have in middle school!

Grade 5 Transitions: Cracking the Middle School Code

We had a great turn-out on Monday for our transitions night to welcome grade 5 parents to middle school for next year. Lots of excitement as the new intake become familiarized with the wonders of middle school at ICS. We're looking forward to having you join us next year!

FitUp

This is a reminder that FitUp has officially gone to Tuesdays only. Thursdays will be regular advisory time now until the end of the year.

Common Writing Assessment

Next Wednesday, May 3, all middle school students will participate in our spring Common Writing Assessment task. Students will be in their advisory groups from 12-2 on Wednesday participating in this writing activity. There is no studying for this assessment task. Students are only expected to use the time they have during this activity and their best organizing and writing skills to demonstrate their abilities in writing. These assessments are NOT included in report grades but they help us better understand student growth in writing over the year.

MS News

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Poetry Month in the MS

Poetry is alive and well in the middle school!  The students have been writing and hearing and reading poems throughout the month of April and Tuesday they were able to hear our visiting author David Greenberg. As you can see in the picture, they were completely engaged in his presentation.

Thank you for attending the SLC's

Our student led conferences were very successful last week with great attendance and feedback from parents. 

 

MS News

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Middle School PrincipalElizabeth Johnston     

Student-led Conferences

Middle school students were engaged in deep and meaningful conversations with their parents this week as reflected on their growth over the year.  If you were unable to attend and your child did not have a teacher "fill in" for you in the meeting, we request that you complete the conference at home and return the parent feedback form to the MS office as soon as possible.

   

Melkam Fasika

Please remember that Friday is a teacher work day and middle school students are only permitted on campus "under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian" as stated in the parent-student handbook.  Please respect our campus access rules so teachers will be able to focus on their collaborative work.

MS News

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-Led Conferences

Third quarter reports were sent to parents on April 3rd (by email) and next week we will have Student Led Conferences (SLC’s) during which students share their reflections on their effort and academic growth with parents.  All SLC's for MS will take place in the MS wing of the school and we look forward to seeing parents on 11 April (4:00 - 7:30 PM) and 13 April (1:00 - 4:30 PM).  We know that students deepen their learning by talking about their learning processes while reflecting on their strengths and challenges and responding to questions from their parents. We appreciate your participation in this process.  Please remember that these are not Parent Teacher conferences.  If you wish to speak with a subject teacher, please contact them via email or make an appointment through the MS office.

Parents are reminded that we have early dismissal at 11:40 AM on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April to accommodate the MS and HS conference schedules.  

Community Time

Students have been using community time in the last two weeks to prepare for their conferences with parents.  This week they also completed their effort analysis and reflected on their goals from the fall.

Elementary and Middle School

Addis Ababa World Environment Performance: Opportunity for you and your family to participate: Les animaux malades du climat

A partnership with UNESCO as well as the economic community of West Africa and Fekat Circus are supporting this show scheduled for 5 June 2017 for World Environment Day.

The organizers are looking for students to take part.

“Their participation will consist in showing the public the effects of globalization and in giving their point of view on death or disappearance of animals.

Students will be selected to interpret a song for peace and hope. Others may be able to play climate-sick animals on stage.  Spoken languages: Chinese, French, English, Wolof, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Amharic.

Older students can participate in a journalism and photography lessons and may have an opportunity to interview selected Ambassadors. After some journalism, photo and editing training workshops, their work will be added to the show along with a scientific research on climate warming.

ICS is not officially a part of this opportunity, but we wanted to pass along the information.  If you are interested or want further information, please email the organizers directly bienvenuboko@gmail.com

 

MS News

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-Led Conferences

Third quarter reports will be sent to parents on April 3rd and these will be followed up with Student Led Conferences (SLC’s) on 11 April (4:00 - 7:30 PM) and 13 April (1:00 - 4:30 PM).  Students have been reflecting on their growth in each subject and are required to sit down with parents in a formal setting and discuss their growth and reflections.  We know that students deepen their learning by articulating their learning processes while reflecting on their strengths and challenges and responding to questions from their parents. We appreciate your participation in this process and look forward to seeing you in April at the SLC’s.  Please note this is not a parent-teacher conference.  Teachers are available to speak with parents at any time throughout the year, so if you wish to arrange a meeting with a specific teacher, please do not hesitate to contact them via email.  

Course Selections for grades 6 and 7 are due Friday 31 March!

MS News

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Middle School Principal, Elizabeth Johnston

Student-led Conferences

Student-led Conferences (SLC’s) are coming soon and provide an opportunity for students and parents to sit together in a structured process during which the student shares his/her reflections on growth in their learning. During SLC’s, students "take ownership of their learning" and demonstrate an ability to:

  • articulate their learning processes across multiple subjects to their parents 
  • reflect on their challenges and strengths
  • respond to questions from their parents about their learning

SLC’s will be held on two dates:

  • Tuesday April 11 4:00 - 7:30
  • Thursday April 13 1:30 - 4:30

Appointments will be made via the Pick-a-Time system.

Quarter Change

Quarter 3 ends on Friday March 24 so on Monday March 27th, students with quarter-long electives will begin new ones. All students are reminded to work on their effort goals and finish the year strong!

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