High School News, David Redmond, Principal
Dear Parents, Below please find important information on current and upcoming events in the High School.
Freedom from Chemical Dependency
This year, we have once again engaged the services of Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) . FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse and addiction prevention education for schools worldwide. ICS teachers and FCD Prevention Specialists have planned three days of workshops and a special information session for parents and students on Thursday September 29 at 7:00 pm. The FCD visit offers a perfect opportunity to discuss addiction prevention, alcohol and drug-related issues with your children. We are happy to work in partnership with parents to educate our students on this crucial issue. Please come out to this evening event with your child as we take these measures for the health of our community. FCD is here at school until Friday, September 30. Parents are invited to contact the High School or the Middle School Office if you would like to arrange to visit with the team.
Progress Reports and Goal Setting
Progress reports will be sent home during the week of 3-7 October and include important information on student’s academic progress, including Academic Achievement, Effort, and Comments from the teacher. Students, in collaboration with teachers, counsellors, and advisors use the Progress Report information to set appropriate learning goals and to inform instruction for the rest of the semester. This year, students will be working in Advisory to set their goals and will then share them with parents and teachers. Parents can expect an email from their children informing them of the subjects that students have prioritized and requesting them to attend a meeting with each of the three teachers during which the students will present their goals. This marks an important departure from past practice as now the student leads the conference rather than the teachers.
Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences
We are holding our conferences on 11-13 October this year and we will once again use an online booking system to make appointments. This year, however, we are requiring students to lead three conferences. During these conferences, students will share their goals with teachers and parents, who will have an opportunity to listen and to ask questions. The goals will include clear targets as well as steps that should lead to improved academic performance. Students will inform their parents of which teachers they need to meet. Please note that we are asking parents to schedule appointments for these three teachers as a priority, and that students are required to lead the meetings. Parents may schedule meetings with other teachers as well in order to inquire about students’ progress. In the interest of efficiency and in order to accommodate a large number of meetings, we are asking parents to schedule meetings with teachers only in courses where the student requires significant improvement. For example, if a student is scoring top marks in the Progress Report, we do not feel that a meeting is necessary, as we believe that the meetings are more beneficial to address areas in need of improvement. We ask for parents’ cooperation in this regard. Further information about making appointments will be sent home next week.
I hope to see many of you tonight at the FCD presentation and out to support our athletes this weekend as our Eagles take to the courts. Please continue to read the weekly Yezare Samint for important information regarding our high school program, and please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any matter pertaining to your child’s education.
We want to thank you for the warm welcome to ICS and Ethiopia. We have enjoyed getting to know you and your students and look forward to working together this year. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some guests on our campus this week as well as some exciting events in early November. We look forward to sharing information with you in the Yezare on a monthly basis. We are always happy to meet with you and your students, please just stop by! We appreciate your continued support of your students at home.
Jim and Alicia
Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD)
This week Freedom from Chemical Dependency has been working with our students and helping them to understand the importance of delaying/refraining from substance use and how substances impact brain development. They have also worked on refusal skills.
This evening, Thursday 29 September they will host a Student and Parent Roundtable at 7:00. We encourage you to come with your student and engage in this important conversation about making healthy decisions. As a matter of process, there will be a group conversation and students will not be in the same group as their own parents. We look forward to this opportunity to engage as a community about this important topic.
We also encourage you to have conversations at home that support making healthy decisions. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) offers many good ideas about how to approach the conversation with your student. Please read the five conversation goals they offer and consider how you may approach the conversation in your home. Your partnership at home is crucial to helping students make healthy choices.
PSAT / CIS University Fair (2 November )
The PSAT, which assesses a student’s performance in English and math, will be conducted on Wednesday, November 2 along with the CIS University fair. (Please note: The community calendar has listed both Saturday 15 October and Wednesday 2 November as PSAT test dates. Given that October 15 is during fall break, all grade 10 and 11 students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, November 2.)
The PSAT results will be released in December/January but are only used as information for the student and parents. For Grade 11 students planning to take the SAT or ACT in second semester, this information provides a helpful basis from which to develop a study plan.
This will be an exciting day focused on future planning as students will also attend sessions hosted by university admissions representatives followed by the CIS university fair that afternoon. We look forward to supporting all students as they consider future plans.