Welcome Back to school! We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable week with your families wherever this past week has taken you! At SIS we work hard to ensure that students’ minds and bodies are ready for learning each day. In addition to the hard work our teachers and staff do every day to prepare students for success in the classroom, we can also work to encourage healthy habits and wellness practices, leading them to lifelong success. By helping our children start healthy habits early in life, we can help increase their chances for longer, more productive lives. Here is an article that offers eight ideas that parents can do to promote healthy, active living at home.
This week, we would like to offer a warm “welcome back!” to Ms. Leda Cedo, our EP assistant principal, to Brian Gumport, our primary counselor, and to Matthew Browne, a primary teacher. This is in addition to the students and families who are continuing to return each week. We have several teachers who are in quarantine or flying back over the coming weekend, and we are so excited by the process of bringing all the members of our teaching teams back to campus in the upcoming months.
Grade 5 PYP Grade 5 students are beginning a new UOI unit this week, as they learn about how humans use their understanding of scientific principles to understand matter and properties of substances and materials in the natural world. Students in Grade 5 are conducting some simple science investigations this week to learn how to make observations, ask scientific questions, and document their findings. They are exploring the qualities of investigators and learning how to use a reflective and investigative mind!
Distance Learning/Blended Learning While students are making transitions from the distance learning model to a return to face to face classes on campus, distance and blended learning teachers are working hard to facilitate a smooth and supportive transition for students to teachers on the ground. They do this by spending time visiting with classes on campus in Shekou so that students can socialize and get to know the peers in classes on campus, by sharing assessment and student data, and by ensuring a smooth transition for students to their new teachers.
All the while, distance learning teachers continue to team with their grade level teams to plan curriculum and resources and to modify the instruction as appropriate to best fit online learning models. Blended learning teachers are meeting daily with individual and small groups of students who are on campus to support the learning that is happening in class and to set specific goals to target specific areas of student development.