MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: Oct 29-Nov 9
Lunch Rotation: 6,7
AES provides a balanced education defined by a joyful pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, arts and service. We enable each student to be an inspired lifelong learner and a responsible, compassionate global citizen.
This Week in the MS:
Monday, October 29
Day 7 - 4123
Tuesday, October 30
Day 8 - 8567
Wednesday, October 31
Day 1 - 1234
Thursday, November 1
Day 2 - 5678
Friday, November 2
Day 3 - 2341
IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL DATES ON THE HORIZON:
Nov 5-9 No School - Fall Break
Nov 12 MESAC Season 2 Sports / Activities begin
Nov 15 MS Parent Coffee, 8:30 AM, HOP
Grade 8 & 9 Introduction to AP & IB, 6:00 PM, HOP
Nov 22-23 No School - Thanksgiving
Nov 27 Shanti Concert: Band and Percussion, Theater
Nov 29 Shanti Concert: Choir and Strings, Theater
Dec 1 MS Leadership Seminar #2, 9:00 AM, HOP
PSA Night Under the Stars, 7:00 PM
Dec 4 Director’s Coffee, 8:30 AM, BCR
PSA Meeting, 09:00-10:30 AM, BCR
ASIAC Send-Off Assembly, 10:00 AM, HOP
Dec 6 MS Parent Coffee, 8:30 AM, HOP
Dec 6-9 ASIAC TT/Badminton, American School Mumbai
ASIAC Music Festival, American International School Chennai
Dec 7 MS Social, 6:30-8:30 PM, HOP
Dec 8-21 MS Art Exhibition, Theater Art Gallery
Safe Haven Drill:
Tuesday 1:30 pm safe haven drill will be conducted school wide. An email with specific information will follow on Monday.
Virtual Day: Please take a moment to fill out the Virtual Day survey if you have not done so already. This is important feedback about what went well and things we need to consider should it ever become a reality. A student survey is also being sent out this week through Advisory Google classrooms.
Recycling initative: OneStepGreener NGO
OneStepGreener, NGO, presented at the MS assembly on Monday October 8th about the need for reducing and redirecting the waste Delhi generates. They educate and spread awareness to segregate, compost and recycle house waste (glass, metal, paper, plastic, cardboard and e-waste). They offer door-to-door pickup in Vasant Vihar, Shanti Niketan, Anand Niketan and West End and are looking to expand to other areas. The waste collected is weighed and paid for, ensuring that it is responsibly recycled and does not end up in a landfill. Another initiative is to plant 1,000,000 trees in Delhi. Any student/resident leaders who would like to volunteer to help with the initiative in their areas please sign up here or support by donating. For more information, please email or visit their website. You may also follow them on Facebook.
MS Office Site - For everything you need
Here’s What We Know:
2019/20 Budget: Hard to believe that we are already preparing our budget for 2019-2020 School Year. Please start thinking about those tech items you need!! I will be sending out a survey this week!
WOW photos: Please make sure to drop your photos into the WOW folder linked here and also shared with you!! The Yearbook and advisory groups appreciate you uploading the photos. I know this week there will be several WOW activities around photos! Stop by M308 if you need any help getting them into the correct folder.
This Week in the Makerspace!: It will be super busy in the makerspace this week!! Grade 7 Humanities will be in the makerspace for Harry Potter Week, Grade 8 will join us on Wednesday to create board games during their Humanities classes, Grade 6 exploratories will be doing some Diwali activities, we will also have a couple of Diwali lunch sessions as well as our usual after school activities!! Come see the fun!!
Ask your colleagues about:
Ask Gagan and Anu about Noodletools. They are planning a unit of study on Gandhi for the next exploratory session.
Ask Kyle about the 360 degree camera he borrowed for WOW.
Ask Linda about libguides and also research skills. She has lots of great ideas for integrating tech and the library! We would both love to help.
Let me know if there is something you would like me to include as I know there is so much more going on!!
Professional Development Opportunities:
Google Summit November 9-10 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Technology Coaching for teachers, December 7-8 Amsterdam
Learning2 Europe, January 25-27, Zurich, Switzerland
Convergence Summit, January 25-26 Bangkok, Thailand
Future of Educational Tech, January 27-30 Orlando, Florida
Convergence Summit, Feb 1-2, 2019 Nairobi, Kenya(Kyle and Tracy are going!)
Geo-Literacy Conference, Feb 23-24, Dubai, UAE
Maker Certificate February 24-26 Dubai, UAE
Reading and Writing Tech, March 2-3, 2019 Shekhou, China
21st Century Learning, March 6-9 Hong Kong
Geo-Literacy Conference, April 13-14 Bangkok, Thailand
Maker Educator Certificate, April 13-16, Bangkok, Thailand
Technology Coaching, April 13-14, Bangkok, Thailand
EdTech Courses: Here is a series of online classes available on Google, STEM and much more!
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES:
After School Activities Season 2
Catch your buses
Please make sure students have enough time at the end of after school activities to catch their bus.
Come to the library before break!
Whether you are staycationing or traveling, he MSHS library has what you need! Check out a travel book for your destination, a cook book or crafts book to try something new, or some fantastic fiction or non-fiction. Don't forget to download the Sora by Overdrive or RBdigital apps if you want to read books and magazines on your device.
You can search the library catalog here to see if the book you're looking for is in. If you know what you want but can't find time to make it to the library, message me. We deliver!
Student Support Team (SST) Meetings
Upcoming Grade Level SST meetings are as follows:
October 30 - Grade 8
November 13 - Grade 6
November 20 - Grade 7
If you have concerns about a student prior to these scheduled meetings, please communicate these with the respective counselor and we will collaborate with you and other teachers to address your concerns. On a related note, we have or will be sending out a google form to the chaperones of the grade level WOW trips asking to share any specific concerns about students observed during the trip.
Please fill this form 24 hrs in advance if you would like to share any announcement to parents/ staff / students in our weekly communications that go out.
MS Substitute Evaluation Form 1819 Share feedback about a cover teacher in this link throughout the school year.
Assembly Request Form You can use this form to let the MSALT students know what teacher announcements you would like to make. Please share this information before Friday at lunch each week so they have time to plan for the announcements.
Thank you all for your commitment to students over the past 3 months. We’ve made it over a quarter of the school year! Actually, better than made it, we’ve really made progress, students are learning and happy, WOW was a success and the MS vibe is really positive. The first quarter is where routines and tone are set...the rest will be a breeze. Keep it tight for the last week, routines and focus are important for MS students.
A sincere and giant note of appreciation to all WOW chaperones. Our trip and camp leaders did a fantastic job in pulling off a huge logistical task. I saw students engaged in learning outside the classroom, challenging themselves and fostering new relationships. Thanks for keeping students safe and keeping it positive, it’s a long week!
Assistant Principal Search Process
We are beginning the search process for Melissa’s replacement. The position has been advertised in SEARCH, ISS and the AES website. We have started to receive some applications. It's important to have many voices in the room, if you are interested and have not yet communicated with me drop me an email before midday on Monday.
To ensure we have the best candidates we aim to complete the process by late November. However we may be flexible if it means getting the right person takes a little longer. Our process therefore seeks to be inclusive and timely.
The process moving forward:
We are aiming to have this process completed by the end of November.
Dana Miller-Kitch, October 27
Sheena Nagea, October 29