MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: Sep 10-21
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 September 10
Day 8 8567
Tuesday, September 11
Day 1 1234
Wednesday, September 12
Day 2 5678
Thursday, September 13
Day 3 2341
Grade 6 HOP
Grade 7 MSMPR
Grade 8 MSStudio
Friday, September 14
Day 4 6785
IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL DATES ON THE HORIZON:
Sep. 13 MS WOW Parent Coffee, 8:30 AM, HOP
Sep. 14 PSA Community Night Out, 7:00 PM, Theater
Sep 17-20 MS MAP testing
Sep 19 FCD Parent Presentation, 6:00 PM, HOP
Sep 20 Board Meeting, 5:00 PM, BCR
Sep 21 MS MAP Testing (make-up day)
World Peace Day - WEAR WHITE
Sep 22 MS Leadership Seminar #1, HOP
Sep 25 Director’s Townhall Meeting for Faculty, 4:30 PM, HOP
Sep 26 MS Parent - Teacher Conferences, 4:30-7:30 PM, Gym
Sep 27 No classes for MS Students
MS Parent - Teacher Conferences, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00-4:00 PM, Gym
Sep 28 No classes for MS Students
MS Parent - Teacher Conferences, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, Gym
Oct 1 No School - AES Holiday
Oct 2 No School - Gandhi’s Birthday
Oct 3 Director’s Coffee, 8:30 AM, BCR
PSA Meeting, 9:00-10:30 Am, BCR
Oct 4 PSA Air Quality Mela, 2:00-5:00 PM, HOP
Oct 5 MESAC Friday Night Lights, 4:00 PM
Oct 6 Fall Fiesta, 6:00 PM, Tiger Turf
MAP Testing Information
MAP testing will take place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - September 17, 18, 20. (link to schedule)
Important to notes:
Proctor Assignments and Other Duties
Please check the schedule closely to see where you have been assigned to support with MAP testing this week.
We will have a mandatory Proctor Training session for all MS Faculty, TAs and other staff who are a part of MAP testing on Wednesday, September 13th at 2:45pm (Early Release) in the Hall of Peace.
Sign in to NWEA
Prior to the proctor training, please log in to NWEA. If you are new to AES, you should have received an email from MAP-AutoResponder@nwea.org with your temporary password. You should log into the account with the temporary password and it will prompt you to change your password. For returning teachers, log in to NWEA with the same password you used last year. If you forgot your password from last year, there is a forgot password button. This will make the training go a bit faster.
Assessments during MAP testing
It is ideal to have limited assessments that week, as a goal is to have limited stress for students. We also don't want to artificially ban 3 days and then force a pile up of assessments post-MAP. Please talk with your team about your assessment plans around MAP testing. We want to be mindful in the spread of assessments in each grade level so that students
Please let Melissa know if you have any questions or concerns with the schedule.
Melissa, Jonathan, Karin, Maureen and Bob
MS MAP Team
Class Location Updates to the MS Office (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS)
Please send a note to email@example.com (Anthea, Melissa, Jonathan, Karin, Pooja, Rekha, Deepa & Lalit) if you take your class to a different location.
MS Office Site - For everything you need
Here’s What We Know:
*Important* MAP testing: MAP testing is on the horizon. Prior to the proctor training THIS Wednesday, September 11th, if you are new,please find the email that you were sent and sign in to the proctor site. It will prompt you to change your password. I recommend using your PowerSchool password as the password requirements are the same. For returning teachers, go to teach.mapnwea.org to sign in. If you forgot your password click--> forgot my email / password --> enter email address --> get a new email with a new temporary password.
Virtual Day Google Classroom: We are getting ready for our October 9th Virtual Day. Join our Google Classroom and ask your questions! Code is: 267z8y
Thank You! A big thanks to the MS teachers who presented workshops at our Virtual Day PD sessions last Wednesday. By all reports, they were very well received and, of course, well done! Thanks to Christie, Mark d, Isaac, Dounia, Nisha, Gagan, Anu, and Courtney!
Blogs: Student blogs are updated and your blog links are on your homepage of your teacher blog. Let us know if you need any help getting started blogging with kids..great for virtual day and great for Parent Conferences!
Ask your colleagues about:
Ask Christie about the new sewing room in M306. We have machines set up if you have a project! Social Entrepreneurship is sewing up AES monogrammed heating pads!
Ask Kenny about his MakerSpace Guitar project. Students are making artwork out of an old guitar.
Ask Robert D about building Atom models. Students are in the makerspace creating representations of atoms. It is awesome!
Ask Fumi about Stomp Rockets and the VideoPhysics app. Students will be creating stomp rockets and also launching them and using the app to graph the trajectory etc.
Ask Kimberlyn about Adobe Sketch on the iPad. She is using it in her Grade 6 Exploratory.
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 September 22-23. Shekou, China
Design Thinking Workshop: October 1-2 Amsterdam, Netherlands
TECHpalooza October 3-4 Southport, Australia
Google Summit October 6-7 Mumbai, India
Google Summit October 20-21 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Learning2.0 November 1-3 Tokyo, Japan (please note, this is just before our Fall break!)
Google Summit November 9-10 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Learning2 Europe, January 25-27, Zurich, Switzerland
Future of Educational Tech, January 27-30 Orlando, Florida
Makeology Summit, Feb 1-2, 2019 Nairobi, Kenya
Reading and Writing Tech, March 2-3, 2019 Shekhou, China
21st Century Learning, March 6-9 Hong Kong
EdTech Courses: Here is a series of online classes available on Google, STEM and much more! *NEW*
Google Chrome Extensions. I am attaching my PD presentation. There are some good ones!
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES:
Catch your buses!
Coaches and advisors running after school MESAC/ASIAC activities or MS clubs, please make sure students are allowed enough time at the end of their activity to catch their bus rides home. We have had several students miss their bus in the past two weeks. Thanks!
ASA Season 1
Here is the link for the Season 1 brochure.
New book order going out soon
I'm hoping to place a book order from the US in the next few weeks, with a special focus on non-fiction. Are there parts of our collection that need additional resources? Are there specific titles or authors you'd like us to add? Please don't hesitate to send suggestions.
SST Process - in Process
We are trialing using a google form to collect information from faculty about specific students who have been referred as possible candidates for the grade level SST meeting. Please share any concerns/feedback about the SST process with any member of the SST Leadership Team: Anthea, Melissa, Jonathan, Karin, Michael C., Michael H., James, Jeni, Bruce, Dounia, and Jan
N.B. As part of the inclusive practices and learning support PD, the counselors from across the three divisions met with Jason Hicks on September 6. We discussed the SST processes and structures currently used in the ES, MS, and HS, with an eye on ways to improve these.
MS Substitute Evaluation Form 1819 Share feedback about a cover teacher in this link throughout the school year.
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.
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.
Friday was a busy day! Grade 8 had a movie afternoon and the department leads came together. This time helped us get to know the team better. As a new person to the team I appreciated the openness in sharing the work that has been done as we began to map out the year. You can expect your department lead to be seeking feedback from you in the coming weeks about grading the descriptors you began reviewing last year.
Wrapping up the week sharing drinks and food with the MS staff was a highlight of my week. Thanks to Vivek’s team for making sure our glasses were never empty!
This year we will divide the PLP responsibilities mostly by department. For some there’ll be some overlap. Please check the document and let Melissa or I know if you see a problem or have a question.
Lalit Kapoor, September 13