MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 8-19
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, April 8
Day 8 - 8567
Tuesday, April 9
Day 1 - 1234
Wednesday, April 10
Day 2 - 5678
All MSA Curriculum Committee Chairs 3:00-3:30 BCR 1
Curriculum Chairs ELA, EAL and Math 3:30-4:00 BCR 1
Thursday, April 11
Day 3 - 2341
Grade 6: Grade 5 students visiting Grade 6 advisories
Grade 7: Aanchal school visits AES
Grade 8: Independent Investigation work
Friday, April 12
Day 4 - 6785
IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL DATES ON THE HORIZON:
MESAC Forensics (DAA)
MESAC Track (ACS)
MESAC Varsity Baseball / Softball (AS Dubai)
MS Parent Coffee, 8:30 am, HOP
MESAC JV Softball / JV Baseball (@AES by Doha)
MESAC Badminton (AES)
MS MAP Testing
Earth Day - MS Earth Day Celebration
AES Spring Association / Open Board Meeting, 4:00 pm, HOP
MESAC / ASIAC Recognition Assembly, 10:00 am, HOP
MESAC Season 3 Recognition Awards, 5:00pm, HOP
MS MAP Testing (make-up day)
PSA Staff Appreciation, 8:00-12:00 noon, BCR
MS Leadership Seminar #4, 9:00am, HOP
SPRING & SUMMER WORK ORDERS 2019
Here is the guidelines and process for placing Spring / Summer work order requests.
Please take accurate attendance as it helps us to track and follow up with students who are having issues. If there is an issue with a student coming to class on time please email the parents and loop in the counselors or one of the administrators.
Inclusive Practices Update: Thank you so much for filling out the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Support survey and noting interest in being a part of the core team! We have 50% of surveys in so far and interest at each level for the core team.
Please complete the survey (link here) by April 17th so that we have time review the results the following week in core teams.
If you have any questions or would like to share more information directly, please reach out to Bethany at email@example.com.
Power School Reporting Schedule
MS Office Site - For everything you need
OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
Here is the link to the newly launched Office for Teaching and Learning site. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.
Amanda, Shirley and Rosy
Here’s What We Know:
MAP testing: Heads up that MAP testing is happening the week of April 22nd. This is also Earth Day. Melissa will be sending out more details soon about Earth Day, proctoring and make ups. MAP proctor training will be at our MS faculty meeting on April 10th.
PowerSchool I have started attending Department meetings to get your gradebooks set up for report cards. We do this early and check the assignments to avoid issues at report card time!
Projectors and bulb life: Please make sure to turn off your projectors when you are not teaching. This saves the bulbs! Thanks.
Ask your colleagues:
Ask David (student teacher in Humanities 7) about Showbie. This app allows teachers to give audio feedback and written feedback and also allows for collaboration amongst students! Looks cool!
Ask Dana about Explain Everything. Her students are creating story videos on their iPads and explain everything is a great interactive whiteboard!
Ask our ELD teachers about online WIDA testing. In the next couple of weeks, all of our ELD students will be doing some online assessment and using the WIDA app on their iPad.
Ask Linda about Turnitin.com . The MS has a subscription for each Middle School student. Stay tuned for some Professional Development around how best to use this resource. In the meantime, email me if you are interested in an account!
Ask Kyle about Pinewood Derby cars. His makerspace class is about to start building them!!
Professional Development Opportunities: A list of conferences for technology has been added to the office of teaching and learning website..under Other conferences. Also, check out the calendar of Professional development, this is a great resource!
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES:
After School Activities Season 4
First day of Season 4 will be on Monday, March 25 and you can find the brochure and descriptions in the below links.
Database Trial We have access to APA PsycNET through April 24 (on campus access only). APA PsycNET provides access to the American Psychological Association publications, and we're trying to determine if we need to subscribe for IB Psych. If there's a study you've been hoping to read, now is your chance. If you find access to this database useful, please let me know.
* Please note that Jonathan is out on Monday, April 8. Please direct any time-sensitive counseling concerns to Karin.
Supporting New Students
We have had 10 new students join our MS since January 28, and one as recently as last week:
Grade 6: Taito Kawaguchi, Jaehyun Kim, Nisha Barnes, Chloe Kang
Grade 7:Caelan McMullen, Kyungmin Cho
Grade 8: Caden McMullen, Jaeyoon Kim, Vinayak Sinha, Isaac Barnes
Moving to a new country (in most cases) and new school can be challenging, and more so in the middle of a semester. We will be hosting a lunch meeting for these students and their buddies this coming week. If there are specific ways we can help you support these students in and out of class, please let us know.
SST Process - clarification
With the existence of two groups (SST and CST) that meet regularly in an effort to support student-learning and specific students, confusion may understandably exist about how these teams are different in purpose and composition. This year the SST has at its purpose developing the MS vision for student support, building common language and systems for the MS, and bringing a MS lens to changes being proposed by other Pre-K 12 task forces as the whole school continues in its inclusive journey. The SST also has reviewed and discussed a few students who were referred from CST or were brought to SST as ‘case studies’ to better understand what additional information/data may be needed and determining next steps. To date, the SST has discussed only six students (three grade 6, two grade 7, and one grade 8). Time at the weekly morning SST meetings has otherwise been spent on topics such as speech & language services for students, changes in admissions processes (applicant file review, etc.), tutoring in the MS, planning for faculty PD mini-workshops, growing our EAL model, etc. Next year, the SST will likely focus less on vision and systems and more on specific students who are referred from CSTs. We are looking at how to ensure classroom teacher perspectives in SST meetings for next year, and more effective and timely ways to loop back to the student’s teachers with relevant information.
TA Lunch Rotation & Hangout At The Rocks Q4 2018-19
Assembly Request Form
You can use this form to let the MSALT2 students know what teacher announcements you would like to make. Please share this information before Thursday at 3:30pm each week so they have time to plan for the announcements.
Request Form for Tiger Tales/WAG/SWAG
This is where you can submit anything that you would like to be added to the Tiger Tales/WAG/SWAG.
Chaperone Schedule 2018-2019
This link has the final chaperone schedule for SY1819. We have also sent calendar invites to the chaperones involved in every event for the respective date and time.
Enjoy the MSA visit this week. Everyone has spent time engaged in reflection and the next week should be an opportunity for you to showcase your work. Remember this is not an inspection. The MSA process is about identifying areas of strength and growth and ultimately it helps us be the best we can be.
I will be back in school later this week. Melissa and the counselors are available should you need assistance. I will remain in email contact. I apologise for any delay my absence may cause.
Megan Vosk, April 17