MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: April 15-26

Lunch Rotation: 7,6

Our Mission

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 15

Day 5 - 3412

  • Grade 8 EC Candidate campaigning begins

Tuesday, April 16

Day 6 - 7856

  • MS Assembly, MESAC send-off 10:00am, HOP
  • Grade 8 CST MSCR 11:50-12:35
  • MS GLTL Meeting, 3:45-5:00, MSCR

Wednesday, April 17

Day 7 - 4123

  • Apr 17-21:
    MESAC Forensics (DAA)
    MESAC Track (ACS)
    MESAC Varsity Baseball / Softball (AS Dubai)
  • Early Release
  • PK-12 Vertical Teams - 2:50-3:50 pm
  • MS Faculty Meeting - 4:00-5:00 pm (HOP)

Thursday, April 18

Day 8 - 8567

  • MS Parent Coffee, 8:30 am, HOP

Friday, April 19

NO SCHOOL

  • April 19-21:
    MESAC JV Softball / JV Baseball (@AES by Doha)

MESAC Badminton (AES)

IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL DATES ON THE HORIZON:

April 22-25

MS MAP Testing

April 22

Earth Day - MS Earth Day Celebration

AES Spring Association / Open Board Meeting, 4:00 pm, HOP

April 23

MESAC / ASIAC Recognition Assembly, 10:00 am, HOP

April 24

Grade 8 Speeches & Voting EC Rep, 9:45, MS Studio

April 25

MESAC Season 3 Recognition Awards, 5:00pm, HOP

April 26

MS MAP Testing (make-up day)

May 1

PSA Staff Appreciation, 8:00-12:00 noon, BCR

May 3

MS Social, 3:45 - 5:45pm

May 4

MS Leadership Seminar #4, 9:00am, HOP

May 6

Grade 8 Parent Transition NIght, 6:00pm, Theater

May 7

Director’s Coffee, 8:30am, BCR
PSA Meeting, 9:00-10:30 am, BCR

ASIAC Send-Off Assembly, 10:00am, HOP

May 9

MS Spring Concert, 5:30pm, Theater

May 10-11

ASIAC Basketball & Swimming, AES

PRINCIPAL:

The weeks ahead are likely to feel more intense than usual. This is part of the natural cycle of the school year. The intensity is both exciting and potentially stressful, as we look to close out the learning and the year with students. We are all beginning to think transition, new school year, or even new school and students are doing the same. It’s this time of the year we need more compassion for our colleagues and for students. If you need help or think there is a student or group of students who need help, please see one of the counselors, Melissa or me.

Leadership Positions

The following MS leadership positions are open for SY 2019/20.

Grade Level Team Leader

Department Lead

Please send me a short email stating the position you are applying for by WEDNESDAY April 17. I will meet with those who are interested in the coming week. The goal is to have the positions decided before April 29 when the leadership teams will be working with Jason Hicks on norming and preparing for next year. Serena will also be joining us during her four day visit April 29 - May 2.

2019/20 Master Schedule

Jonathan and I are working with people from PS this week to build next years schedule. There are a number of competing interests including common planning time, department time, team time, cross over teachers, shared spaces to name just a few. The main driver for any master schedule is student learning. Therefore, we aim to have the best master schedule we can create given our resources and finite time. In the coming weeks we will be working on not only the schedule but also student placement. Please be prepared to share with at CST meetings or through email  feedback on student progress this year. The MS SST team will be reaching out.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL:

 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.

COUNSELING:

We are working on scheduling the child protection / personal safety lessons for all grade 6, 7, and 8 students, as well as transition lunch sessions for departing middle school students (three sessions for each grade level).

Student Leadership

There are six grade 8 candidates for the position of grade 9 representative to the HS Executive Council (EC) next year. They will be campaigning this week through till Weds March 24, when they will deliver speeches to their peers and then the grade 8 students will vote. Nominations, campaigning, and voting for five grade 9 Class Council positions will follow. Approximately 20 current grade 6 and 7 students have expressed interest in serving as student ambassadors for next year, and we will be working with them to prepare for their role including helping out with new student orientation in August. There will be a third and final student leadership roundtable lunch meeting scheduled (date TBD) - if you have suggestion for topic(s) of discussion please share your ideas with us.

TECH:

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. If you were unable to attend the MAP training last week, let me know and we can schedule a time for a refresher.

Comments: Here is a link to the comment folder for this Spring. If the format that we have created doesn’t work for you, please feel free to just add your comments into your folder. Once you have completed your comments, please highlight your reader’s name, add a comment, and assign it to them by writing +their email address, and clicking Assign. Once the reader is done with your comments, they can just resolve it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

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 Sheena and Fumi  about Geogebra. Sheena and Fumi worked at NESA with Math consultant Dan Meyer and are using this program inspired by his presentations!

Ask Courtney about student work in Project Runway. Students are sewing swimsuits and also excited about completing their dress forms!

Ask Thaba  about the Yearbook. Students in Yearbook class are working hard on the final spreads and the editing of what promises to be a great student designed yearbook. Kudos to her and her team for their hard work!

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!

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!

LIBRARY:

Library End of Year Procedures:

 Here’s the library timeline:

Our goal is to account for all materials and to not have any overdues before we leave for summer vacation while keeping the libraries open for business. If you have materials that you want to keep over the summer, please bring them in to renew the week of May 27.  We will not be able to renew them via email as we need to account for them in person.

Please remember that the purpose of the libraries is to provide materials that circulate among the community. If you have materials that you have kept in your classroom all year, please consider buying copies of them from your team/department budget so that the library materials can be available for the entire community.

If you have lost materials that were for classroom use, please let us know. If you have lost materials that were for personal use, we ask that you pay for their replacement.  

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.

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

GENERAL:

MAP TESTING

ATTENDANCE

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

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 bblevins@aes.ac.in.

Power School Reporting Schedule

Helpful Links:

MS Office Site - For everything you need

BIRTHDAYS:

Megan Vosk, April 17