MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: Oct 1-12
Lunch Rotation: 7,6
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 1
No School - AES Holiday
Tuesday, October 2
No School - Gandhi’s Birthday
Wednesday, October 3
Day 7 4123
Thursday, October 4
Day 8 8567
Friday, October 5
Day 1 - 1234
IMPORTANT ALL SCHOOL DATES ON THE HORIZON:
Oct 6 Fall Fiesta, 6:00 PM, Tiger Turf
Oct 8 ASIAC Send-Off Assembly, 10:00AM
MS WOW Mela, 3:00-5:00 PM, HOP
Oct 9 Students stay home - Online instruction
Oct 10-12 Kool Skool Book Fair and Library Used Book Sale
Oct 11-14 ASIAC Soccer, American International School, Chennai
Oct 13 Celebrate Diwali - Festival of Lights, 6:30-10:00 PM, MS Field
Oct 15 MS/HS Dance Recital, Theater
Oct 16 MS Season 2 After School Activities & Athletics begin
MESAC Season 1 Travel Meeting, 5:00 PM, HOP
Oct 19 No School - Dussehra
Oct 23 MESAC Send-Off Assembly, 10:00 AM
Oct 24-28 MESAC Swimming, Dubai American Academy
MESAC JV Volleyball (Doha @ ABA)
Oct 25 Board Meeting, 5:00 PM, BCR
Oct 25-28 MESAC Academic Games, American SChool Dubai
Oct 26 No School for MS Students & Teachers
Oct 30 MESAC / ASIAC Recognition Assembly, 10:00 AM, HOP
Community Futsal Tournament, 5:00 PM, Futsal Court
Oct 31 MESAC Season 1 Recognition Awards, 5:00 PM, HOP
NO ET ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Change of Assembly / ET dates in the upcoming weeks:
FALL FIESTA - October 6
Our biggest community event of the year is on Saturday, October 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM on the Tiger Turf. It is an opportunity for students, parents, teachers and other members of the community to get together, eat delicious food, dress-up for Halloween (even though it is early October), play games, listen to music, and win fantastic raffle prizes! The Fall Fiesta is the fundraising opportunity for important organizations like the High School Service Council and other student-run service clubs. You should definitely come to enjoy all that Fiesta has to offer and support the amazing student organizations at AES. Ticket sales are located outside the Tiger’s Den.
VIRTUAL DAY - October 9
We have captured the the minimum expectations and guidelines for teachers, parents and students. This should help your planning leading up to October 9.
It’s important that each grade level subject team collaborate to ensure the expectations for students are aligned. Please consider the following:
To help balance the learning on Virtual Day please complete this form for your subject area. You will be able to see a sample of what it looks like for a student on the day. You can then make adjustments if you think that there is too much overlap in the same type of learning.
Class Location Updates to the MS Office
Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org (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:
Classwork Page: Happy to report that Google has now allowed people who did not create the new Google Classroom, can now add the Classwork page. Open the Class, Click on the ? in the bottom left and choose to add the classwork page. Thanks Google!
MS Blog!: Please check out the MS Blog. There are some new posts and photos of Peace Week, our library and the first leadership seminar held on Saturday.
Photos: Thanks to all of the teachers who have been sending me photos of things happening in their classroom. I add them to Instagram and I also add them to our Yearbook Photo folder. Thaba and the Yearbook team are always happy to get photos!!
Ask your colleagues about:
Ask Huiney about the makerspace. She came with her Mandarin classes to make Moon Cakes. We visited the elementary makerspace to bake them.
Ask Dounia about Shadow Puppets. It’s a great app to add slideshows. Let me know if you want to try it.
Ask Humanities teachers about Lesson Planbook Edu. A great tool to share lesson planning and add items to your Google Calendar.
Ask Robb about Serrato. He has been using the software with the students in the DJ club this quarter!
Ask Kimberlyn and Tracy about Padlet. They are using it to stay connected as they teach the same course.
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 October 20-21 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Learning2.0 November 1-3 Tokyo, Japan (Maureen and Isaac are going!)
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!
Kahoot: Have you tried it? Kids love it. There are lots of free kahoots already created and students can also create their own!
New Google Mail Inbox! Check out some of the great features of the new Gmail. I like the snooze feature!!
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.
Friday Night Lights - October 5
Come join the AES Tiger spirit next Friday, October 5th for our annual Friday Night Lights on campus. From 4:00-7:00, our AES teams will be in action around the campus (Click here for the complete schedule). Come see our high school MESAC swimmers, MESAC volleyball players and Middle School Soccer teams in game action against local teams. In addition, there will be demonstrations from our MESAC Academic Games team, MESAC Golf team, Taekwondo, and musical performances from our talented musicians. Mixing in with the fun will be a BBQ and tasty treats from AES Food Service, the PSA Tiger Spirit Cart and information from Prohealth Asia Physiotherapy and Rehab Centre.
Banned Books Week(s)
It would be appreciated if you had a conversation with your advisory students about the ideas behind Banned Books Week. The theme this year is "Banning Books Silences Stories." The idea we’d like students to come away with is: Not every book is right for every person. We each get to choose what's appropriate for ourselves, but shouldn't try to make that decision for others.
This video by the American Library Association features the ten most challenged books of 2017 - many of which our students have read. It does talk about some mature ideas, so it will definitely require discussion and perhaps additional explanation for our EAL students.
This video by Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame does a good job presenting the message that I'd most like to students to come away with: Not every book is right for every person. We each get to choose what's appropriate for ourselves, but shouldn't try to make that decision for others. The video does talk about the ideal of American freedoms, but that can certainly be discussed and doesn't detract from the overall message of the video.
This video features puppets banning books. There are many others out there. The ALA's Banned Books Week site has all sorts of additional resources.
You and your students are invited to participate in Banned Books Week(s) by posing in the library with a frequently challenged book sometime this week. We’ll add a BBW frame to your digital photo and share it on the Libguides homepage and hopefully other on-campus displays.
Coming Soon - Book Fair
Kool Skool will be hosting a MS/HS book fair (with some adult and children’s books thrown in) from October 10 to 12. Please encourage students to buy a paperback to bring on their WoW trip so they have something to read and don’t lose/damage a library book!
Request Form for TT / WAG / SWAG
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.
MS PLP Supervision 18-19
Thank you for those who have completed the PLP document. Our first PLP meetings have begun. Once you have sent your goals in Pooja will send a calendar invitation for a meeting. If the time is not ideal please suggest alternative times. To assist your planning for the PLP meetings and make the time productive please check this document. It also includes the timeline. Goals should be submitted by October 3. Goals should be aligned to the standards and school/department/team initiatives. More details can be found in the document including links to the planning templates.
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.
Ylva Maria Kovacs, October 1
Murari Sharma, October 2
Tracy Wilcott, October 5
Deepali Davar, October 5
Dounia Bredes, October 6