Students on the high school Wow Week trip to Nepal are collecting donations of stationary and sport shoes to take to the Center for Disabled Children's Assistance (CDCA). If you have any donations, please send them to school by the end of day on Thursday 31st January and put in the box in reception. Many thanks!
Dear ISG Jubail Community,
What is your most vivid memory from school? If you are like most people, that memory is unlikely to involve you sitting passively behind a school desk. It is more likely that you remember some special trip or excursion that you took with your classmates. One goal of our MS/HS week without walls trips is to create such lasting memories. Our students have a number of options in the first week of February. Some will fly to Nepal on a service based visit. Others will explore the sights and sounds of Oman. Still others will explore the richness of Saudi Arabia in a week of local activities. These include: a trip to Hofuf, cooking classes, gardening lessons, a basketball clinic and other teacher led activities. Whether they venture near or far, we hope our students will return with great memories that will last a lifetime.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Andrew Crouse, Head of School
Issue 9 | Volume 9 | 31 January 2019
ISG Jubail School
- Brent Wingers, Head of MS/HS
Parents of Middle and High School students have likely noticed that beginning last academic year, there has been much discussion surrounding student learning behaviors. As a division, we have engaged in a deliberate shift to separate academic achievement from student learning behaviors. The letter grade / percentages you see in grade reports and on Skyward reflect academic achievement. Our Learning Behaviors are reported in a separate ‘LB’ category and not calculated in any GPA or academic sense. This approach reflects current research in education asserting, “Grades should be based on achievement (i.e. demonstration of the knowledge and skill components of the standards). Effort, participation, attitude, and other behaviors should be reported separately.” (O’Connor 89)
MSHS teachers assess three identified categories of learning behaviors: organization, engagement, and collaboration and use the descriptors: Exemplary (EX), Proficient (PR), Developing (DE), and Emerging (EM). Learning behaviors are equally important in the learning process and it may take years for a student to become exemplary, or even proficient as an independent learner. Many times, students in universities and even adults experience challenges regarding their approaches to learning. There can be continual growth and development in one’s learning mindset. Exemplary learning behaviors involve exceptionally self-aware, reflective, and dedicated learners, and a sustained and focused effort to improve learning behaviors can help students achieve at higher levels. Please encourage students to focus their learning beyond any letter grades and percentages, and give deliberate thought to the ways in which they learn, and how they approach their studies.
For the full description of ISG Jubail Learning Behaviors, please link to the following URL: http://bit.ly/ISGJ-LearningBehaviors
ReferenceO’Connor, Ken. How to Grade for Learning, K-12: a Multimedia Kit for Professional Development. 3rd ed., Corwin, 2009.
LEARNING BEHAVIOR EXPLAINED...
- Natalie Bahen, English Language Teacher
At the beginning of every school year, one of the most common questions I receive from parents is, “How can I get my child to read more?”. One way to help encourage reading at home is to become a reading role model. Our children look up to us, so it’s important to set the right example for reading. This doesn’t have to be elaborate; there’s no need to check out a 400-page book from the library. Once your child sees that reading is a lifelong process to be enjoyed, it will help them see the value and importance of reading and that it is not just another homework assignment.
One way to show your child that you are a reader could be to discuss an interesting article that you read during the day. Another way is to sit down with your child and read simultaneously. While your child is reading, you can flip through a magazine, read the newspaper online or a blog post on a topic that you’re interested in.
Yet another way is to have a mini book club with your child. After your child has finished reading a book that they particularly enjoyed, read it yourself and talk about your favourite parts, suspenseful moments or surprising plot twists.
Show your child that reading is a habit and part of everyone’s life.
Be a Reading Role Model!
The John Newbery Medal is given to the author of ‘the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Date: January 8th - March 8th
Grades: 4th & 5th
Students are required to read three Newbery books.
Students will participate in a series of activities related to the books they have read. The winning class will have a celebration during lunch: Grade 4 will have the event on March 13th & Grade 5 on March 12th.
A list of the winners/honors can be found here.
Date: February 10th -14th
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Parents may attend the Book Fair any day/time during opening hours. Students will be able to purchase books and bring them home the same day.
Ms. Elena - 2A - That’s Not The Monster We Ordered
Congratulations to the Readers of the Week
Rajwa - grade 1A
Javeira - grade 1A
Kylin - grade 4B
SAIKAC Netball U-16 & U-14 Girls
100th Day of School
KG1-G5 Parent Reader's Workshop
in Skyward @ 3:30 pm
Issue 9 | Volume 9 | 30 January 2019
ES Random Acts of Kindness Week