01Thoughtful Planning for the Chinese New Year Break
by Amanda Sunderman,
DirectorTeaching & Learning Office
As Semester I of I-Shou’s “Year of Being Principled” nears its conclusion, families in Taiwan are preparing for the Chinese New Year; some will travel abroad while others may visit from other countries. Such increased international travel, based upon previous years presents some risk, however defined, during this age of COVID-19.
At I-Shou, we believe preparation is a key component for success. Although a possible return to Distance Learning Semester II on February 14, 2022, appears however likely, we would like to remind everyone that it is best to prepare for all outcomes in the best interests of our students and their education.
By January 21, 2022 I-Shou parents will find the updated Distance Learning Policy on the I-Shou website along with helpful videos on accessing Seesaw and ManageBac for parents.
After taking thoughtful consideration of feedback from the Distance Learning Survey, modifications to Distance Learning have been made. For example, in the event of Distance Learning, there will be grade level schedules provided to parents for students in grades 1-10. This will help parents to know when there is synchronous and asynchronous learning.
Students in grades 11-12 will manage their own schedules with support from the Academic Offices and homeroom teachers as necessary.
More specific information about preparation for an unlikely Distance Learning will be forthcoming from the various academic departments.
ISD, MSD and SBD: Parents Please Note:
It is a positive reflection on all departments school-wide that while the end of semester assessments are completed, the school continues to be a vibrant and busy community. School sports matches, assemblies, awards ceremonies and workshops are just some of the events that have taken place this week as well as high-quality inquiry-based lessons.
These final days will seem to go very quickly for many, and as we start to wrap up Semester I, we have asked students to start to prepare for semester II. This includes arranging their workbooks, folders and textbooks and for some, giving their school locker a bit of a clean.
We are also encouraging students to remember to take home anything that they may need for home-learning during the Chinese New Year break or thereafter. As Director Amanda stated in her article this week “the best student is a prepared student” and we do our best to ensure that our students are prepared for every eventuality.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Primary Department: Parents Please Note
“Getting Prepared for Winter Break”
It’s hard to imagine this semester has passed so quickly!
The Primary Department has been full of learning and laughter with students and teachers working hard and having fun. Winter Break will soon be here, and it will be time to enjoy Lunar New Year with our families. As we look ahead to Semester 2, there will be many exciting new changes that will further advance teaching and learning for our students. Next Monday, we will share a letter to communicate some important and exciting enhancements regarding leadership, curriculum, home learning, and scheduling in the Primary Department for next semester.
To prepare for the event of Distance Learning however likely, over the course of next week, we will be sending students home with items they might need, such as books, folders, projects, and any other important learning materials. As Director Amanda mentioned, “the best student is a prepared student”.
Thinking ahead and being prepared is a key way to show good self-management and thinking skills.
Have a great weekend!
02Primary Department Sharing of Learning
Sharing of Learning events are important times for students to invite their parents into their classrooms and demonstrate what they have learned throughout the semester.
This week, Grade 1 through Grade 5 hosted their Sharing of Learning events at which students excitedly shared what they have been working diligently on and what they have already mastered in Semester 1.
Student, teacher, and parent communication and relationships are critical to learning and development, and we are thankful to be able to invite parents into our classrooms for all the wonderful smiles and moments shared at this week’s events.
Well done, kids!
03The Middle School Design Students Demonstrate Great Innovation with Tessellations
At I-Shou International School we pride ourselves in the integration of technology and Maker thinking. We embrace and integrate technology and Maker-thinking into teaching and learning practices and we value a culture that enhances inquiry-based learning and develops a mindset in students that fosters inventive thinking. A prime example of an embodiment of these guiding statements is the stellar work that has been done in our Grade 8 Design classes under the creative expertise of Tr. Avi.
Our Grade 8 Design students have produced tessellations of a remarkable caliber. A tessellation is an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, especially of polygons in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping. The work of the famous artist M.C. Escher is comparable to the work of our very talented and creative students.
Good work Grade 8 Design students and Tr. Avi!
04International Secondary Department: A Week of Workshops
In the ISD this week, students have spent time in lessons going over their assessment results and reflecting on where they have done and what they need to improve in Semester II. This individualised-learning strategy is a key part to students making progress as this allows for effective goal setting.
We have also had a week of workshops, where Grade 10 and Grade 12 in particular have been very engaged. This week the Grade 12s had a two half day Theory of Knowledge (TOK) writing workshops, where they were given the time to work on the TOK essays as well as on-hand support from their TOK teachers which led to them submitting their draft TOK essay.
The Grade 10s had an all day workshop on their Personal Project and also an IBDP Options workshop wirth Tr. Dan and Tr. Barry - both workshops were continued preparation towards more significant deadlines in Semester II.
Well done to all involved!
05Secondary Bilingual Department (SBD) Grade 12 Students - Blessing Activity
"God helps those who help themselves."
Secondary Bilingual Department (SBD) students study hard, assisted by their classmates and teachers before the upcoming General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT). Prior to the examination we held a blessing activity to encourage our grade 12 students.
With the support and blessing of the Superintendent, Principal, Director and all the teachers, we believe all students can bring back good news to us.
Good luck, grade 12!