Second Semester Assessment Plan

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the Christmas break. I hope your children all had the chance to recuperate during the past 3 weeks and that they have returned to ISM with renewed energy, ready for the semester of learning that lies ahead.

Below you can access the second semester assessment plan which will form the basis of our learning activities during the coming months.

Many thanks as always for your continued support in enabling your wonderful children to progress and fulfill their ability.

Semester 2 Assessment Plan 2015-16

Brainpop ESL

Now that our wonderful ESL students have finished their end of semester WIDA assessments, they have spent their last full length EAP lesson of 2015 enjoying some of the learning activities on brainpopesl.com. The username and password they need to access the site are exactly the same as for brainpop.com.

As always we would encourage our students to make use of this wonderful learning tool at home.


WIDA Assessments

WIDA CanDos

During the month of November, all of our wonderful EAP students will be completing their end of semester WIDA assessments in the fields of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

These assessments provide us with a range of data documenting student progress and the results and recommendations will be communicated to parents in writing during the second week of December.

Good luck to all students!

Ancient Civilizations Simulation

As part of their unit of study on Patterns, our grade 5 students are currently learning about ancient civilizations.

In order to give them a better insight into what people had to do to survive during these times, our wonderful EAP students and their classmates have been taking part in a simulation. The aim of the activity is to ensure survival by obtaining food and water, as well as building a shelter.

Students will continue shortly with a second simulation, during which they will no longer be required to work in isolation. This will better enable them to understand the pros and cons of living alone and contributing to a community.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher-Conference

Many thanks to all of our wonderful parents for attending Parent Teacher Conferences from October 14 onwards.

It was great to touch base with so many of you and get the chance to give you a detailed update on the progress that your children are making.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you again later in the year when your children will be able to showcase their learning themselves at Student-Led Conferences.

Before that, during the coming month, you will all receive a letter from me with regard to the WIDA assessment.

In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday next week. Please stay safe wherever it is you are travelling to.

Best wishes,

Mr. B.

The Wind in the Willows

poster

Our wonderful EAP students have now finished working through an aural recital of Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful tale of The Wind in the Willows.

As the culmination of our work on simple, compound and complex sentences, they will shortly begin work on their own personal narrative based on one event from the book as seen through the eyes of one of the main characters – Mole, Badger, Toad or Rat.

This will also give our students the opportunity to showcase some of their writing skills, (such as showing not telling, describing characters’ emotions, the incorporation of a captivating hook, resolution of conflict, etc.), which they have been working on in English core classes with either Mr. Eric or Mr. Nelson.

Assessing your child’s reading level

We are currently assessing the reading level of each of our wonderful grade 5 EAP students using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.

I will share the result of this assessment with you at Parent-Teacher Conferences, which are due to take place between October 14th and 20th.

For your reference, I am enclosing a correlation sheet which you can use a point of reference to more clearly explain what the assessment data signifies.

f&p correlation chart