Weekly Update from the JHB Middle School
Posted 17-04-2015 03:08PM

April 17, 2015

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for reading this week’s news from the JHB Middle School.  First and foremost, I want to thank all of the parents involved with last Saturday’s Family Fun Day.  It was truly a wonderful day on campus with so much on offer for students and families.  As a father it was great to see my own children playing and having fun in the sunshine.  As a Middle School Principal, I simply enjoyed walking around and seeing our students with huge smiles on their faces, playing outside, and having a ball.  Well done to all of the parents involved with the planning of this event.  It is a huge undertaking.

This week, we began our second round of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing.  Our 6th graders completed their testing this week and 7th graders will complete testing next week.  MAP testing is a norm-referenced, adaptive test that gathers data on our students’ aptitude in the areas of math, reading, language usage, and science.  It is non-graded, but as it is conducted twice each school year, it provides us with data about student performance and growth in these content areas.   Once MAP testing is completed, we will host a MAP Parent Forum at 2:00 p.m. on May 18th to explain how results are gathered and interpreted.

 

We also spent this week working with our current 8th graders helping them with the transition to High School.  High School Counselors, Ms. Ireland add Ms. Schnyder, ran several sessions with the 8th graders that allowed the students to express their hopes and concerns about High School next year.  Students also participated in a High School Student Panel discussion, which was very informative as well.  It won’t be long before our 8th graders enter the High School world as Freshmen.  We hope that our efforts with transitions, as we have done this week, will help to ensure a smooth entry.

 

Tonight, we will kick-off the AISJ Arts Fest with the Middle School Band and Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m. in Gould’s Gym.  Our Middle School students have been working hard this trimester and tonight will be their culminating performance.  Tonight also marks the final Middle School show for our Choir teacher, Ms. van Schalkwyk, who is departing AISJ at the end of this year.  She has been and inspiring teacher to many, many students.  We look forward to the final Middle School show under her direction this evening and hope that many parents will turn out to support our students.

Looking ahead to next week, two big events are on tap.  First, we will celebrate Earth Week and will raise awareness for Mother Earth by celebrating Earth Week.  April 22nd is globally recognized as Earth Day and the Middle School has coordinated a series of events to celebrate and help our students think about what it means to live lightly on our planet.  Events for the week will include:

 

Monday:

 

Earth Week Assembly where will hear presentation and celebrate Middle School student “Earth Heroes.”

 

Tuesday:        

 

Waste Free lunch day.  We encourage all students to pack a “waste free” lunch on Tuesday.  Students can earn House points for bringing a waste free lunch to school.  For information on waste free lunches check out this website: http://www.wastefreelunches.org/

 

Wednesday:   

 

All students wear green to school to officially recognize Earth Day and Middle School classrooms will be “lights free.”

 

Thursday:  

 

Recycling competition for House points.

 

Also next week, AISJ continues with Arts Fest.  Come along to see our Visual/Media products and Arts performances:

 

Date

ES Art

MS Art

HS Art

ES Music

MS Music

HS Music

MS Drama

HS Drama

Film

Robotics/DT (M/H)

EagleStock

Monday 20th

 

What: LIVE2DRUM Performance

Where: ES/MS Gym

When: 8:00 – 8:30

 

What: Put up MS Art Exhibition

Where: HS library

When:

All day

What: IB 2 art exhibition

Where: T + L 1

When: All day

 

What: LIVE2DRUM Performance

Where: Gould’s Gym

When: 8.00 – 8.30

*Rolling Schedule for workshops for all Grades during the remainder of the day

 

What: HS IB Music Recital

Where: FAC

When: 3pm

 

 

 

What: Collection of Drama Scene Studies

Where: FAC

When: 3.15 to 4.05 (ish)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 21st

What: Media Center Walk Through

Where: ES Media Centre

When:  All day

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: Pretoria/Joburg Middle School Band Collaboration

Where: JHB MS Campus

When: 12-3:30 pm

***Possible performance in the afternoon 3-3:30

 

 

What: Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal

Where: FAC

When: 3-4:15

 

 

 

What: Display

Where: Library

When: All Day

 

 

Wednesday 22nd

What: Media Centre Walk Through

Where: ES Media Centre

When:  All day

What: Gallery walk

Where: TLT1 & M/H Library

When:

All day

What: IB 1 and HS art

Where: T +L 1

When: All day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: Display

Where: Library

When: All Day

 

Thursday 23rd

What: Media Centre Walk Through

Where: ES Media Centre

When: Classes based on library schedule

 

 

What: IB 1 and HS art

Where: T +L 1

When: 8.00 – 12.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal

Where: FAC

When: 3-4:45

 

 

What: HS Film productions

Where: High School Lecture Hall

When: 3.15 – 4.30 pm

 

What: Display

Where: Library

When: All Day

What: Eagle Stock Open Mic ‘Bonanza”

Where: T&L courtyard

When: 4 – 9pm

(Open mic to begin, Dj’s to finish)

·       Snack Food stalls by HS STuCo

 

 

 

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Service Project – From Coach Gabriel:

 

"Dear parents. Our varsity boys' soccer team will compete in Limpopo at the end of next week in a local tournament. Simultaneously they have a service project which is to provide poor students with clothing. As their adult supervisor of the team I would like to ask you if you can donate the unwanted lost and found clothes/items to our team so they can have a successful trip.  Items can be delivered to the New Gym/Tree House.  Thank you.”  Coach Kostas Gabriel

A Notice to Departing Families

As is the nature of international school communities, each year we must say goodbye to families and students who will be moving on to new schools and new adventures.  If you have a student in the Middle School and your family is departing at the end of this school year and you have not yet notified the Middle School Office, please do so as soon as possible.  You may simply send a short email to the Middle School Principal at aferguson@aisj-jhb.com.  Knowing about departing students in advance helps us to help pave the way for a smooth transition as well as compile important documents.   Thank you for your assistance with this.

Middle School Upcoming Events:

The list below highlights other upcoming events for the next few months ahead.  It is hard to believe that there is only eight weeks of school left for this year!

  • April 20-24                 Earth Week
  • April 24                      Early Release Day
  • April 27                      Public Holiday
  • May 7                          Service Learning Celebrations/Exhibitions
  • May 8                          Middle School Play, “Romeo and Juliet” @ 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • May 9                          Middle School Play, “Romeo and Juliet” @ 2:00 p.m.
  • May 15                        JHB MS Social
  • May 16                        JHB & PTA MS Volleyball Tournament
  • May 28                        Grade 8 Promotion Night
  • June 1                          MS Awards Assembly
  • June 3                          End of Year Report Cards Issued
  • June 4                          MS Gold Reef City Trip
  • June 5                          Last Day of School for Students

 

Finally, a reminder that next Friday will be an Early Release Day for students.  They will be dismissed from school at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24th and there will be no school on Monday, April 27th to commemorate Freedom Day. 

I wish all of you an enjoyable weekend ahead.  Thank you all for your continued support of the Middle School. 

Sincerely,

Andy Ferguson

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


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