MIDDLE SCHOOL messages

FROM THE MS PRINCIPAL'S DESK

November 1st, 2018

This week the Middle School was filled with learning and community building. Our wonderful students took part in the Middle School Spirit week, cheered on our Elementary School friends during their Fall parade, celebrated UAE Flag day and took part in the Kris Fade/Virgin Radio program. Next week we look forward to being inspired by a marathon runner, Marcus Smith as he completes 30 marathons in 30 days in addition to another full week of learning. As a reminder, on Wednesday November 7, we will celebrate Diwali with a noon dismissal for students.

A highlight from the classroom this week was the use of technology to enhance the learning experience. Our grade 7 science students have been involved in an Ecology project, whereby they are using technology to support the design of a strategy that will protect and conserve an endangered animal. In addition, our grade 8 science students have been designing solutions to prevent two objects from colliding, with practical implications. In both exercises students have worked through the process of solution fluency, integrating technology and their knowledge of forces to create their solution designs. Ozobots, Hummingbirds, and Sphero technologies were used!

During Transformation & Discovery class, students continue their unit of inquiry by investigating different technologies, and brainstorming global issues of interest to them. The inquiry project Assessment Rubric identifies ways students are growing in their design thinking, as well as acquiring knowledge of new technologies and how they can be used in meaningful ways.

Unified Classroom and Communication

In the DAA Middle School, we firmly believe in involving parents in following their child’s learning progress. Our primary methods of communicating this journey is through Unified Classroom (for grades) and through Google Classroom (for class assignments and feedback). Please sit with your child once a week to review both their grade marks and their Google Classroom assignments. Together these will provide a full picture of how your child is progressing and what he/she will need to do to improve.

Week Without Walls Program

Thank you to all parents who have signed their child up for our Week Without Walls trips/activities. For international trips, parents and students must sign the Behavior Contract that can be found HERE and return it to the Middle School office. This form needs to be completed and returned ASAP for all students travelling internationally. If you have any questions about visas, please contact either Lissy Donald at ld@compassuae.com for trips run by Compass or Sofia Govorusa sofia@campsinternational.co.uk for trips run by Camps International. For local trips, the trip leaders will be in contact with you in the coming weeks to share the next steps. As a reminder, payments are due on November 4th and can be paid at school or by a bank transfer. For trip fees to be paid at school we have the options to pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. For bank transfers, please find the instructions HERE. Once the transfer has been made, please send an email to m.dcunha_daa@gemsedu.com with the remittance information of the transfer and with the name of your child, trip and grade.

Parent and Teacher Conferences November 14th & 15th

On November 14th and 15th the Middle School will hold their first round of parent and teacher conferences. We encourage all students to attend the conferences with their parents. Parents will be asked to use the School Booking website to book individual conferences with their child’s teachers.

PLEASE NOTE: The code will go live on November 8th at 12.00pm.

middle school dance

Our middle school Dance is on November 8th from 6 - 8 PM. It will take place in our middle school cafeteria and terrace.

Tickets will be available at the door for 30AED but get them in advance for a discount! Tickets will be sold all next week in Commons 2 (grade 8) and commons 4 (grade 6,7) for 25 AED.

Scrabble Anyone?

DAA IS LOOKING TO BUILD OUR FIRST COMPETITIVE SCRABBLE TEAM!

This December 13-15th, DAA will be hosting the LARGEST youth scrabble tournament in the world and we are looking for middle and high school students to represent the Leopard community! We are looking for students who are willing to work hard to expand their minds and vocabularies - all while meeting new friends and having a lot of fun! Club meetings and practices will happen every Monday from 3-4pm in the high school.

If you think you have what it takes and would like to represent the Leopards in this December's WESPA Youth Scrabble Tournament, then please contact Mr. Eric Kinderman as soon as possible!

EMAIL:

e.kinderman_daa@gemsedu.com

key contacts

Middle School Secretary: Sara Hole s.hole_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9722

Middle School Attendance: Helen Eleftheriou h.eleftheriou_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9728