MYP/DP Book Week Assembly!

Breaking News: MYP/DP Book Week Assembly this Friday at 8am sharp! in the PAC

Our prestigious visiting author, Mr. Ed Vere, will be speaking with us on Friday morning…

Now listen….We went to great lengths to hand-pick this literary professional… just for you, arranged (and paid) for him to fly (literally) across the world…just for you, created an entire schedule to get the most out of his visit in your Arts blocks… just for you, coordinated with your block one teachers to allow this assembly to run until 9:00… just for you, brought in a book fair… just for you,  took untold numbers of “shelfies,” wrote “spine poems,” and heard the story “Bananas!” at least two dozen times (just for you)…. The least you can do is be on-time come Friday morning, right?

See you then!

What if you are an ACAMIS swimmer?  No worries! Ed Vere will stop the assembly at 8:40…just for you… and excuse the team. Please wait until he lets you go (don’t go by your phone, watch, or “spidey-senses.” Thanks.


Language Acquisition

It is important to develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency. This means that non native need to engage in demanding tasks. These need to be made accessible by providing the necessary support. Once students are comfortable with these kinds of activities, they can be gradually exposed to tasks that are both cognitively-demanding and context-reduced.

slow network? email

We’ve been hearing student’s having slow network issues. If that is the case for you, email and provide us with some details. Knowing time of day, web address, and location is useful is figuring out a solution.

Grade 10 Work Week Reminder

Grade 10s – Please remember that your provisional plans are due by the end of the month. Make sure you are moving on this now and that you are seeking help if you need it.

The website is here:

FYI – I will be out of school from this Friday until Monday 30th March.

Office 365 Plans

Last year we announced our move to Office 365 and the transition away from iWorks.  Within the IT department we’ve been working on setting up accounts and are announcing that everyone can log into Office 365 using your regular password and your email address without “staff”.  For example, instead of signing on as, I would use

Why move to 365

We are doing this because of Apple’s poor backward compatibility support and their lack of online collaboration. Apple has minimal online collaboration features in iCloud, which only offers an individual level. They also do not provide support using our school email accounts, and we hope to have an integrated system.

Known Issues

Please note we are discovering issues, especially while trying to transfer files from iWorks.  We know Pages files are difficult to import. We’ve found that most issues happen with documents containing tables.  In most cases creating the file from scratch has been the best solution.

Our Goal

Next year our goal is to use Office as our core tool. All computers for the 2015-16 year will have Office software. Apple’s iWorks software will remain on your computers, allowing sufficient time to transition your documents. Beyond 2016, iWorks will not be part of the school’s software image.

Office Transition Time Line

  • 2008-14 iWorks Core Tool
  • 2014-15 Learning Office
  • 2015-16 Office becomes school’s Core Tool
  • 2016-17 iWorks not part of school software image

ACT testing @NIS

The ACT test is held at school on Saturday 18 April. More about the test itself here.

Screenshot 2015-03-18 12.52.02





You need to register online HERE:

Cost:  434RMB No Writing or 533RMB with Writing

Test centre code: 872250

Action for Service Expo June 2nd @Shanghai C&S / CAS G7-11

The second Action for Service Expo will be held in Shanghai on June 2nd. The Expo is an opportunity for students to showcase NIS C&S / CAS activities and to learn about Service activities that other schools have undertaken. If you would like to attend please email me for more information. This is a 3 point C&S activity.

Maps Needed

Searching for world and city maps
Looking for different world and city maps for an art project. The maps will not be returned to their owners. Any condition accepted (old/ new).
Maps can be brought to Mr. Wiggins’ room (D246) on the second floor of the main building.
Thank you,
Dorothea Moldenhauer

Language Acquisition

Tasks can range in difficulty along one continuum from cognitively undemanding to cognitively demanding; and along another continuum from context-embedded to context-reduced. A context-embedded task is one in which the student has access to a range of additional visual and oral cues; for example a one with illustrations of what is being talked about. A context-reduced task is one such as listening to a lecture or reading dense text, where there are no other sources of help than the language itself. A task which is both cognitively demanding and context- reduced, is likely to be the most difficult for students.

CISSA Basketball starts this week

A reminder that CISSA basketball has started this week. For juniors (Gr5&6), practices are on Mondays 4.20 – 5.30pm and Wednesdays 3.15 – 4.1pm. If you missed Monday’s session, don’t worry, sign up on Veracross and go along on Wednesday. For Seniors (Gr7-8), practices are Tuesdays (today) and Thursdays 4.20 – 5.30pm.

Duties Wednesday-Friday

I will be away in the IB Asia-Pacific conference. Marina is kindly taking care of duties in my absence, so please email her any duty related mail.

G12 Mock Exams

Mock exams run from today until March 25. Please do not use the corridor in front of the MYP LGR. Thanks for your understanding, and good luck to the G12s.

Language Acquisition

CALP isn’t just the understanding of content area vocabulary. It includes skills such as comparing, classifying, synthesizing, evaluating, and inferring.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes

Subscribe By Email

This form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Skip to toolbar