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ALL Invited to L2 Talks Today!

All members of staff, regardless of conference participation status, are invited to the Learning2 Talks. These are short, powerful talks delivered in the PAC by teachers (including one of our own) and students (three of our own). They are taking place today from 9:20am-10:ooam and again from 4:40pm-5:15pm in the theatre. Hope to see you there!

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Speakers Needed… Pecha Kucha @NIS is Back!

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights.

A reminder that time-honored community tradition at NIS, Pecha Kucha makes its triumphant return November 23, at 7pm. If you or someone you know would like to present an idealistic idea, tell a sumptuous story, or recite a poem you created about your most favorite thing in the whole world with 20 images at 20 seconds a piece, please contact bobbuhler@nanjing-school.com

If you are considering giving Pecha Kucha a go, but aren’t sure yet, please have a chat with veteran NIS PK’ers Ruth, Luiz, Laurie, Amy, Kasson, Rick, or Bob. We’ll all tell you to go for it! 

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Classrooms Settings for L2

Hi All,

A reminder that in advance of Learning2 @ NIS, please consider the following regarding use of all classroom spaces from NEXT Thursday at 3:01pm

-Please leave the room as you would like it be if you were presenting to adults in this space.

-Please leave whiteboards clean.

-Please leave the protector remote near the screen in an obvious location.

-Please stow any materials that you would like not be be touched.

-Spaces will likely be rearranged to some extent. Though we will do our best to leave things as they were found, some readjustment on Monday morning may be required. 

Many thanks for your assistance as we welcome the world to NIS!

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Library Foyer Today and Tomorrow

A heads-up that there will be heavy set-up today from around 4pm in the Library Foyer resulting in a great deal of “stuff” in this space tomorrow (Thursday) in preparation for L2. After school one of our vendors will be putting assembling their wares in front of the main building and in the Library Foyer itself, which means that tomorrow this space will look very different (and be quite full). Could you please assist us by moving students safely through this space tomorrow? Many Thanks!

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Friday Lunch

Lunch on Friday for teachers and members of staff not involved in the Learning2 conference will be served in the cafeteria between 11:30am-12:00pm. The earlier and abbreviated timing is to assist our amazing catering team in providing a delicious lunch for both our colleagues and L2 conference participants. Many thanks and bon appétit!

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Classrooms for Learning2 Next Week

Hi All,

In advance of Learning2 @ NIS, please consider the following regarding use of all classroom spaces from NEXT Thursday after-school:

-Please leave the room as you would like it be if you were presenting to adults in this space.

-Please leave whiteboards clean.

-Please leave the remote to the protector near the screen in an obvious location.

-Please stow any materials that you would like not be be touched.

-Spaces will likely be rearranged to some extent. Though we will do our best to leave things as they were found, some readjustment on Monday morning may be required. 

Many thanks for your assistance as we welcome the world to NIS!

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Inclusion Iceberg Slides

Please find the slides from our Monday session here and thanks again for your contributions in collectively surfacing our assumptions and perspectives around inclusion as learning. We are working on collating/analyzing the data and are looking forward to this feeding this back ways that help focus our efforts regarding student learning for all. Cheers!

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Monday Morning

Happy Friday All,

A reminder that all teachers/teaching assistants not involved in the PYP session with Junlah or the TOK session with Rajesh will  begin in the PAC at 8:00am Monday Morning, October 7th with a session designed to unearth a little more about inclusive practices at NIS, and ways we can support and scale these in the context of our (newly articulated) Learning Principles. Coffee/tea will be provided and the session will likely wrap-up just before the 10:00am Break (which will be in the Staff Lounge). Just bring yourself and your well-rested brains!

For more details about how the day looks after that, please see the bespoke schedules from Katie (MS/US) and Adam/Junlah (PS). The usual Break accoutriments (10:00-10:20am) and lunch for all Staff (12:30-1:30pm) will be provided.

 

Also, a quick note that Friday, October 18th is a “normal” Professional Learning Day for everyone, regardless of our status participating, presenting, or support Learning2. More details to come on how this will work with most rooms and learning spaces in use for the conference. #wehaveaplan

 

MS/US MAP Make-up/Wrap-up Today

Grade 6-10 students, check your email!

If you have a note from Mr. Bratton, it means you need to eat 1st lunch today (dine outside please) and report to the LGR at 1:00pm with your laptop to make-up and/or finish up MAP testing.

See you there at 1:00pm sharp! 

Pecha Kucha @NIS is Back! 

PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights.

A time-honored tradition at NIS, Pecha Kucha makes its triumphant return November 23, at 7pm. If you or someone you know would like to present an idealistic idea, tell a sumptuous story, or recite a poem you created about your most favorite thing in the whole world with 20 images at 20 seconds a piece, please contact bobbuhler@nanjing-school.com ASAP. More to come on ticket sales… They are a hot commodity!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32WEzM3LFhw

https://www.pechakucha.com/

MAP Testing Today and Tomorrow

Hello Gnarly Grade 9’s,

You will take the MAP Reading Test today after Advisory in the LGR. Please bring along your charged laptop and a positive mental attitude!

For all Grade 6-10 students, the MAP make-up/wrap-up session will be held tomorrow at 1:15pm in the LGR. This means those students involved will have permission to eat in first lunch. You will receive an email from Mr. Bratton today if you are a student that needs to attend this session.

Have a great Monday!

MAP Testing Today and Monday

Hello Nice 9’s and Terrific 10’s,

Grade 10 will take their Reading MAP tests today in the LGR from 8:40am.

Grade 9’s will come to the LGR after Break today to begin Math MAPs at 11:00am. 9’s, you are on again Monday morning for you Reading tests directly after Advisory.

There will be a make-up/wrap-up session for all Grade 6-10 students on Tuesday at 1:15pm in the LGR. Mr. Bratton will contact you directly on Monday if you are eligible.

Please bring along you charged laptop to all of these sessions.

Our Grade 3-5 students will begin MAP’ing on Monday with 3B.

Thanks!

Spirit Friday Dress

A friendly reminder regarding our updated approach to staff dress on Fridays.

Because we have such a high number of parents and visitors on-campus each Friday and because we typically have House and/or athletic events on these days, the idea is that staff choose to wear NIS tops, work-appropriate jeans, and clean trainers as a way to promote school spirit and a united aesthetic. The other option on Fridays is simply to wear regular Monday-Thursday attire. Our dress expectations from the Personal Handbook are here as a reference point as well. Many thanks!

MAP Testing Today and Tomorrow

Hello Splendid 6’s, Nice 9’s, and Terrific 10’s,

Grade 6 will take their MAP Reading tests today from 8:10am in the LGR. Grade 10 will take their Maths MAP after the Break in the same location.

Grade 9, you begin tomorrow after Break with Maths.

Please remember to bring a charged laptop, get a good night’s rest, and eat a healthy breakfast!

See you then!

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