Open Gradebooks IB Parent Survey, Senior Swag, CAS and Kris Fade!

Well, another week at UAS is in the books, and like every week… what a week it was!

Open Gradebooks!

Last week, we opened up our Gradebooks.  We did this for several reasons:

  1. The grades belong to the student, not the teacher!
  2. Why do parents have to wait until report season to know exactly how their child is performing?
  3. Report Grades should be a cumulative picture of progress, not 4 unrelated grades separated by quarters.
  4. Having 2 formative and 1 summative assessments per quarter is not a reasonable expectation when we consider the number of distractions in a quarter (ie – winter break).

As of last week you will have received an invitation to Engrade.  For advice on how to log in and view your grades, please watch this video!

By now, all teachers should have some work up on the Gradebook.

IB Parent Survey:

This year, we are in our 5 year review of the IB programme.  Once we complete the verification visit in January, we will be authorized to maintain our programme for another 5 years!  Ms. Cummins needs you input!  Please fill in this survey to help her out!

Senior Swag!

The Senior Parents are hoping to raise money for Prom/Grad/Senior Breakfast.  Below are the pictures of their awesome gear.  If you are interested send your order to: seniorsparents@uasdubai.ae

Creativity, Activity and Service!

Our kids are pretty amazing and Ms. Ray, with tremendous support from some of our parents is working very hard to get our kids out in the community and doing great work!

Here are some shots of our kids bringing joy to others at the Kindergarten starters in Garhood and at the Down Syndrome Association of Dubai.

Kris Fade was here!

We had a great event last Sunday, where radio personality Kris Fade came to UAS to celebrate our students and to share an important message about bullying.  It was a lot of fun!  We had a lot of fun!  They gave us three days to plan, so it was a bit of a throw together, but our kids have real talent and showed real character!  Check it out!

 

Have a great week!

 

The Week Ahead

First of all, I’d like to thank all the parents who came to the Grade 8 and 9 Parent information evening on Wednesday night.  The topic was answering questions about what a parallel American Stream (beside the IB) will look like for the class of 2021.  We will have more sessions as the year goes on.  If you missed it, the presentation can be found here.

It’s going to be a busy week this week! 

On Sunday, Kris Fade will be at UAS as part of the 20 schools in 20 days.  All of Middle and High School will be present!  We think it’s going to be an amazing event for our kids.  We wish we could invite parents to be a part of it, but bringing all of Middle and High School into the MPH is going to be a challenge.  Look here for video of this event next week!

PTSO Walk for Breast Cancer – Thursday!

On Thursday morning, Period 1, we are having a UAS walk for breast cancer.  It will be a short, symbolic walk around the campus.  Please dawn your best pink outfit and come join us.  High School will begin our walk at 8:00 AM, from the field.

Google Training!

This weekend, 25 of our teachers undertook Google Certification and 25 more will take it next week.  Being a Google Certified Educator is an impressive feat, and by year’s end, all UAS employees will have that on their CV!  It is improving our workflow and will have a significant impact in the classroom.  I can’t wait to see all the creative things that come out of it!

Dr. Quaglia is here!

Once again, one of our favorite people, Dr. Russell Quaglia is with us this week.  For those of you new to UAS, Dr. Q is a world leader in the field of student voice and student aspirations.  His work at UAS has led to us re-developing the UAS development plan, focussing heavily on engagement.  Please stay tuned to announcements for opportunities to connect with Dr. Q!

Have a great week, UAS!

 

Fixed Links…Inshallah!

I’d like to give a big Thank You to the parents who informed me the links were not working in my previous blog.  I have changed the sharing settings and the links “should” work now.  If they do not, I will have to go and re-create the surveys.   Please send me an email if you still not get in.

Here are the last 2 items from my weekend blog with fixed links…

Open Gradebook

In high school, we are preparing our launch of the open gradebook.  We are targeting having Gradebooks available to parents on October 15th.  There is a lot of important information to pass along regarding this.

All summative assessments on Engrade will have a one-to-seven result on them.  Formative assessments, however, look different for different reasons.  We are using our Tuesday collaborative planning times to see what the impact of standardizing formative assessments would look like.  Please fill in THIS SURVEY to give us your input on whether you want both formative and summative assessments in your Gradebook.

Meeting for Grade 8 and 9 Parents

On Wednesday, October 11th, I will be hosting a meeting to re-inforce the specifics of the implementation of our American Education Steam at UAS and how it will co-exist with our IB program.  The meeting will take place in the library at 6:30 PM and is open to Grade 8 and 9 parents.  If there is significant interest, it will be moved the the MPH.  Please click here to register.

If you can’t meet us on Wednesday, please take 24 minutes to watch the beginning of year assembly below.  Mr. Jackson did a great job editing it!  In the first 24 minutes, there is important information that will be re-communicated on Wednesday night.

This week’s update…we need parent feedback!

Please Read!

Throughout this blog post there will be links to a few surveys for parents to give input.  Please read the entire post and fill in the surveys to help us help you! 

Great Start!

The start to the school year has been great!  Our new teachers have settled in well and the quality of learning in classes looks better than ever.  Over the summer, the Al-Futtaim Educational Foundation (AFEF) invested heavily in the school structure and the impact in the classroom has been huge.  Classrooms and hallways are brighter and the new furniture is much more dynamic.  These things make a big difference in education!

Instructional Coaches

As you know, UAS is committed to growing from within.  We have great practice at UAS and it’s only getting better!  In addition to the infrastructure upgrades, Mr. Torris and AFEF agreed to invest in, and develop, an internal coaching program here at UAS.  Their impact has been significant.  As a learner who is always focused on improvement and growth, I am engaging in a coaching cycle.  I meet with my coach once per week and together we prepare my various meetings.  The meetings are filmed and we go back and watch them to ensure the engagement is high and the pacing is appropriate.  It’s a very interesting process and I look forward to seeing what comes out of it.

Google Education

We are a one-to-one laptop school.  Next year, every student in high school will have a MacBook.  That is changing how we approach education at UAS; modernizing it.  You may be familiar with the “SAMR” model of technological integration.  Below is an image of what that looks like.  Over the next two weekends, most of our teachers will be taking Level 1 or 2 Google Certification.  100% of UAS teachers will be Google Certified at least to Level 1 this year.  In the coming years, it is our ambition to have UAS staff as Google Trainers and Innovators, joining the world-wide connection of high-class educators who redefine practice.

 

Open Gradebook

In high school, we are preparing our launch of the open gradebook.  We are targeting having Gradebooks available to parents on October 15th.  There is a lot of important information to pass along regarding this.

All summative assessments on Engrade will have a one-to-seven result on them.  Formative assessments, however, look different for different reasons.  We are using our Tuesday collaborative planning times to see what the impact of standardizing formative assessments would look like.  Please fill in THIS SURVEY to give us your input on whether you want both formative and summative assessments in your Gradebook.

Meeting for Grade 8 and 9 Parents

On Wednesday, October 11th, I will be hosting a meeting to re-inforce the specifics of the implementation of our American Education Steam at UAS and how it will co-exist with our IB program.  The meeting will take place in the library at 6:30 PM and is open to Grade 8 and 9 parents.  If there is significant interest, it will be moved the the MPH.  Please click here to register.

If you can’t meet us on Wednesday, please take 24 minutes to watch the beginning of year assembly below.  Mr. Jackson did a great job editing it!  In the first 24 minutes, there is important information that will be re-communicated on Wednesday night.