It’s the Week After Parent/Teacher Conferences: Now What Do I Do?

Hello MS parents and greetings to you from our awesome UAS Middle School!!!

It was truly a pleasure to welcome so many wonderful parents to our annual teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The feedback we received was extremely positive and to be completely honest, I am a very proud Principal.  Here’s hoping that the conversations you had were rich, and that the information you received was meaningful. I thank you for your continued support of the UAS Middle School, our programs, and most importantly of your magnificent child (children).

Now that these annual conferences have concluded, what can you do to continue supporting your student? Here are a couple of tips to help guide you as you move forward from this point.

  1. Stay connected to the online gradebook of your child via the parent portal. If you are already connected, please stay informed about your son/daughter’s current academic progress. Ask your child questions about incompletes, and ongoing assessment feedback.  Be aware of trends in their learning and work completion.  Allow this information to be a conversation starter with your son/daughter about their current work habits and growth.  If you have not yet opened your child’s online gradebook, and you need assistance to do so, please seek support from our IT office or the UAS Help desk. This information, if reviewed regularly, is a meaningful tool, and your awareness of the data sends a powerful message to your child that their learning growth is important to you.
  2. Continue to be aware of upcoming assessments. Help your son/daugther to be better organized, and to plan ahead in order to minimize their stress and help them be better prepared for formative and summative assessments in all subjects.  If you are like me, you are likely aware of the concept of “cramming” for a test the night before the assessment.  If you are aware of upcoming assessments, you can encourage your student to study in small chunks of time over several days leading up to the assessment, in order to be better prepared and to reduce their overall stress level.
  3. Insist that your child completes all of their formative assessments. Formative assessments help inform student learning, but this data also allows the teacher to better understand what the student knows and is able to do.  Completing formative assessments will help your child feel more confident, and be better prepared to successfully demonstrate their learning via their summative assessment that is sure to follow.
  4. As the year progresses, the expectations for work quality and quantity will only increase. The more sleep your child can get regularly the better prepared they will be to cope with the pressure they will place on themselves, and the stress they will experience because of deadlines and teacher expectations.  Set clear expectations at home about when technology is to be unplugged for the night, when lights need to be turned off, and when bed time should commence.  Studies on this subject are clear:  students who get sufficient sleep (9+ hours a night) are generally happier, and perform better in school.

 

UAS Spring Ski Trip (from Nicole Ashwin)

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland….oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland, during Spring Break.  (Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes..   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…           No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 AED

Who?              Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only

What’s included?

  • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire
  • All meals and snacks
  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental
  • Lift passes
  • Instruction
  • Evening activities
  • Visa
  • Transportation (flights + buses)

How?  Register here.   Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.

Have an adventure!  Have fun!  Have new friends!  Have real snow!

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: NO school – UAE National Holiday
  • December 3:  NO school – UAE National Holiday
  • December 6 & 7: MS Musical – Alice in Wonderland Jr. – MPH @ 6:30
  • December 14 – ½ day schedule – students are dismissed @ lunch time
  • December 15 – January 6: Winter Break
  • January 7: First day of school in 2018! WOOHOO!!!

Principals Coffee and Parent/Teacher Conferences This Week!

Howdy hello MS parents and greetings to you from our awesome UAS Middle School!!!

I look forward to welcoming parents to the next MS Principals Coffee on Monday, November 13 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS Library. Topics for this information sharing event will include, but not be limited to:

  • Synergetic online grade book: I will define some of the vocabulary found within the grade book and help parents make sense of the information found there. IT support will be available to help you access the online grade book if you have not yet been able to enter. Please bring with you to this meeting the electronic device you will use to access your child’s online grade book.
  • Wellness Census: A video will be shown that highlights the KHDA sponsored Wellness Census our students will be taking during the week of November 19.
  • Moral Education: Time permitting, the MS counselors will share highlights of the Moral Education curriculum that will be taught to all UAS MS students during the course of the school year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The annual parent/teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. As you are likely aware, parent conferences in the MS are held in 10-minute intervals beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 4 PM. You are kindly asked to register on the Parent Portal to select the teacher or teachers you would like to visit on the days and times that work best in your hectic schedule. As you register for the conference times, you will notice that our dedicated teachers have blocked a lunch recess, and three 10-minute break times during both days. In order to prepare our students for the student-led conferences we will be hosting in the spring, we are asking students to join with you for these November meetings as we want them to be “student involved” conferences. After all, the conferences are about the students learning journey, so why wouldn’t we want them to participate? On behalf of the entire teaching staff and leadership team, we welcome you to our awesome school and we look forward to your positive participation in this batch of parent/teacher conferences on November 15 & 16. See you then!

UAS Spring Ski Trip (from Nicole Ashwin)

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland….oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland, during Spring Break.  (Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes..   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…           No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 AED

Who?   Gades 4, 5, 6, & those grade 7 students who went last year only

What’s included?

  • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire
  • All meals and snacks
  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental
  • Lift passes
  • Instruction
  • Evening activities
  • Visa
  • Transportation (flights + buses)

How?  Register here.   Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.

More details at the parent information session this Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16 from 11:30-11:50 in the ES library.  Have an adventure!  Have fun!  Have new friends!  Have real snow!

Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 13: MS Principals coffee – MS/HS library
  • November 15 & 16: Parent/Teacher conferences – 8 am to 4 PM both days
  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: No school – UAE National Holiday

MS Principals Coffee is Back! WOOHOO!

Greetings MS parents and welcome to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School!!!

I am happy to announce the next installment of the MS Principals Coffee which will be held on Monday, November 13 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS Library. Topics for this information sharing event will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Synergetic online grade book: I will explain how parents can make the best use of the information, and I will help define some of the vocabulary found within the grade book. Our IT support will also be available to help you access the online grade book if you have been unsuccessful in reviewing the current academic progress of your student. Please bring the electronic device with you to this meeting that you will use to access your child’s online grade book.
  • Wellness Census: A video will be shown that highlights the KHDA sponsored Wellness Census our students will be taking during the week of November 19.
  • Moral Education: Time permitting, the MS counselors will share highlights of the Moral Education curriculum that will be taught to all UAS MS students during the course of the school year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The annual parent/teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16.  Parent conferences in the Middle School will be held in 10-minute windows beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 4 PM. You are kindly asked to register on the Parent Portal to select the teacher or teachers you would like to visit on the days and times that work best in your schedule. As you register for the conference times, you will likely notice that our dedicated teachers have blocked a lunch recess, and three 10-minute break times during both days.  In addition, please note that in April 2018 the UAS MS will host student led conferences for the first time! In this format, students will meet face to face with their parents to describe their own learning progress and growth. In order to prepare our students for this method of conferencing, we are asking students to join with you for these November meetings as we want them to be “student involved” conferences. After all, the conferences are about the students learning journey, so why wouldn’t we want them to participate? On behalf of the entire teaching staff and leadership team, we welcome you to our awesome school and we look forward to your positive participation in this batch of parent/teacher conferences on November 15 & 16. See you then!

Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 13: MS Principals coffee – MS/HS library
  • November 15 & 16: Parent/Teacher conferences – 8 am to 4 PM both days
  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: No school – UAE National Holiday