May 28, 2014 by ahomi1
May 18, 2014 by ahomi1Please see the note below from Mr. Livingston, Bayside principal.Dear Parents of Grade 5 Students,On Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm we would like to welcome you to the Baysidecampus for our Grade 5 Transition Parent Night.We hope to share with you some of the joys and challenges of Middle School andintroduce you to some of the experiences your children will have at SIS Bayside nextyear.You will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Brooker, the Middle School Coordinator andCounselor and learn about our curriculum and your child’s academic pathway through Middle School at SIS.If you wish to discuss your child’s particular needs on an individual basis, please don’thesitate to contact Ms. Brooker, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com) to set up an appointment.We hope you can join us in the Bayside amphitheater on Tuesday, May 20 at 6.00 pm.Best wishes,
May 13, 2014 by ahomi1
May 12, 2014 by ahomi1
On May 7-8, our 5th grade students spent two full days exploring Mui Wo and Pui O on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. This overnight adventure is a part of our “Environmental Issues” study. The journey began bright and early Wednesday morning with parents waving goodbye to their students as we all got on the bus. The border crossings and bus changes went smoothly, and we arrived at our home base ready to explore.
During the two days, the students explored various habitats and discussed the related issues. In Pui O, the learners explored the fresh-water marsh, the berm, a salt-water marsh, and a river habitat. Seeing the water buffalo in their habitat was a highlight. We discovered that they are not native to Lantau but were imported from Vietnam to help with rice farming. One group witnessed a male defending his territory which was amazing. As we learned about the impacts on the environment, diminishing habitat, and the inevitable conflict between humans and the buffalo, all of us looked at the complex issues from a variety of perspectives.
Cleaning up the beach in Mui Wo, hiking to Ark Eden to discuss sustainability, composting, and meeting Charlie the pig were favourites of the students. The ultimate in giving back to the environment was to hike up to a burned area on the hills and plant trees. The background knowledge they came with supported their deeper understanding of the very real problem of trash in our oceans and on our land and the complexity of energy production and sustainability.
Throughout the two days, the students applied the ESLRs. From organizing their dorm room with their friends, swimming in the ocean, asking questions, applying previous learning, and observing nature, the learners exemplified what it means to be a contributing global citizen. Despite the very rainy afternoon on Thursday, the students and teachers each had a very meaningful experience together.
Written by Johnna Huiet
May 9, 2014 by ahomi1
April 30, 2014 by ahomi1
April 17, 2014 by ahomi1
Students have been busy working hard to organize and showcase their learning for their upcoming student led conferences which will take place tomorrow. Evaluating their daily and long term goals, designing an effective way to display their documentation of learning, and setting new goals for the remainder of the year is just a glimpse of what they have been up to. Today, students rehearsed their conference with their peers by sharing and providing feedback.
April 7, 2014 by ahomi1
Today we started our human body projects. Students partnered with a classmate to trace the outline of their body. The next step is working to illustrate the inside! Students will work through a checklist to include hand drawn diagrams of some of the major living systems inside the body. This project culminates our first part of the living systems science unit.
April 3, 2014 by ahomi1
March 17, 2014 by ahomi1
Students have been working diligently throughout the year to become better bloggers, and to use their blogs to display their learning, passions and questions. They have continued to work on making their posts relevant and engaging, by adding media, asking questions, adding details and categorizing their posts. One way that students are going to continue to grow as bloggers, is through the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge that started last week. Students will be given a task each week to accomplish. Through these tasks, they will not only continue to reinforce blogging and writing etiquette, but also to help our students reach out to other students and teachers around the world. Some students have chosen to enroll as individual participants, and those who haven’t are part of the team that works on our class blog. Students have already had comments from Miss W, the organizer of the challenge!
Please take a look at our student’s blogs and the tasks that they are completing throughout the challenge. Students will be categorizing their posts as “Student Blogging Challenge,” to make it easy to view. Ms. Beabout’s “Gecko’s Go Digital” blog is also a great resource to get an idea of what the tasks are.