Update – May 1 Holiday and MAP testing

Dear Bayside Parents,

Today is the first day of IB exams for our grade 12 students. Over the next 3 weeks all IB students worldwide (who are using the northern hemisphere schedule) will follow the same exam schedule set out by the IB. Our students are well prepared and ready for this final high school challenge. Our teachers will continue to support the Seniors over these 3 weeks of exams.

Thank you for your patience and understand as we had to reschedule some of our Student-Involved Conferences last week. Due to the unexpected power outage at Coastal Rose Garden 2 we were required to reschedule our two morning sessions. Fortunately, we have been able to do this without disrupting any classes or student activities. If you have not attended a conference yet we will be holding our final session on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00-10:00 am. This is a national holiday and students do not have classes but we will be open for conferences. Please follow this link to SignUpGenius to sign up.

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, and community members involved in the SIS Film Festival. Yesterday was the opening night that included a red carpet, celebrity appearances (in a way), and popcorn supplied by our PSA. The film festival concludes tonight. The festival begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free.

This weekend Ms. Coetzee and nine of our grade 7 and 8 musicians are participating in the South East Asian Strings festival hosted by the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG). We will be sure to share this news in an upcoming SIS Weekly Update.

We have a long weekend for the May 1 holiday. There will be no classes for students on Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1. SIS will be open on May 1 for one session of Student-Involved Conferences (see the sign up link below) and for a teacher Professional Learning Day. Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, May 2.

Here is a list of upcoming important events at Bayside:

IB Exams – All grade 12 students are writing exams April 27 – May 18.

May 1 Holiday – No classes Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1.

Student-Involved Conferences – Tuesday, May 1 Sign Up Link – Please follow this link to SignUpGenius to sign up.

MAP Tests – Next week all students in grades 6 through 9 will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests as one measure of determining your child’s instructional level. The tests are also used to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. SIS students complete MAP tests in the areas of Language Usage, Reading and Math. Your child will take the tests on an iPad (middle school) and a laptop (grade 9). MAP tests are a very applicable test for our students and provide a high level of formative assessment. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  Minimal class time is disrupted in order for students to complete the test. Each school year, all students in grades 3-9 will take the tests in the Fall and in the Spring. This is our third year of MAP testing.  The report of each student is available in the Spring after the last MAP testing date.  This will go home with the end of year school report.


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