Bayside Update – October 12, 2018

Dear Bayside Parents,

Progress Reports for middle and high school students were released today. Students had time in advisory to download and review their reports. Students in grades 6-9 also received a paper copy of the results of their MAP testing. Parents can access the progress reports by logging into the Gecko Portal and downloading the report from the documents section. MAP test results are only available as paper copies. Please contact Ms. Peggy Han (phan@sis.org.cn) if your child did not bring home his or her MAP paper and we can send you a pdf.

We had a large number of parents at Bayside this morning for the EAL Parent Coffee at 9:00 am and the Reporting Information Session 10:00 am. If you were not able to attend I’ve attached the slides from my presentation on reporting and student-involved conferences. Parent coffee – reporting

If you have not yet signed up for a conference time please be sure to do so using the link below.

There will be no classes for students on Tuesday, October 16. Students are expected to attend the conferences with their parents.

We look forward to seeing you at the student-involved conferences on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Mike Livingston – SIS Secondary Principal

Progress Reports and Student-Involved Conferences

Progress Reports – Progress reports will be available this Friday, October 12 after 1:15 pm on the Gecko portal. Students will not receive a paper copy but they will have access to the reports on Friday during advisory time. You can access the progress report by logging into the Gecko portal or, if you would like a printed copy, you can ask your child to print the report during their advisory time. **Please bring an electronic or paper copy of your child’s Progress Report the the Student-Involved Conferences.

Gecko Portal Log In Help – All parents will receive an email from Ken Tsui (SIS Data Manager) with your individual log in credentials. If you already know your password for the Gecko Portal you can continue to use it. If you’ve forgotten your password or have never logged in before you will need to follow the instructions in the email from Mr. Tsui. If you need help logging into the Gecko portal you can visit this site for tutorials. Once you have logged in successfully you can follow these instructions to change your password.

No Classes for Students – There are no classes for students on Tuesday, October 16. Classes are suspended on this day to allow for Student-Involved Conferences. Classes resume on Wednesday, October 17.

Student-Involved Conferences on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday October 15-17 – Student-Involved Conferences will be held on October 15 (3:45-5:45 pm), October 16 all day (no classes for students), and October 17 (3:45-5:45 pm). These conferences are an opportunity for parents, together with their child, to meet with teachers. It is important that your child attend the conference with you. We ask parents to sign up for one 2-hour time block for each of your children to meet with all of their child’s teachers. (If you have more than one child you must sign up for more than one time block.) All of the teachers will be stationed on the first floor at Bayside in the music rooms, the drama room, in the cafe area, and in the amphitheater. Parents will be free to move around the first floor and meet with teachers for up to 10 minutes. If you need to meet longer, you can schedule a time to come in another day and continue your conversation. We require parents to sign up ahead of time for these conferences. Parent numbers are limited in each session. We will honour the time of those who signed up so no “drop ins” are allowed.

Conference Sign Up Link – Please follow this link to SignUpGenius to sign up for a Student-Involved Conference time. **Please note that Mr. Ill and Ms. Wilson will not be available on Tuesday, October 16 3:00-5:00 pm to discuss PE and Life Skills.

SIS Parent Identification (ID) Cards

If you still don’t have a Parent ID Card you can do it quickly and easily. Requests for Parent ID cards can be made via our self-service ID card website. Complete the online form and upload a passport-type photo. Please ensure that the photo is clear, well lit and shows the individual’s face and shoulders. Photos shot with a smartphone are fine. The school will supply two parent ID cards–one for mother and one for father. Parents do not need a new ID card each school year. Cards can be picked up at the Bayside front desk. Normal processing time for ID cards is two working days but as we are currently creating many cards for new families we will need three extra days. Cards can be picked up at the Bayside front desk five days after you submit your application.

 

Upcoming Events – Parent Meetings, Progress Reports and Student-Involved Conferences

Dear Bayside Parents,

October is a busy month at Bayside with progress reports, student-involved conferences, Week Without Walls, and numerous events. Here is some information regarding the upcoming Parent Information Meetings and Reporting period. I apologize for not getting this information out to you sooner. You can expect to receive this type of information more in advance of the events.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the parent meetings and conferences.

Mike Livingston – SIS Secondary Principal

Parent Information Meetings

Week Without Walls Parent Information Meetings – Wednesday, October 10, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm – All parents have received information about the upcoming Week Without Walls trips. This general meeting is to give an overview of all the Week Without Walls trips taking place during the week of October 22-26. The trip leaders for each trip will be available to answer specific questions about each grade level trip. The two meetings (10:30 am and 6:30 pm) will include the same information so you will only want to attend one.

EAL Parent Information Meeting – Friday, October 12, 9:00-10:00 am – This is a kind reminder of our English as an Additional Language (EAL) parent information session Friday morning at Bayside. We will begin at 9:00 am in the Amphitheatre. At this parent information session, we plan to discuss:

1) Parent-Teacher Conferences
2) What EAL support and co-teaching looks like at SIS
3) The journey of language acquisition
4) What helps language acquisition (what you can do at home)
5) and answer any questions you might have.

In preparation for this session you may like to download the apps: Kahoot! and Microsoft Translator. We look forward to seeing you on Friday morning. Regards, Ms. Vithayathil, Ms. Korhonen & Ms. Gomez-Galvez

Progress Reports and Student-Involved Conferences Parent Information Meeting – Friday, October 12, 10:00-10:30 – At this parent information meeting I will give an overview of our assessment and reporting practices in MS and HS, as well as some information on how to get the most out of the student-involved conferences.

Progress Reports and Student-Involved Conferences

Progress Reports – Progress reports will be available this Friday, October 12 after 1:15 pm on the Gecko portal. Students will not receive a paper copy but they will have access to the reports on Friday during advisory time. You can access the progress report by logging into the Gecko portal or, if you would like a printed copy, you can ask your child to print the report during their advisory time.

Gecko Portal Log In Help – All parents will receive an email from Ken Tsui (SIS Data Manager) with your individual log in credentials. If you already know your password for the Gecko Portal you can continue to use it. If you’ve forgotten your password or have never logged in before you will need to follow the instructions in the email from Mr. Tsui. If you need help logging into the Gecko portal you can visit this site for tutorials. Once you have logged in successfully you can follow these instructions to change your password.

Student-Involved Conferences on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday October 15-17 – Student-Involved Conferences will be held on October 15 (3:45-5:45 pm), October 16 all day (no classes for students), and October 17 (3:45-5:45 pm). These conferences are an opportunity for parents, together with their child, to meet with teachers. It is important that your child attend the conference with you. We ask parents to sign up for one 2-hour time block for each of your children to meet with all of their child’s teachers. (If you have more than one child you must sign up for more than one time block.) All of the teachers will be stationed on the first floor at Bayside in the music rooms, the drama room, in the cafe area, and in the amphitheater. Parents will be free to move around the first floor and meet with teachers for up to 10 minutes. If you need to meet longer, you can schedule a time to come in another day and continue your conversation. We require parents to sign up ahead of time for these conferences. Parent numbers are limited in each session. We will honour the time of those who signed up so no “drop ins” are allowed.

Conference Sign Up Link – Please follow this link to SignUpGenius to sign up for a Student-Involved Conference time. **Please note that Mr. Ill and Ms. Wilson will not be available on Tuesday, October 16 3:00-5:00 pm to discuss PE and Life Skills.

Bayside Update – September 19, 2018

Dear Bayside Parents,

Welcome to the Bayside Parents Update blog. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed of upcoming events and to celebrate the successes of our students. Please use the “Subscribe by Email” box in the left-hand column to ensure you are notified every time a new blog is posted. You can expect an update every week with some news about the events happening in the lives of the Secondary students. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions about our programs or anything specific to your child.

Thanks for being part of the SIS community and supporting us as we work together with you in the education of your children.

Mike Livingston – SIS Secondary Principal

School Holidays

Friday, September 21 and Monday, September 24 – No School For Students – SIS will be closed on Friday to allow the teachers to attend a professional development workshop. SIS is closed on Monday for the Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 25.

Monday, October 1 to Friday, October 5 – No School For Students – SIS will be closed for the National Day Holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, October 8.

SIS Parent Identification (ID) Cards

Requests for Parent ID cards can be made via our self-service ID card website. Complete the online form and upload a passport-type photo. Please ensure that the photo is clear, well lit and shows the individual’s face and shoulders. Photos shot with a smartphone are fine. The school will supply two parent ID cards–one for mother and one for father. Parents do not need a new ID card each school year. Cards can be picked up at the Bayside front desk. Normal processing time for ID cards is two working days but as we are currently creating many cards for new families we will need three extra days. Cards can be picked up at the Bayside front desk five days after you submit your application.

Week Without Walls – October 22-26

Plans are well underway for our Secondary School Week Without Walls (WWW) taking place on the week of October 23-27. WWW is an annual event that is part of a whole school program linked to the Upper Primary School School Without Walls (SWW). These experiences give SIS students opportunities to participate in experiential learning focused on developing our Expected Student Learning Results (ESLRs) – Communicators, Independent Learners, Collaborators, Complex Thinkers and Global Citizens. Shekou International School works in conjunction with DragonFly to establish safe, exciting and challenging courses for all our WWW trips.  Students will travel in grade level groups to various destinations within China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.  More information about each grade level trip will be sent home next week.

SIS Art Tote Bags

Some art works from our IB DP Art cohort of 2018-19 translated so well into graphic prints that we just had to use them for our new SIS Art Totes! Each print was designed by an SIS Art student, shows our SIS logo and has a positive message for our SIS community. Our IB Art Teacher, Ms. Amy Atkinson, is now taking orders. See tote bag information attachment for more information and instructions on how to orders yours! Please place your orders before Wednesday, September 26.

MS Soccer and HS Beach Retreat Photos