From Mr. Jackson:
We are so fortunate this week to be hosting several schools from CEESA (Central and Eastern European School Association) for our middle school robotics tournament. On Thursday, students from international schools in such cities as Moscow, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest and Kyiv will arrive to take part in this annual event. We would like to thank all of the families within our community that have offered to host these students and believe that your hospitality truly makes this an outstanding event for these young people. Each team is made up of students that have designed, built and programmed their own robots to complete a set of tasks around the theme of hydrodynamics. If you are interested in watching the students compete, feel free to come by the competition in the gym on Friday or Saturday morning.
From Mrs. Grossman:
Our school is growing! In fact, we have 18% more students than this time last year.
To accommodate the growth the elementary classes, our teachers have helped design some creative classroom structures. You may have noticed that our 5-year-old class enjoys the benefits of a parallel classroom. Children have three teachers and two classrooms - and spend time in both rooms during the day. This helps keep class groups small and allow teachers to maximize one-on-one attention. As well, an extra space was created for the 6-year-old class. The three 6-year-old teachers are able to make small groups and rotate out of the main classroom to provide small group attention. Last, our group of Intellatives (the 9-year-old class) take advantage of the flexible classroom space next door, especially during math and literacy classes, when there are three teachers.
As we look forward to next year, we have committed to splitting at least two of the classrooms in the 5, 6, 7-year old range. In addition, we will split the 10-year-old class. As we speak, the human resource department of QSI is working to find excellent teachers to fill these positions.
Mrs. Smith has already started work on the master schedule for next year! We are planning to expand our elective options; for instance, Documentary Film will be a choice for secondary students. As well, we are planning on increasing our math & science course offerings by 30%. Courses such as AP Statistics, Physics and AP Chemistry and others will flesh out our program offerings.
Keep an eye out for more news about next year as we solidify our plans!