QSI International School of Sarajevo Announcements (view all)
May II 2017
24-May-17 | Jamie Martin
We are approaching the final few weeks of school, but haven't slowed down yet! Our middle and high school group left yesterday for A Week Without Walls in London and a group of upper elementary and middle school students will leave Friday for Bratislava to participate in a track and field meet. We are also preparing for our annual sports days, Olympic Day, Prom, the PSG Summer Fair, Evening of the Arts and Graduation.
Additionally, we have two fantastic performances to look forward to including Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Junior on June 7th at 6:30pm and The Junge Book on June 8th at 2:00pm. I invite everyone to come out and join us for these wonderful events.
It's unfathomable that we are already talking about end of year performances, the ABC Countdown, Prom, PSG Summer Fair, and Graduation. While it seems the school year has flown by, we are still eagerly anticipating many more exciting events and activities to conclude what has been a fantastic school year at QSIS! This edition of the Howler is lengthy, but I encourage everyone to take a few moments to review it. Included you will find dates and details about many events taking place from now until the end of the school year.
MAP testing is finishing up, and you will receive official test results shortly. Our older students are currently taking AP exams. We wish our students all the best and have confidence their hard work is going to pay off.
It's been another fantastic week at QSI International School of Sarajevo! Students have thoroughly enjoyed participating in all the science themed activities taking place this week. We are creating a short Science Week video including segments of the various competitions, lessons, and events that took place this week. A link to ourScience Week video will be shared on Friday afternoon. I want to thank all the teachers, staff, students, and parents who helped make this week a success!
Please don't forget, school will not be in session on Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd due to the Labor Day Holiday. Upon returning from the long weekend, students will begin Spring assessments including MAP testing and AP exams. To view a complete schedule of assessments, please click the link provided in this edition of the newsletter.
At QSI, children from many language backgrounds come together for a successful learning experience. Students are expected to flourish in the classroom no matter what their English level is when they first come to QSI.
The Intensive English (IE) program at QSI is there to support students whose English level is not yet high enough for the standard reading and language arts classes. The goal of the Intensive English program is to allow students to quickly catch up with their other classmates in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Intensive English classes at QSI Sarajevo
At QSI, students receive Reading & Writing Literacy daily.
Students 5 years old and younger will stay with their class during this time and be immersed in the English language. From age 6 through secondary, students with a need for English second-language instruction will attend Intensive English classes during the Reading & Writing Literacy periods. These Intensive English classes consist of smaller groups of English language learners. During this time, students receive English language instruction suitable for their language level. For most of the rest of the day, students rejoin their homeroom class for other subjects such as Mathematics, PE, Art, Technology, Music, and others. Teachers in these classes accommodate and differentiate for language learners to allow them to be successful in these subjects, even as students are learning English. In addition, most Intensive English students will have an additional period of English language support later in the day in place of Languages Other than English classes.
We use several tests to determine a student’s English level in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These tests are given when a student arrives at QSI, as well as throughout the school year to measure the student’s learning progress.
Idea Language Proficiency Test (IPT): used for determining a student’s level of spoken English.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System: used to evaluate a student’s English reading level.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): a test taken by all QSI students to measure progress in reading and language use.