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Lower School

Robert Hyndman

 

Research shows that gratitude has lasting effects on the brain. The participants of a recent study were asked to write gratitude letters.  Findings were this: “on an MRI scanner, greater activation indications were seen in the medial pre-frontal cortex, a brain area associated with learning and decision making.” This is striking as the effect was found three months after the letter writing began.  This indicates that gratitude may have lasting positive effects on the brain in exactly the area that we as parents and educators hope to foster the most growth. The pre-frontal cortex is the area that directs thinking and actions toward autonomy and self-regulation regarding the planning and follow through in goal setting-in other words, maturity.  This is also the area of the brain that shows most activation in MRI scans when testing for the type of behaviors commonly referred to as “Executive Function.” I am very encouraged that the simple act of finding gratitude has such positive indications and feel that this is one of the simpler ways to elevate our state of being in a positive direction.  Let’s take a moment to look together for at least one thing we feel grateful for as we go into this exciting season of the New Year.

Read More about Counselor's Corner, Lower School, February 12
Robert Hyndman

 

The Annual HIS Spelling Bee season is upon us! A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. This competition is completely optional and is currently open to all students in Grades 2 – 8.

There will be three levels of competition: Bronze Dragons (Grade 2 & 3), Silver Dragons (Grade 4 & 5) and Gold Dragons (Grade 6, 7 & 8) There will be two rounds of competition. Round 1 is a written test and Round 2 is a verbal test. Dates and times for both of these rounds of competition will be announced when we return from the Chinese New Year holiday. The winners for each section during Round 1 will move on to compete in Round 2. Students will be tested on any words up to their level and above if required, and as such are encouraged to study all provided words. Definitions have also been provided to support memorization of words. Students may ask for these definitions during the verbal spelling challenge. Students may also ask for the word to be used in a sentence. However, these sentences will not be provided for study beforehand. The word lists and definitions have been included with this post.

Two Rounds of Competition:

Round 1 will take place in the cafeteria with all interested participants being given a range of words to spell on paper. The six highest scoring entrants from each competition level will progress to the second round.

During Round 2, students will be given a range of words to spell verbally up to their level (and above if required to separate the winner. In the case of middle school, an unseen list of challenge words will be used if needed to separate the winner). Students may ask for the word definition and/or word to be used in a sentence. Students may also ask to hear the word a second time. The winner from the Bronze Dragons and Silver Dragons levels will be allowed to enter the next level’s competition. All finalists will receive a certificate award and t-shirt, and the winner of each level will receive a special award.

The HIS Spelling Bee is designed to support our phonics and grammar programs, and intended to be a fun and motivational activity. All decisions made by the organizers of the competition are final. While we will always ask for feedback about our activities and programs, we appreciate in advance your understanding that this competition is organized in good faith.

We hope this information helps, and happy spelling!

Ms. Tanya & Ms. Maxwell

 

Read More about Spelling Bee

Upper School

Jessamine Koenig

HIS Spelling Bee Competition

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Annual HIS Spelling Bee season is upon us! A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. This competition is completely optional and is currently open to all students in Grades 2 – 8.

There will be three levels of competition: Bronze Dragons (Grade 2 & 3), Silver Dragons (Grade 4 & 5) and Gold Dragons (Grade 6, 7 & 8) There will be two rounds of competition. Round 1 is a written test and Round 2 is a verbal test. Dates and times for both of these rounds of competition will be announced when we return from the Chinese New Year holiday. The winners for each section during Round 1 will move on to compete in Round 2. Students will be tested on any words up to their level and above if required, and as such are encouraged to study all provided words. Definitions have also been provided to support memorization of words. Students may ask for these definitions during the verbal spelling challenge. Students may also ask for the word to be used in a sentence. However, these sentences will not be provided for study beforehand. The word lists and definitions have been included with this post.

Official Study Word List 2018

Official Study Word List & Definitions 2018

Two Rounds of Competition:

Round 1 will take place in the cafeteria with all interested participants being given a range of words to spell on paper. The six highest scoring entrants from each competition level will progress to the second round.

During Round 2, students will be given a range of words to spell verbally up to their level (and above if required to separate the winner. In the case of middle school, an unseen list of challenge words will be used if needed to separate the winner). Students may ask for the word definition and/or word to be used in a sentence. Students may also ask to hear the word a second time. The winner from the Bronze Dragons and Silver Dragons levels will be allowed to enter the next level’s competition. All finalists will receive a certificate award and t-shirt, and the winner of each level will receive a special award.

The HIS Spelling Bee is designed to support our phonics and grammar programs, and intended to be a fun and motivational activity. All decisions made by the organizers of the competition are final. While we will always ask for feedback about our activities and programs, we appreciate in advance your understanding that this competition is organized in good faith.

 

We hope this information helps, and happy spelling!

 

Ms. Tanya & Ms. Maxwell

 

Read More about Spelling Bee Information
Jessamine Koenig

Research shows that gratitude has lasting effects on the brain. The participants of a recent study were asked to write gratitude letters.  Findings were this: “on an MRI scanner, greater activation indications were seen in the medial pre-frontal cortex, a brain area associated with learning and decision making.” This is striking as the effect was found three months after the letter writing began.  This indicates that gratitude may have lasting positive effects on the brain in exactly the area that we as parents and educators hope to foster the most growth. The pre-frontal cortex is the area that directs thinking and actions toward autonomy and self-regulation regarding the planning and follow through in goal setting-in other words, maturity.  This is also the area of the brain that shows most activation in MRI scans when testing for the type of behaviors commonly referred to as “Executive Function.” I am very encouraged that the simple act of finding gratitude has such positive indications and feel that this is one of the simpler ways to elevate our state of being in a positive direction.  Let’s take a moment to look together for at least one thing we feel grateful for as we go into this exciting season of the New Year.

 

Read More about Counselor's Connection Feb. 12 2018
Jessamine Koenig

Winter Olympics and Life Lessons

The true spirit of the Olympics is that of inclusion and interaction. While much of the focus is on the gold medal winners, so many more athletes attend the events to take part and to learn from those around them. Our students are having a chance to see the competitive spirit as well as the positive message behind the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games. With a unified Korean team under one flag, the message is even louder this year that cooperation and collaboration are important skills to develop. At HIS, we have encouraged our students to be aware of this opportunity for interaction both internationally and here at home.

Over the last week, HIS students have had the opportunity to take part in a range of Wacky Winter Olympic Games. While some students have tried to avoid the fun games, others have embraced the chance to celebrate the spirit of international fun and zany experiences. Whether rolling around in a giant inflatable ball, racing to the end of a bobsleigh course on a blue trolley, or becoming a human curling stone, our students have had the opportunity to try something new, laugh, and join in the international event that is being held nearby. Students have also enjoyed viewing the Olympics in the common spaces, where we have been streaming the games and events live.

The leaderboard and world map help students gain an understanding of the different winter sporting events, the strength of certain national teams, and the camaraderie that builds between the athletes. Whether or not we have an HIS student who one day joins the Olympics as a competitor, we still can help our students develop the skills of positive interaction, understanding, and personal excellence.

As you watch the Olympics this season, please join in the global experience that is taking place in South Korea.

To stream the Olympics here in China, you can access the CCTV player app: http://tv.cctv.com/

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