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Upper School Newsletter February 26, 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb 28    Curriculum Night - English Language Arts  Mar 9-11        International Award                              Mar 11        Professional Learning (NO SCHOOL)    Mar 12-14      ACAMIS Golf                                      Mar 14-17      MUN DAISMUN                                  Mar 14-22      Gr 12 Mock Exams                              Mar 19  Student Led Conferences (special schedule)  Mar 22           Mid-Semester Reports                          Apr 3-5   Tomb Sweeping/Spring Break (no school)  Apr 21           International Day                                  Apr 26           Professional Inservice (no school)        Apr 26-27      ACAMIS Leadership Conference          June 1            SAT                                                      June 14         Graduation                                            June 21         Last Day of School

A NOTE FROM ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Fursey Gotuaco

Upper School Principal

RESOLUTION

"EVERY HUMAN MIND IS A GREAT SLUMBERING POWER UNTIL AWAKENED BY KEEN DESIRE AND BY DEFINITE RESOLUTION TO DO."                                                                              Edgar F. Roberts

"SEE FIRST THAT THE DESIGN IS WISE AND JUST; THAT ASCERTAINED, PURSUE IT RESOLUTELY."

                                    William Shakespeare

Welcome back to the LUNAR NEW YEAR!

It has been a great month of celebration here at HIS and we've got a few more moments of celebration ahead of us!

Every minute in classrooms we celebrate a student's good discussion comment!

Every hour we celebrate a student's well done assignment!

Every day we celebrate a friendship!

Every week we celebrate a great program, a sports team, or a production!

Every month we celebrate outstanding parent involvement!

Every year we celebrate a contribution to humanity!

If it didn't happen this time... maybe we could try to make it happen....  My Lunar New Year Resolution... 

PLEASE JOIN US THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS WE CELEBRATE OUR FANTASTIC ENGLISH DEPARTMENT!!!  WE WILL START AT 6PM IN THE THEATER.  SEE YOU THERE!!!

ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN HIS DRAGON!!!

Re-enrollment Information 2024-2025 

The time has come for us to open our re-enrolment process for the 2024-2025 school year.

Students will receive a printed copy of the 2024-2025 School Year Re-Enrolment Contract. Please, read, complete, and send back to the school. Deadline to save and pay the seat for the 2024-2025 will be March 15, 2024. After that day, we will start placing new applicants in the waiting list.

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Admissions and Community Relations, Andrea Stubbs: andreastubbs@hisdragons.org.cn

PAFA Fitness – Join us for Yoga Session this Thursday morning! 

If you had never tried Yoga, or that was a long time ago, this is a good opportunity in the company of a great parent community! We hope you can join us!

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN EDUCATION

by Danie de Beer

Director of Technology

In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, emerging technologies are revolutionizing the way we learn and teach. From virtual reality (VR) to artificial intelligence (AI), these innovative tools are reshaping traditional educational practices and opening up new possibilities for students and educators alike.

One of the most exciting developments in education is the integration of virtual reality technology. VR allows students to immerse themselves in realistic and interactive learning environments, enabling them to explore historical sites, conduct virtual science experiments, and engage in hands-on learning experiences that were once impossible in a traditional classroom setting. This immersive technology not only enhances student engagement but also improves retention and understanding of complex concepts.

Artificial intelligence is another game-changer in education, offering personalized learning experiences tailored to individual student needs. AI-powered tools can analyze student performance data to provide real-time feedback, adaptive lesson plans, and targeted interventions to support struggling learners. By harnessing the power of AI, educators can create more inclusive and effective learning environments that cater to the diverse needs of every student.

Furthermore, the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way educational institutions operate and manage their resources. IoT devices such as smart boards, wearable technology, and connected classrooms enable seamless communication, collaboration, and data sharing among students and teachers. These interconnected devices streamline administrative tasks, enhance classroom interactions, and facilitate remote learning opportunities, making education more accessible and efficient for all.

As we continue to embrace these emerging technologies, it is essential for educators to adapt their teaching methods and curriculum to meet the changing needs of 21st-century learners. By embracing innovation and leveraging the power of technology, we can create dynamic and engaging learning experiences that prepare students for success in an increasingly digital world.

In Emerging technologies are reshaping the landscape of education, offering new opportunities for personalized learning, interactive experiences, and improved outcomes for students. By embracing these tools and incorporating them into our educational practices, we can empower the next generation of learners to thrive in a rapidly evolving global society.

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!!!!!

HIS New Campus has been named as the one of the best education buildings of the year in the world by Archdaily, the first building interconnection media in the world.

PLEASE VOTE!!

The voting process is somewhat complicated. Please be patient and complete it.

Be sure to:

1. Scan the QR code below and register by email

2. Login email to complete the activation

3. Scan the code to complete the vote.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE!!!!

HIS International Day 2024!

Save the date, Sunday, April 21st

What is International Day? 

Is an HIS traditional event at open to HIS students, parents, faculty, and staff members, and the wider HIS community. During the event, we all represent our cultural backgrounds participating in the “Parade of Nations”, followed by the Dragon and Lion Dance, traditional performances, activities, food from all over the world, and much more. 

If you would like to organize as a country and participate in any way to celebrate your cultural background and community (traditional food, share traditional games, perform a traditional dance/song on stage, share celebrations from your country), please contact Ms. Andrea Stubbs: andreastubbs@hisdragons.org.cn

HIS Community Band!

Mr. Vincent would like to formally invite all HIS parent musicians with experience playing a String, Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion instrument to come together and collaborate to form the First HIS Community Band!

Rehearsals will be on:

Thursday evenings starting at 5:00 PM in the Band Room 

If you have any questions please send me an email to: brianvincent@hisdragons.org.cn

 

                                       HIS                                                    COLLEGE COUNSELING INFORMATION     

 

Carrie Sun

Upper School Counselor

 "Global Horizons: Navigating University Visits for International Students"

Part One

For HIS students planning to study abroad, understanding how to navigate university visits can be really helpful in making informed decisions. This week, we focus on how to effectively plan and engage in campus tours globally.

Strategic Planning for Your Campus Tour

Begin your preparations early, preferably in your penultimate year of high school. Carefully select universities that align with your academic and personal interests, considering not just the institution, but the lifestyle and opportunities it offers. I would recommend if at all possible visiting the top three to four schools on your list.

Engaging Actively in Campus Tours

Stay at the front of the tour to fully engage with the guide and surroundings. Don’t accept a "real estate" tour; this is about getting a feel for the campus environment. Asked the questions you want answers to and while you are walking around gauge the walking distances to essential places like libraries, labs, and lecture halls.

Exploring Beyond the Campus

Venture beyond the campus to discover nearby coffee shops and restaurants. This exploration is crucial for understanding the daily life and community you might join. These local haunts can offer a more authentic sense of the area’s culture and vibe. Make a contest out of it-for example find the best Chinese food you can within walking distance of every school you visit!

Interactive Inquiries

Ask the admission office when you make the appointment if you can speak with a professor or teaching assistant in your field of interest. Requesting a private conversation can provide deeper insights into academic life and opportunities at the university. Also ask them if while on campus you can visit the buildings of your academic department of interest. It really helps to be able to visualize where you will be spending a lot of your time over the next three to four years studying what you are passionate about!

Stay tuned for next week's Part Two, where we'll delve into crucial aspects like local community integration, financial considerations, and building a support network as an international student. Your journey to finding the perfect global university is just getting started, and university counseling department will be there with you every step of the way!

UPCOMING SAT ADMINISTRATIONS

TEST DATE                       REGISTRATION

  MAY 4                                   APRIL 19

  JUNE 1                                   MAY 17

BEST UNIVERSITY YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

We encourage students to contact one of the university counselors  with any questions about university entrance requirements. 

                  Mr. Mark Donagher     markdonagher@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Iris Zhang     iriszhang@hisdragons.org.cn

                          Ms. Carrie Sun    carriesun@hisdragons.org.cn

                     Dr. Ryan Beddows    ryanbeddows@hisdragons.org.cn

                      Dr. Monica Prieto    monicaprieto@hisdragons.org.cn

Fridays HIS Artisan Food Market is back! 

Every Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

We won’t have the HIS Artisan Food Market this week on Friday. It will return as usual after the holiday on Friday, February 23!

Every Friday HIS along with our community Artisans will offer to purchase tasty treats and excellent snacks from the different food vendors attending.

Come for a pleasant afternoon to end the school week, and head out for a relaxing and fun weekend with a happy stomach!

For information, contact Ms. Andrea: andreastubbs@hisdragons.org.cn

DRAGON ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

AQUATICS

Click the link to the updated practice schedule on the Aquatics Calendar page.  

https://www.his-china.org/extend/swim-team/aquatics-calendar 

REMINDER: ACAMIS JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS DEADLINE 

ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championship payment is due tomorrow, February 20. Please confirm your participation by completing the FORM and paying the cost via the link or the QR code below. 

https://www.hisdragons.org.cn/his/his_utilities/qrcode.php?id=579 

ACAMIS JUNIOR SWIM KEY DATES 

February 20 – Payment Due Date 

February 26 – ACAMIS Junior Swim Team Photo (3:15 PM) at The Wave Swimming Pool  

March 8 – Meet Program Distribution  

March 14 – Departure Date 

March 17 – Return Date 

DRYLAND TRAINING 

A friendly reminder during dryland training that students need to be changed out of their regular school uniforms for practices. This is a consistent expectation across all sports practices at HIS. Students will not be permitted to join practice otherwise. Thank you for your cooperation. 

COMMUNICATION 

Please direct any aquatics and swimming-related questions to swimming@hisdragons.org.cn. Include the student's full name, grade level, and swim squad in the message. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

February 24 – SSL Round 4 (SASPX & SCISHQ PD) 

March 15 & 16 – ACAMIS Junior Swimming Championships (XLIS) 

March 30 – HISAC Round 3 (WCIS) 

April 13 & 14 – SSL Championships 

Quick Links: 

Swim Team Registration and Handbook 

2023-2024 Swim Meet Schedule 

Aquatics Calendar 

HIS Swim Records 

Swim Meet Results 

International Baccalaureate  Diploma Programme

TOK TALK

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Student Leadership is a priority here at HIS. 

Each week, we spotlight a student leader and give them an opportunity to tell you about their clubs, sports, and activities.  

TALENT SHOW

SHARON CHEN GR 11

MARTINA XU GR 11

Talent shows have always been a part of the school's program. After the summer break, Sharon and I started planning to organize talent shows with the original goal of providing HIS students with a platform to showcase their talents and gain self-confidence.

We brought together many members and started planning in November. The audition is open to all 6th–12th graders. During the audition, we saw a lot of great performances, and we are also quite impressed, as we did not expect 12th graders to participate. During the preparation stage, we had inspiring discussions about how to layout the space and execute the show.

However, we encountered difficulties communicating the poster and ticket designs. Stage designers should communicate at least twice a week. Due to our busy schedules, we often encounter unexpected issues, such as forgetting to contact the teacher to borrow school equipment or schedule rehearsal times. Fortunately, everyone on the team was so helpful that we were able to overcome these issues, and we actually completed the stage building and lighting adjustments in a single day.

Throughout the preparatory phase, we learned the importance of using a planner and memos to keep track of daily tasks, especially in DP. On the day of the event, despite some minor issues with the background music, everyone worked diligently, and the colorful lights illuminated the stage and performers, creating an amazing atmosphere. The participants demonstrated their remarkable abilities and passion to the audience.

This was our first completely self-organized event, and it was an unforgettable and precious experience.

LIT LOUNGE

We have a new group of leaders on campus this year, THE LIT LOUNGE.  These students help other students with their work.  It's not tutoring.  Its much more than that.  They are empowered, dedicated, and intelligent people who want to see others succeed.  We have started with 3 young ladies - Ruhi Gianchandani, Angel Li, & Sanyukta Shewakramani.  I'll let them explain themselves in their own words.

Q:What exactly is Lit Lounge?

A: Lit Lounge aims to encourage fellow students to benefit from cognitive coaching guided by student coaches. Lit Lounge helps guide students to identify and solve their own problems in their work. The aim is to help students become independent learners and encourage them to soar on their own.

Q: What kinds of help can students get from the Lit Lounge?

 

A: We don’t help with just particular subjects, we have a more holistic approach where we welcome students to get guidance for writing, reading, speaking, note-taking, and presenting. So if it’s something along these lines that a student needs help with, we are more than happy to do so. Right now, we are coaching in just English, but are hoping to expand to coaching in Chinese as well to accommodate and aid HIS students.

Q: You are now looking for coaches. What does a coach do?

A: Coaches help students develop themselves as individuals. They lead students through the creative process and apply unique strategies to their unique needs. Coaches don’t give their feedback to a problem, rather guide the students to find their own solutions.

Q: What are the qualities of a good coach?

A:  Coaches aren’t expected to be an expert, rather they’re expected to be passionate, patient, and compassionate guides who help the students in need. Coaches are also expected to have at least one “shift” per week at the Lit Lounge which allows students to connect with a set coach and find what methods work best for them. Remember, guide, don’t advise.

Q:  What's the most rewarding aspect of your role in Lit Lounge?

A: While I’m guiding learners through the process, I get to challenge myself as a student and coach as well. I also learn new ways to get my work done when I help other people. The joy I get from being able to help other people is immense. It’s rewarding to be a part of helping someone out and to contribute to my school community through such a unique initiative.

Q:  What should a student do if they feel they want help from Lit Lounge?

A: Firstly, we want them to feel comfortable enough to reach out to us. We want HIS students to know that we are here to guide them through the process of getting quality work done. Students don’t need to do much except show up to the Lit Lounge any day after school prepared with the work they need help with. Besides that, we are more than happy to answer any questions so they can reach out to us via email or in person at any time.

These fabulous students dedicate their time to lead this organization to help other students.  They will be looking for more coaches soon.  And of course, they are always looking for students who need a little extra support.  Send your son or daughter to Lit Lounge.  Its just one more way that our students care and create community.

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Middle School Uniform Guidelines 6-8

Middle Schoolers should wear tan shorts, trousers, or skirts and a navy blue polo shirt (short or long sleeved) with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

High School Uniform Guidelines 9-12

High Schoolers should wear tan shorts or trousers, or plaid skirts (girls only) and a light blue Oxford cloth button down short or long sleeved short with the HIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the HIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the HIS hoodie sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. All students must wear laced shoes.

Students will be asked to remove outerwear (coats, hoodies, sweatshirts, etc) in lessons unless they carry the HIS logos. Students who are cold will be invited to go to the Dragon Shop to purchase acceptable HIS items. 

Families can purchase items at the Dragon Shop open 

Mondays to Fridays from 

8:05am - 2:45pm and 3:15pm - 4:00pm

For more information, please contact the Dragon Shop: olivexu@hisdragons.org.cn

                                                   LUNCH                                            

See the updated lunch menu weekly and monthly as posted on the school website. 

Lunch Menu

HIS Mission Statement

We provide international learners with opportunities to pursue academic and personal excellence within a caring community.

Hangzhou International School
2190 Xiangbin Road, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310052
Phone: +86 571 8669 0045
Email: news@his-china.org Website: www.his-china.org