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Message from the Principals 2/2/2024

Good morning, Hope Community!

Today's Topics:

1: Important Reminders

2: Open School Information

3: Learning Highlight

4: Curriculum Focus - Exit Points

5: House Points

6: Photos!!


1: Important Reminders

  • Feb 12 - Open School

  • Feb 19 - Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)

  • Mar 15 - Hope Family Day (An email with details will be sent to Hope Families today!)

  • Mar 22 - Student-Lead Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO CLASSES (More information to come soon!)

  • Mar 22 - Parent Workshop: Hope High School Program/College and Careers Guidance

2: Open School Information

On Monday, February 12, we will have our second open school.  Please see below for details regarding the day:

Two Sessions:

  • Session One: 08:30-10:00

  • Session Two: 10:10-11:30

In-Person Only:  

  • There will be NO live stream.  All class observations are in person.

Parking:

  • School Parking is limited:  Please set aside some time to find parking at or near the school.

Family Meet-and-Greet Room

  • We will have the school’s MultiPurpose Room (3rd Floor, 301, first door on the right) set up for parents to come and meet, mingle, and chat with other Hope families.

  • The room will be open from 08:00 to 11:00 (Parents will be asked to wait in the MPR till 08:30 if they arrive early.)

  • The school will provide basic snacks and drinks.


Open School Etiquette 

  • Keeping quiet within the classes.  Some teachers may have parents participate, but if only observing please be respectful and quiet within the classroom.  Please go to the Meet-and-Greet Room to talk/chat with other families.

  • Attending both sessions: Families are welcome to attend both sessions, but for those that do, we request that they attend different classes. (Example: a family observes G1 for session 1, and then G3 for session 2)

  • Keep to the given time schedule:  Please only observe classes during the above-mentioned time.  We will send out reminders via the school announcement system when each session comes to an end.  Families are welcome to come to the Family Meet-and-Greet Room in between sessions.  


3: Learning Highlight - Grade 8

Grade 08 is consistently supporting each other to improve their shared learning. They have created different roles depending on the needs of their exit point preparation. They have encouraged and supported each other in improving their skills and developing learning strategies. They are also applying these strategies in other classes. The students have displayed the following learning goals:

  • Communicator - Use verbal & non-verbal communication that is appropriate to the situation, purpose and audience

  • Collaborator - Take responsibility for different roles depending on the needs of the group and on the goal in a variety of contexts

  • Resilience - Invest effort into challenges as they are a learning opportunity


4: Curriculum Focus - Exit Points

This week’s Curriculum Focus will conclude the overview of the structure of an IPC or IMYC unit. Every unit for both IPC and IMYC ends with an Exit Point:


The Exit Point is designed to allow students to create a project that summates and celebrates the learning that has happened over the Theme (IPC) or Big Idea (IMYC) that they have been exploring, bringing closure to that unit. The Exit Point is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the subjects studied during the theme and share them with their classmates, teachers and the school community and may provide opportunities for the students to support the local or global community.


In IMYC, students are encouraged to extend their Exit Point concepts by expanding upon their subject based learning, demonstrating how their understanding of the Big Idea has personal meaning to them and connects to the Personal and International goals. In IPC, Exit Points are designed to recap the knowledge gained, skills developed and understanding deepened during their unit.


The Exit Point medium will vary from unit to unit (a presentation, a debate, an exhibition, video, pancake cafe, a play, etc.) and this encourages students to be creative in how they wish to present their learning.


5: House Points

Dragon: 4227 ➜ 4356

Phoenix: 4129 ➜ 4235

Basilisk: 3717➜ 3826

Hydra: 3437➜ 3546


6: Photos of the week!


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