International Day Concert

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Sports Day!

The Ravenclaws had a blast during Sports Day this year. They even choreographed a dance to Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift, and performed in front of the ES to a ruckus of cheers and applause. The Ravenclaws showed tremendous sportsmanship and positivity throughout the day. Enjoy the photos and the video!

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Tuning In to Child Rights

Please click on this link to take a survey about some startling statements. Answer honestly and independently. Send yourself a copy of the responses. Afterwards, share your opinions with your blogging buddy.

What are your reactions?

Why do you think the way you do?

What are the similarities your share with your buddy?

What are the major differences?

Discuss your emotions as you filled out the survey. 

9 and 4 Collaboration

So, how did you find the experience of sharing your migration story with a ninth grader? State a reaction, a wondering or a discovery you made.

Mira: “The ninth graders were not as scary as I thought they would be. My partner made me feel comfortable and we shared some connections.”

Callum: “My partner thought my story was really good.”

Robert: “I realized I might have been more knowledgeable about history than my partner.”

Ai: “My partner shared his migration story with me, too, and asked me if I ever felt like he did. We talked in Japanese.”

Aoi: “We were both nervous, but my buddy listened, gave me eye contact and faced me so I knew he was listening.”

Mudit: “My and Bella’s partner had migrated to both of the locations of our stories – India and the U.S.”

Vidyut: “I had a curious partner. When I mentioned Seattle, she was really interested.”

Ty: “It went better than I thought. My partner liked my video idea because it was unique. She liked my photos and said I used just enough.”

Roshni: “My partner liked my presentation and story. She said it was a good match; like my presentation enhanced what I was saying. She made me feel like I deserved exemplary.”

Alisha: “My buddy didn’t ask questions so I know I did my job of being informative.”

Jacob: “It wasn’t scary. My partner understood my story and I felt comfortable answering his questions.”

Derek: “He asked lots of questions. I had to repeat my story. I learned that my buddy moved for school, which is one of the causes for migration that I shared with him about my Synthesis Spiral.”

Stella: “We shared a connection – we both have families that moved for jobs.”

Bella: “After we shared our stories, we also talked about our personal migrations.”

Julie: “My partner was really nice and I learned about my partner’s migration, too.”

Saki: “I’m glad that my partner understood my story. I also got to share my personal story with him and my KNT with him. We had a great conversation in Japanese.”

Hannah: “I thought my partner would not be engaged, but she was. Conversations followed and I showed her the locations on the globe.”

Ted: “My partner was impressed. I learned she was from the same region of the United States as me. I felt relieved and I read aloud better than I thought I would.”

Dylan: “I was nervous and excited. I tried to keep the conversation going and showed my KNT. My partner didn’t know as much about migration as we did. We were tuning him in.”

Joel: “We made our partner feel comfortable first.”

Stan: “I was sweating at first, but after I started talking, I felt fine. She asked lots of questions and I showed her photos of the places I have lived. I stopped sweating, too.”

Did you find value in this experience? How so?

All 21 students present today agreed that YES, this experience of sharing their migration stories with an authentic audience, was very valuable.

Stella: “It helped that they came prepared with rubrics so they knew what to listen for.”

Ted: “The ninth graders seemed more scared than we did. Maybe because they had a great responsibility to help assess us on our rubrics and ask good questions.”

Ty and Saki: “They planned ahead and had questions ready to go.”

In effect, the Ravenclaws helped the ninth graders tune in and activate their prior knowledge about migration. It is an upcoming unit for them, and this was the final stage in the unit of inquiry for us. The collaboration was a success!

World Migration

For those of you more inclined to find out interesting information about World Migration, check this link out!

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Literacy this year will involve: Thinking like an author, book clubs, genre studies, creating or maintaining a passion for reading, reading responses, developing effective communication skills, planning presentations, using appropriate resources, developing interesting vocabulary, enriching voice, finding purpose within reading and writing, and integrating IT skills.


Numeracy this year will revolve around: Core concepts from Investigations and Erma Andersen, Marcy Cook critical thinking and exploratory games, inquiry-based projects and integrating IT skills.

Units of Inquiry

Our units this year will include: Learning to Learn Together: Creating a Classroom Community, Media Literacy, Migration, Child Rights and Thinking Like a Scientist.