The Grade 2 has been inquiring into simple machines and using the design cycle to create and innovate. They have designed machines using a range of the simple machines that they have been learning about. These are designed to work in new and innovative ways and incorporate their understanding of forces and motion. As an integral part of the design process, students will be participating in an exhibition of their work, wherein they will describe what they have created and invite feedback on their inventions. Come and join them on Friday, March 30 at 1 pm as they present their work! Special thanks to Raytheon for sponsoring this event!
The NIS community gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate the arts at the Secondary Arts Night, held in Owariasahi this year. The Grade 6-9 students put on an amazing show of art, music and drama for all who came. Great job students! Special thanks to HOPE International Development Agency and QSC Audio for donating their PA system for the evening!
Seven years after the Tsunami we are honored to welcome a representative of the city of Rikuzentakata to learn of the tragic story of the city and how we can continue to stay connected as friends in Japan. Thank you for the relationship with our school and for sharing your city's story.
In their unit on "How the World Works", they explored economic activity and endeavored to create their own companies. They started by researching possible products they could create, and after some market research to see which products were popular with different demographics, they created companies and made a prototype of their chosen products, determined the cost and made a price and then worked to mass produce their product. Once production was on schedule, students created video commercials to display at a school assembly and made posters or flyers to build excitement for their product within the student community. Students also decided where the money from market day was to go by looking at various organizations to give back to either the local or worldwide community. They worked hard to make enough of their product to create a large profit on market day so they can raise as much money in order to donate a large amount of money to their chosen cause. All in all the students learned a tremendous amount about business plans, supply and demand and how a marketplace operates. Great job Gr. 3!
MYP Student-Led Conferences were held on Thursday. Students led a 20-minute conference with their parents and homeroom teacher, after preparing for this in advance, looking at their learning through the IB Learner Profile attributes, and then tying them together by reflecting on their ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills they have been focusing on. Great job Gr. 6-10 MYP students!
Too much trash and the lack of an effective recycling system has been brought up by students as an issue over many years at NIS. Finally, thanks to the drive and inspiration provided by a group of Grade 2 students, we are going to do something about it. NIS Action on recycling is a group that now includes students from across the school who are determined to change the NIS mindset and provide recycling stations in each corridor. Watch this space, there are some disruptive events coming soon!
Gr. 5 parents got together with the Associate Primary Principal and PYP Coordinator for a PYP Exhibition Parent Information Meeting. The PYP Exhibition is the culminating project for the PYP and a rite of passage for the Gr. 5 students as they transition to the MYP. The Exhibition is a demonstration of how students can take action as a result of their learning, and a celebration of who our students are as learners. The students will carry out an inquiry into a topic of their interest, develop an action they can take, and present their entire process in April at the PYP Exhibition. We all look forward to celebrating their learning journeys!
Thank you PTA and all our families for the wonderful food and hospitality for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day today, which featured an endless amount of food all day! We are appreciate the chance to partner together with parents for our students, and grateful for the contributions from the PTA and parents. Thank you!