Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Orientation Was a Success!

Dear RIS Community,
RIS provided orientation for parents and families of RIS students. It was held in the RIS in the auditorium from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, and several teachers spoke to parents and families about some programs important to RIS this year.
Ms. Sawlor, the grade 5 homeroom teacher, talked about the new elementary school curriculum called International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The grade 7 and middle school English language arts teacher Ms. MacRae explained the structure of the new International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).
Ms. Ross, the grade 4 homeroom teacher, talked about assessment procedures and policies at RIS, and Ms. Maher, the grade 6 homeoom teacher and middle school social studies teacher, explained the role of technology in our lessons. Lastly, Ms. Allen talked about the learning commons (formerly referred to as the "library") and special education at RIS.
Also, as you may recall from last year, teachers are very interested in strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and parents via our home visit program. Anytime you would like to invite some teachers into your home to get to know you and your student in your home environment, we'd love to come! We sincerely believe that the home visit program helps teachers and students facilitate a more meaningful learning experience.
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend and participate in today's discussion. All of the topics discussed today are outlined in the RIS Parents' Handbook. Please email or call any teacher anytime you'd like to talk about the details of your student's experience at RIS!

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