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Teachers Appreciated at IES Uppsala

Teachers Appreciated at IES Uppsala

(L-R: Hilde Allen, Johanna Sundqvist, Meena Strömqvist and Cecilia Marlow at a breakfast in honour of teachers)

Teacher Appreciation Week at IES Uppsala began with a luxurious breakfast in honour of teachers, arranged by the PTA.

The annual event was started at IES Uppsala by parent Meena Strömqvist, and is now in its fifth year.

Ms Strömqvist said: “Both my children have been students here, with one graduating last year.  When they were both here at the same time, I thought it would be fun to initiate Teacher Appreciation Week as a new tradition.

“We have different themes each year, with this year being ‘Around the World’. With all the fun things that happen during the week, the teachers, I am told, feel uplifted and appreciated.”

Teachers at IES Uppsala enjoy their breakfast

Science teacher Johanna Sundqvist enjoyed the breakfast with her colleagues. She said: “It’s special, it really makes us feel that the parents appreciate us and see what we do. It’s a reminder that we do something good. If other teachers saw what was happening they might want to come and work here because the parents appreciate us.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is full of activities, including a dress-up day, a basketball game between teachers and students, and a day for students to show their appreciation by bringing in flowers, cards, and home-made treats.

Students also decorate their mentors' classroom doors with posters they have designed, reflecting the contribution of the teacher to their lives.

At the end of the week there will be a fruit and chocolate event, where teachers can sample chocolate from around the world.

Speaking to the teachers as they enjoyed their breakfast, the school’s principal Hilde Allen said: “Events like this are just one of the ways that families show their appreciation.  I hear from parents all the time who want to tell me how much they appreciate everything that you do.

"I received an email before sportlov from a parent, about her girl who graduated last year, and how well prepared she feels for gymnasiet. We hear this often from students who come back and say: ‘it was tough but you prepared us so well’.

"I had another email over sportlov from one of our junior school parents who was also very appreciative of the work that you all do. You are doing an absolutely fantastic job. You are the ones who make this school such a fantastic place to learn.”

Cecilia Marlow, acting CEO of IES, also addressed the teachers.  She said: “I was so happy when I heard about this wonderful initiative, to celebrate our fantastic teachers, and I certainly hope we will see this in more of our schools. Our teachers are the ones that make a difference to our students, every single day, every single hour. I would really like to thank everyone involved in this week- the teachers for their dedication to learning, and the parents for recognising those efforts."

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100 days of school!

100 days of school!

We have had a busy 2 weeks leading up to Sportlov. Year 5 have had a drive to donate clothes and toys to those in need, through the Red Cross. We have celebrated being a 100 days smarter on this academic years 100th school day by dressing up as 100 year olds! And the Student Council has organized a Spirit Week, encouraging students and staff to dress up, culminating in Pink Shirt Day this Thursday, Valentines Day. Now we can all enjoy a well deserved and relaxing Sportlov and come back with renewed energy.

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Ice Day Grade 7

The icy waters at Hammarskog.

Our grade 7 classes went to Hammaskog last week on a so called “ice day”  to learn about safety around water during winter. The weather was beautiful but very cold! Some students still took the opportunity to under controlled conditions jump into the water and then struggle back out again. Very brave but also educational!

Maths Gold for IES Uppsala Student

An IES Uppsala student has been crowned Sweden’s best mathematician after victory in a national contest.

Year nine student David Mörtberg recorded a near perfect score in the Högstadiets Matematiktävling, when he dropped only one point out of 42.  Three other IES students were also in the top 20. Erik Bryland of IES Lund came joint eighth, Kian Esfandiari of IES Uppsala came 13th and Vidar Gustafsson of IES Nacka came joint 17th.

The competition is open to anyone attending compulsory school and tests students’ logical thinking, problem solving, and ability to express themselves in mathematical language.

Speaking after his victory, David said: “This was my third time in the contest.  In year seven I reached the finals, in year eight I came fourth, and now in year nine I won. In earlier years I found algebra and geometry hard, but this time I was only one point away from a full score.

"I was so happy to have won, they list the winners from the bottom to the top, so I realised I had probably won when they gave the award to the person who came second, but I didn’t know for sure.  My mother was the happiest person, maybe even happier than me, because she has been the person really pushing me to do maths, which is a positive thing.”

David has enjoyed mathematics ever since he was a small child and has always been keen to see how far he could go.

He said:  "I have been interested in maths for a very long time. In kindergarten I liked counting, and in year one, two and three I always wanted an extra challenge; so in year three I could go up to year four and do their maths.

“This year, so far, I have taken one gymnasiet maths course and I am now taking the next one. So I can start with maths 3C right away when I get to gymnasiet. Maybe I can do university mathematics during year three of gymnasiet, and maybe I can take other courses at gymnasiet as well."

“Competitions like this provide a challenge for the better students. For students who need the challenge it is great that this exists.  It shows the top students that they can compete with others, you can show that you are really at the top.  It can give an extra motivation to do maths. Maybe I don’t need more motivation, but it is still fun to know that this competition exists.”

The head of maths for IES Uppsala, Mr Hedgepeth, added: “I think that David is a prime example of perseverance, work ethic and growth mindset.  He has become more confident and more humble with his mathematics, he understands he has a real skill. If he fails he looks at it is a need to find another way, so he views failure as one step closer to the solution.

"He is good, he keeps you on your toes as a teacher. It might sound odd to say, but I like it on the rare occasions he makes a mistake because then I get to teach him something. He watches me in class as well, he is always quick to point out any small mistakes especially with the lengths of my triangles."

David and other mathematicians at IES Uppsala are now preparing for their next challenge, the Pythagoras Quest competition, which will run during the spring term.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It’s been a busy last few weeks with students working hard to complete all work before end of term. We’ve also managed to include some Christmas cheer: we celebrated Nobel with themed lessons and a special lunch, Year 5 sang Lucia for all the school and have collected gifts for the Red Cross to be sent to children in need, and junior school children have been making lovely Christmas decorations together with Ms Provencher in the Library.

Now term has come to end and I wish you all wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year!