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From the Principal

Summer is here...

Summer is here, students and teachers have all gone on a well deserved break, the school is eerily quiet and calm. Although these interludes in the academic year are very important I miss the hussle and bussle of a school in full motion, thundering forward on the road of learning and development. Once again it was with great joy and pride that we saw our grade 9 graduate on the 9 of June, having followed them from grade 4 and seeing them develop into skilled adolescents ready to move on to their next chapter in life, Gymnasiet!

I have also had the opportunity to grow and develop through these past 6 years and it’s with great respect for the work at hand that I take on the principal's position at IES Uppsala. We will continue to focus our attention on the 3 IES pillars:

  • Command of the English Language
  • A Safe and orderly environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
  • Setting high academic expectations and aspiration.

This in combination with our work on Growth mindset and Grit is the key to our success, implemented of course by our fantastic staff.

I wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing everyone back on August the 17th, with batteries recharged.

From the Principal

Welcome

Welcome

Dear Parents and Guardians of Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala, 

We have had an excellent start to this academic year, we have introduced the year 4 students to of our house system, which has fostered even stronger unity and pride for Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala among students. We have continued to develop our growth mindset approach more and more in our classrooms and have made teaching and learning in school more visible to the students. The visibility of learning has been developed through introducing success criteria in lessons using the first-person form such as: "I can read and understand varied texts in English”. This is done to emphasise to students that learning starts and ends with them as the focal point and we have already seen positive impact of this initiative.  This year we are also focusing our professional development of the whole school on Growth Mindset language and how we can build resilience and persistence in students´learning.

We have also received awards as the best overall school when it comes to academic performance in Year 9 for 2015/2016, having the best results in Math and History as well as being top ten in many other subjects. This gives us great pride in our teachers and students ability to continue to perform well and learn as much as possible through this academic year.

It is also clear to me that the achievements of IES and its students are now getting nationwide attention, I was invited to a school leadership conference in the late spring, where the current Minister of Education, Mr Gustav Fridolin and the former Minister of Education, Mr Jan Björklund publicly praised the results of IES and its method of ensuring a calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn. 

We are all very eager to get this year going and hopefully I will get the chance to see you in the morning as I stand and greet the students by the main entrance.
From the Principal

A New School Year has Begun

It is extremely exciting to be launching into our fifth year here at IESU. This year we have 24 classes of year 4-9 students and we have expanded the school with new classrooms, a new gym hall and finalized our own school library to accommodate our growth. I believe our rapid growth can be explained quite simply - we have a fantastic, talented and dedicated staff who engage our students on a daily basis via interesting and well-planned lessons. This leads to our students reaching their goals, as evidenced by our 2014-15 school year national test results (which you are welcome to read under “news”). We look forward to a year full of learning, fun and growth together.

However, we do not only focus on academic growth at IES Uppsala. We are also fully engaged in our students’ social development. This year we begin our 2nd year of a 3-year project working with a “growth mindset” which we believe will be beneficial on many levels in our school. Research from Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and her associates at Stanford University shows that those who believe they can learn new skills and information by practicing and working hard, not just by having talent, actually learn more, cope better with failure and get better results. We as a staff have had this “growth mindset” from “day 1” and now we’ll be actively teaching it to our students. We look forward to embarking on this journey together!

Youtube clip about Growth Mindset:

From the Principal

Teacher Appreciation Week at IESU

Teacher Appreciation Week at IESU

(Main image: Mr Stremming)

Dear readers,

Last week we had fantastic event called Teachers Appreciation Week arranged by the PTA and the students. It was appreciating the work that teachers do for our students and getting to know the teachers on a more personal level. Our school was draped in fantastic colours and poster with positive messages for our teachers which you can see in the images below. The PTA also hosted a breakfast and a cake party for all staff members making us all feel very humble and thankful for their amazing effort and hard work getting the whole week organised. There was also a vote on the most inspiring teachers in the school for different year groups and the winning teachers were: Mr Bhalla for 4 and 5, Ms Herbert for 6-7 and MR Stremming for year 8-9.
 

Ms Herbert
Ms Herbert
Mr Bhalla
Mr Bhalla


All in all it was a truly heartwarming experience for our staff and something we will remember for a very long time!

 

Staff room
Staff room

 

Poster
Poster

 

From the Principal

Growth Mindset Evening and the run up to Christmas

Dear Guardians,

 

First of all, we wish to thank all of you who turned up last night for the Growth Mindset introduction and Wine and Cheese evening which was hosted together with the PTA. We are very grateful for your positive feedback regarding the session as well as your active participation in the exercises you were asked to do to in order to connect theory with practice. 

 

Secondly, we want to remind all guardians and students that since we are now closing in on Christmas and the mid-term grades it is very important that you communicate with your teachers and mentor if there is something you are unsure of regarding where the student are in different subjects, or work that you need to hand it in for it to used as basis for the assessment of your performance in relation to the knowledge requirements. It is of course the school´s responsibility to communcate with you as well but to minimize the risk of any misunderstandings it is better to contact the school before the grades are set rather than afterwards if you are unsure.

 

Finally we want to let you know that on Saturday the 22nd of November (this week) it is time for our annual Open House between 10-12. Although this is a day that is more directed to the guardians and students that are in our queue to start studying here next year, than for students already in the school, we of course welcome all families who are part of IESU to spend the day with us.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal

Welcome Back!

 

Dear students and parents,

 

Welcome back to school after a well earned break as we make the final push for this term. Our staff and myself are very eager to get started again after a week off and we are looking forward to teaching and developing our students further from the good start we have had since August. In the month of November we are joining the fight against men´s cancer by taking part in the www.movember.com campaign. Movember is a worldwide initiative and is symbolized by a moustache. This is why you may see some unusual facial hair styles among male staff in the school during this month.

On another note there are a lot of activities taking place in the school during November. We will hold our annual Open House combined with a PTA hosted Winter Sports Equipment Exchange Day on Saturday November 22nd. For our year 9 classes we will arrange a trip to Gymnasiemässan and we will be continuing to work with our Growth Mindset implementation across the school.

 

On November 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm we will host an Growth Mindset information evening combined with a social event after the presentation to parents about Growth Mindset. Information about this will be sent out to you by Friday this week.

 

Once again, welcome back to IESU and the final push before the winter break!

 

/ Mr Östling

 

From the Principal

A New School Year has Begun

It is extremely exciting to be launching into our fifth year here at IESU. This year we have 24 classes of year 4-9 students and we have expanded the school with new classrooms, a new gym hall and finalized our own school library to accommodate our growth. I believe our rapid growth can be explained quite simply - we have a fantastic, talented and dedicated staff who engage our students on a daily basis via interesting and well-planned lessons. This leads to our students reaching their goals, as evidenced by our 2014-15 school year national test results (which you are welcome to read under “news”). We look forward to a year full of learning, fun and growth together.

 

However, we do not only focus on academic growth at IES Uppsala. We are also fully engaged in our students’ social development. This year we begin our 2nd year of a 3-year project working with a “growth mindset” which we believe will be beneficial on many levels in our school. Research from Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and her associates at Stanford University shows that those who believe they can learn new skills and information by practicing and working hard, not just by having talent, actually learn more, cope better with failure and get better results. We as a staff have had this “growth mindset” from “day 1” and now we’ll be actively teaching it to our students. We look forward to embarking on this journey together!

 

Youtube clip about Growth Mindset:


See video

 

 

From the Principal

8A Winners in Teknikåttan Regional Finals

8A Winners in Teknikåttan Regional Finals

Dear readers,

 

It is with great pride we announce that the regional finals of Teknikåttan, a nationwide Science and Technology competition was won by 8A from our school. The winning team was formed by Erik Westberg, who also built a fantastic model for the competition by himself, together with Fredrika Åkerman and Alexander Mengarelli. They were supported by their whole class and won 7500 kr, as well as a place in the National Finals in Karlstad in May. Way to go, IESU!

 

Winners of Teknikåttan

From the Principal

Valentines Day Heroes

Valentines Day Heroes

Dear all,

 

I just wanted to share with you what I saw when I came into the school this morning:

A group of students in year 8 and 9 had put post-it notes with positive messages on every single locker, classroom door, aula, teachers/staff office and window in our school, making sure we were all embraced by a message of love on Valentines day, also the last school day before our Sportlov. They did it in secret together with one staff member who let them in before 7am, so even my door was bombarded with these messages. It really touched my heart. Have a great day everyone!

 

From the Principal

Nobel Day

Nobel Day

Dear Friends,

 

On Tuesday this week IESU followed its tradition and hosted our own Nobel Day. Students were divided across all year groups to perform experiments and work with different aspects of the Nobel heritage. We also had our special Nobel lunch in the dining hall. Below you can see a few pictures from our very much appreciated geometrical bubbles session by Dr Dimopoulos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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