We had a fantastic turnout last week during our open house with many visitors who were able to express their thoughts on canvases around the school. A special thanks to the student ambassadors who were taking care of the visitors while they were here.
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We welcome everyone to attend our annual open house the 14th of February between 8.30 and 14.00. Everyone attend should check it at our main office. We invite everyone to walk around and attend different lessons in all year groups. Please visit all the different subjects so that you may see the fabulous education our students are receiving whether it be Swedish, English and mathematics or within our aesthetics subjects such as crafts, music and art. There will be teachers, students and even parents available to speak with during the day with any questions. Addtionally, there will be a session with the leadership team at 11.00 in the school's auditorium. Our language program will be selling 'fika' and hamburgers during the day as well to raise money for their language trips to Spain and France.
A very warm welcome to everyone!
We are currently in the middle of a project to see how to possibly use grades in year 4 and 5 for the future. We decided to be part of this project since we both believe that students should know where they stand with their results as well as the fact that we would rather be part of the investigation process instead of waiting for something to happen. Our school was interviewed last week and here is the link if you would like to read and listen. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=93&artikel=7142884.
It has now gone two weeks after the winter holiday and the spring term has started off extremely well. Speaking with teachers, the most common expression is that there seems to be an even more focused learning. I have been priviledged to read with the year 4 students this week at their English lessons. Today, I visit the 5b Swedish lesson which was filled with creative stories they are writing and some at at such an advanced level it is hard to believe. I also witnessed year 4 mathematics, where they were comparing different methods of solving a problem and I was even asked to show how I would solve the problem. In year 5 mathematics they were working in small groups speaking English about how different graphing styles are used for different situations. I also witnessed a year 9 gym lesson where they were doing circuit training and everyone was engaged and working really hard. I have been very impressed on how focused and engaged the students are and it is no wonder why our results are as they are. We truly are a school where teachers can teach and students can learn.
It is always nice when the classes make Fika for the teachers to raise money for their classes, but it is especially nice when they show how much they like their school! It tastes even better!
IES Karlstad has had another very successful fall term ending the first half of our 10th year with a very special assembly for the students and staff. I wish everyone a very Happy 2019 and look forward to continued success in the second half of our 10th year. School resumes for students the 8th of January according to the normal schedule.
We have now come to the fall break. A well deserved time off for both the students and faculty who have been working extremely hard during the first months of school. We always celebrate Halloween and many dress up in the school and have a fun time together before taking the long holiday. I wish everyone a safe and restful fall break!
We had a fantastic day Friday the 5th of October celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We had lots of decorations and two assemblies with the junior and senior school students recognizing 10 years of success. Approximately 1000 students have graduated from our school over the past 10 years. Currently we have just over 800 students and they all of course over the next 10 years will be graduating with strong academic results and prepared for the next phase of their lives. I am so proud of what has been accomplished at IES Karlstad.
We have a yearly exchange trip with our students who study French and Spanish. Some of our year 9 French students are currently in France and are returning today. I have been included in an email to sent to the parents of these students by the language teachers attending. From the email it states, 'We had MANY (French Host) parents approach us and say how wonderful it was to host your children. They said words such as polite, positive, willing to try new things, and teaching them about Swedish culture.' It makes me so happy to hear that our students continue to be fantastic ambassadors with their interactions with the world outside of IES. Congratulations on a successful trip and see you at school soon!
One of our sewing teachers has offered to help the faculty with simple sewing skills on their own time after school hours. What a great way to bond as a team and fix some things around the house. Thanks Ms. Silljer for offering this!