Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lego Robotics Team at the FLL Tokyo Regional Tournament

After about 3 months of hard work, commitment and team building, the JIES Robotics Team "Happy Hoppy Hares" have finished the competition! It was a long day which included three different presentations and three rounds of the robot game mixed in with meeting other teams and appreciating all the different ideas and perspectives they brought to the tournament.  Our team did a fabulous job and learned a lot during the whole process about what it takes to work as a team, discover new ideas and skills, integrate them in different aspects of their life, and to never give up.  They are already excited to try again next year!  

Project Presentation

Core Values Presentation

Robot Design Presentation

Robot Game Round 1

Robot Game Round 2

Robot Game Round 3

Friday, December 16, 2016

12/16/2017 Where We Are In Place and Time Final Week

Our class made New Year's cards. The teachers had a hard time selecting which picture would be sent out as the overall winner from Grade 3. It took them at least 2 minutes to decide. One of the above or below cards will be sent to the parents in the mail to wish them a Happy New Year.

Here are 2 more of our photo voices just in case you missed them. Click on the picture for further inspection.

This week we prepared for our Celebration of Learning by making the water for our synchronized swimming with electric lights. We learned about dividing and fraction in a realistic way. We made our own Olympic t-shirt design and ironed it on. The children put on letters on the back of their shirts to spell the word "swimming." We will show you our Celebration of Learning after the holiday.

Grade 2 term 1 Where we are in place and time week 7

This has been the final week of the year and the children were busy with the performance and finishing their projects. The performance went really well and a big thank you to all of the parents who could come and who spent their time ironing pictures on to t-shirts. I hope you all enjoyed the song.

We also finished the migration project and the diary. The diaries are now with the students and the Migration Atlas will be with the students on their first day back.

I hope you all have a great holiday, whether you are in Japan or going away. Thank you all so much for your support and I look forward to 2017.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Grade 4: Week 15: Where We Are in Place and Time: Celebration of Learning

Today was the Celebration of Learning and all of our hard work paid off.  Grade 4 did a great job with all three of their performances, as did all the other grades.  It was a great show for everyone!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Student Portfolio

 The Student Portfolio contains evidence of student achievement over time and, as such, is an important part of the PYP evaluation process. Teachers and students work together to decide on the make-up of the portfolio to ensure that it not only constitutes a balanced representation of learning, but also that it is something the child can own with a sense of pride. 

Guitar painting

Preparing our guitars for our Celebration of Learning