A few words from the Principal.
The start of the 2015-16 school year has come and gone with a flurry of activity. We began with the Year Level 9 students, mentors and parents going on a trip to Gotland. The biking, sightseeing, waterland and other cultural events were an amazing experience. The new and returning Year Level 4-8 students hit the ground running with an eventful new class day and then the joy of the team building activities of the first Year Level Day. As always, our Year Level 7 students welcomed the new Year Level 4 students and showed them around the building and answered all their questions about what it is like to be a student at IES Nacka.
We quickly moved into parents’ evening and the introduction to new staff, parents and the school start. We are pushing for dedicated class parents and parent association members. Please remember to join the P.A. and become an active participant in all the school events, year level days and outings. Shortly after our parents’ evenings, we held our Student Parent Teacher (SPT) meetings for all students at IES Nacka. This was a great success and each student began the term by setting up their individual development plan. Everyone will be focusing on areas of academics, social growth and career interests.
Parents have been presented with the new initiatives of co-teaching, health and movement as well as improvements to the play area. The co-teaching effort is taking place school wide with special focus in Swedish, Math, and Social Sciences. The Health and Movement program is weekly 45 minute classes from Year Level 4-9. These classes include lectures on social and emotional development, health development, wellness, balance, and time management. The improvements to the school yard include a new bandy pitch, more seating and mural wall (two meters by 20 meters) that will be painted by students throughout the school year.
The staff has and will continue to get development in the areas of differentiation, communication, assessment, and co-teaching. Helena Wallberg conducted a staff training September 12th on effective assessment. We will be joining five of our sister schools for a regional conference in October with the theme of entrepreneurship, speakers will be with us in January highlighting areas of co-teaching and communication and we will continue to build our relationship with Millersville University in the Spring.
As always it is a joy and an honor to welcome all of you to IES Nacka for the 2015-16 school year and we know it will be an exciting learning and growth experience.
As the autumn term comes to an end I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their dedication and commitment to excellence. We have been challenged by adversity (the flooding of 1100 sq. meters of the building) and shown that by cooperating and being flexible we can overcome any obstacle. The Year Level 9 students (4 out of 5 classes displaced from floor 6) have been wonderful and deserve all our praise for going with the flow and moving around the building for a majority of this term.
Dear students and parents,
I would like to welcome all returning students and parents to a new Autumn term at IES Nacka. A special welcome to all our new students and parents that have chosen IES Nacka for their children.
The school started with a Mentor day where students and mentors had an entire school day to get to know each other and to also discuss the school rules and the Equality Plan, "Likabehandlingsplan".
Continuing on the Friday we had our first Year Level Day where each year level had fun and inspiring acitivities together throughout the day.
Dear students, parents and staff,
With great pride and joy we are working our way to the close of the 2012-13 school year. The growth of the school, from 760 to 870 students has been a grand success. Each and every student, staff and parent has been the key to the progression of our school. The dedication to excellence and drive to reach our potential is evident in so many of the accomplishments during the school year.
After a hectic half term we can all look forward to a well deserved break.
The last couple of weeks have been intense, with national tests, year level days, and S-P-T conferences.
Year 9 students had an exciting year level day meeting a choire with young students from Minnesota. Read more about their day under News.
We have all kept our fingers crossed and cheered for our team in Year 8 in the finals of the IES Social Science competition. After a very close final, IES Nacka came in second. The entire school is very proud of you!
The holiday season is upon us and we are all enjoying the festive spirit, food and of course, the snow. It is wonderful walking around the school and seeing all the beautiful decorations in classrooms and open areas.
As always we are so proud of how industrious and dedicated the students and staff are in creating an amazing school. Whether it is group projects, practical subject assignments or individual assessments everyone is busy putting forth their best effort, up to the last day.
It is rewarding to see how our older students encourage the younger when working across year levels. In Swedish, the Year 8s have presented their work about Minority languages to the sixth year, and the Year 7s have been reading fairy tales to the year 4 students.