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From the Principal

Welcome back to school Autumn 2019

Dear parents, students and staff,

We are all excited to start the tenth year of Internationella Engelska Skolan Nacka.  We have many accomplishments to be proud of as well as goals to achieve in this coming school year.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the IESN staff and the students of the graduating Year 9 class of 2019 for the amazing work done to achieve a grade point average (meritvärde) of 291 points.  The Year Level 9 results of earning a C or higher in the national tests was outstanding: English 100%, Math 64%, Swedish 82%, Biology 92%, and Geography 92%. These are absolutely superb results and we are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication. 

A couple academic focuses for the school year are Social Science seminars from Year Level 4-9, continuing the implementation of increased time for Swedish (Year Levels 4-6) and an increase of one hundred hours of math that will include co-teaching (Year Levels 4,5,7, and 8) as well as three teachers for two classes in Year Levels 6 & 9.  Physical Education and Health has also increased by 100 hours. We have been creating new curriculum and you will see this in your children’s schedules as P.E. theory classes. Lastly, as we develop this school year the staff will also be updating all the unit sites for each subject taught at IESN. This will help us improve in our planning and educational achievement. 

We will have over thirty Mother Tongue languages and new company (Omniglot), delivering the services on Monday and Thursday mornings, starting week 37.

We have some new staff starting as well as returning staff that have changed positions at IES Nacka. Please take future opportunities to say hello to our new assistant principal, academic coordinator, nurse, counselors, school assistants, and teachers.  We are truly looking forward to everyone getting to know them and them joining our team.

Here at IES Nacka we have been improving the building with the painting of the walls, installing new sound absorbing photos, new play equipment and all new artificial grass on the play areas.  We will continue to do all we can to create and maintain a beautiful environment to work, play and develop together.

The SPT’s have been a time for all of us to get to know our new mentors and teachers.  The students have been demonstrating their growth mindset in setting goals and looking for the best ways to have a positive and happy 2019-20 school year.  As always please get involved at the school by being student council members, food council members, class parent representatives and volunteering to take part in different activities happening at the school. 

As we settle into the beginning of a new Autumn term I want to thank everyone for making this a positive and exciting start at Internationella Engelska Skolan Nacka and we are looking forward to many new events, learning moments and letting you in on all the things happening this school year.

Sincerely,

 

Donald Christian

Principal , IES Nacka

Author Linda Lodding visiting Year 4 at IES Nacka

Author Linda Lodding visiting Year 4 at IES Nacka

 

Linda Lodding is a children's author from the United States who has written a number of books including "A Gift For Mama" and "The Queen Is Coming for Tea".

She gave 5 x 60-minute talks to the Year 4's talking about her writing experiences and what goes into the writing, editing and publication of a children's book. 

Mr Parrish

English teacher & mentor of 4B, IES Nacka

Student Work

Year 9 Museum Exhibit Assessment 2

Year 9 Museum Exhibit Assessment 2

 

Since Winter Break, our Year 9 students have been working in their English lessons on their Museum Exhibits which will be displayed in the Light Garden on floor 6 in the glass case. Each exhibit was carefully made to connect it to the book that they are reading in their Literature Circle. In their groups, they created a scene to depict their study topic on their book. So dependent upon which book they were studying, students had a study topic to focus on when making their exhibit.

Novel Study Topics:

The Book Thief - life in wartime Germany

Alone in Berlin - German resistance efforts

Maus and Hana’s Suitcase - Legacy of the Holocaust

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Number the Stars - Children in war

Once, Then, and Now - Survival

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Friend or Foe - War affecting everyday life

Resistance - Wartime resistance movements

Our lessons have been a hive of activity and creativity and these pictures show the thought and care and attention that these groups put into their work. These exhibits will be graded by their teachers shortly. Each exhibit had to have two index cards to accompany it; one describing the exhibit and one detailing their research that they did to make their exhibit authentic and realistic. Well done, Year 9!

 

 

    

   

Dancing with 6C!

”We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” - Albert Einstein

6C created there own dance routines in Wednesday’s PE class with Mr. Högkvist and Ms. Kay.  Stay tuned for next weeks PE class where they will be creating a larger group dance!

 

 

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Student Work

IES Nacka - Svenska - update from Swedish department - IESN#whatwedo

IES Nacka - Svenska - update from Swedish department - IESN#whatwedo

Just nu jobbar vi med en massa olika saker i svenskan. Fyrorna skriver sagor som sedan ska läsas upp för sjuorna. Sjuorna gör samma sak och ska i gengäld läsa sina sagor för fyrorna. De får då träna extra på att anpassa sina berättelser för en yngre publik. Båda årskurserna läser också mycket sagor under detta moment och lär sig vad som gör en saga till en saga. 

 

I årskurs fem gör vi presentationer som handlar om oss själva och vår historia. Då använder vi dator och Google Presentations. Sexorna skriver läskiga spökhistorier och ritar bilder till dessa. Några av dessa historier kommer därefter att tryckas i en bok tillsammans med engelska historier som vi sedan kommer att ha i vårt bibliotek. 

 

Åttorna debatterar för fullt, både genom att skriva artiklar och att hålla argumenterande tal och niorna skriver faktatexter som handlar om allt ifrån hajar till tv-spel. Källkritiken är extra viktig i denna uppgift. Dessutom har sexorna och niorna precis haft muntliga nationella prov. De flesta brukar vara lite nervösa innan provet men säger nästan alltid efteråt att bara var kul.

Student Work

IES Nacka: MATHEMATICS!

IES Nacka: MATHEMATICS!

In the Maths department, we have a wealth of material to cater for all students mathematical appetites! With heavy focus on real world applications and problem solving, students not only learn the basic concepts but are able to apply them in a number of ways, inside and outside the classroom.

We also offer students the chance to join in with a "Maths Competition Club", where students can enter nationwide competitions or the "iGCSE Cambridge Examination" - an internaitonally recognised qualification, were students learn advanced Mathematics and fully prepare themselves for Gymnasium! We also have online resources such as www.MyiMaths.com where students get individual work set or teach themselves with online lessons and homeworks (Material is suitable for all students).

 

Student Work

Update from English and Music department

Update from English and Music department

iGCSE First Language coming up in week 42 

Each week 2 workshops are put on either after school on Wednesdays or 8.10-8.55am on Fridays to give students a choice about which workshop they attend. Currently out of the 42 students signed up and entered for the exam, 32 students in year 9 are attending a workshop each week. They are studying advanced skills in reading comprehension and writing-in-role to practice their skills for paper 1 of this British exam run by Cambridge International Examinations Board. In two weeks time, they will be studying advanced writing skills to practice for paper 2. 

Our Year 6s are working hard in English on their rap unit. They are practicing clapping out syllables, making Haiku poetry and working on rhymes using Rhymezone and brainstorming around the room. 

Our Year 7s are working on symbols and have created their own personal shields to symbolise what they are like. Many are colourful and contain some surprising elements, like Netflix and saving the environment. Next week, our Year 7s will be reading three stories from which to choose to make a static image. This is always an enjoyable unit that most students (and the teachers) find great fun. We will post images of them when they are done.

In Music, Year 8 students are learning about The Genre of the Week! Last week, it was Rock Music and Mr. Newkirk explained about the elements which make up good rock music.