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New Students, New Facilities, New School Year
Congratulations to Our Upper Secondary Students!
AS & A Level Exam Passers: Ung Darita, Suor Sok Denny, Buth Keochanroarthneardey, Seng Sothea, Toran Kumar Behera, Lim Sok Ngy, Sok Leesarng, Patrick Sam-Lazarov, Hout Srey Pech
IGCSE Exam Passers: Meas Yuvareach, Cheang Rathviphou, Tang Phengkoing, Ros Seila Rath Panha, Kong Pisey, Oeng Viya Nourat
The exam entries for the November 2021 series are now complete. If the temporary school closure is not lifted before the scheduled exams, we may again switch to School- assessed grades (SAG). Carol Gawiden and your teacher will provide you more information on how to prepare for the SAG for this exam series. When it is safe and we are permitted to do so, we will run the November exams.
Welcome To Our New Science Laboratory
It’s always fulfilling when a student truly understands a concept through hands-on learning. Learning by doing is one of the most effective ways for students to learn and perform well.
In the secondary program, students learn how to gather information and collect data through investigation. Experiments should help all students develop a growing understanding of empirical work and skills to manipulate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations.
As students progress to higher levels, they will improve their ability to collaborate and work effectively in carrying out complicated tasks and contribute and respond to ideas.
Safety and security are our top priorities. Though students are doing online classes now, they are already familiar with the code of conduct in the laboratory. With our new Science laboratory, we now have a sufficient workspace and adequate storage space for all materials, with necessary equipment and access to water and electricity.
Students may have different experiments in the laboratory. For example, Grade 6 students are studying plants and animal cells and their components. Our students can conduct an observation of the animal and plant cells under a microscope. Students can easily differentiate the organelles that are present in these specimens. They can also learn how to manipulate the microscope. This kind of activity will be a great learning experience for our students.
The Secondary Experience Begins
Every year, we welcome a brand new batch of Sixth Grade students to both our TTP and TK Campuses. This is an exciting time for these students as they switch from having one teacher all day long to having different teachers every fifty minutes. Like the Primary Program, he Secondary Program follows the Cambridge Curriculum, so for the most part, the work is a continuation of what the students have been learning for several years. Nevertheless, the move from Primary to Secondary is a rite of passage, so we asked some new sixth-grade students to give us their perspective on the changes.
For the first two weeks of Secondary, it's been pretty good. Although the change of schedules has been a little bit hard to adapt to, I think with time I will soon be okay and will go from class to class easily. Online class is fine, but learning in a pandemic time isn't the best to start with, because real school is better in my opinion. The classes are easy to switch to, with different zoom links, and teachers. I would say the experience is good, given the situation. I certainly hope to go back to school! That would be good.
- Duong Chan Elise (6A TTP)
- Chantra Danavin (6B TTP)
- Nguon Norakchesda (6B TK)
- Dy Meychin (6A TK)
Perspective from the Senior Class
by Buth Keochanroathneardey, Grade 12
Honestly, with the whole quarantine lockdown going on, it does feel like time is passing by slowly when it's actually going by so fast. In our last year of high school, I honestly wish to see all of my classmates happy, making memories together while having to study and prepare for the future ahead of them. It’s truly shameful that we can’t spend much time together physically but I hope we can still try our best to make the best memories in our last year of high school.
I want to see all of my classmates working harder than they were last year, to not slack off or procrastinate, and to start thinking about their future plans. As for myself, I wish that by the end of this school year, my grades will improve by a significant amount from last year in all of my subjects, and that I will be able to pass grade 12 both on the International Program and the Khmer Program. I also want to take as much time as possible off the screen when it is not related to school, as well as start applying for scholarships into the school I want to go to for university. Aside from the academic goals, some other plans I hope to accomplish is to go on a trip with all of our classmates and to have a dance formal at least once before graduating, because I refuse to graduate without having a proper dance formal once. Another fun activity that we could do together is to write a letter to our future selves or to each other to be opened in the future, and the best thing is to get a class picture.
This is to all of my classmates, “Everyone be strong, be happy and live life to its fullest; let’s graduate together.”
New Teacher Profile -Layla Jacobs
Among its new teachers, Footprints International School welcomes Ms. Layla Jacobs. In addition to teaching First Language English to Grades 12, 11 and 8 at the TTP Campus, Ms. Jacobs is also the homeroom teacher for 8A TTP. We asked Ms. Jacobs to tell us a little bit about herself and to introduce herself to the students and parents of the FIS Community.
Prior to my time in Wisconsin, I worked as a journalist for a regional newspaper in southern New Mexico, while also working with Holloman Air Force Base to provide updates and content for the military and their families. This was in addition to working on my double-major in Geophysics and Oceanography, with a specific focus on Planetary physics. I also hold a M.Ed in Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Business Administration and Management and certification as a registered nurse.
I came to full-time teaching by way of my volunteer work with asylum and refugee seekers in the United States and it is something that I am quite passionate about. I still offer this assistance, even while I travel, as the digital age has afforded me that availability.
Education is important and we never stop learning unless we choose to.
Next month’s newsletter will focus heavily on FIS’ 2021-2022 Student Council. Election of representatives and officers for the new Student Council will begin next week.
Toul Tom Poung | TTP Campus
Serving from Pre-K1 - Grade 12