CORNERSTONE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
Welcome you to the month of February!
We are delighted to have you as members of our school community as we partner together with enthusiasm to see progress in our students' learning journey.
As the Vice Principal, it is my responsibility to ensure that all students are safe, respected, and supported in school.
I would want to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of following the school's policies. It is essential that students conduct themselves in a principled manner both in and out of the homeroom. I would also encourage all in the community to adhere to the procedures and protocols outlined in our student/parent handbook. By following our school’s policies, we can ensure a safe, orderly, and productive learning environment for all.
It is also important that we recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our students. I encourage you to take the time to recognize your child's efforts and encourage them to keep up the good work.
In the month of February, the entire school strives to exhibit the IB Learner Profile 'knowledgeable'. Being knowledgeable means having a deep understanding and appreciation of the world and its complexities, having the awareness of the impact of your actions, and being able to make informed decisions. A knowledgeable person is open to new ideas, seeks out new understanding, and has the courage to explore the unknown. It requires being able to draw on a breadth of knowledge and skills to solve problems, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively.
As a school, we are committed to the provision of quality education in a secure and supportive atmosphere, hence we take matters of bullying very seriously. It is in this regard we have declared February as an 'In-school Anti-Bullying Campaign Month'. In the list of activities lined up, we would educate students on the need to be caring and be the change agent for making this world a better and peaceful one.
In the spirit of collaboration and togetherness, please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions or suggestions. We are here to help!
I wish you a fantastic month.
Ms. Esther Osei-Nkansah
IB IN ACTION ( PYP)
Students' voice, choice, and ownership are important elements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Students are encouraged to collaborate with teachers in order to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for their learning. Teachers provide students with a variety of options for activities and assignments, allowing them to make choices about which topics to explore and how to approach them.
In addition, teachers create opportunities for students to share their ideas and opinions in class, such as through student-led discussions, presentations, or debates. This allows students to express themselves and develop their own voice. Teachers also assign projects that require students to research, analyze, and create something of their own. This helps students to develop a sense of ownership over their work and to become more engaged in the learning process.
IB IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Bullying is not acceptable in any form. It is important for everyone in our school community to work together to create a safe and supportive learning environment where all students feel respected and valued. Let's stand together and make sure that our school is a place where everyone is treated with kindness and respect.
Black history month is a time to spread awareness of the Black influence around the world and a time to celebrate the histories, traditions, and culture of the Black community.
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A SPECIAL ASSEMBLY ON CULTURE BY GRADE TWO FACILITATORS
The Unit Preview with Parents (UPP) is a program designed to help improve student and parent involvement in education. It is a program that allows teachers to preview upcoming units of study with parents so that they can be better informed and involved in their child's education. The program is intended to foster collaboration between teachers, parents, and students to help ensure that students are receiving the best possible education. UPP can also help to build relationships between teachers and parents, and encourage parent involvement in their children's learning.
UPP typically involves a teacher introducing the upcoming unit of study to parents, providing them with resources and activities to help them become more involved in their child's education. The teacher may also provide parents with ideas for how to support their child's learning, such as providing additional materials or offering to help with homework. The teacher may also give parents an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the unit of study.
EDWARD SCOTT CAMPUS
MYP Sharing is a platform that enables students to share their work and resources with parents and the entire school community. It is an opportunity that allows students and facilitators to collaborate, exchange ideas and feedback, and learn from one another. With MYP Sharing, students have the chance to develop their skills, build relationships with peers, and become better global citizens.
THE DESIGN SPECTACLE COMPETITION
This year’s design spectacle was yet another exciting and mind blowing experience. The journey involved students engaging in an exciting and constantly evolving field like design, as they utilized their creativity, technology and engineering to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. The event comprised of a series of presentations by students as they showcased their physical and digital products designed to promote a clean and sustainable future.
Team Lady Einstein emerged as the winners with their product that could distinguish dry and wet waste, followed by Jeremiah Acquah and his automatic voice system that could facilitate preparation for lessons and team KKK’s desk organizer that was useful for classroom organization. Overall, students demonstrated their communication and thinking skills, and expressed their devotion towards making the world sustainable for the next generation.
THE SPELL IT RIGHT COMPETITION
Spell It Right is a spelling bee competition geared towards helping middle school students to improve their spelling, expand their vocabulary, sharpen their pronunciation of words and give them the opportunity to understand complex words.
In order to cover words from all subject disciplines, words from the ten (10) subject groups in MYP have been put together in a document to facilitate students' preparation.
A FOCUS ON THE RESILIENCE OF ADOLESCENTS
As parents and facilitators attempt to pique adolescents' interest in learning, resilience is one characteristic to consider. Resilience is defined as the ability to successfully adjust to stressful, challenging, and unpleasant conditions (Spulber, 2019). In the process of developing resilience, it is critical to develop some essential characteristics that are more likely to enable successful training for students, raising them to become courageous, risk-takers, and reflective. Parents and facilitators can look into seven vital and interconnected points of focus; competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control (Easterbrooks, Ginsburg, & Lerner, 2013).
Adolescents build confidence when they believe in their abilities or competence. Parents and facilitators can help their children discover their strengths and weaknesses. Through the identification of their strengths and weaknesses, the adolescent will be enlightened on what they are capable of doing in diverse situations.
Social support and a sense of belonging serve as a buffer for adolescents to overcome the challenges they face. Adolescents' connections with family and helpful friends give them the idea and feeling of being loved and being part of a larger community. Assuring adolescents their place in society and demonstrating how they should be treated through acts of kindness can go a long way to give them the motivation to do more in their learning community.
Another aspect to consider when leading adolescents toward resilience is their values and morals. Our beliefs and morals play a major role in shaping our personalities. Adults can assist adolescents in developing empathy and compassion as a starter for good character development.
Adolescents can develop a sense of ‘taking action’ by participating in activities that demand them to contribute to the situation. Contributing to an event that changes the lives of others, provides the teenager with the belief that the world can be improved when they contribute to its growth. Coping skills are skills used in situations that appear difficult is another key to building resilience. Adolescents are frequently overwhelmed with emotions and this has made adolescents turn to alternative modes of coping, which have long-term consequences for their health and personality. However, when an adolescent is equipped with a diverse set of coping abilities (social skills, stress management skills) they can cope more efficiently and are better prepared to face life's obstacles.
Finally, when adolescents recognize their influence on their decisions and behaviors, they are more likely to understand how to make choices that will allow them to overcome life's problems. Parents and facilitators can give adolescents options on how they should think and act, and explain the outcome of these options.
Easterbrooks, M. Ann, Kenneth Ginsburg, and Richard M. Lerner. "Resilience among military youth." The future of children (2013): 99-120.
Spulber, Diana. "Coping and resilience in life-long learning and aging: New challenges." Geopolitical, Social Security and Freedom Journal 2.1 (2019): 93-103.
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