EAGLE TRACTS

CORNERSTONE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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Dear Parents,


I am happy to present to you the Eagle Tract for October 2021 with its intriguing content!

The month of September has been an eventful one packed with in-school learning engagements and programmes for parents such as Unit Preview with Parents (UPP) and ManageBac support meetings.


We have made some progress with respect to supporting student inquiry on campus having spent a little over a month into the 2021-2022 School year. As a school community, we exhibited courage in making provisions for students to begin full-fledged in-person learning while maintaining the option of virtual mode of learning. Our courage stemmed from our confidence in the safety measures we had put in place and staff training towards student learning.


Learning and teaching have been ongoing with student agency being promoted. Our homerooms have been engaged as the young inquiring minds explore, wonder, ask questions, imagine, create and solve problems. As we carry out the various units of inquiry, our aim is to see students become agents of their own learning through our acknowledgement of their voice, respect for choice and promotion of ownership.


A sneak peek into the current unit of inquiry shows kindergarten students investigating the five (5) senses while first graders explore choices in relation to health and wellbeing. Concepts like understanding the body systems and their interdependence, ecosystem, maps, locations and puberty gave students from 2nd -5th grade the opportunity to embrace learning that transcends subjects, going beyond and across disciplines.


When student learning is supported beyond the classroom environment, they become empowered to connect and transfer knowledge. We encourage parents/guardians to look out for student self-initiated actions associated with their learning and outside the classroom. As PYP educators, we understand that actions emerging from student inquiry give credence to the belief of the IB PYP that, successful inquiry leads to student initiated action. You may want to inform of your child’s facilitator of actions they have taken as a result of their inquiry, wonderings, investigations and learning in school. This will inspire the student to do more and also provide additional information for your child’s facilitator to take the inquiry further.


As adults placed to support the learning of students, we promote their agency and show that we are interested in their explorations when we become active participants, observers, record takers and reporters of their learning experience.


I hope to see more of your involvement in our learning experiences by your attendance to our parent engagement meetings.


Mr. William Gyamfi

Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator

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IB Trait: Open Minded
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As a parent, sometimes modelling the IB Learner Profile traits to your child may just not be enough. Here are eight practical ways to teach your children how to be more open-minded and inclusive.
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An Essay on Sanitation in Ghana from Ama Apeakorama Ampaw (Middle School YEAR 2)

Ama Apeakorama Ampaw

Middle School Year 2, Ludwig Van Beethoven

Essay Title: Sanitation in Ghana-Challenges and the Way Forward


Abstract

This essay defines sanitation, explains some of the major sanitation problems in Ghana and offers solutions to address the current menace.


Introduction

According to the Collins English Dictionary, sanitation is the process of keeping places clean and healthy especially by providing a sewage system and clean water supply. Ghana is often included in the list of African countries with severe sanitation challenges. Poor sanitation costs Ghana US$290 million each year according to a desk study carried out by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)(https://ghanatalksbusiness.com/2015/07/the-economic-costs-of-poor-sanitation-in-ghana/).


What once started as a habit of throwing waste into the gutters and streets has now become a deadly and serious problem. According to the Ethiopian Gazette, Ghana is Africa’s largest electronic waste dump and one of the most polluted places on this earth. Ghana also has the second dirtiest air in Africa. Air pollution is a major risk factor of premature death and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 28,000 people in Ghana die due to air pollution.


Waste management in Ghana is one of the many challenges facing the country including the coastal areas due to rapid population growth, poor sanitation, and indiscriminate waste disposal practices.

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