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From the Principal

June -16 Newsletter from the Principal

Dear students and guardians,

It is now summer vacation for all students and teachers. With this letter, I would like to give  you some brief information about the upcoming school year.

The school year will start on Wednesday, the 17th of August. Note that on this first day of school Junior School is from 8:15 to 11:00 am, while Senior School is from 11:15 to 2:45 pm, and that no lunch will be served for Junior School students. For exact dates and times  concerning the upcoming academic year, see the attached document 16/17 Important dates for students / guardians. This document will be updated during the school year.

In order to facilitate the administrative process, and for teachers to be able to grade later, the “terminsbetyg” spring 2016 will be sent home to you by mail during the month of June.

In early August, the class schedules will be posted on SchoolSoft. These schedules will show who will be teaching each class and who the class mentors will be. If you have students in grade 6 and/or grade 8 next school year, their new class lists will be sent home during week 24.

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate in contacting me or our school reception.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer,

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Christmas letter from the Principal

Dear students and parents,

Now that the fall term has ended I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I would also like to provide you with a few reminders concerning next year’s school term.

We are having a discussion with PTA and representatives from the municipality about how the traffic situation at our school can improve. One practical measure that all of you can help with is to NOT drive on Gymnasiegatan. Instead leave and pick-up your children near the school.

I want to encourage our students to use Extra Class (see the attached document Extra Class & After school clubs) since this is a great opportunity to train extra on subjects outside the students’ needs and abilities. Please also note that students are free to use our IES clubs. For exact times during the spring term, see attached document Important dates for students/guardians Spring term 15/16.

Spring term starts Monday, January 11 according to schedule.

Thank you for your confidence in letting us educate your children. If you have any questions or thoughts, please do not hesitate to contact me or the school’s reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

December newsletter from the Principal

Dear students and parents,

Time flies so fast and now we have only two weeks remaining before the fall semester is completed. I would like this letter to give an overview of what will happen in our school these last remaining weeks:

Wednesday, Dec. 9, we will celebrate the Nobel Day (a day early) at our school. We will hand out a literature prize to two students/class in year 6 and year 9 and an illustration prize to two students/class in year 6 and year 9. For many weeks this last fall all of our students in year 6 and year 9 have worked with short story writing (together with author Camilla Jönsson), and in Art they have worked with illustrating their story. The prize winners will get their work published in a book, and it will be available to borrow in our school library. Prize winners will also receive a Nobel lunch served by the undersigned.

Friday, Dec. 11, we will have our Lucia celebration in the school cafeteria where the school choir will perform some traditional Christmas carols.

Monday, Dec. 14, is "Polar Express Day” and all students may come to school in their pajamases/bathrobes. Year 4 students will see the film in the lunchroom, and the Senior School students can buy hot chocolate and ginger snaps in the Common Room.

Between Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17, students will not follow their normal lesson schedule, instead, during these days students will have student's choice. Students are divided into Junior and Senior school groups mixing students from different classes. Based on students' choices, they will carry out activities such as ball games, theater, creating a book, language studies, crafting with jeans, cooking and health class. My hope is that it will create positive contact between students in different classes and develop opportunities to interact with one another in ways which are not possible in everyday school life. On the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 17 classes will clean on the school premises.

Friday, Dec. 18, no lunch is served, except for the students in Junior Club, and Junior Club is open until 17:00. Christmas break starts as follows:

Year Groups

Start Time

Time in Aula

Time in Classroom

End Time

Years 4 & 6

8.15

8.20-9.05

9.10-10.10

10.15

Years 5 & 8

8.15

9.15-10.00

8.15-9.15

10.10

Years 7 & 9

9.00

10.10-10.55

9.10-10.10

11.00

During w. 51 to w. 4, the municipality will tear down the old dining room (yellow building) on the school yard. They are going to construct a fence surrounding the area around the dining room which may lead to some problems for students who bike back and forth to school (the bike path on Kastanjeallén). Please inform your children about this.

Spring term starts Monday, Jan. 11, in accordance to the normal schedule.

Last but not least I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 
If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

News letter October from the Principal

Dear students and guardians,

I hope you have a good autumn! I would like with this letter inform you about what has happened at school and what will happen in the near future. As I wrote in the last newsletter, the Senior School students have a Common Room, which is manned by English speaking staff. The prom committee has also started to sell refreshments to the Senior School students. In the top two corridors we now have "Quiet Zone", which means that the students should talk in a low tone of voice with each other. The aim is to create a peaceful and secure environment before, during and after class. Overall, I feel that this change has been very positive for the students - they have a clear area where they can "relax" at recess and a clear area where they can study and prepare for class.

Over the coming time, development talks will be held for our students and you book an appointment through SchoolSoft. We have also decided on the school's Code of Conduct, and I urge you guardians to discuss with your children why we have these rules. Overall, I feel that we now have a better schedule based on the priorities we (after evaluation of students and parents) decided before this academic year. We have also decided on a policy for how and when we apply detention - see the document Detention policy - and I want you also to discuss this document with your children. I would like to remind you that the school is not responsible for replacing any damage done to students' cell phones. I also want to encourage our students to attend Extra class - see attached document Extra Class - because this is a great opportunity to train extra on subjects based on the student's needs and abilities. Please also note our IES clubs that students are free to use.

You may have read in the newspaper that the old sports hall will be an educational centre sponsored by the municipal electricity company HEM. The idea is that local schools should be able to use this center to enhance the understanding of sustainable development and environmental issues. It's obviously great that our students will be close to this building, and my hope is that we will use this in the best of ways. For exact times this school year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". Note that Tuesday October 20th is an extra staff planning afternoon, and that the students end their lessons at 13.00 - Junior Club is open as usual. 

Prior to this year, we have initiated a development project in grading and assessments. Our teachers regularly - using external trainers - discuss how the grading system works and strategies for so-called formative assessments. We will also have co-assessments along with IES Hässleholm and IES Lund. Overall, my hope is that our students' learning will be facilitated, and that we get a more secure and equal assessment at school.

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best regards /Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Welcome letter August. -15

Dear students and guardians,

I hope you all had a nice summer and I would like to greet you with a warm welcome to a new school year. The school year begins Monday, August 17th. Note that the Junior School starts 8:15 and ends 11:00, and Senior School 11:15 and ends 14:45. No lunch will be served this day for Junior School students.

Also note that the "Meet your mentor" day is Tuesday, August 25th at 16:00 to 19:00. A regular parent-teacher meeting information is cancelled (this information will instead be posted on SchoolSoft) and replaced with a "drop in"-evening with the opportunity to meet with school staff. The aim is to create the opportunity for parents to establish a personal contact with the student's mentor, and determine how and when the contact will take place during the autumn term. There will also be a number of workshops (evaluation - ratings, SchoolSoft, library, textbooks, etc.). For exact times next academic year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". This document will be updated during the school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards

Mr. Andreasson Principal

tomas.andreasson.halmstad@engelska.se

073-661 98 60

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal June -15

Dear students and guardians,

It is now summer vacation for students and teachers, and I would like with this letter to give you some brief information about the next school year.

The school year begins Monday, August 17th. Note that Junior School start at 8.15 and end at 11.00, and Senior School at 11.15 - 14.45. No lunch is served for the students in Junior School. Note also the "Meet your mentor" Tuesday, August 25 at 15.00 - 19.00. A regular parent-teacher meeting is deleted (this information will instead be posted on SchoolSoft) and replaced with a "drop-in" evening with the opportunity to meet school staff. The aim is to create the opportunity for parents to establish a personal contact with the student's mentor and determine how and when contact will take place during the autumn term. There will also be a number of workshops (evaluation - grades, SchoolSoft, the school library, textbooks, etc.). In order to strengthen the mentor role we have planned two mentor events extra during the school year in which the mentors and the students do something outside of school. The aim is to create good relationships between mentor and student.

For exact times the next academic year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16". This document will be updated during the school year.

In order to facilitate the administrative process and enable teachers to grade later - term grades for spring 2015 will be sent home by mail to you during the month of June.

In the autumn of 2015, we’ll take in three new classes of year 4 (2 classes of year 9 leave us) which means that it during the next academic year will be just under 600 students at the school. We have thus "fully grown" and will for the foreseeable future be a school with three classes in each grade, and a total of 600 students. In early August, the classes schedules will be posted on SchoolSoft. Before the summer holiday each class will receive information from their mentor about who will be teaching in each subject the next school year, and who will be mentor for the class. We have for the next school year opted for half class once a week in Swedish and Mathematics for grade 4. In grade 7 and 9, students will have a half class once a week in Swedish while grade 8 will have it in English. Overall, my hope is that it will lead to better results in regards to grades for the students.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we will have a common room for the Senior school (in the current library), which has been a great demand from our students. The common room will, in cooperation with the student union, be furnished and staffed with an adult between the hours of 9:00 to 15:00 every day. The current library will move to the common room on level 1. We will also invest in our schoolyard, including more play equipment and a corralled ball field. At the same time a municipal day care will open in the 'new annex', and much of the current football field will not be available to our students. Overall, I hope that we get a "smaller but better schoolyard".

For the next academic year, we also plan a development project in grades and assessment. Our teachers regularly - using external trainers - will discuss how the grading system is constructed and strategies ISK formative assessment. We will also have sambedömning together with the IES Hässleholm and IES Lund. Overall, I hope that this will improve our students' learning, and that we get a more fair and equal assessment at school.

If you have any questions - don’t hesitate to contact me or the school’s reception.

I wish you all a pleasant summer vacation,

Best regards
Mr. Andreasson, Principal

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal April -15

Dear students and guardians,

It is now Easter break for students and teachers and I want to take the opportunity to inform a bit about what we have done, and what will happen in school in the near future.

During the spring we worked on with our systematic fire protection work. We conducted a fire drill for all students and staff with smoke in the hallways in the middle of March. The result was very good and according to the manager from the rescue, this was "one of the best and well-structured evacuation I have been through." We have also trained staff in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and also purchased a defibrillator.

Planning for the next school year has begun and we will bring in three new classes of year 4 (2 classes of year 9 leave us) which means that during the next academic year will be just under 600 students at the school. We have thus "fully grown" and will for the foreseeable future be a school with three classes in each year and a total of 600 students. We have also compiled and made decisions from the surveys from students, parents and staff have decided what is important to the schedule layout. Junior school start time will be 8:15, while Senior School will have a more flexible start time; we will strive to start at 8:15 but some days, occasional classes will start a little later. All classes will not have class time on Monday morning, but some later Monday. Stopping school early on Friday afternoons will not be prioritized. Taken together, these measures will facilitate the principles that students, parents and staff feel are most important:

  • lunch break at least 40 minutes

  • a morning break for the junior school for 20 minutes

  • 10 minutes between classes

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we will also have a common room (break room) for senior school (in the current library), which has been a great demand from our students. The common room will, in association with the student council, be furnished and is going to be manned by an adult between the hours of 9:00 to 15:00 every day. Current library will move to the common room on Level 1. We will also invest in our schoolyard, including more play equipment and a corralled ball field. At the same time a municipal preschool will open in the "new annex", and much of the current football field will not be available to our students. Overall, I hope we get a "less but better schoolyard."

For next year we will be able to offer our year 9 students Cambridge English; IES cooperates with the University of Cambridge, and enables year 9 students to take a Cambridge Certificate in English in Sweden. This certificate is worldwide recognized as proof of proficiency in English. For next year we are also planning a development and training in formative assessment, more information will be coming in later newsletters.

Our exchange with IES Breckland in the UK will this year take place at the end of April.  Between April 15-19 we will be visited by English learners, and one week later, 9 students from year 9 will travel across to the school in Breckland. A collaboration that we look forward to and hope to give our students the inspiration and new perspectives.

This semester is the first year that year 9 students receive diplomas at IES Halmstad. Separate information has gone out to parents concerned about the graduation and the prom dates. Note that school is out for years 4-8 on Thursday, June 11, end of term celebration  starts at 16:30 on the lawn outside Örjanshallen.

In the last newsletter I wrote that the fall semester starts Thursday, August 13, but this is incorrect. The school year starts Monday, August 17 - for exact times next school year, see attached document "Important Dates School Year 15/16".

As you know, we use SchoolSoft to inform about upcoming activities. We also use the SMS function, so happy to see that we have the correct mobile number to you SchoolSoft. If you have any problems with the password or have other questions about SchoolSoft, do not hesitate to contact our IT technician Mr. Kelly (jeff.kelly.halmstad@engelska.se).

At last: if you have not completed the questionnaire on school quality from headquarters (located on the startpage of SchoolSoft). I ask you to do this as soon as possible. It is an important tool for us in our systematic improvement.

If you have any questions - do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andreasson, Principal

 

Important dates for students at IES Halmstad

School year -14/-15

w. 18

Thu. April 30th

Fri. May 1st

Study day, no school

1st of May, no school

  1. 19

Mon. May 4th

Study day, no school

w. 20

 Thu. May 14th &

Fri. May 15th

Ascension days, no school

w. 21

Tue. May 19th

Study day

w. 24

Thu. June 11th

Last day of the spring term for Y4-8

16.30-18.00 End of term awards

outside Örjanshallen.

 

Fri. June 12th

Last day of the spring term for Y9

9.00-11.00 Graduation at Stora Salongen, Halmstad Theater

 

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal February-15

Dear all students and guardians,

now we have sportbreak for students and teachers and I would like to take the opportunity to inform you about what we have been doing, and also about what is planned for the next term.

During the spring term, we have had Sports Days with both Swimming and other activities at the Halmstad Arena. The students have really enjoyed this. The students in Year 8 have tried out a Craft Workshop in textiles (working with denim), Year 6 students attended a presentation from Midwife Lisa Ernstson about her work at a Children's Home in Uganda. Year 9 students arranged a successful School Disco and we had a very well attended Open House in the middle of January.

During week 12, with the emphasis on Monday, it is time for the Spring Term Development Talks. These are offered by the mentor, who will soon be offering times to book. An important basis of the talk are SchoolSoft’s subject rubrics. We will soon send out a separate letter with information regarding these, which I strongly recommend that you read.

The planning for the next Academic year has already begun. We will take in three new Year 4 classes (two Year 9 classes will leave us), which means that we will have around 600 students at our school. We will have developed fully at that stage and will come to continue with three classes in each year group, with a total of 600 students. We will also, as a result of student, guardian and staff surveys, make some changes to the schedule next year. More information about this is to follow in the next newsletter. Next year, the Senior School will get its own Common Room (in the current library). This has been requested by the students. The Common Room will, together with the Student Union, be furnished and supervised by an adult between 9 am and 3 pm every day. The library will move downstairs to the current Common Room on the ground floor. We will also be investing in our playground with, amongst other things, more play items and a fenced ball pitch. Simultaneously, there will be a new pre-school opening in the "New Annexe", and a large portion of the current football pitch will not be accessible for our students. I am hopeful though, that we will have a smaller but better playground.

We have been working systematically with "positive postcards" - to acknowledge those who contribute to a pleasant IES environment at school. It feels as though there has been a lot to be positive about with both staff and students.

I would also like to remind you to take part in the school's PTA meetings. Check on SchoolSoft under Files/links - PTA website. During each meeting, I aim to share information about what is happening at school and also to hear parent's points of view.

Next year's important dates are soon published; you may already note that the Autumn term starts Thursday 13th August 2015.

As you know, SchoolSoft has the latest information about upcoming activities. We also use a SMS service, so please ensure that we have the correct mobile telephone number for you in SchoolSoft. If you have any problems with passwords or other questions, don't hesitate to contact our IT Technician, Mr. Kelly (jeff.kelly.halmstad@engelska.se).

If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact me or the School Reception.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andreasson, Principal

 

Important dates for students at IES Halmstad

School year -14/-15

Week

Day

Comments

Spring term 2015

   

w. 12

Mon. March 16th

Study Day

w. 14

Fri. April 3rd

Good Friday, no school

w. 15

Mon. April 6th -

Sun. April 12th

Easter break

 

Thu. April 30th

Study day, no school

w. 18

Fri. May 1st

1st of May, no school

w. 19

Mon. May 4th

Study Day

w. 20

 Thu. May 14th &

Fri. May 15th

Ascension Day, no school

w. 21

Tue. May 19th

Study Day

w. 24

Fri. June 12th

Last day of the spring term

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal September 2014

Dear all students and parents

It's almost a month since the school year began and I want this letter to give a brief picture of the current situation and provide information about what will happen at the school in the coming weeks.

I feel that the beginning of the semester has been good and that our students seem to thrive at our school. At the beginning of the fall semester, we have had some outdoor activities in physical education that includes swimming at Brottet, hiking and Skoljoggen. These activities have been an appreciated feature of everyday life among both staff and students and a great way to strengthen community in the classes.

At the class councils and parent meeting we discussed our conduct and the feedback for this is attached as applicable rules & regulations for IES Halmstad in 2014/2015. Please sign these rules and regulations and send back to the mentor as soon as possible. During the year at class time on a regular basis we will discuss the meaning of these rules and why the school has this: A safe and secure learning environment where students can learn and teachers can teach. We also encourage you to discuss these rules with your children regularly.

Theatre visits, orientation, breakdance and Halloweenfest are some activities that our students have to look forward to before the autumn break. During the year we will also work on the promotion of reading interventions for students: Create your own book and writing workshop are two examples of such efforts. Note that the development talks for students takes place in week 42 with an emphasis on Monday 13 October. Detailed information and the invitation will be via the mentors.

In schoolsoft you will also get information about the school's insurance for our students. Note that the insurance applies during school hours and during the journey to and from the school and not outside of school hours. The insurance does not cover students' cell phones during school hours, but these are covered by the home insurance.

My ambition is that a few times per term to write a "newsletter" which I both look back at what has happened at school, but also give brief information about what is going to happen. As you know, we use Schoolsoft to inform you of upcoming activities. If you have problems with your password, login, or have other questions about SchoolSoft, do not hesitate to contact our IT technician Mr. Kelly (jeff.kelly.halmstad@engelska.se)

If you have any questions - do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andreasson, Principal

 

Important dates for students at IES Halmstad

School year -14/-15

 

Week

Day

Comments

Autumn term 2014

   

w. 33

Thu. Aug. 14th

Students start

w. 38

Wed. Sept. 17th

Study Day

w. 42

Mon. Oct. 13th

Study Day

w. 43

Fri. Oct. 24th

Study Day

w. 44

Mon. Oct. 27th -

Sun. Nov. 2nd

Autumn break

w. 51

Fri. Dec. 19th

Last day of the autumn term

w. 52-2

Mon. Dec. 22nd -

Wed. Jan. 7th 2015

Christmas break

Spring term 2015

   

w. 2

Thu. Jan. 8th

Students start

w. 7

Tue. Feb. 10th

Study Day

w. 8

Mon. Feb. 16th -

Sun. Feb. 22nd

Sport break

w. 12

Mon. March 16th

Study Day

w. 14

Fri. April 3rd

Good Friday, no school

w. 15

Mon. April 6th -

Sun. April 12th

Easter break

w. 18

Fri. May 1st

1st of May, no school

w. 19

Mon. May 4th

Study Day

w. 20

 Thu. May 14th &

Fri. May 15th

Ascension Day, no school

w. 21

Tue. May 19th

Study Day

w. 24

Fri. June 12th

Last day of the spring term

 

From the Principal

Newsletter from the Principal August 2014

Dear all students and parents

With this letter I want to warmly welcome you to IES Halmstad academic year 2014/2015.

Academic year 2014/2015 will start Thursday, Aug. 14th, at 8.20 for Junior School (grades 4-6) and at 9.00 for Senior School (Years 7-9). The school day ends around 12.00 this day and Junior Club is open to children who have signed up for this activity. Friday, August 15th school starts at 8.15 and ends around 15.00. This day is devoted to a common class activity where the purpose is to enhance community in the class. As of Monday, August 18th, the school day is according to the schedule on SchoolSoft.

During the academic year 2014/2015  we will be a school of about 540 students, which means that we have "fully grown" and will not expand our student numbers in the foreseeable future.

Prior to this school year, we have strived to create a Junior School (grades 4-6) and Senior School (grades 7-9) where teachers teach as much as possible in each "school". The purpose of this is to facilitate interaction with students and teachers. We have also endeavored to have teachers teach the subjects they are competent in as quality assessment is then secured. This means that some classes have received some changes in teachers. Our ambition is that from this academic year to retain a continuity of mentors and in each class where teachers teach.

During the summer, we have made ​​improvements in our school yard: Two backboards have been built for our basketball hoops, benches have been set up and table tennis tables have been purchased. We have discussions with our landlord to make more investments in the schoolyard, and our aim is for the schoolyard to gradually improve during this academic year. The indoor environment has also been improved by the purchase of blinds and benches in public areas, spring cleaning of premises and "freshening" and fresh paint in some areas. It feels good and is important that we regularly have common housekeeping (along with students) and to freshen up the school  to maintain our stunningly beautiful and inspiring indoor environment. We have also made a number of new appointments at the school, both teachers and non-teaching staff. We have included hiring a guidance counselor: Ms. Ohlin with her experience in the profession, will contribute important skills for the students of the upper secondary school. Mr. Hill, an American living in Sweden the last 6 years with Swedish teacher certification, will work as a "team leader" for the Senior School and his main mission is to ensure that staff and students are working under the IES values ​​and ethos. Ms. Odefalk is our new school nurse for the junior school and with her international background and extensive experience will be an important skill in student welfare work for the junior school. This means that next year we will have two nurses at the school (Ms. Uhlhorn will be responsible for senior schools students), who will provide expertise and knowledge in the school's student health work.

We have scheduled a parent meeting for Junior School Tuesday, Aug. 19th, at 17.30 - 19.00 and the Senior School Wednesday, August 20th,  17.30 - 19.00. We are also planning a follow-up parent meeting that includes workshops on how SchoolSoft works Tuesday, September 16th, from 17.00 - 19.00 for Junior School and Wednesday, September 17th, from  17.00 - 19.00 for Senior School. For detailed academic year planning with study days, school holidays, etc. - see attached document "Important dates for students at IES Halmstad School Year 14/15."

If you have any questions - do not hesitate to contact me or the school's reception.

Best Regards,

Mr. Andreasson, Principal

 

Important dates for students at IES Halmstad

School year -14/-15

Week

Day

Comments

Autumn term 2014

   

w. 33

Thu. Aug. 14th

Students start

w. 38

Wed. Sept. 17th

Study Day

w. 42

Mon. Oct. 13th

Study Day

w. 43

Fri. Oct. 24th

Study Day

w. 44

Mon. Oct. 27th -

Sun. Nov. 2nd

Autumn break

w. 51

Fri. Dec. 19th

Last day of the autumn term

w. 52-2

Mon. Dec. 22nd -

Wed. Jan. 7th 2015

Christmas break

Spring term 2015

   

w. 2

Thu. Jan. 8th

Students start

w. 7

Tue. Feb. 10th

Study Day

w. 8

Mon. Feb. 16th -

Sun. Feb. 22nd

Sport break

w. 12

Mon. March 16th

Study Day

w. 14

Fri. April 3rd

Good Friday, no school

w. 15

Mon. April 6th -

Sun. April 12th

Easter break

w. 18

Fri. May 1st

1st of May, no school

w. 19

Mon. May 4th

Study Day

w. 20

 Thu. May 14th &

Fri. May 15th

Ascension Day, no school

w. 21

Tue. May 19th

Study Day

w. 24

Fri. June 12th

Last day of the spring term

 

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