Issue #21, February 6th, 2020

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  Important Dates

Friday, February 7th
Learning Presentations of the 1st Semester for 9th to 12th Grade students
Regular classes for Prekinder to 7th Grade students

Saturday, February 8th
Learning Presentations of the 1st Semester for 9th to 12th Grade students

Monday, February 10th
Week A starts
Second Semester starts for High School students

Wednesday, February 12th
«Inspiring and Joyful Parenting» Workshop – Level 1

Friday, February 14th
Valentine’s Day. Students come wearing pink and/or red.

Wednesday, February 19th
Soccer For Smiles and Titi-athlon event

 Rochester School´s 61st Anniversary

We are celebrating our 61st anniversary and our Vice-principal, Iliana Aljure, has a very special message. Let´s embrace our history and remember our story. Thank you for being part of this wonderful School. Happy Birthday dear Rochester School!

 

 

 

 

 World Read Aloud Day Memories

Yesterday we celebrated our first World Read Aloud Day. We have some amazing memories we want to share with you. We celebrated the joy of reading aloud with parents and other members of our community. Click the «See More» button to watch de video.

 Let´s be part of «Fundación Elegir»

Rochester School has had a strategic alliance for 19 years with Fundación Elegir in order to achieve our goals and objectives as a Glasser Quality School. We would like to invite you all to be part of this alliance. Click the button to learn more. 

 

ScreenGuide On-Site Parents’ Training

As part of our BYOD program, and taking into account parents’ recommendations, we’ll be holding an on-site parents training. Click the «see more» button for specific information.

Virtue of the Month: Self-Evaluation

«The ultimate use of power is to empower others»

William Glasser

For 61 years we have learned, enjoyed and shared memories together. We have been able to achieve unimaginable goals and dreams with the firm and caring leadership from Daniel Aljure Chalela. We feel blessed and honoured to know him, learned from him and be a part of the community he and his family have created. His kind leadership has been inspiring and focused on achieving shared images and desired futures. Every single student, teacher and member of this community has been empowered by him and we feel grateful for that.

Pamela Ospina
Virtues Development Curriculum Coordinator

Resumen: este mes celebramos y agradecemos el liderazgo firme y cariñoso de Daniel Aljure Chalela, quien nos ha guiado para cumplir y alcanzar nuestros futuros deseados.

 Sacrament of Penance 

On Monday, February 3rd, we gathered together to observe our Catholic faith and accompany 4th Grade students to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. We want to share with you some memories! 

 Welcoming New Teachers and Non-Faculty Team members

This week we want to introduce some new teachers and non-faculty team members! We wish them the best and hope this year brings lots of beautiful and enriching life experiences! Click «see more» to meet them. 

 Recognizing Our Faculty and Non-Faculty Team

This week we want to recognize our faculty and non-faculty team that have been with us for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years! Staying at school is an indicator of happiness, professional and personal growth. Thank you for being part of our community for such a long time. 

 Wellness Center Message – Train Your Brain to Be Kinder

Do you know the «Science of Happiness» excercise? In a very interesting video, we want to share with you the experience of students at a Texas elementary echool with this excercise. Click the «See more» button to learn more.

 Planting Trees Day Memories

Last Saturday, February 1st, we had our Tree Planting Day with our 9th and 10th Grade students. Together we are promoting sustainable practices that help our planet. Click the «See more» button to know how many trees we planted.

 We Can Do It Together – Sign Ups

 Digital Parents – DigCit Commit Virtual Congress

Coming up this February, we want to invite you to participate in the free online DigCitCommit Virtual Congress to help the community engage in a more positive teaching of digital citizenship.

 «Inspiring and Joyful Parenting» Workshops

  English in Prekinder: Learning About Letters

During this week, Prekinder students have learned letters “a” and “m” in their English classes. They have practiced them by drawing, learning related vocabulary and writing it down, and singing songs by using names of objects that begin with those letters. They have also involved movement by representing some vocabulary through sign language.

Resumen: esta semana los estudiantes de Prejardín, en sus clases de Inglés, aprendieron sobre las letras “a” y “m”. Para esto dibujaron y escribieron las letras, y además, vincularon algunos gestos del lenguaje de señas en su vocabulario.

  Prejardín: salida pedagógica al Parque Faunáticos

El pasado viernes, 31 de enero, los estudiantes de Prejardín visitaron al Parque Temático Faunáticos en Tenjo, Cundinamarca, acompañados por el equipo docente. Allí interactuaron y aprendieron sobre algunos animales mamíferos y sus hábitos alimenticios. Luego, fueron a una réplica del parque jurásico donde vieron algunos modelos a escala de los dinosaurios. Para finalizar, y conectar a nivel curricular la salida con la unidad que se está manejando en clase de Inglés y Virtudes sobre los grupos alimenticios, los estudiantes asistieron a un taller de elaboración de cuajada donde aprendieron acerca de los derivados lácteos. Todos los estudiantes disfrutaron mucho y llegaron a contar todo lo que aprendieron.

Summary: Last Friday, January 31st, Prekinder students visited the Faunáticos Park in Tenjo, Cundinamarca. There, they learned about the characteristics and eating habits of different animals such as mammals and dinosaurs. Finally, they related their experience with their book unit about food groups by attending a workshop in which they made “cuajada” and understood more about dairy products.

  Library class in Kinder: Getting Familiar with Amalia Low´s Books

Kinder B students went to the library with Miss. Diana González to have a reading time. During the class,  they enjoyed a story called “The Hairy Rhino” that was about a flamingo who helped a rhino feel a bit more comfortable since he had hair even on his tongue. Amalia Low, the author, will visit our school within the next months. That is why students are getting  familiar with her books.

Resumen: los estudiantes de Jardín B están relacionándose con los cuentos de la escritora Amalia Low, quien visitará el Colegio en los próximos meses. En esta oportunidad leyeron un cuento sobre un rinoceronte peludo que recibió ayuda de un flamenco para sentirse más cómodo.

 

  Música en Jardín: instrumentos de percusión

En clase de música, los estudiantes de Jardín, bajo el liderazgo de su profesora Sandra Salcedo y con el apoyo de Carolina Jiménez, trabajaron con varios instrumentos de placa o percusión como campanas, triángulos y xilófonos. Las profesoras hicieron énfasis en dos conceptos básicos de Orff: bordón (notas Do y Sol) y color (sonidos especiales). Los estudiantes se divirtieron cantando varias canciones mientras tocaban instrumentos, además desarrollaron habilidades motrices finas y viso-manuales.

Summary: During Music class, Kinder students improved two basic Orff concepts: Drone (C and G) and Color (special sounds). Students had fun playing some percusion instruments and sang songs to improve theoretical content. They also reinforced some fine motor skills.

 Danza en 1º: remando hacia nuestro futuro deseado

Los estudiantes de 1º trabajaron en un método de auto-evaluación en clase de Danza usando barcos de vela. Ellos recordaron que todos comparten los acuerdos de la clase y cada uno es dueño del mástil de su barco. Al finalizar los estudiantes usaron chaquiras de color amarillo, rojo y verde para registrar de manera visual su cumplimiento de los acuerdos. Esta fue una manera de enseñar auto-evaluación con una imagen visual de lo que lograron y una posterior reflexión sobre cómo mejorar para llegar a la meta compartida.

Summary: In Dance class, 1st Grade students are working on self-evaluation methods by using ships. They all remebered the class agreements and the color codes to indicate compliance. This self-evaluation method teaches students how to visualize their accomplishment process in order to reach their goals.

  Science in 1st Grade: Learning About Light

This week during English class, 1st graders had a fun experience by exploring many aspects about light. They worked in a dark classroom, and using luminous clothes and toys, created shadows with their body. They also observed how light passes through different materials and found hidden vocabulary words using their flashlights.

Resumen: los estudiantes de 1º están aprendiendo y realizando experimentos sobre los aspectos de la luz. Por medio de diferentes actividades en un cuarto oscuro observaron los cambios en la luz, las sombras y el efecto de la luz cuando se usan diferentes materiales.

 English in 3rd Grade: Teamwork

In English class, 3rd Grade students are working in learning centers where they have the opportunity to develop their independence and cooperative skills, while engaging  in reading, writing, listening and speaking in an active way.

The assitant teacher supported each learning center, and facilitated the work in order to meet diverse students needs. The implementation of learning centers, targeting independent reading, read aloud with the NatGeo eBooks, vocabulary with Bingo, spelling, and Kahoot, is an example of differentiation, used of shared classroom, and student-led learning.

Resumen: en clase de Inglés, los estudiantes de 2º están trabajando en centros de aprendizaje enfocados en lectura, escritura, habla y escucha. Este modelo de enseñanza ayuda a que los estudiantes desarrollen autonomía y trabajo en equipo. 

 Agradecimiento a la familia Piedrahita Ávila de 1º A

 Natural Science in 4th Grade: Learning About Waves and Energy

These past couple of weeks, in Natural Science class, 4th Grade students have been working in a research project about waves and energy. They have been learning about waves characteristics and how light and sound move from place to place. They also visited the solar thermal panels installed on top of the administrative building and understood how our school has been using this  resources.

Resumen: durante las últimas dos semanas, en clase de Ciencias Naturales, los estudiantes de 3º han estado trabajando en un proyecto de investigación sobre ondas. Ellos han aprendido cuáles son sus características y cómo la luz y el sonido hacen uso de las ondas. Además, visitaron los paneles solares instalados en la parte superior del edificio administrativo y han comprendido cómo el Colegio Rochester aprovecha estos recursos. 

 Computer Science in 7th Grade: Learning About Python Data Structures

In 7th Grade, students just started working with Python data structures lists.  A list is a type of variable that can contain more than one value in an indexed, interchangeable way. To practice data manipulation in lists, students had a small assignment where they exchanged the position of two elements of the list in different ways. The assignment is called “Mario Kart Purple Shell”. Students have a list of racers and the racer in the last position uses an item that will swap his/her position with the first place racer. 

Also, students used different methods for this, some “juggled” the values through a 3rd variable, some reassigned the values of the elements of the list they needed to fix the new list expected, some removed the last item and added the first item at the end of the list and then changed the first item to fit the last, and some used the double assignment function on Python which allows swapping values in a more direct way.

You can access a student work following this link and clicking “RUN” on the top of the screen:

https://repl.it/@sergiocarrasquel/Purple-Shell

Resumen: en clase de Ciencias de la Computación de 6º, los estudiantes trabajaron con listas y cambios de posición en las mismas. En este trabajo ellos debieron cambiar las posiciones de dos corredores del juego Mario Kart, el primero y el último. Además, usaron diferentes métodos para solucionar el mismo problema. Visite el link  para ver uno de los ejemplos de la clase. 

 

 Life Science in Middle School

During the last three weeks, 6th graders have worked on the respiratory and circulatory systems by designing a training routine to maintain these systems healthy. In order to achieve this goal, they developed an oral presentation where they interviewed different people from our community about respiratory and circulatory system diseases. They also performed a lab practice where they measured their heart rate and respiratory rate at rest and at physical work to see what is the difference between these states.

Also, 7th Garde students are presenting their photosynthesis and cellular respiration oral presentations. Groups that reached mastery level, showed experiments where they demostrated the application of these concepts in daily life.

On the other hand, 8th grade students have been working on understanding inheritance patterns in some genetic disorders in order to identify technologies that affect the inheritance of desired and undesired traits in humans.

Resumen: en las últimas tres semanas, los estudiantes de Escuela Media, han trabajado en temas como sistema circulatorio, fotosíntesis y genética. Para evidenciar sus aprendizajes han desarrollado diferentes proyectos como entrevistas y experiementos. 

 Math in 6th Grade: 3D Modeling

During the past week, in Math class, 6th graders have been applying their knowledge in surface area and volume of rectangular prisms to design and present a 3D digital model aimed to solve environmental issues at home or at school. We have enjoyed seeing so many creative projects that integrate our subject to other assignments like physics, life science and computer science; while trying to solve real environmental situations in our planet related to the use of plastic, taking care of water and the use of solar panels in different objects or systems. We will proudly share some of this work during the Pi Day!

Resumen: durante esta semana los estudiantes de 5º han aplicado su conocimiento en los temas de área de una superficie y volumen para crear diseños 3D de objetos o sistemas que atiendan algún problema ambiental en casa o el Colegio. Los proyectos han integrado las matemáticas con otras asignaturas y algunos serán presentados en el Día Pi.

 Math in Middle School: Quadratic Functional and Shared Classroom

In Math class, 8th Grade students are building a catapult to study quadratic functions. The idea of the project is to film an object being launched by the catapult and use the video to create the graph and to formulate the quadratic function for the parabola formed by the launching. Through this project, students can find the maximum height and distance of the object and are able to relate the topic studied in class to a real-life experiment.

Also, Middle School students have a new space to work in their math classes. The Math Shared Classroom is now a decorated space for them to find support on billboards with vocabulary related to the topics studied in class. The idea is to work with small groups from each grade to reinforce specific topics, move forward with students who want to advance in the curriculum and to use the space to develop mathematical activities and games with the children.

Resumen: los estudiantes de 6º están construyendo una catapulta para estudiar funciones cuadráticas. La idea del proyecto es hacer un video de un objeto siendo lanzado por la catapulta y usarlo para crear la gráfica, además de plantear la función cuadrática para la parábola formada en el lanzamiento. 

Además, el salón compartido ahora es un espacio decorado para que los estudiantes encuentren apoyo para sus clases con material didáctico.  

 Physics in 7th Grade: Chemical Solutions and Their Effects

In Physics class, 7th Grade students are analyzing the effects that some chemical solutions produce on different bodies. For this, they are working with concepts such as solvents, solutes, mixtures and solutions and also some chemical reactions that we can experience when handling substances. Additionally, they are learning to use protocols to use elements in an experiment, as well as reinforce teamwork and good technology practices.

Resumen: los estudiantes de 7º están analizando los efectos que algunas soluciones químicas producen en diferentes cuerpos. Además, han profundizado en conceptos químicos y físicos al igual que han hecho uso de los recursos tecnológicos y el trabajo en equipo.

 

AP Macroeconomics: Applying Concepts in Real Life

The second stage of the AP Macroeconomics course lead by the teacher Juan Nicolás Garzón, has concluded with great success. Many of our students have shown interest and motivation towards the economic science. This second semester will end with the use of applied macroeconomic tools in order to recognize the way in which indicators such as inflation, interest rate or unemployment rate have an impact in students daily lives and the way in which economic agents make decisions.

Resumen: la segunda etapa del curso de «AP Macroeconomics», liderado por el docente Juan Nicolás Garzón Acosta, ha concluido con éxito. La clase ha finalizado con el uso de herramientas macroeconómicas aplicadas. El propósito se centró en que los estudiantes reconocieran la forma en la que, indicadores como la inflación, la tasa de interés o la tasa de desempleo, impcactan su vida cotidiana.

 French in High School: Classic literature

Les étudiants en français lisent des adaptations d’œuvres classiques du français en fonction du niveau.

8º: Cenicienta “Cendrillon”

9º: La guerra de los botones “ La Guerre des boutons”

10º: “La Vénus d’Ille»

11º: “Les Misérables”.

Summary: French class High School students are reading classic french literature. According to each Grade, they are reading different books. 

  Students experience at «Latinoamérica en Acción» Conference

El pasado 20 de enero, nuestros estudiantes de 8º, Valerie Villegas, Emilio Restrepo y Martina Zhediak, participaron en una experiencia que, según ellos, «siempre estará en sus corazones y nunca será olvidada». Los estudiantes hicieron parte de la 7ª conferencia de “Latinoamérica en Acción” que tuvo lugar por primera vez en Armenia, Colombia. Los estudiantes mencionaron lo siguiente:

«El primer día estábamos un poco tímidos, pero inmediatamente después de conocer a todos, las cosas fueron mucho más divertidas. Durante la semana, tuvimos conferencias y sesiones con personas que narraron su historia  sobre su experiencia en la Fundación Operación Sonrisa y dieron mensajes sobre la vida. También tuvimos algunos juegos, actividades de interacción, bailes y otras actividades donde nos divertimos mucho y aprendimos cosas nuevas sobre los demás y descubrimos cosas nuevas sobre nosotros mismos. Aprendimos mucho durante estas conferencias, aprendimos más cosas sobre Operación Sonrisa y los niños con paladar hendido, pero aparte de esto también creamos relaciones. Esta es una experiencia que repetiremos cientos de veces más, es una experiencia que cambia la vida en todos los sentidos y es algo que nunca olvidaremos».

Resumen: Last January 20th, Valerie Villegas, Emilio Restrepo and Martina Zhediak participated in an experience that according to them “will always be in their hearts and will never be forgotten”. The students participated on the 7th conference of “Latinoamérica en Acción”of Operation Smile which took place for the first time on Armenia, Colombia.