Issue #24, February 27th, 2020

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  Important Dates

Friday, February 28th
TOEFL Junior for 8th & 7th Grades

Monday, March 2nd
Week B starts

Wednesday, March 4th
Inspiring and Joyful Parenting Workshop (Level 3)

Thursday, March 5th
TOEFL Primary for 5th Grade students

Saturday, March 7th
Planting Trees Day for 4th and 5th Grade Students

 What does it mean to be a «Great Place to Study»? 

As you know, we now have the Great Place to Study Certification. In this opportunity, we want to share with you what this certification means and why we are the perfect place to learn in a happy environment!


One Tree Per Child: Jon Dee’s Visit

Our “Planting life, planting trees” program is growing! We are so excited to introduce you to Jon Dee, the creator of the One Tree Per Child program, and the alliance we are creating to protect our environment. What an amazing experience we had with Jon! You must see this video.

Virtue of The Month- Self-Evaluation: Let’s Celebrate Success

As February is coming to an end, it is important that we celebrate our successes as part of our self-evaluation process. Our Virtues Development Coordinator has some interesting moments we should celebrate as a community.

  Coronavirus Recommendations

We have been following the news regarding Coronavirus and we wan to to give you some important recommendations in order to reduce the risk of infection. Our doctor, Tatiana Leguizamón, has been giving preventive information to students in a very interesting way.

Recognizing our Faculty Team- Congratulations to Our Leaders

In this opportunity, we want to recognize the hard work of our level directors. We are very proud of their leadership as they have created strong teams that promote growth and strength among students!

 Students Achievements- Nicolás Sefair Melo

We are getting more excited news from our students! Today we want to congratulate Nicolás Sefair Melo, 8th Grade student, for his achievements in squash. Want to know about his outstanding performance and congratulate him? Click the “See more” button.

Wellness Center Message – Connecting Room

High School students have been doing a very interesting work at the connecting room. Our Wellness Center professionals gathered some memories about the workshops students have done and they want to tell us how this room works.

 ECO News: Waterpolo is back!

Be part of our club at no cost. Invite your friends, hurry up!

Inspiring and Joyful Parenting Workshop (Level 3)

 

   Integrated Project in Kindergarten: Barranquilla’s Carnival

Do you know how Barranquillas Carnival sounds like? As part of the integrated project «Around the World», English and Music classes are focusing in teaching students how are carnivals in several places around the world. Among those, students learned about concepts related to the traditional rhythms used in Barranquilla’s Carnival which happens before Holy Week. Last Friday, Fernando Pardo, Víctor Coronado and Sandra Salcedo, some of our Music teachers, came to the shared classroom to sing and dance with students the traditional music of our Colombian carnival.

Resumen: ¿Sabes cómo suena el Carnaval de Barranquilla? Como parte del proyecto integrado “Alrededor del mundo”, los estudiantes de Jardín bailaron y cantaron mientras aplicaban los conceptos que han aprendido sobre carnavales en sus clases de Inglés y Música. ¡Todos bailaron y disfrutaron con la música de nuestro Carnaval de Barranquilla!

   Religión en Prejardín: preparándonos para el Miércoles de Ceniza

En vísperas de Semana Santa, los estudiantes de Prejardín estudiaron con la profesora Sandra Martínez todo lo relacionado con la imposición de la ceniza. Este evento es importante para la comunidad católica y en el Rochester lo celebramos con especial regocijo el pasado miércoles 26 de febrero.

Durante la clase de Religión, los estudiantes escucharon a la profesora hablar sobre la Cuaresma y el comportamiento esperado durante ese período. Después,  visitaron el oratorio del Colegio, reflexionaron y hablaron sobre lo que allí sucede. Finalmente, realizaron una oración a través de un dibujo en la cual le entregaron sus peticiones personales de Cuaresma a Dios.

Summary: As the Holy Week is arriving, Prekinder students learned about the Ash Wednesday. They also visited the oratorium where they reflected and talked about the expected behavior during this period.

  Math and English in Prekinder: Using Technology to Combine Classes

English, math and technology are the best team! Prekinder students are using the iPad kart in order to learn about the alphabet. They have been using several Apps where they can play and learn at the same time. They also practiced numbers by counting out loud and, with the Apps, they added fruits into a blender to create juices!

Resumen: ¡El inglés, las matemáticas y la tecnología son el mejor equipo! Los estudiantes de Prejardín están haciendo uso de los IPads que se encuentran en los carritos. Ellos han trabajado con aplicaciones para repasar el alfabeto y los números con actividades que los tienen realmente encantados.         

 

 Biblioteca en Jardín: ¡Los libros cobran vida!

¡Qué divertido ha sido explorar el mundo de la lectura! Los estudiantes de Jardín hicieron un ejercicio motriz y visual en la clase de Biblioteca que implicó una divertida visita al parque con actividades de movimiento físico. Luego fueron a la biblioteca infantil donde disfrutaron de un cuento mudo sobre un guardián de libros y cómo éstos cobran vida. Finalmente parafrasearon lo que comprendieron para desarrollar la expresión oral.

Summary: It’s been really fun to get into the reading world! Kindergarten students visited the library where they did some motor and visual exercises. After being at the park, they enjoyed a story about a guardian who took care of books and how they became alive. The final activity was to paraphrase the story out loud.

English in 3rd Grade: “I am a great cook”

We can all can become chefs! In 3rd Grade English Speaking and Listening class, students are taking culinary art to another level. To add more relish to the learning experience, they’re preparing their very own recipes, not only to show their skills at sequences, grammar and vocabulary, but to also to prove who will be Rochester’s next great chef. We can’t wait to get a taste of their final products this week!

Resumen: ¡Todos podemos ser grandes chefs! En la clase de Inglés Oral, los estudiantes de 2º están aprendiendo a usar secuencias para explicar procesos. Para esto, han creado recetas de cocina a través de las cuales están practicando gramática y vocabulario. ¡Estamos ansiosos por disfrutar pronto los deliciosos productos de esta clase!

  English in 2nd Grade: “I am Healthy”

What do you do in order to keep your integral health? 2nd Grade students are putting together a weekly schedule with everything they do in order to stay physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. We are pretty impressed of their work, as you can see in the video.

Resumen: ¿Qué estás haciendo para mantener tu salud integral? Los estudiantes de 1º están realizando un calendario de actividades semanales para mantenerse saludables física, mental y espiritualmente. Definitivamente es una forma hermosa de poner en práctica el vocabulario aprendido y las estructuras gramaticales para compartir y expresar sus ideas.

Virtues Development in 1st Grade: Working on Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are the key to a healthy life. This is why in 1st Grade Virtues Development class students brought food from different groups (proteins, fruits, vegetables and grains) in order to share in a big breakfast; It was all a success! Also, they and their parents filled out some small formats to record their sleeping hours.

Resumen: los hábitos saludables son clave para una vida saludable. Es por esto que, en la clase de Virtudes de Transición, los estudiantes trajeron comida de diferentes grupos (proteínas, frutas, verduras y granos) para compartir en un gran desayuno este lunes; ¡Fue todo un éxito! Además, con ayuda de sus padres, completaron algunos formatos para registrar sus horas de sueño.

Español en 3º: aprendiendo sobre mitos y leyendas

Los mitos y las leyendas hacen parte de las tradiciones de cualquier lugar en el mundo. Por esto, en clase de Español, nuestros estudiantes están aprendiendo a diferenciar entre estos dos géneros literarios. Esta actividad les ha sido útil para tener elementos narrativos y así escribir o narrar un mitos y leyendas. A continuación presentamos una de las producciones de los estudiantes. 

Por: Lelio Ariza

Summary: Myths and legends are part of every place cultural traditions. This is why Spanish class, 4th students are learning to differentiate these two literary genres in order to have narrative elements to write or narrate a myth or a legend. Below you can see one of the students’ productions.

Español en 4º: activistas del medio ambiente

¿Conoces el trabajo de algún activista ambiental? Las exposiciones de los estudiante de 4º en clase de Español, se basan en el trabajo de algunos activistas alrededor del mundo. Grandes personalidades como Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Stella McCartney, Sylvia Earle, Rachel Carson, James Lovelock, entre muchos otros, han estimulado a nuestros alumnos en este nuevo y hermoso proyecto. ¡Tenemos muchas cosas por aprender y hacer por nuestro planeta!

Por: Roxana Orguelt

Summary: Do you know about the work of any environmental activist? The Spanish class exhibitions of 5th Grade students, teach us about the work of some activists from around the world. Great personalities like Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Stella McCartney, Sylvia Earle, Rachel Carson, James Lovelock, among many others, teach us that we have many things to learn and do for our planet.

Salida pedagógica en 5º: descubriendo Cajicá

Dicen que viajar o pasear, es soñar despierto.

Dicen que viajar o pasear, es soñar despierto. Los estudiantes de 5º tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer el pueblo de Cajicá e interactuar con sus habitantes. Los estudiantes disfrutaron de un taller de literatura, un cine foro, una caminata con guías del municipio. Adicionalmente conocieron a Carlos Osorio, artista del lugar, quien les mostró la sala de exposición de sus cuadros, su taller y un cultivo de lechugas hidropónicas personal. ¡Fue un día maravilloso con mucho aprendizaje!

Por: Mary Paredes

Summary: People say that travelling is like daydreaming. This is why 6th Grade students had the opportunity to visit the town of Cajicá where they interacted with the people that live there. They did this through a literature workshop, a forum cinema, a walk with a tour guide and a visit to Carlos Osorio´s showroom. He is a local artist, who showed them his paintings, his workshop and his lettuce hydroponic orchard. It was a great day full of learning!

 

 

Math in 6th Grade: Learning How to Shop Wisely Online

Online shopping has become a major trending activity in the world. But, do you know all the important facts about this practice? During this week, 6th Grade students have applied what they have learned about decimals and percents by recreating a scenario where they purchase what they want in an online catalog like Amazon. At the beginning of the project, students were asked to select three items from a catalog and fill out a blank order form as if they were going to purchase the items. They have found shipping costs and the sales taxes, to determine what the items would cost if given discounts were applied. By developing this project, students have experienced the usefulness of this topic and have learned how to use it in a real life context.

Resumen: las compras por Internet se han vuelto una práctica constante en el mundo. Sin embargo, ¿sabes lo necesario para hacer una compra inteligente? Los estudiantes de 5º  han aplicado su conocimiento sobre decimales y porcentajes en una situación de compra por internet en plataformas como Amazon. Ellos tomaron información de algunos productos, desarrollaron órdenes de compra y calcularon costos de envío y de impuestos.

Math in 8th Grade: Drawing the Cotton Top Tamarin

How can we apply math concepts with one of the main sustainability School projects? 8th Grade students are using their knowledge on how to rotate, translate and reflect images in a coordinate plane in order to draw a poster of the Cotton Top Tamarin. They wrote a message reinforcing the importance of protecting this endangered specie found only in the tropical dry forests of northwestern Colombia. This project will help them engage our community with efforts to protect and to secure a future for the Cotton Top Tamarin in our country. 

By: Luis Álvarez

Resumen: ¿Cómo se pueden combinar los conceptos matemáticos con uno de los principales proyectos de sostenibilidad del Colegio? Los estudiantes de 7º están usando su conocimiento sobre cómo rotar, trasladar y reflejar imágenes en un plano de coordenadas para dibujar un póster del Mono Tití Cabeciblanco. Además, construyeron un mensaje que refuerza la importancia de proteger a esta especie en peligro de extinción. Este proyecto ayudará a los estudiantes a involucrar a la comunidad en los esfuerzos para proteger y asegurar un futuro para el Mono Cabeciblanco en nuestro país.

 

Physics in Middle School: Learning about Forces and Energy

Learning about physics is very important and fun!  6th Grade students are learning about some types of forces through experimentation and the acquisition of new vocabulary. To do this, they are using laboratory equipment and common objects in the room to check each type of force studied and their effect on the movement. Students present the results of their practices in visual reports. For this they use the stop motion application.

Also, 7th Grade students are interacting with different types of energy and are doing a project taking into account solar, thermal and chemical energy and chemical reactions due to combustion. To demonstrate this, they are experimenting with the transformation of a carrot by dehydration with solar energy and combustion.

Resumen: ¡Aprender sobre física es muy emocionante! Los estudiantes de 5º  están aprendiendo acerca de algunos tipos de fuerzas, utilizando material de laboratorio y objetos comunes del salón para comprobar el tipo de fuerza y el efecto de las mismas en el movimiento. Los alumnos presentaron el resultado de sus prácticas en reportes visuales y utilizaron la aplicación de “stop motion”.  

Así mismo, los estudiantes de 7º están interactuando con diferentes tipos de energía y están haciendo un proyecto donde tienen en cuenta la energía solar, térmica y química. También, están estudiando las reacciones químicas que suceden debido a la combustión.

Students Recognition For Their Work

You will not believe how talented our students are! In this occasion, we want to share with you some of the awesome art work that our 11th Grade student, Juan Pablo Pino Sánchez has done. He has been using his iPad and Apple Pencil to produce different drawings, especially related to nature. We share with you some of his work. Enjoy!

Resumen: ¡No van a creer el talento de nuestros estudiantes! En esta ocasión, queremos compartir con ustedes algunos de los trabajos artísticos de Juan Pablo Pino Sánchez de 10º. Él ha estado usando su iPad y su lápiz Apple para producir diferentes dibujos, especialmente relacionados con la naturaleza. Les compartimos algunas de sus obras. En este caso pueden ver una muestra de animales. ¡Disfruten!

Math in High School: Our students tell us about their classes

María Parra, one of our Senior students, refers to what has been happening in the Math courses in 11th and 12th Grade: 

 “At the moment 11th Grade students are developing the first part of a project about series and successions. It consists of doing a tessellate with equilateral triangles as a base (Escher´s module), and then, as a result, one can find a beautiful artwork. They are doing this by using rotational symmetry and symmetry of dejection. Also, they are applying cooperative work strategies and some virtues such as systemic citizen, to reuse materials such as tetrapack, taken from the school residues. 

On the other hand, 12th graders from the AP Calculus class, have learned a lot with very interesting projects as well. One of the things we enjoy the most about Math class is to see a finished project. In this class, we used different activities to learn about limits and derivates and we played a game to practice:  “Who wants to be a billionaire” math version. Additionally, the game helped students to start working faster which will be really helpful for the “Prueba Saber 11°”.

 

Resumen: nuestra estudiante, María Parra, nos cuenta lo que han realizado los estudiantes de Bachillerato en sus clases de Matemáticas. “Los estudiantes de 10º están trabajando en teselados y fractales partiendo del módulo de Escher, creando una composición artística basada en cromatografía. En 11º, los estudiantes realizaron un refuerzo sobre el tema de límites y derivadas de funciones a través del juego “Quién quiere ser millonario” en versión matemática. Esto lo hicieron para fortalecer las habilidades del primer semestre y comenzar con aplicaciones de derivadas como máximos y mínimos”.

English in High School: Toefl, Saber Pro 11 exams and Class Work

Lots of exciting things will be happening pretty soon! Due to this, we want to send our best wishes to the students that will be taking their English proficiency and national exams such as TOEFL and SABER 11. Also, here are some activities that High School students have been doing in their English Class.

  • 9th Grade: Students have explored inventions that make our lives easier. They are also learning how curiosity provides everyone with a chance to explore, experiment and create anything we want. They will soon describe a process guided by a research question and a hypothesis that needs to be validated and shown in an oral presentation. 
  • 10th Grade: Students are discussing what being a global citizen means, what it takes to be a world citizen, and how this concept integrates with school´s virtues (SHICKEL). We kindly invite you to watch the TED conference held by Hugh Evans to learn the powerful message students are experiencing  What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? 
  • 11th Grade: students are now going over the social consequences of big data collection and the way media uses behavior to predict preferences in consumers. They are trying to weight the pros and cons of the new most valuable asset there is which is information. In order to support students comprehension of data protection, the school’s legal consultant has been invited to the English classes to explain the important aspects of online security and social media. 
  • 12th Grade: Students have started exploring the social context of the 50´s in the United States in order to immerse themselves in one of the most iconic books of the Beat Generation written by Jack Kerouac called “On The Road”. This journey has started with the sounds of bebop and how this kind of jazz influenced post-WWII writers. 

Resumen: muy pronto sucederán muchas cosas emocionantes como la presentación de los exámenes Toefl y Saber Pro 11. Queremos desearles muchos éxitos a nuestros estudiantes. Además, les entregamos un resumen de lo que ha estado haciendo cada grado en su clase de Inglés. Por ejemplo, los estudiantes de 8º han explorado inventos que han facilitado nuestras vidas y están aprendiendo sobre cómo la curiosidad nos brinda a todos la oportunidad de descubrir, experimentar y crear lo que queramos. En 9º, los estudiantes están debatiendo qué significa ser un ciudadano global, qué se necesita para ser un ciudadano del mundo y cómo este concepto se integra con las virtudes que el Colegio representadas en SACIAL. Por su parte, en 10º, está analizando las consecuencias sociales de la recopilación de datos y la forma en que los medios utilizan el comportamiento para predecir las preferencias de los consumidores. Finalmente, en 11º, los estudiantes han comenzado a explorar el contexto social de los años 50 en los Estados Unidos para sumergirse en uno de los libros más emblemáticos de la Generación Beat, escrito por Jack Kerouac llamado “On The Road”.

Español en 10º: haciendo un recuento sobre el Renacimiento

¿Alguna vez se han preguntado qué impacto tiene en nuestra vida el Renacimiento como movimiento cultural? En 10º, esta semana se llevó a cabo el seminario titulado “De la Edad Media al Renacimiento”. Este proyecto integrador de varias asignaturas, tiene por objetivo estudiar algunos de los aspectos culturales e ideológicos más importantes de la transición entre estas dos épocas desde diversas disciplinas. Para realizar este trabajo los estudiantes han estado analizando en clase el texto “Para una lectura del Quijote”, ensayo del maestro Estanislao Zuleta. El seminario es un modesto homenaje al reconocido pensador colombiano a una semana del trigésimo aniversario de su muerte.

Summary: Have you ever asked yourself what are the impacts of the Renaissance as a cultural movement in our lives? This week, 11th Grade students participated in a seminar called “From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance”, which is part of an integrated project between several subjects. The activity aims to study some of the most important cultural and ideological aspects of the transition between these two periods. To carry out this event students have been analyzing the text: “Para una lectura del Quijote”, an essay written by the author Estanislao Zuleta.  The seminar is a modest tribute to the renowned Colombian thinker one week after the thirtieth anniversary of his death.