Issue #25, March 5th, 2020

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  Important Dates

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

Monday, March 9th
Week A starts

Thursday, March 12th
End of Second Trimester for Prekinder to 8th Grade students -Short Thursday schedule day for Prekinder to 12th Grade students.

Prekinder to 5th Grade students leave school at 12:30 p.m. and Middle School and High School students leave at 1:30 p.m.

There are not extracurricular activities in the afternoon.

Friday, March 13th & Saturday, March 14th
Second Trimester Learning presentations – Prekinder to 8th Grade.

Normal classes for High School, 9th to 12th Grade, on Friday.

Sunday, March 15th
Pre Saber Exam for 11th Grade students
Saber Exam for 12th Grade students

Pi Day + Green Apple Day of Service and Uncoli Dance Festival

Our school is getting ready for three very special events that foster students’ learning both Sciences and Arts: our traditional Pi Day + The Green Apple Day of Service and the Uncoli Dance Festival. Want to learn more? Click the “See more” button.

Piloting Test: «Pruebas Saber 3º, 5º y 9º»

Our school has been chosen as one of the piloting schools for “Pruebas Saber 3º, 5º y 9º”, which will be happening by the end of March. We are happy to participate! For further information please click here.

Resumen: el Colegio Rochester ha sido seleccionado para participar en la aplicación piloto de las Pruebas Saber 3º, 5º y 9º que tendrá lugar a finales de marzo. Los invitamos a ver el video para mayor información.

Virtue of The Month- Systems Citizen

We invite you to ask yourself the following question: How can I contribute so that our everyday spaces remain clean? Let’s keep our school clean and put into practice your Systems Citizen characteristics!

  It is in Giving That We Receive

Thank you families for your contribution for a better country! We want to share with you a formal report regarding the money you donated as part of the initiative It is Giving That We Receive that happened during the 2019 Christmas time. 

Recognizing our Faculty Team- Our Consultant Team

Do you know who is part of our consultant team and what do they do to benefit our community? Click the “See more” button to learn about them.

Digital Parents- Navigating Through Fake News

How can we validate information regarding important topics such as Coronavirus? We have some important tips that you can apply when you are consulting for information.

OLA Swimming Cup

Inspiring and Joyful Parenting Workshop (Level 2)

  Plan de lectura en Prejardín: leyendo en Cajicá

Do you know how Barranquillas Carnival La lectura le ha permitido a nuestros estudiantes más pequeños descubrir lugares e historia increíbles. En esta oportunidad, visitaron el Centro Cultural de Cajicá, lugar reconocido por sus servicios de formación en arte, música y cultura. Nasly Sarmiento, integrante del Centro Cultural, guió a los estudiantes por el sitio donde disfrutaron de un entretenido cuento en inglés. Los alumnos tuvieron la posibilidad de visitar la sala infantil donde jugaron y exploraron libros con historias pensadas para su edad. Como obsequio de despedida recibieron dos cuentos del programa gubernamental “Leer es mi cuento” para compartir con sus familias esta hermosa experiencia.

Summary: Last February 26th, Pre-kinder students visited the Cultural Center in Cajicá. There, they had the chance to enjoy a story in English and they also explored several books at the children room. Finally, they they received two books from the government program “Leer es mi cuento” as a gift.

   Educación Física en Prejardín: desarrollando cuerpos saludables

¡Prejardín es integralmente saludable! En clase de educación física, los estudiantes, que han estado en contacto con diferentes disciplinas deportivas, se adentraron en la gimnasia olímpica. En esta oportunidad, realizaron actividades como caminar sobre la barra, saltar en el trampolín o pasar el pasamanos. Esta clase de ejercicios, además de fortalecer sus músculos, permite mejorar el equilibrio y la confianza. ¿Será que entre ellos contaremos con un futuro campeón nacional?

Summary: Pre-kinder students are integrally healthy! In physical education class, students have been discovering gymnastics as an excellent opportunity for being healthy. In this class, they did some fun exercises such as walking on the balance beam, jumping on the trampoline or dead hanging. This helped them strengthened  their equilibrium and confidence. Could it be that among them we will have a future national champion?

  Integrated Project in Kindergarten: Going Around the world!

Around the world? This sounds awesome, let us tell you what it is about. Kindergarten students have been working in their integrated, called “Around the World”. As you know, last week they celebrated Barranquilla’s Carnival and now they have moved to Cancún, Mexico. To start their trip, they first used the iPads to learn about The Wonders of the World. Then, they went to the shared classroom to decorate a bag that they took to their trip to Cancún where they are going to find some interesting places to visit. 

Resumen: ¡Nuestros alumnos siguen viajando alrededor del mundo! Para dar continuidad a este atractivo proyecto integrado, los estudiantes de Jardín usaron iPads para conocer algunas maravillas de nuestro planeta. Entre otras actividades, en esta oportunidad decoraron y empacaron sus maletas para ir a Cancún en México, donde visitarán lugares asombrosos. ¡Feliz viaje!     

 

Prevención de enfermedades en Preescolar: cuidar nuestra salud también es divertido

¡Juntos podemos aprender a mantenernos saludables! Como parte de la campaña de prevención de enfermedades, nuestra médico, Tatiana Leguizamón, visitó los salones de preescolar para darle a los estudiantes más pequeños recomendaciones muy importantes para evitar el contagio del virus. Con una simple coreografía y una canción muy divertida, Tatiana colaboró para que los estudiantes conocieran y pensaran en medidas de recomendación como el uso de tapabocas, protección al estornudar, lavado las manos y otros hábitos que nos ayudan a mantenernos saludables.

Summary: Together we can learn how to stay healthy! As part of a campaign led by our school doctor, Tatiana Leguizamón, students have been learning about important recommendations to avoid virus spread. Using a very fun song, she taught them about the use of face masks, protection when sneezing, washing hands and some healthy habits.           

English Reading and Writing in 1st Grade: Clothes Around the World

Dressing up is really fun! Especially when students are integrating what they are learning in Spanish, English Speaking, Reading and Writing classes. This is why, students came with beautiful outfits that represented countries from around the world. After sharing about the countries they chose, they had a fashion show in which they described they clothes they were wearing. They used adjectives of color to describe their pieces of clothing and they drew their favorite outfit. Watch the video by clicking here.

Resumen: ¡Disfrazarse es muy divertido! Los estudiantes de Transición integraron lo que han aprendido en clases de Español e Inglés por lo que asistieron al Colegio vistiendo hermosos atuendos de diferentes países del mundo. Además, participaron en un desfile para describir lo que llevaban puesto y sus colores. Finalmente, dibujaron el atuendo favorito del grupo. Mira el video del desfile haciendo clic aquí. 

English Reading and Writing in 2nd Grade: My Daily Routines

Daily Routines are part of our habits and they help us define who we are. This is why in English Writing class students are working on the “Day By Day” lesson. In here, they are exploring their daily routines by working on the project “My Accordion Routines Book”. This work involved a process that ended with the writing of a descriptive paragraph of their favorite weekday. They were excited to illustrate the most important routines! Also, in Reading class, students read the book “My Day” and they completed a venn diagram to compare animal routines with their own routines.

Resumen: las rutinas diarias son parte de nuestros hábitos y nos ayudan a definir quiénes somos. En la clase de Escritura en Inglés, los estudiantes de 1º han realizado ejercicios de escritura para describir el día de la semana que más les gusta. Además, en clase de Lectura, están leyendo el libro “My Day”. Los estudiantes completaron un diagrama donde plasmaron las diferencias entre las rutinas de los animales y sus rutinas diarias.

English Reading and Writing in 3rd Grade: Reading is Fun!

Students love how their reading routines are happening! In the English Reading and Writing class, students have been experiencing the joy of reading by using the App “Epic”. With it, students have access to an online library with more than 25,000 high-quality audiobooks, educational videos, and fun multimedia activities. Gabriela Botero, 3rd Grade student , shared her experience while using the app: 

«I really enjoy using Epic reading. We get the chance to read interesting and fun books, comics, and non-fiction books. We learn and have fun at the same time. Also, we can customize our profiles and unlock cool features. I hope we can continue using the App and I recommend all the kids to subscribe and use this resource at home.» For more information go to https://www.getepic.com/

Resumen: ¡Los estudiantes están encantado con sus rutinas de lectura! En la clase de Lectura y Escritura en Inglés, los estudiantes de 2º han tenido la oportunidad de fortalecer sus hábitos de lectura con la ayuda de la aplicación “Epic”. Con esta aplicación, los estudiantes tienen acceso a una biblioteca digital con más de 25.000 libros de alta calidad, videos educativos, y divertidas actividades multimedia. Gabriela Botero estudiante de 2ºC, nos comparte su experiencia: 

“Disfruto mucho usar la aplicación “Epic reading”. Tenemos la posibilidad de leer libros de capítulos que son interesantes y muy divertidos. También, podemos leer cómics y libros de no ficción. Espero que sigamos usando la aplicación y le recomiendo a todos los niños que se suscriban y usen este recurso en sus casas”. Para más información pueden hacer clic en el siguente enlace: https://www.getepic.com/

Desarrollo de Virtudes en 2º: soy virtuoso

¿Sabes cuál es la importancia de los hábitos constructivos en las relaciones que establecemos? En clase de Desarrollo de Virtudes, los estudiantes de 2º,  han reflexionado sobre este tema. Les dejamos las reflexiones de nuestro estudiante Simón Etra Hincapié.

“Te has preguntado ¿qué es CREA? Es la unión de siete hábitos constructivos que conforman el acróstico CREA, que representa confiar (tener esperanza firme en los otros), conciliar (arreglar los problemas dialogando), respetar (trato a los demás como me gustaría ser tratado); entre otros.

Los hábitos constructivos me sirven para poder ser una persona de calidad y para tener relaciones exitosas. Al pensar y reflexionar, entiendo para qué me sirve CREA y cuál es su base. Para mí, la base de CREA, es la R de respeto, por la regla de oro. A mí me queda más fácil conciliar, respetar, escuchar y animar, ya que son los que más he practicado en mi vida. Me cuesta un poco confiar porque, cuando las personas hacen algo que está en mi contra, me molesta mucho. Además, tengo poca paciencia, así sea por un acto pequeño, tiendo a perder la confianza en el otro; me cuesta confiar nuevamente en aquella persona”.

Summary: Do you know what is the importance of the connecting habits in the relationships we build among each other? In Virtues Development class, 3rd Grade students are reflecting and working in this issue. We invite you to read the testimony of the student Simón Etra Hincapié. 

Español en Transición: visitando China

¡Explorar el mundo es maravilloso! El pasado viernes los estudiantes de Transición, alistaron sus maletas y pasaportes para viajar al continente asiático. En su aventura encontraron la Gran Muralla China, una de las 7 maravillas del mundo, y descubrieron que los chinos demoraron 200 años en terminar de construir. Además, conocieron un animal encantador: el panda rojo. Adicionalmente aprendieron que el traje típico chino se llama “Hanfu” y usaron palitos chinos para comer. Por último, para vincular el proyecto integrado, hablaron de la historia del papel y su inventor. Para complementar este conocimiento los estudiantes observaron algunos escritos y palabras en mandarín.  

Summary: Exploring the world is amazing! This is why, 1st Grade students are learning about China. While they participated in different activities, they learned interesting facts about China’s culture, history, flora and fauna. 

Virtues Development in 2nd Grade: We Self-evaluate

Why do we need to self-evaluate? In Virtues Development class, 2nd Grade students are learning to self-evaluate, and are using the traffic light as a symbol to check their daily behaviors at school. Once they did this, they checked their behaviors, and connected the data they had with the spider of the school´s constitution. They did this to make an informed self-evaluation of how they are fulfilling the commitments they made by signing the constitution at the beginning of the school year.

Also, students are learning how to run the baseball diamond diagram (me, others and the context), in order to make a fully informed self-evaluation as the base to create real and successful improvement plans.

Resumen: ¿Por qué debemos autoevaluarnos? En clase de Desarrollo de Virtudes, los estudiantes de 1º están aprendiendo a autoevaluarse teniendo en cuenta las tres bases del diamante de autoevaluación (yo, otros y el contexto) y usando un semáforo para chequear sus comportamientos diarios a la vez que lo relacionan con la araña de la constitución escolar.

 

English Listening and Speaking in 4th and 5th Grade: Teamwork and New Vocabulary

Since learning English is an ability that prepares us for the 21st Century, 4th and 5th grade students have been strengthening their vocabulary knowledge and grammar skills based on the Unit 6: “Vocabulary”. They created their own flashcards with distance print and images in order to play different games fostering teamwork, interdependent roles and Integrated Visual Learning (IVL). To practice what they have learned, they participated in different activities where they took turns rotating through these different stations: Station 1: give each other turn in describe and guess a word. Station 2: Use three of the cards to create different sentences. Station 3: Play Pictionary to give your team clues about the word you are drawing. Station 4: Spelling Bee.

This activity has provided training and practice for our students to recognize vocabulary, create pictures in their mind in order to aid with grasp of definition, and gain confidence in spelling, grammar and spontaneous oral production.

Resumen: debido a que las habilidad del idioma Inglés son necesarias para las demandas del siglo XXI, los estudiantes de 3º y 4º han estado trabajando hacia la construcción y comprensión de vocabulario nuevo y la práctica gramatical de la unidad 6. Para esto, han creado sus propias fichas con imágenes y palabras claras para participar en diferentes actividades que promueven el trabajo en equipo, los roles interdependientes y el aprendizaje visual integrado (AVI). 

English Class in 5th Grade: Learning to Build Arguments

Arguments are our best friends! During this trimester 5th Grade students have been exposed to different kind of opinion text, based on the art of persuasion. Also, they learned how to give arguments by showing evidence with the adequate use of grammar. The way of showing their opinion was through a video tutorial for showing their thoughts on the universe and the connection they had with the Anne Frank Reading and their life.

For these activities they used applications such as Flipgrid, an education platform where they can upload videos. In addition to this, they also had the opportunity to make their first blog entry and publish it in google drive. Writing the blog, and discovering their voices has been a challenging process for them, they have learned a lot about themselves.

Resumen: ¡Los argumentos son nuestros mejores amigos! Durante este trimestre, los estudiantes de 4º han estado inmersos en el aprendizaje de diferentes textos de opinión basados en la argumentación y la persuasión. La forma como evidenciaron sus aprendizajes, fue a través de la creación de blogs y videos que construyeron usando herramientas tecnológicas. 

Por: Diana Salazar

English Class in 4th Grade: Protecting Our Oceans

What can we do in order to protect our oceans and the animals that live there? In this last part of the trimester, students have been working on writing about ways to protect them. In order to work with contrasting language, students had a chance to work in pairs and chose the type of writing that they wanted to engage with; they could write a structured paragraph or create a fun comic!

Also, to conclude our grammar points, students gathered all the information into a digital poster where they had a chance to connect their Computer Science learnings with English writing class. We invite everyone to do what they can to protect the ocean and its creatures! You can watch the video by clicking here.

Resumen: ¿Qué podemos hacer para proteger nuestros océanos y los animales que viven allí? Los estudiantes de 3º han estado trabajando en la escritura de textos con ideas de protección en esta última parte del trimestre. Para hacer énfasis en la gramática, los estudiantes lograron poner todo en un póster digital. ¡Invitamos a nuestra comunidad a hacer lo que puedan para proteger el océano y sus criaturas! Pueden ver el video acá.

Por: Giselle Rincón

Choice Theory in 6th Grade: Caring Habits Over Time

Do you know what Behavior Over Time is? 6th Grade students recorded on a chart what Caring and Deadly habits are, and how they used in 3 different classes per day over a week. After they finished registering their information, they drew a graph of «Caring Habits Over Time” highlighting the most frequent ones they used. Finally, they related their total behavior with their quality world pictures and the basic needs to understand what they want to achieve with their behavior.

Resumen: ¿Sabes qué es el comportamiento a través del tiempo? Los estudiantes de 5º registraron en una tabla qué hábitos constructivos y destructivos estaban usando en 3 clases diferentes por día durante una semana. Dibujaron también un gráfico de «Hábitos Constructivos a través del tiempo» destacando los que más usan. Con estas actividades relacionaron su comportamiento total con sus imágenes del mundo de calidad y las necesidades básicas, para entender lo que quieren lograr con su comportamiento.

Por: Giovanna González

Sociales en 5º: la importancia de las líneas de tiempo

Las líneas de tiempo nos ayudan a comprender de una manera más sencilla los eventos del pasado. Usando este recurso los estudiantes de 5º representaron diferentes acontecimientos como el proceso de conquista de la Nueva Granada; hoy Colombia. Para su elaboración los estudiantes tuvieron en cuenta diferentes variables: quiénes llegaron, cuándo llegaron, cómo llegaron, en qué condiciones fundaron diferentes lugares y cómo vivían las personas que habitaban esos  esos territorios conquistados.

Summary: Timelines help us understand, in an easier way, events from the past. This is why, 6th Grade students have been using this tool to represent events such as the conquest of the New Grenade; today, Colombia. 

By: Martha Corredor

Need Satisfying Activities in Middle School

According to Dr. Glasser, all behavior is purposeful. It is our best attempt at the time, given our current knowledge and skills, to meet one or more of our basic human needs; needs which evolved over time and have become part of our genetic structure. These needs are the general motivation for everything we do. Learn more by clicking here. 

For the past few weeks, all Middle School teaching team has been working with students in need satisfying activities, based mostly on fun, love and belonging and power. The aim of these activities is to foster a healthy environment within our Middle School Community. It is with these types of activities students get to know each other’s quality world and start appreciating their commonalities and differences. 

Resumen: durante las últimas semanas, todo el equipo docente de la Escuela Media ha estado trabajando con los estudiantes que necesitan actividades satisfactorias, basadas principalmente en diversión, amor, pertenencia y poder.

 Por: Sally Torres-Brown

Middle Ages Class in 8thy Grade: The Scientific Revolution

Lots of great activities had been done by 8th Grade students in order to learn about History! During this week, they are working on the revision of the Scientific Revolution and the Great Voyages of Discovery. Everyone has worked with a pair creating posters that help the reader understand more about the topic. Once completed, the posters will be displayed in the classroom and used as a teaching material for the students that enter the middle ages class in the years to come. I look forward to seeing the great work our students come up with!

Resumen: ¡Grandes actividades han desarrollado los estudiantes de 7º para aprender de historia! Durante esta semana están trabajando en la revisión de la Revolución Científica y los grandes viajes de descubrimiento. Para esto, han trabajado en equipos en la creación de carteles que le servirán a los futuros  estudiantes de esta clase.

Por: Kimon Steenporte

RMUN News

María Parra, Daniel Osorio y Carlos Ramírez fueron seleccionados como Secretarios Generales del Modelo de Naciones Unidas del Rochester debido a la estructura y claridad de sus propuestas. ¡Felicidades! 

Los Secretarios Generales nos envían este mensaje: 

“Uno de los ejercicios académicos más importantes y enriquecedores que tiene el Colegio Rochester es el modelo de Naciones Unidas (RMUN). Por ello es para nosotros un placer compartirles que seremos los Secretarios Generales de la décimo sexta versión de RMUN. A partir de esta semana empezaremos las reuniones destinadas a organizar y planear esta actividad que esperamos sea divertida y exitosa. Los invitamos a participar en este importante ejercicio y a revisar los temas (los pueden encontrar en el código QR de la imagen de abajo) para que elijan su comité de una manera informada. Las convocatorias empezarán a publicarse a partir del lunes 9 de marzo».

Summary: Our General Secretaries have been elected and they have a special message. 

“One of the most important and enriching academic experiences that Rochester School offers is RMUN (Rochester United Nations Model). Therefore, it is our pleasure to share with you, as General Secretaries of the 16th version of our model, that starting this week, we will begin the meetings to plan the different activities that will take place. We look forward to a fantastic experience of great success.  We invite you to participate and to review the topics (please find them in the attached QR code) so that you choose your committee in an informed manner”.

TOEFL Important News

Si estás por presentar el TOEFL iBT, ¡esta noticia te interesa! Queremos invitar a todos los estudiantes de 10º y 11º a participar en el entrenamiento del examen TOEFL iBT que ofrecerá el Colegio del 17 de marzo al 24 de abril. Este curso tendrá una intensidad de 16 horas y se llevará a cabo en el Colegio Rochester de martes a jueves de 7:00 a.m. a 8:00 a.m., con adición del día viernes 24 de Abril en el mismo horario. El curso se llevará a cabo en el bloque 5, piso 3, salón 2. Las 16 horas de clase tendrán un costo de $600.000 pesos por estudiante. Los padres de familia que estén interesados, deben escribir un correo electrónico solicitando la participación a Luis Felipe Pérez, coordinador académico de Admisiones (lperez@rochester.edu.co.).

Summary: If you are about to present the TOEFL iBT test, you may want you to this information! We invite all 11th and 12th Grade students to participate in the TOEFL iBT exam training offered by the School from March 17th to April 24th. This course has a training of 16 hours and it will take place at Rochester School´s Block 5, Floor 3, Room 2. Classes will be developed each week from Tuesday to Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., with the addition of Friday, April 24th at the same hour. The 16 hours of class have a cost of $600,000 pesos per student. Parents who are  interested must write an email requesting the participation to Luis Felipe Pérez, Admissions Academic Coordinator (lperez@rochester.edu.co.).

English in High School: discovering new different topics

March is here and our students are progressing successfully into the future! This is what they have been working on:

9th Grade: Students created a Life Hack project, a trick that is used to improve our quality of live on different areas, such as Science, Math, Psychology, Languages, etc. or a skill to improve our productivity. They created, for example, a new way to tie shoes, a compass with a needle, a magnet, a leaf and water.  Have you asked them to show you their life hack?

10th Grade: Students are working on being Global Citizens, and as part of this task, they have worked on different projects. They wrote a letter to a community leader where they help raise awareness on a local issue that needs this leader’s attention. 

11th Grade: Students have completed a wonderful activity where they created a story by using the ingredients of storytelling, such as, emotions, mood, setting, plot and characters. They used free websites such as Pixtoon and ComicLife to write their texts and used a video to narrate it and adding all types of sounds effects to create the mood and tone of the story.

12th Grade: Our Seniors have entered the world of essays and have encountered with a Satirical Essay, written by the Irish Johnathan Swift. Our students will read the essay, analyze and create a satirical text where they address a social issue by mocking the leaders in charge of making it better. Additionally, they will read an essay by Emily Prager, written in the late 1990s, where she criticizes stereotyping and how society modifies its personality, physical appearance and behaviors based on social icons. 

Resumen: ¡Llegó marzo y los estudiantes de Bachillerato no pueden creer la diversidad de temáticas interesantes que están abordando! Desde trucos para simplificar actividades de la vida diaria, hasta el análisis de ensayos de crítica, los alumnos están poniendo en acción sus habilidades en el idioma inglés. 

 

Español en Bachillerato: seminario “De la Edad Media al Renacimiento”

Como habíamos mencionado la semana pasada, el miércoles 26 de febrero realizamos la primera parte de nuestro seminario interdisciplinar “De la Edad Media al Renacimiento”con las participaciones de las áreas de Matemáticas, Ciencias, Virtudes, Sociales y Español. Esperamos poder institucionalizar el seminario anualmente bajo el nombre de “Seminario Estanislao Zuleta”. Realizaremos la segunda parte el jueves 5 de marzo. ¡Gracias estudiantes de 10º por su positiva recepción! 

Summary: As we mentioned last week, on Wednesday, February 26th, we held the first part of our interdisciplinary seminar “From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance” with participation of  Mathematics, Science, Virtues, Social and Spanish areas. We hope to be able to institutionalize the seminar annually under the name of «Estanislao Zuleta Seminar». We will have the second part on Thursday, March the 5th. 11th Grade students enjoyed the seminar very much!