Middle School NewsletterJune 11, 2018
Dear Middle School Parents,
As we head into the final days of school, we are inspired by the work of our M1 students who completed a Well-A-Thon walk today along Stuyvesant Cove (more below). These M1 students just completed a interdisciplinary unit, focusing on the lack of potable water worldwide. As part of their study, the students engaged in fundraising for a charity that builds wells in places where there is a desperate need for clean water.
The efforts of the M1 students and their supporters are a wonderful model for the rest of the Middle School. From our youngest members we are reminded about what is most important in life, helping others. We are very proud of these M1 students and we look forward to supporting them in M2, where we hope they will continue to find ways to make 'a better world'.
As the school year ends, we thank you for your support this year and wish you and your children a safe and enjoyable summer.
Acting Assistant PrincipalIn this Issue
- Important Dates
- Required Summer Reading Lists
- M1 Well-A-Thon Success
- A Visit from the Japanese School of New Jersey
- Recap of the M4 to T1 Coffee
- Summer Dance Academy at UNIS
- Invitation from the PA
- Sports Day in the Middle School, from the Curriculum Coordinator
Required Summer Reading Lists
|June 13||Last day of school for students in M1, M2, M3 and M4 - Full day of classes|
|June 14||M4 Commencement Ceremony and Brunch, 9:00am-11:30am|
|June 15||Report Cards published|
Links to the required summer reading lists are found below by grade. These lists will be posted on the UNIS portal as well.M1M2M3M4M1 Well-A-Thon a Great Success
The M1 students, faculty, families, and their supporters raised over $25,000 for charitywater.org
. Earlier today, M1 students carried jugs of water along Stuyvesant Cove to symbolise the need for clean accessible water in the world. Our M1 students have been studying the importance of water, and this walk is a culmination of their unit. Congratulations to our M1 students for their hard work and their accomplishment!Students Visit From Japanese School of New Jersey
On June 6th, we welcomed 16 students and 4 teachers from New Jersey Japanese School; our M3 & M4 Japanese students visited their school in February, and were hosting their peers today for continued dialogue and exchange of presentations on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They played bingo using both Japanese and English and enjoyed chatting with some pizza. One of the NJ Japanese School students said "It was a great opportunity to learn about SDGs at the UN school and also have fun and interact with UNIS students." We would like to thank Elaine, Paco, Rose and M3 & M4 teachers for supporting this event.
Recap of the M4 to T1 Coffee
- From the Japanese Section
M4 parents and Tutorial House parents and staff came together last week to discuss the upcoming transition of our M4 students to T1. Our panel discussion included information regarding Tutorial House schedules, advisory, electives, curriculum, and student support. We would like to thank our two T1 parent volunteers, Ms. Flavia Campi and Mr. Stef Stevenson, who shared information about their experiences supporting their children in T1 this year. Our slides can be found here
. The slideshow also includes an extra slide, that was not reviewed at the coffee due to time constraints, with a list of the Tut House clubs. As the school year comes to a close, please feel free to reach out with any last minute questions. The T1 school counselor for next year, Ms. Vanessa Vitello, can be reached at vvitello
. We are looking forward to welcoming the current M4 community of students and families to the Tutorial House in September! Summer Dance Academy at UNIS
Please see information here
for the summer Dance Academy at UNIS starting June 18th.Invitation from the Parents Association
Through our PA relationship across New York City schools we have been invited by Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School (CGPS) to an event hosting Lea Waters PhD (see below for her full bio)
Topic: Helping People Thrive Using the Science of Positive Psychology
Location: 5 W 93rd St, New York, NY 10025
Date: Thursday, September 13th 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
If you are interested in attending this session please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
by June 10 (we will not accept rsvps after this date) with the full name, email and cell phone number of each person attending in your group. We will pass this information to CGPS and they will coordinate with you directly pending their seating availability.
Lea Waters, PhDHelping People Thrive Using the Science of Positive Psychology
Lea is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author. She's one of the world's leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA); and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Strength Switch
. Lea's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal
, The Guardian
, and more. Click here to learn more about Lea
Resources Full BioVideosTopic DescriptionsTestimonialsLea's BookPhotos & Other Resources
TestimonialsDr. Lea Waters is a substantive and inspirational speaker. She is also one of those rare speakers who brings research to life so that it can be directly applied in practice. She is engaging, informative and impactful, providing lasting impacts on the audience who is fortunate enough to hear her speak.
— Jane Dutton PhD, Ross School of Business, University of MichiganI have had the good fortune to work with Lea on two different projects. With unusual swiftness and insight, Lea brought scholarly wisdom, practical knowledge, and deft strategic thinking to our collaboration to design a just in time, blended learning experience for parents. Additionally, Lea shared her knowledge of strengths-based parenting with a community audience at Mayerson Academy. She was an absolute inspiration to our staff, partners and those in attendance. In her remarks and follow-up conversations she simultaneously offered encouragement, challenge, and empathy for each one of the highly engaged attendees. If you have the chance to welcome Lea to your community or collaborate with her on a project, do it!
— Jillian Coppley Darwish, President, Mayerson AcademyI have worked with Lea closely as an educator in both Hong Kong and New York and have seen her inspire teachers and parents in both contexts. She has a rare combination of superb academic qualifications matched with a deft personal touch. I recommend her highly!— Sarah McLean, Director at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, NYC
Sports Day in the MS, from Anne-Mari Pesonen, Curriculum Coordinator
This week was buzzing with energy and excitement with our Spirit Week (organized by the student council) flowing into a fantastic Sports Day on Friday. M1 and M2s got a taste of summer with a water park, Just Dance, bouncy park and mini golf. They also enjoyed soccer, volleyball, basketball, capture the flag and tug of war. M3 and M4's participated in a sunny day at Randall's Island with track and field activities, kickball and soccer. Thanks to all of the PE faculty and staff for making this wonderful day possible! Photographs below are from M1 and M2 at UNIS. M3 and M4 photos from Randall's Island can be found here.