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Welcome back to IES Falun Academic Year 2020-21

Dear all

Two and a half weeks in on the fall term, we are off to an exciting start with the academic year of 2020-21. The initial Mentor/Class and Year Team days were focusing on carefully getting back together after the “staycation” summer holiday. Students and staff enjoyed the first days back in school together doing different activities and setting a clear tone and common direction to live up to our expectations on each other regarding our ethos; our safe and calm learning environment, high academic aspirations and the command of the English language.

We are also well on our way to fostering a fundamental and very important relationship with our students' guardians. After hosting three well attended digital guardian evenings we feel we are going in the right direction when it comes to guardian involvement and our joint mission to support our students together. During the curriculum and SchoolSoft evening our IT-pedagogist and one of our lead teachers (förstelärare). 

It is important that we all work together in how to appreciate, understand and embrace the learning process. In order to learn, we must all adopt a growth mindset and welcome the work it entails. Understanding the expectations is a prerequisite for it. Thanks for attending! 

We believe that the key to understanding the purpose of school for our students is knowledge and an appreciation for the Swedish curriculum. To really support our students this year, with the new changes in mind, we will be hosting monthly guardian evenings with various topics based on your wishes from the quality survey this spring. These evenings will be held digitally until further notice, and focus on how guardians can get the most out of SchoolSoft to support their children the best way. During September it will be about how to find and understand the teachers' plannings, homework and other news updates, as well as booking development talks. In October, we will focus on how to find and understand knowledge matrices, assessments, grading and any subject and grade warnings.

Simultaneously, during the academic year, our lead teacher with the Swedish curriculum project will continue to support our students to better understand it. Our lead teacher will work with our Academic Council to find ways to increase the sense of security among the students regarding the central content and their right to education, as well as the knowledge requirements and what is expected to achieve a certain level of knowledge in the different subjects, and thus the different grades for years 6-9.

In addition to the above curriculum project, we have three additional lead teacher projects this academic year with the aim of strengthening the understanding of, and visibility of learning.  Our home economic teacher will, together with the students, arrange an international food week, v. 39, in connection with the European Language Day 26/9, as well as school PRAO for students in yr 7 starting v. 45. One of our crafts teachers focuses on raising students' pride and awareness of learning by visualizing and highlighting learning in different ways, and our Head of visual aesthetics has a more theoretical project that is about raising the quality of our so-called common thread in the various subjects from years 4-9, and across subjects. In addition to this, we will also work more visibly and systematically with study skills this academic year. Our special educator has put together a program of eight study skills per year that will be practiced and consolidated through the various subjects for about a month. Each study skill is practiced and consolidated through the various subjects for about a month. This program is intended to be repeated and intensified each new year, as a common thread to build on previous years' moments.

In addition to the work we do in school every day, to live up to our ethos of commanding the English language, maintaining high academic expectations in a calm and safe work environment, we believe in both monthly contact between guardians and us, and in regular homework. Both of these increase our collaboration with guardians and provide better insight into all their childrens’ learning and development in school. Homework also provides an opportunity for repetition that strengthens the learning. When we show curiosity and ask questions about what they have done and learned during their school day we practice the art of reflecting on learning together. Each time we are challenged to explain something, we begin to think and activate our brains to remember and consolidate, which in turn increases the chance that the new knowledge moves to the long-term memory. Here is more information about this.

In addition to each subjects’ tutorials on Tuesday (sv / sva, eng, ma, so, no) and Thursday afternoons (ty / spa / fr, mu, hkk, id, bi, slöjd), we continue to invest heavily in that our students achieve a high level of reading ability with reading tutorial in the library with a certified teacher four afternoons a week, Monday - Thursday.

We are also looking forward to coordinating other fun and important activities for our students and will work closely with our parent and teacher association (PTA). “PTA IES Falun is a parents association whose purpose is to safeguard and develop students interests and needs in the school environment and to form a link between parents, school staff, school management and student councils. The purpose of the association is to follow the development within the school area and, if necessary, act, follow and influence the work at the IES Falun ”.

Together with Region Dalarna (link here), we need to work together to successfully reduce the spread of Covid-19 and follow our national guidelines to stay at home with slightest symptoms as well as booking time for testing (link on how to book here) and follow the health care’s recommendations. As of 31/8, Folkhälsomyndigheten (the Swedish Public Health Agency) recommends that school children should be tested for Covid-19 to the same extent as adults. Testing is not required for students, coworkers or other persons coming to school - symptoms and test results for Covid-19 must be handled according to the guidelines from Folkhälsomyndigheten below.

In school, everyone should feel safe and must be respectful and responsible. During Covid-19, this also means keeping a social distance from classmates and staff and ensuring proper and consistent hand washing throughout the day.

Together, we are working towards our vision that all students at IES Falun are equipped with knowledge and values so that they feel secure and proud to make well-thought-out and wise choices in our democratic and equal society. We engage and challenge ourselves and each other to ensure our high academic expectations in a bilingual and safe learning environment.

We are looking forward to the Academic School Year 2020/2021. Let’s make it a really good one!

 

IES Falun Virtual Tour

IES Falun Virtual Tour

Want to take a look at our school, but you can't make it to Falun?

Below is a virtual tour of our building showing the playground, library, reception, and floor 3. There is also a quick look inside one of classrooms as well. We are working on adding to the tour and will post the latest video when it is finished!

Enjoy!

 

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How to Use Schoolsoft? Video for Guardians

How to Use Schoolsoft? Video for Guardians

New to Schoolsoft?

No need to worry! We have created a video that covers some important information on how to use Schoolsoft and where to find items such as news posts, parent's calendar, schedules, and reporting when your child is absent from school for a whole day or for certain lessons. We cover several more topics that should get you started even if you have never used Schoolsoft before!

Here is the link or you can view it below. You can find all our videos on our Youtube page here as well.

If you are having any troubles logging into your account, please contact bryan.grindrod.falun@engelska.se or shon.vishwa.falun@engelska.se.

 

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Happy Summer 2020

Happy Summer 2020

Dear all

We have just finished IES Falun's sixth school year, and celebrated, thanked and wished the Class of 2020 all the best for their next adventure in their lives. This year's graduation was not only about celebrating the graduates achievements of 9 years of hard work during compulsory school, Class of 2020 was IES Faun’s first class to complete the full six years, starting in year 4 all the way through to year 9. Class of 2020 graduated at an exceptional time, and they handled it really well. They have been great role models in school, and shown leadership in many new ways, as well as managing to combine three end of term events into one; Graduation & Leavers Lunch with a Prom flavour. After six years of high expectations in a safe and calm bilingual learning environment each of these students have developed in to their own unique individuals, well equipped with knowledge and skills for making thoughtful choices for both their and our common future. 

A dear thank you to all students, guardians, and staff at IES Falun for this academic year. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging spring term to uphold our quality education. Together, we have completed this academic year; learning, adapting and gaining new experiences along the way.

We are happy to announce the results from our annual quality survey show that we have increased the quality in the majority of areas. The students' experience of a safe and calm learning environment, as well as perception of “trivsel” and student influence, are back to the level we had two years ago, and even better, which is very pleasing. 

  • 91% of our students responded that they feel safe in our school without having to worry about different forms of personal violence or bullying. 
  • 78% of our students replied that our expectations of peace and quiet in our school, so that teachers can teach and students can work holds true. 
  • 76 % of our students experience that they get good feedback and feedforward from our teachers to grow and to develop further with their learning.
  • 84% of our students feel that they can access more challenging school work from their teachers if they want.
  • 78-80% of our responded that our school environment is garbage and grafitti free.

Apart from keeping these above key performance indicators at their level, or higher, the areas we need to focus on next year is the school lunch and more ways to involve guardians.  

  • 22% of the students and 45% of the guardians replied that they are satisfied with the quality of the school food.
  • 54% of the guardians assess the parental involvement as good.

We aim to have a full PTA, Parent Teacher Association, for the upcoming year. We plan to do two separate parent evenings, as well as developing a better IT-support program for guardians. 

  • One separate parent evening for Year Teams 4-6 
  • One separate parent evening  for Year Teams 7-9 
  • Three Lgr 11 Curriculum & SchoolSoft evenings throughout the school year.

To sum up, the results show that 94% of our guardians would recommend IES Falun to another parent, and below is a quote from one of the respondent families to illustrate this.

“Ni gör alla ett fantastiskt arbete! Håll i de höga förväntningarna på eleverna och fortsätt jobba för bra studieklimat i klassrummen och en spännande blandning av internationella och lokala lärare. Skolans profil bidrar till Faluns attraktivitet”.

Now, we all deserve a relaxing summer break, so we can return in August, ready to take on new challenges and apply the abilities that have developed during the summer.

During the next school year, 2020-21, we look forward to welcoming our new families in year 4, and a few new students in other years to our school. We will grow a little bit next year and become about 510 students all together.

Thank you everyone for this year, and I wish you a really nice summer!

 

5 Reasons to Attend IES Falun

5 Reasons to Attend IES Falun

Looking for a reason to attend IES Falun?

Here are five reasons plus many more, that make us stick out amoung the rest!

  1. We have a caring and experienced staff
  2. Our curriculum supports all learners
  3. We have an advanced Art and Music program
  4. We have a calm and safe learning enviroment
  5. We have a ton of clubs and councils to choose from

 

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