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From the Principal

Happy Spring Term!

Dear all

We are now three weeks into the spring term 2020, and we are looking forward to reflect and learn new things together, as well as continuing to build our school community with our Councils. In the light of “Barnkonventionen”, Student Council are currently working on defining the concept of “trivsel” student influence, Friendship Council is starting up activities around respect and acceptance, Academic Council is preparing presentations for students in years 6 and 9 around feelings about the National Tests and Sport Council is just starting up again after being on paus during the fall term. Welcome spring term 2020!

Last week's well attended spring term parent evening was organised in a new format by meeting in Year Teams. Year team 6 & 9 started the evening together, since both groups have the National Tests coming up this spring term. Together they were able to get the important information from the Swedish, English, Math, Science and SO-teachers directly, as well as ask any questions. Beside the National Test information, the overall theme of the evening was to get an overview of the spring term planning, as well as a deeper understanding of chapter 1 and 2 of the Swedish Curriculum, Lgr 11 and our Likabehandlingsplan and plan against kränkande behandling.

Our very important students’ development talks are coming up, and like during this fall we are using the SMART-format; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound, to help the talks with focus. The development talks are one of the most important meetings during the school year, as they are an opportunity for reflection on learning and development academically and socially, and to keep future dreams alive. The reflection process and the goal-setting that take place during these talks are an essential part of the education. It is of course important to reflect on the learning more often than during the Development talks, so we also aim to make reflection a habit in school. Each week we practice reflecting on learning, and how one can use the new knowledge any given day.

Together, we will work resolutely towards our vision that all our students are equipped with the knowledge, values and tools to feel so safe, secure and knowledgeable, to make wise, well-thought-out and choices in our democratic and equal society. This year we focus on learning and reflection as well as being responsible, respectful and feeling safe. We do this together to create our safe and calm environment.

 

From the Principal

Happy Advent

Dear all,

The Fall Term is soon coming to an end as we are gearing up for the cozy and so well deserved holiday break. Teachers and students are wrapping up their classroom projects, Luciatåg practice is underway, and our students are enjoying some tomtegröt and Julkalendern in the mornings before their lessons. What a wonderful time of the year!

We had our Open House a few weeks ago. There was a fantastic turnout and it was a rewarding evening for us, with many possible future families to join our school. We had over 200 visitors filling our Lunch Hall, who also took the opportunity to walk around the school to ask questions and learn more about our school environment, our subject rooms, the energy and passion shared by the great number of students who showed up to proudly guide our visitors around the school.

Our Student Council is busy finishing up their work on our school’s Abusive Treatment Plan, which is part of our Equal Treatment Plan. They have also been meeting with Fazer (our food deliverer) during our Food Council Meetings. 

The Oral National Tests have just happened for our Year 6 and 9 students. Meanwhile, students in Years 4, 5, 7, and 8 had Year Team days filled with fun activities together with their classmates (visits to 2047 Framtidsmuseét and Falun’s new Moco Loco indoor football field, among other places!). The students in Year 7 and 8 also had a day focused on learning about tolerance, with a presentation by Mary Jeseela and her team from https://www.likaolikametoden.se/, followed with two lessons and group work.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be enjoying the holiday spirit around school! We have our Luciatåg planned for next week (filled with staff and students!), our yearly Julbord is planned for December 13th, and there are rumours of a cozy dress-up day being planned for the end of term!

There are just two weeks left of the Fall 2019 Term, which means there are lots of activities planned and work to be completed, and together, “to-get-there”, we continue to work resolutely towards our vision that all our students are equipped with the knowledge, values and tools to feel so safe, secure and knowledgeable, to make wise, well-thought-out and choices in our democratic and equal society. We celebrate and challenge ourselves and each other! We do this together.

 

From the Principal

One and a half week in to the school year 2019-20

Dear all

After one Class-day, one Year Team-day and one week of regular school days, we are now off to an exciting school year. Students and staff have been enjoying the time together doing different activities and setting a clear tone regarding our expectations about our safe and calm learning environment, high academic aspirations, along with getting the students back into the mode of speaking English. There will be stories from the Year Team day published shortly.

This year IES Falun has grown to 504 students, in 18 three parallel classes in Year Teams 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, as well as 55 members of staff, of various nationalities.

Last week’s Academic SchoolSoft evening for guardians and parents was well attended. Parents and guardians were able to discuss with each other, and one of our Förstelärare, Ms Pietilä and IT-rep Mr Grindrod, to gain a better understanding of the Swedish curriculum, Lgr 11 , and how it is connected to School Soft to show the students’ learning progress. This Wednesday we had the fall term’s Parents and Guardians Meeting the Mentors Evening with a social development focus. 

It is important that we all work together to support our young learners in how to appreciate, understand and embrace the learning process and develop as respectful, safe and responsible democratic citizens. In order to learn and develop, we must all adopt a growth mindset and welcome the work it entails both academically and socially. Understanding the expectations, is a prerequisite for it.  Thanks for attending! 

Together, we will work resolutely towards our vision that all our students are equipped with the knowledge, values and tools to feel so safe, secure and knowledgeable, to make wise, well-thought-out and choices in our democratic and equal society. We celebrate and challenge ourselves and each other! We do this together.

 

From the Principal

Approaching the end of the Academic Year 2018-19, and welcoming new students during IES Falun PTA’s barbeque evening

After a long and intensive National Tests period, students in year 6 completed their national tests last week, and this week, year 9 students finished their last national tests.

To support our students during these 12 weeks, Mr Andersson has collected their stress in his beard, and today, after the students in year 9 finished their last National test for the year, he had shaved it off to celebrate with them and gave a speech about being respectful to each other, and true to oneself in future choices.  

  

Mr Andersson during NT-period.

 

Year 9 students celebrating after the last test, and Mr Andersson in the background.

This upcoming week, PTA is also hosting our annual barbeque evening, to welcome our new students for next year. News from this event will be coming shortly. We wish all new families warmly welcome to IES Falun!

From the Principal

January 2019

Dear all

We are now well started with the spring term. Going on the fourth week, we have now enrolled in the National tests period for Year 6 & 9. 

We have had our Parent Evening, where different year groups focused on different topics. We have also carried out this term’s Development talks last week. The development talks are one of the most important meetings during the school year, as they are an opportunity for reflection on learning and development academically and socially, and to keep future dreams alive. The reflection process and the goal-setting that take place during these talks are an essential part of the education.

Together, mentors, students and guardians reflect and evaluate the goals from the last development talks and feedback / feedforward from the teachers, to make learning meaningful, with the best interest of each child. We cooperate to stimulate and support our students to develop as far as possible. It is about our collective responsibility for your child's right to education. Together, we shall help them fill their "backpacks" with the knowledge and values they need in order to navigate safely, and make well thoughts decisions in a complex and changeable reality with a vaste flow of information.

During the development afternoons, "Study Club" was organized in the Lunch Hall, where staff was available to support our students with their school work.

Next we are preparing for Winter Sports Day, that is coming up next week with cross country skiing and speed skating aat Lugnet, långfärds-skating at Främby udde, as well as down hill skiing and snowboarding at Källviken. Parents and guardians are welcome to join. Please contact us this week.

Thank you all students, guardians and staff!

We are off to yet another exciting term at IES Falun.

From the Principal

Wrapping up the fall term 2018

Dear all,

We have just finished up our fall term here at IES Falun, and consistent to IES Falun habit of walking the extra mile together, staff wrapped it up this Wednesday.

Thank you all for an intense and valuable term here at IES Falun. Students and staff have been busy all the way to the end, and have done wonderful job of building our school culture further. It has been great to see everybody integrating well with the new class mixing, and to see the students developing their academic knowledges and skills throughout the term.

Thank you also to all parents and guardians for this term. Together with you, we support each other for the best for your children / our students. As we grow larger and build our community, it is important to remind ourselves of who we are and what we value. Thank you for your co-operation in building our positive and respectful atmosphere, for our calm learning environment, supporting the development of bilingualism, and always having high expectations in everything we do, through challenges and growth. Thank you also for co-operation with improving the traffic situation outside of school this term.

I wish you all a restful break with a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

See you all Wednesday January 9th 2019.

From the Principal

Year Team 6 awarded for their Technology project

Year Team 6 awarded for their Technology project

As part of their Technology project earlier this fall, the students in Year Team 6 have worked on solutions to solve the traffic situation outside of school.

Together, the students engaged and worked dedicatedly, which resulted in several innovative, creative and interesting ideas. The project also highlights how learning is interconnected with reality, and strengthen our school culture as well as student influence. The process in such social discourses, places our democratic values at heart.

There were short and long term solutions, less and more complex solutions, as well as less and more expensive solutions discussed. For ex. the suggestion to create a car parking building on the current parking area was met with arguments on that it meant more people would possibly drive their cars, which is not so great for the environment. However some students thought that charging a lot for this would enable more money to go into making a better well maintained system. This discussion also included a health-perspective, by placing physical education- and swimming facilities on the top floor, which would be convenient for IES to use.

All the students ideas were presented to Q-park and Diös, who quickly put their idea about the one-way system in place. This week, during Year Team 6’s assembly, Elke Herbst from Diös came to acknowledge, and thank the students for their commitment.

Well done, and congratulations to Year Team 6!

From the Principal

IES Falun awarded Most Improved IES School 2017-18

IES Falun awarded Most Improved IES School 2017-18

Last week, at IES Quality Conference, our school was awarded most improved IES school for the Academic Year 2017-18! This award is based on IES central quality survey, that our students, guardians and employees participate in annually, and anonymously each spring. 

These fine results are a product of a collective work at IES Falun during the past year. It has been a year of absolut dedication, and we will continue to develop together. Staff and students impress me every day, and together with PTA IES Falun has taken out the direction for a bright future. PTA is our Parent Teacher Association, that plays a crucial role for our students. Parents and school need to work close together, and one area that had improved considerable in last year's survey, was the parent involvement.

Warmly welcome to IES Falun to experience the school when you have the opportunity.

From the Principal

Welcome back to IES Falun for the 2018/19 school year.

After one Mentor/Class-day, one Year Team-day and two regular school days, we are off to an exciting start. This year IES Falun has grown to 18 classes, with 480 students in three parallel classes in Year Teams 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 54 members of staff, of various nationalities.

All together, staff and students have been enjoying the time together doing different activities and setting a clear tone regarding our calm learning environment, how to appreciate high academic aspirations, along with getting the students back into the mode of speaking English.

As we also want to get our parents and guardians off to the best start possible for 2018/2019, we hosted a well-attended School Soft demonstration last night, which also covered the understanding of the Swedish curriculum's levels of knowledge requirements. It is important that we all support our young learners in how to appreciate the learning process, i.e. the simple fact that we must practice and learn before we can achieve any desirable level of knowledge. This also includes the understanding of how the different levels of knowledge in the learning matrices distinguishes, and what is required to achieve a certain end-grade in year 9. Clear expectations is a prerequisite for our safe and calm learning environment and enables our high academic achievement.  

Together, we are now ready to grow during our 2018-2019 academic year!

Warmly welcome! 

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