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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
We have just finished IES Falun’s fifth school year, and let Class of 2018 out on their next adventure. The Graduation ceremony, last Thursday, 14th of June, to celebrate our graduating class, was as beautiful as one could wish for. With a mix of music performances, subject awards, diplomas and captivating speeches by this year's Valedictorian and School Ambassador, as well as by our newly instituted Perseverance award student, it was a memorable moment for all participants, and especially for our graduates.
Personally, it was my first graduation after my first year at IES Falun. Together, our dedicated staff , creative students and PTA have created a school culture that we are proud to say holds up a safe and calm learning environment, with high expectations in a bilingual environment. Together, we have created this positive and respectful atmosphere.
Thank you all, students, guardians and colleagues for a rewarding year. I especially want to thank our outstanding group of human resources; IES staff, that always walk the extra mile to engage in our students, and each other, to develop our school.
Thank you all for a growing year!
I wish you a very happy summer with lots of time to combine relaxation and new challenges.
This past Wednesday, IES Falun's PTA (Parent Teacher Association) organised a picnic and BBQ in the most beautiful surroundings of Lilltorpet.
It was a great evening, where "new and old" students and families had the opportunity to meet with each other. The weather was fantastic, so the students were in and out of the water all evening long, and they also enjoyed playing different games that were organised by both parents and IES staff.
The parents and guardians were more engaged in the grill part, having the opportunity to mingle, exchange experiences, and plan for next year while cooking their food together.
Thank you both staff and PTA for organising a fun evening, and for making IES Falun such a great place.
It has been a long battle for "Gumman Tö" to arrive with Spring this year. Last week, she managed to the clear the bandy-plan from snow and ice, and this week she got help from several students, who worked devotedly to clear the soccer field. In fact, the entire schoolyard is finally clean, and now provides many summer-time, wished, and longed for, activities.
Since the 15th April, we have also enjoyed our new kitchen manager's, Mr. Björklund, new lunch menu. Our lunches have had a huge boost, especially with the nice salad buffet, that offers so many varieties and choices.
This week started with World Book Day, which we, at IES Falun, of course, celebrate throughout the week. Ms de Linares is hosting a series of events in the library, and students and mentors are decorating their classroom doors as a book cover. The week will end with a Spirit Day, when we all dress up as our favourite book characters. Please, find some examples to the right in the School blog, and below are some examples of the “guess which book”-competition.