Thank you to everyone who submitted questions (and wonderfully kind comments!) on our google form regarding B.Y.O.B.
We’ve grouped similar questions and answers are below!
BEGINNING OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR:
- Are there any ideas/changes that RIS knows so far/will be implementing for school in the fall?
- When schools reopen, will masks be worn or will children continue working from home?
- Is there any ETA on continued distance learning plans?
- Will students be going back to school this fall? Will it be online?
- Will schools open in September?
- What types of lessons will be in the fall?
- Will there be a re-evaluation of kid’s math and reading levels again in the fall?
As a Stamford Public School, RIS takes its guidance from the Superintendent of Schools, who in turn takes her guidance from the Governor and State Department of Education. As of today (6/4/20), we do not have any specific information to share regarding the 2020-2021 school year, but we will as soon as we do.
In addition, our primary goal is to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all our learners at RIS. As educators, we know assessment will be critical at the start of the 2020-2021 school year to determine instructional goals.
• Will looping be considered for the next year?
We have looped in past years. The teachers have opted to participate in intensive training in Language Arts and Math that is specific to their grade level. This is Content Specific Inquiry which allows teachers to become instructional experts in an identified grade level.
UNIT OF INQUIRY AND APPROACHES TO LEARNING CLASSES
• Can you explain a little about the classes-Units of Inquiry and IB Approaches to Learning?
Units of Inquiry: The Units of Inquiry are the central point of teaching and learning in grades K-4. Primarily, they are where the Science and Social Studies standards are explored although all of the other subjects are included.
IB ATL: Approaches to Learning is an opportunity for students to explore how they learn best, and to discover and refine a variety of skills and tools for learning as they move forward through the Middle Years Programme
GRADE LEVEL SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:
• Second Grade
- How is different is 2nd grade from 1st? What my child should practice and focus on to be prepared for the 2nd grade?
The second grade Common Core State Standards for math build upon much of what is learned in 1st grade. The focus remains on concepts, skills, and problem solving related to addition and subtraction, but students in 2nd grade will be working with numbers within 1,000. By the end of 2nd grade, students are also expected to be automatic with their +/- facts to 20, building on their mastered facts through 10 from 1st grade. Standards related to Measurement & Data (time, money, standard & non-standard units, graphing) and Geometry (shape attributes, early fraction concepts) will also be covered. Summer Math Packets & Activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards will be available for all grade levels on the RIS website.
Just like in math, the 2nd grade Common Core State Standards for Language Arts build upon what was learned in 1st grade. Second graders continue to develop their literacy skills as they learn more complex words and read longer, more rigorous texts in a variety of genres including fiction, non - fiction, and poetry. Students also expand their reading comprehension skills as they discuss what they read and develop more advanced ideas around those topics. Some of the 2nd grade reading skills include: reading more complex words, such as two-syllable words, reading words with prefixes and suffixes, reading a variety of text, understanding the structure of a story, understands the most important details of a text, talks about the character’s response, main reasons or lessons learned, begins to make connections within and between texts, reads at grade level with correct accuracy, pace, expression and comprehension and self-corrects mistakes and re-reads when necessary.
• Third Grade
- How many subjects are there? Will they be more work in 3rd grade?
In third grade, students explore: Language Arts, Math, Units of Inquiry, Language Acquisition, Physical Education, Music, Media and Art. We will continue to offer students the level of support needed to accomplish their third grade goals.
• Fourth Grade
- What will the grading system be like in the 4th grade? i.e. A,B,C,D
The grading system for 4th grade is the same as 3rd grade using 1, 2, 3 & 4.
• Fifth Grade
- Is 5th grade hard?
The curriculum and instruction of all grades at RIS are designed to meet students’ needs at their individual level with relevant and engaging activities and assessments.
• Eighth Grade
- Mrs. Saffa mentioned 2 of the sections for math will be High School level math. For students not in HS Algebra or Geometry, what math classes will be offered?
Students that are not enrolled in either Algebra 1 or geometry will follow the 8th grade curriculum and Common Core State Standards.
- Similar to question 1: it sounds like not all students will be in VHS for Language Arts. What class(es) will other students be in, and how will placements be decided?
Students not enrolled in Virtual High School will follow the 8th grade curriculum and Common Core State Standards in Language Arts. Courses are determined through a system of assessment data, current and prior team data and classroom observations. Progress is evaluated regularly.
- Can you provide an academic overview for science and I & S, similar to what the presentation contains for math and language arts?
Each discipline team reevaluates their curriculum and scope and sequence during the summer. While the students at RIS cover the same material as the rest of the district and meet all the standards of Next Generation Science Standards and State Social Studies Frameworks, individual periods, topics and concepts may be taught in a different order or time of year depending on the units for work in International Baccalaureate Program. The most up to date and accurate curriculum information will be communicated by the team during the first weeks of school.
- Are we going to have a lot of projects or tests?
Teachers will use projects, tests and other inquiry-based methods to evaluate and develop learning and inform instruction.
- What is our summer reading book?
- Are they going to have any summer reading books? If yes, which ones exactly?
- Are there any requirements for summer?
Summer reading requirements and assignments are posted on our website (www.rogersinternationalschool.org) and social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter)
Will choir still be offered?
Are activities like sports and orchestra offered after school?
RIS has been proud to offer a variety of Performing Arts and Sports programs. Our 2020-2021 schedule will adhere to the health and safety guidelines that we receive. During the 2019-2020 school year, both choir and orchestra met during the school day as well as after school. Sports were offered before and after school for students in grades 5-8. In addition, there were enrichment classes for all grades, also offered before and after school.
- How can I know what is my son classroom number and who is his teacher? I didn’t receive anything from the school.
- When would we know which home room would they be at?
Homeport assignments will be sent during the summer. These will include room number and teacher name. This information and any updates will be sent via email so please make sure that we have a current email for you. Please check the website frequently!
• Do you have to be a car rider when coming to the first day of school or can you take bus to come?
Students may walk, take the bus, or be driven to school. We will ask you to verify your child’s transportation means when school begins. Please be certain to send a note to your child’s teacher regarding any changes in their transportation mode. Bus routes are typically published in the Stamford Advocate towards the end of August. Buses are for Stamford residents only. Out of Stamford students are encouraged to carpool to school with fellow families. A transportation reimbursement for out of Stamford families is available.
• What is the school uniform/dress code?
As a Stamford Public School, we adhere to the SPS dress code policies as published on the SPS website. We do HIGHLY encourage all students to wear our uniform, which consists of RIS Spiritwear and various items with the RIS logo. These items will be available for purchase through RIS and the RIS PTO. Check our website for links. We aim to be inclusive with uniforms and focus on learning!
- My question is regarding attendance. I understand if the child is absent for more than 12 days they will lose the spot in lottery, but is it 12 consecutive days or total 12 days in the entire school year?
As a Stamford Public School, RIS adheres to the SPS attendance policies. Please read more here: https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/rogers-international-school/news/attendance-policy
• Will this presentation remain available for reference? It is a great resource!
Yes! The presentations will be available on the website shared on June 3, 2020.