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Oct
26

MYP Science

MYP4/Grade 9 class in chemistry are currently studying the Halogens in their unit of Atomic Structure and Periodic Table. They have learned that the Halogens are very reactive non-metals, and because of their reactivity they are never found free in nature, but found as compounds with metals.  These halogen-metal compounds are salts, which also give halogens their name, which means salt-forming.

Today in the lab our MYP4 students synthesized a halogen-metal compound (Zinc Iodide) by the direct reaction of halogen (Iodine) with a metal (Zinc).

Nov
06

What is MAP testing?

MAP was introduced to students in the elementary and middle school, grades pre-elementary to 10 during the 2014-2015 school year. MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.

When will my student be tested and how often?

During the first weeks of school, students will participate in several MAP testing sessions to assess Reading, Mathematics and Science.

When taking the MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each test. Students will repeat the tests at least one more time during the year to assess student progress and adapt learning as needed.

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

No. This assessment is designed to target a student's academic performance in mathematics and reading. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. Because the computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions as the test progresses, each student takes a unique test.

What is the MAP test results used for?

MAP is used to measure a student's progress or growth in school. They are important to teachers because they let teachers know where a student's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. If you have ever used a growth chart in your home to show how much your child has grown from one year to the next, this will help you understand the scale MAP uses to measure your child's academic progress.

Called the RIT scale, it is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. RIT scores typically start at the 140 to 190 level in the lower grades and progress to the 240 to 300 level by high school.

How can I help my child prepare for MAP testing?

• Meet with your child's teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress. Parents and teachers working together benefit your child.

• Provide a comfortable, quiet place for studying at home.

• Make sure that your child is well-rested on school days, especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.

• Give your child a well-balanced diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

• Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new material, a child learns new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child's teacher for a suggested outside reading list.

Jun
05

WAT's Summer Camp

Dear parents,

It is with great pleasure that we present you our summer camp that will start on the 16th of June - 15th of August. As usual, Wat’s summer camp will be planned with fun activities like: dance, sport, art, focusing on the English language 

Our Summer Camp details:

Pre Elementary - 14 years old starts on the 16th of June – 15th of August (9 weeks)

 

Costs: 98 Euro/week

You can book minimum 2 weeks

Full booking period and prepayment -10% discount.

From 8.30 - 15.30, Monday - Friday

Transport is offered upon availability for 15 Euros /week 

8 Weeks Program 

Hours: 08.30 - 15.30 / Mo. - Fr.

Week 1: Social manners and etiquette

General social manners, table manners, serving food, using the cutlery properly, culinary jargon, food consumption etc.

Week 2: Sports

Different kinds of sports, famous players, crafting medals/awards, outdoor games, how sports affect our body

Week 3: Travel

Creating a travel agency “business “and covering travel destinations around the world, share personal experiences, etc.

Week 4: Healthy food

Food pyramid, creating a food market model, blind folding games about tastes, cooking, explore various cusines.

Week 5: Around the World

Different cultures, housing, adaption to weather, maps, different kinds of music and dances around the world.

Week 6: Animals and their habitats

Explore Species by geography; build a habitat model, animal’s food chain, “National Geographic” documentaries, etc.

Week 7: All about reading

Explore the WAT’s library, movies, play, make a book report

Week 8: Human body

Healthy lifestyle, physical activities, explores body systems and organs etc.

 

 

May
27

Field Trip to the Ministry of European Integration

The middle school students from the World Academy of Tirana visited the Ministry of European Integration on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. During this visit, the students had a special opportunity to meet and speak with the Minister of European Integration, Klajda Gjosha and the Vice Minister of Integration, Majlind Lazimi.  

They were extremely helpful in answering the various questions the students had about the integration process. This visit was very beneficial to the students, as part of the middle school social studies curriculum includes the discussion of the integration process into the EU. The curriculum also introduces the structure of the EU and the problems that some countries face when entering the EU. 

The students were very appreciative to the Minister and Vice Minister for dedicating their time to support their education. 

May
27

Blood Donation Drive

Dear WAT parents, 

 
In support of our beliefs and philosophy, we're organizing a blood drive on the 4th and 5th of June, after school hours.
 
Our staff of teachers and administration will donate blood for the "Pediatric Blood Disorder Department" of the public hospital. 
 
If you are willing and able to donate blood, we welcome you. If you are unable to donate but you would like to promote your child awareness, you may bring your child to observe. 
 
This is a great opportunity for older children to observe and get exposure to a beneficial service to the community.