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03/02/2017 February IB Award Winners
Congratulations to the February IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!
02/27/2017 A Visit from the Puppet Lady
On Friday, Feb 24th, our Kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd-graders were treated to a puppet show. 'The Puppet Lady' shared a number of stories with our students. She modeled how creative expression provides many ways to communicate ideas and emotions.
Five of our six elementary grades are currently exploring the IB transdisciplinary unit 'How We Express Ourselves'. This unit is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; and our appreciation of the aesthetic.
02/24/2017 Creating Mathematicians
Over the last two years, as we carry out our strategic plan and implement the IB framework and inquiry throughout our school, we have had the opportunity to review and reflect on what is working at Annunciation and also identify opportunities for growth. This process led us to look at our math curriculum to see how we can incorporate the IB approach in our math program, too. After much research and reflection, the staff identified resources that would provide student-centered approach to math and better prepare students for middle school and high school math.
Starting with the elementary program, math teachers and staff selected the Math Expressions for use in kindergarten through 5th grade. This past summer, teachers received training on the new math curriculum. Fitting with the IB model, both teachers in the grade level are teaching math. This allows math concepts to be integrated across all the subjects during the school day. In order to support this development, teachers have been meeting every other week after school to learn the new program.
02/24/2017 Winter Conferences 2017
Sign-up now for second semester conferences - March 15-16: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/annunciation
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
plus Haiti Arts & Crafts Sale before and after the performance!
From Sorrow to Comfort – Johannes Brahms – Requiem
02/16/2017 We Strive to be Reflective!
We Strive to be Reflective!
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes. This week we focused on the attribute, Reflective.
Thank you to our elementary teaching staff for helping us all learn more about being reflective!
When we are being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world around us, our ideas and our experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and areas that need more development. We intentionally try to think about these things and make changes where we can. We give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and consider how to grow or improve in a constructive manner. We value self-awareness as an important skill.
The Missionaries of Charity Sisters invite Annunciation school and parish families to come and pray with them every third Saturday of the month at their Mother House in Minneapolis.
02/10/2017 What does it mean to be an IB World School?
Annunciation is currently in its second year as an IB candidate school. Next year, we will seek full authorization to be recognized by International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB global school. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
02/10/2017 School Update at Principal’s Breakfast
At this morning's Principal's Breakfast, I had another opportunity to share the progress of our school so far this year. As principal, spending time with parents to share the story of our school with the accomplishments of our teachers and students is one of my favorite things to do!
The 8th grade has been studying South Africa and as part of our studies we watched the documentary, Under African Skies which chronicles Paul Simon’s visit to South Africa where he made the Grammy award winning album, Graceland. It was album of the year. In the process of making this album, Paul Simon was criticized for violating the U.N’s cultural boycott of South Africa. This was during the time of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela was still in prison.
02/03/2017 We Strive to be Inquirers!
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes. This week our focus is on the attribute, Inquirer.
Thank you to Mrs. Rademachers’s class for helping us learn more about being inquirers!
INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. We love learning and discovering new things and will sustain this love of learning throughout life.
02/01/2017 Science Fair 2017 Finalists
Eleven middle school students have been selected by judges at the Annunciation Science Fair to showcase their work at the Regional Fair. These students will be competing at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24th and 25th at the University of Minnesota.