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MS ROTATION SCHEDULE

 

SEMESTER 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

A

E

B

F

C

G

D

H

MORNING BREAK

B

F

C

G

D

H

A

E

C

G

D

H

A

E

B

F

ADVISORY / DEAR

D

H

A

E

B

F

C

G

 

 

SEMESTER 2

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

A

E

B

F

C

G

D

H

MORNING BREAK

B

F

C

G

D

H

A

E

C

G

D

H

A

E

B

F

ADVISORY / DEAR

D

H

A

E

B

F

C

G

 

WELCOME FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Welcome to Saigon South International School. SSIS Middle School is your middle school. It is the place where you will come each weekday to learn, build friendships, and work to create your future. It is the place where you will have successes and challenges. It will become like a family to you; a support system designed to help you become the best you can be. We are excited that you will be on that journey with us.

SSIS Middle School believes that our core values of academic success, respect for all, dedicated service, sense of self, and balance in life are at the forefront of what we do. We work hard to create opportunities for you to be successful in each of these areas. We believe that your middle school years should provide chances for you to develop confidence and enthusiasm within each core value.

This agenda book has two main purposes. First, the Student Handbook is published in the agenda book. Be sure to read through the handbook carefully. We expect you to know and understand the information presented. Second, the agenda book contains calendars and academic planners. This section is designed to help you stay organized. Some students and parents will prefer to use this method of tracking and communicating schoolwork. Other students and parents may prefer to track schoolwork using Google calendars or PowerSchool Learning.

Student life at SSIS is exciting and fun. There are many academic programs and extra-curricular activities to participate in. From sports to clubs; dances to Blasts!; community service opportunities to Week Without Walls, there is something here for everyone. The more you are involved, the more success you’ll have at SSIS. We welcome you and hope you have a great year!

Molly Burger
Middle School Principal

2019-2020 MIDDLE SCHOOL

ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

FACULTY MEMBER

POSITION

EMAIL

Ada, Stephen

Music

sada@ssis.edu.vn

Amor-Ross, Roxanne

Dean of Students

ramor-ross@ssis.edu.vn

Beals, Natalie

English Language Arts (ELA)/ Social Studies

nbeals@ssis.edu.vn

Benck, Brian

English Language Arts (ELA)/ Social Studies

bbenck@ssis.edu.vn

Bertoia, Bonnie

Counselor

bbertoia@ssis.edu.vn

Bertoia, Gary

Instructional Technology

gbertoia@ssis.edu.vn

Burger, Molly

Principal

msprincipal@ssis.edu.vn

Butz, Ryan

Science

rbutz@ssis.edu.vn

Dubois, Lili

EAL/ Exploratory Writing/ Digital Literacy

ldubois@ssis.edu.vn

Elam, Claire

Librarian

celam@ssis.edu.vn

Freil, Rick

PE/ Health

rfreil@ssis.edu.vn

Gorcea, Alis

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

agorcea@ssis.edu.vn

Grove, Matthew

Social Studies

mgrove@ssis.edu.vn

Hinchliffe, Geneva

Math

ghinchliffe@ssis.edu.vn

Jardin, Greg

Exploratory Writing/ Social Studies

gjardin@ssis.edu.vn

Jardin, Rebecca

Art

rjardin@ssis.edu.vn

Johnson, Erin

ELA/ Exploratory Writing/ Digital Literacy

ejohnson@ssis.edu.vn

Kaba, Dawne

PE/ Health

dkaba@ssis.edu.vn

Larson, Nathan

MS Exploratory Drama /HS Visual Arts

nlarson@ssis.edu.vn

Lu, Erin

MS/HS Mandarin

elu@ssis.edu.vn

Luque, Gema

Spanish

gluque@ssis.edu.vn

Medina, William

MS/HS Spanish

wmedina@ssis.edu.vn

Morgan, Abigail

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

amorgan@ssis.edu.vn

Pool, Ryan

Learning Strategies

rpool@ssis.edu.vn

Rynne, David

Instructional Coach for Technology

drynne@ssis.edu.vn

Schraer, Mona

Math

mschraer@ssis.edu.vn

Scott, Jacob

Science/ Math

jscott@ssis.edu.vn

Swiercinsky, Lisa

MS/HS Drama

lswiercinsky@ssis.edu.vn

Urdal, John

Science

jurdal@ssis.edu.vn

Wei, Joycelyn

Mandarin

jwei@ssis.edu.vn

Wolf, Emily

Social Studies/ Yearbook

ewolf@ssis.edu.vn

Wrzesinski, Michele

PE/ Health

mwrzesinski@ssis.edu.vn

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT & CORE VALUES

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

SSIS is a college preparatory school committed to the intellectual and personal development of each student in preparation for a purposeful life as a global citizen.

CORE VALUES

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

DAILY SCHEDULES

MS Daily Schedule: SSIS MS follows an 8-day rotating block schedule where students attend four blocks each day.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Advisory Day

DEAR Day

DEAR Day

Advisory Day

DEAR Day

 

Advisory Day (Mon, Thurs)

DEAR Day (Tues, Weds, Fri)

8:00-9:20          Block 1 (80 min)

8:00-9:25         Block 1 (85 min)

9:20-9:30          Break (10 min)

9:25-9:35         Break (10 min)

9:35-10:55        Block 2 (80 min)

9:40-11:05       Block 2 (85 min)

11:00-12:20       Block 3 (80 min)

11:10-12:35      Block 3 (85 min)

12:20-12:50       Lunch (30 min)

12:35-1:10       Lunch (35 min)

12:55-1:35        Advisory (40 min)

1:15-1:30         DEAR/Meetings (15 min)

1:40-3:00          Block 4 (80 min)

1:35-3:00         Block 4 (85 min)

 

Early Release Days

Several times throughout the year, SSIS will dismiss students at 12:15 pm.

Time

Early Release Schedule

8:00-8:55

Block 1

9:00-9:55

Block 2

9:55-10:15

Extended Break

10:20-11:15

Block 3

11:20-12:15

Block 4

 

Other Special Schedules

Assemblies occur periodically throughout the year for special events, class meetings, student council events, and other activities approved by the administration. The daily schedule may differ to support these activities. Schedules that differ from the normal time schedule will be announced via the Daily Announcements as early as possible.

 

CURRICULUM

SSIS provides an American, college-preparatory curriculum. The elementary and middle school curriculum prepares students for the intensive study required for success in the demanding SSIS and IB/AP High School courses. Student success in grades 9-12 is aided by mastery of the foundation concepts presented in the earlier years. Curriculum is reviewed and revised on a regular basis. SSIS employs a full-time Curriculum Director.

 

Program of Studies

The MS Program of Studies provides course information and registration guidelines. It can be found on the SSIS website. Please review that document for information regarding specific courses and course requirements.

 

Registration in Courses

Beginning in March, students in all grades begin the pre-registration process by completing course selection sheets to indicate preferred elective courses. Every effort will be made to place students according to their first preference. The school retains the right to make judgments about appropriate placements in order to meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student.  Student schedules will be available by orientation day.

 

Schedule Change Requests

Schedule changes may be possible during the first two weeks of school. Students wanting to initiate a change should contact the counselor. Please note that schedule changes based on specific teacher requests will not be accepted.

 

Orientation Day

SSIS will hold an orientation and registration day prior to the first day of instruction for ALL new and returning SSIS students.  During this registration period, students and parents will complete required forms, provide a current copy of each student’s passport and visa, obtain school ID cards (if needed), update contact information in PowerSchool, purchase school uniforms and supplies (as needed), put money on SSIS ID card, and receive locker assignments and schedules. 

Attendance at orientation and registration day is mandatory for all students, new and returning.  Each middle school student should be accompanied by at least one parent.

 

Curriculum Night

Early in the school year, a Curriculum Night is held to introduce parents to their child’s teachers, classrooms, and the program of studies. The Curriculum Night is an opportunity for families to see their child’s learning environment, understand teacher expectations and course content, and gather strategies for helping to ensure the success of their child. All families are encouraged to attend this important event.

INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

All students and staff at SSIS are expected to use technology resources and services in a manner appropriate to a school setting and in keeping with the SSIS ICT Acceptable Use Policy. Whether using technology at home or at school, students are expected to give consideration to the effects their actions may have on other members of our community.

 

SSIS technology and internet access is provided to enrich the learning experience. Recreational use of school technological resources and of school internet access is permissible only at times outside of instructional hours.

 

Laptop Program

Information and technology literacy are a critical part of successful learning in the 21st century. SSIS believes that students need to have access to technology to be more digitally aware and literate. To meet these demands, SSIS requires all students in grades 6-8 to bring a Macintosh laptop to school with them each day. An Instructional Coach for Technology works with students, teachers, and administrators to integrate technology into the curriculum supporting the use of technology.

 

Requirements

All MS students and are required to bring their laptop 100% charged to school each day. Additionally, students should bring their computer chargers with them for extra power throughout the day.

 

Care

Students are responsible for taking care of their laptops. Students need to bring their laptops to school, and carry them around school, in an appropriate case and bag to protect the laptop from incidental damage.  Students will be encouraged to handle the laptop appropriately, running regular updates to ensure all programs are running smoothly and always locking it in their lockers when not using it. If they experience any issues, they need to report immediately to the Technology Office. Students are responsible for their laptops.

For further explanation of ICT or the 1:1 Laptop program, please see the more specific Acceptable Use on the School Website.

ADVISORY PROGRAM

An integral component at the middle school level is an advisory class. The advisory class is built on the idea that every young adolescent should have at least one adult to act as a mentor and advisor to provide academic, social and personal guidance. During this time, the child’s needs outside of the regular academic program are addressed. Additionally, it allows the advisors to know the unique characteristics and needs of each individual. As a result, this program promotes meaningful student, teacher, peer and community relationships. Advisory class results in student academic success, improved self-esteem and social success. The activities are varied, student-centered, and include themes such as: becoming a better learner, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, self-awareness, serving our community, team building and self-esteem.

 

Each MS student is assigned to a faculty advisor/mentor. Advisory meets two days a week for 40 minutes. The MS Counselor, along with grade level teams, coordinates the advisory program at SSIS.

DEAR

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) provides students and faculty a dedicated time 15 minutes three times a week to independently read a book of their choice. The program aims to strengthen key reading skills and to develop a reading community within the SSIS Middle School. All students and faculty are expected to have a personal reading book at school each day.

VIETNAMESE CLASSES

By decree of the Vietnamese Government, Vietnamese students enrolled in an international school in grades 6-10 must receive a minimum of 90 minutes a week instruction in Vietnamese Studies. 

 

For the 2019-2020 school year, this course will continue to be scheduled on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45pm. This course will be taught in Vietnamese, and students will be assigned a section based on their level of conversational, written and academic Vietnamese proficiency to ensure best fit for each student.  SSIS has engaged Vietnamese teachers who are familiar with US educational structures and methods to create a course specifically for SSIS to ensure that our students’ experience is positive and valuable.

HOMEWORK

Making homework an educational priority will make the school experience more enjoyable. A regular homework routine will help students avoid procrastination (putting things off until the last minute) and develop the time management and study habits that are vital to success. Families can help by encouraging students to schedule homework at regular times and by ensuring minimal distractions. There are a few other notes about homework to keep in mind:

 

For Students

•   Completion of homework is the student’s responsibility.

•   Extensions to due dates are granted at the discretion of the teacher in advance of the due date.

•   It is the student’s responsibility to ask for classwork and homework before an excused absence (MRISA tournament, field trip, etc.). The student needs to give the teacher several days’ notice to prepare the work.

•   Technical problems with printers, the internet, storage devices, etc. are not considered excuses for late work.

 

For Teachers

•   Homework should reinforce skills and concepts already taught, or help prepare students for the next lesson, and should never be used as a punishment.

•   Teachers will be considerate of disruptions to the normal school schedule such as holidays and exams when planning homework assignments for their classes. This includes sports and extracurricular events. In general, homework will not be assigned during Fall Break, Winter Break, Tet Holiday, or Spring Break.

•   Homework assigned before a long weekend will not exceed the normal expectations for homework given on a regular weekend.

 

For Families

•   Parents are encouraged to inquire about homework assignments and to periodically check PowerSchool Learning for the day’s homework. 

•   Parents can utilize PowerSchool to keep tabs on current grades. Parents are encouraged to use the email notification feature in PowerSchool.

The amount of homework assigned varies by subject, by grade, and according to student work habits. The daily homework guideline suggested for students in Grades 6 - 8 is 60 to 80 minutes per day. Students in Grade 8 should expect more than this on occasion.

Teachers of the core subjects at each grade level communicate regularly with each other to ensure that the total amount of homework during any week is not unreasonable. If a parent and student feel that too much homework is being consistently assigned in any particular subject(s), they should contact the appropriate teacher(s).

Homework may be due by the next class or after an extended period of time, for example a long-term project. Students are responsible for handing work in on the given due date. Individual teachers establish their own policies for late work and these are distributed to students at the beginning of the school year.

There are many organizational strategies students may use to manage their homework. The Handbook/Planner can be a very valuable tool, particularly as a place for students to record homework assignments and class related tasks to be completed. It can also serve as a communication tool between school and home. Homework can also be checked through course PowerSchool Learning pages or other online resources. We encourage you to speak with your child and help decide the best way for them to manage their homework.

 

Late Submission of Assignments

Life has many unexpected events. This can disrupt even the most conscientious student’s homework routines. There are certain things that can be prepared for though. Below are some examples of events that should be planned for on the part of the student:

•   Holidays/vacation

•   Family housing change

•   Social and sporting commitments

•   Attendance at interviews

•          Participation in events such as competitions and concerts

REPORT CARDS AND GRADING SCALE

Information about student academic progress and achievement will be provided to parents in an on-going manner via PowerSchool. PowerSchool is an online portal into the grade book. Teachers update PowerSchool whenever an assignment is assessed. We encourage parents to regularly check PowerSchool to follow their child’s progress. Information and parent account access codes for PowerSchool will be given during the first few weeks of school during new student orientation, and/or sent home prior to our first reporting period. PowerSchool also allows parents to set up email notifications based on individual parent needs.

Official reports are issued to students once each quarter. These reports reflect the school’s evaluation of academic and social growth for students. These can be reviewed on PowerSchool and will be emailed to parents at the end of each grading period.  Hard copies of the final yearly report card are sent home on the last day of school.  First and third quarter reports serve as a progress check only. These grades are not registered on the student’s official transcript. Semester grades are registered on the official transcript.

LETTER GRADES USED AT SSIS AND THEIR DESCRIPTIONS

Level

Descriptor

A/A-

A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a wide variety of situations. There is consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate. The student generally demonstrates originality, insight, and produces work of high quality.

B/B+

A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student generally shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.

B-

A consistent and good understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student usually shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.

C+

A good general understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them effectively in normal situations. There is occasional evidence of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

C

Limited achievement against most of the objectives, or clear difficulties in some areas. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of the required knowledge and skills and is only able to apply them fully in normal situations with support.

C-

Very limited achievement against all the objectives. The student has difficulty in understanding the required knowledge and skills, and is unable to apply them fully in normal situations, even with support.

D+, D, D-

Minimal achievement in terms of the objectives.

F

Has not met the objectives for the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC CONCERN

Supporting student academic growth and achievement is of utmost importance. Academic reviews will be completed each semester. Students who meet the criteria below will be sent an official letter of Academic Concern:

•   Earning a semester grade of D or below in a core course

•   Earning a semester grade of D or below in two or more non-core courses

•   Demonstrating limited academic progress

Students placed on Academic Concern will work with the counselor and teachers to develop a plan for improvement. A placement on Academic Concern will require parents to sign and return the Academic Concern letter. Letters of Academic Concern will be placed into a student’s middle school file.  Students can be removed from Academic Concern after two semesters of meeting minimum academic achievement standards.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Students on Academic Concern may be moved to Academic Probation if the conditions of their plan for improvement are not met. Students may also be put on Academic Probation if they meet the following criteria:

•   Earning a failing semester grade for two or more courses

•   Earning a semester GPA of a C- or below in core courses

•   Being placed on Academic Concern for two or more semesters

Students placed on Academic Probation will work with the counselor, teachers, and parents to develop a plan for improvement. Placement on Academic Probation may limit a student’s ability to participate in extra-curricular activities and athletics. Placement on Academic Probation will require parents to sign and return the Academic Probation letter and attend an Academic Probation meeting involving the administration and counselor. Academic Probation letters will be placed into a student’s middle school file. A prolonged placement on Academic Probation may result with a student being asked to withdraw from SSIS.  Students can be removed from Academic Probation after two semesters of meeting minimum academic achievement standards.

The policies for Academic Concern and Academic Probation in the MS reflect the philosophy of middle grade education. Students are expected to work hard, stay organized, and seek assistance when it is necessary. The policies offer support for students and families. They intended to ensure high standards in MS, and to help the transition in understanding to similar policies that are in place in the high school.

 

STUDENT/PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Good communication between parents, students, and teachers is essential to supporting students in their academic pursuits. Students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to be in communication anytime there is a behavioral or academic concern. 

In the Fall and Spring, there are two formal times set aside for conferences. Parent participation in conferences is highly encouraged. Information regarding the conference style will be communicated prior to each conference.  The dates for these conferences can be found on the published school calendar and on the MS Parent/Student Google Calendar.

STUDENT SERVICES & SUPPORT

COUNSELING AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

The MS Guidance program promotes knowledge, attitudes and skills through instruction in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth. Guidance activities and lessons integrate with the grade level teams and are part of team activities and planning.

 

SSIS has a MS Counselor available to support students in their academic, social and emotional growth. The counselor offers support services for students and families as they manage issues of studying and living in an international environment. The goal is to promote personal well-being, healthy relationships and the successful balance of academic, extracurricular and community involvement for SSIS students.

 

The counselor may be contacted directly by a student or parent. In addition, a teacher, principal, or parent may refer a student. Should the need for counseling be on going or of a nature beyond the services able to be provided by SSIS, students may also be required by the school to seek outside professional assistance. Because effective counseling is built upon trust between the student and counselor, the counselor adheres to professional standards of confidentiality when working with students and their families.

 

The counselor is often one of the first staff members whom new students and parents meet. As such, the counselor assists with initial placement through review of academic records and helps develop a suitable study program. The counselor is also available to assist the parents in helping their child adjust to a new school and environment. As well, students may receive assistance from their counselor in dealing with a wide range of personal, academic and social issues common to this age group.

Typical issues may involve:

•   Social relationships

•   Emotional regulation

•   Time management

•   Academic planning and decision-making

•   Problem solving and life skills development

•   Crisis intervention

•  Challenges of living in an international setting, moving and transitions

STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM (SST)

Students are supported at SSIS through a team effort. Members of the MS Student Support Team include the counselor, Learning Support teacher, English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, teachers of the particular student, and an administrator. The Student Support Team meets regularly to identify students of concern and to discuss strategies and interventions that will promote their success.

 

TUTORING

Parents who desire tutoring for their child should request the assistance of the counselor who will be able to suggest possible tutors. Payment for tutoring services is a private matter to be arranged between the parents and the tutor. No teacher may tutor his/her own students for remuneration. If parents have made arrangements for outside tutors, it is recommended that the tutor be in communication with the classroom teacher to ensure that the assistance is relevant and helpful. The classroom teacher can provide direction and guidance for the tutor.

LEARNING SUPPORT

Learning Support classes are offered at each grade level in the middle school to support students with their work in other classes. Students will receive small group instruction in strategies for organization, time management and study skills. Remediation in the area of reading, writing and math will be provided on an individual basis. Activities include guided practice, teacher-student conferencing and application of strategies to assignments and homework. Placement in the Learning Support program is determined after a thorough review of a student’s achievement in school as well as any relevant testing data. Students on an Individual Education Plan or Learning Support Plan are expected to achieve the same educational outcomes as all other students.

 

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

SSIS provides an English as an Additional Language (EAL) support service for students who require support to further develop their English competency skills. The EAL support service prepares students with the English social and cultural, language, and literacy skills needed for content studies in a regular classroom setting. The program stresses reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

EAL students in Grades 6-8 receive English language support through a sheltered immersion model. Students identified as needing EAL support may receive small group instruction and also may receive support within their regular classes. For in class support, the EAL teacher and core teacher collaborate, plan, and team-teach in the classroom to ensure that these students can successfully access the core curriculum.

Placement in the EAL program is determined after a thorough review of a student’s achievement in school and the results of an English language proficiency test. SSIS is only able to support a limited number of students who need EAL support. Students exit the EAL program based on the following criteria: a proficiency examination, classroom performance, recommendations from both EAL and mainstream teachers, and consultation with the principal.

LIBRARY SERVICES

The SSIS libraries are dedicated to developing the Core Values within the context of the library program.  The Middle School Library provides inviting, dynamic learning environments for students, staff and school community members. Library services support and enhance teaching, information literacy and learning. Library staff facilitates personal and intellectual development to encourage a love of reading and the effective use and production of ideas and information.

To achieve our mission, we strive to:

•   Provide all members of the learning community access to a supportive, welcoming and learner-centered environment

•   Work in collaboration with members of the SSIS community to provide learning experiences that promote student achievement

•   Encourage lifelong learning through effective information literacy instruction

•   Promote critical thinking

•   Provide information in a variety of forms

•   Use technology to enhance learning

•   Contain rich and abundant collections of materials—both print and electronic—to meet the teaching and learning needs of the community

•   Reflect principles of diversity and intellectual freedom

•   Design spaces for meeting, reading, creating, and studying

•   Provide a range of mother-tongue resources to support members of our school community

 

Library Hours

The Middle School Library is open on instructional days from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM, and is closed on faculty professional development days and during most school holidays. School libraries will be open for limited hours during summer vacation.

 

Borrowing

Students and families may each check out up to 5 items at any one time.

 

Overdue Policy

Materials should be returned on a timely basis enabling access by all community members. Patrons who fail to return books on a regular basis may have their borrowing restricted or stopped. Students leaving the school must have a form signed by the library acknowledging the return of all resources. Year-end report cards will be issued once all library books have been returned or accounted for. There are no fees for overdue materials.

 

Lost/Damaged Items

If Library materials are lost or damaged, students and parents will be charged the replacement fee and a 50% surcharge to cover costs associated with shipping and processing.  All items must be paid for before any school records or reports will be issued.

 

HEALTH SERVICES

A clinic, staffed by a registered nurse, is located within the MS and provides services to middle school and elementary students. A log is kept of all treatment, and parents are notified in the event of any serious illness or injury. The nurse’s office is not equipped to have students rest or sleep for extended periods of time. Students who are ill will be sent home.

 

Illness

Parents are asked to notify the School Nurse of any infectious diseases or of any change in the health status of a student, (e.g. a vaccination, illness or operation). In order to maintain a healthy environment for all students, it is important for parents to keep students at home if they are sick.  SSIS maintains a Fever Free environment and requires all students not to attend school if they have a temperature of over 38 degree Celsius. This policy supports the efforts to maintain a healthy environment for all and minimize the spread of viral infections. In most cases, students should remain at home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

 

In the event of extended illness where the student will be absent for a number of days, parents are requested to contact the School Nurse.

Email: Ms. Thu Nguyen (esmsnurse@ssis.edu.vn)

Telephone: (84-28) 5413-0901, extension 11070

 

 

Injuries

The School Nurse will call parents in the event a student must go home due to injury. In the event of a serious injury, the School Nurse will contact the parents or guardian and assist in transporting the student to a medical center or hospital for further attention. If necessary, the School Nurse or a designated person will accompany the student to the facility and meet the parent there. Costs associated with emergency treatment or transportation are the responsibility of the parents.

 

Medication at School

If parents wish the School Nurse to store or administer medication during school hours, please send written authorization including the following information:

•   Name of the student receiving the medication and the current date

•   Name and description of the medication

•   Scheduled time(s) and duration for the administration of the medication

•   Instructions for administration of the medication

•   A description of any possible side effects

 

All medicines must be in their original container and be clearly labeled in English. For prescription medication, please provide a copy of the doctor’s prescription. A few over-the-­counter medications (i.e. Panadol, Ibuprofen) are available and can be given if parental permission is on file, as part of the medical authorization form submitted at the time of enrollment.

 

FOOD SERVICE

Morning snacks and lunches are available to students in the cafeteria. Careful attention is paid to providing balanced meals and a daily variety of both Western and Asian options. Menus and prices are posted within the cafeteria and can also be found on the school website. Students utilize their student ID card for cafeteria purchases. Cash is not used at the point of purchase. Students must have funds added to their ID card at the cafeteria cashier counter.  Any student who is more than 200,000VND in debt to the cafeteria contractor will have their account frozen.  Please ensure that there is always an adequate amount of funds available.

 

Cold bottled water is provided throughout the school for student use.  All students should have their own water bottle clearly labeled with their name.

TRANSPORTATION

Students have the following options for travel to and from SSIS:

  • School bus service is provided by SSIS for an additional fee depending upon space availability. Interested families should contact Ms. Vy at busing at ssis.edu.vn or (84-28) 5413-0901, extension 31281.
  • Buses arrive at school between 7:30am and 7:55am each day. Afternoon buses depart at approximately 3:10 pm.
  • Private cars, cars pools or contracted drivers and taxis may drop students off at the school-loading zone in the front of the school. Due to the large volume of traffic and the high number of children in the area, all vehicles are required to drive very slowly and to follow the directions of traffic personnel.
  • Students in grades 6-12 may walk or ride bicycles to school. Helmets are strongly encouraged for bicycle riders.
  • MS students are not permitted to drive motorbikes to school.

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Regular Attendance

Regular attendance is essential to academic success. SSIS asks parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly. To emphasize the importance of attendance in class, SSIS requires that students must be in attendance at least 90% of the 90 school days in each semester in order to receive full credit. Absences beyond this number (9 absences) may be subject to academic consequences.  Continued enrollment at SSIS is contingent upon consistent attendance. 

 

In emergency situations, the principal can approve a student leave of absence. If this happens, parents should contact the school office as soon as possible to make arrangements. Following a long-term absence due to illness, parents may need to provide a note from the doctor stating the reason and time of the illness. Please note: family vacation will not be considered an emergency situation.

 

In the event of any absence, parents should contact the MS Administrative Assistant by phone (84-28) 5413-0901, ext. 12001 or email (msoffice@ssis.edu.vn) as soon as possible. 

 

Attendance after School

Generally, students are expected to depart from campus each day by 3:15pm unless they are involved in supervised student activities. Student may work in the library until 4:00pm. Students not involved in supervised activities may wait near the guardhouse until transportation has arrived. Students should not wander the hallways or grounds after school.

 

ABSENCES

When a student does have to miss school, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with the teachers of missed classes to determine what work needs to be made up. In most circumstances, students will be allowed the number of days absent, plus one more day, to make up the missed work.

 

A student who is absent on the day of a test or quiz will be required to take the test or quiz during his/her free time and when convenient for the teacher.

 

Assignments due on the day of an absence should be turned in upon the student’s return to school. Assignments missed during an absence need to be made up in a timely manner. Teachers will help students to create a manageable and appropriate timeline for completion of missed work.

 

Special note about PE:  If a student is to be excused from PE for medical reasons, a note from a parent or doctor is required. However, if a student is healthy enough to attend school, they are expected to fully participate in PE just as they would any other class.  The only medical reason that would allow for a student to be excused from PE is a physical injury that inhibits participation. This note should be delivered to the PE teacher. If the condition lasts for longer than two consecutive PE classes, a doctor’s note will be required.  Students will be required to make up any missed class after school or with other approved activities per PE policy.

 

TYPES OF ABSENCES

When a student is absent from school, our records indicate whether that absence is excused or unexcused.

Excused Absences

In order for an absence to be recorded as excused, parents must submit a written request to the school office.  All absences must be approved by the Principal, or designee, in order for them to be recorded as excused.  Absence may generally be excused for the following reasons:

  1. Illness, medical or dental appointments;
  2. Governmental appointments, such as visa, passport, etc.
  3. Approved educational activity (field trip, co-educational experience, etc.)
  4. Days of religious observance;
  5. Family bereavement;
  6. Involvement in a public performance;
  7. Attendance of ceremonies for family, such as weddings, graduations, funerals, etc.
  8. Exceptional occasions (the nature of such occasions will be determined by the Principal, or designee, on an individual basis)

Unexcused Absences

Absences are generally recorded as unexcused for the following reasons:

  1. No request for approval is provided by the parent/guardian;
  2. Reason for absence is not on the excused list above (e.g. shopping, minding the house, etc.);
  3. Family holidays (unless granted under exceptional circumstances);
  4. Family business trips;
  5. Family is unable to provide supervision or transportation for a child

Please note: There is no extended time to completed work missed during an unexcused absence.

ABSENCES & PARTICIPATION IN AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS

Students are not permitted to participate in after-school activities (clubs or sports) on days they are absent from school. Special exceptions may be made by administration for family related business (ex. consulate visits).

EARLY DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL

Occasionally, students may need to leave campus before the end of the day. Students will be permitted to leave only under special circumstances and if communication has been received from a parent. Prior to departure, the student must report to the office and sign-out with the MS Administrative Assistant. Students who become ill during the day must receive permission to leave school. The School Nurse will contact parents before permitting the student to leave campus. In all cases, students must receive a dismissal note from the MS Administrative Assistant to show the school guards in order to exit campus.

ATTENDANCE ON SCHOOL-RELATED TRIPS

While SSIS stresses the importance of classroom instruction, we also recognize that valuable learning experiences take place outside the classroom. Thus, opportunities are available for students to take part in school-related group travel. School-related group travel is defined as an activity that may take a student off school premises to support SSIS programs.  Students who miss class for such activities are granted small extensions to complete work as needed.

 

Students on Academic Probation are not permitted to miss any school for school-related travel unless the travel is curricular in nature or if given specific permission by administration.

 

PROLONGED ABSENCES

There are times when a student must be absent for an extended period. Parents should notify the MS Office that their child will have to be absent for a prolonged period of time as soon as they are aware of the dates. Students who are absent for prolonged periods are responsible for mastering material missed while away from school. Depending on the circumstances of the absence, teachers may develop a learning plan to assist the student with materials and major assignments during the absence.

 

FAMILY VACATIONS AND ATTENDANCE

The school discourages families from arranging vacations while school is in session. These absences are considered unexcused.  Families should utilize the published school calendar when planning their vacations so as not to interfere with student learning. Any work completed by a student while traveling during school must be given the teacher on the day of return.  There is no extended time to completed work missed during an unexcused absence.

 

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES & AFTER-SCHOOL

ACTIVITIES

HOUSE LEAGUE ACTIVITY PROGRAM

SSIS has a House League program in grades 6-8. The purpose of the House League Program is to develop school pride and provide fun activities for students. Each House Team will be comprised of students from all grades and will participate several times a month in friendly competitions and assemblies with other House Teams.

CHARITABLE WORK AT SSIS

Highlighting the SSIS Core Value of Dedicated Service, there are many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities, which benefit important causes and charities. In order to ensure that different efforts are not competing with each other, groups wanting to initiate a fundraising activity as a part of their charitable work must complete a SSIS Fundraising Request form prior to any fundraising activity. This form should be submitted at least a week before the event is to be held. The entire administrative team at SSIS reviews these requests.

FIELD TRIPS / SCHOOL TRIPS

SSIS believes that a broadly based education occurs both in and outside of the classroom. Therefore, field trips and extended school trips are required as a regular part of the SSIS program. Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding area provide wonderful opportunities for students to enrich their learning beyond the school boundaries.

 

Students should remember that while off campus, they are representing our school community. Students should dress appropriately for the nature of the trip. All school rules apply throughout the trip.

 

Parents sign a single form providing permission for students to participate in field trips within Ho Chi Minh City. During the first week of school, this form needs to be signed by parents and returned to school. Participation in extended or overnight field trips requires individual approval from parents. Parents will receive notification directly from teachers when extended field trips are being planned.

WEEK WITHOUT WALLS

Week Without Walls is a program designed to stretch the boundaries of learning, providing students an opportunity to grow and develop outside traditional classroom walls.  SSIS students in grades 6-8 participate in an extended trip aimed at increasing their awareness and appreciation for this part of the world, making curricular connections that are not possible in the classroom. The trips provide opportunities for students to apply what they have learned within school to real life situations. The trips include curriculum-focused activities, cultural introductions and service opportunities.

The goals of the Week Without Walls program are to:

•   Take learning out of the school and into the real world

•   Develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Vietnam

•   Provide an opportunity for middle school students to develop greater independence and personal responsibility

•   Increase respect for the environment and for service to others

This exciting program is a requirement for all students in the middle school. Families are charged for the WWW program in addition to regular tuition. Fees for the WWW program can be found on the school website and are included in each family’s tuition bill. 

Note: SSIS provides limited emergency evacuation insurance in the event of injury during the Week Without Walls. It is an expectation that students have their own medical insurance coverage during the Week Without Walls.

 

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (ASA)

MS students at SSIS are encouraged to become involved in extracurricular activities. SSIS sponsors a number of MS clubs, organizations, and sporting activities designed to appeal to a wide range of interests, abilities, and talents. Students may choose from community service groups, student council, fine and performing arts activities and performances, academic clubs, language and cultural clubs, and sports. Many are open to all interested students; some are class related; and others are by audition or try out. ASAs typically run from 3:00-4:00, and bussing is available for students who have purchased this service.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

The Student Council contributes to developing meaningful and relevant educational experiences, promotes positive student attitudes, creates a democratic process, addresses student concerns, and provides a forum for student expression.

The purposes of the Student Council are to:

1.  Establish formal communications with the administration.

2.  Foster positive relationships between faculty and students.

3.  Act as ambassadors and role models for the student body.

4.  Encourage students to initiate and participate in school affairs.

5.  Build school spirit.

6.  Organize, raise funds for, and promote activities and programs that provide opportunities for students to become involved in school life.

7.  Develop within students a sense of responsibility for their conduct and behavior. 

8.  Promote the school’s five core values of balance in life, sense of self, dedicated service, academic excellence, and respect for all.

 

In May, executive officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) elections are held for the following school year. Current 6th and 7th grade students are eligible to run for Secretary or Treasurer. Current 7th grade students are eligible to run for Vice President and President.

In September, students elect class representatives for student council. Elections are open to any middle school student.

ATHLETICS

Statement of Philosophy

The SSIS Middle School athletic program is an essential component of our well-balanced program that seeks to provide a healthy, positive educational experience for our student athletes based on their developmental needs and characteristics.  The focus of our program is the development of fundamental athletic skills, teamwork, character, and sportsmanship.  Participation, performance and competition in the SSIS athletic program will focus on the opportunity for students to develop and exhibit skills to the best of their abilities recognizing the importance of “personal growth and consistent effort regardless of the outcome of the competition.”  To support this, SSIS provides multiple interscholastic teams for all students to participate at developmentally appropriate levels for both skill and age.

 

Goals of the Athletic Program

The SSIS athletic program’s primary focus for athletes and coaches at this level:

  1. Sense of Self
    • To understand how to win with humility and lose with grace
    • To develop those physical skills needed to improve as a player (dexterity, coordination, etc.)
    • To improve proficiency in decision making
    • To promote a healthy understanding and acceptance of personal attributes and the emotional aspects of a healthy body image
    • To encourage all students to participate
  2. Academic Excellence
    • To maximize the learning of skills
    • To develop a positive self-discipline
    • To implant a love of and commitment to lifelong learning and self-improvement
    • To improve knowledge and understanding for the rules of the game
  3. Respect for All
    • To develop a healthy sense of competition
    • To give opportunity for all team members to participate
    • To demonstrate respect for authoritative figures (officials and coaches)
    • To display compassion and a concern of well-being for others (teammates, competitors)
    • To be aware of mature, appropriate modeling by adults (coaches, parents, spectators, and officials)
  4. Balance in Life
    • To develop strong friendships as a result of taking part
    • To engage in a positive co-curricular activity
    • To increase awareness for management of time (personal~school~sport)
    • To expand interest in lifetime and leisure activities
    • To have fun when participating
  5. Dedicated Service
    • To create a positive school climate with collaboration and teamwork, conflict management and leadership

Objectives of the Athletic Program

  1. Participation in athletics shall be available to any student expressing a desire to be involved.
  2. The values of good sportsmanship and the dynamics of teamwork shall be stressed at all times.
  3. The importance of teaching young athletes to give and receive recognition shall be incorporated into practices and games.
  4. Students shall be challenged to strive for the highest level of excellence for each athlete as they participate and compete.
  5. Students shall be given the opportunity to explore the capabilities of their changing physical make-up, with the recognition of the potential for further physical growth.
  6. Coaches will work to ensure that they have:
    • consistent application of rules for their sport
    • well organized practices
    • information-rich teaching and skill coaching
    • knowledge of their athletes and their individual needs recognition of improvement and work-ethic

Team Placement

Coaches must also strive to develop all players on the team while balancing the need to succeed.  Athletes must feel they have a fair opportunity to demonstrate their best abilities in an objective evaluation by coaches. Tryouts are to be held at the school beginning on the first official starting date of each sport in order to maintain fairness and consistency.

Game Time Play

During the sport season, each SSIS team will be given game and tournament opportunities. Regulation games will be distributed as evenly as possible among all teams in that division. During the friendly competitions, coaches will work hard to ensure that players get an equal amount of time. As teams enter season ending City Championships and international competitions, coaches will use their professional judgment to give opportunities to all players in the game at appropriate times.

Conference Membership

Currently SSIS is involved in three athletic conferences. The Saigon International School Athletic Conference (SISAC) involves 15 schools from the Saigon City area. This league’s commitment involves a series of inter-school matches and a season-ending championship tournament. The Mekong River International School Association (MRISA) involves 6 schools from around SE Asia. In May 2018, SSIS joined the South East Asia Student Activities Conference (SEASAC). Both of these international leagues involve a season-ending championship tournaments..

Cost to Participants

Outside of a player’s own personal equipment, a player only has additional fees if he/she attends a MRISA, SEASAC or invitational tournament. Expense for tournaments and trips will be communicated as soon as they are known. Costs will vary depending on the location and length of trip.

Hosting Commitment

All students who participate on a school team are required to host a visiting player from a team participating in the annual MRISA event held at SSIS. All participating students need to be prepared to host a visitor even if not participating in a MRISA event personally. Part of SSIS’s commitment to the MRISA Conference is to host all visiting players. The hosting commitment is provided to SSIS students when they travel to MRISA events in other locations. Students participating in the SEASAC Conference will have a hotel stay. No hosting of visiting players is needed for these tournaments.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

Students must maintain academic eligibility in order to participate in sports and activities. Placement on Academic Concern or Academic Probation may make a student ineligible for participation.  The administration reserves the right to make the final decision regarding academic eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

 

Athletics and Traveling Clubs Eligibility 

Consistent with the mission of SSIS as a college preparatory program, the eligibility policy is intended to support students in need of academic counseling and improved academic performance. SSIS students are expected to prioritize their academic work above extracurricular commitments. SSIS administrators shall make any exceptions to the guidelines below.

Eligibility is determined at the following times:

  • Season 1 Eligibility determined by Quarter 4 & 1 Report Card (June)
  • Season 2 Eligibility determined by Quarter 1 & 2 Report Card grades (October)
  • Season 3 Eligibility determined by Quarter 2 & 3 Report Card grades (December)

 

In order to participate in any SSIS overnight extracurricular activity (sports teams and traveling clubs (MUN, SEAMC, VEX, etc.)  a student must:

  • Be in good academic standing.  The student may not be earning:
    • 1 or more F grades on their quarter report card
    • 2 or more D grades on their quarter report card
  • Be in good standing with the school’s attendance policy (not missing more than 10% of any class for non-school related absences).
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship with teammates, coaches, staff, parents and/or members of other teams.
  • Be in good behavioral standing.  Any student that is under disciplinary action may lose eligibility.

 

SSIS bears no responsibility for refunds in the event that a student, who has prepaid for travel of an activity/sport, is forced to withdraw due to the eligibility regulations described.

 

Eligibility determinations will be communicated to the student and family by the Athletic Director, Activity Director or divisional administrators.

UNIFORMS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS AND DRESS CODE

To promote a respectful and neat environment focused on study, all SSIS students are required to wear the official SSIS uniform. All uniform items must be purchased at the school store unless noted. The school uniform consists of the following:

Approved Tops:

  • Light and dark blue polo shirt with traditional or 20th Anniversary SSIS logo
  • SSIS jackets and sweaters with the traditional, 20th Anniversary, or sports SSIS logo
  • All tops including jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts must be purchased at the school store.  There are no exceptions to this for students EC3-Grade 11.

* HS Seniors are allowed to wear college/university sweatshirts provided they prominently display the college/university logo and/or name.

Approved Bottoms:

  • Dark blue and black shorts and skorts
  • Long pants: students are permitted to purchase and wear their own as long as the fabric and color conforms to the SSIS uniform pieces.

In Addition:

  • Skorts and shorts must be worn at the designed length.
  • Any shirts worn under the polo shirt are to conform to school colors.
  • Shoes must be neat, safe, and appropriate for the activities of the school day. No flip-flops or high heels should be worn.
  • Non-uniform items such as jewelry need to be safe for the various activities engaged in throughout the school day.
  • Hats and headscarves must be removed inside the school building unless worn for religious reasons.
  • School colors include white, light blue, dark blue, black, and grey

 

Out of Dress Code Days

Non-uniform days are occasionally organized by the Student Council, Athletic Department, or by House Leagues to encourage school spirit and camaraderie. The principal must approve non-uniform days in advance. On these days, students are expected to wear clothing respectful of school standards and appropriate to a school setting. Students choosing not to participate in the special dress must wear the regular full uniform on these days.

Free Dress on Early Dismissal Days

The Student Council has arranged for students to wear free dress on all Early Dismissal Days (days ending at 12:15pm).  This privilege is granted under the condition that students wear non-uniform clothing respectful of school standards and that are appropriate to the school setting.  This privilege can be revoked by administration.

All faculty members (administrators, teachers, staff) at SSIS work together to enforce these guidelines and may speak to a student if they observe a violation of the dress code.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM AND DRESS CODE

Physical Education Class

Physical Education (PE) is a valued part of the SSIS program. All students are expected to wear the official PE uniform. This is mandatory for all PE classes at all times. Uniforms may be purchased from the school store. MRISA and school sponsored shirts may be worn in lieu of the official uniform shirt. In the interest of personal hygiene, and the consideration of others, all students are expected to change clothing before and after PE class. The PE uniforms are not to be worn to and from school.  Showers are available and encouraged; towels should be brought from home. Students will be given ample time at the end of class to shower and be ready for their next class. Students will be issued a PE lock and locker for the storage of their belongings during PE.

 

Each MS student will need to bring the following for PE:

•   Socks and appropriate lace-up sports shoes

•   PE uniform

•   Cap/hat and sunscreen for outdoor activity

•   Towel

•   Water bottle

•   Soap

•   Deodorant

 

For days of swimming instruction students need:

•   One-piece bathing suit

•   Goggles

 

Students will be issued a PE lock and locker for the storage of their belongings during PE. Safely storing personal belongings is an important responsibility. It is also recommended that personal belongings be labeled with the student’s name. Loss or damage of the provided lock will result in a replacement fee of 360,000VND.

SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS

Students will be issued textbooks and other school property for use over the school year. Students are expected to return those materials intact to the school or they will be charged for their replacement. Textbooks are numbered, and students must return the same book they are issued.

Students are expected to have a supply of common school supplies like pencils, pens, and paper in addition to their laptop. These supplies can be purchased at the school store or in local stationary stores. On occasion, students may be asked to have additional supplies like binders, report covers, or poster boards. Parents will be notified in advance if additional supplies are needed.

OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION

ABSENCE OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS

If parents/guardians are going to be absent from Ho Chi Minh City for any amount of time, the MS Office should be informed in advance and contact information provided in case of an emergency. It is not considered appropriate for students to be left in the care of housekeepers and/or drivers.

 

ACCESS TO SCHOOL AFTER HOURS

Generally, the school buildings are accessible between 7am and 5:30pm on school days. Guards and cleaners are not allowed to give students access to classrooms after hours. Therefore, students should take all necessary books and belongings with them when they leave school for the evening or on weekends.

SSIS sporting facilities are heavily booked for practices and games and are generally not available for casual use. Any request for use of athletic facilities outside of instructional hours during the school week should be made directly to the Event Coordinator.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are reminded that they are responsible for any valuable or personal property that they bring to school. Students should lock personal belongings in their school or gym locker. The school is not responsible for the loss of any property that has not been securely locked in a locker.

LOST PROPERTY

Students are provided with a secure hallway lock and locker and a secure PE lock and locker.  Students should keep their belongings locked and secure at all times.  However, students who have lost personal items at school are to report the incident to the Middle School Office as soon as possible and fill out a Lost Property form. Students are encouraged to check for lost items immediately.  While it is not always possible to locate missing items, rapid response does increase the probability of recovery. Should it be determined that theft is likely, administration will investigate.

Students should bring any found items or obviously lost items to the MS Office.  Lost property is stored in the Lost and Found box inside the MS Office. Labeled items will be returned to the students. SSIS takes no responsibility for lost or unclaimed items.

COMMUNICATION

Our initiatives and support for students would not be effective without the involvement of families. A strong relationship with school and family is vital to student learning. SSIS offers a wide range of opportunities for families to connect to the SSIS community and to their child’s school experience.

Examples include:

•   PowerSchool

•   PowerSchool Learning

•   PTA

•   eNews

•   Official Progress Reports

•   Parent-teacher conferences (once a semester)

•   MS Principal Coffees for Parents

•   Back to School Night

•   Presentations/Workshops with the counselor, Dean of Students, principals

•   Email

•   SMS Messages

•   Phone calls

•   School website: www.ssis.edu.vn

•   SSIS News and Upcoming Events Bulletin Board

STUDENT GUIDELINES & CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

SPECIAL CONDUCT SITUATIONS

Use of Elevators

The elevators located in the middle school are to assist those with disabilities or injury. Students requiring use of the elevator must request permission from the School Nurse or MS Principal.

Cafeteria

Feeding more than 200 MS students quickly requires the cooperation of every student. Making food selections quickly, standing in line patiently, and having the student ID card ready for check out are all ways students can help. Students may sit at the cafeteria tables or may sit at the tables outside in the Atrium or by the front field. Students are expected to use good manners and to clear the eating area of all food, wrappers, and debris. Normal conversation should be limited to the students at the table.

After Lunch

This is the time to play and have fun with friends. Students may be in the following areas after eating lunch:

  • Designated Fields Outside
  • Gym (Gym will be scheduled for certain groups on certain days)
  • Library
  • Dragons Den
  • Classroom (if invited by teacher)

Student Guests

Students may bring an overseas guest (this includes former SSIS students) to attend classes for one day with prior written approval from the MS Principal. The request to bring a visitor should be made at least one day in advance. In some cases, former students may visit for up to two days, but this must be approved in advance. Permission will not be given to students living in Ho Chi Minh City or attending other schools within Ho Chi Minh City. The MS Administrative Assistant will notify all of the teachers who will host the visitor in class.

Upon arrival, guests must sign in at the MS Office and wear a visitor’s pass at all times. Guests are expected to shadow their host student unless they have permission otherwise from the administration. Guests of SSIS students are required to adhere to all school rules while on campus. Guests at extra curricular activities such as performances and dances are also obligated to follow all school rules. Guests who do not abide by the above expectations will be asked to leave immediately.

Student Lockers

Students in grades 6-8 will be issued a hallway locker and a combination lock. Students are responsible for the security of their locker and should therefore ensure their combination remains private. Lockers should remain locked at all times.

  • Students may not share or change lockers.
  • Students must use school provided locks.
  • Students may use removable decoration in their lockers. However, no writing is allowed on the lockers. Students will be charged for painting, repair or replacement as necessary.
  • A school administrator may open any locker at any time. A school administrator and one other staff member will be present during any locker inspection.
  • Lockers are to be used for school-related purposes only.
  • Lockers are to be kept clean at all times. Open food or drink is not allowed in lockers.
  • Books and personal belongings must be stored inside lockers rather than beside or on top of lockers.
  • Backpacks must be kept in the locker during the school day. Students may not carry their backpacks into classrooms.

It is expected that students will not carry their backpacks with all of their books inside all day.

On the Bus

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on SSIS. This includes behavior while traveling on the bus to and from school. It is expected that students will be courteous and respectful to all other adults and students on the bus. Older students are expected to serve as positive role models for younger students and lead by setting a positive example. The bus supervisor or driver is the final authority on the bus. Some general expectations for bus behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Be on time
  • Be seated with seat belt fastened at all times
  • Do not use cell phones on the bus
  • Keep windows closed
  • Treat bus property with care and respect
  • Exit the bus at your stop only; use the front door only to exit
  • Use appropriate language; keep voices at a reasonable level
  • Refrain from eating food or chewing gum on the bus; only water is allowed
  • Refrain from throwing anything within or out of the bus
  • Keep all body parts inside the bus; do not reach or lean out the windows
  • Be responsible for personal belongings
  • Adhere to the SSIS policies in this handbook

At a Performance or Special Event

All students are expected to maintain the highest standard of behaviour at performances, special events, and assemblies. Students are expected to understand the different behaviors that are expected at different types of events. For example, at an athletic event, it is acceptable for students to make appropriate noise and show enthusiasm. At other performances, students may be expected to sit quietly, refrain from talking and moving around, and demonstrate respect for the performers.

For most performances in the auditorium, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Remain seated for the entire performance.
  2. Do not bring any extra belongings to the assembly/ event unless specifically requested.
  3. Avoid behaviors that might distract performers on stage. Talking, flash photography, walking around, eating, drinking, and playing video games all are considered inappropriate in this setting.

With a Substitute Teacher

In the case of a substitute teacher, students are expected to follow the rules and procedures established by the regular class teacher. Furthermore, it is expected that students will behave in a manner that will provide meaningful assistance to the guest teacher. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated.

On School Field Trips or Sporting Events

All school rules apply when students are away from the school campus. Students are representing the MS, and people in the community will associate your behavior with all of the students at SSIS. Additional rules and guidelines may apply during school trips. These will be distributed prior to departure.

At School Dances, MS Blasts!, and After-School Events

Certain social events at SSIS are for all SSIS students while others are only for high school, middle school, or elementary school students. For safety and security reasons, student guests from other HCMC schools are not permitted to attend any SSIS evening activities without prior permission from the MS Principal.

After-School Event Guidelines

Families are responsible for providing transportation to and from activities unless otherwise organized by the school. Students not promptly picked up at the end of an event may not be allowed to attend the next MS event. Students are allowed to have a cell phone at school dances/after school events. However, students should respect other student’s privacy before taking and posting pictures online. Failure to comply may result in confiscation of the cell phone until the end of the event. Students are expected to remain at the dance or event from the beginning to the end. Leaving the venue for any reason without permission of a chaperone will be handled as a disciplinary infraction upon return to school.

Guests at Events

Most events are for SSIS students only. Guests from other schools, or from other school divisions, are not to be invited unless the activity is announced as open to them. The MS Principal must approve any exceptions in advance. Applications for a guess pass must be completed at least 2 days in advance of the event. The guest form includes the name and date of the event, the guest’s name, and the host’s name. The family and host take full responsibility for the guest and the guest’s behavior. In some cases, the visiting student may be asked to provide ID information prior to the event.

Taxi with Adult Supervision or Written Permission

Students are not permitted to travel in a taxi unaccompanied by an adult unless a note from the family has been received in the MS Office. This applies even if traveling only a short distance and/or if there are other students in the taxi.

CONSEQUENCES IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL POLICIES

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

 

The Core Values guide conduct expectations at SSIS. In general, MS students are expected to:

 

Be organized and prepared

•   Arrive at school and class on time with all needed materials

•   Complete and submit homework, assignments and projects on time

•   Maintain lockers and personal space in an organized an efficient manner

•   Carry the school issued ID card at all times

 

Demonstrate respect for others, for the environment and for school property

•   Respect the rights of others to work in an atmosphere conducive to learning

•   Respect the diverse cultures, backgrounds, opinions of others

•   Use only appropriate displays of affection at school and at school functions

•   Practice good listening skills

•   Work cooperatively with others with the goal of supporting the learning of all

•   Acknowledge the work and contribution of others whenever appropriate

•   Speak English in the classroom and hallways

•   Use appropriate and respectful language at all times

 

Demonstrate behavior appropriate to the setting

•   Understand and adjust behavior and actions for the specific setting and situation

•   Expectations for student behavior apply at all times when under the care of the school, on school property, at school activities both on and off campus, and on school trips

•   Expectations for classroom, hallway, assembly, bus and cafeteria behavior differ

•   Electronic devices used at teacher discretion; during all other times electronic devices must be locked securely in the student’s locker

•   Cell phones are not allowed to be utilized during the school day unless specifically required by the classroom teacher.  This includes passing times and all breaks.  Cell phones must be locked securely in the student locker from 8:00-3:00.

•   Understand and abide by the MS Gaming Guidelines (see appendix)

 

Keep a safe and secure environment

•   Bring no dangerous items to school

•   Maintain a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment

•   Treat furniture, equipment, buildings, and school grounds with respect

•   Wear an appropriate school uniform at all times

•   Use technology appropriately and in appropriate situations

•   Keep all areas clean and picked up

•   Walk in the hallways and on stairs; ensure exits and doorways are not blocked

 

Reasonable efforts will be made to inform students and parents of any changes in these rules after the handbooks are published. Ignorance of published school rules is no excuse for inappropriate behavior.

 

CONSEQUENCES IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL POLICIES

 

MS teachers and administrators will treat students in a dignified, positive manner if found in violation of policies outlined in this handbook. The definitions and consequences summarized below are intended to deter infractions of school policy in a consistent manner and promote a healthy and studious environment.  Offenses repeated from year to year will be weighed when administration makes a decision on consequences involving serious offenses.

 

In general, the following list of consequences may be utilized if a student decides to violate school policies. They are listed in order of growing consequence. The family will be notified if any of the following disciplinary actions are taken.

 

Family Contact

Teachers and principals may notify the family if infractions of a school rule continue.

 

Loss of Privilege

Students may lose the right to participate in certain activities (like dances, assemblies, or activities) or may have other privileges revoked as a result of misbehavior.

 

Detention

Occasionally, students will be required to remain after school to serve detention for violations of rules. Typically, detention will last for one hour, and students will be able to take the activity bus home. Failure to serve detentions when scheduled will result in the assigning of additional detention days. Detentions may be assigned by the teacher or by administration. Students serving detention are expected to bring class work with them. 

 

Restitution

In certain situations involving incidents of theft, vandalism, etc., students and families may be required to give an equivalent or compensation for loss or damage.

 

Family Conference

In many cases after the first or second consequence, the family and student will be asked or required to meet with the counselor or an administrator to determine the support needed to correct the problem.

 

Service Project

When appropriate as determined by the principal, students may work on a task that gives back to the school community. This consequence will be assigned when logistically possible and when resources are sufficient for supervision of the student.

 

Behavioral Probation

In cases of on-going misbehavior or repeated misbehavior, a behavior improvement plan may be developed by the principal, School Support Team, and the family. At the end of the probationary period, the principal or designate will determine whether or not the standards have been met.

 

In-School Suspension (ISS)

Students may be assigned ISS for more serious violations of middle school rules. ISS is supervised by the MS Office and prevents students from attending their regularly scheduled classes. Students are required to complete their classwork (in-class and homework) during this time.  Student may be removed from after school activities in addition to school day activities.  Disciplinary infractions will be documented in the student’s permanent record. The first assignment of ISS will generally be for one or two days, while a second assignment of ISS may be three to a maximum of ten days, depending on the seriousness of the offense. ISS is at the principal’s discretion.  The family will be notified of any ISS assignment.

 

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)

Serious infractions may result in OSS. During OSS, students are not allowed on campus until the fulfilment of the OSS assignment (this includes before and after school events in any division). Disciplinary infractions will be documented in the student’s permanent record. A first assignment of OSS will generally be for one or two days, while a second suspension may be three to a maximum of ten days, depending on the seriousness of the offense.  The family will be notified of any OSS assignment. 

 

Expulsion

Expulsion is defined as the revocation of a student’s right to attend SSIS and/or be on school grounds at any time. If a student’s conduct fails to improve after one or more suspensions, if an initial offense is considered sufficiently serious by administration, or if a probation plan has been deemed ineffectual by the school’s administration, the student may be expelled from the school. The principal will be charged with making a recommendation of expulsion to the Head of School after according the offending student the right of due process. The Head of School will make the final decision regarding the principal’s recommendation. A student expelled will not be eligible for any refund of fees paid for the semester in which he/she was expelled. Transportation fees will be refunded on a prorated basis.

 

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR REFERRAL PROCESS

STUDENT BEHAVIOR REFERRAL PROCESS

 

The following is a summary of how behaviour infractions are addressed at SSIS.

Note: The principal has the right to determine if extenuating circumstances exist that may alter the information on the following chart.

 

Referral

A referral can be made by a teacher, faculty member, bus monitor, student, or parent.

 

Investigation

Concern or incident will be investigated.  Student referred will share his/her view. The seriousness of offense will be determined.

 

Level One

Incidents may include:

  • Classroom infractions
  • Bus infractions
  • Inappropriate and disruptive behavior
  • Dress code violations
  • Unexcused tardiness
  • Electronic device violation
  • Technology violation
  • Minor school rule violations

 

Level Two

Incidents may include:

  • Repeated Level 1 infractions
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Forgery
  • Harassment / Bullying
  • Truancy
  • Jeopardizing safety
  • Public display of affection
  • Unauthorized location

 

Level Three

Incidents may include:

  • Repeated Level 2 infractions
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Curfew violation
  • Threats, fighting, assault, battery
  • Possession, use or sale of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
  • Possession of weapons or explosives

 

 

Determination of Consequence

Once the investigation is complete, the level of consequence will be determined.  In general, Level 1 offenses will begin with parent contact; Level 2 offenses with detention; Level 3 with ISS or OSS.

 

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APPENDIX

APPENDIX 1: LAPTOP CARE

Standards for Proper Laptop Care

This document is an important addendum to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). You are expected to follow all the specific guidelines listed in this document and take any additional common-sense precautions to protect your laptop.

Students are responsible for the general care of the laptop.  Following the advice and the standards below will lead to a laptop that will run smoothly and serve as a reliable, useful and enjoyable learning tool.

 

Student Responsibilities

•   Bring your laptop to school every day.

•   Students are responsible for their devices at all times. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen (even at school), is the student’s responsibility.

•   Place an identifying name tag on your device. Label the top of the computer and both parts of the power cord.

•   Avoid use in situations that are conducive to loss or damage. For example, never leave the laptop on the bus, in the gym, in a locker room, on playing fields or in other areas where it could be damaged or stolen.

•   Back up your data. Never consider any electronic information safe when stored on only one device.

 

General Care

•   Do not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the laptop, including the keys, screen cover or plastic casing.

•   Keep the equipment clean. For example, don’t eat or drink while using the laptop.

 

Carrying the Laptop

•   Students should never carry their laptops while the screen is open. Always completely close the lid and wait for the laptop to enter sleep mode before moving it, even for short distances. Movement while the laptop is on can result in permanent damage to the hard-drive and the loss of all data.

•   Always store the laptop in a carrying case.

•   Do not grab and squeeze the laptop, as this can damage the screen and other components

 

Repairs

•   Repairs are the responsibility of the student and parent. School personnel will not be involved in repairing student-owned devices.

    

Screen Care

The device screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screen is particularly sensitive to damage if excessive pressure is placed on it.

•   Do not lean on the top of the laptop when it is closed.

•   Do not place anything on the laptop that could put pressure on the screen. The laptop screen can be easily damaged if proper care is not taken. Screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.

•   Laptops should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a book bag as this may break the screen

•   Do not touch the laptop screen with anything (e.g., your finger, pen, pencil, etc.) other than approved laptop screen cleaners.

•   Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static cloth or with a screen cleaner designed specifically for LCD type screens only. Remember to shut your computer off when cleaning.

 

Battery Life and Charging

•   Arrive to school each day with a fully charged battery. Establish a routine at home so that each evening the laptop charges fully.

•   Avoid using the charger in any situation where anyone is likely to trip over the cord.

•   Don’t let the battery completely drain. Immediately shutdown if unable to connect the laptop to the charger.

•   Close the lid of the laptop when it is not in use in order to save battery life and protect the screen.

APPENDIX 2: MS GAMING GUIDELINES

Middle School Gaming Guidelines

Playing games is a way for students to relieve stress. Many games make it possible for students to gain social, planning, and design skills, along with figuring out strategies to accomplish their goals. Gaming can help students think critically about what they are doing in an enjoyable way. To support having the privilege of gaming during non-instructional times at school, the Middle School Student Council has developed these gaming guidelines.

 

This gaming guidelines explain to students what type of games are appropriate to play at school. The gaming guidelines apply to all middle school students.  

 

Allowable Gaming Devices

Students may only use their laptop to game. Other electronic devices may only be used at teacher discretion, and those electronic devices must be locked securely in student lockers during all other times (see Middle School Student Handbook).

 

Appropriate Times to Play Games at School

Students are allowed to play games before and after school, and during break times, including lunch. There are exceptions to this, such as when the teacher uses a specific game in class for learning. The games played during the certain times given above must follow this gaming guidelines, and students must responsibly follow the guidelines written in the student handbook.

 

Appropriate Locations to Play Games at School

Students are allowed to play games in the following locations: atrium, middle school library, Dragon’s Den, IT rooms. These are the areas typically available to students during the school day. Students are not allowed to play games in the following locations:  cafeteria, fields, gym, pool areas, and hallways. Though some of these areas are available to students during the school day, they are not suitable for laptop use.

 

School Appropriate

All games played at school need to be school appropriate. School appropriate games should fall into these categories: creative construction, educational, sports, strategy, skill-building and sandbox games. The content and objective of the game must also be school appropriate. In selecting a game to play at school, students should ensure that the language of the game is appropriate and respectful. The game should focus on positive relationships and conduct by and toward both people and inanimate objects.

 

Content that is NOT School Appropriate

According to the Responsible Use Policy, students should “be a responsible user and understand that access to the school’s devices, networks and the Internet is a privilege, not a right” (Responsible Use Policy). Games can be educational and creative, but also include violence and unsuitable content for school at the same time. According to the student handbook, students should “use technology only in ways that are kind and respectful” (Middle School Handbook). Games that contain violence, blood, sexual references, drugs and inappropriate language and more are not appropriate for school. In addition, the objective of the game should not be violent. These restrictions are needed because these inappropriate contents could make other students feel uncomfortable.

 

Some examples of video games that ARE school appropriate

  • Tetris
  • Minecraft
  • 2048
  • Agar.io
  • Balloon Tower Defense

 

Some examples of video games that are NOT school appropriate

  • Counter Strike
  • Team Fortress
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Fortnite

 

Consequences

If a student chooses not to follow the gaming guidelines, consequences will be applied following the Student Guidelines Conduct Expectation section of the Student Handbook.

Written by: Middle School Student Council 2014-16, edited by Middle School Leadership Team; these guidelines were approved by the MS Leadership Team in January 2017.

Based on the following documents: Responsible Use Policy, Laptop Care  and the Laptop Policy.

 

Definition

Sandbox games are also referred to as open world games. These allow players to roam freely with few limitations, decide on goals, missions and objectives. Minecraft is a classic example of a school appropriate sandbox game.

 

 

APPENDIX 3: SSIS ACADEMIC HONESTY

POLICY

Saigon South International School encourages students to strive for excellence and to conduct themselves with academic honesty. Personal integrity and mutual trust are of utmost importance.

 

The school prides itself on having a policy of tolerance and patience. In cases of academic dishonesty however, the importance of maintaining school credibility and our reputation as an outstanding educational institution requires consistent and deliberate action. The majority of students find dishonest practice disturbing and appreciate the support provided in helping students develop and uphold acceptable practices.

 

Teachers recognize the normal work patterns and writing talents of individual students and become concerned when assignments are drastically different than work normally produced during supervised instructional periods.

 

SSIS Efforts to Control Plagiarism

The High School will use www.turnitin.com or similar tool for all of its core academic classes. This type of website is a plagiarism control tool allowing teachers to compare student-submitted work to work found on the world wide web and with other previously-submitted student work to turnitin.com from anywhere in the world. All students will be required by their teachers to submit major written assignments through this web­-based tool. Teachers will provide students in their class with course code and password information for use of this site for this purpose.  The Middle School will use similar web-based tools.

 

The school recognizes the need to advise students on what constitutes academic dishonesty and on the distinctions between dishonest and legitimate practice. Such advice is an essential part of academic education and preparation for professional life. Therefore, early in the year, the school requires students and parents to sign a standard form indicating they have read this document and agree to abide by the SSIS School Academic Code of Honesty.

 

The following information is provided to make sure that students are aware of expectations and understand actions that will be construed as cheating.

 

Definition of Academic Dishonesty

Academic honesty requires that students present only their own work for assessment and grading. Academic dishonesty is therefore defined as an act of deception with regard to work done as part of the school’s curricular and extracurricular programs at any time or place. Such deception aims at avoiding academic responsibility and/or gaining unfair advantage in any assessment.

 

Examples of Dishonest Practice

The ability to electronically access information has increased the temptation for students to cheat, especially on homework assignments and course work done outside school. It is incumbent on the school to guide students away from such dishonest and educationally damaging temptations.

 

The following list provides common examples of unacceptable practice. The list is not exhaustive; each case will be judged upon its own merits.

•   Copying another person’s work

•   Allowing one’s own work to be copied

•   Unauthorized collusion on an assignment

•   Dishonest practice in a test, examination or some other form of assessment

•   False declaration (for example, lying to obtain extension of a deadline, to gain exemption from work or to receive special consideration)

•   Forgery (for example forging a signature, parental note, certificates, record, report or letter of reference)

•   Data falsification (for example: fabricated, altered or copied project or laboratory report)

•   Plagiarism (see note below)

•   Cutting and pasting information from a website without proper referencing

 

Collaborative Assignments

Cooperation and collaboration between students are frequently expected and encouraged. When working on group projects, results may be given collectively. However, there must be clear acknowledgement of whose contribution is being submitted or presented. One-sided contribution ceases to be collaborative. Similarly, collaboration must never result in a piece of work being attributed to a single individual.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of another’s words or ideas as one’s own and without proper citation (credit given to the source). When students plagiarize, they usually do so in one of the following ways:

•   Using the words or original ideas of another without proper citation

•   Failing to use quotation marks when citing a source

•   Paraphrasing another’s work without citing the original source

•   Using an author’s argument or points from an argument and representing them as one’s own

 

Examples of common sources of plagiarized materials include work by other students, journal articles, books and the internet. It should be noted that even unintentional failure to acknowledge a source might constitute plagiarism. Forgetting to footnote or reference is not an acceptable excuse. If ever in doubt, acknowledge your source. If you are not sure if what you are doing is plagiarism or malpractice, ask your teacher.

 

Referencing Expectations

Students are expected to correctly reference the work of others in all situations and assignments. Examples of proper referencing styles are available in the Write Source 2000 textbook.

 

Malpractice

Malpractice is defined as “behavior that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage” on one or more assignments. The following are examples of behaviors that constitute malpractice. This list, however, is not exhaustive:

•   Copying the work of another student

•   Sharing one’s own work with another student

•   Fabricating data for an assignment

•   Misconduct during an examination, such as attempts to disrupt the examination or distract another student

•   Stealing examination papers

•   Using an unauthorized calculator on an examination

 

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty (including Plagiarism and Malpractice):

The School reserves the right to impose logical consequences for academic dishonesty, depending upon the frequency, seriousness, and circumstances of the offense.

 

As part of the learning process, cases of minor academic dishonesty within the classroom will be dealt with by the teacher as “teachable moments.” This would include incidents a) that have a small effect on course grade, and b) in which there is evidence that the student does not understand what was dishonest about the action.

 

If the teacher determines that the incident is serious and that the student knew that academic dishonesty was involved, the student will be referred to administration. Once referred to the administration, the following consequences will apply over the students’ SSIS career if and as the frequency of academic dishonesty continues.

 

First Serious Offense

•   The student may earn no credit on the plagiarized work and will be required to resubmit the work.

•   A referral by the SSIS faculty member will be made to administration.

•   An e-mail and/or telephone call by administration will be made to the parents or guardians.

•   The incident will be noted and placed in the student’s school file (but not in the student’s permanent file).

•   A conference with the student, teacher, parent, counselor, and administrator may be held depending on the circumstances. Administration will determine whether a meeting will be held.

•   The student will meet with the counselor separately to work on decision-making skills.

Second Serious Offense

•   The student may earn no credit on the plagiarized work and will be required to resubmit the work.

•   A referral by the SSIS faculty member will be made to administration.

•   The incident will be noted and placed in the student’s permanent SSIS file (as well as the student’s school file).

•   A conference with the student, teacher, parent, and administrator will be held.

•   The student will be assigned in-school suspension (one to two days).

•   A letter from administration will be sent to parents outlining the seriousness of the situation.

 

Third Serious Offense

•   As with any repeated breach of school regulations, a third offense may result in the student being asked to withdraw from SSIS. Administration will consider the factors of each third offense carefully before making a final decision

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN ACADEMIC HONESTY

MS Administration, MS Counselor

•   Understand what constitutes academic honesty and an authentic piece of work.

•   Know the consequences for students if found guilty of plagiarism or malpractice.

•   Establish a school culture that actively encourages academic honesty.

•   Engage fully in the prevention, detection and investigation of malpractice.

•   Understand additional responsibilities in the event of a student being investigated for malpractice.

 

Teachers, Librarians

•   Provide instruction and scaffolding necessary for students to use ethical research practices including opportunities for feedback via the drafting process.

•   Provide students with consistent advice on good academic practice whenever necessary.

•   Support the SSIS Academic Honesty Policy and comply with SSIS standards for acknowledging sources.

•   Confirm, to the best of his or her knowledge, all students’ work accepted or submitted for assessment is the authentic work of the student.

•   Provide students with clear guidelines on academic writing and referencing styles.

•   Provide clear information on assessment requirements for all assignments, especially concerning aspects involving individual and/or collective assessment.

•   Provide clear guidelines on group work, especially concerning assessment and division of tasks among group members and monitoring of group work to ensure fair assessment.

•   Adhere to school policies regarding consequences for student plagiarism or malpractice.

 

Students:

•   Have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that all work submitted for assessment is authentic, with the work or ideas of others fully and correctly acknowledged using an appropriate documentation system.

•   Are responsible for complying with the Saigon South International School Academic Honesty Statement.

•   Should seek clarity from teachers and teacher librarian during the assignment process and also regarding any aspect of the Academic Honesty expectations.

•  Be aware of SSIS consequences for student plagiarism or malpractice.

APPENDIX 4: SSIS MIDDLE SCHOOL ANTI-BULLYING GUIDELINE

Saigon South International School Middle School recognizes that all students have the right to feel safe, secure, and respected when they come to school. Everyone in the school community has the right to feel free from any threat of bullying or harassment. Students should also feel safe when reporting incidents to staff members. It is necessary that we, as members of the Saigon South International School community, adhere to the anti-bullying policy proactively, fairly and consistently.

 

Purpose

•   To provide a safe, secure learning environment for all

•   To create a supportive environment that allows for open, honest communication

•   To raise awareness of the issues involved with bullying and harassment and provide skills and strategies to students, staff, and parents

•   To provide interventions that teach empathy, respect and compassion to those involved in bullying and harassment situations

•   To implement procedures to address bullying and harassment

 

Definitions

Harassment/Bullying is unwanted, intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that is meant to demean, humiliate, isolate and control an individual.

 

Harassment/Bullying includes an imbalance of power in which another individual uses their power, such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity, to control or harm others.

 

Advances in technology have created opportunities for cyber bullying and the misuse of technology. It is the expectation of SSIS that behavior and actions related to the use of technology are appropriate and respectful of oneself and of others. Cyber bullying is defined as deliberate, harassing, threatening and humiliating misuse of electronic media that is disruptive to one’s educational environment.

 

Bullying and harassment in any form is prohibited, including but not limited to:

•   Verbal: Name calling, personal comments, racial abuse, gossip, taunting, insulting, and making threats, intimidation

•   Social: Being deliberately and maliciously excluded by an individual or group

•   Material: When possessions are stolen or damaged or extortion takes place

•   Emotional: As when pressure to conform is applied or social relationships are manipulated

•   Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, pulling, blocking/impeding student’s movement, physical assaulting or any other unwelcome physical contact

•   Written: Including graffiti, text messages, web sites, social network sites, blogs, or other misuses of technology

 

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to the following:

•   Verbal harassment or abuse

•   Pressure for sexual activity

•   Repeated remarks with sexual or demeaning implications

•   Unwelcome touching

•   Sexual jokes, posters, cartoons, etc.

•   Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats

Reporting Strategies

Incidents of bullying or harassment should be reported to administration without exception. If such an incident involves physical threats or safety issues, it must be reported to administration immediately. Every reasonable effort will be made to maintain confidentiality during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.

 

Student Reporting

Students can report bullying or harassment to any member of the staff. Students seeing others being bullied are encouraged to report it as well. When bullying is reported, the classroom teacher or staff member shall make every effort to deal with the situation immediately. Further appropriate action and follow-up will take place as soon as possible.

 

Role of the Staff

Everyone in the school will be aware of the indications of potential bullying and harassment and will act in response to these situations. Staff responses may include:

•   Listening to and reassuring the student

•   Taking action as quickly as possible

•   Making it clear that such behavior is not acceptable

 

Establishing whether or not the incident is part of a pattern; then the following should occur where appropriate:

•   Reporting the incident to the appropriate administrator for further disciplinary action and/or threat assessment.

•   Referring the incident to the counsellor for further support

 

CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

 

AUGUST 2019

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6                

MS Student Orientation

(1-3pm)

 

7

A-H Special Schedule

First Day of Classes

 

8         Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

9         Adv

Day 2 - EFGH

10

 

11

 

12       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 1 ASA Online Registration

13       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 1 ASA Online Registration

14       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

Season 1 ASA Online Registration

15       Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

Season 1 ASA Online Registration

16       Adv

Day 7 - DABC

Season 1 ASA Online Registration

17

 

18

 

19       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

Season 1 ASA Bus Registration

20       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

Season 1 ASA Bus Registration

21       Adv

Day 2 - EFGH

Season 1 ASA Bus Registration

22       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 1 ASA Bus Registration

 

Curriculum Night (6-8pm)

 

23       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 1 ASA Bus Registration

 

24

 

25

 

26       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

MS Photo Week

 

Season 1 ASA starts

27     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

MS Photo Week

28     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

MS Photo Week

29       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

MS Photo Week

30     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

MS Photo Week

31

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2

No School

Vietnamese National Day

 

3       DEAR

   Day 2 - EFGH

 

4       DEAR

  Day 3 - BCDA

 

5         Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

6       DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

7

 

8

9         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

10     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

11     DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

12       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

13     DEAR

 Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

14

15

16       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

17     DEAR

   Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

18     DEAR

  Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

19       Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

20     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

21

 

22

23       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

24     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

25     DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

26       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

27     DEAR

 Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

28

 

29

30       

No Students

Professional Development

 

Notes:

OCTOBER 2019

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1       

No Students

Professional Development

 

2       DEAR

  Day 5 - CDAB

 

3         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

4       DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

End of Q1

 

5

 

6

 

7         Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

 

8       DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

9       DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

10

Day 3 - BCDA

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

Parent-Teacher Conferences

(4-8pm)

 

11

No Classes

Parent-Teacher Conferences

(8-1pm)

12

 

13

14      

No School

Fall Break

 

15     

No School

Fall Break

 

 

16    

No School

Fall Break

 

 

17

No School

Fall Break

 

18

 No School

Fall Break

 

19

 

20

21       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

22     DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

23     DEAR

  Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

24       Adv

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

25     DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

26

 

27

28       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

29     DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

30     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

 

31       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

Notes:

 

 

NOVEMBER 2019

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1       DEAR

 Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

2

 

3

4         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

5       DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

6       DEAR

  Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

7         Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

8       DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

Season 1 ASA ends

 

9

 

10

11       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 2 ASA Online Registration

 

12     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 2 ASA Online Registration

 

 

13     DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

Season 2 ASA Online Registration

 

 

14       Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

Season 2 ASA Online Registration

 

 

15   

 No Students

Professional Development

 

Season 2 ASA Online Registration

 

 

16

 

17

18      

MS Week Without Walls

 

Season 2 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

19

MS Week Without Walls

 

Season 2 ASA Bus Registration

 

20

  MS Week Without Walls

 

Season 2 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

21

MS Week Without Walls

 

Season 2 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

22

MS Week Without Walls

 

Season 2 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

23

 

24

 

 

25       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 2 ASA starts

 

26     DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

27     DEAR

 Day 6 - GHEF

28       Adv

 Day 7 - DABC

29     DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

30

 

 

DECEMBER 2019

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2         Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

3       DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

4       DEAR

  Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

5         Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

6       DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

7

 

8

9         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

10     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

11     DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

12       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

13

Day 2 - EFGH

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

End of S1

 

14

 

15

 

16

No School

Winter Break

 

17

No School

Winter Break

 

18

No School

Winter Break

 

19

No School

Winter Break

 

20

No School

Winter Break

 

21

 

22

 

23

No School

Winter Break

 

24

No School

Winter Break

 

25

No School

Winter Break

 

26

No School

Winter Break

 

27

No School

Winter Break

 

28

 

29

 

30

No School

Winter Break

 

31

No School

Winter Break

 

Notes:

 

JANUARY 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

1

No School

Winter Break

 

2

No School

Winter Break

 

3

No School

Winter Break

 

4

 

5

6

No Students

Professional Development

 

7       DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

First Day of S2

 

8     DEAR

  Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

9         Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

10     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

11

 

12

13       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

14     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

15     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

16       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

17     DEAR

 Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

18

 

19

20       Adv

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

21     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

22    

  No School

Tet Holiday

 

23     

No School

Tet Holiday

 

 

 

24    

No School

Tet Holiday

 

 

25

 

26

27      

No School

Tet Holiday

 

 

28    

No School

Tet Holiday

 

 

29     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

30       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

 

31     DEAR     

Day 6 - GHEF

 

Notes:

FEBRUARY 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 - 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3         Adv        

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

 

              

Day 8 - HEFG

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

 

 

5            DEAR  

Day 1 - ABCD

 

6         Adv        

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

7             DEAR      

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

8

 

9

 

10       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

11        DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

12     DEAR

  Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

13       Adv

Day 7 - DABC

 

14       DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

15

 

16

17       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

18     DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

19     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

20       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

21     DEAR

 Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

22

 

23

24       Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

25     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

26    

  Day 8 - HEFG

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

 

27       Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

28     DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

Season 2 ASA ends

 

29

 

MARCH 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2         Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 3 ASA Online Registration

 

 

3       DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 3 ASA Online Registration

 

 

4       DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

Season 3 ASA Online Registration

 

 

5         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

Season 3 ASA Online Registration

 

 

6       DEAR

 Day 7 - DABC

Season 3 ASA Online Registration

 

 

7

 

8

9         Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

Season 3 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

10     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

Season 3 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

11     DEAR

  Day 2 - EFGH

Season 3 ASA Bus Registration

 

12       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 3 ASA Bus Registration

 

 

13     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

Season 3 ASA Bus Registration

 

14

15

16       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

Season 3 ASA starts

 

17     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

18     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

End of Q3

 

 

19       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

MS Student-Led Conferences

 

20

No Classes

MS Student-Led Conferences

 

21

 

22

 

23       Adv

Day - ABCD

 

 

24     DEAR

Day - EFGH

 

25     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

 

26       Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

27      

Day 5 - CDAB

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

 

28

 

29

30        

No School

Spring Break

 

 

31      

No School

Spring Break

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

APRIL 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

1       

No School

Spring Break

 

2       

No School

Spring Break

 

Vietnamese Kings Day

 

 

 

3      

No School

Spring Break

 

 

4

 

5

6         Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

7       DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

8       DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

9         Adv

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

10      DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

11

 

12

13       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

14     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

15     DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

16       Adv

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

17     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

18

 

19

20       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

21     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

22     DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

23       Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

24     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

25

 

26

27        Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

 

28     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

 

29     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

30      

No School

Reunification Day

 

 

Notes:

MAY 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

1      

No School

International Labor Day

 

 

2

 

3

4         Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

5       DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

6       DEAR

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

7         Adv

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

8        DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

9

 

10

11       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

12     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

13     DEAR

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

14       Adv

Day 8 - HEFG

 

15     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

16

 

17

18      

Day 2 - EFGH

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

 

 

 

19     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

 

 

20     DEAR

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

21       Adv

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

22     DEAR

Day 6 - GHEF

 

 

23

 

24

25       Adv

Day 7 - DABC

 

 

26     DEAR

Day 8 - HEFG

 

 

27     DEAR

Day 1 - ABCD

 

 

28       Adv

Day 2 - EFGH

 

 

29     DEAR

Day 3 - BCDA

Season 3 ASA ends

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2020

 

SSIS – MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019 – 2020

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1         Adv

Day 4 - FGHE

 

 

2       DEAR

Day 5 - CDAB

 

 

3      

Early Dismissal

(12:15pm)

Last Day of Classes

 

 

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

 

13

 

14

 

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Contributors to this page: jnguyen , hile and trho .
Page last modified on Monday September 9, 2019 14:51:47 +07 by jnguyen.

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