Issue 34: May 21, 2021

From the School Leadership Team

Teachers at BAIS are always striving to serve our students and improve our school! During a discussion about providing individual tutoring time and one-on-one assistance to our students, the teachers were thinking about building a period a couple times a week to support students, re-takes, and general pastoral care. From that idea grew an evaluation of the school’s current schedule and how we can make it better for students and families. Please see the bulleted list for the benefits of the new schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

The new schedule:

  • Allows for extended day classes to happen in the morning (MS Language, studio music and art, etc).
  • Gives teachers and students a built in tutoring and reassessment time at the end of the day.
  • Makes every Wednesday a “late-start” day (more consistent schedule).
  • Will allow for better staggered arrival – later start time for Secondary.
  • Gives elementary teachers more flexibility and more time to really focus on areas of need.
  • Gives elementary teachers opportunities for more hands-on learning
  • Gives Lower Elementary a full 45 minute foreign language class
  • And so much more!

For more information please watch the video linked here!

Feel free to contact Mr. Julian at travisjulian@baisedu.org with any questions or concerns.

New 2021-2022 Bell Schedule!

After a lot of discussion with teachers, parents, and students, BAIS has decided to adopt the following schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

Drama Team News

We are very excited to announce our Movie Premier of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! This will be an outdoor event held on June 5. A red carpet event to celebrate our incredible cast and crew will happen at 5:30pm. Doors open at 5:00pm; the movie will start ~6:00PM once it is dark. Tickets will be sold for a “pod” on the green for Rp400.000 for up to 4 people. If you have more than 4 people in your “pod” an additional Rp100.000/person up to 6 people max. Tickets are cash only.

You can pay Mrs. Loewen and reserve your “pod” at the same time.

From the Elementary Principal

As our final few students finish their MAP tests for this term, our team has begun to look at the data these tests have provided. While many have grown and shown high achievement, it was understood ahead of time that some students’ scores would reflect the glaring challenges of a turbulent year.

At BAIS, we align with current research that points to elementary students learning best via in-person, experiential, hands-on instruction. The 2020-2021 school year has not afforded much opportunity for this type of learning. We believe that standardized tests in an extremely non-standard year truly do not give us a clear picture of our elementary students’ abilities.

Our teachers and administrators (as well as those from schools around the globe) are taking these factors into consideration as we analyze our scores. We consider MAP testing to be quite important, yet view it as one piece of the learning experience at BAIS. Your child’s MAP scores will be sent along with this year’s final report card, along with helpful information about how to interpret those scores.

In Partnership,
Mr. Cantrall

Secondary School Portraits

For the students that come on campus, school portraits for the yearbook will be taken during the following scheduled times. Please make sure to dress appropriately for a school portrait.

GradeDay and TimeLocation
6th GradeMonday, 11:15 – P4217
7th GradeMonday, 1:20 – P7217
8th GradeMonday, 10:30 – P3217
9th GradeMonday, 9:00 – P1217
10th GradeTuesday, 1:20 – P7217
11th GradeTuesday, – during Career Ed P4 or P5217

Pre-Registration for classes for the 2021-2022 school year starts next week. Please check you email for more information.

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