Welcome to Grade 9

Grade 9 (Class of 2023)

What does a final MYP grade mean?

What does a final MYP grade mean?

At ABIS we use the IB Middle Years Programme 1-8 grading system to grade all the summative work students do in their classes. I like to think of the grades received as being in one of four bands with 7-8 being great work, 5-6 being good work, 3-4 being minimally...

G9 Prototyping

G9 Prototyping

It has been pleasing to see some students continue with their prototypes, here we have an example of an egg box to sell the school farm eggs recycled from a pizza box. It is great that the students are engaging in design. As one student emailed “I am still doing it...

Personal Product in Grade 9

Personal Product in Grade 9

The Personal Project (PP) is a unique way all IB students can accomplish something they think is important, valuable, and challenging. Along with meeting Sevice as Action Goals, it is part of a pair of requirements all students must complete in order to receive the IB...

House points are still adding up!

House points are still adding up!

Teachers continue to award points to students showing good attributes of the IB Learner Profile and also for demonstrating Approach to Learning skills. Many students have shown their teachers their best efforts and have been earning points for the house for our annual...

Grade 9 Science

Grade 9 Science

Balloon powered cars! This week Grade 9 have been putting their creativity skills into developing balloon powered cars using simple materials such as balloons, paper cups, plastic straws and rubber bands. By using Newton's third law of motion which states that for...

House Points

House Points

Students across school are still earning house points. We will continue to keep track in houses. Here is the current tally of points Keep showing off your use of good Approaches to Learning and your attributes of the Learner Profile. Here is to all of us doing good...

Grade 9 and the Personal Project

Students are 7 weeks into planning their Personal Projects. During each week of our learning from home, students have had an assignment. Each assignment was a step toward reaching their goal, completing their Personal Project. We have continued to hold our weekly...

G9 Design: launching Criterion C

G9 Design: launching Criterion C

We launched Criterion C this week - “Creating the Solution”. We talked through what students can realistically achieve while learning from home. We paid attention to each strand; discussing expectations, slide show info pack, youtube clips created by the design...

G9 Design Developing

G9 Design Developing

Students have been piecing together specification and sketches as part of the design cycle over the last 2 weeks. Again, thanks to the students ‘clients’ for being valuable spokes in the design cycle. Next week, we shift focus from being Designers to Prototypers....

Grade 9 Mathematics

Grade 9 Mathematics

Shortly the grade 9 class will be entering a review period. The focus for this will be to develop skills that they will need in MYP5 and at Diploma level. This will also have an ATL focus of Create plans to prepare for summative assessments & Plan strategies and...

Collaborating Online

This week grades 9 and 10 collaborated in online sessions to reinforce material that was covered through video lessons. In grade 9, we analyzed sources pertaining to the Berlin Wall crisis in 1961. In grade 11 TOK, students looked at the Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) to...

Design Innovators

Design Innovators

Students have submitted their analysis and research for their chosen “design challenge”. Thank you to the parents and staff that are the students “client”. They have now moved onto the next design cycle, which is to developing their ideas.

Prague Spring with Grade 9

Grade 9s learned about the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia this week. Interdependence between governments has been the focus of our inquiry with the Soviet Union and their control of Eastern European countries serving as our entry point. Below are some screenshots of...

Google Jamboard and Distance Learning

This week, a couple of classes tried out Google Jamboard to try to enhance our collaboration during this period of distance learning. Jamboard allows us to collaborate on a virtual whiteboard where we can draw, add stickers and post-it notes, and annotate maps and...

Duolingo champs!

Duolingo champs!

Whilst learning online, French language students are supplementing our units of inquiry with assignments in Duolingo classrooms. Each grade level has its own classroom, with a play area at a higher level for our DP students too! It’s great to see the rewards being...

Name that tune…

Name that tune…

Creativity can happen anywhere... The beginnings of Feras’ composition The beginnings of Aldo’s waltz Feedback can happen from anywhere too... This is of the ways in which Grade 9 are still fulfilling their responsibility as MYP learners.

Cold War Webinars

Grade 9 students have created wonderful webinars about the Cold War. Students created their own research questions, analyzed sources, carried out an investigation, and reflected on the process. This was a very intensive project and many collaborated with classmates...

G9 Design : Innovators

G9 Design : Innovators

The students have started the design cycle and selected their design challenge and client. We have been communicating remotely with the students with success. We are looking forward to seeing what their client specifications are!

G9 Design : Woodwork

G9 Design : Woodwork

This week we launched our Design unit : Innovators. We tried out google classroom this morning and it worked well after a few tech issues. We hope that the students enjoy their next Design cycle.

Visual Planning and Revising

This week classes have been involved in planning major projects and revising for exams. Visuals have been a big part of this process so that we can see where we are and where we need to be. Visuals also help to show the big picture when lots of details are...