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Activity Week and Team Kista Talk

Activity Week and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

Finally we got some warmth and sun this weekend, I had my first swim in the lake close to where I live and it was cold but worth it!

The coming week is Activity Week at IES Kista, this means that your class will be out of school for an activity for one of the days during the week. What the students will be doing and when, depends on which class or year group they belong to. The information about this has been given to the children in Mentor time and is also shared on SchoolSoft.

Since we are closing in on the end of year and summer is just around the corner, this week's Team Kista Talk is about the necessity of recuperation

It has surely been a testing term for all of us, so use the summer to relax and build up your energy for the school start in August!

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal

 

From the Principal

The last week in May and Team Kista Talk

The last week in May and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

We are now entering the last week in May and this means lots of work needs to be handed in for our students, and our teachers and staff are working as hard as they can to make sure the students can show all the knowledge accumulated during the year. I am so proud of how our school has worked during these troubled times but now is not the time to relax, but the time to focus and make sure we all finish well.

The coming weeks after this one will be a little bit different with outdoor activities and excursions so you could say this is the last normal week of the academic year. Hopefully, we can have some luck with the weather in June and our students can enjoy some sun before school ends.

This week's Team Kista Talk is on cognitive load and can be found here! Cognitive load is an important concept to understand for teachers, students, and parents since it is part of the reason for our pedagogical philosophy at IES Kista and also one of the reasons why we do not allow mobile phones in school.

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk, Graduation and the short week coming up

Team Kista Talk, Graduation and the short week coming up

Dear all,

We have now finalized the plans for a very different type of graduation ceremony, especially for year 9, due to the Covid-19 situation. Information on this will be posted on SchoolSoft this week for each year group.

Please remember that this week of school ends on Wednesday because of the public holiday on Thursday (Ascension Day), and students and staff also have Friday off.  

This week's Team Kista Talk is about a very important word for learning, Self-Efficacy. It is quite difficult to pronounce but has to do with how people assess their own ability to succeed in a task. This ties into expectations and motivation and has a strong effect on if you actually succeed in the task you are asked to perform. Enjoy!

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

 

From the Principal

IES Kista in the Media, End of Year ceremonies and Team Kista Talk

IES Kista in the Media, End of Year ceremonies and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

Last week was a little bit different for the school because of the media attention that came from the fantastic work of the entire team at IES Kista managing to keep the school open during the weeks of extreme absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, we also had visitors from a production company who did a piece on the culture shift at IES Kista for the annual report that comes out later this year. Many thanks to the people who volunteeered to be interviewed for this. It will be interesting to see how it looks when in print.

We understand that many of you wonder how the end of year ceremonies will be done this year because of the situation we are in. More information on this will come in the following week but I want to make sure it is clear already now that it is not possible for parents to attend any of the ceremonies regardless of year group because of Covid-19.

Lastly, this week's Team Kista Talk is about Talent and you can find it here!

 

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

 

From the Principal

IES Kista on the news and Team Kista Talk

IES Kista on the news and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

I hope all of you have had the chance to enjoy the extra day off even though the weather has not been the best.

Last week we were asked to receive TV4 and talk about the new investigation about how to improve the Swedish school system. You can find the interview here. It is always such a joy to see our students be proud of their school and tell others about it. I think the journalist who visited us for the interview came away with some new perspectives on IES and what we do to build our schools around the needs of our students, regardless of where they live.

This week we will have visitors from another media company to do interviews for the IES annual report. A few students and staff will take part in this as well as myself. This will be another interesting experience and a great way to keep showing the world how good our students and staff are!

Team Kista Talk this week is about the concept of luck and you can find it here!

 

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

 

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IES Kista back to the new normal and Team Kista Talk about one of my favourite words and concepts

IES Kista back to the new normal and Team Kista Talk about one of my favourite words and concepts

Dear all,

Last week we were back to what I can best describe as the new normal. Full staff presence in the school and many of our students are now back as well. However, one cannot deny that it feels different. It is a calmer, slower vibe in the school and of course the social distancing and routines to help us stay clean and healthy are visible and add to the slightly different feeling. 

This week we will only have four days together since Friday is a red day and the coming weeks will of course be special for many of our students and staff since Ramadan has begun. We are also very happy to see the sun shining on us more often and many students now spend all their breaks outside which makes the school liven up again!

The Team Kista Talk this week is a bit special for me since it is about one of my favourite words and concepts, service. You can find it here!

 

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk and the run up to Easter break

Team Kista Talk and the run up to Easter break

Dear all,

As we move into the last week before the Easter break I want to take the opportunity to thank both students and staff for the attitude they have shown in school the last couple of weeks. We all know we are living through troubled times and sometimes this makes it hard to see the good things that happen. For myself, one way of staying positive has been to see and talk to the students who are very grateful for the school being open and offering them a sense of normality of a very different situation and also seeing how the staff have adapted to this situation and provided even more care and support towards both students and each other. They are acting as excellent role models to our young people every day. We will be open as normal this week as well and I know our staff and students will continue to show care and support all the way until Easter.

All of you may have seen the news regarding the cancellation of the national tests and some of you may be worried of the effects of this decision. Actually, even if the national tests are valuable in assessing and confirming students knowledge levels, it does not create huge problems for the assessment of students and their grades to not have them. Teachers have and will have enough information from the tasks that are produced as part of the teaching and learning in the classroom.

Finally, I would like to share this week's Team Kista Talk with you, it is about Hope, something we all need at this time. 

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

From the Principal

SPT Meetings and Team Kista Talk

SPT Meetings and Team Kista Talk

Dear all,

This week it is time for the SPT Meetings, which will take place over the phone because of the current situation. Please remember to be available at the time of your meeting together with your child so that there can be a valuable conversation about your child's progress in school. Your children should be able to explain themselves what they have been doing in different subjects and at the end of this meeting it is very important that you have set some goals for improvement together with your child.

The school will continue to be open as normal until we receive other instructions from the government. This week's Team Kista Talk is about Wellness and you can find it here!

 

Your Principal.

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk and advice on how to talk to children about the current situation

Team Kista Talk and advice on how to talk to children about the current situation

Dear all,

We are fully aware that we live in uncertain times and that may people, adults as well as children are worried about the situation. We at the school see it as our mission to keep calm and of course listen to our students and parents concerns at the same time as we have to follow the directives from national guidelines and our government.

If you are a parent and you are interested in a few tips on how to talk to your child about the situation and the virus, please follow this link and you will find some advice from the goverment webpage for crisis information.

As I said, at the school, we try to keep things as normal as possible so here is the Team Kista Talk of the week. It is about independence in the learning process.

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

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Team Kista Talk and information to students regarding the Corona virus

Team Kista Talk and information to students regarding the Corona virus

Dear all,

I think we are all currently in a state of uncertainty and worry in regards to the Corona virus and what will happen. It is therefore important the we, the adults lead by example and take the measures we believe are necessary to make sure our children are as safe as possible without causing the children too much stress. In the beginning of February, we held assemblies for all year groups where we discussed and presented facts about the virus from scientific sources. We of course also gave sanitary instructions in regards to keeping yourself as safe as possible, these were also shared again last week. Below you can see the instructions we gave, they are the same as directed by the Swedish National agencies:

 

We have also made sure our Team Kista Talk this week follows the same theme of making sure we are careful in how we act and what information we trust to make sure sensible decisions are made, you can find the video here!

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

 

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