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From the Principal

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school!

Dear all,

Welcome back to school! We hope you have had a relaxing break under the current circumstances. As all of us come back to school it is just as important as before to follow guidelines and instructions to wash hands often, use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands, keep your distance as much as you can and above all, stay at home when you have even the smallest symptoms of feeling ill.

We are very happy to have you all back and even though times are tough we should remember that the vaccinations have started and it is projected that by end of April most adults will have been vaccinated in Sweden, which means that life is slowly turning back to normal. The spring also brings the light and an explosion of green in April/May which is something to look forward to.

Finally, I would like to share the video we created for our students on their first day back,  here it is!

 

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Welcome back from the autumn break!

Welcome back from the autumn break!

Dear all,

Staff and students are now back from the break and lessons are taking place as normal. As we can see in the guidelines from the National Health Agency we are now in a deteriorating situation i relation to Covid-19 in several regions of the country. In our region the guidelines have been tightened which of course also leads to action from us in addition to already following the guidelines. We have therefore decided to limit parent visits as well as external visits to the school to situations we deem completely necessary. This means that child pick-up inside the school and drop-ins are now longer available for parents or external visitors. There are signs on the door explaining who to call when in need of assistance. 

With the current situation we have also decided that we will not host the annual Nobel Dinner for exceptional student performance but we will be recognizing the winners publicly in a celebratory way.

 

Sincerely,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

 

 

 

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk and how we deal with the effects of potential right-wing demonstrations in our area

Team Kista Talk and how we deal with the effects of potential right-wing demonstrations in our area

Dear all,

As you all may know there has been applications submitted to demonstrate from far-right extremist groups in neighborhoods around our school but not directly in Kista. Besides being a display of horrible ideas and values, this can also be very dangerous when these groups collide or fight with anti-racist demonstrators. Therefore the school will keep its doors fully closed and we have increased staff presence around the main entrance throughout the day and on Monday as well to take care of any follow up or concern from students or parents.

On a more positive note, the second Team Kista Talk on the brain and memory is being published today.

You can find it here!

Your Principal,

Mr Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Team Kista Talk is back!

Team Kista Talk is back!

Dear all,

Season 2 of Team Kista Talk has now started. This year we will focus on the brain and how it works in relation to learning and memory. The sessions will follow a similar format to last year and the aim is to have one session a week shared with students, staff and parents.

 

Here is the link to the first session!

Enjoy,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

Principal IES Kista

From the Principal

Digital Parent Evenings and Mentor calls Tuesday and Wednesday

Dear all,

This week we are publishing our digital parent evening videos for each year group. Those will include both general school information and routines as well as information for the specific year groups. You can access the videos at any time as soon as they are uploaded. During the time between 5:45 and 7 PM on Tuesday (4-6) and 5:45 to 7 PM on Wednesday (7-9), it is also good if you are available on the phone since your child's mentor will try and call you to hear how you and your child have experienced the start of the school year. 

Finally, here is a short video from me to welcome you to a new academic year at IES Kista.

Year 4 Digital Parent Evening
Year 5 Digital Parent Evening
Year 6 Digital Parent Evening
Year 7 Digital Parent Evening
Year 8 Digital Parent Evening
Year 9 Digital Parent Evening

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

We have begun our journey into the new academic year!

We have begun our journey into the new academic year!

Dear all,

What an exiting first week we have had! I always think of the first day of the school year as the best day of the year. We get to see all the excited and nervous year 4 students and our returning students have grown over the summer and when they come back you can see so much of what we do here is part of who they are.

Of course it is a bit of a different start to how it usually is because of the situation and we will try and update parents and students on what happens in school as much as we can through digital communication so that families get a sense of what is going on in the school without being able to be in the building.

In a short while the timings and format of the Digital Parent Evenings will be communicated to you all through Schoolsoft.

Your Principal,

Mikael Ö. Huhta

From the Principal

Activity Week and Team Kista Talk

Activity Week at IES Kista - Staff v Year 9 Football Match

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

Blossom outside IES Kista

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

 

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