Newsletter // November 2020

Dear ESIS Families, 


I am so grateful that we have made it to December and we are still learning together on campus. Thank you all for respecting health and safety protocols and working together to maintain our in person lessons.

My amazing team of instructors keep coming up with fresh new ideas for inspirational learning activities,  many of which we will highlight in this newsletter. Make sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to see our current events.

The Leadership Team is also conscious of creating projects that nurture our whole community and support the well-being of our students and staff. I am delighted that this Friday we have an afternoon of activities planned for our Spirit Houses that will help our students relax, reflect, unwind, and recharge. They will participate in sessions about yoga, art therapy, meditation, therapy dogs, dance flow, and much more! After, they will be mentally prepared for the final few weeks of the semester, including their final projects and exams. Look out in next month's newsletter for more about the outcome of the wellness afternoon activities.

Thank you for your continued support,    

Head of School

Upcoming Events

DEC 04
Wellness Afternoon
Students will participate in activities with their Spirit Teams
14:00 - 17:00

DEC 05
Official SAT and
SAT Subject Test

11th and 12th graders only
07:45 - 12:30

DEC 07 - 08
Dia de la Inmaculada

DEC 09 - 11
Final Exam Revision Days
Middle and high school students


Dec 14 - 17
Final Exam Days
Middle and high school students

DEC 18
Winter Holidays Begin
Recommended departure

Fantastic Fall Field Trip
   The second Unit of Inquiry for the elementary students this year is 'Where We are in Place and Time.' Often this topic reminds us of history lessons about ancient civilizations, and we forget about the importance of identifying where our place right here and now. For many students, Barcelona is not their original home, so this poses an interesting challenge. Ms. Jimenez, the IB PYP Catalan teacher, proposed a field trip that would help students understand more about the culture and beauty of Catalunya.
   They visited La Fageda d'en Jorda, a special forest located near Olot in the Garrotxa. "It is a picturesque forest found right on top of lava from volcanoes," Ms. Jimenez described.  It is said that this is the most beautiful forest in Catalunya, and in the fall, it is considered to be the most beautiful time to visit. Students had a guide to walk them through the woods and identify flora and fauna, helping them strengthen their knowledge of the local language.  "It was a splendid day in the fresh air," Ms. Jimenez recalled.
Find more photos of the trip here.
 Thankful For Our Community

  Our newly elected Student Council representatives worked hard to bring a COVID-safe Thanksgiving celebration to the school community. Students liaised with our Director of Operations, Sergi Bonillo, to organize a Thanksgiving buffet lunch. Students and teachers enjoyed a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and more.
        After   eating,   students   and   teachers 

participated in a raffle to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Representatives worked tirelessly in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to sell as many tickets as possible, and to gather prizes to give away. Prizes included a new tennis racket donated by ASC, goodie baskets from Taste of America, private lessons with ASC top coaches, and much more. In the end, Student Council raised over €500 for a child in need!
A Challenging Curriculum in AP

  Our goal is to provide students with opportunities in education and in life, and in order to prepare them for their futures, we must challenge them to become life-long learners and critical thinkers. We do this in all of our classes, but some of those classes come with a few added perks for our juniors and seniors in high school. Since 2015, we have proudly offered a diverse selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for 11th and 12th graders to choose as their electives. At the end of the year, they have the option to take an official AP Exam, which, if successfully passed, can earn them university credits. 

    "We do not set the curriculum; it is set by the Exam board in the US.  It is designed to be the equivalent of a 1st year university course, so it is academically rigorous and requires a lot of focus, discipline and hard work from the students to prepare for the AP exams in May," explained Ms. Wynne. These courses require students to analyze the material given and think deeply.  "Students have to be more in control of the learning process in an AP class. In turn, they are more in control of their success and gain confidence in their abilities," said Mr. Green. In these classes, students acquire and use the skills they will need in a university classroom.
What Our AP Teachers Think 

"I like teaching AP classes because students take them very seriously.  These classes remind me of my past when I taught at a university. The students do not need to memorize the material, rather, they need to understand the concepts. That's simply amazing! When the students understand how things work, they love these subjects too!"
Mr. Gonzalo Rios
AP Calculus / AP Chemistry / AP Statistics
"El objetivo es someter a los estudiantes a los estándares rigurosos con los que se enfrentarán en la universidad e incrementar su preparación para la misma, desafiarlos a que se esfuercen más de lo normal y a menudo un tanto más que en los cursos de honores. Los estudiantes AP analizan temas de manera más profunda mediante la investigación, la práctica, la aplicación y el pensamiento crítico y por este motivo resulta atractivo impartir estas clases."

Ms. Laura Jimenez
AP Spanish

"Having an understanding of computer programming is an important 21st century skill. In my AP Computer Science Principles course the students are given a lot of autonomy, and I like seeing them become better problem-solvers. There is a lot of trial and error involved, and there are opportunities given to support growth over instant success." 

Mr. Dan Green
AP Computer Science Principles

"I like to help students see the importance of Biology in their own lives. They start making connections between what they are and the world they are living in from a biological perspective. I also like to encourage students to take challenging paths in their studies.  It's an honor for me to guide them in their learning process."
Mr. Raúl Santamaría
AP Biology
"I love teaching AP political science as it opens students eyes to power structures around the world and gets them interested in politics. Understanding how political systems work, realizing the importance of democratic institutions, where power lies in a country, and how it is wielded could not be more important in my opinion! Politics is constantly changing so it is always a challenge to keep up, and it is a challenge that I look forward to every day.  I hope to inspire my students to do the same!"

Ms. Eimear Wynne
AP American History / AP Comparative Government and Politics
Recognizing Excellence on Campus
    Excellence at our school comes in many forms. Not only do we have academically successful students who exceed expectations, moreover, we have students who excel in sports, leadership, community development, creativity, and language learning. We are happy to honor each student for their achievements no matter how big or how small! 
Students in Mr. Gaudin's Photography Enrichment class participated in a photography contest after their field trip to Barcelona. Congratulations to Nora-May Huet, Adriana Korbetska, and Yujiro Gake for their winning photos! 
Students in the Change Makers class organized a Mixed Doubles Tournament for Middle School. Each student paid an entrance fee to participate, and the winning team had the chance to win donated prizes from the Academia Sanchez-Casal Pro Shop. The winning team was Jianning Ye and Anastasia Ardavichus. All money the Change Makers raised will be donated to charity.
Students in Mr. Green's 9th grade Biology and Dr. Boerkamps' 12th grade Chemistry class have been thinking like scientists as they designed and conducted various experiments this month. They diligently tested potato enzymes, created an egg osmosis lab to simulate a cell, and observed the reactivity of metals.
Every year in Ms. Wynne's 9th grade history class, students get to show off their creative talents by creating a sculpture project to accompany their presentation about a lesser known object from history. This project is wonderful as it fosters a sense of excitement about the hidden elements of history that are still waiting to be discovered.
Our Spanish classes are full immersion, meaning that the instruction and discussions are in Spanish 100% of the time. In Ms. Rodriguez's class, she expects her students, wether they are from here or another country, to give presentations in Spanish.  This month, they presented about interesting local architecture.
Students and teachers from Elementary School showed amazing support for the Spirit House activity, Pajama Day. Mostly everyone came dressed in their coziest pjs and enjoyed the day in comfort while earning their teams those sought after Spirit Points. Thank you for always participating!
Learn more about what our school offers.
We do so much more than can fit in a newsletter!

The mission of ES International School is to be an exemplary learning and athletic community. We challenge ourselves to be better through an emphasis on critical thinking, and intellectual and social awareness. Students develop a passion for learning through individualized support in a nurturing environment. Our success is founded on effective communication and an engaging academic curriculum. 
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