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Webinar
Webinar
#RVISionaries Educator Sharing With the World
Anonymous
May-20-2020
With educator professional learning moving exclusively to an online platform, there has been a great opportunity for educators to grow and learn from one another no matter where they live or what school they work for. Educators can now hear thoughts and… Read More
Educator Sharing With the World
#RVISionaries Educator Sharing With the World
Anonymous
May-20-2020

With educator professional learning moving exclusively to an online platform, there has been a great opportunity for educators to grow and learn from one another no matter where they live or what school they work for. Educators can now hear thoughts and provocations from educators around the world on a regular basis for free or at a low cost.

On May 16th and 17th, The Inquiry Educators Summit, a large scale digital conference kicked-off yet another free opportunity for educators to learn from some of the best minds in education from across the globe. RVIS was proud to have Luke Meinen, Manager of LEVEL 5 join in on one of these sessions as a panelist talking about how technology has the ability to transform education when leveraged the right way.

This webinar had over 700 participants who joined in from across the globe and was truly a deep dive into the ways that we can better leverage technology to fundamentally change the landscape of education. If you are interested in watching the full recording of the webinar, follow this link! It is fantastic to have great opportunities arise from such a challenging time for the world.
 
Charity
Charity
Ramadan Giving 2020
Ms. Kelly and Ms. Dima
Apr-29-2020
It’s that time of year again for our 3rd Annual Ramadan Food Drive. Our school community has done such an incredible job in the past helping those in need. Due to the circumstances we are currently facing with COVID-19, we are unable to repeat the food… Read More
Ramadan, Charity
Ramadan Giving 2020
Ms. Kelly and Ms. Dima
Apr-29-2020

It’s that time of year again for our 3rd Annual Ramadan Food Drive. Our school community has done such an incredible job in the past helping those in need.

Due to the circumstances we are currently facing with COVID-19, we are unable to repeat the food collection project. However, we would like to take the time to recall what we have done in the past.



The First Annual Ramadan Food Drive, in 2018, was a great success! Families sent in so much food that we had to find several different groups of people to share it with.

  • 1. First off, the two families that the school built houses for received boxes of food.


  • 2. Secondly, we created 80 bags of food for elderly people and distributed them at a center for elderly care.


  • 3. Thirdly, we donated a huge amount of food to an orphanage.


The Second Annual Ramadan Food Drive, in 2019, was another success! That year we donated to Feed The Need Bahrain, which distributes food all across Bahrain.

The RVIS school community can be proud of its compassion through action.

Thank you,
Ms. Kelly and Ms. Dima
 
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Gary Bicker
Tara Waudby - Head of School
Apr-29-2020
Create a living museum. Build ancient monuments in Minecraft. Write a narrative story about Ancient Rome. Study the human geography of Mt. Everest. Write a case for or against the use of the Atom Bomb during WWII. Design a video about World Peace.… Read More
Dr. Gary Bicker
Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Gary Bicker
Tara Waudby - Head of School
Apr-29-2020
Create a living museum. Build ancient monuments in Minecraft. Write a narrative story about Ancient Rome. Study the human geography of Mt. Everest. Write a case for or against the use of the Atom Bomb during WWII. Design a video about World Peace.

These are the innovative, engaging and thought-provoking projects Dr. Bicker’s students are working on over the next month. Amazed? So are we!

Project-based learning (PBL) is an effective instructional method by which students engage in a project for an extended period of time to explore an authentic question, investigate solutions and showcase their work, and it very much aligns with the RVIS mission and goals of personalization and learner agency. PBL is not new to Dr. Bicker who states, "I have employed Project Based Learning as my main strategy since my first year of teaching. Projects create excitement, while tests create fear, so PBL is a no-brainer in my view.”

It is no wonder he gets messages such as these from his students: “Thank you very much for assigning interesting, engaging, fun projects like these. I've never seen anything like it before! I'm looking forward to getting started.”

Dr. Bicker has been leading RVIS students on these amazing quests for the past four years. Not only is the learning authentic and engaging, it involves complex problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, research, questioning, collaboration and public speaking, all invaluable skills for our students.

This semester, Dr. Bicker is mentoring a student teacher as she completes her practicum in his class. What a feat to complete student teaching during Virtual School, but she could not have a better mentor than Dr. Bicker, with his expertise in PBL and experience teaching Virtual School previously. Please take a moment to recognize Dr. Bicker and the many talents he contributes to RVIS. Thank you Dr. Bicker!

 
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Nicole Cerro RVIS Art Teacher
Jo Garrahy
Apr-22-2020
RVIS students love their Art lessons with Ms Cerro. Now in her 4th year at RVIS, Ms Cerro teaches art across the elementary school as well as Grade 6, 7 and an IB Diploma class.  Enjoy reading more about Ms Cerro’s journey that brought her to RVIS and… Read More
Nicole Cerro, Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Nicole Cerro RVIS Art Teacher
Jo Garrahy
Apr-22-2020

Ms Cerro completed her undergraduate degree through Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Her teaching career started in Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked as an elementary art teacher for four years before embarking on her first international teaching post. We are so happy that Ms Cerro chose RVIS and Bahrain as that first international teaching experience.

Ms Cerro shared that as an art teacher she strives to make student projects relevant to the real world. This sometimes means a connection to real world issues, science and the environment.

Connecting art and science has been the theme carried through all the elementary grade levels this year. This connection has resulted in students learning about a broad range of science and real world issues, while creating beautiful pieces of art. For example; animal habitat dioramas (G1); monarch butterfly and bee clay sculptures (G2 & G3); research on issues of poaching and deforestation related to sumatran tigers (G4); and sculptures of ocean animals and learning about the loss of coral reefs (G5).

Ms Cerro firmly believes that art should create awareness. It is about having fun and exploring but also taking opportunities to make art meaningful and impactful. This philosophy sits nicely with the secondary art program and the work Ms Cerro does with our Grade 11 IB students. The process of art, research and connection are all elements of the Grade 11 program as students prepare work for their senior year exhibition.

Since joining RVIS Ms Cerro has not only completed her IB Diploma training but a Masters Degree through Edinboro University, Pennsylvania - one of the first teaching universities in the US.

Ms Cerro shares that it is the kids and community that make RVIS and Baharin so special. She explains that everyone is there for each other and after 4 years it feels like she is now part of the families of RVIS. We are truly blessed that Ms Cerro chose RVIS to start her international teaching career. We hope Ms Cerro and her little dog companion, Baxter, remain part of the RVIS community for many years to come.

 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Virtual TeachMeet
Luke Meinen
Apr-15-2020
Since its conception, LEVEL 5 has been a creative space, a place to innovate, and a place for authentic learning experiences. The LEVEL 5 mission and RVIS’s vision to “Lead the Future of Learning” share the common goal of activating the educational… Read More
Virtual Teachmeet
Virtual TeachMeet
Luke Meinen
Apr-15-2020

Since its conception, LEVEL 5 has been a creative space, a place to innovate, and a place for authentic learning experiences. The LEVEL 5 mission and RVIS’s vision to “Lead the Future of Learning” share the common goal of activating the educational community in Bahrain, the MENA region, and beyond. This has been done through weekend workshops, community events exploring creativity, and TeachMeets (gatherings for teachers from around Bahrain and Saudi Arabia).

In these challenging times, events have been postponed and much of the professional development has been canceled. However, on Tuesday of this week, LEVEL 5 decided to trial the first Virtual TeachMeet to provide similar professional learning to educators in the comfort and safety of their own home. What happened turned out to be truly impactful. Educational Speakers from across the MENA region and as far away as Sweden shared a wide range of topics with an overall theme of improving virtual schooling.

During face to face TeachMeets, participants usually attend from Bahrain and across the causeway in Saudi Arabia. The going digital allowed for the learning to reach a global audience. Over 100 educators from North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and all the way to Australia attended the event to learn, collaborate and grow.

We were proud to have three members of the RVIS staff present. Beth Terry shared some innovative ways to support students with synchronous learning, Sharmeen Moosa explained how she is building an engaging digital environment for her students, and Tara Waudby discussed how building a strong community comes first in times of challenge. The success of this event has led to the launch of a second Virtual TeachMeet in May! Thank you to all the educators who participated in the event. Our children benefit from the care and dedication you put in each and every day.
 
Community Service
Community Service
Supporting the Medical Community in Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Apr-08-2020
Oftentimes, when the world faces its biggest challenges, we see some of the most innovative ideas, compassionate acts, and growth of the human spirit occur. While the world has been under pressure from the Coronavirus, we have seen just that; hobbyists… Read More
Supporting the Medical Community in Bahrain
Supporting the Medical Community in Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Apr-08-2020
Oftentimes, when the world faces its biggest challenges, we see some of the most innovative ideas, compassionate acts, and growth of the human spirit occur. While the world has been under pressure from the Coronavirus, we have seen just that; hobbyists designing ventilators built from simple hardware store parts, universities modeling 3D printable PPE equipment files, and countries sharing knowledge and equipment to fight this dangerous disease.

LEVEL 5 and RVIS recently joined the cause and are creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields for Bahrain's Ministry of Health. These masks are being disseminated amongst medical professionals fighting the Coronavirus in Bahrain. In cooperation with St. Christopher’s School and private owners of 3D printers in Bahrain, we have created and delivered over 250 shields in just under a week using 3D printers, a CNC router and a bit of hard work.

Production will continue as long as there is a demand, and we will continue to look for new ways to support medical professionals and the Bahraini community during these challenging times. When people band together for a common good, it is truly inspiring to watch what can happen.

 
Academics
Academics
Student Spotlight: GDN Life Short Story Student Winner
David Kelly
Apr-08-2020
Congratulations go out to Taliah Algosibi! She won the very first GDN Short Story Contest, March 2020. Taliah, along with other RVIS English students in Mr. Kelly’s 10th grade class, spent the year studying storytelling in multiple forms. Just before… Read More
GDN Life Short Story Student Winner
Student Spotlight: GDN Life Short Story Student Winner
David Kelly
Apr-08-2020
Congratulations go out to Taliah Algosibi! She won the very first GDN Short Story Contest, March 2020. Taliah, along with other RVIS English students in Mr. Kelly’s 10th grade class, spent the year studying storytelling in multiple forms. Just before spring break, for a virtual school class assignment, every 10th grade student at RVIS entered a writing competition. When asked about the assignment, Taliah says, “I actually entered as a part of an English assignment for school: one where we were required to write a short story for a competition, and submit it if we wished to. I certainly did not expect this outcome!”

As a 10th grade student, Taliah has become a very accomplished writer. Her story utilizes the compelling imagery of being chased by a vicious animal to convey the power that mental illness can have. The GDN contest is evaluated by a panel of judges from the community. One described Taliah’s entry as ‘original and thought-provoking … well-structured with an excellent use of analogy.’ Her winning entry in the under 18 years old category is titled A Story that Needs to be Told. Read it now: https://www.gdnlife.com/Home/ArticleDetail?ArticleId=23920&category=10

Taliah adds, “I love to write, and I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity to share my passion.” Taliah is also the author of a cookbook, Peachy Eats. It has “60 plant based, gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free, and medical medium friendly recipes to heal your body and nourish your soul.” Her cookbook is available here: https://gumroad.com/l/peachyeats

 
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight: Our Visionary Ms. Sharmeen Moosa
Tara Waudby
Apr-08-2020
On any given day, Ms. Sharmeen’s first grade class radiates joy and energy as she brings to life a myriad of interesting projects, from shadow puppetry to designing the human digestive system. Thus, it is no wonder that Ms. Sharmeen’s virtual classroom… Read More
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight: Our Visionary Ms. Sharmeen Moosa
Tara Waudby
Apr-08-2020
On any given day, Ms. Sharmeen’s first grade class radiates joy and energy as she brings to life a myriad of interesting projects, from shadow puppetry to designing the human digestive system. Thus, it is no wonder that Ms. Sharmeen’s virtual classroom is equally dynamic and inspiring.

“My goal is to make things fun by creating authenticity that will captivate my young learners,” says Ms. Sharmeen as she discusses the inspiration she is finding as she plans for continued learning online.

Her daily morning messages from a host of characters including Mr. Pickle, to Mr. Potato Head begin the day with a fun connection, and Ms. Sharmeen has taken full advantage of media-making to create virtual Writers Workshop lessons that engage and motivate students. Each week, she also partners with Mr. Meinen to post a maker video in which she models how to create something using LEVEL 5 design techniques. She challenges her students to do it ‘better than her’ and everyone shares their work to a collaborative FlipGrid. Students check in daily on Padlet by answering a Question of the Day, and in this way, Ms. Sharmeen is able to gain valuable feedback in addition to further increasing class connection and students’ technology skills.

Over Spring Break, Ms. Sharmeen re-designed virtual first grade by creating a Hyperdoc that allows for increased learner agency. Her motivation was to ensure students were able to complete their learning independently, and the result is an amazing personalized journey for students with interactive activities along the way. Ms. Sharmeen is an inspiration to us all as she shares her creative process and delight in learning and designing new things for her students. She is sharing all of her resources globally, including to SeeSaw Ambassadors, and she has even created a SeeSaw RVIS Bank of Materials that teachers from around the world can access. Her professional generosity, her passion for learning and the joy she gains from teaching are a model for us all. Thank you Ms. Sharmeen for all that you do for #RVISionaries!

 
LEVEL 5
LEVEL 5
ARTSHIFT Teacher Spotlights: Heather Meinen & Nicole Cerro + Student Volunteers
Luke Meinen
Feb-19-2020
Last weekend, LEVEL 5 hosted the first annual ArtShift, a summit for visual arts educators. Educators from across the GCC, east Asia, and even as far as Central Africa joined in for a weekend of learning, sharing, and collaborating.
LEVEL 5
ARTSHIFT Teacher Spotlights: Heather Meinen & Nicole Cerro + Student Volunteers
Luke Meinen
Feb-19-2020

Last weekend, LEVEL 5 hosted the first annual ArtShift, a summit for visual arts educators. Educators from across the GCC, east Asia, and even as far as Central Africa joined in for a weekend of learning, sharing, and collaborating.

Participants in the summit were asked to share 50 or 90 minute sessions on contemporary art practices with other arts educators. These experiences focused on creation and production. Art teachers were able to explore these new practices and experience them as their students would in their classrooms. The sessions included topics such as leveraging virtual reality as a medium, graffiti, Kifi Arabic calligraphy, digital polyline art, felting, resin art, and Islamic art tile casting.

#RVISionaries art teachers (Heather Meinen and Nicole Cerro), parents, and students helped facilitate many of the workshops at ArtShift. RVIS students Yusra Khasawneh and Sophia Titoni lead workshop experiences on hydro dipping and paint pouring, while Crystal Banton, an RVIS parent, led two workshops on how to work with resin and two part epoxies.

It was a fantastic learning experience for all involved, and LEVEL 5 hopes to make this a yearly event hosted in Bahrain!
 
Sports
Sports
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Feb-19-2020
During the past 7 days all of our Dolphin Athletic teams competed in their first contests of the Spring Season. I was fortunate to see many of our students compete and the quality of play, understanding as a team and amount of grit and determination… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Feb-19-2020

During the past 7 days all of our Dolphin Athletic teams competed in their first contests of the Spring Season. I was fortunate to see many of our students compete and the quality of play, understanding as a team and amount of grit and determination shown, gives me a huge amount of optimism for the weeks ahead.

The U19 girls, superbly coached by the 'Dream Team' of Meinen and Fry faced IKNS in their first fixture of the season; a team with 4 of the current Bahrain Ladies football team as part of their squad. Coach Meinen outlines the game: 'Yesterday we completed our first U19 game of the season against IKNS. Even though the score wasn’t in our favor, Coach Fry and I were very impressed with how hard the girls worked throughout the entire game and their positive attitudes all the way until the last whistle blew. At half-time one of the players stated, “This is the best I’ve seen us play!” We couldn’t agree more, but we still have work to do to fine tune our skills before our next game against St. Chris on Wednesday.'

The U15 girls hosted IKNS in their basketball opening salvo. Buoyed on by the sage words of Coaches Blackbourn and Fields (remotely from the G5 Camp Out), our girls started nervously, but grew into the game. Lots of positives. There is lots for this team to look forward to. I can't wait to see them play next.

The U13 boys and girls started us off on Monday. Coaches Adam and Bushmiller had worked their teams hard in the off-season and were confident of a bold showing. The boys team travelled to IKNS for their first Tournament. Bushmiller stated, 'the RVIS U13 Boys Basketball team won their game vs BSB 15-11. Led by Yousif, all the boys played hard and competed throughout the game.' Well done boys!
The U13 girls travelled to the Bahrain School for their Tournament and played incredibly courageous basketball. Although they finished 2nd in every game; more importantly they enjoyed time together as a team and playing the game.

Our U11 Young Guns travelled to St Christopher's school, in Saar, for their Annual Basketball Tournament. Coaches Lloyd and Akins were incredibly confident after results in previous events this year. The boys did very well indeed and narrowly missed out on a semi-final place, finishing in 5th place out of 16 teams.
 
Sports
Sports
Sports Report
Marcus Waudby
Feb-05-2020
Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans! A quiet week here on Campus, with exams taking centre stage for our athletes. Dolphin basketball and football practices have begun for those able to attend and coaches are busy preparing for the first games of the… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Sports Report
Marcus Waudby
Feb-05-2020

Good morning Dolphin Sports Fans!

A quiet week here on Campus, with exams taking centre stage for our athletes. Dolphin basketball and football practices have begun for those able to attend and coaches are busy preparing for the first games of the season, next week.

The X-Country team under the tutelage of Coach Camy, took part in their first meet of the season. Our small, but dedicated, team exceeded all expectations at the race in Budaiya; Senior Aiden Jones taking the bronze medal in the U19 category. Young dashers Zuad and Zain from Grade 5, finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the U13 competition. Kady Blackbourn was our highest finisher in the U15 competition, finishing in 3rd place. Their next two meets are at the end of February - we wish them well.

 
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Ken Davis
Feb-05-2020
Rising Star in the Racing World Recently Rashid Al Khalifa in Grade 3 walked away with a first place victory at the Bahrain International Circuit. Taking after his father’s love for racing, Rashid took up Go-Karting 6 months ago and has proven to be a… Read More
Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Ken Davis
Feb-05-2020

Rising Star in the Racing World
Recently Rashid Al Khalifa in Grade 3 walked away with a first place victory at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Taking after his father’s love for racing, Rashid took up Go-Karting 6 months ago and has proven to be a natural on the track. During the month of January, Rashid entered the finals in 4th position after several tough qualifying rounds. Not feeling deterred, Rashid quickly jumped to second place before the first turn as he weaved through his competition. Staying close to the leader, Rashid battled for 1st, and by turn 8 Rashid had taken the lead.
The rest of the race was a grueling back and forth battle against more experienced drivers. Getting clipped as the race neared the end, Rashid’s training kicked in and he was able to recover and remain in a close race. Now, with 3 cars in a tight race for 1st, Rashid had an even bigger challenge ahead of him! Through his determination Rashid continued to put his skills to the test, finishing the race strong and walking away with a first place trophy. When asked about his victory Rashid stated, “To finish first, first you must finish.” Cleary Rashid had set his sights high and came away victorious.

Rashid’s racing career is just getting off the ground and we look forward to hearing about his continued success!

 
Professional Development
Professional Development
TeachMeet Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Jan-22-2020
For the second time this year, LEVEL 5 facilitated TeachMeet Bahrain, an opportunity for educators to share practice, learn from others, and build their professional learning network. St. Christopher’s school generously hosted the TeachMeet at their Saar… Read More
Teachmeet Bahrain
TeachMeet Bahrain
Luke Meinen
Jan-22-2020

For the second time this year, LEVEL 5 facilitated TeachMeet Bahrain, an opportunity for educators to share practice, learn from others, and build their professional learning network. St. Christopher’s school generously hosted the TeachMeet at their Saar campus and over 130 educators from schools across the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia attended the event.

We were proud to have multiple keynotes shared by RVIS teachers on contemporary topics such moving from STEM to STEAM by adding elements of art, inspiring action through the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and upscaling through recycling. The next TeachMeet Bahrain will be hosted by the University of Bahrain in March to continue to build connections between K-12 and higher education. LEVEL 5 and RVIS are excited to continue to be a part of the growth of the education community in Bahrain!


 
Sports
Sports
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Jan-22-2020
Last week saw the culmination of many weeks of hard work for our Dolphin Athletes. On Sunday, our U15 girls competed in their final league fixture of the season against a strong St. Chris team. Our girls battled hard throughout but were unable to push… Read More
Dolphin Athletics
Athletics Update
Marcus Waudby
Jan-22-2020

Last week saw the culmination of many weeks of hard work for our Dolphin Athletes.

On Sunday, our U15 girls competed in their final league fixture of the season against a strong St. Chris team. Our girls battled hard throughout but were unable to push through for victory. Special praise for this team must be heaped on coach Meinin and Fry and the playing staff; the majority of this team were made up of girls from grade 6 who have learned a lot from their experience.



Our U13 athletes competed in their season ending Tournaments on Monday. The boys, decimated by a mysterious flu that hit the team post Winter break, performed admirably. Although they came second in every contest, no-one ever gave up. Coaches Eminsen and Pinkerton deserve a lot of credit for remaining positive and upbeat during difficult circumstances. The boys finished in 7th place.

The girls put in their best performances of the season. Despite narrowly losing their first game, the girls battled through the consolation bracket, winning two penalty shoot outs along the way, to eventually play in the 3rd place play off. They were unsuccessful in their final contest, but 4th place is a great result for a young team who have been expertly guided by Coaches Kneyse and Fry this season. Many of this team will return for the U13's next year, which bodes well for them.

The U19 boys basketball completed their final league game against BSB on Wednesday, knowing that only a victory would give them a chance of making the playoffs. It wasn't to be; a defeat meant that we finished 5th. Coach D'Antoni has worked tirelessly with this team and continues to work in preparation for the upcoming MEUC Championship taking place at the Muharraq Club at the end of the month. We wish them well.

TRYOUTS for season 3 will be taking place in the coming days and we wish our Dolphin Athletes well for their seasons ahead.
 
Ignite Day
Ignite Day
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Dec-11-2019
On the International Day of persons with disabilities, December 3, RVIS organized an Activity Day for children with disabilities. As part of the Compassion Summit and Housing Project IGNITE Day Seminars, the children hosted 52 kids with disabilities,… Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Dec-11-2019

On the International Day of persons with disabilities, December 3, RVIS organized an Activity Day for children with disabilities. As part of the Compassion Summit and Housing Project IGNITE Day Seminars, the children hosted 52 kids with disabilities, the kid's age was between 3 and 6 years.

RVIS students created various activities to develop a day of joy and fun, they played basketball, watched movies, and played educational games in LEVEL 5, ending with lunch together.

It was a truly inspiring day, and our students were talented enough to lead the activities of this day in a very professional way, which made our guests happy in a day filled with joy and connection. RVIS students were amazing hosts and we are so impressed with their compassion and leadership.