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Exploration
Exploration
PreK Exploration Playdate
Anonymous
Feb-27-2019
The Pre-K classes welcomed their parents into the classrooms last Thursday, February 14 for the first in a series of parent exploration through the eyes of the child. Parents came with story books, blankets, snacks and the desire to enhance reading with… Read More
Exploration
PreK Exploration Playdate
Anonymous
Feb-27-2019

The Pre-K classes welcomed their parents into the classrooms last Thursday, February 14 for the first in a series of parent exploration through the eyes of the child. Parents came with story books, blankets, snacks and the desire to enhance reading with their children. The Pre-K teachers shared the importance of ways in which young children explore and develop pre-reading skills. The teachers also shared simple reading tips and ideas to help parents build upon what they already do at home during story time with their children.

Both children and parents were very excited to spend this time together and now look forward to the next in our series of Exploration Playdate.
 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Bangladesh School Professional Development Led by RVIS
Dr. Jennifer LeBlanc
Feb-27-2019
On Saturday, Feb. 16, several secondary teachers from RVIS led professional development workshops for teachers from the Bangladesh School of Bahrain. RVIS teachers partnered with Teachers Across Borders, a non-profit organization, which provides free… Read More
Professional Development
Bangladesh School Professional Development Led by RVIS
Dr. Jennifer LeBlanc
Feb-27-2019

On Saturday, Feb. 16, several secondary teachers from RVIS led professional development workshops for teachers from the Bangladesh School of Bahrain. RVIS teachers partnered with Teachers Across Borders, a non-profit organization, which provides free professional development for teachers that might not otherwise have access to training. Teachers presented on the topic of questioning and how to better engage our students through questions. The workshops were a huge success and participants left feeling energized with lots of new ideas to try in their classrooms. Secondary teachers will return to the Bangladesh School in April to hold another workshop and an elementary workshop has been scheduled for March. This is an exciting collaboration for all teachers involved!
 
Community Service
Community Service
Week of Compassionate Action
Callie Bushmiller
Feb-27-2019
The RVIS Week of Compassionate Action is coming soon! We will celebrate the week March 17-21. During this week, the Secondary School will run an alternative schedule. This will allow students to be involved in experiences locally and globally related to… Read More
Week of Compassionate Action
Week of Compassionate Action
Callie Bushmiller
Feb-27-2019

The RVIS Week of Compassionate Action is coming soon! We will celebrate the week March 17-21. During this week, the Secondary School will run an alternative schedule. This will allow students to be involved in experiences locally and globally related to the theme Ignite to Impact.

We invite you, parents and community members, to participate in the week and help with projects that give our students a chance to explore topics related to the RVIS Mission: Ignite Passions.Personalize the Journey.Impact through Action while using the frameworks of Compassion and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You will find updates throughout the week posted on social media using #RVISWOCA and #IgnitetoImpact.

We appreciate your support and encouragement during the week as students explore global issues and develop lasting solutions. Thank you for supporting our students on this journey!

 
Art
Art
Elementary Art: Making Event!
Nicole Cerro - Elementary Art Teacher
Feb-27-2019
Over the past two days, the elementary art room has been buzzing with activity! All grade levels are beginning their clay units and 4th grade has kicked it off with a bang. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators worked together for two 1.5 hour… Read More
Art Class, Bahrain, International School
Elementary Art: Making Event!
Nicole Cerro - Elementary Art Teacher
Feb-27-2019

Over the past two days, the elementary art room has been buzzing with activity! All grade levels are beginning their clay units and 4th grade has kicked it off with a bang. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators worked together for two 1.5 hour sessions in the art room. Their goal: to build and design a luminary lamp out of clay. Students spent their time leading up to this event planning, sketching designs, and cutting out paper templates. During the first ‘making’ session, flat slabs of clay were created, shapes were cut out, and the pieces were assembled to make 3D lamps. Students learned to use a slab roller for the first time; a tool used to roll out clay with an even-thickness quickly. The second session focused on design, decorating, and finishing touches. In one week, when the lamps are fully dry, they will be kiln. Afterwards, students have plans to paint or glaze their lamps. Once the lamps are complete, Mrs. O’Meara and Mr. Tarpey will take charge in leading students, parents, administrators, and volunteers to properly wire the electrical part of the lamps. Keep a look out for more updates and information!

 
Community Dialogue
Community Dialogue
World Cafe: Inviting our Community into our Dialogue about Continuous Improvement
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Feb-20-2019
At Riffa Views International School, we were thrilled to welcome our community to our first World Cafe, a community dialogue in which participants are invited into a conversation. As we embark upon our strategic goal to lead the future of learning, we… Read More
World Cafe
World Cafe: Inviting our Community into our Dialogue about Continuous Improvement
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Feb-20-2019


At Riffa Views International School, we were thrilled to welcome our community to our first World Cafe, a community dialogue in which participants are invited into a conversation. As we embark upon our strategic goal to lead the future of learning, we invited our community into the dialogue for feedback, collaboration, and opportunities to co-create.


The World Cafe began with a seemingly simple question: What are your hopes and dreams for your child in five, ten and fifteen years? Thus began a reflective conversation focused on our sole purpose for being: our students. Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology which is a movement focused on human flourishing, poses two similar questions: firstly, he asks what we most want for our children; secondly, he asks what schools most often teach. At RVIS, our hopes and dreams for our children do not differ from the research of Seligman. Overwhelmingly, at RVIS, we wish for our children to be positive, passionate leaders. We wish for them to develop the confidence and independence to thrive. We wish for them pursue their dreams. To inquire. To create. And ultimately, we wish for them to be happy.


A World Cafe invites a broad range of participant ideas, and it was our goal to gather insights and feedback from our community. We invited participants to discuss two questions: 1) How RVIS currently meet your hopes and dreams for your children? and more importantly, 2) What do you wish RVIS would add to support your hopes and dreams for your children?


How does RVIS currently support your hopes and dreams for your child?


We shared a brief overview of the programmatic changes we are making, which include the addition of an EAL program, a secondary music program, a secondary ICT program, and expansion of our IB and foreign language offerings. We also shared our revised mission, which is the collective effort of a two-year strategic improvement process, and we are excited to showcase a streamlined mission focused on our core purpose: personalization. At RVIS, we ignite passions, personalize the journey, and impact through action.


In response to the first question, parents shared their perception of how RVIS supports their children, which includes:


Personalized learning;


Supportive teachers who build confidence in students;


Supporting students’ innovation and creative thinking skills;


Collaborative partnership between home and school;


Placing student voice at the forefront of our decisions;


Safe environment;


Happy children.



What do you wish RVIS would add to support your hopes and dreams for your child?


The Information Age in which we live has dramatically shifted societal change cycles from 100 years to five years. Thus, as educators, it is essential that we prepare students for a future yet to be created and this requires key skills such as creativity, agility, curiosity, problem-solving and compassion. When Seligman poses his second question: what do schools most often teach, the response is typically disciplinary such as math, science, reading and the like. Of course, these are essential skills required for creativity and innovation, yet they are not enough. Hence, we were excited to present our Ignite Day Concept.


Next year, RVIS will shift to a weekly Ignite Day in which we provide opportunities to integrate and specialize learning. Ignite Day will encompass everything from intramural athletics and activities, to House Competitions in all disciplines to internships to specialized learning seminars. It will allow for an increased focus on student health and wellness, whilst allowing students to pursue their passions and interests. It will allow us not only to lead the future of learning, but to co-create a future for our students so that they are prepared for their future. It will ignite passions, personalize the journey and impact through action.


Next year, RVIS will shift to a weekly Ignite Day in which we provide opportunities to integrate and specialize learning. Ignite Day will encompass everything from intramural athletics and activities, to House Competitions in all disciplines to internships to specialized learning seminars. It will allow for an increased focus on student health and wellness, whilst allowing students to pursue their passions and interests. It will allow us not only to lead the future of learning, but to co-create a future for our students so that they are prepared for their future. It will ignite passions, personalize the journey and impact through action.


We believe that our Ignite Day will meet the hopes and dreams of our parents in response to what they hope we will add to further support our students, which includes:


Increased athletic options;


Improved science programming in the elementary school;


More fine arts offerings in the secondary school;


Increased student involvement and feedback;


Branding the school based on our unique identity;


Increased rigor;


Building a stronger program of responsibility and self-discipline for students;


Providing more choices based on student interests.



The first RVIS World Cafe exceeded our expectations. We are grateful to our passionate, collaborative and engaged community for sharing their insights, hopes and questions. At RVIS, we are committed to continuous improvement, and we will continue our dialogue with our students as we embark upon an exciting and innovative learning journey.


GANTT: Outcomes & Visualizing our Intentions


In the feedback we captured, parents asked for a timeline of our change process and a more prominent display of the changes. The below GANTT chart showcases the improvement process around a timeline of actions.


 
Sports
Sports
Sports Day
Ken Davis
Feb-13-2019
What a Sports Day yesterday! Students engaged in activities that promoted fitness, team building and friendly competition. The day started with our Early Childhood students immersed in sack races, obstacle courses, relay races, and the always popular… Read More
Sports Day
Sports Day
Ken Davis
Feb-13-2019



What a Sports Day yesterday! Students engaged in activities that promoted fitness, team building and friendly competition. The day started with our Early Childhood students immersed in sack races, obstacle courses, relay races, and the always popular water games. Parents were there enjoying the laughter and cheering on their young ones. Thanks for coming out!


Elementary and Secondary students began their Sport Day a little later and enjoyed time on the soccer field as well as in the gym. Some of the highlights were tug-a-war, dodgeball, ring toss, and the 40 meter dash. If you didn’t catch the instagram posts, please check them out @rvis.bh. Special thank you to our P.E. team for organizing the day’s events and the faculty and staff for keeping everything running smoothly!

 
Field Trip
Field Trip
Aljasra Handicraft Center Field Trip
Heather Meinen - SS Art Teacher
Feb-13-2019
Last Tuesday, a group of 9th and 10th grade students visited Aljasra Handicraft Center to learn about Islamic and Bahraini art. Students took a tour of the center and had the opportunity to speak to local artisans about the history of their craft. The… Read More
Field Trip
Aljasra Handicraft Center Field Trip
Heather Meinen - SS Art Teacher
Feb-13-2019



Last Tuesday, a group of 9th and 10th grade students visited Aljasra Handicraft Center to learn about Islamic and Bahraini art. Students took a tour of the center and had the opportunity to speak to local artisans about the history of their craft. The boat builders gave the students insight as to the different types of boats they create and each of their purposes. The gypsum artisan demonstrated how to use geometry to create complex Islamic patterns that could be engraved into blocks of gypsum. The metal workers showed the steps of transferring designs onto a metal plate prior to starting the meticulous engraving process. Lastly, the ceramists taught students how to use manual potter’s wheels to create clay vessels. After students worked with each artisan, they took a short walk to Al Jasra House where they learned about the site and its history.

 
Innovation
Innovation
LEVEL 5 Update
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Feb-13-2019
The LEVEL 5 project has been moving forward to lay the groundwork for a successful opening in the coming months. We have been busy engaging a multitude of community programs, industry experts, sponsors, business incubators, potential speakers, and… Read More
LEVEL 5 Bahrain
LEVEL 5 Update
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Feb-13-2019



The LEVEL 5 project has been moving forward to lay the groundwork for a successful opening in the coming months. We have been busy engaging a multitude of community programs, industry experts, sponsors, business incubators, potential speakers, and government agencies to develop partnerships in the community and the region in the anticipation of our launch.


From the beginning, the design of the LEVEL 5 space has been a community endeavour; ideas from students, parents, and teachers have been incorporated to truly reflect the culture of Bahrain and RVIS. After working through an extensive value engineering process, we are excited to announce that progress towards the build of this shared vision is nearly complete. Final bids for construction are now underway for both custom furniture and the buildout of the space. We are very close to “breaking ground” on LEVEL 5 Bahrain!

 
Health Guide
Health Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018
As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza… Read More
Flu Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018


As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness but at times, can lead to complications. One of the recommended ways to protect yourself against many (but not all) of the flu viruses, is by getting a flu vaccine each year (cdc.gov). The other preventative measure we can take is to practice effective basic hygiene which in turn stops the spread of germs.


Antibiotics are medications that fight infections caused by bacteria, not a virus. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good and can increase your risk of getting an infection later that may resist antibiotic treatment.


H1N1 is part of the seasonal flu virus and is incorporated into the current flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available in Bahrain. You should consider obtaining the vaccine if you fall into one of the ‘high risk’ groups (children under 5 years, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems etc.).


Please refer to the following guide for more information/advice:
Flu Guide for Parents


Prevention is better than cure…


Without a doubt, the most effective way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease is to practice good, basic hygiene. Always remember to:

Wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis but especially before eating and after using the bathroom (use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available).
Effective hand washing requires 15 – 20 seconds of ‘scrubbing’ your hands.


Encourage those around you to cover their coughs and sneezes, either with a tissue or their elbow. Soiled tissues need to be disposed of immediately and hands cleaned.


Eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, get a good night’s sleep and a daily dose of exercise!


Drink plenty! The temperature in Bahrain may have dropped but it’s still essential that we stay well hydrated throughout the day.


If you are unwell, stay at home, rest and recover. Children should not attend school if they are coughing uncontrollably, have an acute runny nose, high fever (or require medicine to keep their temperature normal), are vomiting or have diarrhea.


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Collaboration
Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018
As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off… Read More
Inter-School Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018

As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off collaborative student, teacher, leader, and community relationships. Wheels were put in motion for some easy ways the schools can start to share practice and build a true partnership. We quickly realized that providing educators with chances to meet socially and professionally could be the catalyst for forming partnerships that will spread into classrooms


Inter School Collaboration

The educators decided on a few quick wins like creating cross-school WhatsApp groups, planning social events, setting dates for a Teachmeet, and identifying ways to collaborate during new teacher training. Great ideas were put forward, relationships were formed, and all left with an understanding that action will happen. We hope that this will be the first of many collaborative meetings between schools in Bahrain.


 
Coding
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018
The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th. More than 100… Read More
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018

The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th.  More than 100 million students from around the world participate and engage in at least one hour of coding and computer science activities. The idea behind this movement is to generate love and excitement for computer programming with an emphasis on creativity. Our students at RVIS also did multiple activities in their classroom with their teachers. In kindergarten students used Box Island to learn the basics of algorithms, sequences, loops and conditionals! While lower elementary students worked on activities like Stars Wars and Building the Galaxy, Upper elementary had fun coding in Minecraft and a brand new activity this year called Create your own Dance Party. Our Learning Commons has also been buzzing with excitement as various coding stations are set up for them during recess . Some paper based games called unplugged are also used to help students learn to program and code even without computers!


 
School Musical
School Musical
Behind the Scenes: Shrek Jr. the Musical
Nicole Cerro - Art Teacher
Nov-28-2018
On November 28th and 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, Riffa Views International School students will proudly present Shrek Jr. an all-school musical. Projects have been in motion to prepare for this day since August including set design, costume preparation, and… Read More
Shrek Musical Preparation
Behind the Scenes: Shrek Jr. the Musical
Nicole Cerro - Art Teacher
Nov-28-2018


On November 28th and 29th from 6:30-8:00 pm, Riffa Views International School students will proudly present Shrek Jr. an all-school musical. Projects have been in motion to prepare for this day since August including set design, costume preparation, and prop-making. It all began with big plans to build new wooden backdrops for the stage. Mr. Luke Meinen and Mr. Stewart Pinkerton helped Ms. Davis build the new wooden structures that will now act as backdrops for RVIS performances. Students in the Set Design ASA have been working each Wednesday after school to help paint and decorate these sets. Attention was paid to every detail from the woodland creatures on the front of the stage, to the artwork in Fiona’s bedroom.

Mrs. Yung, Mrs. Meinen and Ms. Cerro worked to complete objects like the suitcases for each magical character, Shrek’s Helmet, and books and scrolls used as props. Parents and teachers have been involved in helping students each step of the way in this amazing RVIS community. We know all our time, care, and effort will culminate in an amazing performance that you will not want to miss, and we hope to see you there!

 
School Event
School Event
Literacy Week
Stewart Pinkerton - Media Specialist
Nov-13-2018
As a “community of learners”, RVIS is thrilled to celebrate Literacy Week once again this Sunday, November 18 thru Thursday, November 22. Literacy Week promotes learning through reading, emphasizing skills that will be used throughout one’s lifetime!… Read More
Literacy Week
Literacy Week
Stewart Pinkerton - Media Specialist
Nov-13-2018

As a “community of learners”, RVIS is thrilled to celebrate Literacy Week once again this Sunday, November 18 thru Thursday, November 22. Literacy Week promotes learning through reading, emphasizing skills that will be used throughout one’s lifetime!


Introduced three years ago, Literacy Week (also known as Book Week) is an all-school, week-long event in which all things reading are celebrated. Students and staff are given the opportunity to have fun and share their favorite characters through costume dress up. Additionally, there are numerous literacy activities held throughout the week: reading log competition of minutes read by homeroom/advisory class; raffle guessing contest of the library’s most popular book; local book vendors Barnes Noble and Majestic selling reading materials in the main breezeway. Students are encouraged to read, read, read throughout the week - and then continue for the rest of the year!


Schedule for the week:
Sunday (Nov 18) - Have You RED Today: wear red accents to your school uniform Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students
Monday (Nov 19) - Crazy for Reading: crazy additions to your school uniform (shoes, socks, hat) Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students
Wednesday (Nov 21) - Favorite Character from Book or Story: dress as your favorite character (school uniform not required) Guessing Contest: Name the most popular book (Title, or Author) Reading Logs for prize: Homeroom/Advisory teachers track hours read by students Book Sale in main breezeway (all day)
Thursday (Nov 22) - (Student Led Conferences) Book Sale in main breezeway (all day)
 
MUN
MUN
RVIS Recognized in International MUN Conference (KMUN)
Anonymous
Oct-30-2018
Even on the weekends, our secondary students are empowered to make the world a better place. The RVIS MUN (Model United Nations) team was invited to participate in an international conference involving schools from neighboring countries to draft, debate… Read More
MUN
RVIS Recognized in International MUN Conference (KMUN)
Anonymous
Oct-30-2018

Even on the weekends, our secondary students are empowered to make the world a better place. The RVIS MUN (Model United Nations) team was invited to participate in an international conference involving schools from neighboring countries to draft, debate and build consensus around solutions to issues such as refugee aid, de jure discrimination, underage marriage, video-game addiction and more.


RVIS students not only caucused their ideas, but took the lead as main submitters in every council garnering recognition for their effort. A congratulatory accolade goes to Albader Al Khowely and Tino Rademaker for honorable mentions, as well as Maryam M, Mohammed Abdulmalik and Shirel Ponnudurai for winning best delegate, the highest award a participant can receive. Also a special thanks to MUN Coaches Angela Robinette and William Yung.


 
World Record
World Record
World’s Largest Lesson
Callie Bushmiller - TOK Coordinator
Oct-23-2018
On Sunday, October 21, our secondary students had a record-setting day. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs invited RVIS to join in an attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of students in a single civics lesson at… Read More
World’s Largest Lesson
World’s Largest Lesson
Callie Bushmiller - TOK Coordinator
Oct-23-2018

On Sunday, October 21, our secondary students had a record-setting day. The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs invited RVIS to join in an attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of students in a single civics lesson at the same time. The lesson was part of the World’s Largest Lesson, a curriculum that focuses on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Students gathered in the presentation rooms where they were part of a simulcast lesson presented by leaders from The Netherlands, Nepal, Egypt, India and Bahrain. Students learned more about the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of the year 2030. They were asked to consider issues such as poverty, education, gender equity, health care, and natural resources. Questions were asked such as, “What standard of living would you have if you had to live on 300 fils ($1) a day?,” and “What kind of world do you want to live in?” Students will be following up on this experience by identifying issues within our school and community they feel need to be addressed. They will then work on compassionate design of solutions and planning our Week of Action, a school-wide opportunity focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


You can learn more at: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org #youthfullbh and @globalgoalsUN