Kaiwen Academy (KWA) primary school division held a parent meeting and a new semester briefing in the first week of the new semester in March 2018. The meetings allowed students, teachers, and parents to talk with each other at the beginning of the new semester and prepared them for the school’s subsequent teaching work and family-school communication.
Unlike previous parents’ meetings held at a fixed time, parents may make an appointment with a teacher this time for one-on-one communication after school. At the parents’ meeting, teachers discussed students’ performance in the previous semester and talked with parents about issues where they had concerns. The school also held a new semester briefing on the last day of the parents’ meetings to inform the parents of the school’s plan for the new semester.
Michael, head of KWA primary school division, says at the briefing that the weekly family-school communication sessions will continue.
For parents of 4th and 5th graders, KWA Academic Principal Wang Shi and KWA Foreign Deputy Academic Principal Donald Miller elaborated on how students can transit smoothly from a primary school to a junior high school. Principal Wang stressed that we not only teach for our students to get credits and enter university, but also for them to complete their university studies. Therefore, at the junior high school stage, the school’s teaching methods and curricula, while meeting the requirements of the educational syllabus, will be geared to the requirements of U.S. universities. Mr. Donald said, “We hope that parents will communicate more with the school so that we can reach an agreement to jointly guide the education of the students.”
Foreign Academic Principal Donald Miller
Academic Principal Wang Shi
At the briefing, the responsible teachers explained in detail issues that parents cared about, such as school teams, orchestra, and co-curricular courses. In the new semester, KWA Sports Academy will uniformly organize all of the school’s sports teams. To its original tennis, fencing, and golf school teams, KWA will add a football team led by a Manchester City youth training coach. The orchestra will take in more “zero-base” students and will increase the special practice time. For co-curricular courses, teacher Wang, the responsible person, explained that KWA will restore the elective system in the new semester and that the number of co-curricular courses will be increased from 40 in the previous semester to over 60 in the new semester, so that more students will be able to follow their own interests and attend their favorite co-curricular courses.
Responsible persons for each project team talk about co-curricular courses, school teams, and orchestra at the briefing.
The new semester marks a new beginning. We hope that KWA students will learn more and grow quickly in the new semester.