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Dear new Middle School families,

Welcome to Copenhagen International School for the 2020/21 school year! We are excited to have you join us and are looking forward to getting to know each family. We are confident that your family will find our school an inviting, inclusive and academically challenging school; one that values each other for their strengths and unique differences. The Middle School proudly boasts a community that is responsible, respectful and safe.

The purpose of this letter is to share some key information and dates.

 

New student and parent orientationFriday, August 7 – 10:00am

I would like to invite you to join us for the Middle School New Student and Parent Orientation, which will be held on Friday, August 7th, from 10:00 – 11:00am in the Theater (level 0). The aim for the morning is for new families to meet, get to know the campus and receive information that will help make starting school easier. Our focus is on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Middle School and understanding some key pieces, including the schedule, advisory and expectations. In addition, we have returning students who will help orientate your son/daughter. 

The session will begin together in the theater and then parents and students will separate. Parents will remain in the theater for more information and students will meet with the Middle School Counselor, Kelly Donnelly for some team building activities and tour of the campus. We have returning students who will help orientate your child. This is a great opportunity for them to begin to build connections and friendships with others. Following the information session there is an optional tour of key learning spaces and time for additional questions. 

At this time, you will also receive your parent badges for entry to the building. We ask all adults to wear their badge whilst on campus.  

 

Language placement – Danish, French, Spanish, German Friday, August 7 – 11:00am

It is important to us that your son/daughter be placed in an appropriately leveled class.  We want to make sure that they are adequately challenged and recognise the learning that they have already had.  

Danish is one of the nine classes that students take in the Middle School. There are two options – Danish Language and Literature or Language Acquisition. If your child has studied Danish, speaks it at home or has studied it in the past, they will take a Danish language proficiency test.

In addition, students study an additional Language Acquisition class; taking French, Spanish or German.  Students select one of these languages. If your child has studied their chosen language previously, they will take the language proficiency test.

For students entering no previous language experience in French, German, Spanish, they will inform the school of their language preference. Studying Danish is a requirement for all students in Denmark until the end of Grade 9. For students who have never studied Danish, they will be placed into Danish Phase 1. If your son/daughter is receiving EAL or Learning Support, and Danish is not your mother tongue, you will not be scheduled into a Danish class. If you have questions, feel free to email Karen Rohrs (karen.rohrs@cis.dk). 

Students taking Language Acquisition placement tests will meet in the cafeteria (level 1) at 10:00am. Students should bring with them something to write with and a water bottle. The language teachers will give them a short-written assessment and speak with them about their language experiences. This information will help us determine the most appropriate class. Language testing will take between 1-1.5 hours.  

 

Language acquisition – English (EAL) Friday, August 7 – 11:00am

Given the multiple languages of our community, we know that there are students for whom English is not their mother tongue and might need additional support. Students in this group will take a language placement test to help us determine how best to support their English learning. If your child is currently receiving support in English and/or they have not had five years of schooling with English as the language of instruction will be asked to take this placement test. The results of the test and the information provided through the admissions process will help determine the best placement for your son or daughter’s English and/or EAL support classes. 

Students taking the EAL test will meet in the cafeteria at 10:00am. Students should bring with them their computer, something to write with and a water bottle. Students will complete an online English assessment, short writing sample and the EAL teachers will speak with them about their language experiences. Language testing will take between 1-1.5 hours.  

 

First day of school – Wednesday, August 12 – 8:30am

The first day of school is Wednesday August 12th. All Middle School students should gather in the gym M (floor 0 beside the cafeteria) at 8:30am to meet faculty and other students. The first week of school will follow a special schedule, including additional time in advisory, grade level and beginning academic classes.  

 

Middle School hours

The school day hours for Middle School students are from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day. 

 

Middle School offices

The Middle School Offices are located on the third floor of the MS tower.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly. All families will receive a welcome letter with more details about the first weeks of school in August. Our parent-student handbook is currently being updated and will be available in August. We look forward to welcoming your family to our community.

Sincerely,

Karen Rohrs

Middle School Principal

karen.rohrs@cis.dk