Archive for April, 2013

Plant a Seed, Save the World

April 24th, 2013

The great Chinese philosopher, Confucius, said, “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees, if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” At Henderson International School, we are proud to plant seeds every day with a high level of student-focused learning, HIS ARbor
geared toward development of critical thinking skills. We encourage community service and sustainability with our students, helping them to
become citizens of the world able to compete in the global marketplace.

Through our recycling program and sustainability projects, we promote hands-on involvement in cleaner and greener living. The TerraCycle program encourages recycling at an early age, instilling this habit so it becomes second nature to our students.  Students learn about helping others and their part in a larger world.  Recycled items are turned into school supplies for struggling children and points earned are translated into charitable donations to benefit people around the globe.

It is our mission to plant seeds of hope in the classroom, community and around the world.  In honor of creating a better planet, we will commemorate Arbor Day on April 26.  On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to plant trees.  The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department will visit Henderson International School to plant a tree and give a presentation on the importance of trees on Thursday, April 25.

Sources:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/arbor-day-nebraska

http://www.mfc.ms.gov/arbor-day.php

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/21553355/cool-at-school-henderson-intl-school-recycling-program

We can all look back and connect significant songs to the most memorable moments of our lives, whether it’s the song that was playing in our favorite movies, at our prom or our wedding. Music becomes part of our souls, enriches the world and communicates the indescribable. HIS Kids MusicAdditionally, studies show that music helps us learn better, developing our creativity and increasing our scholastic aptitude.

The Henderson International School has long recognized the connection between musical engagement and student success. All students in the first through third grades receive violin instruction. Students in grades four through eight learn additional string or band instruments. Our students learn the value of teamwork and accomplishment of goals, in addition to technique, musicianship and a love of learning.

Want to do better on tests? Studies show that kids who play musical instruments do better on standardized assessments, are more capable of ‘thinking outside the box’ and tend to exhibit higher levels of synaptic activity than those who don’t play music.

Want to improve those math skills? Researchers have found that teaching math in conjunction with music increases aptitude. Both subjects use numbers, repeating patterns and ratios. Perhaps this is why famous basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar said, “Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math.“

This past weekend, students from all grades showcased their talent at our Annual Violin Solo Festival. Students performed various solo pieces for judges, friends and family, demonstrating their musical talents. Everyone at HIS would like to congratulate all of the performers!

 

Sources:

http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/documents/highschool/schedule/arts/achievement.pdf

http://musicmattersblog.com/

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/k/kareemabdu467150.html

Did you have pets growing up? Did you play with them outside, or were you trapped inside playing video games? Now the tricky question – do your kids have any pets?

Pets are a major benefit with a child’s development. Whether it’s running around with a puppy or tossing a toy to a cat, pets provide HIS PETcompanionship, a special bond and even some social and health benefits too!

Kids who have pets are more likely to go for walks and play outside. They’re also more likely to give hugs. Pets encourage kids to get out of the house to play, discouraging sedentary indoor activities and stimulating their creativity and imagination.

Pets also tend to be considered a member of the family, helping children develop a sense of empathy and responsibility. If you consider your pet to be a member of the family, the pet probably thinks so too, strengthening that important bond. Beyond that, recent studies have found that children who have difficulties reading can become more confident readers by reading out loud to a pet. It’s even a great project to take a trip to the library and find out more about the proper care and suggested activities for their beloved fuzzy friends.

Pets are also a lot of fun!

To celebrate pets and build more great childhood memories, the Henderson International School is hosting Pet Day on Friday, April 19 for all first through seventh graders from 8 to 9 a.m., and registration to bring pets to school on Pet Day is well underway! If you’ve not signed up yet, please click here and turn your form in to the front desk ASAP! Remember, registration forms for Pet Day are due by Monday, 4/15!!

If you have any questions about Pet Day, please contact Cissy Brooks (cissy.brooks@hendersonschool.com or 702.818.2173) or Chris Adsit (chris.adsit@hendersonschool.com or 702.818.2150) with more questions!

We can’t wait to meet your pets!

 

Sources:

http://www.whattoexpect.com/kids-and-pets/benefits-of-pets.aspx

http://www.sheknows.com/pets-and-animals/articles/2212/kids-and-pets

http://www.helpguide.org/life/pets.htm

Student Council Talent Show

April 2nd, 2013

Ever been in a talent show? Most of us showed off our skills when we were kids at home, school or local community centers. Did you show off your piano playing? Your operatic singing range? Your master baton twirling abilities? Perhaps your break-dancing skills? Whatever your talent, now it’s your child’s turn to participate and build lifelong memories.

Our students at Henderson International School will have the opportunity to show off their skills at the Student Council Talent Show. The talent show takes place on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Henderson Hall for fifth through eighth graders.

Talent shows offer the chance to showcase our students’ unique skills and interests. It’s a great way to get involved, build school spirit and school pride. The planning process allows for students to gain real-world experience, learn the steps involved in organization and execution of a project. It is also an opportunity to apply pre-existing skills in a new way, stimulating academic and social growth.

The student council engages in many activities to support our school, from service projects to teacher appreciation awards, fun contests to leadership develop programs. Henderson International School’s nontraditional curriculum encourages development through extracurricular occupations such as involvement in our actively engaged student council.

See you at the talent show!

Sources:

http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_776111.html#axzz2PKgTMzuy

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ideas-for-student-council.html