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From the Principal

Where are they now?

My namn is Lisa Ringlstetter and I was one of the first students at IES Borås in 2010/11. I chose IES for 9th grade because i wanted a more respectful and encouraging environment for studying, and that is exactly what I got. I had a great year at IES - brilliant teachers, lovely classmates and a safe environment where I felt respected and my opinion heard. 

After my short, but great time at IES, I went the International Baccalaureate program. Being well prepared to take on the challenge to study full-time in English. After graduation i took a gap year, lived and worked in Germany and Ireland and travelled to Iceland. Then I studied Microbiology for 2 years at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Now I am back in Sweden, studying Animal psychology and breaking in a horse, waiting for my Biology studies to start in autumn 2019. The plan is to do an Ecology master and go into research and later scientific writing.

From the Principal

Where are they now?

Teddy graduated from IES 2015. What is he doing now?

First of all, this summer I finished my three year long education at Naturvetenskapsprogrammet, with the profile Vetenskap och forskning, here at Bäckängsgymnasiet. Its been three though years of lots of maths, science and new impressions. It has been a roadtrip not only for the academical part of me, but mostly for who I really am. 

During my third year I got the oppurtunity to be head of all the 30 "student compounds" we have here at Bäckäng. As a result of that, having me as a compere on several events, the school administration got an eye for me. Every third year they hire a year three-student as the schools "Informatör". They asked me to apply for it, and I did. It went well, and here I am right now, hired as Bäckängsgymnasiets "Informatör". 

My main task is to market the school, plan the big events such as Besöksdagarna år 9 and Öppet hus. During the spring I will visit all eight-graders and inform about Bäckängsgymnasiet, as a part of recruting new students. Otherwise, I help out with different tasks such as the reception, library and café. 

Well, that is where I am right now. Love this school! 

After my two years as Informatör I will head for my dreams of becoming a pilot, can't wait!

From the Principal

A new school year

Dear Students,                                        

Welcome back! We look forward to another exciting and productive school year. As in the past, our staff will continue to create a positive culture of learning where all students can experience academic, social and emotional success.We encourage all students to take pride in their work and embrace our commitment to "Do the Right Thing" which is our new school motto.

We have some new additions to our staff. Two of them are returning staff from the USA and will be teaching English, Ms Nilsson and Ms Harder. Our new wood crafts teacher is Mr Stewart and we also have two new Social Science teachers in Senior School, Mr Mossberg and Mr Johansson. Other additions are Ms Page who will teach Maths in Senior School and Mr Kafferky in Junior School. Mr Sigudarson will also be in Junior School assisting as needed. 

There may also be some new students in your classes. Please do your best to welcome them and treat them as you would like to be treated yourself. We are so proud of our IES students and we can't wait to start the school year with you!

The IES Staff are here for all of our students and we really look forward to all of you filling the classrooms again!

Please check School Soft for important dates and other information. See you soon! 

Kind Regards,

Ms Molin 

Principal

From the Principal

End of the School Year

The year school year has now come to an end and our students are enjoying the first days of summer. The school building is empty and we are preparing it for the fall term. We are already looking forward to the students coming back to fill the corridors with smiles and talk about their summer adventures.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • First Day of School:   August 22, 2018
  • Study Day:   September 28, 2018
  • Host Lov/Fall Break:   Week 44
  • Study Day:   November 22, 2018
  • End of Fall Term:   December 21, 2018
  • Beginning of Spring Term 2019:   January 7, 2019

Happy summer!

From the Principal

Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen i svensk skola

Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen i svensk skola
Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, är den största fristående grundskoleaktören i
Sverige, med 24 000 elever och över 170 000 ansökningar. Våra elever uppnår
resultat på Skolverkets nationella prov som ligger högt över övriga skolor och de
ökar sin kunskap betydligt under tiden hos IES. Detta gäller oavsett social eller
akademisk bakgrund. 38 procent av våra elever har utländsk bakgrund jämfört med
24 procent i kommunala skolor. Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen på de
utmaningar det svenska skolsystemet står inför. Vi, liksom många andra, ser
samtidigt utmaningar i dagens skola.
Skolverkets statistik visar att kommunala skolor är mer generösa i betygsättningen
än IES och andra friskolor i ämnet svenska och matematik. Även 2017-års
Stockholmsprov i matematik visar att våra skolor lutar mer åt en restriktiv
betygsättning. Vi tar Skolverkets beräkningar på största allvar eftersom det är
Riksdagens myndighet som tillsammans med Skolinspektionen säkerställer kvalitet
och en rättvis bedömning av Sveriges elever.
Under den senaste veckan har en politisk kampanj bedrivits baserat på alternativa
metoder och resultat som går stick i stäv med Skolverket modell och slutsatser. En
rapport med titeln ”Trust-Based Evaluation in a Market-Oriented School System”
hävdar att betygsinflation inom IES och andra friskolor är högre än i kommunala
skolor. Rapporten utgår från en alternativ beräkningsmodell som gör att skolor med
stor andel underkända elever, med betyget F, får ett avsevärt lägre snittbetyg. F ges
i denna modell 0 poäng, E 10 poäng och övriga betyg 2,5 poäng. Det innebär att
man tack vare rapportens modell kan upplevas få mindre betygsinflation om man har
en stor andel elever som får F och därmed saknar behörighet till gymnasiet.
Skolverket har av förklarliga skäl inte valt denna metod. Om man, som inom IES,
lägger stora resurser på att hjälpa elever som riskerar F att istället nå E får det å
andra sidan med denna beräkningsmodell stort positivt genomslag på snittbetyget
för skolan. 95% av elever med lågutbildade föräldrar som gick ut årskurs 9 från IES
2017 hade behörighet till gymnasiet. I riket som helhet var motsvarande andel 78%.
Därutöver jämför rapporten betyg i nationella prov i matematik med exempelvis
betyg i hemkunskap, vilket vi anser är att gå ett steg för långt. De alternativa
slutsatserna används nu för att argumentera för vinstförbud.
Samtidigt anser vi att nuvarande betygssystem är alltför öppet för tolkningar. Vi
föreslår därför att Skolverket utarbetar mer strukturerade riktlinjer och processer för
att säkerställa att betygssystemet blir mer rättvist. Nationella test utgör en god grund
för bedömningar, men även här är det lärarna som rättar proven. Dessutom görs de
nationella proven endast i årskurs 3, 6 och 9 i kärnämnena svenska, matematik och
engelska och roterande för SO och NO i årskurs 9. Med syfte att säkerställa en mer
trovärdig modell för utvärdering av elevers kunskap borde Skolverket införa
obligatoriska test mer regelbundet och i fler ämnen. Testen bör därutöver rättas
centralt av Skolverket.
Vi hoppas, och tror, att en seriös och saklig diskussion ska ta Sverige tillbaka till en
topposition inom utbildning. Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen på de
utmaningar det svenska skolsystemet står inför. Vi gör det genom att delta i
diskussioner kring gemensamma lösningar, utveckla duktiga skolledare och lärare

och, i samarbete med Sveriges kommuner, öppna fler skolor för att bereda elever i
vår kö en plats.
Bland annat behöver vi tillsammans lösa lärarbristen. Sverige kommer sakna 80 000
lärare 2030 om vi inte agerar nu. IES, och numera exempelvis Skellefteå kommun,
tillför Sverige lärarkompetens genom internationell rekrytering, men mer måste
göras. Lösningen ligger i att öka attraktiviteten för läraryrket på en mängd olika sätt.
Här är vi gärna delaktiga i en mer djupgående diskussion.
Låt oss tillsammans bidra till våra barns framtid och ta tillvara den positiva kraft
kommunala och privata skolor står för och skapa bättre förutsättningar för våra barn
att få bra utbildning. Och låt oss grunda diskussionen på saklighet och med
utgångspunkt i Riksdagens och Skolverkets beslut och riktlinjer.

We can — and want to — be a part of the solution for Sweden’s schooling
system
Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, is the largest free school organization in
Sweden, with 24,000 students and over 170,000 registrations in our queue. Our
students receive above national average results in the national tests as well as make
academic progress with us over time. This is regardless of social or academic
background. 38% of our students have a foreign background compared with 24% in
municipal schools. In the face of Sweden’s educational challenges, we can, and
want to, be a part of the solution.
The latest Skolverket statistics show that municipal schools are more generous in
grade setting than IES and other free schools in the subjects of Swedish and
Mathematics. Even Stockholm City’s 2017 diagnostic test in Mathematics showed
that our schools are more restrictive in grade setting. We take Skolverket’s statistics
very seriously because they are the country’s responsible administration, and
together with Skolinspektionen, secure quality and correct grade setting for
Sweden’s students.
In a recent report titled, “Trust-Based Evaluation in a Market Orientated School
System” it was claimed that IES and other free schools have higher grade inflation
than municipal schools. The report is based on an alternative view of the facts and
instead of looking at the % of students gaining a higher final grade when compared
to national test result, focuses on grade points instead. A student achieving a C at
national test and subsequently B at final grade level will have increased by 2.5 grade
points. However, a student achieving an F in the national test and subsequently an E
at final grade will have increased by 10 grade points. Many of our students at the
time of the national tests will be on F-E borderline and some may fail. Our teachers
work hard with these students up until the point of grading so many will eventually
pass. In 2017, 95% of our students with lower educated parents were eligible for
further studies, compared with just 78% at national level. The report also compares
national tests in Mathematics with performance in other subjects such as Home
Economics. These alternative conclusions are being used as an argument to ban for
profit education providers.

We also perceive the current grading guidelines as being too open to interpretation.
We therefore suggest that Skolverket create more structured guidelines and
processes to secure a more correct and equitable grading system. The national tests
provide solid grounds for the assessment of student knowledge. We would like to
see tests in more subjects and held more regularly. We also believe that such tests
should be corrected centrally.
We hope, and believe, that a serious and honest dialogue will take Sweden back to a
top position within education. We can, and want to, be a part of the solution for the
challenges the Swedish education system faces. We can achieve this by taking part
in dialogue to generate common solutions, develop competent school leaders, open
further schools and enable more children to attend our schools.
Together, we need to solve the shortage of teachers. Sweden will lack 80,000
teachers by 2030, if we don’t react now. IES, and for example, Skellefteå
municipality, will strengthen their teaching body by recruiting qualified international
teachers, but more must be done. The greater solution lies in making the profession
more attractive. Here we would welcome taking part in a deeper discussion.
Let us together, contribute to our children’s future and combine the positive forces
the municipal and free schools stand for, so that our children will receive a better
education. Let us ground our discussions in honesty, and with a starting point in
Parliament’s and Skolverket’s decisions and guidelines.

From the Principal

Vacation School (lovskola)

All schools are now required to offer vacation school (lovskola) to students that are in grade 8 or 9 who are at risk of failing one or more subjects and are not meeting the requirements to get into a high school program. The requirements for a high school program are: passing English, Math, Swedish/SVA plus 5 other classes (not specified).

Students with E grades in English, Math and Swedish/SVA plus E in 5 other classes are NOT entitled to vacation school.

Vacation school must be offered at a minimum of 50 hours and can take place during the fall break, the sport break, Easter break and summer vacation. Vacation school is not mandatory but if a student accepts a spot, attendance will be mandatory, and absences will be reported.

I highly recommend parents to encourage students to work hard and attend study center for extra help during the school year. Vacation is a time to gather up new energy and focus on individual interests. Vacation school, however, will be offered to 8th and 9th grade students that need the extra support to meet the requirements for high school.

Elever med lägsta betyget E i engelska, matematik och svenska/SVA plus 5 andra ämnen är inte berättigade lovskola.

Det är nu obligatoriskt för alla skolor att erbjuda lovskola till alla elever i åk 8 eller 9 som riskerar att inte bli godkända i ett eller flera ämnen och för de som inte är behöriga för att komma in på gymnasiet. Kraven för att komma in på gymnasiet är: godkänt betyg i engelska, matematik, svenska/SVA plus 5 andra ämnen (inte specificerade).

Lovskola måste erbjudas minst 50 timmar och kan erbjudas under höstlovet, sportlovet, påsklovet och sommarlovet. Lovskola är inte obligatoriskt men om en elev tackar ja till erbjudandet om lovskola kommer närvaron att vara obligatorisk och frånvaro kommer att rapporteras.

Jag rekommenderar starkt vårdnadshavare att uppmuntra sitt/sina barn att arbeta hårt under terminen och att vara närvarande på skolans study center för extra hjälp. Lov är till för att samla ny energi och fokusera på individuella intressen. Lovskola kommer dock att erbjudas till alla elever i åk 8 och 9 som behöver extra stöd för att nå de nödvändiga målen för gymnasiet.

Warm Regards,

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

Spring has arrived!

This spring term has been filled with academic challenging projects for students as well as fun filled activities. Teachers continue to assign homework to keep up the high academic expectations while finding a balance with student activities. IES Borås has also had a focus on cross curricular assignments this year and this has been received positively by both students and staff.

Activities

In the recent past weeks students have been involved in the following activities:

  • Karoli Kyrka – Junior School students visited this church and had a presentation related to the culture around Easter (religion)
  • Pink Day – A student-initiated movement to speak up against bullying, staff and students wore pink shirts (student influence/Plan Against Abusive Treatment)
  • Spirit Day - Dress up as a book character. Ms Ryan and Ms Grant went all out and had the most colorful and eye-catching outfits! (student influence)
  • Theatre Company – theme focused on teaching students how to speak up against people putting you down (Plan Against Abusive Treatment)
  • Håll Sverige Rent- This activity will take place in the fall, students will pick up trash and learn about the benefits of having a clean environment. Students involved will have a trip to the zoo (Samhällsvetenskap)
  • Leadership Elective -Students in this class organized activities such as a football tournament and presentations bringing awareness to the impact of bullying (student influence/Plan Against Abusive Treatment)

Survey Results

Overall, the school survey results were positive. It is important to point out that in general, students perceive they are offered challenging work and that there is peaceful and quiet environment to work in.

We are finally done with all the National Tests and look forward to the upcoming planned lessons and end year events!


Terminen har varit fylld med många utmanande akademiska projekt likaväl som med en hel rad roliga aktiviteter. Våra lärare fortsätter att hålla våra höga akademiska förväntningar samtidigt som detta balanseras med elevaktiviteter. IES Borås har också fokuserat på ämnesöverskridande aktiviteter det här året och detta har mottagits väl från både elever och personal.

Aktiviteter

De senaste veckorna har eleverna varit involverade i följande:

  • Karoli kyrka – Junior-eleverna besökte den här kyrkan och fick en presentation om påskens kultur. (religion)
  • Pink Day – detta var en aktivitet som eleverna initierade så att alla står upp tillsammans mot mobbing. Personal och elever hade på sig rosa. (elevinflytande/ kränkande behandlingsplan)
  • Spirit Day – alla kunde klä ut sig till en karaktär från en bok  Ms Ryan och Ms Grant hade fantastiska kläder och var väldigt fina! (elevinflytande)
  • Teatergrupp – detta var ett tema där man fokuserade på att lära elever hur man kan stå emot att andra försöker att trycka ner dig. (kränkande behandlingsplan)
  • Håll Sverige rent – den här aktiviteten kommer att hållas till hösten och elever kommer att hjälpa till att plocka upp skräp och lära sig om fördelarna med att hålla miljön ren. De elever som deltar kommer att besöka djurparken. (Samhällskunskap)
  • Elevens val – Ledarskap -  elever på den här elevens val organiserade aktiviteter såsom fotbollsturnering  och presentationer där man fokuserade på vilken inverkan mobbing kan ha. (elevinflytande/kränkande behandlingsplan)

Enkätsvar

Överlag så var skolans enkätsvar positiva. På det stora hela så anser eleverna att de får utmanande arbete och att det är ordning och reda i vår skola.

Eleverna är äntligen färdiga med sina nationella prov och ser fram emot de resterande lektionerna och de aktiviteter som är planerade inför terminen slut.

Önskar er alla en underbar vår!

Happy Spring!

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

A message from our new Principal

Thank you, staff and students, for the warm welcome back to IES. From just one year ago, I have noticed a significant improvement in the English proficiency of the Junior School students. This improvement is directly related to the reading, writing, listening and speaking activities at IES. In addition, staff members use English in the corridors to support the command of the English language outside the classroom.

The Student Council is also engaged in promoting activities that support reading. Last week, the Student Council kicked off a bookmark design competition. The winner’s bookmark will be printed and available in the library.

It is great to be back and see IES values in action.

Best Regards,

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

The making of great students

Our 8th and 9th graders have started their Study Skills course this term, and one of the first tasks was to brainstorm for the characteristics of successful students. Most students tend to focus on academic behaviors such as taking detailed notes, being organized, participating during lessons and studying a little all the time. However, the personality traits of successful students are just as important. Our students need to be happy, confident, responsible, and energetic during their lessons. Moreover, a successful student needs to be healthy, and this starts at home – our parents can help by making sure their children get a good night’s sleep (phones away!) and eat breakfast before coming to school. Learning takes a lot of energy!

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