Dear Parents of IES Södertälje,
First, we at IES Södertälje want to thank you for the trust you have invested in us with your children, our students. We started in August at planned capacity with 3 parallel classes from grade 4-7 with 368 students and 33 staff. Considering those numbers in a new beautiful school, one can reflect on the challenges a new school is faced with. The fact though is that the start of the school and the first semester has gone very well, we are so proud of our students and staff.
Early on, we started assessing the knowledge levels of the students, to learn their individual levels in Math, Swedish and English. We also learned from in class activities, the students abilities in the other subjects and from those tests we were able to set up subject specific goals and start to work towards those in all subjects. Continuing in to midterm we had the grading conference and the students development talks where each student had an IUP drawn up, stating where they were academically and socially and from that, goals were set with them to encourage further development. After the Autumn break, the Year 6s also had their Oral National Tests in Math, Swedish and English. In short, we have gotten to know our students very well from all perspectives and we are ready to take them to the next level.
On the social side we already see the correlation between increased House activities and a decline in behavior notices. Our students love the House System with all its activities, dodgeball, football, table tennis tournaments and so on.
Looking ahead, our plan for next semester is to furnish a student lounge to give the students a quieter place to relax. We are also looking at setting up our library and equipping it for everyday use by students during their breaks and within lessons too.
As you can see, you have chosen a school for your children that will provide an environment where they can grow and learn to their full potential, academically and socially. You have also chosen a school that is international minded, one which will open their minds to a world of opportunities, equipping them to pursue their aspirations anywhere in the world.
Thank you for all your support and positive and constructive feedback. The good relation we have with you, the parents is essential for us to be successful. On that note, I also want to promote our PTA, a nonprofit Parent Teacher Association that will be a fantastic support for the school and its activities.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!