Posted Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 1:21:51 PM
Welcome to a new school year
Welcome back to returning MYP veterans, new families joining Skagerak and the ex-PY6 (new MY1) community! I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Skagerak Middle School begins Monday, 19th of August at kl 08:40. Please note the new, earlier start time. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl 08:15 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:00. For those with younger siblings, please note that our morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at kl 07:30.
Homeroom Contact Teachers
- MY1 – Kathrine Fredriksen
- MY2 – Lucia Duin
- MY3 – Linda Sloan
- MY4 – Sarah Sommerschield
Important MYP dates
- Thursday, 15 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl 16:30
- Thursday, 15 August: Contact Teacher Meetings kl 17:30
- Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 August: MY1+2 Strand Camp
- Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 August: MY3+4 Trollaktiv Adventure Camp
- More information, such as itineraries and packing lists, will be given to the students during the first week of school.
Who's who in the MYP:
- Middle school Vice Principal – Tony Egan
- MYP Coordinator – Katheryn Tester
- Counsellor – Kathrine Fredriksen
Stay Connected at Skagerak International School
The MYP section of Skagerak is largely digital, both in communications and curriculum. We do have a number of ways to keep in touch about school. Be sure to read, subscribe to and join these resources to get all the latest news.
- The school's website has the latest news, blogs, calendars as well as general information about the school. The school calendar has all the important dates for the 2019/2020 school year for all three school programmes.
- Click here to follow the school calendar!
- f you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed.
- The Primary and Middle School twitter account is the place to find live assembly videos and picture updates of student learning. Please follow for daily highlights and pictures if on twitter.
Enjoy the last two weeks of the summer holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces soon!
Posted Friday, Jun 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 11:46:00 AM
Future Problem Solvers in USA
Skagerak always travels well, but the Future Problem Solvers really impressed the plane passengers and the crew en route to Boston! More fans are now following their quest in the USA! We wish them the best of luck!
Posted Monday, Jun 3, 2019 4:33:00 PM
Cultural Diversity Day, 18 June 2019
Follow the Cultural Diversity Day Celebrations link for all details.
Parents and members of the community are most welcome to attend, assist and/or volunteer at the event alongside their children. If you wish to contribute in any way, please fill in the Cultural Diversity Day – Volunteer and donation form. We will confirm your donation by Friday 14 June.
Here is the preliminary timeline for the day:
Kl.0830 on wards
Food drop offs to the high school cafeteria
PS students – inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items
MS students – individual inquiry into "developing identity through cultural commonalities" theme using their scavenger hunt items
Regular classes in session
Lunch in classrooms
students bring their own lunches. Cafeteria closed
Opening Ceremony, Parade
Celebration of culture (food stands, dance presentations etc)
Event Clean up
Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019 4:27:14 PM
Skagerak Summer Camp
This summer, for the very first time we are excited to offer our Skagerak Summer Camp. We know there is a need for quality child care during the summer vacation so we are really keen to provide this much needed service to the community. The focus will be on fun and learning and the program will be delivered in English. For ages 5 to 12, during weeks 26, 27, 32 and 33.
See our information flyer for more details and our sign up link below.
Sign up due date 7 June.
Skagerak Summer Camp registration
Posted Friday, May 24, 2019 2:45:00 PM
Connections - Yearbook for 19/20 - order deadline 5 June
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:05:36 PM
Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication of The Elisabeth Norr Library
Skagerak International School is pleased to announce the dedication of its Senior School Library in honour of the school's founder, Elisabeth Norr. The Skagerak community is invited to join the dedication celebration during the its 17th of May breakfast celebration at 8:30.
Ms. Norr has been called Skagerak's "first lady," recognised for opening the school nearly 30 years ago. She subsequently guided Skagerak to the flagship reputation it enjoys today, both here in Norway and internationally. Ms Norr's passion for high quality teaching, combined with her desire to offer students only the best, led her to share her teaching experience from around the world; returning eventually to Sandefjord and establishing Skagerak International School in 1990. Ms. Norr has provided an opportunity for many thousands of students to attend an international school and experience the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:36:00 PM
17th May celebrations
Once again the Skagerak Parent Council invites all students, families and friends of Skagerak to start Norway's national day with breakfast and student speeches.
This year, we will have an extra special 17 of May morning where we will also be formally recognizing the founder of our school- Ms Elisabeth Norr
|07:45 ||Breakfast - Rolls, waffles, coffee, tea and juice may be purchased |
|08:00 ||Flag ceremony with speeches and the national anthem |
|08:30 ||Dedication of the Elisabeth Norr library |
|Skagerak students leave to join with Framnes skole to walk to town |
|Location||Skagerak International School, high school cafeteria|
Join us and celebrate 17th May!
Skagerak school 17th May programme
Sandefjord kommune 17th May programme
Where to meet up in Badeparken
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:29:42 PM
MY4 trip to Krakow and Warsaw
Day three of their five-day trip to Poland, students visited the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines outside of Krakow.
Posted Friday, Apr 26, 2019 5:15:01 PM
PYP 2019 Exhibition - Tuesday 30 April 6 pm
Posted Friday, Apr 12, 2019 10:09:00 AM
Lost and Found items should be collected today
Some of these lost and found belongings might come in handy during the spring break, so please come and have a look. Uncollected items will be donated after the holiday.
Posted Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 1:16:02 PM
FPS fundraiser - join us for fun at the students vs staff hockey game
Posted Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 5:10:00 PM
Posted Friday, Mar 22, 2019 3:57:22 PM
Student art exhibition at Sandefjord Library
Former Middle School student and current DP1 student, Shreya Sen, is holding an art exhibition at the Sandefjord Library to raise awareness and funds for several global causes. For more information and to read a statement by Shreya: Art for a Cause
Posted Friday, Mar 8, 2019 3:46:34 PM
Environmental group forming community choir
The Skagerak Environmental Committee would like to form a choir. The aim of the choir is to bring members of our school community together to sing, socialize and have fun. We hereby invite you to be a part of this new and exciting group. The choir will be led by a very talented musician, performer and music teacher from the UK. Parents, students and staff are welcome to join. No prior experience necessary, just a willingness to be part of a fun environment. So, if you or your child would like to be a member of the Skagerak International Community Choir please register your interest on the linked form below.
Posted Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 10:08:57 AM
Energy drink free-zone
We would like to remind all parents that high-sugar, high-caffeine energy drinks are not permitted at Skagerak during the school day. We have spoken to the local distributors about the legal requirements for selling these drinks to students, but we are still having difficulty keeping the drinks off campus. Please have a conversation with your son and/or daughter about this and help us keep Skagerak a healthy and productive learning community.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 2:42:11 PM
Children's online safety meeting, Thursday February 28th
A reminder about the Barnevakten information evening tomorrow, Thursday, February 28th at 17:00 in the Lars Ask auditorium.
Children's safety and online behaviour is a very relevant topic in schools today. To address this matter, we have the pleasure of inviting you to an informative presentation by Knut Rinden from Barnevakten.
Barnevakten is an association that works to increase children's and youth's ability to act responsibly and safely online. As part of their work they visit schools to meet with students and parents to increase their awareness of how children can be safe online. If you would like to know more, please visit the Barnevakten webpage.
PY3-6 and MY1-4 students will meet with Knut Rinden during the school day tomorrow to learn more about well-being, life-skills, social media, cyber-bullying and gaming addiction. Knut Rinden's evening presentation will teach parents about how they can keep their children safe. There will be an opportunity for interaction and discussion. The presentation is in English and the PowerPoint slides are in Norwegian.
We are hoping as many parents as possible can attend!
Posted Monday, Feb 18, 2019 2:51:17 PM
Barnevakten will be at Skagerak on 28 February 28
Knut Rinden from Barnevakten will be speaking to all levels at Skagerak on Thursday 28 February: PY3-PY6 students from 12-13:15, MY1-4 students 13:30-15:00 and all parents are invited for an evening session for parents only, 17:00-18:30. His talks will address some very current issues of our time:
- Personal well-being / life-skills
- Social media / Cyber-bullying
- Gaming addiction
We are hoping as many as possible can join us to learn about the latest development of digital information for parents.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 12:33:34 PM
Are you interested in joining the school's Board of Trustees?
Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 1:01:00 PM
MYP Personal Project exhibition - 22 January, 6 pm
As part of their formal completion for the Middle Years Programme, our Y11 MYP certificate students have been working on their Personal Projects over the past few months. Please join us in supporting them at their exhibition for their products next Tuesday 22 January at kl.1800 in the high school building. This will give you good insight into this independent project and the many ways our students decide to inquire.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 4:38:42 PM
Support our bottle drive!
Save your extra bottles from the holidays to support Doctors Without Borders. This organization brings medical humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict, natural disasters, epidemics or healthcare exclusion. Collections can be dropped off inside the red building until January 18th, 2019 and middle school students will be returning the bottles for pant to support this NGO. Thank you for your support!
Posted Friday, Dec 14, 2018 2:55:22 PM
School canteen closed next week
A reminder to pack a lunch on Monday and Tuesday, as the canteen will not be open.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:56:00 AM
Last day of school notices
Wednesday 19 December is a half school day and all students will be dismissed at 12 noon. There will be no SFO in the afternoon that day. Parents and students should collect all cloakroom items (boots, hats, coats etc.) so that that the school can be cleaned. All items in Lost and Found will be donated to charity on 20 December if not claimed.
Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you on 7 January!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 5:11:36 PM
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 2:28:57 PM
MY2 students collecting supplies for school in Zambia
MY2 students and sisters, Charlotte and Madeleine Andersen, have started a service initiative for helping a school in Zambia. They are collecting school supplies to bring with them when they visit the school during the December holiday. For more information about their project and suggestions for donations, please click on the link below.
Posted Monday, Dec 3, 2018 3:56:11 PM
Energy Drink Free-Zone
We would like to remind all parents that high-sugar, high-caffeine energy drinks are not permitted at Skagerak during the school day. We have spoken to the local distributors about the legal requirements for selling these drinks to students, but we are still having difficulty keeping the drinks off-campus. Please have a conversation with your son and/or daughter about this and help us make Skagerak a healthier and more productive learning community.
Posted Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 8:14:49 AM
MY4 Students in NRK Klassequizen
Representing Skagerak in NRK's Klassequizen this year are Viktor Borgos, Othilie Paulsson, Mathias Schaathun and Daniela de la Garza. Klassequizen is an annual nationwide knowledge quiz for 10th graders. The radio-aired competition starts locally in Vestfold and winning teams have the opportunity to advance to compete in the national final competition next spring. We wish them the best of luck!
Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 12:31:56 PM
PY3 fundraiser for UNICEF, Friday 19 October
Popcorn for kr 10 a cup!
Posted Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 5:04:15 PM
Parent Conferences October 17th. Classes cancelled.
All classes (PY1-DP2) will be cancelled on Wednesday October 17th due to Parent Conferences that are scheduled for all three sections of the school – Primary, Middle and High School. In addition, SFO and after-school clubs are cancelled as well.
Posted Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 5:03:00 PM
Skagerak's Sustainability Initiative is partnering with the Humble Brush Company to bring sustainable goods to our community. These toothbrushes are designed in Sweden and developed by dentists. They are made out of bamboo, are biodegradable, vegan friendly and animal cruelty free.
In the order form, please inidicate the type and quantity of brushes you would like. Delivery is estimated to be the end of November 2018. After your order has been placed, please be sure to VIPPS the total amount owing to Skagerak VIPPS #500583 and add the message 'BAMBOO_YOUR NAME'
Any proceeds gained will be donated to ABCs and Rice, a Cambodian NGO who uses donated dental care products to support local families in need.
For more information, please contact Katheryn Tester or visit Humble's website: https://thehumble.co/
Join us in our initiative to reduce our consumption of plastic goods and make the world a better place to be!
Posted Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 4:05:00 PM
MY4 work experience days, 26 & 27 November
On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November, MY4 students will spend two days shadowing a job that they feel would be of interest to them. Job shadowing is intended to give students a realistic picture to the relevant tasks and responsibilities for a job where appropriate. Hosts are encouraged to give tasks that are meaningful and engage students which can help them develop key employ-ability skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and time management. A survey will be distributed at the end of the second day so that hosts can give feedback on the student and their experience.
Here is the link to the form for those who are willing to host students. This form will remain open until Friday 26 October. Ms Sarah Sommerschield or Ms Fredriksen will contact you by 01 November to confirm student placement and make any further arrangements as necessary.
Thank you for investing your time and expertise in the Skagerak community.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 11:41:30 AM
Skagerak International School hosts not only Forskerfabrikkens summer course but also courses held druing the evening throughout the school year.
Sign up for the latest course
starting in November. Students in PY4-6 and MY1 will be introduced to the fascinating world of science. Through their own research and experiments they will learn about nature through biology, physics and chemistry. Sign up through Forskerfabrikkens
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 4:33:46 PM
ManageBac and Teams
The following guide has been presented at the parent meeting as well as a copy sent home by email, but we are also posting it below for a couple of weeks for convenience. Please contact the school if you have any questions.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 4:08:00 PM
After school clubs 2018-19
School clubs start from Monday 10 September.
Homework Club for our PY2 to MY4 students meets on Mondays 3:15-4:00 pm, Tuesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in the PY3 classroom. Kristina Unhjem, firstname.lastname@example.org, is responsible for the homework club this year.
The Math Club, lead by our principal Mr Tester, email@example.com, will be held in the PC Lab on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
Our popular Chess Club is continuing and will be run by principal James Tester, in the PY4-5-6 hallway after school on Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 pm - for all grade levels.
The French Language Club for proficient speakers is meeting on Tuesdays at 2:45-3:45 pm in the PY4 classroom and is led by Emilie D F Bevand, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Polish Language Club for proficient speakers will meet in the PY3 classroom on Tuesdays 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm. Justina Sliwinska can be contacted for details, email@example.com. Start up depends on the number of students.
This year we are starting up with a German Language Club for proficient speakers. It will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in PY6. Contact persons are Pia and Lutz Lundberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year is Brainobrain, a programme emphasizing concentration and mathematics skills. Please contact Brainobrain directly for more information and signing up: email@example.com. It is held in the PY5 classroom on Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm. There is a fee for this service.
Our Robotics Club is expanding and we will have Robotics on Wednesdays 3:15-4:00 pm for all students and for PY3 on Tuesdays at Primary lunchtime, 12:45-1:00 pm. Both classes are held in room 401. Mr Baragwanath, firstname.lastname@example.org, is still responsible for the club.
New this year is our Sewing Club - an exciting handicraft club, initiated by our Middle school students. It is held in the library on Mondays, 3:15-4:30. Please contact Lea Mathilde in MY2 for more information, email@example.com
Do you have any extra small jobs around the home or perhaps you need a babysitter? Our SFO supervisor Ms Carol King, has compiled a list of Middle and High school students interested in offering their services for a fee - please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Problem Solvers is back, run by Ms Schäfer. It is held in room 401 on Fridays from 8:00 to 8:45 am. Please contact Ms Schäfer for more information, email@example.com.
Interested in the theatre? Either back stage or acting - do not forget Skagerak's very own Skagerak Playmakers. This year's production is Alice in Wonderland - see more details on their very own site webpage here.
Posted Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 5:04:27 PM
A course for improving maths and concentration skills, PY2-MY2
Posted Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 4:47:17 PM
Skagerak Day Volunteers
Skagerak Day is September 2nd and the Parent Council Event Committee is looking for volunteers to provide baked goods, and to assist in the cafeteria and grilling station. Please click on the link below for more information.
Posted Monday, Aug 13, 2018 8:15:00 PM
Dear Middle School families
Welcome back to returning MYP veterans, new families joining Skagerak and the ex-PY6 community! I hope you all have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with friends and family. Mddle school begins Monday, 20th of August, at kl. 08:55. Students and parents are welcome to arrive from kl.08:30 and meet the Skagerak staff. The first day of school is a full day and students will be dismissed at kl.15:10. For those with younger siblings, please note that our morning SFO for Kindergarten and Primary will begin on Tuesday morning at kl. 07:30.
Ms Lesley Schäfer
Ms Kathrine Fredriksen
Ms Katheryn Tester
Ms Sarah Sommerschield
Stationery list 18/19
Important MYP Dates
16 August: Contact Teacher Meetings kl. 18:00
20 August: New Parent Information Meeting kl. 19:00
*Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August: MY1+2 Strand Camp
*Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 August: MY3+4 Trollaktiv Adventure Camp
Stay Connected at Skagerak International School
The MYP section of Skagerak is largely digital, both in communications and curriculum We do have a number of ways to keep in touch about school. Be sure to read, subscribe to and join these resources to get all the latest news.
- The school's website has the latest news, blogs, calendars as well as general information about the school. The school calendar has all the important dates for the 2018/2019 school year for all three school programmes.
- Click here to follow the school calendar!
- If you're a Facebook member, the Skagerak Community Page is a place to get school community updates, via parents in your feed
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces soon. Enjoy your last few days of summer!
James Tester, Principal
Posted Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 11:08:20 AM
Free E-books for Summer Reading!
The Junior Library is establishing its Overdrive e-book and audio-book collection and is able to offer several free titles for student-reading during the summer. Click on the link above for more information, including descriptions of the books and log-in details. Happy reading!
Posted Friday, Jun 8, 2018 12:25:42 PM
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:12:13 PM
FPS to USA
And they're off! Future Problem Solvers are on their way to America, representing Skagerak and Norway at the Future Problem Solvers International Conference in Wisconsin. We wish them the best of luck!