The Hour of Code is coming!

It is time again for the Hour of Code! The Learning Commons Team will be running hour long sessions from December 5th (Monday) to December 9th (Friday) for grades EY to 5 and there will be some session in G6 and 7 Design classes. The Hour of Code provides students with the opportunity to learn basic block programming (coding is basically creating a step by step guide for getting a computer to complete a task). The students use age-appropriate apps to go through levels which get progressively more difficult and which continually builds on the skills they are learning along the way.

The students will be using lots of thinking skills during the hour, specifically – sequencing, patterning, patience and attention to detail. There is lots of information on the Hour of Code website where you can watch tutorials and listen to influential people talk about the benefits of teaching children to code.

Try the following apps yourself or use the self-guided tutorials.

  • Scratch Jr. or Daisy the Dinosaur
  • Beebots (good for pre-readers)
  • Kodable
  • Hopscotch


Parent Forum: Our LC Resources

All Degerloch Lower School parents are invited to attend our Thursday Parent Forum on November 17th at 8:30 in the LS Library. Ms. Rickard and Mrs. Junginger will be sharing with you the digital tools and resources that we have available to support your child’s learning.

  • The Reading Cloud- our new library information system and more!
  • Britannica School and BrainPop- our online reference suite
  • Kid-friendly search engines
  • Linguascope and RAZ Kids

We are also available to answer any questions you may have regarding digital learning (ex. with the iPads) and Learning Commons resources in general

Following the session, Mr. Krusch and Mrs. Junginger will run a second session for Grade 5 parents about our Bring Your Own Laptop program in the Upper School. We will share the guidelines, the requirements, and examples of the type of learning students will be doing beginning in Grade 6. Plan to stay until 10:15 if you are attending both sessions, and 9:30 for the Learning Commons session only


MUN Day 2016

Congratulations to the MUN Team for organizing a great MUNDay on Monday!

Lots of great research and debate, and a few awards:

  • Best Delegate: Albert Kim (gr7 South Korea) and Paul Henry Feinauer-Geoghegan (gr9 Netherlands)
  • Best Dressed: Brandon Morrow (gr6) and Ivan Hernandez (gr9)
  • Most Resilient: Giorgia Pellegrini (gr8 India) and
  • Calvin Johnson (gr10 Canada)
  • Best Public Speaker: Anna Mott (gr8 Philippines) and
  • Khushi Niranjan (gr9 South Korea)
  • Best Teamwork: Brazil (Albert Zerbst gr6, Sundaramoorthy Balasubramanian gr6, Anusha Ananda gr6, Frey Faulhaber gr7, Ruby Brokelman gr7, Maya Baumann gr8, Sammi Lam gr8, Viola Parlanti gr8) and
  • South Korea (Georg Bartels gr9, Ivan Hernandez gr9, Julien Sauter gr9-Sifi, Khushi Niranjan gr9, Paul Panitz gr9, Sophia Lehmann gr9, Vasilios Regkas gr9)

If you are logged in to your isswiki account, you can watch the video made by the Press Team:

Tech Help is coming!

As part of the Middle School Erasmus Digital Squad program, the team is in the process of setting up a Tech Help Desk in Degerloch – and in Sindelfingen discussions are underway!

symbol-for-the-design-teamSo far we have started to put up the display and more information is coming soon about when the students will be available- but be on the lookout during Study Hall. The team can help with a variety of tools including Google, Veracross, Weebly, PowToon, and other presentation tools.


Reading Cloud in the LS

Last Wednesday Degerloch Lower School teachers had a great session learning all about the Reading Cloud. Not only did they try out the features, but they also thought about how the tool could be used in their classrooms. Many great ideas were exchanged and we look forward to seeing it all in action!

Degerloch LS Book Club

Reminder: ISS Book Club

The International School of Stuttgart coordinates with two Book Club operators to bring you a wide selection of English books which are available for you to order if you wish. The school library benefits greatly from this partnership as any book sales result in free books for the library.

Posted on Veracross were two catalogues showing the books available from our partners at Scholastic Books and Baker Books

All orders and payments need to be made online and you can use the following links to do so:

Scholastic International School Book Club –

Baker Books –

The deadline for ordering is Tuesday the 4th of October. There are no postage fees and all books are delivered to school.

Should you have any questions please contact the Lower School Librarian, Lydia Rickard (

Thank you in advance for your support with the school book club and happy reading!

Miss Lydia

Learning Common Specialist


The Learning Commons team have been busy these past two weeks setting up our new library management system called The Reading Cloud. All students and teachers have been set-up with an account and will soon receive instructions about how to login and use the system. We are in the process of finishing an inventory of all our materials so that our new catalogue will be reliable and useful.

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What else does The Reading Cloud have to offer?

  • find and reserve books online
  • write and make video book reviews
  • create your own home libraries
  • see what’s trending
  • get suggestions for what to read next
  • check your account for loans and overdues
  • build reading networks
  • and much more!