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Director's Message No. 129
Dear AISM Community,
Now that a week has passed since our school underwent our initial Middle States External Review, we have a chance to look back and reflect on the overall process that our stakeholders (past and present) began in October of 2013. It has been a thirty-month journey that has allowed us to support our school community and grow together for the improvement of education and student learning here at AISM.
We are very fortunate to have a strong community, and one that has proven resilient to the many unique challenges that we have faced, and a community that has assisted us in moving firmly forward to put an accredited school on this historic school site for the first time since 1989!
The value that we gained from the self-study process has been in working collaboratively as partners! This process continued last week with the formal visit from an external team and the findings of this team, in addition to our own conclusions in the self-study. The external team report, which I just received, will help guide us in addressing any issues or stipulations. These issues or stipulations are not meant to be punitive or critical, but rather to help AISM stay focused on the most crucial areas for improvement. They will help the school Governance and Administration stay on track, to plan for investments, and to determine priorities.
Director's Message No. 128
Yesterday, on Sunday afternoon, we hosted the first Middle States Team to Monrovia, since our historic school site of the American Cooperative School was named the American International School of Monrovia.
We had several members from ACS in attendance, and they recalled, it was 27 years ago, this month, that ACS closed its doors. How fitting that 27 years to the Month, Middle States is back! and we, as a community, are “finishing what we started," before the Ebola Crisis of 2014.
Today, we are pleased to welcome: Dr. Irene Epp, Director, American School of Freetown, Mr. Sean Goudie, Director, International School of Ouagadougou, Ms. Danielle Lewernez, Elementary Principal, American School of Marrakesh, and Mr. Jeff Hazard, Dean of Students, Rift Valley Academy.
These four administrators found out today, that here at AISM, we are excited to share with them all aspects of the American International School of Monrovia.
Director's Message No. 127
April 8, 2016
Fast and Prayer Day at AISM … and Middle States External Visitation/Evaluation.
“Fast and Prayer Day” at AISM: What an appropriate “holiday” for us to have, in order to assist us in putting the final pieces together for the first Middle States Visiting Team to Monrovia since 1989!
Today, our first external team member arrived from Morocco. Tomorrow, the final three members of the team will arrive from Freetown, Burkina Faso, and Kenya. These four administrators will be at the school from Sunday –Thursday, and our team is excited to share with them all aspects of AISM – a school that occupies the historic school site of the American Cooperative School. This school compound has a rich history in a country that has great potential for the future; with a very warm, spirited population who has faced many challenges over the last 25 years.
Director's Message No. 126
RE: END OF SPRING BREAK, CHALLENGING VACATION RETURNS, AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES, AND AISM’S INITIAL ACCREDITATION
March 31, 2016
As we come to the end of our “Spring Break”, and the final vacation period of the year, I am once again reminded of just how interconnected our world has become. Indeed, it was less than 20 months ago when all of us here at the American International School of Monrovia were caught off guard in dealing with the consequences of the Ebola Health Crisis of 2014.
Today, we have many of our community members on vacation, emailing me daily that flights have been rerouted and that their returns to our school will be delayed, as the main European Airport Hub for Monrovia, located in Brussels, is currently closed.
I have been in touch with the teachers and all of us are understanding and will be flexible in welcoming your students back, as soon as possible, given the unexpected airport closure.
Director's Message No. 116
February 18, 2016
The American International School of Monrovia’s mission is to offer its present and ever-changing student population a challenging curriculum (designed to meet or exceed U.S. Standards,) while enabling AISM’s student body to achieve their full social, intellectual, emotional, and physical potential. Our intellectual community teaches values and good manner, is dedicated to academic excellence, demands responsibility and promotes the power of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
It is hard to believe that we have been in school for over 100 days. On Tuesday, I was in ECE during the morning circle time and they were busy with the number of days that they attended school. Later, I was in Upper School Math where students were busy with Algebraic equations. It was great to be back, and it was great to see our students learning independent skills and having that “got it” moment, where they understand.