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Director's Message No. 145
AISA Directors' Governance Retreat:
This is just a brief reminder that I will be off campus this Friday, and will be returning to AISM on Monday afternoon. This weekend, I will be attending the African International School Association (AISA) Directors' retreat, sponsored by the Office of Overseas Schools. This conference will serve as an opportunity for me to touch base with other Directors from U.S State Department-Assisted Schools in Africa.
This retreat will serve as a Governance and Leadership workshop, and it comes at a time when most American International Schools in the region (including us, here at the American International School of Monrovia) are working to reconstitute their school boards.
Director's Message No. 144
RE: Annual General Meeting Date: Thursday, September 29th, 6:30pm. Single Purpose Room (Held in conjunction with teacher open house.)
1. Updates on Accreditation
- Additional evidence from AISM
- Response from MSA Accreditation Officer
- Next AISM Submissions
2. School Governance - Board member (Parent Elect/Select) position
Director's Message No. 143
AISM Parent Community,
We are looking forward to seeing you this afternoon. I would like to send out a quick note of appreciation to our teachers for working “overtime” this week and working together to put the best possible Mastery Learning system in place for our students.
For the 30% of parents who are new to our school community: In mastery learning programs, often adopted by schools using the United States Micro School model of education, students and parents are given regular and precise information on their students' learning process. The feedback identifies areas of learning needs and offers specific guidance and directions in addressing student’s relative areas of strength and weaknesses. Mastery learning adds feedback in order to increase the efficiency and success of teaching and learning. (Cohen, 1994) Regardless of the initial planning, the curriculum, or teaching of it, ... it is the feedback and correctives that form the foundation of a true mastery-learning program.
Director's Message No. 142
Greetings from AISM on our fifth day of school! We are off to a great school year, as we welcomed five new teachers, and 28 (out of 88) “new” students this week.
We have a great program, lots of support from the community that we serve, and this year we celebrate our tenth year “back” on this historical school site that the former American Cooperative School of Monrovia once stood on.
One of the best parts of the accreditation process that our school community took part in last school year was reading the comments from the visiting team on our school history. It really helped us put in context the importance of the work that we do here, and the footprints that we are walking in.
Director's Message No. 141
Great Start, Great Expectations and Great Gratitude!
As we enter our second full day of school, after the summer recess, I just want to take a moment to send out a formal “school opening note” to the entire American International School of Monrovia community. This year has brought many new faces, with both new teachers and families joining our community.
I would also like to formally thank our school PTA who last year “worked together for excellence!” The funds raised by the PTA helped us improve our school playground facility. This goes right to the PTA’s core mission of enhancing and improving our students’ educational experience here at AISM.