November 5, 2018
Trimester 1 Conclusion/MAP Testing/After School Activity Program
November comes in like a “Wildebeest,” and exits like a “Wildebeest”. It is hard to believe that next week, on Friday, November 16th, one third of our school year will be completed.
This has been a busy, and transformational year, as the American International School of Monrovia continues to focus on consistent school improvement, and the quality of our students’ educational program. This year, we are pleased to have our entire teaching staff with prior experience working at AISM. Our staff, like Wildebeests, are RESILIENT, as they both handle working with me, and living in Liberia.
This year, we have fully implemented our Jupiter Online Portal, beyond a blended learning protocol, to improve school wide communication. The Jupiter Portal will also allow us to produce your Trimester 1 Report Cards Next Friday, November 16th.
Please note that at the American International School of Monrovia, Report Cards will only be printed and signed at the end of the school year, or when a student is transferring from AISM. This year, you need not worry about report cards getting “lost” before reaching home!
Next week, students will also be taking our second “Measure of Academic Progress” (MAP) assessment. This will allow our teaching team to help measure your students’ academic progress, and identify both their areas of strength and improvement. This assessment also helps us make “real time” adjustments to our academic program to ensure that we are meeting your (and all our) students’ needs.
Homeroom teachers will be sending out the MAP testing schedule by Wednesday. Please bear in mind that this is a flexible and adaptive computer-based test; all that is needed is a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast to help ensure our students are focused and ready for the assessment. This is not a test you can “study” for, as it is used to measure long-term student growth.
Below is an example of a student who has taken the MAP assessment since the school introduced it in 2013.
On a final note, as we “wind down” the first Trimester of learning, this will be our final week of After School Activities. This will allow the teachers to finalize our students’ grades and assignments, while reviewing the MAP data to help our team determine how best to meet your students’ needs during the second Trimester.
The After School Activity Program will re-start, with new options, on November 19th. All students will be dismissed at 3:30 from November 9th – November 16th.
As you can see by this email, if you made it this far, indeed it has been a busy and successful first Trimester of school, and as per our Calendar, (https://www.aismonrovia.com/calendar/) November is going to be a busy month of growing and learning here at the American International School of Monrovia.
Have a great afternoon.