February 13, 2020
#1. It is good to be back! Trudeau returns from Travels
#2. Sports Day Adjustment: Saturday Morning, February 22nd – to Friday Afternoon, February 21st
#3. Guest on Campus Next Week
#1. Trudeau Back from Travels
During our “Year of the Honey Bee”, our school community continues to work together to enhance our students’ educational ecosystem, and to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students, even in the largest colony our school has had in its young history.
Last week, I had the pleasure to represent the American International School of Monrovia for the final time, at the annual Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) in New York City. AAIE is a global community that helps support high quality American-accredited education worldwide.
In addition to being able to meet with Middle States Association (our accreditation body), I was also kept current on how International educational programs continue to develop and evolve to meet both students’ academic and social emotional needs.
I also had meetings to ensure that we are in good standing with our vendors and educational suppliers. Last week, on behalf of the school, I met with several of our educational partners, including Mr. Terry Nelson-Bouck, the new Regional Education Officer for the Africa Region from the Office of Overseas School.
The AAIE conference also gave me the opportunity to work with several other school Directors from American Schools in our region. Like us, they face complex and difficult challenges in putting student education first. However, like us, they are committed and dedicated to meeting that challenge and to ensuring that all students can, and are able to succeed.
Once again it is great to be back!
#2. Sports Day Adjustment
Yesterday, on my first day back, we had a faculty meeting to plan our upcoming Sports Day. During that meeting, the teachers and I determined that traveling to school next Saturday, during a short-term petroleum shortage in Monrovia (and mixing it with athletic competition!), most likely would not make for a “winning” day.
Therefore, we felt it best to move our annual Sports Day “back” one day. The event will be held during the school day, next Friday afternoon, from 12:50 – 3:30. If parents are available, and would like to stop by to support their students, as they show off both their skills and team spirit, please do so! We look forward to welcoming as many members of our community as possible on Friday, February 21st.
#3. Guest on Campus next week
Next week, the American International School of Monrovia, in collaboration with the Association of International Schools of Africa will engage in a “school to school exchange program.” This program will bring the appointed Elementary Principal, Ms. Jalisa Mixon, from the International School of Ouagadougou (ISO) to our school campus. This visit will initiate the transition to my next role as the Director at ISO in August of 2020. Ms. Mixon’s visit will give us the opportunity to collaborate and determine which present educational practices used here, at the American International School of Monrovia, might be a potential match for the community at the next school that I will serve, at the conclusion of my tenure here at AISM in June of this school year.
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Mixon, as her visit will help ensure a successful transition for both myself and also the community I look forward to supporting in Burkina Faso.
Her Biography is below and she will arrive on Monday afternoon. She will be present for our adjusted-Sports Day next Friday afternoon.
Have a good evening,