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The year of the Mountain Zebra
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Theme for 2016 - 2017: “Year of the Emperor Penguin”

In 2012, AISM in the Year of the Butterfly left our cocoon to soar to New Heights! In 2013, we worked together during the Year of the Horse to help our students make measurable academic progress; and in 2014, during our Year of the Chameleon, we adapted and transformed to assist our students in meeting challenging new environments.
Last year, during the Year of the Swallow, we maneuvered and adapted to best meet our students' needs.

This year…we are pleased that AISM continues to evolve to meet the overall needs of our student population, and this year, our school welcomes…the Year of the Emperor Penguin.

As per Wikipedia, “the penguin has an evolutionary conservative body shape, which allows for great maneuverability, endurance, and warmth, while swimming”. Emperor Penguins are social animals that work together in groups and pairs to adapt to both traveling, living and surviving in an extreme habitat. 

AISM Community, Prospective Parents, Partners and Friends …

It is hard to believe how quickly time flies (unlike a Penguin!)! As I start my 24th year in International Education, it is my honor to be part of the AISM community for a fifth year.

AISM is a unique school, with a unique history that I am indeed very fortunate to be a part of. The school is a vital part of Liberia’s reconstruction effort, after the country experienced both a period of Civil War during the 1990's, and the Ebola Crisis of 2014. As her Excellency, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote in May of 2006, authorizing the reactivation of the school:  

Student of the Month: Effort!

The seven characteristics of RESPECT (Responsibility, Effort, Self-Control, Positive Attitude, Effective communication, Cooperation and Tolerance) are used as the AISM Citizenship Code.

This program is also identified on your student report card, which you will have next week for the first Trimester. The Respect citizenship code of student conduct helps us create a positive school culture where students feel safe and excited to come to school and learn.

November 9, 2017

Trimester 1 Conclusion/MAP Testing/After School Activity Program Election Period Hiatus

AISM Community,

It is hard to believe that next week on Friday, November 17th, one third of the "Year of the Mountain Zebra" will be completed.

November 1, 2017

AISM Celebrates Halloween/Fall Festival and Observes Liberian Thanksgiving

I would like to send out a “thank you” to the entire American International School of Monrovia community for a successful Halloween and Fall Festival celebration. The event was organized and supported by our recently reconstituted PTA.

As a past PTA Chair once wrote:

Dear AISM community,

I’m writing you today to express our thanks, on behalf of the previous PTA committee members and myself, for all the support and assistance you gave PTA in the last couple of years.

AISM Parents,

October 30, 2017

RE: Halloween/Fall Festival, AISM Health Insurance, Liberian Thanksgiving.

This week, The American International School of Monrovia is pleased to welcome the four day visit of Mr. Ricardo Urbina to our campus.  Mr. Urbina works with many of the present insurance companies that the school contracts with, each year, to safeguard our teachers, students, and school facility.  Mr. Urbina is directly in charge of our teacher health insurance, and he was able to assist us with the policy development and implementation of our student emergency medical insurance.

October 27, 2017

RE: Updated Students’ School Medical Emergency ID cards for ASPEN.

AISM Parents,

Our insurance company (TIE International) that protects and insures your students for medical emergencies that occur on school grounds, and during school hours, apologizes for the delay in getting the updated medical insurance cards to you.

AISM Community,

RE: Clarity in Election Process and School Position regarding a safe and appropriate learning environment at AISM.

Parents, Teachers, and Students,

As per the text message sent out this morning at 9:45a.m, the school received multiple reports that “provisional” election results are “likely” to be announced today at 4:00p.m. Therefore, the American International School of Monrovia took the position that -- despite the ambiguity in the message -- it was prudent to dismiss school at 12:30, to ensure the safe and timely transit of your students.

Everybody talks about the traffic, but nobody does anything about it. Well, we get to “experience it” until the conclusion of the election cycle.

AISM Parents,

The above statement is not entirely true; we are taking steps, as a school, when possible, to try to mitigate the effect of traffic and the transit time that it takes you and your students to get to and from the American International School of Monrovia campus each day:

  • We dismissed early on Thursday, and with your help and assistance, all students      were home by 4:00pm.
  • We will continue to have our dismissal egress each afternoon at 3:30. The After School Activity Program will continue its election cycle hiatus for two more weeks.
  • We will continue to have staff, and food and water in reserve, until the very last student is picked up each afternoon.
  • As announced last month, this year, the American International School of Monrovia has adopted the Jupiter Online Blended Learning protocol. This was put in place in the event that traffic congestion, during this year’s election period, makes transport to the school challenging and/or inaccessible.

October 11, 2017

AISM Columbus Day Recess Concluded

Over the last three days, the American International School of Monrovia enjoyed a previously scheduled three-day Columbus Day recess.

Please note that this was scheduled by the Board of Trustees, and I, in February of last year, and it has no impact on the number of contact days that were built into this year’s calendar.  As a Middle States Accredited school, it is expected that we have 180 contact days.  Of these 180 contact days, 5 days may be used for emergency, if it is aligned with our Jupiter Online Learning Protocol.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but through perseverance.”

RE: October 8, 2017. “AISM Turns Ten!"

AISM Community,

It is hard to believe how quickly time flies, as today, we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the American International School of Monrovia, and begin our second decade of offering a quality (now U.S. Accredited) Academic Program.

AISM “Year of the Zebra” Parents,

October 5, 2017

RE:

  • Anticipated Traffic Congestion, Delays, and Road Closures for Friday, October 6th, 2017.
  • Classes suspended tomorrow, October 6th, 2017. 
  • Jupiter Learning Protocol implemented.  

AISM Parents,

American International School of Monrovia: RESPECT Award!

Here, at the American International School of Monrovia, we use the RESPECT framework for teaching good character. Our framework is composed of seven ethical values (characteristics) that many American International Schools use for best practice: Responsibility, Effort, Self-Control, Positive Attitude, Effective Communication, Cooperation, and Tolerance.

Each of the seven character traits is used with our educational program, to help instill a positive learning environment for our students, in order to make our school a safe place where students are eager to come to school and learn; even the week before the elections!

AISM Parents,

Effective Communication: AISM Safety Manuals on Website.

As many of you may have heard from your students, we held a Lockdown III (fall back room) drill on Friday morning. The Crisis Management Team, and I, felt after a month of school (and with rain preventing us from conducting our normal fire drill, per the drill schedule), that we needed to ensure our students had proper training in the event of an unexpected lockdown of the AISM facility.

Our school Crisis Management Team is pleased to report that our teachers were well trained, students understood the objective of the exercise, and our security team of Liberian National Police and Segal Security reacted perfectly. We even had a late parent get “locked in” with us. Parents, please note that if you are on campus during a drill, you will be a participant in the exercise.


Dear Parents,

Last Friday, during our Emergency Closure Virtual School Drill, the teachers and I discovered some gaps and we recognized that we needed to coordinate a “common practice” for our Jupiter Online Learning protocol, as part of our Emergency Closure Contingency Plan.

The purpose of the drill was to better position our school going into the election period, in the event that traffic, congestion, and road closures make access to the school challenging or inaccessible.

As a general reminder, the school will be closed for an extended Columbus Day recess, the day before, the day of, and the day after the October 10th election.

AISM “Year of the Zebra” Parents,

RE:  Jupiter Online Drill Breakdown.

On Friday, the American International School of Monrovia suspended school and did not hold classes; we used an election-related event as an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to “learn how to learn”, using our new online Jupiter learning protocol. 

As Director, I felt this vital piece should be in place after concluding the first month of school.

This year, starting next week (September 11th), AISM is extending its Foreign Language Program for students in Upper School (Grades 6-10). Upper School students will be able to select between, French, Arabic (native speakers only) and Spanish, as their foreign language option.

“The purpose of quality student assessment is to help students learn! And teacher’s teach!”
nwea.org

Yesterday, it was great to see so many well-rested student faces, returning to AISM, after our Labor Day weekend. On Monday, our teachers and staff enjoyed a professional development day to prepare and analyze the incoming Measure of Academic Progress results that many of our students completed last week.  

This year, we have seen over 50% of our families new to our community. For those parents joining our International School this year, we have some information on how our trimester Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) will help us ensure that your children are achieving measurable student growth at AISM:

https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2011/07/A-Parents-Guide-to-MAP-.pdf

August 10, 2017

AISM Community, Prospective Parents, Partners and Friends …

It is hard to believe how quickly time flies, as it is indeed my honor to be part of the AISM community for a sixth year.

AISM is a unique school, with a unique history that I am truly very fortunate to be a part of. The school is a vital part of Liberia’s reconstruction effort, after the country experienced both a period of civil unrest during the 1990's, and the Ebola Health Crisis of 2014. As her Excellency, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote in May of 2006, authorizing the reactivation of the school: 

This is … AISM!!

Re: COMPLETION OF THE YEAR OF THE EMPEROR PENGUIN!

AISM Community,

This is the final week, and tomorrow, our final day, of what has been a very busy, productive, and successful 2016 – 2017 School Year.  AISM has much to celebrate, as the strength of the newly accredited U.S. Academic Program continues to grow.

June 2, 2017

Dear AISM Parents,

With two solid weeks left of teaching and learning, here at the American International School of Monrovia, we are keeping our word, and we are FINISHING STRONG!

This Friday, we are holding our annual Science Fair on June 9, 2017, from 9.00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. 

Part of the science fair experience is for the students to be engaged in authentic dialogue with people who are involved in professional careers that have connections to the Science and Math fields.

Now Printing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the 2016-2017 AISM Yearbook!

In 2012, AISM, in the Year of the Butterfly, left its cocoon to soar to New Heights! In 2013, we worked together during the Year of the Horse to help our students make measurable academic progress; then in 2014, during our Year of the Chameleon, we adapted and transformed to assist our students in meeting challenging new environments. Last year, our teachers maneuvered and adapted to meet your students where they were at, during the Year of the Swallow.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but through perseverance” 

June 1, 2017

As Director of the American International School of Monrovia, I am (and indeed, as a community, we all are) very fortunate to have the BEST OF THE BEST! Since my arrival in 2012, I have worked with a positive and supportive parent community, top-caliber professional educators, and a support staff unequaled in any of the schools that I have worked with in my career in International Education … and a Board of Trustees with a strong vision, and unwavering commitment to the students of The American International School of Monrovia.

A.I.S.M BOARD OF TRUSTEES
“Academic Excellence, Economic Security and Long-term School Viability”

Reminder from the AISM Board of Trustees,

AISM Community,

The Board of Trustees, and I, would like to send out a quick reminder about our annual Open Board meeting that is traditionally held in May/June of the school year.

With a little less than a month remaining in the “Year of the Emperor Penguin”, there is still much teaching and learning to be done at the American International School of Monrovia. We still have over 10% of our school year remaining!!

As Director, I would like to personally extend my appreciation, on behalf of our faculty, to our proactive parent community for their commitment in supporting our school, and for working with us to strengthen our overall program. This year, for the first time since 1989!, we have been able to offer a fully accredited U.S. academic program.

AISM Community,

This Month, AISM is pleased to recognize COOPERATION as one of our framework characteristics for teaching good character and ethical values. The AISM RESPECT Framework includes: Responsibility, Effort, Self-Control, Positive Attitude, Effective Communication, COOPERATION, and Tolerance.

Our RESPECT code is designed to instill and help us create a positive learning environment that assists and encourages parents, “as our students’ first and most import teachers”, in working with us to help make our school environment one in which students are anxious to come to school, work cooperatively, and learn.

RE:    Teacher Appreciation Day

May 8, 2017

On behalf of the school faculty, I would like to send out a formal “Thank You!” to our school PTA, and our students, for a successful Teacher Appreciation Day. 

This event was supported by our PTA, who provided the teachers with a great lunch, and then the afternoon “off,” as they watched our students and helped support them in the work that they are doing.

The Year of the Emperor Penguin. 2016 – 2017

“Working to develop life-long independent learners, who can change and evolve to meet challenging and harsh climates; students who will not just be able to SURVIVE but THRIVE in an ever-changing world.”

AISM Community, May 2017

With less than eight weeks (20%) of the “Year of the Emperor Penguin” remaining, our school year is moving very fast. However, during the month of April, I did receive many great questions from our parent community. I would first like to extend my appreciation to our proactive parents for using ‘quality communication’ and addressing these concerns with me, or your students’ teachers. Some of the issues that I have discussed with parents, both formally (Parent Drop-In, Spring Carnival, Student Council Car Wash, Student of the Month … etc.) and informally are:

  • Projected school-wide enrollment, and individual class enrollment for next year.
  • The continued use of our progressive multi-age mastery -based flexible grouping system that has allowed most of our students to achieve tremendous academic growth.
  • Planned organization of the Upper School beyond Grade 9, as we expand to Grade 10 for the 2017 School Year.
  • What will be the financial model, and tuition structure, for next year during this challenging economic period in Liberia?
  • Teachers who will be entering in or leaving our community for the next school year.
  • The events that will be held at AISM over the final two months of our academic year.

AISM Community,

RE:   Spring Break Recess Concludes:  School in Session Tomorrow at 8:15am.

One of the goals of “The Year of the Emperor Penguin” is to promote quality communication and positive parent involvement as the essential components for the partnership between home and school. To that end, as we exit the Spring Break Recess and embark on 9 solid weeks of instruction, we would like to pass along the following details about our program at AISM.

Spring Break Recess:

Our “irregularly” scheduled Spring Break Recess comes to an end on Tuesday, April 24th, at 8:15am. We hope that everybody had a safe and happy holiday; and are well rested and ready for a busy final trimester of growing and learning together.

AISM Community,

One of the goals of “The Year of the Emperor Penguin” is to promote quality communication and positive parent involvement as the essential components for the partnership between home and school. To that end, as we exit the Spring Break Recess and embark on 9 solid weeks of instruction, we would like to pass along the following details about our program at AISM.

Spring Break Recess:

Our “irregularly” scheduled Spring Break Recess comes to an end on Tuesday, April 24th, at 8:15am. We hope that everybody had a safe and happy holiday, and are well rested and ready for a busy final trimester of growing and learning together.

Parent Drop -In Afternoon:

Wednesday, April 26th:  3:30 – 4:30. This is an informal chance to quickly meet and greet your students’ teachers and visit their classroom. It is also an ideal time to evaluate your students’ engradepro gradebook and ask any questions about how best to continue to support your students during the final two months of the school year.

Welcome Back Ms. Matsue Wiles:  PE Grades 4 - 9

Message from the Board Chair,

Dear AISM Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to apologize for the delay in providing next year's economic fee structure to you. The Board and I recognize the challenging economic conditions in Liberia and we wanted to make sure we budgeted and prepared properly for next year.   

1. Student Led Conferences
2. Spring Break
3. Potential Traffic Problems on Monday/Tuesday, April 10th & April 11th.

I.   Student Led Conferences: March 31st – April 5th

“The time when students, parents and teachers celebrate learning.”

Dear AISM Parents,

March 24, 2017

RE: Trimester III Preparations Complete

  1. MAP Testing.   Just completed.  Results to be sent home on Monday.
  2. Report Cards.   Check
  3. ASAP Sign Up.  Check
  4. Student Led Conferences, to begin next Friday.  March 31st.

MAP Testing.

“The purpose of quality student assessment is to help students learn! And teachers teach!”
nwea.org

March 30, 2017

RE:  Thank you Mr. Abrikian/Book Fair

AISM Community,

I just want to send a quick note of appreciation to Mr. Peter Abrikian, who assisted us over the last three months (during Ms. V’s maternity leave) with Drama. This was the first time that Drama had been offered to our students in Grades 4 – 9, and we all learned from the experience.

AISM:  The Month of March:  In like a Lion, and out, like a Lion!

March 21st, 2017

Today, as we start our first day of the third trimester, our school year is indeed moving very fast! Yesterday, during our professional development day, our team of teachers continued our school-based focus on our students’ educational program.

This year, the focus on our curricular program is NOT based on improving the quantity of students, but rather the quality of our students’ educational program.

ASAP’s

  1. Spring Carnival
  2. End of Trimester II
  3. Teacher Development Day (Monday, May 20th)
  4. Measure of Academic Progress Assessment (Math/Reading) for Trimester II

We are looking forward to seeing the AISM and greater Monrovia Community this Saturday, for the 4th annual PTA Spring Carnival.

AISM Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the school's Trimester II After School Activity Program concluded this afternoon. The ASAP program will go on hiatus, as per the Calendar below, for two weeks.

This will give our teachers time to close the Trimester II academic program, and prepare for our third Trimester.

A special thanks to all the teachers for their hard work and dedication in offering a record breaking 26 ASAP options this Trimester.

RESPECT …..    P … Positive Attitude!

February 27, 2016.  (School Day #111)

Mission Statement:

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 teacher values and good manners, is dedicated to academic excellence, demands responsibility and promotes the power of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

AISM community,

March 3, 2017

AISM Community,

March has come in like a Lion! And looking at the Calendar, it will remain a Lion! This will be a busy month of teaching, learning and having fun here at AISM.

AISM Community,

February 16, 2017

School Day #102

With a month and a half into 2017, and the second part of our “Year of the Emperor Penguin”, the school year is moving very fast, as there is much teaching and learning taking place here at the American International School of Monrovia.

It is hard to believe that we just concluded our 102nd day of school this afternoon.  We have just a few programming notes to quickly pass along, prior to school day 103.

AISM community,

During the “Year of the Emperor Penguin”, our school continues to change and adapt to best meet our students’ needs.

Last week, I had the pleasure to represent the American International School of Monrovia at the annual Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) in San Francisco. AAIE is a global community that helps support high quality American accredited education worldwide.

January 19, 2017
 
AISM: THE YEAR OF THE EMPEROR PENGUIN

  • Picture Day
  • Scholastic Book Orders
  • Parent Drop-In
  • FuZion Family Fun Night

AISM Parents,

It is hard to believe that we have been back to school for almost two weeks.  On Tuesday, I was in ECE II during ‘Morning Circle Time’ learning about the alphabet and the different sounds letters have.  Later, I was in ECE III as the students were learning about estimates by guessing how many of something was in a jar. After lunch, I was able to stop by Upper School Math where students were busy learning about prime factors. It was great to see our students back after a long weekend, on task and ready to learn.

January 9, 2017

Great Start and Great Expectations! On behalf of both the faculty and staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new, returning, and prospective American International School of Monrovia families. We would like to pass along our best wishes for continued success during our school year. 

We are anxious to resume our work during the second part of the school year to continue to make AISM a great place for teaching and learning!

Dear AISM Parents,

After School Activities: Trimester II.

Please see the information below and attached on our 2nd Trimester After School Activity Program (ASAP). The program, as per the notes attached, will run from January 9th - March 10th.

This email will be followed by an email from "sign up genius", which is the ONLY way that students will be able to sign up for Trimester II ASAP activities.  

pdf This week at AISM MAP Science Baseline Reports PTA Movie Friday 12 45 Holiday Dismissal (364 KB)

Dear AISM Community,

This is just a quick reminder that our MAP baseline testing for Science will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

We will use this baseline data to strengthen our Science Curriculum, just as we have done for Math and Language Arts. There will be no interruption to the school day, as the students will be taking this Science assessment during their Science blocks.

December 1, 2016

RE: For the first time since 1989, U.S. Accreditation returns to Monrovia!

AISM Community,

Today, we are pleased to announce the return of a Middle States Accredited School program to the country of Liberia, and to the historic school site that the American Cooperative School of Monrovia once stood on.

Over the last three years, as the team and I worked on the Middle States Accreditation protocol, we recognized the vital role that ACS (and now AISM) has in serving the need of our school community.

Contact Information

Old Road, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa | P.O. Box 1625 | Phone: 231-777-818-775
administration@aismonrovia.com

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