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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:  

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.

AISM Parents,

This is just a quick note, prior to the start of our Thanksgiving/Tubman Holiday recess, to officially conclude the first Trimester of our school year!

This school year, “The Year of the Emperor Penguin” has seen over 30% of our families new to our community. Here at AISM, the old axiom, “the only constant is change”, may be true among our transient student population; however, we are fortunate that it is not true with neither our academic program nor our strong parent community. 

This afternoon, we began the process of finalizing the Reading and Math MAP assessment for our teachers' review on our Professional Planning day, next Monday. Already, we have seen that a majority of our students were able to achieve significant educational growth over the first 14 weeks of our school year.  

Everybody talks about the traffic … but nobody does anything about it!
--Anonymous

.... Well... here at the American International School of Monrovia, we try to do something about the traffic; we try to report it and plan for it.  Hopefully, this afternoon we were successful.  

If you are NOT on the school’s SMS messaging list, and did not get a text message regarding today’s potential traffic interruption, please contact Ms. Lovetta Karyeah at the front office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

As we are moving towards the end of the first trimester, I have four points to quickly pass along:

  1. Trimester 1 conclusion on Wednesday, November 23rd.
  2. Trimester 1 After School Activities concluded on Thursday, November 17th. Starting on Monday, November 21st, school will be dismissed at 3:30pm, for ALL students, until the week of December 5th.
  3. Standards-Based Report Cards (Information for New Students).
  4. Grades 2-9 MAP Testing next week

AISM Community,

Now that we are down to the final ten days of the first trimester of the 2016 – 2017 School Year, I would like to take this opportunity – on behalf of both, the faculty and staff – to pass along our gratitude to the entire American International School of Monrovia Community, for working with us to support our students during the “Year of the Emperor Penguin”.

The focus of our educational program this year is NOT based on improving the quantity of students, but rather the quality of our students’ educational program. Therefore, by focusing on a quality educational program, we have been able to seamlessly transition 30% of our student body, with some 33 out of our present 93 students joining our program this year. It seems hard to believe that just 14 weeks ago, our present school community was just coming together. To me, after 20+ years in International Education, this is one of the strongest and most tightly knit school community that I have been a part of.  

The only constant is change.

1. Ms V: Preparing for Maternity

Welcome to the Year of the Emperor Penguin. This theme for this year was chosen, as Emperor Penguins are social animals that work together in groups to adapt to living, surviving and thriving in an extreme habitat.

However, as you may, or may not know, this year’s theme was almost … the Year of the Baby! This July, my wife, and I, welcomed our first child. Also welcoming their first child over the summer vacation break, Mrs. Sarah Metwary, our new French teacher, and her husband. Now, over the Christmas Break, Ms. V (now in her fourth year at AISM) and her husband also plan to welcome their first child. They will be departing Monrovia shortly, and returning after the Christmas break.

8/8/2016

New Parents/Students to the AISM Community,

On behalf of all the faculty and staff, "Welcome" to the American International School of Monrovia. We are very pleased and excited to be working with you this school year. This year, it is my honor to announce that our school is significantly better resourced for the 2016- 2017 School Year then the school has ever been during its history. For those who visited us last year, you will see that our campus had some very much-needed upgrades during the summer! For those of you who will be stopping by in the next few weeks, please note, we are still under some light construction.  

Dear AISM Parents and Friends,

Time for AISM to check in! Greetings from the “Land of the Free!" On August 29th, I will begin my 24th year in International Education, and my fifth here at AISM. The American International School of Monrovia itself will be celebrating a milestone, as we will open our doors for the tenth year of our program.

AISM is in strong academic position in spite of the economic downturn that has come in the years following the Ebola crisis of 2014. This week, we plan to welcome 5 new amazing faculty members who will join our energetic returning teachers, to inspire our students to explore, discover and thrive in our international community to which we all belong!

Dear New AISM Parents,

The disturbing international events of the past year have affected us all deeply, and, like many International Schools, we will begin the year by reaffirming our mission. Our work, as international educators, has never been more important. Our schools, with their commitment to cross-cultural understanding and international collaboration, and our students educated in many languages and perspectives, are absolutely necessary in our increasingly complex world.

AISM Parents,

On behalf of both the faculty and staff, I would like to pass along our gratitude for the transformation that has occurred here at the American International School of Monrovia during the 2015-2016 “Year of the Swallow.”

As parents, you send a strong message to your students when you attend school functions and show interest in your child’s learning. This was clearly seen on Friday afternoon, during our Swallow Send Off, when we had a full S.P.R. Strong parent support helps motivate your students to engage in the healthy habit of continuous learning.

The American International School of Monrovia –

The Swallow Returns to the Nest

Date:       June 15, 2016

RE:          Conclusion of the 2015 – 2016 School Year

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

June 2016

Great Expectations! And a Great Year! Once again on behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to pass along our gratitude for the transformation that has occurred here at the American International School of Monrovia during the 2015-2016 “Year of the Swallow.”

Coming Soon from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the 2015-2016 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; and last year in 2014, during our Year of the Chameleon, we adapted and transformed to assist our students in meeting challenging new environments.

This year… as  AISM continues to evolve to meet the overall needs of our student population, we welcomed  …the Year of the Swallow!!

AISM Community:

The AISM Teaching Team has been working together since our last meeting to help provide you with an updated Supply List as well as a  Summer reading list for our students. As a school, we promote the healthy habit of continuous reading and learning, even when school is not in session. These lists of recommended children's books and young adult books are organized by grade levels. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You will find both, classics and recently published books here.

pdf AISM Recommended ECE I & II Supply List (141 KB)

pdf AISM Recommended ECE III & G1 Supply List (135 KB)

pdf AISM Recommended G 2-5 Supply List (131 KB)

pdf AISM Recommended Upper School Supply List (159 KB)

pdf AISM Recommended Summer Reading List (298 KB)

AISM 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 student body to achieve their full social, intellectual, emotional and physical potential. Our intellectual community teaches values and good manners, is dedicated to academic excellence, demands responsibility and promotes the power of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

AISM Community,

As a teacher commented to me this afternoon: “there is still more than two solid weeks of learning left in the school year. I can’t believe the year is coming to an end! Our students are going to be busy over the next two weeks!”

AISM 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 student body to achieve their full social, intellectual, emotional and physical potential. Our intellectual community teaches values and good manners, is dedicated to academic excellence, demands responsibility and promotes the power of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

AISM Community,

With a full month in the “Year of the Swallow” remaining, our school year is moving very fast, and there is still much teaching and learning taking place here at the American International School of Monrovia.

As parents, you send a strong message to your students when you attend school functions and show interest in your child’s learning. During this final, and vital month of the school year, there will be several opportunities for you to work with your children and help motivate them to engage in the healthy habit of continuous learning.

May 13, 2016

Let’s all pause …. For a moment of Science!

AISM Mission:

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

On behalf of the faculty and staff, and also the students we serve, I would like to thank our community members for joining us this afternoon during our 9th annual AISM Science Fair. 

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