Staffing Update for 2019-2020

Each year, about this time, we sum up the recruiting season and update the community with the pending changes for the next school year. It’s that time of the year again and you will find our page of departing and new staff updated and ready for your review. The nature of international schools is the constant movement of our population in and out of the school at all levels. For students, we average about 10-12% turnover each year. Staff turnover is about the same with age and adventure calling to some in our midst to take on either retirement (or reinvention) or a new challenge somewhere in the world. On our page of updates, you’ll also find a few shifts of current staff into new roles for next year and we are excited for their interest in taking on a new responsibility and their growing as leaders in the process.

Our update page is here:

We have a wonderful team of recruiters here that have scoured the planet for our new colleagues. My thanks to their diligence and talent in this regard. We look forward to welcoming all of our new Warriors in August. Similarly, in June we will bid farewell to some of our current Warriors. But, in the midst of our tears, we’ll remind them as we always do – Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior!!

Aspiring Board Member Training

A final reminder about our training session tomorrow! There is still time to sign up and join us. Will take place as follows:

Thursday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the TLC

If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking here:

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Expo, Freedom, and Aspirations

Personal Project

Please note the information further down in the Upper School section regarding the Personal Project Expo on Tuesday evening, March 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This is a culmination of a year of work for our oldest MYP learners and constitutes a tremendous cross-disciplinary journey of planning, learning, and reflection.  We saw a waypoint of this during an earlier showcase, but this is, as Mr. Sheehan noted, the Red Carpet event that will provide an opportunity for students to share their insights into selected areas of study.  This is not just an event for Middle School, but one that may be good for some of our upper elementary students to introduce them to activities on their horizon. The IB, in founding documents suggests the following:

Interdisciplinary teaching and learning builds a connected curriculum that addresses the developmental needs of students and prepares them for further academic study and life in an increasingly interconnected world…. The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.

This is fun for the whole family and a great way of understanding the rich insights that students have gleaned from their deep dive.  Join us.  Take a look. Celebrate accomplishment!


Recently on CNN, a project that started at Atlanta International School was showcased. I’m connected to multiple organizations that support this effort and it has been growing now since its inception. I encouraged students to consider participating on their own this year, in hopes of inspiring student involvement and planning towards next year.  Please take a look at the following links and watch what transpires during the day tomorrow. This activity has the potential to have some strong correlations to our mission, vision, and core values.

#MyFreedomDay– Thursday, March 14, 2019:

You can watch our work via two hashtags: #MyFreedomDay and #ASW_Warsaw

Aspiring Board Member Training

A reminder to mark your calendars for the next session of the New and Aspiring Board Member training in advance of our appointments and elections this year.  I’ll be leading a session on School and non-profit board membership. If you have an interest in a position on the ASW board, as a leader in PTO, or if you are looking to serve on other non-profit boards in the future, this training will help provide some of the key understandings associated with good governance in a non-profit setting.  The content of this training includes insights into ASW specifically.  We’ll explore selected ASW Board documents and will give some insight into ASW structures and policy.  Our session will take place as follows:

Thursday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the MPR

If you would like to participate, you can still sign up by clicking here:

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CEESA Conference Imminent

Next week, ASW welcomes the 29th Annual CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association) Conference to our fair city.  We will be welcoming 500 participants representing 70 schools from our region and around the world. Included in this mix is our own consultant, Ewan MacIntosh, along with a wide range of other key presenters on strategic planning, change management, leadership, literacy, service learning, exceptional talents, sports, activities, design, STEM, and a full range of educational innovation.  Presented by outside speakers and a range of both regional and members of our own faculty, it is a robust two-day experience that forms the foundation of our regional and global collaboration.  If you want to learn more about our activities next week, you can see more conference information here:

We’ll have many of these participants at school on Thursday for Pre-Conference sessions.  A variety of guests touring our classrooms will be part of our sharing of programs from Early Childhood to Design Center to MYP/DP programmes.  And, of course, we have a previously scheduled Professional Development day on Friday, March 15, with no school for students so that all staff can participate in the conference on both Friday and Saturday.

Mary Russman

Mary Russman – REO U. S. State Department

We’ll also be welcoming our representatives from the United States State Department, including our Regional Educational Officer, Mary Russman.  Mary will be in meetings on campus and at the Embassy during her time here as well as participating in the conference.  Please look for us on Monday through Thursday as we tour her around the building, giving updates on our various programs.  She’ll have other officers of the State Department joining her at different times as well.

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Board Appointments and Elections Coming Soon!

Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees:

February 27, 2019

Dear American School of Warsaw Community,

Congratulations on the successful completion of the first semester of this school year! I hope you all had plenty of time with your family and friends over the mid-winter break. The Board of Trustees (BoT) has also been busy. We have launched a Corporate Sponsorship Program, improved sustainability of BoT’s governance, and adopted a new mission and vision statement based on our core values.

Similar to last year, the BoT is seeking candidates for Trustees (U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens) who will begin serving in the 2019-2020 school year. This process, overseen by the BoT Governance Committee, begins now with a call for both applications for appointment and nominations for election through a unified form completed by March 29, 2019. The link to our form is here:

The Board is currently seeking community members with experience in fields like human resources, fundraising, development, and strategic planning. We are also seeking members with strong social networks within both ASW and our host community. Most importantly, the BoT needs parents who are committed to the values, mission, and vision of our community and the long-term wellbeing of our school and its students.

You can find more information about the BoT, including the composition of the board and qualifications at the following link:

I want to thank all of you who have volunteered to support our school this year. Whether hosting visiting students, serving as room parents, or by supporting the PTO, your efforts are key to making ASW a community that changes the world for the better.

Ray Banks
Chairperson, Board of Trustees

Additional Note: Shuttle Bus Update

Our new collaboration with TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT Sp. z o.o., which began on Tuesday, is off to a good start with a number of riders. The picture included here is the shuttle ready for an afternoon run.

Please note we have an updated bus schedule that provides for adjusted times on Wednesday mornings, as would be expected for our weekly schedule for students.  This schedule is available at the front reception desk and at the following link:

Shuttle Bus Schedule

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