Welcome NEASC/CIS Accreditation Team!

Thanks to all for your support in getting ready for our visit that is now upon us.  Please see the video below of our welcome to the visiting team today and their introductions!  This is to help our community get to know them a bit and we hope that many of you will have a chance to cross paths with our visitors sometime this week.

Looking forward to their reflections with us and insights into our wonderful school and how we can continue to learn and grow!

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Traffic and Safety…

As communicated earlier our back gate will be closed until further notice.  As noted in my previous letter, this is an issue that was recently brought to our attention after years of use and we are working hard to reach an agreement to reopen this access at earliest opportunity.

As safety and security are our priority, we want to address the additional strain on the front gate and the capacity of the road leading to the School to handle the additional vehicle traffic. To help the things run efficiently please keep the following in mind:

  • Have your school badge ready as you approach the gate.
  • Kiss and Go is critical to continuous traffic flow.  ES stay right to drop off in front of ES.  MS and HS, stay left upon entering the campus and drop off near the HS entrance.  Please see attached map showing designated drop off zones.

Kiss and Go drop-off process:

  • Upon entry, veer right or left to your applicable school zone
  • Stop on curb near entrance of choice
  • Drivers may not exit their vehicle in the Kiss and Go zones
  • Allow children to exit the vehicle safely (staff will typically be nearby to supervise)
  • Immediately drive away safely.

Kiss and Go pick-up process:

  • Have planned location to pick-up your child
  • Stop
  • Do not exit your vehicle
  • Allow children to enter the vehicle safely
  • Immediately drive away safely.
  • Do not sit in your car blocking the road while waiting for you child. Continue around the parking lot circle until your children are ready, allowing other vehicles to access the area. All of our parking areas provide for looping back to the selected pickup zone.
  • Keep traffic calmly moving at all times unless you are parking.

Please be reminded that you may not park along the curb or near entrances at any time.  Only park is designated parking spots. Do not leave your vehicle unattended in non-parking areas for any reason. Further, we suggest accounting for delays when planning your journey to/from school until our entrance is restored.

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Many Traveling

January and February bring many athletics and activities into final weeks and our students start enjoying their travel to tournaments and events at schools throughout the region.  This coming weekend is particularly robust with trips to Sofia, Moscow, Baku, Krakow, Vienna, Athens, Basel, and Wroclaw.  It’s a mix of things that includes MS Choir, MS Band, HS Speech & Debate, MS MathCounts, HS Knowledge Bowl, a HS Swim Meet, a MS Swim Meet, JV Boys/Girls Basketball, and MS Boys/Girls Basketball.  Including our hosting of SCIS HS Girls Basketball last weekend and the SCIS HS Boys in Vienna, we have a strong presence in the region, a testament to the wide range of capabilities that our students possess.

We are always managing many things out of our Athletics and Activities office.  For all trips a full risk management review is completed and we are in constant contact with our information sources right up to departure to assure safety of the destination.  We work in partnership with receiving host schools to collaborate on safety and security documents and practices, sometimes overseen by CEESA standards, but always vetted against ASW requirements for health and well-being of students.

These experiences are profound in an international student’s life, often the foundation of some of their most significant memories.  These tournaments whether hosted at home or afar are unique opportunities for building friendships across borders and we often observe students reconnecting with old friends in each successive year of participation.  The spring season is fast approaching and there will be yet another round of opportunities.  In the meantime, and particularly this weekend, we wish all of our students well in their endeavors and will be keeping them in our thoughts until they return home in due course.

We should all take a moment to thank our coaches, advisors, and the staff in the Athletics and Activities office for all that they do to provide these wonderful and enriching experiences for our students!

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Getting Ready for Accreditation Visit

We are quickly approaching the time for our visitors from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), our joint accrediting agencies.  Work over the last two years has been finished and we are now preparing our schedule of meetings for their week with us from February 10-16.

The main purpose of this group of visitors is to review our work and then meet with as many members of all stakeholder groups as possible to validate, cross-reference, and affirm our involvement and engagement in school improvement.  These visitors are from a wide range of international schools, volunteering their time and expertise to serve as critical friends of the school in affirming our review and action planning process.  They are here to get to know us and learn more about the school and how we are striving to become ever better at the way we serve children in the international school community.  They want to hear about our aspirations and our process for assuring that the school both meets a set of rigorous standards, and provides for a collaborative process rooted in international mindedness, while aspiring to the highest possible goals of educational accomplishment.  Once complete, a report will provide additional insight into our own plans, affirming our success while providing guidance for improving and adjusting where appropriate.

Our self-study was completed for this visit and it is now available in the recent board packet. The link to it is provided here in case you have an interest in reflecting more completely on our comprehensive work.

ASW NEASC-CIS COMPLETE PDF Self-Study Dec 4th 2017

Once the work of the accreditation process is complete, the real work begins.  The board has already considered this document in its December meeting and work on Strategic Planning associated with the feedback from the Accreditation Team will begin in earnest between February and June.  Our thanks to all, administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents who served on the various committees and provided their input through the surveys and data gathering processes that helped us to create this comprehensive report.

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