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Director's Update, October 14, 2017

Parent Meetings Address a Variety of Topics

Our principals and I invited parents to a series of meetings last week.  The topics of the sessions focused on what was happening at UAS to serve the children of our school better.

The elementary school meeting focused on the school’s efforts to address student safety, well-being and personal safety issues.  The counselors presented …

Director's Update October 8, 2017

Principal Coffee Talks and Director’s Forum Upcoming

 Now that the back to school nights are completed and our school is up and running full steam the leadership team will begin our regular meetings to share updates and news about each school and to respond to questions from our community.

This next week the following are scheduled: 

  • Monday, October 9, 2017 -  Middle …

Director's Weekly October 3, 2017 - School Security

Campus Safety and Security

I am happy to inform you that our lives are very safe and secure in Dubai and the UAE. Thankfully we live in one of the safest and most peaceful cities in the world. It is so safe that we can be a bit blasé about safety concerns.

Thus, I am writing to you today to remind and inform you of a few procedures and expectations.


Director's Weekly Update- September 24, 2017- Summary Sunday Thoughts

This year I have taken upon myself to do some writing each month that will primarily be addressed to my faculty and staff here at the school. The title of these writings are "Summary Sunday Thoughts" which I will send out the last Sunday of each month.  I have modeled this after the similar practices from other school directors and chief executive officers of businesses and corporations. …

Director's Midweek Update- Reminder Early Release days begin September 19, 2017

Reminder- Early Release Begins September 19th

Beginning tomorrow September 19th, and every Tuesday through May 15th will be an early release day for students.  School hours on those Tuesdays will start as the normal hours and dismiss at 2:00 PM. There will be no change in the school hours Pre-KG and KG1 students.

The UAS academic calendar can be downloaded here.


There are a…

Director's Weekly Update- September 9, 2017- Child Protection at UAS

Child Protection Policy at Universal American School

This post on the Director's blog serves to inform you of a matter that is of sincere personal interest to me and is one that I hope is of utmost importance to all of you. I would like you to know that the Universal American School in Dubai has adopted a Child Protection Policy to guide our staff and families in matters related to…

Director's Update September 9. 2017

One of the greatest challenges parents face on a daily basis here at UAS is getting their children to school on time.  Factors such as new routines and habits of children, traffic patterns here in Dubai and the UAS parking lots can cause considerable frustration.  Keys to a calm and courteous drop off are patience, safety and prior planning.


Rest assured, the administration …

Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Saturday September 9 at 01:19PM
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Director's Update, September 5, 2017

UAS “Soft Opening” for 17-18 begins with our IB Diploma Students

I was pleased to see many of our student arriving for their first day of school today.
While technically the first days of school for most students is next Monday (September 11, 2017), most of our grade 12 IB Diploma students showed up to participate in the first ever IB Extended Essay Bootcamp and most of our grade…

Calendar Update for 2017-18

Attached here is the latest academic calendar for 2017-18.  This is a modified one from what was originally published earlier. 

The major changes associated with the already adopted UAS calendar are a decrease in the minimum number of days (to 170 from 175) and an increase in the number of weeks for the winter holiday, now PROPOSED to begin on December 17th.

The UAS administration had …

Director's Update May 30, 2017

2017-2018 Tuition Fees Announcement

After not increasing fees for the current school year, UAS applied for and received KHDA approval for a 3.6% fee increase for 2017-18. 

You can now find the updated tuition fees listed the admissions page of the school's website:

The tuition increase of 3.6% will be directed back into the operations of …

Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Sunday May 28
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