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Director's Update March 20, 2017

International Day Thank You!

This is mentioned below, but I will mention here also... THANK YOU to the PTSO, students, teachers, staff, administration and especially the many, many parents who supported the PTSO International Day last week.  

I was sorry that I was called away on a personal emergency issue last week and had to leave to attend to a matter of some urgency, and unfortunately …

Director's Update March 9, 2017

Looking to Next Year @ UAS

Now that the school has completed the Dubai School Inspection Bureau visit we will move on to our reaccreditation process which will be concluded with a Council of International Schools(CIS), Middle States Association(MSA) visit. Along with these two visits, we will also host the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) and Diploma program (DP) evaluation…

Director's Update February 28, 2017

Cap and Gown Day at UAS!

Dress UP Day Tomorrow

Our annual Graduate Cap and Gown Photo day is scheduled for tomorrow.  This is a big day in the lives of the seniors at UAS. This tradition that goes back to the first graduating class in 2007 has been lined up and photographed with the high school administration and the director in the last week of February or first week of March.  To …

Director's Update February 21, 2017

A few things….

It's been a busy, busy week at UAS.  Forgive me, but I have a few items of note that I need to share! 

KHDA Inspection

As you may have heard the KHDA Dubai School Inspection Bureau annual visit will be from March 6 through March 9.  The school has been preparing for this visit all year, but as expected our focus will be in final preparations for the visit in…

Director's Update February 13, 2017

Week Without Walls—The Parental Experience

This week, like many of you, I dropped my child off for her week without walls trip. It was a bit of a humbling experience I must admit.

I’ve been an educator for 30 years, and have had my children take part in a wide variety of overnight and weeklong camp experiences over the years.

I have participated in outdoor and camping experiences …

Dispatch from America…. January 2017

We live in interesting times.


The quote “May you live in interesting times” has been thrown out as a dismissive curse on many an occasion throughout history.  The quote, which was falsely assigned as a Chinese curse, assigns to the receiver hopes of bad luck and difficulty.  My nation, unfortunately, is in such turmoil …

Director's Update January 23, 2017

1670… an auspicious number!

 In my email client on my computer, I have a folder titled “employment”.  All applicants for teaching positions at UAS have their emails routed to this location where I can work to organize and respond to applicants.  Since I arrived at UAS in 2014 that folder has accrued 1670 email messages as of today. It increases in size every day …

Director's Update January 17, 2017

What do you think?

As you well know UAS surveys the parents, students and teachers annually with an internal survey run through the school's data systems.  Most recently though, I was reminded to share the all-new KHDA School of Hearts and Minds survey which is now open. This year KHDA and UAS are doing things a little differently. The KHDA has combined all of our surveys – including …

Director's Update January 9, 2017

International Day 2016-17: 

Date Changed to March 15


Our number one priority at the school is to provide a healthy classroom instructional program.  One of the factors that play into this process is the demands from the local education authority and our testing requirements.  Because of these requirements the administration and the school must remain ready to make changes …

Director's Update January 3, 2017

Resolutions VS. Priorities

I want to be clear. 

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. 

They bother me.


I, like just about everybody else on the planet have set these goals and have miserably failed to see them through to fruition, let alone the end of February.  For instance, I have decided this year to stop drinking so much coffee.  I currently only …

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