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Director's Weekly Update-January 15, 2018

Ten days and 21 Visitors!
Last week UAS hosted 7 Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) inspectors.  This week UAS is hosting 14 Council of International School, Middle States Association and International Baccalaureate inspectors.  These 21 educational professionals have converged upon the school to provide us (and you our customers and clients) feedback and assurance of the quality of …

Director's Update, January 8, 2018

UAS Programs bring access for our students to unlimited educational opportunities 

The holiday time was a wonderful for my family. I do hope it was the same for you.  One of the things that gave me great rewards was some time to reflect and think about my work and the progress we have made at UAS over the past several years.  Whether it be the 73-77% of our students meeting …

Director's Weekly Update- December 10, 2017

Director's Forum Coming up Wednesday.

This Wednesday at 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM I will update parents about the upcoming KHDA visit, the status of our school development plan for 2017-19 and some interesting educational research that we are using to inform our school improvement efforts. Following this brief introduction, newly appointed Director OB Sealey and recently named Deputy Director …

Posted by atorris on Sunday December 10, 2017 at 10:01AM
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Director's Weekly Update- December 5,, 2017

 Deputy Director Appointed

Current elementary principal David Dorn has accepted appointment to serve as the Deputy Director of Universal American School beginning in August of 2018. David Dorn has a wealth of school leadership experience, having served 29 years as an elementary school principal, middle school principal, high school principal, and a director of special education. Throughout …

Posted by atorris on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 01:07PM
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Director's Weekly Update- November 26, 2017

It has been more than a week and a half that I have written to you, and I apologize for my written silence. I believe what I will write below will illuminate the reasons for my silence.

Transitions @ UAS

I have written in the past about the natural transitions of international school educators. This group of amazing people (of which I include myself most humbly) pick up their lives, often with …

Posted by atorris on Sunday November 26, 2017 at 09:21PM
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Director's Update, November 4, 2017


Congratulations to the UAS Emirati Student Association (ESA) for the coordination of a wonderfully scripted and orchestrated UAE Flag Day assembly.  Our high school students were treated to a well informed and presented assembly that followed the school’s tradition UAE human flag celebration.  Added to the events this year was a the raising of the …

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.


Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 09:07AM
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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. …

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