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Director's Update April 18, 2017

PTSO Nomination Process Complete

Thanks to the help of three parent community members, Mr. Andrew Shutsa and myself, the PTSO executive board election process is complete.  I addressed the PTSO Annual General Meeting on Monday and outlined the process of the elections at UAS for our PTSO officers. At this time we have only one candidate for the offices of President, Vice President and …

Director's Update April 10, 2017

Nice to be back!

I am hoping that all of you had an enjoyable, relaxing and recharging time with your children during the holidays. I have had many parents note to me that it was good to have their kids around, but also it is splendid to have them back in school!  I have to admit the same feeling!

My holiday was spent relaxing and traveling with my wife and children for a few days but also …

Posted by atorris in Director's Weekly Updates on Monday April 10
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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 …

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