Director's Blog

Happy Spring Break Return!

I have a few items of note this week to get us all up to speed after our holiday. I do hope that you all found some time to enjoy the company of your children and had a few laughs and made a few great memories. For the first time in many years, my family stayed “home” for the spring break and enjoyed hanging out in our own home, enjoying Dubai and savoring our last spring break in this…

Director's Update-March 20, 2018

International Day of Happiness 2018

According to Wikipedia March 20th (today) is the international day of happiness.

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every March 20 and was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.In 2011, …

Director's Update-March 12, 2018

 Universal American School Receives Council of International Schools Re-accreditation

I am pleased to inform the entire UAS community that the Council of International Schools (CIS) has awarded re-accreditation to Universal American School with immediate effect.

I received confirmation of this decision yesterday afternoon in a letter from Mr. Ray Davis, Director of School Support and …

Director's Update-March 3, 2018

What a wonderful weekend!

Our school community shined proud this weekend at the PTSO sponsored International Fair. This event has been at tradition since 2005 and the event has morphed, changed and developed to be a lovely, exciting and eventful afternoon where we celebrate our diversity.

I cannot express my gratitude enough to the amazing leadership of the PTSO. Their spirit, dedication and …

Director's Update-February 24, 2018

Independent and External Validation

One of my favorite short films of all time is called "Validation".  "Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking, and stars TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis and is by Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. The short film was the winner of rather lengthy list of awards including - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury …

Posted by atorris on Friday February 23
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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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