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Annual General Assembly - Director General's Report

  1. 1. American Nicaraguan School 2010-11 Annual General Assembly Director General’s Report
  2. 2. <ul><li>Universities attended by 2011 graduates ( University of Virginia, Vassar College, Rice, Purdue, Yale, American University, Villanova, Washington and Lee, University of Notre Dame, and Berklee College of Music, plus universities in: Argentina, Canada, Taiwan, France, Korea, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Spain) </li></ul><ul><li>Record $7.8 Million Awarded in University/ College Scholarships </li></ul>Academic Program
  3. 3. <ul><li>Implemented Singaporean Math Program </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened Balanced Literacy program – </li></ul><ul><li>workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction Consultant’s Visit </li></ul><ul><li>MAP Test Training </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation of 5 th and 6 th grade curriculum </li></ul>
  4. 4. Developing <ul><li>Math Counts for high achieving MS students </li></ul><ul><li>Three new sections in Elementary 3 rd , 5 th , and K5 </li></ul><ul><li>New courses in HS – New Media & Desktop Publishing </li></ul>Challenges <ul><li>Raise Math and Science levels of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>- across the school </li></ul><ul><li>Raise level of rigor and challenge across </li></ul><ul><li>curriculum </li></ul>
  5. 5. Communications <ul><li>Improved school-wide communications </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Newsletter from Director General’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>Divisions’ school to home newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Change out of school website </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Google apps for across school communications </li></ul>
  6. 6. Just Developing <ul><li>Use of social media for community contact </li></ul><ul><li>(Twitter, Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>New school website format and functionality </li></ul>Challenges <ul><li>Improving the coordination in sending </li></ul><ul><li>messages from school to home </li></ul><ul><li>Creating improved, efficient methods of </li></ul><ul><li>instant communication to parents </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology <ul><li>Tech Committee formed to assess tech needs at ANS </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops with Smart Boards and Mimeos </li></ul><ul><li>Contract with Cisco to completely overhaul network </li></ul>Implementing <ul><li>School wide Technology Integration plan </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption of National Educational Standards </li></ul><ul><li>for Technology (NETS) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Incorporation 21 st Century Skills for technology </li></ul><ul><li>Essential hardware/software ordered for classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>K12 Virtual HS program of studies </li></ul><ul><li>Continual digital applications workshops and training </li></ul><ul><li>New typing software program for Elementary students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Challenge <ul><li>Provide continual professional development with technology integration for teachers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Leadership – Expanded Leadership Team <ul><li>New Assistant Principal for Elementary </li></ul><ul><li>New IT Director to replace leaving Media/ Technology Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Appointment of Middle School Principal </li></ul>Just implemented <ul><li>Refocus of Administrative Core Team </li></ul><ul><li>responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Student Leadership Team to attend leadership </li></ul><ul><li>conference in Honduras </li></ul>
  11. 11. Unifying School Community <ul><li>Regular Faculty meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing dialogue and communications with faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Directors’ Coffees with Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Improved new teacher orientation program </li></ul>Just implemented: <ul><li>Activities and Events (Excursions, Book Clubs, </li></ul><ul><li>etc.) for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Regular scheduled assemblies in MS and HS </li></ul><ul><li>Parent School </li></ul>
  12. 12. Facilities <ul><li>Renovation of bathrooms </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Food Court enclosure/PTO </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Village Apartments Renovation </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>New High School Construction </li></ul>
  16. 16. Developing <ul><li>Overhaul of dressing rooms near swimming pool </li></ul><ul><li>New vinyl flooring for OSSI Room and Library </li></ul><ul><li>Designated large testing and meeting room in vacated current HS classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Creating water connections for Middle School Science rooms to facilitate more hands on Science labs </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Doubling size of Drama Room to create small black-box theater </li></ul><ul><li>Joining two Secondary Art classrooms to make one large Art Studio </li></ul><ul><li>New adult bathroom in Elementary </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Regular facilities repairs and preventative maintenance program </li></ul><ul><li>Roof over Library (rain leakage every year) </li></ul><ul><li>Rain gutters </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity of classroom (cabinets that can be locked, electrical plugs, locks on doors) </li></ul>Facilities’ needs
  19. 19. Business Office and Finances <ul><li>Complete Audit of Business Office and procedures by Deloitte & Touché </li></ul><ul><li>Separate Admissions Office created </li></ul><ul><li>Review of positions and responsibilities within the department </li></ul><ul><li>Review of office locations and functions </li></ul>
  20. 20. Implementing <ul><li>Clearer reports on monthly cash flow </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of Human Resources Department </li></ul>
  21. 21. Other Sources of Revenue <ul><li>ELI reviewed for quality service and impact on ANS facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations on maximum number of students in classes </li></ul><ul><li>Increased tuition and student enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Summer school increased enrollment </li></ul>
  22. 22. ANS Where has it come from? <ul><li>Our history and our traditions are important. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Where is it now? <ul><li>Using multi-data to know where we are and what we need to do to achieve the most important learning environments and objectives. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Where is it going? <ul><li>Committed to providing exemplary, meaningful learning environments that prepare our students for the changing world in which they live. </li></ul>
  25. 25. THE AMERICAN NICARAGUAN SCHOOL <ul><li>BUILDING A SCHOOL CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE </li></ul>
  26. 26. Thank You!

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