We’re heading off to our first week-long break of the school year, and I’m hopeful that you have plans to enjoy some family time and refresh/relax in preparation for a busy period in November and December as we get ready for the holidays.
We are beginning the annual process of assessing our staffing needs for 2016-2017. Although it is still early in the year, we will soon be asking staff to consider the extension of their contracts into next year and beyond. This schedule is typical in global education, and the nature of international schools is that we see turnover rates that are higher than might be expected in a domestic school of similar size and stature. It was announced at this week’s PTO General Meeting that we do often consider members of the community for inclusion in our recruiting process. If you are a qualified teacher and would consider working at the Anglo-American School, we ask that you look at our employment site for potential positions of interest.
Finally, MAP results (Grades 2-10) are out to students and families, and I want to emphasize that the nature of these tests should be taken in the context of a student’s overall profile. The MAP test is a standardized measure and can only go so far in painting a picture of the spectrum of talents a child shows on a daily basis in the classroom. (Click here to read more.) Similarly, our 1st quarter progress reports provide another window into student progress early in the year and is the best opportunity to reflect and set goals for the remainder of the year. Our balanced approach to using this information, along with other measures and student self-assessment, provides a comprehensive understanding of personalized learning needs. As noted at the PTO meeting, it is important to reach out to teachers and administrators for answers to your questions immediately and as they emerge. Your partnership, as always, is expected and appreciated.
Hopefully, you got a chance to see the MS Drama production of “The Giver” in our Bolshoi Theatre this week. With this newsletter, you have one last opportunity on Thursday for their closing performance at 4:00 pm. Our MS cast and crew are very proud of their accomplishment, and I can think of no greater validation of this than to fill the theatre on closing night. See you all there!!