Literacy at UAS

UAS is getting ready to celebrate Literacy Week from February 28-March 3. Check the calendar of events for some of the key details.


Also note that we are having a book drive! Why?

In order to continue to foster a love of reading and develop reading skills in our students, we are in the process of building our school classroom libraries.

While we have purchased many books for our class libraries, we will also be VERY grateful for book donations that students, parents and families are able to make.

The better our classroom libraries, the more excited our students are to read, grow and learn.

What happens?

Upon donation, a “Donated by…” sticker will be placed in the front of the book recognizing the donor. This will be a fun and important way of acknowledging these generous donations.

There is a box in the UAS foyer for you to place your book donations.

Once all books are collected, we will then ensure that they find appropriate homes in our classroom libraries, ready for the students to learn from and enjoy.

Wondering what to purchase?

Click on the link to see our suggested book titles. The list is full of appropriate suggestions but of course, if there are other appropriate books that you would love to donate, then we will gratefully receive it.

Book List:

Also note that if you wish to buy multiple copies of a book (up to 4) then this means that we will be able to place a copy of that book in each grade level classroom. For example, if you LOVE the book “The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan, it would be a fine idea to buy multiple copies of it so they can be placed in multiple classrooms.

Thank you for any donations you can make.

As a community, we all can support our students to develop their love of reading!

High School Update

As we begin this week the senior students are completing their mock exams. For some students these exams will be their final UAS assessments before their IB exams in May. It has been a stressful time for them but I am confident that they are well prepared and have done their best.

All of our students returned from their experiential learning experiences and have come back with many stories and photos of their trips. Thank you to all the teachers who chaperoned and also to Ms Linda Honigford who coordinated this huge endeavor. Shortly we will meet to review this year’s trips and plan for next year. Our goal is to improve the WWW experience for students each year.

Our grade 10 students will be sitting the PSAT today. The results of the PSAT are a good indication of how students would perform on the SAT. Along with strong school grades, the SAT scores are an important part of the application process to university for many of our students. The results of the PSAT will be sent to parents as soon as we receive them.

The grade 10 students have also been working on their Individual Investigation. This is a long term research-based project of the students’ choosing. Each student has a teacher supervisor to guide them . The work is completed outside of the classroom. This is an important project as it mirrors many aspects of the IBDP Extended Essay. If a student does well on the Individual Investigation, there is a strong chance that they will do well on the Extended Essay. The students have been working on this project for several months now and should be at the stage where research is complete, work on the final product has started and drafting of the essay has begun. The Individual Investigation is due in May. Please encourage your child to work regularly on their Individual Investigation.

This last week the corridors of the school have been empty and quiet. It is wonderful to have our students back on campus. Schools only come to life when there are students.

HS Events at UAS

Literacy Week: As you know UAS will be celebrating literacy in the last week of February with a number of events across the school. For more information please see the poster below. We are looking forward to many fun activities to promote literacy.

Literacy Week Poster

Varsity Basketball: The last 4 days I have had the pleasure of chaperoning the Varsity Basketball teams competing in the Oasis Championships in Amman Jordan. The students were wonderful ambassadors for UAS and the UAE. The students played lots of basketball and displayed great sportsmanship. Thank you to the coaches Mr Morgan Smith, Ms Teri Scott and Mr Eric Barrett and of course the students.

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Grade 10 and 11 Music Concerts: Last week Mr Derek Cour’s grade 10 and grade 12 music classes held concerts as part of their assessments. Once again I was impressed and awed by the musical talents of our students. The variety of musical genres was impressive.

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HS Update

JV and Varsity Football – this weekend our JV and Varsity football teams played in the OASIS tournaments. UAS hosted the JV tournament and our Varsity teams travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete. Our teams displayed great sportsmanship throughout the competitions and we are very proud of them. Congratulations to the JV Boys and Varsity Girls teams who were undefeated and took out the championship. Thank you to Mr Kurtis Trottier and Mr Dylan Carter for organising the tournament at UAS.


HELA – With the help of the Green Committee and the MUN team  Jio and Kymberley  coordinated a humanitarian drive for used electronic devices to HELA  (a youth empowerment organization) at THIMUN Qatar. You can support this initiative by donating old electronic devices to the group as this is a long term project. Devices can be placed in the box in the main lobby. We thank you for your support.


Literacy Week

UAS will be celebrating Literacy Week from February 28-March 3 to promote literacy across the school. Students, teachers and parents from PreK-Grade 12 will be invited to participate in a range of literacy events and initiatives.

Key dates:

February 28 – School-wide Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) from 8:15-8:45. Teachers, students, principals, support staff, parents … EVERYONE drops everything and reads!
March 2 – School-wide Buddy Reading 8:00-9:00. Our high school and middle school students will read with our elementary students.
March 3 – School-wide Dress as your Favourite Book Character Day. There will also be a parade for elementary students.

There will also be a range of other exciting happenings that include: A visit by author Steve Swinburne; a poster exhibit to promote literacy; an exciting ‘Read it Forward’ initiative; character monologues; a book drive; a challenge to read 100,000 pages as a school; Scholastic book orders; home language read alouds; musical literacy performances; debates; rap battle competitions; environmental literacy initiatives; a quiz bowl; Skype author chats and more! Students will be involved in a literacy activity each day during the week.

February Update

Welcome to semester 2 – February is going to be a very busy month. Please note the important dates below:

February 14-17: Week Without Walls. All the students are involved in trips or activities. There will be no scheduled classes during this week for grades 9-12.

February 18: School holiday

February 14-25: Grade 12 Mock Exams (no classes for grade 12 during this time)

February 25: Photo make up day for students who did not have their photo taken in November. Parents who wish to order school photos but did not order them in November can still order the photos online. Ask you son/daughter to come to the office to see Ms Rasha and we will give them their order envelope.

Photos from the Track and Field Day last week: Thank you students and teachers for making it such a great day.

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