This week marks the beginning of a new school year, one that is full of milestones. For our graduating class of 2019, Tuesday will be their last first day of school. Many in our junior class will embark on their journey through the IB. Our freshmen will enter UAS as high school students for the first time. As for me personally, this year represents an important milestone as an educator. The 2018/19 school year will be my first as a divisional principal.
I spent the summer balancing between prepping the upcoming year and spending quality time with my family. One project I chipped away at throughout the summer was the creation of a Principal User Manual. It is a pamphlet which describes how I operate in order for teachers to get the most out of me with the least amount of frustration. When we buy a new microwave from Plugins, it comes equipped with a detailed user manual outlining all of the functionality of the device. As consumers, it is crucial to know exactly how to use the appliance as misuse can lead to inadvertently damaging the product. The same applies here. However, the damage I am attempting to avoid is the positive working relationship we as educators need to continue to push the school forward. I shared my user manual with the staff during orientation and the feedback I received was fantastic! In the spirit of open and transparent communication, I am including my Principal User Manual here for the community to have a look at. I am happy to answer any questions that may pop up after reading through it. Feel free to reach out and set up a meeting!
Upcoming Important Dates
September 2nd and 3rd – IB Diploma Workshops (all full IB Diploma students must attend from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM). Students are responsible for transportation to/from the school as we are not running buses on these days. Additionally, students can either bring a packed lunch or cash to purchase lunch. A survey will be taken first thing in the morning and those with cash will order from one collectively agreed upon restaurant.
September 3rd – High School Exam Re-sits (for students who finished with a 1 or 2 last year in a core subject – Report to High School Office at 8:30 for 9:00 start). A confirmation email will be sent to specific students and parents later this week.
September 3rd – High School New Student Orientation 10:00 – 12:00 (new students to meet in the Secondary Library – parents also welcome).
September 4th – First Full Day of School for all students
September 4th – Principal Parent Evening (7:00 – 8:00 PM) in the HS Library