Back-to-School Night

We look forward to welcoming parents on Monday, September 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 in the MPH for Back-to-School Night.

Parents will get a chance to hear me and others talk about what sets UAS apart: Our community!  We will begin the evening together in the MPH with a 30 minute presentation that will focus on what we value as a school community.  Parents will then have the option to remain in the MPH, which will be set up like a trade show, or head over to the band and choir rooms to hear short presentations from a number of departmental leaders.  The purpose of the evening is threefold.  First and foremost, our aim is to build community.  This year we welcomed fourteen new members to the UAS High School faculty.  I have spent the past five weeks getting to know these wonderful educators and now the parental community will have a chance to meet them as well.  Secondly, our aim is to emphasize the role of learning at UAS.  As principal, my job is to establish the best possible conditions for learning to take place across the school.  At UAS, we encourage students to look beyond grades.  We encourage teachers to look beyond teaching.  We encourage our entire community to focus on learning.  Learning is not a passive process.  Learning takes place in the messy world of movement, action, creation, and play.  Lastly, our aim is to share with parents what our students will learn this year.  From learning quadratic equations to Newton’s three laws of motion, our students have a lot on their plates.  As educators, we strive to make every lesson relevant to the lives of our students.

See you all Monday evening!

 

Upcoming Theatrical Performance

Upcoming Important Dates

  • October 6th – SAT Test Date
  • October 14th – 18th – School Pictures
  • October 15th – Grade 12 Family College Night

Maintaining Equilibrium

This past week, Assistant Principal McManus and Dean of Students Hall conducted tardy sweeps.  The essence of this task was to set a tone regarding our high school expectations of arriving on time to each and every class, event or activity.  We hold these standards for both students and staff.  We saw tardies drop from 43 on Sunday to 12 on Thursday, but at what cost?  Some of our teachers asked really probing questions regarding our school culture.  They asked if we were moving too far, too fast.  They questioned if we might be alienating Mr. McManus and Ms. Hall from the student body they are here to serve.

Our answer: Maintain equilibrium.  This past week we held students to very high punctuality standards, arguably higher than we ever have at UAS.  So how did we maintain equilibrium?  We celebrated their success of improving attendance rates by handing out ice cream sandwiches in the form of “tardy for the weekend” slips.  Mr. McManus and Ms. Hall excused students five minutes early from their last period to let them know they were late for the weekend and they needed to pick up their tardy slips (ice cream sandwiches) on their way out of school.

Moving forward, this will be an operational principle for this high school administrative team.  When we push students hard, we will celebrate their successes in a big way!

 

From the Counseling Department

From the PTSO

From the MS/HS Library

Upcoming Important Dates

  • September 24th – HS Back-to-School Night from 6:30 – 8:30 in the MPH
  • October 6th – SAT Test Date
  • October 14th – 18th – School Pictures
  • October 15th – Grade 12 Family College Night

So it Begins…

We kicked off the 2018/19 school year with our first day assembly!

The message we sent students is that UAS is a place where we can work together to be creative, innovative and have fun in our learning journey!  We discussed that as a K-12 school, we are looking into establishing an overarching set of core values.  These core values will guide our practices and help create alignment across our three divisions.  Last year, a group of high school students and teachers came together to draft a version of what might inform these new values.  They came up with respect, community, resilience, compassion and innovation.  Although these might not make the final cut, I am proud of the work and thought that was put into creating this set of core values.  I see these values alive and well each and every day I am at UAS!

 

Message from Ms. Hania

Please note this message is only for the KG1, KG2 as well as the new students joining UAS from outside of Dubai

Dear Parents,

As a school we are required to register all students with the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA). As such, all parents are required to bring both their child’s and their own original Emirates IDs to school where we will scan the ID’s and transfer the information into the KHDA system.

Once your child’s details are registered into the system, we will be able to download your Parent School Contract which you will have to sign. For your information, the contract includes all relevant information pertaining to the school, including school fees and transport fees.

In order to complete the registration, you are kindly requested to attend the Admissions Office, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pmSunday to Thursday and no later than Thursday, September 27. If the registration is not done by this date, students will not be able to request or receive any official documentation required from the school, such as report cards, enrollment letters, etc.

Thanking you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Regards,

Hania Kabbara-Zaghloul, Director of Admissions/KHDA Liaison

Early Release Tuesdays

In view of the fact that the Hijri holiday will be observed on Thursday, September 13, there will now be school on Tuesday, September 11. We would like to remind you that, as of next Tuesday, September 11, and every Tuesday hereafter (unless otherwise specified) students will finish school at 2:00 PM.

Early Release Tuesdays allow teachers valuable time to collaborate, plan and improve instruction within their discipline. Leading schools across Dubai and the world have implemented this program, and we truly believe this is key to the academic and social success of our students.

Important Dates

September 12th (Wed.) – High School WWW Parent Presentation (7:00 – 8:30)

September 24th (Mon.) – High School Back-to-School Night (6:30 – 8:30)

September 26th (Wed.) – Principal Coffee Morning

A Week Full of Milestones

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!

Lastly, please find the supply lists for grades 9 & 10 here and for grades 11 & 12 here.  Students should get everything they need by Sunday, September 9th.

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

 

 

Welcome to the new HS Admin Team!

Brian McManus – High School Assistant Principal

The 2018-2019 school year marks Brian’s thirteenth year an educator.  He started his career in education in 2005 working as a high school English teacher at Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida.  In 2008, he moved to Beijing where he taught IB Literature, Language and Literature, and Theory of Knowledge at the International School of Beijing.  In 2015, he transitioned into the role of Strategic Learning Coordinator, where he focused on incorporating experiential learning opportunities and Chinese cultural elements across all divisions of the school.

Brian earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Deakin University, as well as a Master of Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.

Having grown up on the beaches of central New Jersey, Brian spends his summers with his feet in the sand and a fishing rod in his hands.

Brian is excited to join the UAS team as the High School Assistant Principal.

Kyle Coppes – High School Principal

Kyle Coppes is beginning his third year at UAS and is eager to take on his new role as High School Principal after serving as Assistant Principal for the past two years. Kyle began his career in education fourteen years ago at an American international school in Egypt where he taught in the social studies department.  Before leaving Cairo, Kyle served as head of the humanities department and taught in the IB Diploma Program. Kyle also proudly served as the IB Diploma Coordinator at an American School in Cyprus prior to joining UAS. During his tenure as a DP Coordinator, his focus on school improvement efforts yielded an increase in the school average from 30 to 34 points overall.  Additionally, students scoring two or more core points went from 23% to 100% over the course of his fours years at the school.

Kyle considers himself a lifelong learner and will embark on a journey to earn his EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California beginning this fall.  He also holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.

Education is a family business for Kyle as his lovely wife Dina works at the school as an instructional coach. They have two amazing children, Ramzi and Sophia, who attend school here at UAS. Their greatest joy is random interactions in the library or cafeteria with their kids throughout the work week.

When not working, studying or parenting, Kyle enjoys the occasional round of golf or spending time with friends.

 

Both Kyle and Brian have been working closely with the Senior Leadership Team since August 5th planning for the 2018/19 school year.  They can’t wait for the liveliness that comes with the entire student body walking the halls. They look forward to proudly serving the UAS community in the continued pursuit of educational excellence established by previous administrations.

 

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