Grade 9 & 10 MYP Visual Arts students as well as many of our primary students had the fantastic opportunity today to meet Mr. Jeffrey McDonald, a renowned fantasy & science fiction illustrator currently residing in Lusaka. Mr. McDonald has been creating art since he was a child and regularly attends some of the biggest ComicCons in the United States. Today he shared his artwork with students as well as his process for creating and refining his work. He also participated in the AISL Primary School's ComicCon. Mr. McDonald's message to our secondary students was that talent isn't something you are simply born with- that excelling at any endeavour is a matter of regular, consistent practice and a passion for what you do. We are so grateful to community members who share their expertise with our students. If you have a particular skill, hobby, or passion you would like to share with our students please contact Terry Maguire, Secondary Teacher-Librarian.
Many thanks to the PTA for coordinating this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week and for all the parents and students who participated. If you did not get a chance to participate, it is never too late. Please find a teacher, teaching assistant, counselor, teacher-librarian, or administrator and tell him or her how grateful you are for their work with your child.
Unless you have tried it, it is hard to understand how difficult teaching is. Teachers have to be ready every day with engaging lessons across a variety of topics and then be ready to adjust those lessons to the abilities, background knowledge, mental blocks, passions, and daily mood swings of as many as two dozen unique individuals sitting before them. If a teacher is tired or having a bad day, there is no flexibility in their schedule – the students will still arrive when the lesson is scheduled to begin and will be expecting the teacher to perform at 100% no matter what. Teachers navigate literally thousands of large and small decisions and social interactions every day. When the lessons are done, there are papers to grade, Managebac or SeeSaw posts to update, meetings to attend, and extra help sessions to support students. And then it’s time to switch gears and coach, advise an activity, chaperone an event, or work on a professional development or service activity - much of which is done on a volunteer basis. Then it all starts again the next day. At other times, a teacher may volunteer to take on the very heavy burden of in loco parentis responsibility for other people’s children on a field trip, an athletic trip, or even a multi-day Explore Zambia or international trip. That kind of 24/7 responsibility is truly exhausting.
Although teaching is very hard work, teachers do it because they love to support students and rejoice with them as they have ‘a-ha’ moments or demonstrate a new skill they have mastered. They do it because they love to help build confident young people who are prepared for the future. They do it because they are committed to change and to helping build a better world.
As I walk around campus, I am daily humbled by the dedication and hard work of the teachers at AISL. Our teachers pour themselves into their work every day and deserve a very large measure of all-too-rare appreciation and gratitude. Please do these fine professionals a favor and find a few moments to recognize the teachers who have had an important impact on your child.
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The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. As the school draws to a close, it is time to begin collecting all educational materials that have been loaned to our students. To help end the year smoothly for your children and enable them to collect their final reports on time, please pay close attention to these important notices:
The early bird gets the worm. Don't let a fine, repair bill, or missing book prevent your child from receiving the final report!
Grade 11, or Year 1 IB Diploma students will be sharing their research questions, methodology, findings thus far, and next steps for their extended essays during an EE Café on June 6 & 7. Students have invited their parents and supervisors to the café. Audience members will have an opportunity to give students feedback and suggestions to help them plan their next steps for this challenging project. If you have any questions about this event please contact Terry Maguire (Secondary Librarian) or Francesca Mulazzi (DP Coordinator).
Please take note that all library materials are due this coming Monday, 28 May. This gives us time to issue bills for lost items and to conduct our annual inventory. We will resume checkouts from 7 June through 14 June for the long break for patrons who are both returning for the 2018-19 school year and who have clear records.
The library will be OPEN the latter part of July from 9 am to 12 noon on the following days and we hope that you'll come by if you're here:
Wednesday 18 July
Saturday 21 July
Wednesday 25 July
Saturday 28 July
The most significant piece of European data protection legislation to be introduced in 20 years will come into force on 25 May 2018. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. The GDPR strengthens the rights that individuals have regarding their personal data and seeks to unify data protection laws across Europe, regardless of where that data is processed.
AISL would like to assure the community that both the school and all our data processors will be fully compliant with the GDPR by May 25th, 2018. AISL is actively working to ensure our processes and systems meet the rigorous requirements of the GDPR. We have been planning for GDPR for the past year and have undertaken the following:
As we begin to wind down the school year, we are bracing ourselves to say farewell to departing students, parents, and faculty. This year, fourteen of our teaching faculty are moving on to new adventures. AISL is a better place thanks to each one's hard work and numerous contributions. Please join us in saying a fond farewell and a hearty thank you to these excellent teachers:
Andrew Muyamwa for his 13 years at AISL as a Secondary mathematics teacher and CAS coordinator. Known as the voice of AISL, Andrew was involved in a great deal of projects during his time at the school such as his narrative work for the school’s promotional video, as well as announcing at WorldFest!. Andrew played an instrumental role in the creation of the the Zambian student scholarship program and has continued to be influential in the selection process and support of its students. Perhaps the greatest thing that we will miss about Andrew is his ever-present laugh. We wish Andrew all the best as he will no doubt continue to spread sunshine to students at the American School of Johannesburg where he will be teaching mathematics next year.
Becky Oliver for her three years of service as a Secondary Language & Literature teacher, Diploma Programme coordinator, and Theory of Knowledge teacher. Becky also coached athletics and could be found at most high school sporting events cheering with great Leopard pride. We wish Becky great future successes.
David Lauchmen for his two years of service as the Student Support Services coordinator. During his time here, he helped to implement Tier 1 and Tier 2 of our Response to Intervention (RTI) program and launch our high school internship program. Dave also coached varsity and middle school football. We wish Dave all the best as he enjoys the regal role of grandpa next year.
Fatima Lemus-Gupta for her two years of dedication in our Early Learning Center. She was instrumental in making the shift from a grade-level structure to a successful multi-age program in our ELC. We will miss her patience, close connection with our youngest learners, and collaborative nature. We wish her and her family the best as they return to Malawi, a place that has long been familiar to them where she will be teaching Grade 2.
Gregg Cottrell for his five years of dedication as a Secondary physics and MYP science teacher. Gregg had the unique ability to make physics both exciting and understandable to students. He is best known by his students for staying after school or coming in to set up labs on weekends to help students with their IB internal assessments or extended essays. We wish Gregg all the best as he will be embarking on a new phase of his life. After 39 years teaching, Gregg will be hanging up his lab coat to try his hand at retirement.
Jeff Redman for his four years of dedication. Jeff has worked with every grade level in the Secondary school as the Theatre Arts teacher. His versatility was demonstrated by the ease at which he could get students to engage in the daunting task of speaking and acting in front of their peers no matter if they were in grade 6, new to the Secondary school, or in grade 12, managing the rigors of the Diploma Programme. Jeff also directed two drama productions a year, a daunting time and energy commitment. Moreover, he led International Schools Theatre Association trips to London and Bangkok. We wish Jeff all the best in his new adventure as DP theatre arts teacher at the International School of Beijing.
Jenn Caldwell for her five years of dedication at AISL as our Primary School Counselor. In addition to growing and refining our Primary Guidance program, small group and individual student and family time were integral to her role. We will miss her passion for student advocacy and providing opportunities for students to share their strengths and talents. Thank you, Jenn, for being integral in facilitating our Primary Talent Show, The Great Kindness Challenge, and the Primary Student Council. We wish her and her family the very best as they begin their new adventure in the United States.
Jenni Redman for her four years of dedication in multiple roles, both as a Grade 4 and Grade 5 teacher. We will miss her reflective personality, professional flexibility, and consistent collaboration - all done with a thorough attention to detail. Jenni has worked quietly behind the scenes to support our drama program, WorldFest! days, and Teachers Teaching Teachers ISAZ Conferences for a number of years. We wish her and her family the very best as they begin their new adventure next year in Beijing, China where she will be a Grade 5 teacher.
Joy Hoffman for her seven years of dedication at AISL. Joy has taught Grade 4 and Grade 5 as well as facilitated the PYP Exhibition for four years, the culminating experience for the Primary Years Programme. Her contributions to bridging the school with the local community have been integral to our students’ learning beyond the classroom. We wish her well next year as she dedicates time to be with her family.
Kathleen Bowin for her four years of service as MYP coordinator and Secondary assistant principal. Kathleen’s undying support of her students and passion for empowerment will be a few of the things that will be greatly missed. Kathleen spent a great deal of time working with Middle School students and parents to create a warm welcoming environment. Moreover, she was charged with the creation and fostering of the school’s Advisory program. She even found time to sponsor the AISL chapter of the Girl Scouts. We wish Kathleen all the best as she embarks on a great adventure in Oman as the Middle School principal at the American British International School.
Mandy Ray for her three years of dedication in multiple roles. Her knowledge and passion for literacy moved her from the Grade 2 classroom in her first year to the role as the Teaching and Learning Coach in literacy these past two years. We will miss her connection with students, intentional listening, and community-building spirit as she heads back to the United States to begin next year as a Grade 1 teacher.
Mateo Osorio for his three years of dedication as a MYP and DP French and Spanish teacher. Mr. Osorio is known for his cheery disposition and friendliness. He has contributed to the community by leading the Spanish Immersion trip to Madrid as well as serving as the Secondary Chair of the WorldFest! committee. Good luck to Mateo as he moves on to his new role teaching Spanish in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Matt Tenerowicz for his two years of dedication as one of our Grade 1 teachers. He was an instrumental member of the science review, focusing the team’s vision on new curriculum and student focused standards. We will miss his calm demeanor, reflective nature, collaborative spirit, and his passion for flag (American) football. We wish him and his family the very best as they return to the United States next year in anticipation of their future post.
Melanie Cottrell for her five years of dedication as a Grade 3 teacher at AISL. We will miss Melanie’s sense of humor, advocacy for students, and love for literacy. Melanie has been instrumental in connecting with the community through key projects such as constructing the annual box maze and organizing paper donations for Apters. We wish her and her family the very best as they return to their home state of California in the United States where she will be teaching Grade 5.
Pete Lawton for his three years of service as a Secondary mathematics teacher. Pete was known for his willingness to spend time during his lunch or after school with students in need of extra support. When he wasn’t working overtime in the classroom, Pete could be located on the rugby pitch where he coached the Secondary’s first rugby team in many, many years. He also coached the youngsters and spent many of his weekends in the sun at tournaments. We wish Pete all the best in Oman where he will continue to have a positive influence on students’ lives at the American British International School.
We have two sports days coming up before the close of the year so please mark your calendars according to the grade level for your child.
On Friday, 8 June from 10:30-12:00 on the Primary Field, our ELC to Grade 2 students will engage in a number of team events to include an obstacle course and various running, hopping and balancing activities. The 'team colours' for the event are as follows: ELC: yellow; KG: red; G1: blue; and G2: green.
On Tuesday, 12 June from 13:10-14:30 on the Primary Field, our G3-G5 students will have their sports day consisting of events such as the sack race, 100m sprint and the long jump. The 'team colours' for the event are as follows: G3: red; G4: blue; G5: green.
If your child does not have a T-shirt in the designated colour, they are welcome to wear their PE kit on this day. Additionally, please make sure your child has a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen for the occasion. We look to seeing as many families there as possible to cheer on our young athletes.
On Saturday, 19 May, twelve students from KG to Grade 5 represented our school at the ISAZ Midlands Primary Arts Festival in an art exhibition held at The International School of Lusaka. The students who had creative work displayed were: Imane Bodal (KG), Tina Kapira (KG), Livia Vinikoor (G1), Cora Maguire (G1), Ingrid Hertel (G2), Aviv Mor (G2), Maya Joynt (G3), Caroline Mikus (G3), Alon Shalev (G4), Dylan Chapman (G4), Daniel Friend (G5) and Devon McDonald (G5). Well done to our young artists! Below are images of their work.
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