What I am excited about this week
Campus Reopening! It was wonderful to welcome Grades 7, 9, and 12 to our campus today. I saw a lot of smiling kids. Of course, I couldn’t really see their smiles due to the face masks everyone was wearing but their eyes told the whole story. We are all glad to have students back on campus. Our reopening was possible thanks to the hard work that went into our reopening plan. Called Reunite 2020, this document describes the health and safety measures that we are using on our campus. You can access this plan from the main page of our site as well as our COVID-19 page. Many thanks to the Campus Reopening Task Force, CDC, and the school’s leadership team and faculty for their contributions to this important document.
Brilliant IB Diploma Results! As you may recall, we found many anomalies when our IB Diploma results were released in July. At that time, Monica Murphy, our Diploma Program (DP) Coordinator launched a detailed appeal to the IB based on careful analysis of our students’ individual work. In fact, we were not alone. About 700 of the 3000 or so IB schools launched similar appeals.
Earlier this week, we received welcome news that the IB amended our results. The final results were outstanding – and were much more in line with what we expected from the Class of 2020. We had an 88% pass rate and an average diploma score of 32. These results are very high for an inclusive program. By inclusive, we mean that, at AISL, any student who wishes to challenge him/herself by pursuing the Diploma Program is encouraged to do so. This is in contrast to many schools that set high bars and require students to qualify for participation. That selective strategy helps those schools publish impressive results statistics but robs many, many students of the opportunity to stretch themselves and achieve in the DP! We firmly believe that we should encourage – not discourage – learners to challenge themselves. You can learn more about this year’s results later in this newsletter.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Now you can really celebrate!
Verbal Jam! Please check out our new Verbal Jam page. Verbal Jam is designed to be an exclusive AISL online environment where thoughts, opinions, news, and advice all come together. We invite all AISL students, parents, and staff to take part in an ongoing online conversation focused on sharing, motivating, and, of course, educating! Please take a few moments to explore the site and please post messages on the Thrive Message Board. The Verbal Jam password is the same as the one we use for the Parent Portal.
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: