From the Director
Another busy week on campus, as IB exams finish and there is pure exhilaration from our seniors! They have worked so hard and now it is time for them to celebrate. In addition to the IB exams, there was MAP Testing, Rocket launching, prep for EZ, and the primary play…the list goes on this week.
Rocket Scientists at AISL!
There was high excitement on Tuesday as our second graders tested the rockets that they have been constructing in IT over the past few weeks. The ELC students were there to cheer them on and good fun was had by all. This is where true scientific learning meets fun for our learners! The rockets themselves were launched way into the air and some landed as far as my garden.
And more Environmental Technology comes to AISL
When you are next in school you will notice that the Technology Hub has solar paneling. We needed a new power backup for our core network infrastructure. We have now replaced the old system with a single hybrid off-grid solar inverter solution. This is a positive step in the right direction for our longer term strategy around the environment.
The PTA are so enthusiastic about the Ball that they will go to all lengths to sell the tickets. It was great fun this week to see them donned black and gold and greet parents at drop off! There is still time to purchase the tickets, either tomorrow morning at the Coffee Social or from Shantall in the main office.
External Learning: Live Book Talk and Q&A with Rainn Wilson (Dwight from the TV series ‘The Office’)
On occasion, we are in communication with The Big Questions Institute. This Friday (tomorrow), there is a live session open to ALL (staff, students and parents) with Rainn Wilson. This session will run on Friday, May 19th 2023. Full details here.
2023-2024 AISL Board Candidates
We are thrilled to inform you that we have received nominations for the upcoming AISL Board of Directors elections. In the category of U.S. Government-affiliated employee or spouse, we have two candidates: Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon and Emery Uwimana. For the membership position from the full AISL parent community, we have three candidates: Gaith El Kamand, George Mpundu Kanja, and Rhett Harrison. We invite you to review the introductions of these candidates below.
We encourage all of you to attend the Election General Meeting on Thursday, June 8th, 2023. At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to vote for the 2 membership positions thereby actively participating in shaping the future of AISL. In addition to the elections, we will be unveiling the AISL annual report and providing an update on the strategic work conducted by the Board.
Director and AISL Board
Salutation! My name is Emery Uwimana, and I am the current chair of the AISL PTA. My son Didier will be starting his third year at AISL soon, and I have now been serving the AISL community in my current role with pleasure. I would like to continue volunteering my time by representing the PTA's mission on the Board of Directors.
As Chair of the PTA, I drafted our current Bill of Rights, which stands as the foundation of our promising constitution. The most notable points which I’d like to see embodied on the Board of Directors include:
1. Promoting a strong sense of community in partnership with the school and facilitating communication, cooperation, and involvement throughout the school community.
2. Developing a sense of partnership between school and parents, get an “inside line” on parents’ perspectives, have a heads-up about hot issues, and the ability to test decisions and issues with a small, plugged-in group.
3. A partnership governed by trust, respect, and appreciation, while giving parents encouragement and validation. Finding a way to allow all parents to feel heard and included in a community of our size and scope.
4. Financial Transparency
I have been an English Language Arts Teacher in Baltimore City for the past four years, including the last two years, teaching virtually from Lusaka. I believe that my passion for teaching, leadership skills, and dedication to student development would make me an asset to the board. Thank you for your consideration.
Hello, I’m Ben Grob-Fitzgibbon and I'm pleased to be a candidate for the AISL Board.
I am the Political Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy, and previously served in Beijing, Bangkok, and Shanghai. As an immigrant from northern England, I received my BA from Ithaca College and my MA/PhD from Duke University. Before joining the State Department, I spent more than a decade working in higher education, teaching and advising thousands of students about curriculum choices and academic pathways as a history professor and the International Relations Program Director at a major research university.
Education has been a cornerstone in my life, as well as the lives of my children - Sophia, Isabel, and Kieran. I am passionate about helping students achieve to their utmost ability. But I know there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. Some children are natural learners. Others face more challenges. Some thrive on group work. Others prefer quiet contemplation. And for some, schoolwork is just tough. A great school meets all students where they are and then takes them to the next level.
If elected to the board, I will bring my experience in higher education and diplomacy to ensure that every student thrives. Recognizing that everyone learns differently, I am deeply committed to inclusion and accessibility in education. I will work closely with the school to oversee its strategic direction and ensure that wise financial and curriculum decisions are made to prepare every student for their next stage in life.
Thank you for your consideration!
One position from Category: A parent of the AISL community
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.
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Board of Directors