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March 2017

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to the American Community Schools of Athens and thank you for entrusting us with the education of your children.

Below, we would like to highlight accomplishments and school related news leading to the semester of Spring 2017.


Monday
Apr032017

Growth in Enrollment

Our enrollment continues to grow as the school year progress.  Our last enrollment report reflects that we have 914 students, and 4 refugee children, for a total of 918 students.

Applications for 2017-2018 have increased since last year and perspective parents are indicating that ACS Athens is enjoying a great reputation as an institution with not only high academic standards, but also as an institution living with its commitment in serving humanity.

Monday
Apr032017

2017-18 Budget Presentation

The Board of Trustees has approved the budget.   Mr. Steve Kakaris, Director of Finance has completed presentations to parents on March 14 and on March 23.

Monday
Apr032017

ACS Athens Serving Humanity 

We are continuing our contribution to humanity with the program "Youth to Youth": educating all students, in collaboration with the HOME Project Organization, the NGO organization established by the Libra Group of Mr. George Logothetis.  The HOME Project Organization has developed the concept of providing a home environment to unaccompanied refugee children.  We have begun the program with creative learning experiences for 17 refugee children on six Saturdays (10:30 am. – 3:30 pm.).  38 volunteer faculty working on a rotating basis and 20 ACS Athens volunteer students are integrating athletics, art, music, English, Greek to create a unique, multi-faceted learning experience both for the visiting students and for ACS Athens students.

Our faculty design and deliver the curriculum and learning activities while our students serve as teaching assistants working one to one with the visiting students.  Transportation, medical check-ups and certain apparel have been donated by volunteer doctors, the bus contractor and Ms. Constantinides / Mr. Tzelalis.  The first 2 Saturdays we had three volunteer doctors that examined the children (pediatrician, ophthalmologist, and dentist.)

Monday
Apr032017

University Acceptances

We have great college / university acceptances and scholarship offers this academic year for our seniors.  More details will be shared with you with the next report.

Monday
Apr032017

Partnership with Widener University and The University of Delaware 

Widener University

To date, seven students have been accepted to Widener University with scholarship offers of $ 15,000 to $ 35,000 yearly.  Approximately $ 172,500 yearly has been offered to our seven students should they decide to attend Widener.

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware has accepted two of our students and we are currently waiting for their scholarship offers.

Monday
Apr032017

Representatives of Dutch Universities Visited ACS Athens

Netherlands landscape

On Wednesday, February 8th, ACS Athens hosted a Dutch College Night for parents and students.  ACS Athens focuses on "finding the best fit" for our students and this special evening was organized to provide parents and students with important information about living and studying in the Netherlands.   The evening was a great success and parents / students were able to hear first-hand about the educational opportunities in the Netherlands.

University representatives came from the following universities: Leiden University, Tilburg University, Utrecht University, University College of Groningen, University College of Roosevelt, Radboud University.

Monday
Apr032017

Student Teachers at ACS Athens 

Through our various collaborations with universities around the world, we currently have ten student teachers at ACS Athens; two from the University of Delaware, two from the University of Amsterdam, two from Dundee University in Scotland and four from the University of Winnipeg.

Monday
Apr032017

Recruiting in the United States

Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academics and Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs were recently in the US to recruit a high school principal and faculty across the three schools.  To date we have hired the high school principal and 11 faculty members.  Overall the recruiting went very well and both Mr. Medeiros and Dr. Pelonis have done a great job attracting highly qualified faculty and an excellent principal.

Monday
Apr032017

Model United Nations in Doha and The Hague

MUN

ACS Athens students, as in every year, participated in some of the most challenging, yet rewarding Model United Nations simulations in the world: the Hague MUN (THIMUN) and Georgetown Qatar Model United Nations (QMUN).

At THIMUN our delegates represented Bhutan under the theme "Borders in a Globalized World."  At the Georgetown Qatar MUN, the delegates represented their assigned countries under the theme of "Fostering Development: Complexities of Intervention in a Globalized World."

Both delegations prepared for the conference they would be attending by researching current topics, using the Official Records and the Masthead documents of the UN to prepare opening speeches, draft resolutions, realistic strategies, non-violent negotiations, all while following the UN Rules of Procedures.  The students participating in this initiative learn about economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and how the United Nations acts on them to resolve conflict. Congratulations to the students who participated in both MUN events so successfully!

Monday
Apr032017

Stanley Haas / Luke Hansen Student Awards

NESA

The Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) in cooperation with TIE International established the annual "Stanley Haas / Luke Hansen Award" that is given to students who model the character traits outlined in the criteria for this award and are valued most in students: persistence, a willingness to take risks, acceptance of other cultures and points of view and a genuine interest in an demonstrated, sustained commitment to the welfare of others.

This year one of our students, Ms. Chrysonoe Katsarou, was chosen to receive this award.   Congratulations are extended to Chrysonoe Katsarou!

Monday
Apr032017

SCIS Middle School Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the Middle School Boys and Girls Swimming team for their performance last week during the SCIS Championship: great competition among ten schools!  The ACS Athens Boys came in first; the Girls finished sixth and our team with their overall score finished in third place!!!

We had outstanding performances from a number of swimmers and finished the meet with 5 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.  Congratulations to the athletes and their coach!

Monday
Apr032017

Donation of Property

Dr. Andreas Chatzivasiliades, a pediatrician in the USA and former professor of the University of Chicago Medical School, who for many years served at some of the best hospitals in USA, donated a piece of land with area of 1,157 m2, located at Nomos Messinias, south east of the city of Kalamata, near the town of Kardamyli, Koinotita Eksohoriou, with purpose to be used by ACS Athens for the promotion of educational and cultural activities in the area.  The tax value of his donation is in the amount of € 53,000.

Monday
Apr032017

WISE (Madrid)

WISE

Dr. Gialamas was invited by WISE to be part of a panel discussion at a WISE@ event, a collaborative meeting of stakeholders who gathered in Madrid for discussions on topics of particular educational concerns to regional WISE communities.  Further to Dr. Gialamas, Ms. Vicky Colbert, Founder and Chairperson of Escuela Nueve Foundation, Colombia and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate and Ms. Nieves Segovia Bonet, President of SEK Educational Group participated in this panel discussion.

At this Forum, Dr. Gialamas shared the Global Morfosis Educational Paradigm (gMP) implemented at ACS Athens over the past decade.

WISE@Madrid Forum took place February 27 - March 1 in Madrid.  The topic of the panel discussion was "Redesigning Education Systems for the Future" (see details here).  Eight hundred invited educators, leaders, policymakers, Minister of Education and other influential individuals attended.


You may watch a relevant video below

Monday
Apr032017

Basketball

ACS Athens Girls BasketballACS Athens Basketball - 1st place Winners
ACS Athens Boys BasketballACS Athens Basketball - 3rd place Winners

The ACS Athens Girls Varsity Basketball team competed in Frankfurt in the ISST Div. 2 championship and captured first place, defeating the host school Frankfurt by a margin of 6 points, 42 - 36.   All of the girls' games were close games but they finished with 5 wins and the gold medal in their hands.   Joana Meco and Marie Heder were selected as All Stars.

Not far from there, in the ISST Div. 1 championship in Brussels, the ACS Athens Boys Varsity Basketball team finished in third place with a 4 win - 1 loss record.  While most of their games were won by a large margin, they fell short playing against ACS Cobham.   They did finish strong by defeating Vienna International School by a margin of 23 points for the bronze medal!  Marios Bourtzonis and Angelos Makras were selected as All Stars.

A job well done by Angelos Makras who was the Scott Baillie Award recipient, a prestigious ISST award as voted by the coaches for the player who demonstrates character, intensity, sportsmanship and poise.

Monday
Apr032017

New Media Production Studio

Media Studio

A new approach to media literacy would not be possible without the technical facility of our new Media Production Studio, located at the H.J.Sabbagh Library.  The new Media Studio has been in the planning stages for the past 2 years and through the generous donation of ACS Athens Chairman of the Board, Mr. Suheil H. Sabbagh, it is now a reality.

State-of-the-art equipment includes professional digital cameras in a green screen virtual set, which offers unprecedented flexibility in video applications.  The new media studio includes also a modern professional video broadcasting system, two digital video/audio post-production workstations, a sound booth for audio applications, and it is designed to serve as a media lab for up to 10 students working simultaneously on their individual or group projects.

Monday
Apr032017

Widener/Washington, D.C. Summer Leadership/Engineering Program 

Widener University

Following our important partnership agreement with Widener University, ACS Athens and Widener are offering two summer courses in the U.S., taking place in the latter's campus in Philadelphia and in Washington D.C.: a Leadership course (typically offered to their college students) which leads to a leadership certificate and a course in Engineering.

Both courses emphasize Leadership, Collaborative activities, College life, learning about U.S. culture, but may also include Engineering projects, visits to other Universities, etc.   The program entails a university and field study experience at Widener University School of Engineering (in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C) — an exciting learning experience for students in grades 9-11.  It involves a week of ‘leadership in action’ where students will be exposed to the new Media Production Studio, historical sites, museums, political officials and a visit to the Senate and House of Representatives.

Monday
Apr032017

Summer Aviation Program

Aviation:Plane flying

Offered for the second year, in conjunction with Hellenic American University, an Aviation course for High School students 14-16 years old.  They will receive 3 college credits.

Last summer 6 ACS Athens students in grades 9 - 12 participated and successfully completed the program.  Registration for this year’s program is in progress.

Monday
Apr032017

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Pelonis

Dr. Pelonis

Dr. Peggy Pelonis has successfully completed all the requirements and received her Doctoral Degree in Education from the University of Bath.   The title of the doctoral thesis is The Administrator Role in Professional Development in International Schools: Perspectives on Planning, Implementing, Evaluating and Resourcing.

The research involved more than 100 international schools around the world and is providing significant findings, which will potentially help international schools in their commitment to offer the best possible professional development for faculty and staff.

Monday
Apr032017

Economist Article

An article was recently published in the 2017 Economist (in Greek) that speaks about the commitment of ACS Athens to help refugee children and integrate them to the educational community.  Please access the article at this link.

Monday
Apr032017

Kathimerini Article (English Publication)

The article below was recently published in the english version of Kathimerini: "Serving Humanity: The Mission of Significant Educational Institutions."