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August, 2016

 

Message from the President

 

Dr. Gialamas

Dear Parents,

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.

The 2016-2017 academic year looks to be yet another exciting period for ACS Athens!   I would like to share with you some of our successes from the past academic year and the new initiative/projects that will be put in place beginning the 2016-2017 school year:

ACS Athens Receives Re-accreditation

MSA

We will begin this school year with full re-accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) until 2022 with the "Sustaining Excellence" protocol.  This protocol, that consists of two components; 1) review and approval of the twelve Standards for accreditation, which we received in the Fall of 2014; and 2) the action research component, which manifested itself at the April 21 and 22, 2016 Colloquium.   This past year was a truly historical year for ACS Athens!  We were recognized by the MSA to be the first international school to use the Middle States Sustaining Excellence protocol for Self-Study and one of 2,700 member schools spread across the United States and nearly 100 countries around the world to secure re-accreditation with this protocol, which underlines that excellence is not accidental, but the result of a deliberate decision to continue to achieve excellence.

ACS Athens was distinguished as a high performing educational institution and one that has proven "best practice" in education that can be used to improve student performance and increase the quality of education among the other MSA member schools.

Our entire faculty has expanded the definition of their professional responsibilities to include being reflective practitioners, engaged researchers and active members of collaborative professional learning teams.  As prescribed by MSA, the results of their collective research were presented during the Colloquium.  This two-day event, with a program rich in presentations, "Morfosis Talks" (addressing areas of research focus), poster presentations, demonstrations of student learning and more, was the culmination of these two years’ work and study.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents, students, faculty, staff, administrators and Board of Trustees for their hard work and commitment and their contribution to this monumental achievement for ACS Athens.  Please access the following link to view the program of presentations given during these two days www.acs.gr.

International Baccalaureate Results

IBO

The 2016 IB Diploma course scores surpassed even last year’s exceptional scores.  Our students had a 100% success rate, with an average IB Diploma score of 36.04 points.  Compared to the world average of 30.07 points, this year’s scores place the ACS Athens IB Diploma students amongst the best performing IB Diploma students worldwide.  This year’s score distribution was marked with a very high median of 37 points; 50% of the IB Diploma students scored 37 points and above and 23.08% of the IB Diploma scores were above 40 points.  The highest Diploma score was 42.

The average scores per subject offered at ACS Athens, which includes the performance of all students taking IB exams (both IB Diploma and IB Diploma Course students) indicate that the success was widespread and that the majority of those taking IB exams have scored well above the world average; 88% of subject averages were above the world average and the overall average exam score was 5.61 points.

Advanced Placement (AP) Results

AP

ACS Athens offers three AP courses, Calculus AB, Environmental Science and Spanish Language and Culture.  A total of 16 ACS Athens students were enrolled in AP classes and took the respective exams.  Additionally, ACS Athens students, encouraged and guided to be risk takers and architects of their own learning, took another 22 AP exams, either by attending the respective IB courses or by studying entirely on their own for their AP exams.

With 5 being the highest AP score and 3 the passing grade, ACS Athens students achieved a 3.55 average exam score, with 86.84% of those taking AP exams, scoring above 3 while 52.63% scored 4 and above.  Most US colleges provide college credit for AP scores of 4 and above.

Our young people are the future of Greece and the future of the world and these results make me quite optimistic!

College Acceptances

Our college/university placement has been outstanding, with our graduates continuing their education in their "best fit" schools all around the world.  Below are some of the universities in the U.S., U.K. and other countries that our students have been accepted to:

In the United States – Boston University, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, Chapman University, Drexel University, Duke University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fordham University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, St. Thomas University, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and more.

In the United Kingdom – University of Edinburgh, University College London, , University of Nottingham, University of Dundee, King’s College London, University of Surrey, University of Glasgow, University of Exeter, University of Bath and more.

In Canada and other countries - McGill University/Canada, American University of Beirut/Lebanon, HAS University of Applied Sciences/Netherlands, Erasmus University/Netherlands, University of Amsterdam/Netherlands, John Cabot University/Italy and more.

Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model

Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning book

It is with great pride that I announce the publication of the book "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model".  The co-editors and also chapter co-authors are Dr. Maria Avgerinou and Dr. Stefanos Gialamas.  The book includes contributions from 25 ACS Athens educators and 10 worldwide academic leaders as chapter co-authors.

This book manifests extensively, the theoretical framework of how an academic institution models a new pathway for meaningful learning, and also advances the sufficient and necessary conditions that must be in place for the successful implementation of such model.

The new pathway is defined as the Global Morfosis Paradigm (gMp) and addresses this need through being an authentic, unbounded and exciting educational paradigm, educating students for complex and ambiguous future needs.  Implementing the gMp provides students with the inspiration to develop the wisdom to transform their educational experience into social, economic, environmental, intellectual and ethical resources to improve their lives, but most importantly the lives of less privileged students across the globe.

You can find details and purchase the book at: www.igi-global.com.

Cover Page and Article in Business Partners Magazine

ACS Athens was featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Business Partners, with an article titled ACS Athens Modeling Education for the 21st Century.  The profile/presentation of ACS Athens and Dr. Gialamas’ interview briefly outlined the history of the school, its guiding principles and the recognition of ACS Athens by Middle States Association (MSA) as a world class “Model School”.

If you wish to read this article, access the following link: issuu.com, or see below.

Article in "Kapa" Magazine

An article was recently published in Kapa Magazine (an insert to Kathimerini) on June 12, 2016.

If you wish to read this article, which is in Greek, please access the following link: www.acs.gr.

i2Flex Algebra II Course

Dr. Tsokos, Dr. Stamati and Dr. Gialamas have further modified the Algebra II course according to the i2Flex delivery methodology to enhance the students' learning.   The course titled "i2Flex Algebra II" will be taught in the Academy beginning the 2016-2017 school year.  Dr. Stamati and Dr. Gialamas will be co-teaching this course.

Make a Child Smile, Keep the Hope Alive

ACS Athens welcomed eleven unattended refugee children in Greece to its campus on June 18, 2016 to begin a pilot program, with the goal to help and guide them to integrate into their new ACS Athens environment.

On June 18th these children were welcomed to ACS Athens where they had the opportunity to enjoy a carefree day of play with student volunteers.

ECIS-RSA and WISE Partnership: Event on Refugee Education in Athens

ECIS RSA WISE

ECIS (Educational Collaborative for International Schools) and RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, in partnership with ACS Athens and with support from WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) have begun a project on refugee/migrant education and international schools in Athens.  This project will be an attempt to try to understand how Greece and other European countries can develop an educational ‘ecosystem’ that really supports positive outcomes for migrants and refugees, whether they are temporary, transitional or long-term.   The goal of this project is to nurture a new, sustainable, partnership-based approach across the city that could be replicated in other areas.

ACS Athens will host a two-day Summit on November 10 and 11, 2016.  Further details will be shared with our community, as we get closer to the date.

Elementary School Principal/Middle School Principal/Faculty

It is with great pleasure that I introduce:

Ms. Rebecca L. Meyer, Middle School Principal.   Ms. Meyer comes to us from Broken Bow Public Schools in Oklahoma, where she was Assistant Principal. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education/English minor and has her Master’s in Educational Leadership – School Administration with distinctions, and is certified in both areas.

Ms. Sophia Moros, Elementary School Principal.   Ms. Moros has been a 2nd grade teacher at ACS Athens for the past nine years.  Ms. Moros completed her studies at St. Xavier University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Literature and a Master’s Degree in Reading.

Ms. Stephanie Maxwell, Faculty Member, comes to us from Denver, Colorado where she taught Middle School computers and science.  She has her degree in Biomedical Engineering (Pre-Health Certificate) from Arizona State University, Barrett, the Honor’s College in Tempe, Arizona.

Summer Renovations

The summer renovations for this year have begun and will be completed by the end of August as follows:

  • The back field area will be resurfaced with artificial turf
  • The tennis courts will be resurfaced and will be used both for tennis and as a playground
  • The remaining bathrooms will be renovated, thus completing the bathroom renovations
  • The heating furnace/boiler rooms of the Elementary/Annex/Academy will be renovated to include replacing old pipes and adding automation
  • The Theater at ACS Athens will have upgraded fire protection equipment installed
  • Other smaller miscellaneous projects will also be completed

Technology

We have purchased 85 new computers for classroom use that will be distributed school-wide for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

I am honored to have the opportunity to continue working with students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, alumni, PTO, Boosters and supporters of ACS Athens, but more importantly with you, the parents, in leading ACS Athens on the continued journey of providing the best educational experience to our students.  The best way to predict the future of our children is by working together in shaping it.

I look forward to welcoming you to our campus in September and to yet another successful year!

Sincerely,

signature Dr. Gialamas

Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D.
President