The administration, faculty, staff, students, and community of the ACS Athens Middle School, are devoted to academic achievement and individual growth for every child. We all strive to maintain a supportive environment where respect for individual differences and rights of others guide our behavior.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are going through a stage of rapid change in mental, physical, social, and emotional development. Based on the needs of children experiencing these changes, our program and staff:
Provide an appropriate, child-centered educational experience that actively engages students in the acquisition of basic skills, knowledge, and concepts and contributes to the development of higher order thinking. It helps students understand the connections between learning and life.
Engage students in a wide range of formal cognitive and experiential learning opportunities, including hands-on exploratory courses in the arts, physical education, and modern language.
Encourage each student to develop a positive self-image through frequent opportunities for success, while recognizing the influence of peer pressure. This enables students to develop responsibility and self-control through opportunities for participating in decision-making in a variety of ways. We promote confidence in self and respect for others by involving students with each other in structured and unstructured ways.
Respond sensitively to the widely fluctuating needs of individuals by giving personalized attention to each student’s needs, structuring learning environments to respect individual differences, and providing a variety of informal learning activities for students.
Differentiate learning to accommodate a variety of learning styles and needs.
Always, in making school decisions that affect students, the development of the whole child during this unique stage in life is our primary concern.
Middle School Graduation Speaker June 2019
It is our great honor to welcome Mr. Rob Palm, a long-time member of the ACS Athens community and past member of the school's Board of Trustees, as this year’s Middle School Graduation Speaker for the Class of 2019 — June 14, 2019, 9:30 am.
Founder and CEO, RxP International, LLC
Senior Vice President, Sylipsis Corporation
Rob is a Baltimore native and currently working and living with his family in Athens, Greece.
In 2018 he retired from the United States Navy at the rank of Captain. Following the completion of the Athens tour, Rob and his family decided to remain abroad and to help participate Greece's anticipated economic recovery. During his career, he served as a Flight Officer in F-14D Tomcats and is a pioneer of the Navy's Foreign Area Officer community, among the first selected for inclusion, in 2005.
In almost 30 years of service, he served in locations world-wide - Florida, California, Italy, Washington, D.C., Israel and Greece. Organizations included Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, Naval Forces Europe in Naples, Italy, the Italian Navy Fleet as Liaison in Rome, Navy International Programs, D.C., and the U.S. Embassies in Tel Aviv and Athens. He also taught at the collegiate level, instructing midshipmen in San Diego. His last assignment was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attachι in Athens, Greece, where he was instrumental in increasing cooperation with the United States to the highest level bilaterally since the Second World War. For his service he was recognized by the Hellenic Republic with the Star of Honor and Valor in June 2018. In January 2019, he and his wife Paola established RxP International, based in NYC. RxP provides strategic consulting in Maritime, Overseas Development and Public Relations.
For RxP's initial effort, Rob is the Senior Vice President for Business and Investment Development for the Sylipsis Corporation's largest and most ambitious project yet, the Athens Maritime Innovation Center (AMIC).
He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy ('89, Ocean Engineering), the University of San Diego (‘98, Master of International Business) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston (’12, Master of International Relations).
He is married to Paola Saglia of Pontremoli, Italy and they have one son, Joseph. Rob enjoys running, videography and occasionally entering the world of Fortnite, where he shall forever play at the noob level.
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|10:05 - 10:15||Announcements & Passing Time|
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|11:20 - 12:10||MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH|
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|13:15 - 13:25||Passing Time|
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|14:30 - 14:40||Passing Time|
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Half Day Schedule
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**Shared faculty will follow periods and teach academy class.