Letter from the Director

on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear Parents, Faculty, Staff and Students,


Students have been busy since returning from the Winter Break. 
  • High School students took their semester one exams and are now well into their semester two classes
  • 11th grade students had a week in the work force as part of their Internship Program – read more below.
  • Kg students, 11th grade students, 6th grade students and one service learning group have planted and are tending a vegetable garden. Thanks to a small grant from the PTO last year they have a range of tools and equipment to use to help them do this.
  • 10th grade students visited ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Ard Tropics) as part of their math and human geography classes to put math into action.
  • 12th grade students researched and wrote a proposal about models of IT use at AISB, which some students presented to the last AISB Board meeting. The Board used the information presented to make their decision about the direction AISB will take with technology use in the future.
  • Middle School and High School students, along with some teachers and community members performed a British style panto called, “A Night for the Wolves”.
  • We had nearly 500 people attend the International Fair organized by the hard working volunteers from the PTO.
  • And of course regular classes have been taking place as well.
Read about some of these activities and more in articles in this month’s newsletter.



Changes in Technology At AISB
AISB is planning a major upgrade to technology resources for next school year. As well as adding IT hardware and software throughout the school, we will move to a model known as BYOD – “Bring Your Own Device”, for all students in grades 6-12. This is common amongst international schools as students these days use computers similarly to how many of us used pens and paper when we went to school. Please see more details in an article below from Matt Kelsey. More information on this step forward will be published soon.


A New Bus

I am also pleased to tell you that just before the Winter break, we took delivery of a brand new 22 seat bus. This has meant that we have been able to accommodate students who want to take advantage of our bus service to various parts of Bamako. If you would like your children to ride the bus, please contact Oumou Drame for details about this service.

Reminders

Many thanks to all of you who keep us well informed of changes in contact details and absences. For your child’s safety PLEASE remember to inform the office of:
  • Change of contact phone numbers or email addresses of either parent.
  • Travel plans that mean both parents will be out of Bamako – we need to know who is looking after your children.
  • Illness – if your child is unwell, please keep them at home so they do not infect others. Please email Oumou (odrame@aisbmali.org) and the child's teacher(s).
This Friday teachers have an in-service day. This means that faculty and staff work on planning and professional development while all students have a day off.  Monday is also a holiday for all students and faculty.

Happy reading,


Regards,

Caroline Jacoby
Director



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