Welcome Back to AIS! 2017-18

Good Afternoon AIS Parents and Students,

First, I want to say Welcome Back to ALL of our Parents and Students!  I trust that your families are well, and that you had a safe and restful summer break.

We are just one week away from the start of classes.  We have been busy these past few weeks preparing for our new and returning students.  There have been many positive and exciting facilities changes that I am sure you will notice immediately on your return.  New staff have been here two weeks getting accustomed to the AIS expectations and curriculum, as well as becoming familiar with Kuwait.

To keep you updated High school students will be receiving their timetables on Tuesday, 5 September. We have been refining classes and taking care of any conflicts this week. Final schedules will be sent via email.

I would like to tell you of the exceptional results achieved by our Seniors on IB world exams.  We had very good results achieving above World IB School averages on most measures.  I will share more information and results as we begin our year.   As well, locally, we were voted the Best International School in Kuwait by MEA Kuwait Enterprise Awards! (please visit http://www.meamarkets.com/ where you can view our winners supplement and the full winners list)

I also want to inform you of a couple of very important changes to school procedures this year.  First is our Cell Phone use policy.

  1. On April 19, 2017, The Ministry of Education, Public Administration for Private Education, recommended a ban on students bringing their mobile phones to school.  While we understand that students will still have their cell phone with them for communication and safety reasons, we intend to honor the expectations of the Ministry recommendation.

As a result, cell phone and technology use will be by invitation only at AIS.  

    1. Students are ONLY invited to use cell phones in the canteen during lunch.  At all other times students must have phones put away in bags or backpacks when they enter the school.  Cell phones are not to visible while at school.
    2. Cell phone use when not invited, or outside of the canteen area during lunch, will result in confiscation of the phone. Phones will only be returned at the end of the day.
    3. Students, at the invitation of their teacher, may be invited to use technology or phones in classrooms, only if it enhances the learning occurring in class.
    4. Cell phones may not be used as an internet hotspot.

2. Second is a small change to the uniform policy.  We have returned to only allowing the school uniforms (Sports or teams sweaters and shirts are not permitted).  Students must adhere to school dress policy on all regular school days.

  1. Students will be required to wear appropriate school clothing.  This includes bottoms and tops (polos, blouses, vests, zip jackets and hoodie pullovers).
  2. An AIS collared shirt must be worn under jackets and sweaters.
  3. Proper footwear is required at school
  4. Clothing should be loose fitting and comfortable.  Jeans are not permitted.

We look forward to next week!

The first day of classes will be Wednesday September 6th, following EID Al Adha.

The high school recognizes the vital role parents play in the development and education of their children and in the success of the school generally. We look forward to working with you throughout this year. We continue to make communication a priority and we hope that all parents will stay in contact throughout the year by visiting and signing up for our ‘Final Four’ blog -https://aisfinalfour.wordpress.com/ . Together we can make a difference!

Please drop by our school uniform store prior to the first day of school if you have any uniform needs.

Steve Thompson                                                   Mike McMillan

Principal                                                               Assistant Principal

Steven.Thompson@ais-kuwait.org           Mike.Mcmillan@ais-kuwait.org

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Ramadan Information

Dear Parents:

 

Ramadan is fast approaching.  As you know we will be on a modified summative schedule.

 

Length of the Day

  • Gates open in the morning at 8:45 a.m. and supervision starts at 9:05 a.m.

 

  • Students must be here at least 20 minutes before exams are scheduled to start, however, study areas will be available should they wish to come early to prepare for the exam.

 

  • Students are dismissed when exams end at 12:30 p.m. and should be picked up no later than 12:45 p.m.

 

  • Students will be writing class summatives that will finish at 12:30 p.m.    However, since students are able to leave the summative writing after one hour, some students may be done as early as 11:30 a.m.

 

  • If High School students need to wait for siblings so that they can be transported home together, supervised areas will be available for students to study until 12:30 p.m.  No High School students will be permitted to pick up Elementary siblings early.

 

Facilities

  • The school canteens will NOT be open during Ramadan

 

  • Celebrations, Year End Parties will not be taking place at AIS during Ramadan

 

  • If a student is not observing Ramadan and wishes to have food or water, they must bring it with them.  Please keep all food and water in student bags.  If a student wishes to consume food or water they must come to the office where they will be directed to a designated area.

 

Starting Sunday, May 28 teachers will be collecting student IDs.  Security will ensure all students will still be able to enter the campus without their ID. All students must hand in their ID by Thursday,  June 1.  Parents will receive an email after this date if their child has not handed in their ID.  At this time parents will have two options.

1)  send the ID with their child, or

2) submit 5 KD to the Business Office for a new ID.

 

New IDs will be made over the summer and ready for students on their first day back.  Please note: Report Cards will not be released until the student ID is handed in or the KD5 is paid.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

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World Exam Arrival Times

Dear DP Students and Parents,

The first exams of the May 2017 World Examination Session is on Friday, April 28, 2017. As per IB regulations, late students will not be admitted into the examination room. It is important that you are ready to start the exam on time. Please see the attached schedule for the entire examination session.

Arrive by 7:15AM for morning exams and 11:45AM for the afternoon exams the latest. Please ensure that you bring your AIS student ID card with you in order to be allowed into the building.

On behalf of all of us here at AIS, I wish you a successful May 2017 World Examination session.
Kind Regards,
Mrs. Murray

DP WORLD EXAM SCHEDULE MAY 2017

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MYP Final Exam

Dear parents,

Attached is the summative schedule for the upcoming year end summative.

These are not comprehensive exams, but instead will build on learnings from a global context.

Teachers will providing students with information to allow them to prepare as we approach the year end summative dates.

If there are any concerns or conflicts, please notify Mr. Butler.

Regards,

Mr. Thompson

MYP EXAM SCHEDULE 2016-2017

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Grade 11 and 12 Exam Schedule

Dear Parents,

Attached is the exam schedule for the upcoming exam period.  This is provided well in advance to allow students to study and prepare over the break.

Further instructions regarding expectations for students will be provided as the exam dates approach.

If there are any concerns or conflicts, please notify Mr. Butler.

Regards,

Mr. Thompson

Grade 11 exam schedule 2016-2017

Seniors Final Exam Schedule May 2016-2017

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AIS DP Final Exams April 2017

Dear DP 2 and ITGS Students and Parents,

Please see the following information about the AIS DP Final Examinations.

AIS Final Exams for Diploma Programme Students:

  • AIS Final exams for students taking Grade 12 Diploma Programme and ITGS courses occur prior to World Exams from April 17-20. See attached schedule. DP AIS Final Exams Schedule April 2017
  • Non-Diploma programme courses will have their exams during May as usual.
  • Arrive by 7:30 AM the latest and wear your UNIFORM.
  • All exams will be in the Exam Room to prepare you for the exact conditions you will have for the world exams. English Exams will be written in the Elementary GYM.
  • All students not enrolled in the full Diploma Programme will be expected to return to classes immediately upon completion of their exams.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Regards,

Mrs. Murray

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DP Core Parent Pride Meeting Invitation

Dear Parents,

Do you want to know more about the Diploma Programme?

On Monday March 20th at 5:00 pm the High School will be hosting a Parent Pride meeting in the library.  We will be focusing on the Core of the Diploma Programme (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity and Service).  We encourage grade 9/10 parents to attend to assist in making informed educational decisions for their children.  For parents with students currently in their first year of the Diploma Programme this meeting is strongly recommended.  Looking forward to a great turnout.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Murray

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