Various school news
MSA Accreditation Report
Dear AISZ Community,
I am absolutely delighted to inform you that we received notification of our accreditation status last night. We have undertaken a mid-term self study since January. Like an audit, these accreditation processes examine, validate and offer suggestions for improvements which allow our school to improve. Many of our community have been involved in accreditation committees during this time and I thank you for your efforts and contributions to this process.
We received the news that our mid-term monitoring report was accepted and we are now accredited to 2021 with no further visit required until then. Specific reference was made to our Community Dream Summit and the work we have implemented since then.
As we build towards our next strategic plan, I would like you all to take pause, reflect upon our work together, and celebrate. We will fortify ourselves for the next steps on this continuing journey of school improvement as we build our next strategic plan, but right now please reflect on our work and feel proud.
Thank you so much to Ms. Danijela Peric for her significant leadership role through the self study and for Dr. Lavina's support work during the process.
The result is a credit to our whole community.
With sincere thanks
News From The Library - May 2017
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
As the school year draws to a close, please be aware that Friday, May 26, will be the last day for checking books out and that all library books need to be returned by Friday, June 2nd. Summer check out will start on Monday, June 5th. Please read below for details.
SUMMER READING FUN!!!
Studies show that children and teens who read during the summer are better prepared for school in the fall. Also, reading for fun results in significant gains in vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
The library is again offering returning AISZ students the opportunity to borrow library books over the summer holiday starting June 5th. Please take care of books and remember to return them on the first day of school.
Elementary students will need parental permission (Summer Reading Form). Middle School and High School students are welcome to check out summer books without parental permission. In addition, go to our library website to view web pages full of ideas for good books as well as book-related activities. With individual logins, student can also read all our ebooks through Destiny Discover via our Destiny Quest/Library catalog. Click here for more details and about the Follett Quest app you can download to read ebooks and search our catalog.
The library is also organizing a summer reading program called Summer Reading Fun. The purpose of this activity is to encourage recreational reading over the summer. Students will keep a reading log ( AISZ Summer Reading Fun Log) in which they will write down the titles of the books they’ve read. Students that read fifteen or more books during summer will be invited to an ice-cream party in September! This is open to all students. Young students can do this activity with their parents. Books do not have to be in English.
POSTCARDS TO LIBRARY
We always want to hear about your reading adventures so we ask you to send postcards to the library all summer long. Send a postcard to the library from where you are, with info about what you have been reading. And when school starts, all the postcards will be displayed in the library with cool summer readings.
Address it to:
The American Int'l School of Zagreb
Mrs. Grubac - Library
Have a safe and relaxing summer, and do encourage your children to read!
Pre K- Grade 12 Librarian
16th Annual Spring Dance & Silent Auction
The AISZ PTA held our 16th Annual Spring Dance & Silent Auction this past Saturday, March 25th. Joined by over 140 guests, we had a wonderful evening of socializing, bidding, talking, eating, toasting, and dancing and are pleased to announce that we achieved our twin goals of building community spirit and raising funds for local and international charities, student service learning, and PTA activities. While we wait to announce the final tally as we finish collecting the winning bids and auction off a few more donations, we just want to let people know how appreciative we are for all the work that went in on the part of the volunteers and all of the enthusiasm and generosity on the part of the attendees.
We would also like to again thank all of our Premium Sponsors & Sponsors, including Tamara and Richard Bryce and Yan Qin Li. We are grateful to the continued support of all of our donors and sponsors who make the Annual Spring Dance such an enjoyable experience! Without your support our event would not be possible.
Arts Week - Student Feedback
Arts Week - Student Feedback:
I'd like to share the feedback students gave us as a result of arts week.
We decided to take a risk when we designed this because we really didn't know how the students would engage or respond to a whole week dedicated to the Arts.
Our goal was to host a student centred Arts Festival reaching out to the artistic talents of Zagreb and connect our students with and local and international artists who could facilitate an entire week of maximum participation in the creative elements of the arts.
The attached student evaluations are enlightening. We are so pleased the students learned so much, had new experiences and enjoyed being immersed in the arts. As one student says, "....they are just as important as English, Math and Science".
Thank you to our fabulous Arts Week Committee of teachers who took the risk and made this dream possible.
Dear AISZ Community; Students, Parents and Staff
The first AISZ Community Dream Summit was held on over last weekend. Using Appreciative Inquiry as a protocol, a broad cross-section of students, parents, teachers and academic leadership discovered what gives AISZ its life force when it is working at its best; we dreamed of an "American International School of Zagreb of the Future" using not just out of the box thinking, but thinking without any boxes at all! The question for us was, If we freed ourselves and our minds, what could we perceive our school to be?
We then used these ideas to shape preliminary visions statements inspired us and what landmark headlines could be written about us 10 years from now if we truly lived our dreams and made them real.
These artifacts are displayed in the stairway of our school representing the core or "central nervous system" of our school because nearly everyone passes by these at some during the day.
All adults at the summit articulated in some way or other, their admiration of our student representatives, regardless of the grade they were in. These young ambassadors for our school spoke with passion and clarity of mind; dedication for a broader purpose to help others and pursue high standards, wellness and a balance to life.
When the students spoke, everyone listened.
Over the next few days, more information will be posted around our school, on our website and we will have follow up task-forces focused upon distilling these ideas into a working strategic plan.
Please stay tuned for updates and visit our website to follow our progress.
A huge debt of gratitude is extended Dr Fran Prolman for facilitating our learning and to the following summit participants who freely gave most of their weekend to help the development of our school.
I cannot thank you enough.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
On Thursday, March 9th, we had 6 teams from Grades 3-5 competing in our annual Battle of the Books competition.The students have worked hard in order to be ready for the competition; each team of students read the 10 books from the given list, as well as composed and submitted questions to Mrs. Grubac for the competition.
The teams were:
1. The Book Lovers (Lara Pichler, Luka Nisandzic, Anja Sprljan Marija, Jack Rowe)
2. The Reading Strawberries (Bundy Milusheva, Eunchae Lee, Mia Schwoebel, Vedha Nagpal)
3. The Four Bookateers (Roman Rousek, Bruno Lovric, Oliver Jonathan Horvath, Elias Haber )
4. Red Falcons (Ivan Mezhibovskiy, Andrea Zanetto, Nadija Mezhibovskaya, Hayun Che)
5. The Cotton Candy’s (Luna Maravic, Holly Armstrong, Ema Sprljan, Nelly Tewes)
6. Reading Monsters (Marko Boc, Rihaal Zaidi, Tomas Carderas, Siena Gancev)
*Names in bold are team captains.
Each team played in the double elimination style tournament and Red Falcons and Book Lovers played in the finals. Congratulations to all of our participants and to our winning team - Red Falcons (Ivan Mezhibovskiy, Andrea Zanetto, Nadija Mezhibovskaya, Hayun Che).
Catering - Request for Proposal
The American International School of Zagreb (AISZ) is seeking proposal for food service management, including the preparation and service of lunches and such other items of food and beverage as shall be required by AISZ for the students, teachers, support staff and other community members.
4th Annual Spelling Bee
The 4th Annual Spelling Bee Competition began in the classrooms during the week of December 7th. The top 3 finalists in each grade level competed in the finals on Thursday January 19th. Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this event and congratulations to this year’s winners.
AISZ Directors Update
Dear Parents and friends of AISZ,
The year has begun with an incredibly busy start. We have a great deal going on in our busy school, so I would like to share some of the initiatives that are currently in place.
High School Reports
These went out recently and I urge you to contact the teacher as your first and most informative point of information if you have any questions related to these. They are always willing to schedule an appointment with you.
2017-2018 Academic Calendar
The 2017-2018 Academic Calendar was approved by the AISZ Board of Directors last week. There is a significant change (hopefully positive) in the format for the upcoming year. I have listened to concerns of parents and students as well as endeavoring to be consistent with other CEESA regional schools. This year we are the same, or within one week difference, of most of our sister schools in the region. I know for some local and European families it seems like an early start back to school compared to their own national schools, but the international school calendar is different and largely dictated to by the dates of our external IBDP exams which are much earlier than local schools and commence in May. Most International Schools in the Northern Hemisphere have similar start dates in early to mid August as a result.
There is extremely positive progress in the construction process of our new school, and so there is a week in June after the students leave that we will use with the faculty as a moving week. We will not know until later in 2017/18 if we will meet the deadline for construction, and therefore the August 2018 New Campus opening date (see below).
Farewell & New Faculty:
Mrs. Sarah Cosic G2, has started her maternity leave and we all wish her and her family well. Ms. Christi Lawrence is our replacement for Grade 2 and has settled in very well. Christi holds two Masters of Education degrees and will be with us until June after which she will commence her Doctorate in the UK.
Last week Mrs. Deana Supih-Kvaternik, let me know that she was leaving AISZ to focus on other things. Please join with me in thanking Deana for her work throughout about 26 years of dedicated service to AISZ. Deana has helped our school develop tremendously over these years.
She has been Athletic Director and an Executive member within CEESA for a number of years and her work has promoted both athletics and professional development in curriculum areas and conferences as well. She has been part of our Safeguarding Team and an important part of the initial development of Outdoor Education. Under Deana, the students have had an ever increasing access to After School Activities which have augmented so much the students' lives at school. Undoubtedly we will see Deana regularly still around school as a parent for years to come yet.
Dr. Lavina will be covering Deana's Grade 9 and 10 classes until we find recruit a PE teacher replacement. Dr. Lavina will keep G9 & 10 parents informed about this.
Please join with me once again in thanking and celebrating Deana's contribution to AISZ.
After School & CEESA Activities
Until further notice the Business Office will coordinate After School Activities. All other CEESA business will be channeled through the Principals' Office. Dr. Lavina is acting as the logistical support person for the upcoming Knowledge Bowl and she is coordinating, with support of the business office, all transport, housing and the other logistical requirements for the upcoming Knowledge Bowl event.
New Building, Sredisce Zagreb.
Just before Christmas, we received the wonderful news that we had received the Location Permit for our new school campus at Bundek Park, Sredisce which is about 20 minutes from our present campus. Mr. Doug Jones (our Board Chair) myself and our planning team meet regularly with the City, our architects and project manager to ensure we have the process and procedures rolling along smoothly. The next stage is the handing over of the land from the City to the Federal Government and at the same time we are working on the detailed plans for our Building Permit. We are hoping to lease the land on which the school will be built for a renewable 99 year lease.
Please stay up-to-date with the process on our website.
As we prepare to move into our new school building we want to take time to reflect on the amazing and positive 50 year history of AISZ. In order to recognize the best of AISZ and build a firm clear commitment into the future we will be holding a Community Summit to identify the best of AISZ, realize what our dreams could be into the future and then design the strategies and processes to get there. For this we need to utilize the enormous power of our community. Please keep up to date with our process here