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Principal’s Message

es-principal-mr-mark-charlesAugust 28, 2016

Dear Parents,

I am excited to be the new Elementary Principal at the Universal American School – Kuwait!

This is my 3rd year at UAS having spent the last 2 years in the role of elementary vice principal. The 2016-2017 school year marks my 20th year in the field of education and my 12th year as an administrator. In Oklahoma, I taught all subjects to students in grades 3, 4 and 5, as well as science to students in grades 6 and 8. In Texas, I served as an elementary and middle school assistant principal, district supervisor for elementary science curriculum, and elementary principal. I hold a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Central State University, also in Oklahoma.

In the Elementary at UAS, we focus on helping our students to take ownership of their learning. As independent, self-motivated learners they will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in a global academic setting. Kindness and humility are taught and expected from every member of the UAS community. Our professional educators take great joy from seeing their students achieve success.

We are asking you to help us in this endeavor by being a supportive parent that provides healthy food, plenty of rest and a quiet place for your child to do their homework. Please check your child’s student planner nightly and sign it. Read at least twenty minutes a day with your child. It will help to improve their English language. These two quick steps will help your child immensely throughout this year and the rest of their lives.

Parents, please remember that we are continuing to use EDLINE to post weekly letters and classroom information. If you do not have your code or forgot your password, please see the Academic Software Coordinators on the 3rd floor.

I would like to remind you that parents are responsible for children before 7:00 a.m. when the gates open and students enter the playground. Students need to be in the morning line each day by 7:20 a.m. as our instructional day begins at 7:30 a.m. Students who are not inside their classroom by 7:40 a.m. will be considered tardy and will need to report the elementary office. Grade one students are dismissed at 2:20 p.m. and Grades 2 to 4 students are dismissed at 2:25 p.m. to the front of the building in their class line.

Thank you for your patience as we organize the dismissal area at the end of the day. The dismissal will improve each day with your further cooperation. We kindly ask that parents, nannies and drivers stay behind the blue gated fence at the dismissal time. (Please note: There is an air conditioned waiting area at the front of the school (blue diwaniya).

We have much to celebrate as this is our 40th year of excellence in education at UAS. A warm welcome to our new UAS students and welcome back to those returning for another great year!

Mark Charles

Elementary Principal

Universal American School – Kuwait

 Vice Principal’s Message


Welcoes-vice-principal-ms-april-weemsme to the 2016/2017 academic year! I am pleased to serve as the Vice Principal of the Universal American Elementary School. As many of you know, I started as a teacher here at the Middle School level. This position allows me to assist in the transition of our fourth grade students moving up to fifth grade. I have earned my Masters degree in Educational Leadership at Regent University and my Bachelors degree with a major in Elementary Education from Baker College. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan and lived in Woodbridge, Virginia for some time before relocating to Kuwait. I am a proud mom of two beautiful daughters ages 19 and 24.

I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our students are successful, nurtured, and supported.

April Weems

Elementary Vice Principal