High School Principal’s Message
Dear Students and Parents,
It is hard to believe that this letter to you is a farewell. Yes… we are ending school year a bit early but we have been very busy with your sons and daughters, educating them in the UAS tradition. eLearning has provided us with a highly effective way to continue to educate the whole child in the most comprehensive way possible. We went from attending school in our building to eLearning almost overnight. I am so happy that we could provide that uninterrupted educational time for you and for your student.
Thank you for assisting us in encouraging, monitoring, and celebrating your student’s achievements throughout this very challenging time. We know that it is not easy following the mandatory curfew and social distancing guidelines. The students have been wonderful following those safety guidelines but also in working with us to make sure that eLearning has been the success it is.
It is with sadness that I say farewell to the students and parent’s as this school year comes to a close. I have been blessed to be with your kids in this school and to share their triumphs, achievements, and yes the occasional fall. I cannot tell you what an amazing experience this has been for me interacting every day with these funny, kind, and genuinely hardworking students.
I say a particular fare well to our senior class as none of us gets to close that chapter in a way that we want with a formal graduation ceremony. But I have no doubt that this class will be very successful navigating their futures perhaps more so than other graduating classes. They have endured heartache with what couldn’t be but are looking forward to what is.
Thank you again for making this school year the great success it is.
High School Principal
Universal American School, Kuwait
High School Vice Principal’s Message
No one could have predicted the circumstances under which we would be finishing out this school year. Just two months ago, we could not have even imagined what the state of the world would be like with the Covid-19 outbreak and the effects it would have on education everywhere, not to mention the many, many other facets of society. We are living through a time that is historic and will be discussed and studied on multiple fronts for years and years to come.
With that, I’m proud of how you have responded to our E-Learning program and the way you have stepped up to meet this new and ever-changing challenge. Please keep in mind that teachers, administrators, counselors, IT teams and more, had to put together a plan that helped move learning forward on extremely short notice. Our work and your work changed on a dime. As such, the plan evolved and expanded as we found out more information about extending school shutdowns, as we strove to align our practices with government expectations, and as we listened to parent and student feedback. In the process, teachers have become more skilled at creating screencasts, videos, online discussions, and at using other online teaching resources to enhance lessons. Students have had to manage their time in completely different ways and have had to engage with learning in a format that is one hundred percent online. We have maintained our usual high standards, but have also given ample opportunity for students to turn in missing work and to better understand concepts through follow-up explanations. With my own son in high school, I have had a unique view because I could see things working from both ends, the teachers’ perspective and the students’ perspective. Without a doubt, it was a hard adjustment for both sides, but our high student participation rates in E-Learning is a testament to everyone’s perserverance and commitment in this trying situation. Though messy at times, through it all, students and teachers have developed new and creative ways to instruct and learn. Again, I’m proud of how we responded to this unprecedented crisis.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy this summer. For the graduating seniors, I truly wish you all the best as you embark on a new and thrilling phase of your life. You are not alone in what you had to sacrifice this year, but I know these experiences will shape and prepare you in unforgettable ways. Inshallah we will see our returning students in September for our 2020-2021 school year, with new skills acquired and a completely new perspective.
Please stay connected to our social media outlets and webpage for updates regarding school openings as decided by the Ministry.
Thank you and please take care,
High School Vice Principal
Universal American School, Kuwait