Superintendent’s Message

August, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

I want to wish a warm and welcoming return to school to all staff and students for the 2019-20 school year. September is my favorite month of the year because it reminds me of fresh beginnings, new relationships and new opportunities to learn and grow as students and professionals in a learning community.

Over the summer I reflected on my first year here in Kuwait as your Superintendent and the areas in need of student learning and organizational growth. We have a new administrative team and in order to establish ourselves as a cohesive team we will be reviewing the Strategic Plan to ensure that our goals are still relevant and that they align with our mission and vision:

UAS Mission Statement

Universal American School is committed and dedicated to providing an excellent teaching and learning environment where students learn and understand what it means to be responsible, productive and ethical citizens. The school strives to create an educational climate where students acquire the essential and necessary knowledge, understandings and skills to reason critically, communicate effectively, learn continuously and think creatively when solving problems and making decisions.

The school’s mission is actively pursued within the contexts of an international student body and a caring, supportive and nurturing professional staff.

As students prepare to return to the Universal American School on Monday, September 2, 2019, please make sure you re-establish a habit of checking the school’s website and PlusPortal for important information from the school and Principals. Start getting into the routine that includes sufficient sleep and good nutrition. Contact the school with any questions or concerns and remember to encourage your student to have a great school year!


JoAn F. Canning, Superintendent