What a year it has been! Everywhere all over the world all the global citizens have experienced either severe weather conditions, environmental disaster, political unrest and now the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel blessed and lucky to be in Kuwait. The way in which we have met these challenges has given many of us the confidence and assurance that we are safe and by following good guidance we will get out of the virus situation stronger and ready to handle a similar situation should something else come up.
Amidst all of these world happenings, I feel grateful for the faculty, staff we work with and students that we serve. The UAS Community has really stepped up to make a challenging situation doable for our students. We are all learners, administrators, teachers, and students. We are all implementing and trying new ways to communicate, challenge our students and they are teaching us so much! When we have time to breathe and think about what just happened during the last couple of months, I think we will feel proud and satisfied that our success was due to having a strong collaborative culture of supporting one another. I am proud to be Superintendent of UAS.
We are still working on our accreditation process. While the NEASC/CIS visiting team will not be here in Kuwait for November, 2020, we do expect to re-schedule our visit for March 2021. We are still collecting evidence of our learning principles and will continue to do so for our final report which is due in Fall 2021.
This year we held a Parent Academy to inform parents of Measuring Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment Program. The feedback we received was a huge success. You can expect similar parent trainings and idea sharing in the 2020-21 school year. Thanks to all of the Administrators who made this happening a success.
We also held several community outreach events. Sarah Borisely organized our KG-12 book donation with the NBK Hospital that serves children with cancer. We also donated winter clothing and home items to families in collaboration with “Fareeq Insan”. Lastly, the KG staff worked with “TRASHTAG KUWAIT” to clean up one of the beaches. Giving back to the community teaches our students the importance of being “responsible, productive and ethical citizens”, which is clearly indicated in our mission.
As we wind down the school year. I am in hopes that you will have a holy Ramadan season with family and friends. I know that this year your celebrations may need to look different due to social distancing but I am sure you find other ways to be together. I wish you all well until we see you again in August 2021.
JoAn F. Canning, MA, C.A.S., Superintendent