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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dear Parents, Friends and Colleagues,

Budgets are always a difficult and complex issue, but they are essential to the life, quality and success of our school. A good budget provides all of us—students, teachers, parents, administrators and other benefactors—the peace of mind that we are planning well, and that we have the resources and the framework to provide the quality education and inclusive, safe and stable environment we want our students to have. We are a learning community, and we need to make the investments necessary to ensure our learning is at the standard we all want and expect.

I am writing today to share with you the approved school fee increases for next year. The Board of Governors and the ICS Administration have approved the budget plan. I want to be as clear and transparent as possible on this, and welcome comments and feedback from parents, friends and colleagues as we move forward.

Due to continued upward pressure on costs, especially from the housing rental market, teacher salaries, and program costs, we are instituting a modest increase in tuition to defray these costs. We are also adding modest fees to partially cover the costs of some of the individualized Learning Support services ICS is proud to provide. We are doing this to ensure we will continue to have the resources to provide the quality education we all want for our students.

First, I have sought to describe the process used by the ICS Administration and the Board of Governors to determine annual budgets, tuition and other fees at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. Second, I have detailed the fee increases for the 2017–2018 school year (SY1718) below.

Budgeting Processes

ICS Addis is a not-for-profit institution. Almost 100% of our expenses are currently covered through tuition, registration, capital levies and other fees that organizations and families pay to send students to ICS. While we may seek to change this through more active fundraising in the future, this is our reality for now.

The Board of Governors approves our operating and capital budgets every year, which includes tuition, capital fees, and operational and capital expenditures. We have a two-year rolling budget plan, and a longer-term capital budget plan. Our budgets are conservative, based on limited growth and limited increases to salaries, benefits and programs. We always look for ways to hold costs steady or even to cut costs. This year, several positions are being trimmed from our programs, and other positions are being changed from overseas-hired teaching positions to local hire positions, which will reduce costs.

Any positive net result at the end of the year goes into our emergency or capital reserve funds for future contingencies and projects.

To assist in our decision-making processes, ICS benchmarks tuition, fees, faculty salaries, demographic data, and other useful indicators with comparable U.S. State Department-sponsored schools in Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Africa. The list includes the seven ISSEA schools, and other high quality international schools in Africa. We need to be competitive on the international stage, particularly in hiring and retaining good teachers, and in becoming a world class school per the Board of Governors’ vision.

Tuition and registration fees are the primary sources of funding and they cover all our annual operating costs. They pay for salaries, books and materials, student technology, small renovations and repairs, security and cleaning, and all our school programs.

Capital Levy fees are used only for building projects, major renovations, major equipment purchases, vehicles and any other large capital expenses. These fees are the main source of funds for our long-term infrastructure improvement plans and allow us to maintain our high-quality learning environment.

You can read more detail about our income and expenses in the Annual Reports that are provided online.

Tuition and Fees for SY1718

The Board of Governors has approved changes that reflect the needs and identity of the school, and will ensure we can maintain, and continue to improve on, the quality we have now. This year, the tuition increases are different for the high school as opposed to the early childhood, elementary or middle schools. These distinct parts of the school have different requirements, and we want to ensure our budgeting reflects that as fairly as possible.

You will also note several new fees for individualized Learning Support services. This is a distinct change, and an important one. ICS provides these services to many of our students, and is the only school in Ethiopia to do so. Few schools in Africa are able to provide them. The services ensure we can meet one of our main goals as a school—being inclusive and supporting children from many backgrounds, including some with learning disabilities. This is critical to the identity of our school, and we will not sacrifice it.

We have provided some of these services for about seven years now, and they have been covered by the general budget with small subsidies by some of the students in need of the most resources. However, our support programs are growing and we want to sustain quality and access to services. ICS recognizes that it has an obligation to provide these services, with the support of the entire community. But, we also recognize that some of the cost can and should be borne by the families that benefit directly from them. This is very much consistent with the way comparable schools around the world charge fees for similar services.

Changes for Tuition, Capital Levy and Registration Fees for 2017–2018

  • A 3% increase in tuition for early childhood, elementary and middle school.
  • A 5% increase in tuition for grades 9–12 (the high school).
  • There will no changes in the Capital Levy for new or returning students.
  • The application/registration fee will drop from $500 to $300. It will be non-refundable. Anyone who has already paid the $500 fee will have the extra money credited towards the tuition

Fees for Individual Learning Support Services

Fees for specific, individualized Learning Support services that are provided or required by ICS Addis will be instituted beginning in August 2017:

  • Speech Therapy services will be $1500 annually, billed by the semester.
  • Occupational Therapy services will be $1500 annually, billed by the semester.
  • Educational Psychological testing will be $500 if required by the school, or $2000 if requested by the family.
  • The current fee for Transition A students will rise from $4000 to $4500.
  • The current fee for Transition B students will remain unchanged.

These changes are consistent with our long-term financial planning. They will help us sustain program quality across the school. Our comparison international schools in Africa are making similar increments for tuition. With these increases, ICS will be closer to the median for fees, tuition and levies among our comparison schools.

Detailed information is included in the Tuition and Fee Schedule for the 2017–2018 school year. It is attached to this message and is also available online at www.icsaddis.edu.et/admissions/tuition-fees .

Questions?

The Head of School and Board of Governors will present the headlines of the SY1718 budget during the upcoming Association General Meeting (AGM) on 19 April 2017. If you have specific questions, you are invited to send them to feedback@icsaddis.edu.et before the meeting so that we can be better prepared to answer them. Thank you for your continued support to ICS.

James Laney Jr

Head of School

The Talking Head

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Updated Campus Access Policy

Please be sure to read our updated campus access policy this week. We realize that there are few other parks or play spaces for children or families in Addis Ababa, and we do like to accommodate the community’s needs. However, safety, supervision (by parents or other mindful guardians) and our own program’s priorities are critical.

Based on our policy, we will restrict family and student activities. During the school day or in our own supervised activities, school staff are responsible and know what our expectations are. The campus access policy reminds all of us of the care and consideration that are required at other times too, by students and parents alike. Thank you for your cooperation.

Budgeting and Fees at ICS Addis

The Board of Governors has approved our budget for the 2017–18 school year. I will be sending out a special letter to all parents tomorrow (Friday 10 March). The letter describes the processes used by the administration and the Board of Governors to determine annual budgets, tuition and other fees at ICS. School fees for next year will be included in my letter.

Re-enrollment for next school year will begin when we return from the March holiday break.

The Talking Head

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Our Community School License

ICS Addis is licensed as a community school by the Federal Ministry of Education. This means we are not required to offer the Ethiopian national curriculum. We are required to be a non-profit organization. Our license also restricts who can enroll in our school.

Our school license is renewed every two years. Required documentation includes information about our employees and the Ethiopian students that are enrolled. After we submit our documentation, Ministry of Education officials visit us to inspect our compliance with labor and other relevant regulations. On their most recent visit, the officials also encouraged the school administration to offer more scholarships and to provide more training workshops for local teachers.

I am pleased to inform everyone that our community school license has been renewed through 28 February 2019.

Donate Today!

Our 2017 Annual Fund started on 1 February and we are making great progress towards funding this year’s four priority projects. I’d like to give a special word of thanks to our Campaign Chair Cathy Xin Ma who helped launch the campaign and is actively involved in its success. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to the Annual Fund so far!

  • The Annual Fund has currently raised $10,993, which is 31.4% of our target
  • 100% of the Board and leadership team has pledged
  • 12.3% of the faculty have participated already
  • Many ICS families have contributed

The campaign continues until 31 March. High participation—whether you are giving $20 or $5,000—is a sign that our community supports and invests in their children’s education and in the mission and vision of ICS. Your participation matters. Every gift counts, every gift makes a difference and every gift brings us closer to our goal.

Last year, 50% of our Chinese families participated in the Annual Fund, and that helped us exceed our funding goal. To say thanks, I hosted a special BBQ for the Chinese community. Who will stand out this year?

To make your donation, please visit our webpage by clicking HERE. You can also make your donation directly at our Cashier’s Office. 

Donate Today!

 

 

The Talking Head

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reflecting on Classroom Cultures

Over the past few months I’ve been reading and reflecting about classroom cultures. I remember my own classrooms as a boy, with strict rules, rows of desks, silent students raising hands, teachers front and center delivering their knowledge to us. Perhaps your experiences as a student were similar. I learned well in that environment, and many of you did too. But, many students struggled in those kinds of classrooms, and some failed. “School isn’t for everyone,” some people would say.

We know a lot more about how the brain works now. Our classrooms and learning environments are much more purposefully focused on optimizing conditions so that all students can learn. So many students—boys in particular—can’t sit still for long periods. Girls start strong in school, but need more confidence builders as they grow older. Clear expectations, careful use of language, adult role models (for reading, problem solving, collaborating, etc.), classroom routines that provide a focus on engagement in learning even in busy, noisy spaces, and the interactions between learners and between learners and teachers are all critical conditions in our learning spaces now.

We don’t accept the notion any longer that “school isn’t for everyone.” At ICS we believe that if we’re purposeful and flexible, we can create environments, opportunities and structures that support ALL our learners.

ICS teachers think about all these things, and try to make them a reality in their planning and in the spaces they work in. We don’t always hit the mark for every child, but when I visit classrooms and watch teachers and students interact, I know that we’re getting there.

I know we’re making progress when I watch teachers collaborate and challenge their own practices to try to make purposeful, engaged learning happen in every room, for every child.

I love to watch young students running in the morning to their classrooms. I’m supposed to stop them, tell them that running on our walkways can cause an accident. But, I see the joy in their faces as they run to class. I know they’re excited about the day ahead, and that they’re going to be with caring teachers and TAs, in purposeful learning environments where all students can find success. School can be for everyone, if we want it to be.

Annual Fund Progress

Last year we launched our first Annual Fund campaign for two priority projects. 135 families and individuals contributed, and we built our Robotics lab and Makerspace, and brought in a literacy consultant to work with all elementary teachers and teaching assistants.

Building on that success, we launched our second Annual Fund a few weeks ago. This year our target is $35,000, which will support four priority projects:

  1. High Tech science equipment for the Middle and High School
  2. Sensory Center equipment for the Elementary School
  3. Flexible, portable staging equipment for student performances for all divisions, and
  4. Two large globes for our libraries.

The Annual Fund is supported by the ICS Board and leadership team as well as ICS teachers, teaching assistants and many parents in the community. So far we have raised $9,882, which is 28% of our target. Our thanks go out to the members of the ICS community who have participated already.

I encourage everyone to support the ICS Annual Fund. You can find donation forms at our main Reception or included with this newsletter. Your participation matters!

The Talking Head

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reflecting on Classroom Cultures

Over the past few months I’ve been reading and reflecting about classroom cultures. I remember my own classrooms as a boy, with strict rules, rows of desks, silent students raising hands, teachers front and center delivering their knowledge to us. Perhaps your experiences as a student were similar. I learned well in that environment, and many of you did too. But, many students struggled in those kinds of classrooms, and some failed. “School isn’t for everyone,” some people would say.

We know a lot more about how the brain works now. Our classrooms and learning environments are much more purposefully focused on optimizing conditions so that all students can learn. So many students—boys in particular—can’t sit still for long periods. Girls start strong in school, but need more confidence builders as they grow older. Clear expectations, careful use of language, adult role models (for reading, problem solving, collaborating, etc.), classroom routines that provide a focus on engagement in learning even in busy, noisy spaces, and the interactions between learners and between learners and teachers are all critical conditions in our learning spaces now.

We don’t accept the notion any longer that “school isn’t for everyone.” At ICS we believe that if we’re purposeful and flexible, we can create environments, opportunities and structures that support ALL our learners.

ICS teachers think about all these things, and try to make them a reality in their planning and in the spaces they work in. We don’t always hit the mark for every child, but when I visit classrooms and watch teachers and students interact, I know that we’re getting there.

I know we’re making progress when I watch teachers collaborate and challenge their own practices to try to make purposeful, engaged learning happen in every room, for every child.

I love to watch young students running in the morning to their classrooms. I’m supposed to stop them, tell them that running on our walkways can cause an accident. But, I see the joy in their faces as they run to class. I know they’re excited about the day ahead, and that they’re going to be with caring teachers and TAs, in purposeful learning environments where all students can find success. School can be for everyone, if we want it to be.

Annual Fund Progress

Last year we launched our first Annual Fund campaign for two priority projects. 135 families and individuals contributed, and we built our Robotics lab and Makerspace, and brought in a literacy consultant to work with all elementary teachers and teaching assistants.

Building on that success, we launched our second Annual Fund a few weeks ago. This year our target is $35,000, which will support four priority projects:

  1. High Tech science equipment for the Middle and High School
  2. Sensory Center equipment for the Elementary School
  3. Flexible, portable staging equipment for student performances for all divisions, and
  4. Two large globes for our libraries.

The Annual Fund is supported by the ICS Board and leadership team as well as ICS teachers, teaching assistants and many parents in the community. So far we have raised $9,882, which is 28% of our target. Our thanks go out to the members of the ICS community who have participated already.

I encourage everyone to support the ICS Annual Fund. You can find donation forms at our main Reception or included with this newsletter. Your participation matters!

The Talking Head

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Being Inclusive and Welcoming

Last weekend many of us at ICS were challenged to think about the new US president’s restrictions and limitations on refugees, immigrants and visitors from specific countries. His decree certainly seems to herald a troubling change to US policy and practice. We wonder where it may lead in the future.

I am writing this message to declare that ICS Addis remains an inclusive school community. We welcome children, families and employees of different spiritual beliefs, with differing ethnicities, cultures and orientations. We are proud to be educating children from more than 70 countries—including a few on the new president’s list. We affirm our belief that the best way to create a peaceful, ethical world is when people from many cultures are learning, playing and working together. We believe that international schools like ICS can be models for how the world should behave.

One heartening note in all this is the courageous response of millions of people in the USA and in other countries. Many people found their voice, or took action. Writing or calling US government representatives, standing at airports, providing free legal assistance, writing dissent letters, donating money for refugees or stranded travelers, and many other actions are important.

We can all think of examples in history when terrible things happened, and good people remained silent. “It won’t happen to me,” is an unacceptable response to discrimination.

The words, decisions and actions of a few people in power in the USA are not always indicative of the spirit of the American people. We want our children to learn to be courageous. Perhaps this is a time for the adults in the ICS community to model their courage. Don’t be afraid to ask your children about what is happening, or to let them know your own thoughts and feelings. Don’t be silent. And, I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions on this topic in the coming days and weeks.

Saying Goodbye

Nurse Renate Tejiwe began working at ICS Addis in June 1994. She helped us establish many good health services over the years, such as training students, teachers and other staff to be certified First Responders, or hiring nurses and doctors to accompany our WWW trips in Ethiopia.

Renate is retiring early, on 9 February 2017. I know that many people in our community will want to stop in and say “thank you” before she leaves us.

How’s the School Doing?

The 2015–2016 school year marked many important milestones for ICS Addis. We launched our first Annual Fund campaign and established an investment account for our Scholarship Endowment. The community collaborated on the Master Plan and the new Sports Pavilion is rising out of that process. Our reauthorization study for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in the high school was successful. We completed our self-study for the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in the elementary.

Our Annual Report for 2015–2016 is published now, and is being sent home to all families this week. It is a colorful testament to the hard work of our teachers and support staff, and to the accomplishments of our school programs. It includes many indicators of our school’s quality regarding learning, participation and finances. This year we are also sending home a healthy variety of brochures about some of our programs at ICS.

I hope you will enjoy reading and learning more about what ICS is doing. I also welcome feedback about other school indicators or reports that you feel may be valuable for us to consider in future annual reports. This Annual Report—and previous reports—are also available on our website’s Parent Downloads page.

Community Breakfasts!

On the last Thursday of every month, ICS teachers and support staff gather for a “Thankful Thursday” breakfast. Eating together is a great way to celebrate regularly and to say thanks to people who work hard behind the scenes to make ICS a safe, welcoming school.

On the first Wednesday of every month we also invite parents for a Community Breakfast. In January and February our Latin American and South African groups fed many parents (and a few administrators!) amazing cultural breakfasts. Wow! Who will outdo them in March or April? Administrators will be to say hello to parents and answer questions you may have.

Our next two Community Breakfasts are on 1 March and 5 April. Put them on your calendar now!

 

 

The Talking Head

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Welcome to the Second Semester

We welcomed 26 new students and their families to the ICS community in January. Our enrollment is steady at about 950 students. 34% of our students are new this year.

I hope you’ll join us at our “Welcome Back” social event (for parents and teachers only) tomorrow evening at 5 PM in the upper commons. There will be wine, soft drinks and snacks. Hundreds of paintings by local artists will be on display for purchase. Makush Gallery is a strong supporter of our scholarship program and makes a generous donation to our program with every painting purchased. I’ve sent a special invitation to our new families, and it will be a good chance to catch up with friends and meet new parents.

A BIG Shout Out…

Our maintenance teams completed a whopping 83 repair, cleaning or renovation projects during the Christmas holiday. The campus looked great when we returned too, in spite of all that had to be done. Thank you to Ato Tadesse Woudneh and all of his crews for their hard work, long hours and attention to safety and quality.

Building Project Updates

Our Sports Pavilion is growing larger, daily! It will be used for PE classes during the school day, after school for student sports, and on the weekends as well. We expect to be using the facility in the final quarter of the school year, for basketball, volleyball, tennis and other sports. We had delays at the start of this project with city approvals, but since the commencement permit was issued, we’ve moved forward on schedule.

The structure of the New Classroom Block is almost complete, and soon it will be joined to the existing middle/high school block. The interior work of plastering, wiring, plumbing, lighting, tiling, and framing doors and windows began in December. Site works for the new perimeter walls, the guard house, parking and roadways, and exterior patio spaces will start soon. We expect to be cutting a ribbon to open the facility in mid-May, and we’ll be ready to use it when the new school year begins, as planned.

Happy New Year to our Chinese Community!

“Sshin-nyen kwhy-ler!”

One of the changes I’ve been pleased to see in my years at ICS is the growth of our Chinese community. It wasn’t too many years ago that there were NO Chinese families in our school, and now they’re almost 3% of our student body. ICS is an international community, and we bring many languages and customs with us. Please join me in wishing our Chinese families Happy New Year this Sunday, and a prosperous Year of the Rooster!

“Gong-sshee faa-tseye!”

 

The Talking Head

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

‘Tis the Season to Reflect

The end of a season or a semester is always a good time to pause, to assess and to reflect. To think about next steps.

At ICS Addis we enjoy many performances at the end of the semester. Judging from the sizes of these concerts and shows, almost all ICS students were on stage at least once. And, judging from the sizes of the audiences, most of our parent community enjoyed them too. The band and choir ensembles, the elementary concerts (including one tonight), the Coffee House, the drama performances by middle and high school thespians have all been well attended and greatly enjoyed. The musicality, the enthusiasm, the choices of songs, the set ups, the quality of the sound production have all been top notch.

These performances really help us build community. I watched our grade 11 boys clap and cheer enthusiastically for a grade six girl singing karaoke-style at the Coffee House and I thought "Wow! We really ARE a community!" 

We have much to be thankful for in this community. Students are learning and growing, as measured by the standardized tests we use. They are taking chances and shining on stage. They are building team spirit and skill on our fields and courts. They are coding and making with creative, collaborative tools that we as parents never had the chance to learn with. They are serving others in the school or beyond the walls of the school, in ways too numerous to list, from early childhood to grade 12.

Enjoy your holiday break, and recharge your batteries for the New Year, the next semester. Travel safely, enjoy a much-needed break, and join us on 9 January (Monday) for the first day of school in the New Year!

Campus Access During the Holiday

We always take care of important maintenance during the holiday breaks. You will need your ICS ID card to enter the campus as usual. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.

The Talking Head

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Say THANK YOU…

“…to the great teachers who are never satisfied, always expecting more of themselves and more of their students.”

Ron Ritchhart, Creating Cultures of Thinking

ICS Addis MAP Scores Above Average

The average student scores at ICS Addis in mathematics and reading are above all comparison groups this year.

The worldwide scores for student proficiency on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Mathematics and Reading tests were released this week. We can compare our results with four groups: all schools that take MAP assessments, all international schools, all schools in Africa, and all schools in Africa that are supported by the US State Department.

At all but one grade (in reading), our students’ averages are above all these other groups. In many cases—in both mathematics and reading—our students’ averages are significantly above the comparison group averages.

These outstanding results are a tribute to the hard work of all of our teachers and teaching assistants! I hope that parents appreciate the attention that our teachers give to every student. Before you go on holiday, be sure to thank a few teachers who are “always expecting more of their students!”

Mathematics Proficiency

 

All Schools (2015)

ALL Int’l Schools

AISA Region Schools

AISA A/OS Supported Schools

ICS Addis

G2

176.9

179.20

183.47

183.41

184.2

G3

190.4

190.22

195.29

195.26

196.2

G4

201.9

201.50

207.27

207.60

210.6

G5

211.4

211.31

216.92

217.09

220.9

G6

217.6

218.04

222.86

223.07

223.3

G7

222.6

225.63

228.48

228.72

229.6

G8

226.3

233.13

235.37

235.45

238.6

G9

230.3

238.37

240.24

240.40

245.2

G10

230.1

242.71

244.69

244.69

252.3

Reading Proficiency

 

All Schools (2015)

All Int’l Schools

AISA Region Schools

AISA A/OS Supported Schools

ICS Addis

G2

174.7

173.33

182.44

182.20

183.9

G3

188.3

184.96

192.71

192.89

196.2

G4

198.2

194.82

204.08

204.69

206.1

G5

205.7

202.50

210.65

210.78

214.5

G6

211.0

208.84

215.94

216.16

216.0

G7

214.4

214.12

220.52

220.85

222.6

G8

217.2

219.36

225.49

225.70

226.1

G9

220.2

221.75

227.61

227.93

232.7

G10

220.4

223.98

231.33

231.33

236.3

Need More MAP Information?

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are given two times per year to ICS students in grades 2–10. In September, we measure students’ proficiency, compared to their grade-level peers around the world. This answers an important question that parents always want to know, “Is my child at the expected level?” Parents who want their child’s proficiency information in September can call or write one of our school offices, and request the report.

In May we give the MAP tests to the same students. Again, we can compare them to their grade level peers around the world. In May, we can also assess and compare their growth for the school year. This answers a second important question that parents always ask, “Is my child learning at the expected rate?” At the end of May 2017 we will provide MAP reports to all parents because that document shows parents the answers to both questions.

In the meantime, you are welcome to ask at a school office or meet someone from our Office of Teaching and Learning to learn more about MAP assessments and your child’s results.

 

The Talking Head

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Giving Thanks…

Last week was the US holiday of Thanksgiving, and we at ICS Addis certainly have a lot to be thankful for. On Thursday, while ICS students and families enjoyed a long weekend, our professional staff kept very busy with curriculum work and other tasks that require time together to complete.

For lunch, to honor the spirit of Thanksgiving, the leadership team and I said thank you to our teachers and teaching assistants with a BBQ. In the USA, we make jokes about the choice between “going to college or learning to flip burgers.” On Thursday it was a privilege to be able to tell so many thanks for all their hard work in the first four months of the school year, and flip a burger onto their plate.

It doesn’t take much time to say “thank you” to a teacher or a staff member. Our program at ICS Addis has grown in quality and size every year, and it’s because our staff members across the organization are committed to helping us become a great school. Tell someone at ICS thanks for their hard work on behalf of our students. Those simple words of appreciation encourage all of us to keep the standard high, and to keep working to make ICS Addis a better and better place to learn and grow.

Here are some of things our ICS teachers and assistants have done in the past four months:

  • Welcomed 299 new students and 23 new teachers
  • Assessed students and developed differentiated plans
  • Collaborated to ensure that all students are learning and growing
  • Ensured a strong focus on inquiry and our learner profile in student learning
  • Completed the first progress reports and report cards in PowerSchool
  • Conferenced with parents and students
  • Took 56 students to French language, Model UN, volleyball and track & field teams to conferences and tournaments in France, Uganda and South Africa
  • Offered 80+ student activities and coached 25 sports teams after school
  • Hosted a Model UN Conference involving 200+students from local schools
  • Directed plays, concerts and other student performances

Our support staff has:

  • Supervised renovations and projects in classrooms and across our campus
  • Coordinated with our contractor for major building projects such as the Community Commons, the New Classroom Block or the Sports Pavilion
  • Directed more traffic and cars on a daily basis
  • Maintained more classrooms and more offices for more students and more teachers
  • Provided quick, competent and friendly maintenance to many teachers in their homes
  • Set up dozens of assemblies, meetings and other events each week for students and teachers, with tents, tables, chairs, PA and projector systems, and much more

That’s a lot of activity!

Thank you!

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