From the Director

AISB enjoys a strong reputation in the international school world for the strength of its community.  This is one of the main features that drew me to come here and it was also one of the features that drew particular praise from the MSA Accreditation Team when they visited the school last October.  In his closing remarks, Jean-Luc Aupoix, the Team chair, commended the students, parents, Board, faculty and staff of AISB “for the degree of cooperation and cohesiveness you display day after day for the benefit of the students’ learning and everyone’s well being.

Teachers cherish this kind of collaboration and cohesion in and of itself and also because the research shows that student learning increases with constructive parent involvement. As members of an independent, parent-governed school each AISB parent enjoys the special opportunity to become involved in the governance of the school as one of seven voting members of the school’s Board of Trustees. The Board’s remit is governance rather than operations and consists of:

  • Reviewing, revising and approving the long term strategic plans and goals for school growth and improvement
  • Reviewing, revising and approving school policies
  • Approving and monitoring school budgets
  • Hiring and evaluating the Director
  • Monitoring school performance and student achievement
  • Actively listening and responding to constituents

A strong track record
During my tenure at AISB I have had the great privilege and good fortune of working with Boards that have governed with vision and dedication. The Board’s work was also  highlighted by Jean-Luc during his oral report. Celebrating the Board’s successes in the strategic and fiduciary realms, he wrote that “the school’s strategic plan has integrated a clever and coherent facilities plan that meets most of your current and future needs.” He also noted that “The school finances are very well looked after and all necessary tools are in place to ensure best practice and management. Money is serving the purposes of school and students’ learning. It is very reassuring  to see that all measures have been taken to secure the school’s operations, and factor in uncertainties connected to the volatility of the local environment, and yet  there is room to plan for growth, expansion and development.

Interested in nominating yourself for the Board of Trustees?

On May 7th we will host the AISB Annual General Meeting and Board Elections, in the school library. I have already sent out a call for nominations by email, and if you interested in helping build an even stronger school please do submit your nomination. If you have further questions about what the job entails, feel free to speak with any of the current trustees or me. The working language of the Board is English.

See you at school,
Brad


 IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

April 15: Fourth round of After School Activities begin (running until May 24)  
April 15: Second round of MAP testing begins (running until May 3)
April 18: Arts Career Day
April 19: Quarter 3 reports go home
April 22: Easter Monday - no school
April 27: Comic Book Day
April 30: International Jazz Day concert at AISB
May 1: May Day - no school
May 7: AGM and Board Elections
May 10: Student-Led Conferences (K-8) and Parent-Teacher Conferences (PreK, HS)
May 17: Science Fair
May 24:  Africa Day Concert
June 13: Graduation Ceremony
June 14: Last day of school

Welcome Nurse Djouma and Ms. Nene! 

nurse djoumanurse djoumaPlease welcome Djouma Drame, who joins us in the AISB Nurse's Office. Nurse Djouma is a French-trained and state-certified nurse with 7 years experience in France, and has lived here in Mali for 6 years. Nurse Djouma has held positions in nursery, elementary and college level schools, and has a particular interest in prevention and health education. Drop by Nurse Djouma’s office or catch her in the hall to say hi, and to welcome her to the school.

We said a sad farewell to Nurse Figne, who will continue her good work in Denmark, working with children undergoing bone marrow transplants. We are sorry to lose her, but happy for those children, who need her very much.

We are also very pleased to welcome AISB’s new Junior Accountant, Miss Nene Sy. 

We are very glad to have her with us! 

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