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    President's Report

    President’s Report

    September 2018

     

    Enrollment 2018 – 2019

    Current total enrollment: 339 (ended last year with 333)

    Core Values

    I am delighted to present Pinewood’s new core values as the enduring attributes that we use to drive our decisions and actions. They aim to provide a valued school climate that cultivates a love of learning for students at all levels (PK-12).

     

    We look forward to articulating how they will be embedded, visible, actionable, and fostered in the life of our school in the coming year and will call on you to provide feedback at various points on how we are doing.


     

    Goals and Objectives 2018-19

    At the beginning of each academic year, the President and the Administrative Team will propose Goals and Objectives to the Board. The Board shall consider the proposals and set forth a statement of purpose and direction including their identified Goals and Objectives in order to ensure the continual enhancement of the educational environment. See the Pinewood Strategic Initiatives for information on the status of key initiatives in the following goal areas:

    GOAL 1: Foster a Culture of Excellence in PK12 Teaching & Learning

    GOAL 2: Position our Faculty & Staff as Education Thought Leaders

    GOAL 3: Build Community and Partnerships

    GOAL 4: Ensure a Financially Sustainable Future

    GOAL 5: Design an Authentic Vision for Facilities and Size

     

    New Faculty and Staff

    A warm welcome to the newest members of our Pinewood ‘family’. We are delighted to welcome each new faculty and staff member to our community. Click on the following link for short profiles of each NEW faculty/staff member. ALL faculty profiles are viewable on the school’s website.

     

    Early Years & Elementary School

    Ms. Kathryn Mills EYP/Elementary Principal

    Ms. Demetra Proestopoulos EYP2 Teacher

    Ms. Rebecca Petoello Grade 3 Teacher

    Ms. Kayla Maloney Grade 4 Teacher

    Ms. Ioanna Koumbli PE Teacher

    Ms. Fiona Gillies Elementary Art

    Ms. Yemi Solomon Elementary Teaching Assistant

     

    Secondary School

    Dr. Angela Broeckel Secondary Principal

    Mr. Dimitris Charalambidis Mathematics Teacher

    Ms. Amanda Cole Grade 6 Teacher

    Mr. Harvey Cole Grade 6 Teacher

    Ms. Corinne Cox English Teacher

    Ms. Melissa El Sambati Online Entrepreneurship Teacher

    Mr. Iordanis Foutsitzoglou IB Business Management/ToK Teacher

    Mr. Kostas Kakaroudis PE Teacher

     

    Whole School

    Mr. Walter Jenkins Librarian

    Ms. Elisavet Papadopoulou Psychologist

    Ms. Niki Stavraki Accountant

    Ms. Mina Morou Floating Assistant / PR


    Principals’ Welcome

    This September, we welcomed two new educational leaders to our Pinewood family.

    Ms. Kathryn Mills: EYP/Elementary Principal

    Ms. Mills, who has taught both elementary and secondary school and has held a host of leadership positions for the last 18 years, comes to us from Los Angeles, California. She holds a Master’s of Educational Leadership from California State University and brings valuable experience to the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).

    Dr. Angie Broeckel: Secondary Principal

    Dr. Broeckel was born in Portland, Oregon and holds a Master’s in Education and a Global Executive Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Broeckel has been teaching and leading in international schools for 20 years and brings valuable experience in service-learning and global citizenship.

     

    Faculty Professional Activity

    Stand Up & Speak Out: Good Stories for Great Discussions

    Dr. Linda Manney presented an invited talk at the International Publishers Exhibition Autumn 18 on September 1-2, 2018. In her talk, entitled, “Stand Up & Speak: Good Stories for Great Discussions”, Dr. Manney presented a thematic unity she developed to teach personal ethics, empathy and compassion. In her concluding remarks, she emphasized the importance of reading literature as a contributor to students’ overall mental development. As she states, “reading stories helps students improve their reasoning abilities and language skills, and also stimulates their empathy for and awareness of other people’s problems.” This is an excellent example of how our Pinewood core value, “caring thinkers”, and the desire for students to value a commitment of care and understanding of all people, is put into action in the classroom.

    Fort Rupel: Where Art and History Converge

    Art through the Ages teacher, Ms. Amalia Spiliakou, in collaboration with World History 10 teacher, Dr. Apostolos Rofaelas, created a memorable trip experience for their students at Fort Rupel in Serres this month. The fort is the historical site of an honorable defense by the Greek army during WWI against the aggression of the German forces. Ms. Spiliakou and Dr. Rofaelas are preparing students for a presentation of their experience that will be given during the annual OXI Day commemoration assembly at Pinewood on October 24. All are invited to attend.

     

    Educational Advancements

    Brightspace Learning Management System

    An important shift in education is that of blended learning or combining computer mediated activities with traditional classroom learning (regarding content and delivery). This gives some element of student control over time, place, pace, or path. By using a combination of digital instruction and traditional teaching approaches, the goal is to facilitate a simultaneously independent and collaborative learning experience for improved student learning. The introduction of the Brightspace learning management system is a first step in the process of moving towards a blended learning environment at Pinewood.

    ePorfolios in PreK-Elementary

    Teachers in PK-5 are being introduced to ePortfolios through the Brightspace platform this year. In ePortfolios, students can store, organize, reflect upon, and share all sorts of items related to learning. Those items might be reflections, presentations, learning objectives, and collections of "artifacts"—documents, images, audio, video, presentation, coursework, awards, and certificates.

    Introduction of Entrepreneurship into the Curriculum

    This year, we have introduced 2 new online courses in Entrepreneurship. In Grade 6 and Grades 9-10, students are introduced to dynamic courses that revolve around the innovator’s mindset, include project based learning approaches and teach skills relevant for the 21st century learner.

    School Network Infrastructure

    During the summer, the Tech Department upgraded our school network infrastructure and finalized a GRNET internet connection. In line with the new blended learning environment, all EYP and Elementary teachers received tablets and all Secondary teachers received laptops. The newly upgraded environment will allow all teachers and students to use devices as part of our BYOD (bring your own device) learning ecosystem.

    IB Self-Evaluation

    Every 5 years, Pinewood participates in a mandatory self-evaluation process as an authorized IB World School. This year, our IB Coordinator and teachers will be engaged in this process in preparation for a school visit by the International Baccalaureate Organization in the Spring. The three basic components of the self-evaluation are: philosophy, organization and curriculum.

    Council of International Schools Membership

    Last year, Pinewood initiated the membership process with the Council of International Schools (CIS). The multi-step process, which includes a membership visit, was completed in September. As a member, Pinewood is expected to meet core membership standards, follow a code of ethics, clearly demonstrate a commitment to the development of global citizenship in its students and be accredited (or be willing to undertake accreditation). As an already-accredited school, Pinewood anticipates acceptance as a member in the coming month.

    Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)

    I take a moment to thank all those who contributed to a very successful Pinewood presence at this year’s TIF wherein the United States was the honored country. It was a great collaborative success by administration, teachers, parents and friends.


    Autumn College Visits

    Last year, we received a record $1,720,000 in scholarships from acceptances in more than 40 different universities distributed among 15 students. This year, we start again with our annual college visits from the United States and some from the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. This fall, our visits included admissions directors / assistant directors from the following schools:


    Gannon University

    Bard College

    Worchester Polytechnic Institute

    Emerson College

    St. Lawrence University

    NYU Abu Dhabi

    Bentley University

    Widener University

    Claremont McKenna College

    Middlebury College

    Davidson College

    McNeese State University

    Lawrence College

    Ecole de Hoteliere Lausanne

    Savannah College of Art and Design

    Kalamazoo College

    Pomona College

    American University

    Texas Christian University

    Amherst College

    Akron University

    Richmond University

    Union College

    Earlham College

    Lynn University

    Grinnell College

    Colby Sawyer College

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Parsons Paris