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Dispatch The Anglo-American School of Moscow

April 2012

June 2012

Congratulations, Class of 2012!!!

PTO Used Book Swap March 27-28


Respect Self & Others

From the Director Love Learning

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It is the end of a wonderful year together and I am very happy to have enjoyed it with all of you! As my first, it will always hold special memories that include my first opening ceremony, my first foray through the classrooms and hallways, and my introduction to the many families, staff, and students that inhabit this school. I am excited to be here, my first year was exhilarating, and I look forward to many years ahead with all of you. Whether you remain with us next year or travel on to new adventures and opportunities, thank you for your role in making this year truly special. As I noted in my graduation speech, the small things in life truly matter. This is especially true when we live together in such a wonderful community and you all help accomplish the small things every day by collaborating at all levels. By the way, 91% of you thought similarly when answering the question in our survey about the strong sense of community that exists at the school. One more validation of the great things we accomplish at AAS and how you play an important role in our success.

e t u b i r t n Co empowering

academic and

holistic excellence

I wish you a restful and engaging summer. If there is anything students choose to accomplish during the vacation, please make sure it includes reading and writing. These two skills are the cornerstones to lifelong education. Read with energy and enthusiasm. Write with passion and purpose. Do both daily and you will be fully prepared for the next year of learning! I will look forward to ringing the bells with you on Friday at our closing ceremony!

Mr. Z


Initial Survey Results Thank you, parents! Our recent survey yielded over 1000 responses and the data was presented this week at the final board meeting of the year and to staff during our Wednesday morning meeting. The results are in and anything over 90% is a number that makes you cheer. The rest of the results are tremendously informative and this sets a wonderful baseline for our continued dialog on how to improve. There was no single question that had less than 65% agreement and the areas below 75% are targeted for some due consideration. But, as can be expected with any new system, there were some difficulties with the new interface. Some found the invitation email messages going into junk mail and others were unclear about the invitations for both parents and for each child in the family. Also, when we closed the survey last Thursday for our deadline, there were many who still wanted to participate, but we didn’t receive their emails in time to add more time before compiling our results for this publication and the board meeting on the 13th. We also read feedback in email replies and understand the desire for a “somewhat agree/disagree” response option. We will take that under advisement for future surveys, get better at this each year, and hope you’ll stick with us while we resolve any remaining issues. We re-opened the survey to get more responses and will aggregate these with the current data during the summer. On page 4 and 5 are some selected highlights. Percentages are a combination of “Agree” and “Strongly Agree” for the question.


SY 2011-2012 Survey Results Whole School

94 = 93 = 91 = 91 = 95 =

% of survey participants agree

Over 1000 responses!

94

93

My child is is engaged and interested in learning at school.

Teachers are qualified to teacher their subjects.

91

91

95

There is a strong sense of community at the school.

Teachers provide individual assistance to students when needed

Communication from school is timely and informative.

% of survey participants agree

Elementary School

94949596969898 94

AAS meets the social and emotional needs of my child.

94

95

Admin is Teachers accessible, form communicates meaningful, regularly, positive and responds relationto questions ships with & concerns. me and my . child.

96

96

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98 98 94

My child feels safe and enjoys coming to school. .

The school facilities mee my child’s needs.

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Areas for Improvement


% of survey participants agree

Middle School

98959495909590 98

My child is safe at school.

95

My child enjoys school.

94

95

95

90

90

Teachers Admin is The school form accessible, responds to meaningful, communicates constructive positive regularly, feedback. relationships and with me and responds my child. to questions & concerns.

Teachers I value afterdemonstrate school activities, in community conferences service, student an in-depth travel for sports knowledge and activities, of my child. parent conferences, field trips, and Discovery Week.

% of survey participants agree

High School

969692908987 96

I feel the administration is accessible and maintains an “open door” policy.

96

I feel counselors are accessible and maintain an “open door” policy.

forums/coffees We will be looking to include greater focus and purpose to our parent coffees next year to build their value for constituents.

92

The High School is “user friendly.”

90

High School teachers demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of my child.

89

The High School is a studentcentered environment.

87

Teachers form meaninful, positive relationships with me and my child.

curricular areas

other

While we have strong numbers across the board, it is clear that we still need to do more to articulate the structure and methods of our curriculum.

Thank you for all the written comments! We will be giving an update on our findings in August.


Class of Congratulations

2012

Special Awards Presented to: Maria Collins Scholarship - Josephine Rees CIS - Oscar Schafer and Carl Sam Spjut ECIS- Ellen Rodianski Principal's Award - Pinja Salmi Thank you to our Graduation Speaker: The Hon. Michael McFaul, Ph.D American Ambassador to the Russian Federation

The HS Graduation Ceremony is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/43718895


HEALTH OFFICE

NEWS

ATTENTION PARENTS: TWO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO LIVE IN ROSINKA HAVE CONTACTED LYME DISEASE IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM TICKS... Avoid tick infested areas If you are in a tick infested area, try to walk in the centers of trails and avoid contact with vegetation Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers tucked into socks. Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be seen easily and removed. Use chemical repellant with DEET or permethrin and wear protective clothing Permethrin can be sprayed on boots or clothing, allowing protection for several days. DEET can be applied to the skin, but only allows a few hours of protection before reapplication are necessary. Adults should apply this to children avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. Perform a full-body check for ticks every day using a mirror or the buddy system to check the back, scalp, behind the ears and other hard-to-see areas. Remove a tick by pulling up from its back end until the jaws are released. If flu-like symptoms appear after a tick bite, see medical help. Avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products.

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ART

exhibition September 2012

Michael Emerson Colleen Nelson AAS Staff Artists Featured in Fall Exhibition. Regarded by many as two of the most authentic artists in the expatriate community, AAS’s own Middle School and High School art instructors, Michael Emerson and Colleen O’Leary Nelson, will make their Moscow ‘art scene’ public debut next September in a duo exhibit at the Russian Ministry of Culture’s “Museum of Mankind." Their show, entitled, “Visceral Response - 2” will showcase art intended to poignantly articulate the emotional experience of foreigners immersed in life and work within the contextual framework of the Russian milieu. While steadfastly avoiding the clichés of what they refer to as “tourist art," each of the artists strives to create meaningful commentaries and “reflections” gleaned from day-to-day observations of and interactions with the residents (and non-residents) of Russia.

THE latest VIDEOS AAS

Click on the images to view!

The show is scheduled to open September 4 and will run through the month of September.

Gr 4 Russian Dance

Graduation

MS/HS Band Concert

MS Play Martian Chronicles

MS/HS Choir Concert

ES Play The Jungle Book

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Русские Классы

при Англо-Американской школе Начинается набор в Русские Классы при ААШ на 2012-2013 учебный год. Набор продлится до 7 сентября 2012 года. Занятия проходят после основных уроков (начиная с 3:45) и за дополнительную плату. Задать вопросы, получить дополнительную информацию и зарегистрироваться можно в аудитории 3106 или по e-mail: nina.mamina@aas.ru Желаем успехов в изучении русского языка.

RUSSIAN

MOTHER LANGUAGE PROGRAM

AT AAS

We are starting registration for Russian Language Classes for native speakers, it will be held up to September 5, 2012. Classes are scheduled after regular school hours (15:4517:00). There is an additional fee for these classes. For questions and more information, please contact Russian Mother Language Coordinator Nina Mamina in Room 3106, or by e-mail: nina.mamina@aas.ru. We wish you success in improving your Russian language.

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Library NEWS You Read

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HOW MANY BOOKS 250 200 150 100+

We had a GREAT Passport to Reading program this year! CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for reaching these special milestones: Zach Hood KNL, Mitya Grachev KNL, Mia Huaco 1HM, Daniel Covert KAM, Mila Huaco PKBE

Caiden Doyle PKTA, Daniel Covert KAM, Mia Huaco 1HM, Isabella Sorgie KNL, Michael Kasher 1HM, Alexander Kasher PKBE, Svasti Jagannadham 2HN, Melody Reynolds 2ND, Mila Huaco PKBE Mia Sorgie 2HM, Yazmin Geurkink 1DC, Alexander Brundrett KHF, Mia Huaco 1HM, Alexandre Shevnin KHF, Alexandra Grom 5WK, Yarden Rosenbilt 3BS, Mila Huaco PKBE Daniel Zubarev 1LK, Mia Huaco 1 HM, James Martirosov 1FJ, Alexandra Grom 5WK, Yana Tucker 3HS, Jung Jin Kim 3HS, Naia Duncomb KNL, Tatiana Zozhevikova 3BS

Summer Reading Challenge

Brains need exercise too! So let’s keep ours in tip top shape this summer. Here is the challenge. How many days can your children read this summer? Click here for a calendar for July and August. Every day your children read at least 20 minutes, they can record it on the calendar and have you sign the entry. When we are all back in September, they can hand in their calendars. We will add up our days and celebrate our total. We encourage everyone to visit their local book stores and public libraries and have a super summer reading every day!

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Uniform UPDATE We're happy to announce purchasing ES and MS uniforms in Moscow will be easier next school year!

GAP at Metropolis shopping mall. GAP has placed a year's quantity order that will be arriving in July. You should be able to find the entire selection of AAS uniforms at GAP, Metropolis location, later this summer.

Online ordering from the UK with Moscow delivery! http://www.s-i.org.uk/aasm New vendor! We are now offering SchoolWear International, a vendor from the UK, that will deliver to your Moscow address via DHL, usually within a week of your order. The order must be under 200 euros, the credit card used must match the delivery address, and delivery can be made only to a home address. Full details on site! We've tested this - and it works! They have great customer service!

Please note, these are recommended vendors but feel free to purchase your uniforms at any other store, as long as they follow the guidelines found at www.aas.ru/uniforms. Please remember, no brand logos are allowed on the uniforms except for the items purchased at the PTO Store with the AAS logo.

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Click here to view full photo album of the play.


Summer 2012 Camp Adventure s r age

Fo 6-10!

Catch the Magic! at the Anglo-American School of Moscow

What is Camp Adventure?

Sessions:

Camp Adventure is a summer day camp program operated by the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) that serves over 150 program sites in 24 countries, reaching over 10,000 children around the world.

Camp Adventure is offered in five week-long sessions. Sign up for as many as you’d like!

Camp Adventure provides a positive, supportive setting that helps children develop their individual strengths and build self esteem. Program activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, songs, games and other group activities.

Week 1: June 25-29 Week 2: July 2-6 Week 3: July 9-13 Week 4: July 16-20 Week 5: July 23-27

COST: $200 per week

Click here to register online. Contact: Tatiana Yaskova

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tatiana.yaskova@aas.ru


Summer

Anglo-American School Tennis Academy

TENNIS

CAMP at AAS Session I: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4:

June 18-22 June 25-29 July 2-6 July 9-13

MASTER CLASS STILL AVAILABLE! Ages: 14 and above Master Class: (15.00-18.00) $300 per weekly session or daily rate $75

Click here to register for Master Class online. Christian Moulin, Director ITF Pro Circuit Player and Coach to many Top 500 ATP Pro Players American Sports Management (ASM) is proud to collaborate with the Anglo-Americcan School of Moscow to form and run the Anglo-American School Tennis Academy Summer Tennis Camp at the beautiful campus of the Anglo-American School of Moscow.

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Community

VEGETABLE

eco

green

GARDEN

The Community Vegetable Garden started from seeds by Mary Corliss's 6th grade advisory class; beans, peas, carrots, sunflowers, and morning glory. These 6th Graders also planted the sunflowers and morning glories by the tennis courts. Parent Sigrid Olson brought other vegetables from her dacha garden. Some other vegetables were purchased by the MS Student Council; tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, peppers. Lena Akhrameeva's 8th Graders helped to remove the grass. Parents Anastaia Sazonova, Susanne Sternthal and Yvette Risk helped to prepare the plot and plant the vegetables. Vasily with Four Squares will maintain the garden during the majority of the summer break.

Calling all community members: If anyone is available during the summer to check in on the garden to water and weed while Vasily has his holiday, please contact Yvette Risk, riskyvette509@gmail.com.

BONUS...take whatever is ready to harvest.


Thank You!!

active

EAT

Active Eat would like to thank the AAS Community for supporting us this school year by buying grilled cheese sandwiches and snacks in the Hall of Flags and at the kiosk by the North Gym during sporting events and the MYBL season. Your support has helped us to raise enough money to contribute towards the Tractor Challenge and to pay for the 2011- 2012 schooling expenses of 50 handicapped children in Luanda, Angola. Active Eat is a student led charity organization established in 2007 for the purpose of raising funds to support the Angola Project. We would also like to thank Mr. McLeod, Mr. Moore (MYBL), Mr. Assimakopoulos, Mr. Sexton, and Mr. Zurfluh for giving us this opportunity to serve the community.

Active Eat Team: Boris, Phil, Timur, Sasha, Seifu, Adam, Dennis, Vlad, Alan, SangHwa, Ji-won, Mark, Alex, Amane, and Rudra Thank you once again! Kyle Humphrey

Contribute as a globally aware citizen.

girl scouts Cookie Sale

The numbers are in and the cookie sale was a great success. The Save a Tiger campaign raised US$2,435 for the WWF in Vladivostok Russia. The girls not only ran a cookie/popcorn sale in the hall of flags but they also went "door to door" and "company to company" in order to sell gourmet cookies from New York Bakery. The girls had individual sales goals of 20 packages each. 8 girls not only reached but exceeded their target. Congratulations to Tamara Naidoo who sold 84 packages! Your daughters are not only great volunteers they are excellent business women!

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Athletics A Season, A Year of Champions!

Thank you to all who attended our Athletics and Aquatics Awards Evening on May 24. It was a great success and fantastic way to recognize individual excellence this year in Athletics and Aquatics. Stefan Staertzel and Samantha Simmons were presented with the Penguin Spirit and Fair Play Awards and Pinja Salmi and Filip Butula were presented with the Athlete of the Year Award. Congratulations to all that earned and were presented a Coaches’ Award.

CEESA CHAMPS!

Collectively we earned 13 CEESA Championship trophies this year and Varsity Girls athletes earned a Championship trophy in every CEESA tournament this year; fantastic achievement. Go Penguins!

MS Girls' Softball

Champions in Warsaw

This year the Middle School Lady Penguins Softball team saw a ton of growth and success. Throughout the season there were over twenty girls that showed up to practice regularly. The girls worked together and had lots of fun while learning about the skills and rules of softball. In the CEESA tournament the team came together to win the championship. On the first day of the tournament, they faced some challenges. The weather was hot in Warsaw and the Lady Penguins had to play four games in a row, but they managed to win 3 out of their 4 games. On the second day, the girls experienced cool and overcast weather conditions. They managed to win both of their games on Saturday to win the championship. Coaches: Kern and Christensen

CEESA CHAMPS!

MS Boys' Softball Back-to-Back Champions The CEESA Softball season began with over 40 athletes practicing in the rain, snow, and half of a gym, but we made the best of the situation by spending lots of time on hitting and working of the fundamentals of the game. We also had some fun scrimmages against the HS boys and HS girls teams to help us get ready for the CEESA competition. Going into the tournament, the pressure was on us because we had won the tournament last year. We had only 3 returning players from last year’s CEESA team so we knew it would be tough. As it turned out, the Penguins were more than up for the challenge.

In beautiful Bucharest, Moscow played 4 games and won them all by a combined score of 38 – 1! The second day was much of the same with the Penguins winning all three games, finishing by beating the host school 9 – 1. The team played outstanding throughout the tournament. We hit over .550 as a team, we were the only team to hit home runs over the fence (we had 3 different players do this), and we were close to flawless in the field. A well-deserved victory for the Penguins! Coaches: McKinney and Ross


MS Girls' Volleyball

This year saw an incredible turnout of up to 30 girls that joined the Middle School girls' volleyball team. Everyone improved greatly over the season and even though we lost many of our home games the girls remained positive and kept coming back to every practice. It was no easy task to select 10 girls for the CEESA travelling team and we commend all the girls that kept coming to practice even though they were not travelling. The CEESA volleyball team was made up of Gwen (Captain), Adithi, Izzati, Alina (Spirit Captain), Marlene, Chloe, Polina, Maria, Kristina and Joey. They surpassed all of our expectations during the competition. Many of them were very new to volleyball and the improvement that they made during the season as well as within the tournament was outstanding. The coaches on the opposing teams commented to us that they were amazed on how much the team had changed during the tournament. They went from a group of beginners who were a bit “shaky” on the court to a team of confident pros!

The top opposing teams were experienced and strong. During the pool rounds, our Moscow girls won against Bucharest in two sets but lost to Kiev in very close match that went to three games. We knew that we would

have to win the pool to automatically advance into the finals, however, if we were the next best team we would also have a chance to play. It was the hard work and the “never give up” attitude of the team that pushed us through and even though Kiev beat us, because we had won a set we qualified for the finals. During the finals all the girls rose to the occasion and gelled together as one unit. We made it to the “little” final for third place to face Warsaw. This team had beaten us in the pool play but our girls were full of confidence and they were unstoppable. With very few service errors, excellent defense and great hits we beat Warsaw 25-19, 25-17 and 25-17. Their skills and teamwork were key to the win but most of all it was the spirit that the girls had that helped us pull through. The team kept the positive energy flowing by supporting each other with encouraging words and cheering. They also used lots of different strategies that in some cases required imagination and creativity! In conclusion, all the girls did an amazing job and it was a pleasure for us to coach them. A special mention to our Grade 8 girls who will be moving to High School next year, Izzati, Adithi and Gwen as well as Alina who will be moving schools—Keep playing volleyball! We will miss you on the court. To all the rest of the team—practice this summer and we will see you all next year! Mr. Bell and Ms. Quirante

MS Boys' Volleyball The good days and not so good days in Prague! Playing fantastic defense, but lacking offensive power, the Moscow Penguins fell short of their goal of bringing a trophy home. Having played a good number of games against some local Moscow teams, the penguins looked poised for good things at the CEESA Tournament in Prague. Friday saw the Penguins at their best. They opened their tournament run with back-to-back, two set victories over finalists Warsaw, and hosts Prague. This was a great start and gave the Penguins much confidence going into the afternoon. After lunch, the penguins had a tough three set win against Bucharest, and finished the day with a two-set loss to the tournament winners, Budapest. Late Saturday morning the Penguins got back to their winning ways by beating Istanbul in two sets, finishing the round-robin as the second seed, and earning a direct spot in the semifinals. The Penguins struggled to find their form against Warsaw, and eventually dropped two sets and lost the game, earning a spot in the third place game. All five sets were needed to determine the third place winner, with the Penguins winning the first and fourth, and Bucharest winning the second, third, and fifth. Well done boys. Coaches: Alzamora and Kenny


tennis Varsity Boys

When all was said and done, the team won both singles titles, finished second and third in the doubles divisions, and took home the CEESA team title at the tournament in Zagreb. It was a dominant performance by a young team that bodes well for the future of the program.

Tennis Girls Dominant in Warsaw This year we travelled to Warsaw for the CEESA Tournament. We agreed to bring two teams as we had a very good turnout for try outs with some very talented players. Unfortunately, some of our players who made the teams had visa issues and we ended up with one full team and a second team of one. Warsaw was great. Both coaches were very pleased with the girl’s attitudes, they were having fun and the team dynamic was fantastic. This carried through to the tournament and the girls played great while at the same time had a lot of fun and we made lots of friends with other teams. The Kiev team was awesome and the only team that gave us trouble, and kept us from sweeping the whole tournament. Our Girls were great we won first place in Singles 2 and Doubles 2 and second place singles 1 and singles 2 losing only to Kiev.

At #2 singles, Misha Ushakov went undefeated and finished with a 40-5 game record. Toto Nguyen dropped only one game and won 48 on his way to the #1 singles crown. Both players dominated their divisions and look ready to do so for years to come. Congratulations CEESA Champions Coaches: Worleys

CEESA CHAMPS!

Varsity Girls

At #2 doubles, Alex Egger and Frederik Brekk took third place. In a strange twist of fate, they beat the eventual champion, Prague, but because they won fewer total games, they slid down in the standings. Had they won two more points--two more!--in the match they lost, they would have been the champions. Regardless, they played some very good tennis, really came together as a team, and provided valuable team points throughout the tournament. Our #1 doubles team--Amane Tsuji and Tetsuya Yamada--had a rough outing in their first match of the tournament against Warsaw and then swept the rest. They played strong tennis and finished second in the division.

CEESA CHAMPS!

Game, set and Match Moscow! The best moment of the Boys' Varsity Tennis Tournament came when both of our singles players were on the court at the same time. Misha Ushakov was in the process of demolishing the #2 singles player from Warsaw while Toto Nguyen was doing the same to the #1 singles player from Budapest. One of the coaches

from Warsaw looked up and said, "And they're both Freshmen?" He shook his head, sighed, and cheered on his player.

However, we won the CEESA championship helping AAS complete the sweep of all the girls varsity CEESA championships for 2012. Thanks to all who made this activity happen! Looking forward to another great season next year. Go Penguins! Coaches: Khan and Hogwood


Varsity Boys

volleyball

The 2012 season was a continuation of the promising generation of volleyball at AAS. You could say we started the year with the “right foot.” Seven boys in the A team (Victor Soethout, Boris Botachev, Filip Butula, Alexandre Mailhot, Niel Snow, Ruben Hickox and Sebastien Streit) and seven boys in the B team (Alan Mekibel, Eric Taback, Nikita, Loic Jacquemin, Wyatt Hughes, Jung Woo Kang and Patrick Moon) began the season showing great strength and a huge dose of passion for the game. They had more home games this year than any other teams, which to certain extent helped refine their individual and team skills. As the season progressed, a few adjustments were made here and there with regards to positions and line-ups. We ended the season at the CEESA Boys Volleyball Tournament in Istanbul. We came in third place just behind IICS (Istanbul International Community School) and ISP (International School of Prague.) We started the tournament with an intensive game versus Istanbul, tied up at almost every point, and powerful ‘crushes’ from the middle and outside hitters. In the semifinal match against Prague our team played extremely well, coming from behind in the tie-breaking game from 1-8 to leading it 14-13. We lost the match 14-16. The only consolation was that AAS played their very best volleyball (“bump, set, spike” and team chemistry) in the match for third place, and beat Bucharest, a good team, in three straight games. Coaches: Semple and Marks

CEESA CHAMPS!

Varsity Girls

The Lady Penguin “Spikers" finished their year in spectacular form. The girls volleyball team finished fourth in last year’s CEESA tournament and with most of the other teams in CEESA returning their varsity players many questions remained as to whether they would better their efforts from last year. “Fortunately the CEESA tournament will be held in Moscow this year and our seniors will be able to attend,” said Coach Mark Hughes. “This should give our team a competitive edge.” Led by returning seniors Connie Rees, Kayla Fahy, and team captains Pinja Salmi and Hanne Staertzel, the team would have a lot of depth and experience. But would it be enough to win? “Going into the tournament, you are never 100% sure because you really haven’t had your mental attitude tested yet,” said coach Pascale Rangoni. But the team had little to worry about: rolling over the other schools in straight sets in the early rounds. “We had a lot of help from first year players,” said Coach Hughes. “Naho Inasaki and Jessica Ross were fantastic servers and power hitters who led the team in kills, and HatidJe Ablyatifova and Connie Rees were a dominate force at the net as middle blockers”.

Moscow looked excellent going into their final match undefeated against a strong Prague team. Prague had some powerful hitters and servers, and Penguins had to pay their best game to win. After winning the first two sets, behind the powerful and consistent serves from Naho Inasaki and Kristine Jensen, it looked like it might be an easy win but The International School Prague was not done yet and came roaring back to even the games two all for a fifth and final game. We had some remarkable passing from our freshman Claudia Zittle and sophomores; power Miray Kaplangi and setter Christine Jensen, who were clutch in the final game. The girls were nearly perfect in the last game, winning handily 15 to 2. “All that hard work and conditioning really paid off, remarked coach Pascale. “They’re a very talented team, Bravo!” Coaches: Rangoni and Hughes


softball Varsity Boys

The Boys' Softball team finished with a tie for third at the CEESA tournament in Bucharest. The tournament was canceled the second day due to heavy rainfall so final placement was determined by record. We finished with a record of 2 wins and 1 loss. One the first day we beat the International School of Prague. Jacob Scott pitched a great game and contributing on offense were Jules Silberberg and Everett Code each scoring two runs. Later that day we lost to the eventual first place winner the American School of Warsaw. Day two began with lightning and heavy rain but lightened up which allowed us to play our last game. In very wet conditions we beat a very good Bucharest team 4 to 3. The last out of the game came from Henry Stanaford making a diving catch at third base with two outs and bases loaded. The Coaches would like to thank all of the ballplayers for their hard work and determination throughout the season. Coaches: Fusco and Leck

Varsity Girls

CEESA CHAMPS!

Champions for the Third Straight Year The girls' softball team completed a successful season by winning the CEESA Softball Tournament in Bucharest. The team won all three of its games on the first day of the tournament, securing the number 1 seed for the championship round on Saturday. The Moscow team beat Prague, Bucharest and Budapest on Friday. Gloomy, wet skies greeted the ballplayers on Saturday. The games were first delayed by thunderstorms and then, after a lengthy rain delay, the tournament's remaining games were cancelled. Moscow was awarded first place based on a superior round-robin record. The team placed four girls on the All-tournament team--Alicia Hillier, Renata Poulton, Veronika Turek and Masha Nelson. Great season to All!!! -Coach: Marth

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JV Girls' Volleyball A Bright Future for Girls Volleyball at AAS The JV Penguins Spikers proved they can play with the best this year. All were just freshman, yet they competed at a very high level against the varsity teams in the CEESA tournament. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that they put some scares into some of the schools they played because they have been doing it all year long to the Russian schools and our own varsity team,” said Coach Mark Hughes. The season started out with more than 40 students showing up to try-outs. The girls who made the team really had to distinguish themselves. One of the early standouts was Anna Lamond, whose height and long arms made her a natural for middle block. “It was amazing how much the players improved this season!” remarked coach Pascale. “Our two setters, Dominique

Cannis and Olivia, both had such great hands; they will both be such great assets on the Varsity squad." The volleyball team was led this year by our captains. “Viktoria Lanovenko may be one of the most natural hitters I’ve seen,” said coach Pascale. “And Elisa Ronga’s rocket of a serve matches anyone’s who played at the varsity level." “The JV girls were fearless this year,” observed Coach Hughes. “I’ve seen both Alexandra Hellman, and Masha Vernik diving on the floor and jumping over chairs on more than one occasion." The girls played more than a few experienced Russian teams to prepare for the tournament. “Erin Sexton wore her game face and always played her finest against the best teams," noted Coach Hughes. “I was always proud of the way the girls conducted themselves and the effort that they put in.” Coaches: Hughes and Rangoni


CEESA Cultural Arts “Art and Empire” Budapest, May 26-29

The 19th century was a time of great change and revolution in Europe and artists of all stripes and colors were instrumental in helping shape a vision for a new Europe. In order to prepare for this event, school teams were challenged to consider the following questions:

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How did artists help change your part of the world? What were some of the changes they helped engineer? What role did art play in changing attitudes about how people perceived themselves and the world? What art discipline had the most profound and lasting impact in the country you currently reside in? Can this impact still be seen and felt today?

Our team found inspiration in the Russian artist, Kazimir Malevich – particularly his “Black Square” painting. Working collaboratively (and against the clock!) students used collage techniques to create a multi-faceted representation of Russian history and culture. Assorted images from collected Russian maps, tourist information, magazines, candy wrappers, Easter decorations, etc. were cropped into squares of various sizes and combined into one large square image. This was treated with a thin “wash” of black ink to emulate Malevich’s work.

In addition to making art and sharing dramatic presentations, we had the opportunity to explore Budapest and what it was like during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Next year, AAS is hosting this CEESA event and we look forward to planning another great cultural adventure! Coaches: Mr. Emerson and Ms. Weber

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MUN Conference HELIMUN 2012, Helsinki, May 2-5

HELIMUN 2012

HELIMUN 2012 proved to be a great learning experience for the AAS team, and a grand success as well! Composed almost entirely of students new to MUN, our team went on to stun many of the other schools by being the authors of several resolutions and numerous clauses. AAS represented three integral delegations at HELIMUN: Russian Federation, China and Palestine. The topics under debate put our team directly in the spotlight on many occasions and our students shined!

From our youngest middle school participants to our most senior, the HELIMUN Board of Directors was universally pleased by the quality contribution that the AAS team offered the conference - sponsoring resolutions, stubbornly defending country positions, and relating to other delegates with diplomacy and tact. HELIMUN invited us back again most enthusiastically, and it was made clear by their faculty advisor that our participation should take on greater, even more demanding roles next year by representing an advocate in the International Court of Justice, and, perhaps even chairing a committee. We were honored by the offer and, I hope you will join the advisors in congratulating a team that has the potential to go to any MUN conference and perform admirably. Coaches: Mr. Paul Mooney and Ms. Corrine Marks

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E T AT 2012

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Calendar 2012-2013

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T W T

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Approved by the AAS Board of Directors, April 2012

9-10 13-21 22-24

Admin Retreat New Faculty Orientation Faculty In-Service

6 13 20 27

4-5 26 29-31

Faculty In-Service, No School for Students End of Quarter I Autumn Break - No School

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 00

1-2

Autumn Break - No School

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

24-31

Winter Break - No School

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

1-11

Winter Break - No School

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28

1 18-22

End of Quarter II & Semester I February Break - No School

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

8

Faculty In-Service, No School for Students

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

12 15-19

End of Quarter III Spring Break - No School

April

7 14 21 28

May

7 14 21 28

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25 00

Victory Day - No School

6 13 20 27

1 8 15 22 29

9

5 12 19 26

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

End of Quarter IV & Semester II Last Day of School for Students Last Day of School for Faculty

June

3 10 17 24

1 8 15 22 29

21

2 9 16 23 30

August

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25 00

September

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29 29

October

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

November

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

December

2 9 16 23 30

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

January

0 6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

1 8 15 22 29

February

3 10 17 24

4 11 18 25

March

3 10 17 24 31

Semester I

92 days

Semester II

88 days

Quarter I: August 28 - October 26 Quarter II: November 5 - February 1 Quarter III: February 4 - April 12 Quarter IV: April 22 - June 21

42 days 50 days

44 days 44 days

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25 27 28

New Family Orientation Open House First Day of School

AAS Campus is officially closed on November 4, December 31, January 1, January 7 and May 9.

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June 2012  

June Dispatch 2012