Information on campus upgrades and staff professional learning
Welcome to Secondary School and MS Information
New Staff Profiles
laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s communities
Falcon Flyer issue #1 September 2011
2011-2012 School Year By Dr. Beth Pfannl: Head of School
Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with family and friends. As I begin my ninth year at AOSR, it is a pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families, teachers and staff members who are joining our school community, and a special welcome back to everyone returning. Our school continues to be the school of choice for so many families in Rome. In fact, we even have waiting lists in several grade levels. This summer as in past years, we hosted close to 200 campers who attended AOSR Summer Camp 2011. Campers enjoyed sports, English classes and summer fun! We welcome twenty new teachers and staff members this year to our team of accomplished educators including our new secondary school principal, Mr. Ken Kunin, and our new educational technology coordinator Ms. Tracy Arnold. You can read all about these exciting educators on the next few pages. Our new PTO president, Ms. Anna Brilli, and her team of volunteer parents are eager to assist all of you as we begin the new school year. They will be on campus during the new student orientation and throughout the first week of school. Don’t miss the PTO Welcome Coffees. For more information check out the school calendar on our website and at http://www.aosr.org. continued on page 2
Open House Secondary: Tuesday, September 20th If your child is in middle or high school don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about our programs at AOSR and meet our excellent teaching staff. Open house will be on Tuesday, September 20th from 17:00-20:00. During this time there will be a special meeting for all grade 8 and 9 parents to provide information on our 1-1 laptop program.
Elementary: Wednesday, September 21st
ES Open House is Wednesday, September 21st from 17:00-19:00. We hope everyone can attend to visit the classrooms, learn about the curriculum and classroom procedures, and visit with the teachers and administration to make this school year an outstanding experience for all of you.
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Campus Upgrades: implementation of campus facility plan Throughout the summer months we were very busy continuing with the implementation of our Campus Facility Plan. Some of the upgrades you will see right away and others are not visible but will help dramatically to improve teaching and learning on campus: Let us know what you think of all these new upgrades on campus. Best wishes to all for an exciting and productive year at AOSR learning and growing together! New HS Fire Escape
Green space in front of elementary offices
Resurfacing of back patio
•New fiber optic cables were installed that provide faster internet service and increased bandwidth. •All servers on campus were consolidated into one room allowing for more efficient use of space on the second floor of the HS and in the Villa. •WiFi is available campuswide •One-to-one laptop program will continue in grade 8 this year and expand to include grade 9 as well. All 8th and 9th graders will be given MacBooks for school and home use •New iMac desktop lab was set up in the high school for advanced technology classes
(desktop publishing, video production, music composition, etc.) •New MacBooks available for student use in the elementary and secondary labs •All teachers will have MacBooks available for their professional use •Two new classrooms on the 2nd floor of the high school building •Complete renovation of the pre-K and kindergarten bathrooms . •New fire escapes built off the far end of the HS building and off the gym/ES art room •Re-surfacing of the patio behind the cafeteria and the outdoor basketball court
•Relocation of the following offices for more efficient use of space: The new secondary school principal’s office space now offers much needed meeting space for parents, students and teachers; the high school college counselor’s office had space for HS students to gather and research colleges and universities; the director of technology’s office is now located near the educational technology coordinator’s office. •Mayfair 2011 funds helped with the purchase of new projectors / computers / carts for classrooms around the school
Professional Learning: AOSR Teachers attend summer workshops, seminars and graduate courses
New HS classroom
New Secondary School iMac Lab
Reader’s Workshop at MMI Katherine Antinucci (Kg), Robin DeVito (Gr. 2), Miriam O’Brien (Reading Specialist) and Kim Wheeler (Gr. 3) AP National Conference in San Francisco, CA, Grader for AP Comparative Politics and Government in Texas Abby Bielski (HS History) College Board Summer Institute for International Counselors, Washington DC Ivan Hauck (HS College Counselor)
IB HL Mathematics Workshop, New Mexico Ernest Chen (HS Math) Stanford Summer Teachers Institute, California Josefina Rivera (HS English) EAL Strategies in the Classroom, London Rosa DeBellis (EAL) School Nurses Conference, Virginia Jan Miller (Nurse) AP Chemistry Summer Workshop, Vancouver, WA Jennie Fabian (HS Science)
AP National Conference, San Francisco, CA Belinda Fiochi, (AP/IB Coordinator, Secondary Math) Master’s Program in Sports Administration, Switzerland Max Squarcia, (Athletic Director) AP Economics Summer Institute, San Diego, CA Brian Brackrog (MS/HS History/ Economics) K12 Learning 2.0: Tools for the 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Online through Woodward Academy, Marta Rahm, (Secondary Librarian)
Welcome Secondary Families by Mr. Ken Kunin: Secondary School Principal
days at AOSR. Also, our orientation for new families and students on Friday, September 2nd, designed to help in the transition not only to AOSR but also to Rome, is yet another example of the care taken to set the stage for a successful school year. We welcome you all!
In our middle and high school we are counting the minutes until our classrooms and halls are filled with teenagers engaged in getting a rich AOSR education. Our students have the benefit of being part of a group that is truly international, representing many countries, many faiths and many cultures. Our students will learn from a staff both veteran at AOSR and joining us from schools around the world. This year they will have the advantage of significant upgrades to our technology, including extending our one to one lap top program to grade nine and increasing our bandwidth and upgrading our wiring to allow for greater integration of technology into instruction. In future issues of the Falcon Flyer we will highlight examples of student learning that give a sense of what an AOSR education is all about. We look forward to sharing our pride in our students, our staff and our work with all of you. The new teachers are eager to meet the challenges of settling into a new school and have spent a week in sessions working together and getting to know AOSR. We know you will be impressed with their experience and energy. As new principal, many of our veteran teachers (and a number of our veteran students and parents) have been generous with their time and expertise to advise me as I get started in my first
Student course selections are e-mailed to families the last week of August. Please review to ensure that it matches your expected program and call us with questions. We will do our best to work out issues prior to the first day of school. Schedules with room and teacher assignments are passed out on the first day along with the Homework Agendas, course expectations for individual classes and supply lists needed for a successful year. The Student and Parent Handbook is distributed on the first day of classes, as well. We ask you to read through it carefully. You will also receive a “first day packet” of forms that needs to be completed for each student and sent back to either the Elementary or Secondary Principal’s offices as soon as possible. All parents and students, new and returning, are required to complete the authorizations, health forms and updated contact information. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about forms, your student’s educational program and any general concerns. Open House for the Middle and High School will take place on Tuesday, September 20 beginning at 17:00 in the cafeteria. Please plan to attend to meet your student’s teachers and hear about our programs. I look forward to meeting you all.
News from the Middle School By Ms. Sarah Ellyson, MS Coordinator
MS Student Council Elections The American Overseas School of Rome’s Middle School Student Council (STUCO) is organized to bring a greater sense of community, citizenship, communication and FUN to the Middle School population. The STUCO structure allows for student involvement in decision making, ownership in the planning and execution of events, and a pathway for dialogue of student concerns. As the members of Student Council help to develop and oversee events, it is important that they communicate effectively with their peers and teachers. In the A period classes, representatives are elected to serve on the STUCO and they assist to channel information both to and from their advisory peers. STUCO members from all grades within the Middle School are expected to serve as role models and leaders to display and encourage positive peer relations across the AOSR campus. Because fun is contagious, as is the involvement in school and community events, STUCO members are expected to be involved and active within the Middle School. The 2011 – 12 Student Council elections are on the horizon. Students will learn more about the leadership opportunities and positions at a Middle School meeting on September 12th. Students who wish to run for the MS wide Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, 8th Grade Ambassador, 7th Grade Ambassador and 6th grade Ambassador) are asked to fill out a statement form in the MS office by Thursday, September 22nd. Students who are running as class representatives should be prepared to speak briefly with their class the first week of September 26.
Dates Set for the Annual Middle School Cultural Trips!
To contact the Secondary School Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about AOSR and our programs: visit our website at http://www.aosr.org
This year’s Middle School Cultural Trip planning is already under way! Please mark your calendars for the week of October 17 – 21 for this exciting and educational event in the Middle School. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.
Welcome from Board of Trustees
By Mr. Ben Ziff, Board Chair On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the American Overseas School of Rome, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2011-2012 school year here at AOSR. Let me extend a special welcome to the new families joining us. I am confident that you will find AOSR a personally rewarding and academically challenging community and we look forward to getting to know you. â€œBen tornatiâ€? also to our returning families - students, faculty, and staff - for another year of study, sports, socializing and community participation. Summer is never a quiet time at AOSR as we take advantage of the time to improve our facilities. This year you will find extra classroom space, an expanded counseling facility, reshaped computer network infrastructure, and other building improvements geared to keeping AOSR at the forefront of American international schools. Next time you are on campus, please take a moment to see the work that has been accomplished. AOSR is more than just the buildings. The real strength of our community is our people. This year we welcome a new Secondary School Principal and 20 new teachers to the AOSR family. They will join students and faculty from the United States, Italy, and close to 50 other countries, all of whom contribute to making AOSR a rich and diverse learning environment. My fellow Board Members and I look forward to working with the administration to make this school year an outstanding experience for all of you.
AOSR Welcomes Staff back for 2011-2012 School year!
Welcome from Elementary SchooL Principal
New Coaches support AOSR sports!
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Marcus Ciuffreda is an AOSR graduate and has coached several different sports over the years. He was the assistant coach for volleyball, basketball and soccer at the varsity level at Rome International School and also coached elementary and middle school soccer. As an AOSR graduate Marcus is excited to return and help the volleyball varsity program grow. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Gianluca Salvatori coached the AOSR girls’ soccer team during the 2010-11 season. In addition to being a soccer coach, Gianluca is also certified in volleyball, basketball and field hockey. He earned a degree in motor sciences at the “Tor Vergata” university in Rome. Gianluca is excited to come back to AOSR and take the volleyball program to the next level. CROSS COUNTRY: Eva St. Onge teaches biology at AOSR and will be the cross country coach for the 2011-12 season. She practices the sport herself and competes in various races around Rome. Besides being passionate about helping the students grow, Eva will also help the cross country team become stronger and better.
and tips for a successful school year! By Mr. Stephen Foster
It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of the year again - the beginning of a new school year. Welcome back! And while you aren’t part of the teaching staff you are just as important to you children’s education as we are. Your children receive the best education when you and our dedicated teachers work as a team. It’s a parent’s enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspires children to do their best; and a teacher’s ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things. There’s a lot of excitement ahead of us, including new teachers to meet, new books to read, new friends to meet and new skills to master...and I look forward to you sharing in those exciting times. As a parent myself I know how fast time goes by. One year your child’s in 1st grade and seemingly in the blink of an eye they’re in middle school, or in their senior year of high school for that matter. In closing, I encourage you to fully embrace the moment and urge you to to take the time from your busy schedule to become
familiar with our school. Please communicate with us whenever you have a question. Here are a few tips for a successful school year: - Communicate: Tell the teacher about your child’s special needs. Give the teacher your contact information. - Validate your child’s day: Ask questions like, “What was exciting? What was hard. What happened on the playground?” - Read to your children daily. Set a special time and space. - Limit TV, play station and videos: Read, talk and walk instead. - Play, sleep and eat. Get outside and play, get 10 hours of sleep and eat healthy meals. Do not
send sugary candy snacks to school. - Have a set place and time for homework. - Get involved. Choose activities to have fun and explore new ideas. - Attitude. Help students develop a positive attitude. “We’re here to help each other.” - Organize. Help students get and stay organized. A daily planner and orderly notebooks are the key. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and I look forward to seeing you in the very near future. Sincerely, Stephen Foster
Middle School Summer Reading: Now that we are back to school, it is time to turn on students’ brains, right? Wrong, because they are already on and running! This summer the students in the Middle School were requested to keep their mind in shape by reading at least 5-7 books in English. In the first weeks of school the English classroom teachers will be
having class activities which focus on students’ summer reading, as well as making recommendations to their classmates for future reads. Students also have a chance to enter the reading raffle by filling out one copy of the “book raffle ticket” for each book they read over the summer. Grade level English teachers will collect
the tickets during the first full week of school. Additional raffle tickets are available from English teachers. Raffle tickets will be selected at random at the Middle School meeting on September 12th, and winners from each grade will receive gift certificates at a local English book store in Rome.
AOSR PTO activities and opportunities for the whole community
The Boutique Opening Tuesday, October 4th The Boutique is AOSR’s consignment shop, located in the PTO room right off the parking lot. The Boutique offer all types of household items, used clothes for all seasons, toys, sporting equipment, jewelry, electronics and much more at very reasonable prices. The Boutique will be opening for the new school year on Tuesday, October 4th. Come and check out our new inventory, including clothing, household items, video games, sporting equipment and books. Hours:
Meet & Greet PTO Coffee
AOSR Family Picnic
PTO Holiday Bazaar
Meet and Greet PTO coffee Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 am in the cafeteria . Come learn about us, and let us learn about you! Also, sign-up for volunteer opportunities: if you have an interest we have a place for you. The presentation will be in Italian also; we invite Italian parents to attend! Ci vediamo il 14!
Saturday, October 1 11:00 – 15:00
Saturday, November 19 11:00 – 15:00
All AOSR families, teachers and staff members are invited to the attend the annual Family Picnic! It’s a great time to reconnect with friends and enjoy great food and games! Join us in welcoming new families into our school community!
PTO First General Meeting
Each family is asked to bring a dish of food to share for the potluck luncheon..... a table full of delicious international flavors!
Arts and Crafts! Musicians! Holiday Cheer! Delicious International Food! Ring in the holiday season this year by shopping or selling your unique arts and crafts at the AOSR Holiday Bazaar! To reserve a table, please contact Ms. Anna Brilli at email@example.com no later than Friday, October 28.
Monday, September 19, 9:30 am in the cafeteria . First business meeting of the year where parents and administrators discuss current and upcoming events, projects and possibilities. The items will be presented in Italian also; we invite Italian parents to attend!
AOSR Logo Items and the famous PTO Cookbook will be for sale!
Tuesdays 10:30-13:30 Fridays 14:00-17:00
The Boutique Needs You! Please bring your gently used clothing and household items* to be donated or sold on consignment to our school boutique! The Boutique is a consignment shop that has been in existence at AOSR for almost 50 years! It is one of the main fundraising projects of the PTO. Your
donated or consigned items will help support our school! Please bring items that are in good condition(no stains, holes, pilling) on: Thursday, September 22nd, 14:00-18:00 Monday, September 26th, 9:3013:30
(The boutique is located directly in front of the parking lot next to the left set of stairs.) If you choose to sell the items as a vendor, please allow time to tag your items at the boutique when you bring them in. All vendors receive 67% of the profit with the remaining 33% going to the PTO.
AOSR Alumni News! Former student Returns to AOSR! AOSR alumna, Ambassador Ruth Jacoby (Swedish Ambassador in Italy), stepped onto campus for a visit last June for the first time - after 50 years! She was accompanied by her colleague Ms. Theresa Neuss at the Swedish Embassy in Rome who is also a former AOSR student. We were thrilled to have them visit after so many years!
Ms. Ruth Jacoby in her AOSR 5th grade picture (1960). She is in the middle row, 2nd from the right.
Ms. Ruth Jacoby in Kindergarten at AOSR (1953)
Ms. Theresa Neuss AOSR (1960) yearbook photo
Ms. Jacoby stands in front of the old Roman mosaic (circa 200 AD) discovered under the parking lot in 1959. Her 5th grade class that year helped brush it off and get it hung up in front of the ES library!
Ms. Jacoby & Ms. Neuss in front of the Villa
Welcome New Staff Get to know the new members of our AOSR community! Ms. Tracy Arnold was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has lived overseas for 25 years and worked in other international schools in Venezuela and Romania. Previous work experience includes being an IT director, grade 6-10 curriculum coordinator, Tech integration specialist, Wellness, IT and IB ITGS teacher. Ms. Arnold reads a broad range of literature and likes to hike, camp and spend time on the beach unplugged from electronics. She believes that indeed, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything and enjoys watching action and sci-fi movies with her 14 year old son. She has two Masters degrees and post-masters in Educational Leadership. Ms. Arnold has been very active in service learning and hopes to find a way to reach out to the community here in Rome. Ms. Nancy Bergeson is very excited and looking forward to caring for the students of AOSR in the nurse’s office along with Ms. Jan Miller. Born and raised in South Dakota, Ms. Bergeson graduated with a BS degree in microbiology from South Dakota State University. After an adventurous year in Seoul, South Korea, she earned a BS degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She served six years in the in the U.S. Army specializing in labor and delivery with assignments in Hawaii, Georgia and Germany. After her first child was born she resigned her military commission to concentrate on raising her family. She and her husband lived in Brno, Czech Republic and then Bloomington, Indiana, where she enjoyed the variety of working in the emergency room of the local hospital. They subsequently lived in Bratislava, Slovakia and Helsinki, Finland before arriving in Rome in 2009. Ms. Bergeson’s other nursing experience includes work in a mental institution, oncology, medical and surgical wards, as well as in a clinic setting. Ms. Bergeson has three children at AOSR (Olaf, Amelia and Anders) and advocates a holistic approach in childcare. Mr. Niall Boyle was born and raised in the scenic west coast of Ireland. A strong interest in mathematics throughout school led him to study Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick. He worked for Intel in Ireland and a Civil Engineering company in New York City before a youthful desire for travel saw him teach English as a foreign language in Korea and China. Here he developed a love of teaching and so he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics in Wales. He has spent the last 4 years teaching High School Math in London and the Cayman Islands. Outside of school, food and sport are his major passions. Mr. Boyle comes to Rome looking to master his Italian cooking skills, play for a local Italian soccer team, and run the Rome marathon. Mr. Daniel Boyles is from West Virginia. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from West Virgina Tech and a masters degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Boyles has been teaching physics for more than 12 years, including teaching at the high school and college levels. He has seven years of experience teaching AP physics and three years teaching physics in IB. Before teaching, he worked in research. Mr. Boyles loves music, especially jazz, traveling, wine tasting, coffee and trying new cuisines. He plays blues harmonica and is learning to play the mandolin. Mr. Peter Browne comes to Rome from the humanities department at the South Kent School, a boys boarding school in Connecticut. He has been a professional baker, a marine biologist in Hawaii, an international ESL instructor, a professional yacht sailor in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and consulted in environmental law and policy. Mr. Browne holds degrees in Biology from Thomas Edison State College and a law degree from Vermont Law School. He loves adventure, traveling, dogs, animals, plants, the ocean, farms, and mountains and has played almost every sport but likes hiking, swimming, running, lifting, and mixed martial arts like wrestling and jiujitsu. His enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and the learning channels while surfing the internet. Italy, the Italian culture and people, as well as the great history of Rome are a powerful source of interest that has influenced him to live in Italy. Mr. Browne looks forward to teaching Secondary English and study skills and hopes that his classes will help him write and rewrite his unfinished science fiction novel! Mr. Ernest Chen earned degrees in Geological Sciences and Economics from Cornell University after graduating from The Lakeside School in Seattle, WA. After two years at The Johns Hopkins University earning a Master’s in Environmental Geology, he commenced his teaching career at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. In 1998, he returned to the West Coast and began teaching mathematics and economics at Head-Royce. From 2009-11, Mr. Chen taught with School Year Abroad at their campus in Viterbo, Italy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and some conversational Italian. During his vacations, he loves to travel in Europe to see the art and history as well as go hiking. During his spare time, he swims and is always up for a game of cards.
New faculty cont... Ms. Chiara Costa holds a degree with a specialization in Sport Psychology. She has taught in other European countries such as France, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland. Sports have always played a very prominent role in her life. Ms. Costa was a gymnast for many years then she worked as a trapeze artist, and a few years ago she developed a passion for skeet shooting. She is currently the national winter Italian champion and she has also qualified for the world championships. She competes for Slovenia but trains in Italy. She recently worked as a Sports Psychology consultant for various Italian Sports Federations. In addition, Ms. Costa coaches artistic gymnastics besides being an international judge for competitions in this sport. Lastly, she is a registered journalist and currently writes for a German sports magazine Ms. Christine D’Aquanni was born and raised in Southern California. She loves working with young children and has spent the past 7 years teaching in a dual-language immersion elementary school where she nurtured student learning in both English and Spanish. A lifelong learner, she enjoys traveling and studying in new places. During her undergraduate studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she lived, studied, and worked as a private bilingual tutor in Granada, Spain, for an academic year. It was at that time, that she developed a passion for language and teaching, and decided to pursue education as a career. After receiving her BA in Social Sciences, she spent a year teaching in Querétaro, Mexico, through an exchange program for aspiring bilingual teachers. Ms. D’Aquanni has also completed an MA in Education, with a specialization in DualLanguage Development. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys being active, cooking, learning Italian and meeting new people. Ms. D’Aquanni is eager to share her enthusiasm for being bilingual with her students and looks forward to a fantastic first year at AOSR. Ms. Jen Fabian calls Seattle and the Pacific Northwest home. She grew up a military brat and was raised in the Philippines, California, Washington, and Japan. Ms. Fabian received a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, a BS in Chemistry and an MA in Teaching and Education from Western Washington University. She taught IB Chemistry at an international school in Lisbon and most recently taught Chemistry at a private Catholic high school in Seattle. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and dancing. Ms. Fabian fell in love with Italy while completing her student teaching in Rome at another local international School. She is very happy to be back in Rome as a part of the AOSR community. Ms. Maria Falgoust was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Maria Falgoust has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 1998. For the past nine years, she has worked as a librarian at a independent school in Brooklyn Heights where she spearheaded events such as a library summer camp for middle-schoolers, a books-tomovies film series, and a 5th grade Harry Potter themed Sleep-Over. In 2006, Maria co-founded The Desk Set, a philanthropical and social group for people who share an interest in books, literacy and libraries. Through her role in the Desk Set, she organized many tours of NYC’s cultural institutions’ libraries and archives. Additionally, she has chaired numerous fundraisers for literacy-based organizations such as Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, the Brooklyn Public Library, Behind the Book, Books Through Bars, and more. For the last three years, she has conducted a book drive for a school in New Orleans 7th Ward. In 2008-2010, Maria served as the vice-president of the Hudson Valley Library Association. She also served on a Brooklyn Public Library’s fundraising committee for the annual Gala. Maria is a member of the American Independent School Librarians, American Library Association, Hudson Valley Library Association and New York Library Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Master of Library and Information Science from Long Island University (The Palmer School) with a School Media Specialist certificate. Ms. Falgoust enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, hiking, art shows, music performances, playing Scrabble, bicycling, and watching films. Moving to Rome is an incredible opportunity and she is cheerfully anticipating the adventures and challenges that lay ahead. Ms. Falgoust is happy to be part of the AOSR community and is looking forward to sharing her love of literacy in the Lower School library. Stop by and visit her in the library. Ms. Jacqueline Gallo, a St. Louis, Missouri native, is excited to join the AOSR community! After graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Latin American Studies, Ms. Gallo spent time working in the Mexican border town of Matamoros with a non-profit organization providing affordable health care, vocational training and housing assistance to the marginalized border community. Ms. Gallo later moved to New York City to pursue her aspiration of becoming a teacher where she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and received a Master of Science with Distinction in Education from Mercy College. She has taught special needs and general education students in various classroom environments. While teaching in New York, Ms. Gallo also found time to enjoy extracurricular activities by becoming the Coordinator of Student Activities, planning field trips, founding and advising clubs including Student Government, National Honor Society, soccer club and hosting World Cup watch parties. Ms. Gallo is now happy to be living in a city she adores and hopes to share her hobbies of photography, traveling, reading, soccer and opera with her students and the AOSR community. She can’t wait to meet her students and looks forward to a successful school year!
New faculty cont... Mr. Ivan Hauck originates from Southern California but after living in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Houston, is now thrilled to call AOSR and Rome his new home. Upon completing a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Hauck moved on to the University of San Diego to earn his M.A. in College Counseling and Student Affairs. Mr. Hauck then headed to Boston to work on a Non-Profit Management certificate while working for Americorps. Throughout his fourteen years of post-secondary education, Ivan has proudly served as a volunteer, mentor, tutor, teacher, administrator, and board member of various non-profit organizations throughout the country. Mr. Hauck has also found time to work as a counselor with both public and private high schools and universities along the way. When not immersed in the friendly confines of the classroom or counseling office, he spends his summers traveling. Whether glacier hiking in Alaska, hiking into the valley of the Grand Canyon, zip lining in Costa Rice, teaching English in China, rebuilding bastides in France, or nurturing sickly koalas back to health in Australia, Mr. Hauck enjoys experiencing the nuances of travel and delights in the opportunity to learn from the people around him, starting with his amazing family - his two admirable younger brothers and two inspirational parents. He has visited over 300 universities throughout the world and looks forward to helping students and families explore future educational opportunities all over the globe. Ms. Megan Keppler received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Masters of Education with an Instrumental Music concentration from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ms. Keppler has taught elementary and middle school music in Campton, New Hampshire for four years and middle and high school music at Georgetown, Cayman Islands. She has performed with the New England Intercollegiate College Band, the PSU Symphonic Band, the Cayman Islands National Swing Band, and the Cayman Islands National Concert Band. Ms. Keppler is an active member of such music organizations as NEBDI and MENC. She enjoys most sports including skiing and snowboarding but also loves to read. Originally a trumpet player, Ms. Keppler also enjoys practicing piano, guitar, and other concert band instruments. Mr. Ken Kunin has served as principal at all levels from K-12 for twenty-two years. This year he worked as a senior research consultant in a study on higher performing and efficient schools. From 2005-2010 he led Deering High School in Portland, Maine. Before his high school experience, from 19982004 he served as principal at Reiche Elementary School, working with staff and community to strengthen our programs and increase the support and opportunities for all students. Prior to coming to Maine in 1998, he was principal and associate executive director of the Walker Home and School in Massachusetts, a multiservice agency serving youth ages 3-22 and their families. He supervised a staff of 250 in the education, day and residential treatment programs, led a K-8 school, and provided consultation and training to schools and social service agencies. He has been an adjunct professor of Special Education at Lesley University and Wheelock College, where he started an intensive Masters degree program. He looks forward to being a part of building an ever stronger AOSR! Ms. Jany Miller is originally from the land of the Buckeyes and has a degree in Biology, a bachelor of nursing from OSU and a masters in human resource development. After having worked in South America for 13 years , she became interested in school nursing to be on the same schedule as her four children and has worked in this area for the last 14 years. Along with her husband of 33 years, she enjoys her 2 married children and 2 grandchildren, a son who graduated from AOSR and recently completed his university degree and last but not least a son who is a junior this year at AOSR. Besides nursing, she is an avid reader, enjoys volleyball, swimming and watching soccer, and makes quilts when there is time. Ms. Miller is an active church member and enjoys working with others to make this world a better place. Ms. Jessica Mowry was born in Southern California, but considers Colorado, where she moved when she was twelve years old, her true home. After graduating with a BA in both English and Spanish from Duke University, she moved to the Dominican Republic to teach US History and British Literature at Colegio New Horizons in Santo Domingo. After a year in the Dominican Republic, she returned to the States as a 1st grade teacher in Washington DC through the Teach for America program. While in DC, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education at American University. After two years as a 1st grade teacher, she moved back west to become a 3rd grade bilingual teacher in San Francisco. All of her students in San Francisco were native Spanish speakers and Ms. Mowry taught half the day in Spanish and half the day in English. She thoroughly enjoys languages in all forms and is looking forward to teaching students of diverse native languages and also improving her own Italian. When sheâ€™s not teaching, Ms. Mowry loves outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, road biking, and rock climbing, and eating good food and drinking coffee. Ms. Mowry is looking forward to an exciting year with her new 3rd graders!
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Ms. Renè Ostapuk, an Arizona native with 28 years of teaching experience, joins our AOSR staff with tremendous enthusiasm. Ms. Ostapuk earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Guam followed by a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University. Through the years, she worked with special needs students, taught students in classrooms and mathematics’ programs, and designed and implemented an elementary gifted magnet program. Ms. Ostapuk enjoys utilizing technology in her classroom. When not teaching, she enjoys traveling around the globe, scuba diving, reading, and spending weekends with her grandchildren. Mr. Brian Sheehan has been an educator since 1999. He has taught in public and private schools, both single gender and co-educational. He began his teaching career for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Sheehan developed curriculum and provided instruction in the academic areas of English, Mathematics, History and Special Education. He most recently taught at Crespi Carmelite High School in Los Angeles, California where he provided instruction in the following areas: Sophomore English, Honors English, Film Studies, Drama, and Public Speaking. He also coached the Mock Trial Team and directed the fall drama productions. Mr. Sheehan studied at Temple University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and California State University Long Beach. He holds a Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree in English/Theatre Arts. Mr. Sheehan recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University earning a Masters in Secondary Education and a California Teaching Credential. In addition to serving as an educator, he studied Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School in New York City and worked professionally on Broadway and appeared in numerous television shows including: Law and Order, All My Children, CSI Miami, and King of Queens. Mr. Sheehan is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association. He is thrilled to be joining the American Overseas School of Rome faculty.
Ms. Katherine Thompson is coming to AOSR from California where she earned her M.A. in Education at UC Berkeley and taught Kindergarten in the Oakland Public schools. Originally from Massachusetts, she spent the past seven years in the San Francisco Bay area and is looking forward to enjoying life in Rome and getting to know the AOSR Community. During her years teaching in Oakland, Ms. Thompson has been an advocate for environmental education and has enjoyed learning more about gardening, nutrition and sustainability. She is excited by experiential learning and found many opportunities to explore this in her work managing the school organic farmers market as well as working with 3rd-5th grade students to create a mural for the school garden. In addition to her love of teaching and learning, Ms. Thompson also loves painting. Having completed her B.A. in Studio Art at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she has had an additional career as an artist and has sold her oil paintings through a gallery in San Francisco. Ms. Thompson looks forward to exploring visual and performing arts with her students as well, and cant wait to draw from the learning opportunities that abound in Rome. She also feels very lucky to have the opportunity to wander with her watercolors in such an inspiring landscape. Ms. Lauren Waite comes to the AOSR from Anna Maria Island, Florida in the United States. She has been a lower elementary teacher for the past five years and has enjoyed sharing and inspiring a love of lifelong learning within her students. Ms. Waite was born and raised in Alachua, Fl and prior to teaching at Anna Maria Elementary she received both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Education from the University of Florida. Aside from her passion for teaching academics. Ms. Waite has also been involved in music and dance ensembles, marching band, Drum Corps and Winter Guard where she has instructed and choreographed for several different high school and independent organizations. Her extracurricular activities include enjoying the beach and nature, Ultimate Frisbee, boating, dance, music and traveling. Her love of traveling and experiencing new cultures has lead her to Rome! She looks forward to exploring Rome and learning the Italian language and culture. Ms. Waite is excited to meet her 2nd grade students and is grateful to be part of this great AOSR community!
tech classes for parents
Always wanted to know how to get most out of your email? Not quite sure what to make â€œsocial mediaâ€? - but you want to know more? Would you like to know how to keep your computer running smoothly and keep your data secure? Microsoft office or google docs...? Which will work best for you? Starting soon we will have after school tech classes for parents and would love for you to join. If you are interested, contact Ms. Tracy Arnold, the new Ed Tech Coordinator expressing your interest, and which day of the week would work best for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni News: In Memorium On July 19, Lisa Marini Finerty AOSR alumna, parent and active community member (originally from California by way of Chicago, resident in Otricoli, Terni) passed away at age 57 after a battle with cancer, in Rome. Lisa was an energetic, loving and active member of the AOSR community. During the 2003-2004 school year she served as the editor of the Falcon Flyer. She founded Secret Gardens Italy and, most recently with her husband, the social network for gardeners, www. yourgardenshow.com. Her energy, her eloquence, her amazing and sometimes superhuman creativity and zest for life sparked an entire universe of friends
from all walks of life, all languages and cultures. Lisa is survived by her husband, Tom Finerty, her children, Marin (AOSR Class of 2006) and Ry (AOSR Class of 2003) and her siblings.
Contact Information Villa Reception and Staff Villa Secretary: Ms. Manuela Ciocca 06-33438-300 Head of School: Dr. Beth Pfannl 06-33438-331 Secretary: Ms. Domenica Losani 06-33438-331 Business Manager: Ms. Elisa Bruno 06-33438-338 Admissions Officer: Ms. Sabine Neumann 06-33438-311 Busing: Mr. Kieran Canter 06-33438-372 Secondary School Principal: Mr. Ken Kunin 06-33438-326 Secretary: Ms. Anna Chiara Troisi 06-33438-326 Elementary School Principal: Mr. Stephen Foster 06-33438-395 Secretary: Ms. Joanne Hoberg 06-33438-395
Faculty & Coordinators PreK Coordinator: Ms. Amy Magazzu 06-33438-330 ES Coordinator: Ms. Susan Prideaux 06-33438-350 MS Coordinator: Ms. Sarah Ellyson 06-33438-336 AP/IB Coordinator: Ms. Belinda Fiochi 06-33438-337 HS College Counselor: Mr. Ivan Hauck 06-33438-327 School Counselors: Ms. Elizabeth Escobar 06-33438-373 Dr. Simona Reichmann 06-33438-373 Nurse: Ms. Jan Miller & Nancy Bergeson 06-33438-321 After School Activities: Ms. Christine Hogan Resource Room: Ms. Rene Ostapuk (ES) 06-33438-302 Ms. Jacqueline Gallo (MS/HS) 06-33438-390 Athletics: Mr. Max Squarcia 06-33438-313
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