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A magazine for ASF Alumni, Parents, Students, Faculty and Friends Spring 2011 Vol. X | No. 1 | Mexico City

Dear ASF Community, Spring has sprung at ASF, but higher temperatures and longer days are far from the only changes on campus these days. Where the tennis courts once stood, you can now see the large white metal skeleton for the future Mary Street Jenkins Wellness Center. And where the US gym stood for decades, there’s an empty space, soon to be filled by the Angeles Espinosa Yglesias Fine Arts Center. It has been great to see so much patience and enthusiasm on the part of students, employees, families and alumni —and I know it’s gratifying for all of us to see the progress so far. After all, we’re all part of it! One important aspect of the new buildings and all future construction on campus is their adherence to “green” building standards. You can read more about ASF’s commitment to Earth-friendly construction —and what it means— on page 25. Building methods and materials are just part of ASF’s overall effort to help the environment. Recycling also plays a huge role. Every day, students, parents, faculty and staff fill receptacles on campus with their recyclable materials. But, what all is behind this effort, and what happens to your cans, papers, plastic bottles and shiny wrappers after you drop them in the bin? Everything you ever wondered about recycling at ASF is on page 22. As an added bonus, our friends in the ECC tell us one way we can go green at home, on page 12. This “green” issue of Focus is on-line only —and it’s in good company. More and more of our faculty and students are joining the blogosphere. On page 13, read the incredible story of a very talented Lower School writer, and how his blog ended up on And on page 43, how an Upper School student will be using her blog to help international students get acclimated at ASF. If it’s up to two “distinguished educators” at ASF (page 26), we’ll see technology playing a larger and larger part in all our learning endeavors!

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We wish you a spring full of sunshine and opportunities to enjoy and help our environment. You’ve already taken the first step by reading this on-line magazine!

ANOTHER GREEN ISSUE! It’s Packed, Powerful ...and Paper-less

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Paul Williams Executive Director Susan Olivo Head of Early Childhood Center Evan Hunt Head of Lower School Rebecca Crutchfield Head of Middle School Amy Gallie Head of Upper School Robert Wilson Head of Athletics & Extended Learning Board of Trustees Rosa (Marentes) Pisinger (’87), Chair Cathy Austin (’78), 1st Vice Chair Carlos Williamson, 2nd Vice Chair Carla Ormsbee, Secretary Joan Liechty, Treasurer César Buenrostro (’85) Richard Campillo Murray H. Case Les deGraffenried Francisco Demesa Sebastián Fernández Fernando Franco María de Lourdes Galván Frances Huttanus Antonio Rallo Tito Óscar Vidaurri Martin Werner Editorial Board Adele Goldschmied, Cindy Tanaka (’91), Clementina Aguilar, Michele Beltrán, Paul Williams, Xenia Castro (’96), José Segebre, Juan de Jesús Breene Editorial Staff Sloane Starke, Editor-in-Chief & Chair of the Editorial Board Kelly Arthur Garrett, Editorial Consultant Daniela Graniel, Art Director Marisela Sanabria, Photography Alumni Relations Cindy Tanaka (’91) Parent Association Aliki Elias, President Alma Rosa Rodríguez, Vice President Advertising Sales: 5227 4942 FOCUS es una publicación cuatrimestral editada por The American School Foundation, A.C., Sur 136 #135, Col. Las Américas, México, D.F., C.P. 01120. Editora Responsable: Sloane Alexandria Starke. Derechos de Autor: Licitud de Título y de Contenido 16220. Reserva de Derecho: 04-2008-111212240200-102. Distribuido por The American School Foundation, A.C. Sur 136 #135, Col. Las Américas, México, D.F., C.P. 01120. Se prohibe la reproducción total o parcial de los textos de esta revista sin previa autorización escrita de The American School Foundation, A.C.

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