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The Talking Head

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Congratulations to our Graduates!

On Friday 26 May, 49 Grade 12 students will walk across the stage in our Gym and become alumni. 40 of them are full IB Diploma candidates, and eight are taking at least one IB exam. Almost all of our graduates have already accepted college placements, including many at selective universities in the US, Canada and the UK. We are proud of their accomplishments, and wish them all the best!

Advancement Efforts to Change Next Year…

Next year we are restructuring our advancement efforts to be more cost efficient. We are closing our Advancement Office. I want to thank Mr William Graham for his work in establishing our 501c3 charitable foundation in the USA, our scholarship endowment, and leading our first community Galas and Annual Fund campaigns. Mr Graham will be working for the WHO very soon, and his family will remain a part of the school community. We also thank Betty Tameru for all her work in organizing volunteers and community-wide events such as our International Day and the recent Spring Festival.

The decision to restructure our efforts was made with the consultation of staff, the Board of Governors and with our incoming Head of School, Tim Stuart. Next year we are still planning to hold a community Gala celebration, our big community events and the Annual Fund campaign.

Mr Schooler to Leave in 2018…

Michael Schooler has recently accepted a contract to become the Head of School in Alexandria Egypt, to begin in July 2018. Mr Schooler will be moving with his wife, Patricia Powell, to the Schutz American School, which has a 90-year history. Ms Powell will also be teaching at the school. Mr Schooler has provided positive leadership to our elementary and student support services for the past four years, and he will be just as enthusiastic and supportive next school year too. They have both embraced Ethiopia and the ICS Addis community, and I know that everyone will be sad to see Mr Schooler and Ms Powell leave.

The Elementary Principal’s position will be advertised internationally before the summer holiday begins. The selection process will take place early in the school year, with the new Elementary Principal beginning his/her responsibilities in July 2018.

MS Assistant Principal to Leave in 2017…

I am also sad to announce that Ms Theresa Davis has made the difficult decision to leave ICS Addis in just a few weeks. Family issues are calling her home to Canada in June 2017. Ms Davis has contributed much to the lives of our students and the culture of our school. She has taught Choir and Music to middle/high school students at ICS since 2010. She has also served as our Middle School Assistant Principal and provided leadership and support for initiatives such as our middle school’s effort grades which are now based on the ICS Learner Profile. She has also helped us recruit good teachers here at ICS. 

We have advertised Ms Davis’s role internally and internationally, and we hope to appoint a replacement very quickly.