Dear AISM Community,

Today is Mother’s Day in Mozambique! I hope all our moms/mums in the AISM community were treated royally. Mothers are lucky here, as we can also celebrate International (and US) Mother’s Day next week, on May 9. 

Nominations to the Board are being accepted through 5 PM on Monday, May 3. One open seat (any nationality) and two reserved seats (U.S. citizens) are vacant for the upcoming election cycle. Details about the AISM election procedure can be found HERE. Nominations must be made using the link below. Candidates must complete the nomination form and provide at least two names of other members of the association who support your candidacy. 

Google Form for AISM Board of Directors Nomination

It’s Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week at AISM! Our hardworking PTA Volunteers have put together this schedule of activities for the week, and I encourage all parents to say or do something every day this week for your child’s hard working teachers and other staff. 

Our teachers have been diving into MAP assessment results the past few weeks, to see what the data tells us about their achievement in reading, math, language usage (and science for grades 6–10). We will be sharing individual student MAP results with parents, and then making a report about schoolwide results to parents at the upcoming association meeting on May 27. We were pleased to see that in all four MAP subject areas, almost all of our grade levels performed at or above US and international school norms. You can learn more about the MAP assessments at AISM in this 7-minute video by Director of Learning Sam Sherratt. 

On Thursday our consultants met with parents to hear their thoughts on our Leading School Indicators (LSIs) and a climate survey for parents. Our LSIs include five Focus Areas: 

Learning, Teaching, Being, Thriving & Co-existing

This week, parents can still meet our consultants and I will share more details on Monday, after we settle specific days/times.


In hope and solidarity,

Jim Laney

Read More about Jim Laney's Message for this Week Touches on Mother's Days, Board Nominations, MAP Testing, and LSI's

We will be celebrating our annual teacher and staff appreciation week and would love for you to join us in showing how much we value their hard work, dedication and commitment! This week's itinerary of events with ideas of how you can contribute is shown in the flyer. Let's work together and show our teachers and staff the appreciation that they deserve.

Read More about Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week: May 3rd-7th: See the Planned Activities

Several "Appreciation Stations" will be set up around campus for learners to write a note of thanks to ALL of the staff at AISM.  You may print a copy of these blank notes, fill them out at home and your child(ren) can bring them back to campus to post on the boards.  You can also send them to and we will post them for you!  Who can you thank?  Teachers, TA's, Single Subject Teachers, Principals, Director, Learning Support, Counselors, Business and Office Staff, Leadership Team, Health Office, Cleaners, Gardners, Bus Drivers, Maintenance and Security. Thanks for making all of our hard working staff feel appreciated this year.


Read More about Write Notes of Gratitude at the Appreciation Station!

The entire AISM community is invited to see and hear about how our amazing Grade 5 learners have been celebrating humanity, cultivating grit, embodying integrity and inspiring curiosity through their Primary Years Program Exhibition journey! Hope to see you there!!!

Read More about PYPx May 12th