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To Have or Not to Have (Dessert)

“I’m hungry. I hope there’s pudding.” – Luna Lovegood Earlier this week, I received a letter from Liana, a 2nd grade student at AAS. It was a well written opinion letter with proper form. The letter had a good introduction, three solid arguments supporting her opinion, and a clear conclusion. As expressed in her letter,…

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Words Change Your Child’s Body

As educators, we spend significant time talking about how “mindset” is important in education. This has always been en vogue in our field; attitude matters! Growth mindset! Grit! We are taught to not allow students to give up, to become comfortable with failure. Teacher education programs have always reveled in this kind of theory. There…

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Carpet Weaving in Bulgaria

Dear community, There is one thing in common between the British royal family, dukes, politicians, wealthy families, and museums – they all step on beautiful carpets that are handmade in Bulgaria (detailed information in here). In this issue of the Bulgarian Culture Corner, you will learn more about one of the oldest crafts in Bulgaria…

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Welcome Back After Spring Break

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” – Yogi Berra   I hope that you had a relaxing and fun Spring Break. We had the good fortune to visit Scotland and Ireland over the holiday. As is the way with travels, we had some expected and…

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The Far-reaching Effect of Artificial Intelligence

Spring in Bulgaria requires constant monitoring and adjustment. Sunny skies and high temperatures require us to pull out t-shirts and rake the yard, while hail and snow impact driving conditions and plans for Easter egg hunts. Weather has the potential to impact every area of our lives. The far-reaching effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is…

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Opening the Door

Over the last several weeks, AAS students across all 3 divisions have been learning about topics related to Health and Wellness. In the Middle School, this unit is known more informally as Sex Ed. For some of our readers, those words may conjure up awkward teenage memories of bananas and condoms. We have enjoyed creating…

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Teacher Spotlight: Alex Coleman

Introduce yourself in one sentence, please. Hi, I am Alex Coleman. I am a husband, hiker, teacher, and lover of all things sports and coffee. Why did you choose AAS and what are your expectations? Some teachers from my previous school were already at AAS and they had wonderful things to say about the school…

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Athina Tsellou on Focus

Bright, proactive and always smiling, Athina Tsellou is one of those people who radiate positive energy wherever they go. A former member of AAS PTO, Athena is a certified life coach. She feels most alive when empowering others and helping them reach their full potential.  What is focus, really? Experts define focus as the act…

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Wellbeing at University

Every few weeks the counselors at AAS write an article on the theme of “Wellbeing”. As the university counselor at AAS, it makes sense that I write about a wellness theme that relates to university. First, we should establish what “wellness” means. Wellness is “the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to…

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