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Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Community Members,
 
Greetings from Kelapa Gading and welcome to our first all-school Newsletter for this school year. It is an honor to serve as your new Head of School. I am dedicating all of my time and energy in making NJIS one of the best schools in Indonesia with your support and advice. 
 
A number of improvements have been already implemented in August, and many more are coming soon. We welcome the officers of the NJIS PAFA (Parent and Friend Association), and they now have a permanent, air-conditioned office in the school. Thanks to Ibu Khema and the PAFA team. You are awesome! We are offering Music and Drama in our new Performing Arts Center (PAC). It is exciting to know that NJIS students will be performing there and we welcome you to attend many upcoming events soon. 
 
Seven new faculty were hired over the summer, all of whom have advanced degrees and certifications. I have known and/or worked with them before and they are all excellent members of our faculty. The entire faculty is the best I have ever had the privilege to work with as the returning faculty are amazing and work hard to teach our students, your children, at NJIS.
 
The curriculum has been upgraded to include Lower School (LS) Physical Education, LS Art, LS Mandarin, and LS ELL (English Language Learning, formerly known as ESL). The Upper School (US) offerings have grown to include Drama, Theater, Film Studies. At the honors level, The College Board’s Advance Placement™ (AP) courses of AP Biology, AP Psychology and AP Art have begun. Next year, we are expanding to a full AP International Diploma program to include AP Calculus, AP English, AP Mandarin and more. 
 
Our Exploratory Co-curricular program now includes FIRST™ Lego League robotics for students 9-16 years old. The entire school program, all 192 individual courses, is based on the Common Core Curriculum. “Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.” - http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/ 
 
To better communicate between school, home, and universities and colleges, we have purchased, implemented and trained faculty and staff to use PowerSchool, a state-of-the-art school database that will prove to simplify communications and increase the use of data-based decision-making. “PowerSchool is the fastest-growing, most widely used web-based student information system, supporting 13 million students in all 50 states and over 65 countries. PowerSchool enables today's educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future.” - http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/products/powerschool/ Parents will now be able to access student files from anywhere at anytime.
 
This year NJIS will be visited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are going through the WASC Self-Study process now and will be sharing more information about how we “Focus on Learning” which is the name of the process. WASC re-accreditation, after a visit in April 2015 by WASC, is proof that we have an internationally-recognized program of studies that allow students to enter the top universities and colleges when they graduate with an NJIS diploma, or even an AP International honors-level diploma for those students are who highly motivated and extremely talented. Two diplomas at NJIS – WE ACT RIGHT for the sake of learning and having fun doing so.
 
In conclusion, we would like to extend a cordial invitation to all parents to attend our annual Open House on September 11, 2014. We hope to see you there as we encourage all parents to join us in celebrating the new school year at NJIS.
 
Go Turtles!
 
Most sincerely,
 
Dr. Jorge Nelson
Head of School