I am pleased to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year. Much has been accomplished over the break to prepare for the new year, and we are looking forward to all that lies ahead.
Over the course of the holiday, the school was busy preparing the building and grounds for a new school year. In addition to the general maintenance of the classrooms and the grounds, there were also some upgrades to the Media Center, High School office and to the technology infrastructure. The recent winter storm caused some damage on campus, so the staff was very busy getting things ready in a hurry for the arrival of the students.
Next, for the first time in recent memory, the high school opened with no new teachers. While one high school English teacher moved on, Caitlin Killion, who served in a maternity leave replacement last year, stayed in Chile to fill that position. We also welcomed back Gianinna Borel from her maternity leave and Cynthia Gonzalez from her sick leave. Rodrigo Arce, who took a personal leave last semester, resigned his position at Nido, but Valaria Canelón, who took his place last semester, will return again this year. We are fortunate to have such stability in the faculty - a stability that is unparalleled at international schools and speaks to the wonderful community we have here.
Next, over the last few years, the high school has been organizing itself to do more programming in the areas of social and emotional development. As I said at the recent graduation ceremony, good high schools not only prepare students for university classrooms, but also for the vastly more complicated spaces that surround them. To that end, we inserted the flex block into the schedule last year and used it to hold a student-led assembly, to provide time for some clubs to meet, and to provide time for students to access teachers for support. We also created and began supporting a grade level structure within which teachers met and organized programming for the students. The impressive senior finish last year was a particularly shiny example of this. The grade level themes and driving questions and the winter break assignments are also part of this initiative. Finally, this year, the counseling team will use that grade level structure and flex block time to deliver a "student life curriculum," which is intended to bring to life the grade level themes and driving questions. All of this will serve Nido founder Waldo Stevenson's vision of Nido being a place where students "build their own personalities fully."
We are set up for another great year at Nido. As always, families will please let us know if they have any questions or concerns.
In the meantime, we send all the best wishes from Nido.
Assistant Head of School
High School Principal