​​​Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year! I hope you all enjoyed a much deserved summer vacation with your families and loved ones. It gives me great pleasure to welcome the students, families and staff of ADNOC Schools back to begin a great year filled with hope and excitement.

On August 14th, we welcomed over 126 new and transfer staff and faculty members in various capacities. Your full support for all new hires and their families will certainly be appreciated. We are truly fortunate to have a school system in which students, staff, families and the Board of Trustees work together to support our mission: “To prepare Emirati and others students through an academically rigorous curriculum to achieve their highest potential in a global technologically advanced society where Arabic and Islamic value are honored and cultural differences are respected”.

Returning faculty and staff will begin a week of planning and professional development on August 21st. Working hours for the week ahead are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please refer to your Principal for an up-to-date schedule of workshops and meetings.

I would like to take a moment to update you regarding our instructional and professional goals for the upcoming school year. ADNOC Schools will continue to be shaped by the following instructional and professional goals: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Communication, Technology, Social Climate and Culture. Student achievement, combined with the ongoing improvement of schools’ operations will be will be at the heart of all we do. Keeping with last year’s themes of providing continuous support and regular updates, newsletters, Head of Schools’ emails and the school website will be valuable sources of information.

Additionally, I am pleased to announce a new communication method that will be launched this year. “Conversations with the Head of Schools and Senior Management Staff“, will replace the, “Head of Schools’ Meeting with Moms”. Over the course of the school year three meetings will be hosted on each campus, providing parents and community partners with a forum for sharing ideas. Using information gathered last year from surveys and parent meetings, a school improvement plan, contingent on parent involvement and support from the community, will be developed.

Students in grades 1-5 will return to school on August 28th. KG1-KG2 will return after Eid on September 18th. Attached is the ADEC approved calendar for the 2016/2017 SY, which has also been posted on the schools’ website for your convenience.

As we do every year, this year we renew our commitment to providing our students with a well-balanced educational experience and will continue to invest in and support areas that have a direct impact on student achievement such as extra-curricular activities, sports competitions, reading across the curriculum in both English and Arabic (UAE Reading Initiative for 2016-2017) along with the implementation of our theme, “Learning should be fun and meaningful”.

On August 21st more than 7,500 students, eager for the opportunity to learn and participate in a variety of activities, will arrive on our campuses. I hope you share my enthusiasm for their return. After all, our schools excel as a direct result of the collaborative effort and energy that students, staff, parents and members of the community bring to the table.

Moving forward, I’d like to pledge my full support and wish you the best of luck and great success in the year ahead.

Important Dates and Information:

  • ​Eid Al Adha Vacation is Sept 11th, 2016-Sept

  • ​Early release will take place on Thursdays this year. Please refer to the school calendar for a list of dates.

  • The first round of MAP testing will take place October 11th 2016-November 10th, 2016.

Sincerely,

Wedad Saada, Head of Schools​