General Director's Newsletter - March 2019

Letter from the Interim General Director

Dear PAS Community:

I hope you are enjoying our Second Semester, which is advancing very quickly with many activities!

In this Newsletter, we are sharing a few of the many recent accomplishments of our community.  I hope you enjoy it!


Alegría Lores

PAS Curriculum: MYP and PYS Visits; Service as Action

PAS educators and students are looking forward to our IB MYP authorization visit on March 4th and 5th and our IB PYP authorization visit on May 9th and 10th.  These will complete our IB continuum authorization process. We are ready to become the first IB continuum school in Costa Rica and the second in Central America!

Additionally, teachers are working with students to incorporate Service as Action into our curriculum at each grade level in Primary and Secondary. This will give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom into an action that will serve our local and global community. Each action will be tied to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so we can ensure that our students embody PAS values and global citizenship.

NJHS: “One Backpack, One Opportunity”

For the third consecutive year, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) has developed the project “One Backpack, One Opportunity.”  This project consists of collecting new or gently used backpacks and school supplies to donate to schools throughout the country. This year, all donations received from students, teachers, and Pan-American School families will be delivered to different schools in Belén during the month of March.  We appreciate your participation in this project because it helps strengthen one of our most important values: solidarity.

Helping Hands Bracelets

Over the past weeks, our students from first grade have been making “Helping Hands Bracelets” for our Service Learning project, which is the “Posada de Belén”. Each student will sell their bracelets in their neighborhood or community to be able to raise funds to buy some of the materials they need. They will also be selling popcorn and writing positive notes and pictures for the women that live at “Posada de Belén” and their children.

Measles Vaccines

On March 15th the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will be vaccinating PAS students within the required age range that have not yet received the extra vaccine against Measles, Rubella, and Mumps.  We are happy to join this campaign to eradicate these illnesses from spreading in Costa Rica!

Mini-Vets Co-curricular

Our Mini-vets co-curricular group recently took a field trip to a dairy farm.  Ms. Maria López, our Co-curricular Administrative Assistant, accompanied our students, their teacher and two assistants on this excursion, during which they had the opportunity to learn about farm animals.

Mark Day School Visit

This month we hosted the sixth year of our partnership with Mark Day School, from San Francisco, California. Seventeen  students from seventh and eighth grade and their teachers visited their counterparts at PAS for ten days.  Our students had visited Mark Day School last October.

Our visitors had a busy and varied schedule.  In addition to sightseeing,  they carried out a number of activities at our school.   They visited Kinder and First Grade with fun learning activities, including letters written by First Graders of PAS to their counterparts at Mark Day.   Third Grade students from both schools have a penpal partnership. Their librarian brought and shared pictures and letters from the penpals.  Our students sent letters back to their penpals in San Francisco!

Students participating in this exchange program had the opportunity to learn about culture and traditions in our country, practice their Spanish, and visit different places of touristic interest.

We had an amazing week full of activities, adventures and fun.

Pan-American School is proud of this partnership!

AASCA High School Leadership

Nine students, accompanied by Ms. Ehimmy Rodriguez and Ms. Ariana Muñoz, attended the AASCA High School Leadership and Service conference in Antigua, Guatemala, hosted by the Village School February 6-10.  They participated in several activities where they experienced leadership, team building and service in action. It was an extremely rewarding experience for all participants!

Math Counts

Twelve Middle School students participated in this year’s MathCounts and Math Relays competition hosted by the American School of El Salvador in that country, from January 31 to February 3rd. Teachers Molly Egger and James Doga accompanied the students. Their performance evidenced strong development of mathematical skills. Kaleo Montero (8th grade) was awarded “Distinguished Mathlete” and 4th place in the general competition. Two hundred forty-seven students from various schools in Central America participated.  We were very proud of our results!

AASCA Soccer

Thirty-nine students (Middle and High School), including both boys’ and girls’ teams, coaches and parents participated in the AASCA Soccer Tournament in Panama City, held March 20-24.  This was an extremely competitive tournament, with both large and small schools competing together. We are proud of our students who played well and represented our school in this tournament.  

Values Assembly

On February 22nd the entire school gathered for an Assembly on Values, Virtues and IB Learner Attributes organized by third and tenth grade students.  The students developed presentations around the school’s values, desirable attributes, and the IB learner profile. The goal was to reinforce the importance of these values in our daily lives.