May 2018 - Newsletter

Dear PAS Community,

We are proud to announce that PAS is in the process of becoming Carbon Neutral!

Carbon Neutrality is achieved by reducing and compensating 100% of our Carbon Dioxide footprint.

The steps PAS is taking to achieve this goal are:

-Inventory of Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
-Reduction of GHG
-Audit of GHG report
-Compensation of GHG

The reductions that are currently in process at PAS:

-Recycling program
-Implementation of LED lighting
-Photovoltaic Solar Panels

During 2018 PAS will be audited by external consultants to be officially authorized as Carbon Neutral.

We celebrate together this achievement that is so important for the global environment!


Elizabeth Head
General Director

Book Week

We enjoyed the Book Week with a parade, storytellers, book fair and special guests.

Living our Values

We are proud of our NHS and NJHS Project: LOVE BOXES.
The Pan-American School community donated 138 boxes filled with love and food for families of Patarrá.
We met our goal. Thank you all!

Technology in High School

The 10th grade students recently participated in an interdisciplinary project. They developed websites to chronicle what they learned on their recent field trip to Liberia. The website was a container for a variety of tech products such as videos, graphs, and electronic surveys. This project gave students the opportunity to use the wide variety of technology skills they have acquired over the years at Pan-American to create a final product.

Technology in Primary

Third grade students experienced virtual reality as part of our in-class provocation for our architecture and structures project. We visited different structures around the world such as Machu Picchu, the Eiffel Tower, and the Roman Colosseum.  We introduced students to the cultural and social contexts under which the structures were built. Students also inquired how these structures were built, what materials were used, how simple machines helped build these structures, and the historical background of the varied architecture. These questions set the foundation for student-driven learning throughout our structures and architecture unit. Using their curiosity from the VR experience, we have continued to address the students’ questions and have allowed them to dive deeply into their research in order to become experts on various traditional and ancient architecture.


Students have been using Sqworl on their Chromebooks to extend their mastery of the content and to immerse themselves in learning about the structures they have been assigned. Having the opportunity to use the Pan-American Expeditions was an incredible privilege that incentivized the students to become active and curious learners.  

Moving forward, we plan to use the Pan-American 3D printer to make student models come to life. After students have all built accurate models of their traditional structures, we will have the class choose the model that best exemplifies the function and form of their structure. That group will have the opportunity to work with tech staff to design and create a 3D model.

In conclusion, utilizing the available technological tools was engaging, exciting, and educational for the third grade generation.

4 Pillars

Pillar #1

Curriculum and Instruction

Pillar #2

Values, Service and Ecology

Pillar #3

Technology, Innovation and Investigation

Pillar #4

Sports, Health and Wellness

Curriculum and Instruction

– Process continues for authorization as full International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School, including the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP).  Expected date for authorization: 2019

– All Primary teachers and learning support staff trained and certified in PYP.  All Secondary teachers and learning support staff trained and certified in MYP.

– Continued implementation of Reggio Emilia inspired elements to ECE within the PYP framework. Nine ECE Teachers have also enrolled in “Project Zero” through Harvard University, a program focused on Reggio Emilia and PYP.

– Report Cards created with PYP and MYP Guidelines through ManageBac.

– Continued expansion of physical and online resources available in the library with a focus on PYP, MYP, and DP.

– The instructional coaches provided teachers with professional development sessions according to the needs observed through the coaching process.

– MAP data further integrated into the instructional process.

– An Educational Technology Integration Coordinator was hired in order to assist Secondary teachers to integrate technology in classrooms.

– Pull-out teachers are reviewing current research on ESL/SSL programs and experimenting with different approaches to deliver these programs.

– Creation of the new student-led school newspaper: The Panam

Values, Service and Ecology

– 280 solar panels installed and in production.

– Ecology team has been trained in strategies to become Carbon Neutral.  Analysis of data and verification process continues.

– Institutional food drive achieved to help victims of Storm Nate.
– NHS organized a concert and raised c1.900.000, which was donated to TELETÓN.

– Additional CAS opportunities: CAS-Chirripó, CAS-México and CAS-Corcovado

– Cajas de Amor were donated to our maintenance staff to celebrate Christmas.

– 550 Christmas gifts were donated to six different organizations.
– IB Learner Profile and Attitudes were integrated during Sharing Time in Primary.

– Books and/or other resources purchased to promote PAS values.

Technology, Innovation and Investigation

– Successful integration of one-to-one Chromebooks to 3rd and 4th grade students with the purchase of 100 additional devices.

– Campus wireless network was restructured for improved wi-fi coverage.

– Implementation and training of all involved with new ManageBac system.

– Effective live streaming of numerous events.

– Additional multimedia resources purchased for the gymnasium.

– Equipment for simultaneous interpretation was acquired and utilized in meetings.

– Purchase of a class set of Virtual Reality goggles.

– Created a charging station in the library.

Sports, Health and Wellness

– New athletic flooring and branding for the gym walls (see other gym improvements below).

– Participation in numerous tournaments, AASCA Basketball, and ACEP Soccer (1st Place Boys and 5 teams to semifinals).

– Increased enrollment in boys’ volleyball, girls’ basketball and girls’ soccer in Primary.

– Continued development of the morning Secondary Fitness Program and increased enrollment in the Secondary sports program.

– Cafeteria implemented recommendations based on parent and student feedback.

– Training began in First Aid and CPR for all ECE teachers, Primary teachers, and Administrative staff.