March 2018 - Newsletter

Dear PAS Community,

We share with you our enthusiasm for hosting the Google Summit Conference on our campus last month!  This is an event in which a total of 170 educators, comprising all of our teachers and learning support staff as well as teachers from other schools and universities, learned innovative technological tools to integrate into their lessons.  Also during this conference we held a Student Summit for the first time with 61 PAS students participating.

Below are videos and photos from the event.

Elizabeth Head

General Director

Google Summit Costa Rica 2018

The Google Summit was held February 15-17, with a total of 231 students and educators participating.  They attended sessions on innovative technology presented by five international experts in educational technology.

Mark Day School - PAS Exchange

We welcome the students of the Mark Day School Exchange. They are visiting us from San Francisco, California and participating with our PAS students in different activities like science labs, community service and eating Costa Rican “granizados.”

AASCA Soccer

We are proud of our 39 student-athletes who represented PAS for three days in the 2018 AASCA SOCCER tournament. With great effort they exemplified our values through sports. Congratulations! GO EAGLES!!!

Technology in Middle School

Teaching at Pan-American School has expanded my understanding of how technology can be integrated into education in order to achieve a more engaging pedagogical environment. I use Padlet to have students generate shared resources for a topic we’re studying, Kahoot! to have my class show me what they’ve learned, and video commentaries to give students a chance to present their own voice from the comfort of their home (or wherever they feel more at ease) and without being judged or observed by others. I frequently record parts of my classroom, which can easily be shared with a student who may have missed a class. I know that technology is an invaluable resource in education, and I’m happy Pan-American School challenges me to innovate and take advantage of what the exciting new horizon of technological advancement has to offer.

James Doga, MYP Psychologist

Technology in First Grade

Lego Movie Project

During the third unit of inquiry, children in First Grade used technology to become movie producers,  editors and storytellers! They used  an app in their iPads called Stop Motion and created a full mini-setting to represent the stories they wrote during class using Lego figures as their characters.

Their movies showed their knowledge about different types of energy studied in class. They got to build more abstract concepts such as problem, solution, and sequence of events and learned to express ideas and feelings in a creative way through their films.

The students presented their Lego movies to their parents in an Oscar Award Ceremony.  They walked the red carpet and received the Oscar statuette for their hard work.

4 Pillars for the Future

Pillar #1

Curriculum & Instruction

Pillar #2

Values, Service and Ecology


Technology, Innovation and Investigation

Pillar #4

Sports, Health and Wellness

Curriculum & Instruction

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