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EXECUTIVE BOARD

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 2019-2020

PRESIDENT

Mijbil Alayoub

My name is Mijbil Alayoub and I currently work for Ooredoo as Head of Corporate Communications in charge of CSR/Sponsorships, Events Management, Internal Communications, Public Relations, Social Media and Crisis Communications focusing on maintaining a strong relationship with all stakeholder communities. I have over 24 years work experience for companies such as Equate, Zain Group and entities like KFAS and the Ministry of Information. I'm also a Board Member and Treasurer for the Kuwait Baseball and Softball organization, KBSC, recognized and supported by the Sports Authority of Kuwait.

As the President of the PTSO, I will be able to add value where it's need most, through improving the schools reputation with more community engagement/out-reach programs, enhancing the current PTSO activities, and finding new corporate sponsorship funding to support future student initiatives.

I have three children in AUS - a 1st grader, a 4th Grader and a 7th Grader, because of this i'm personally invested in the school's success. I will strive to apply my utmost in ensuring a bright future for my children and believe I can directly have a positive impact on their lives by becoming the next President of AUS's PTSO.

VICE PRESIDENT

Liesl Cheney

My name is Liesl and I am an Austrian / South African living in Kuwait with a daughter starting Kindergarten at AUS. I am a passionate and experienced cook and baker, food stylist and photographer. This is my second year on the PTSO and I am excited for the opportunity to step up as Vice President to continue to support the positive momentum we have created for our school and children. In addition to PTSO activities, I have supported the AUS culinary programme through volunteering my time assisting Chef Bushell, Chef Robles and the students with Winter Wonderland and Arts Night events. I have really enjoyed being involved in school activities and look forward to building on the programs that exist, whilst adding new ideas and broader parent participation.

TREASURER

Dr. Mashael Alomar

I am an Assistant Professor who earned a Bachelors and Masters degree from Kuwait University, as well as a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2014.

I worked with excellent communication skills demonstrated by 9 years of teaching experience (3 years in the UK & 6 years in Kuwait), with a management experience and diverse skills. Versed in teaching and managing projects demonstrated by (20 years) experience.

I am a mother of 4 kids and so proud to have two of them attending AUS - one in High School and the other in Elementary. As a parent of AUS, I would like to be involved in brining the best activities to the school as a PTSO member. I believe in adding and improving, while achieving set goals, which mainly making the school a better place.

SECRETARY

Shaikha Alshowaired

As a new member of the family , I am very excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a key year group, about whom I have heard great things. To give you some brief information about myself, I'm Shaikha Alshowaired who is also a mother of a great son who is in 4th grade. I have worked in Gulf Bank, Kuwait National Library, and Kuwait National Museum. I am looking forward to helping the parents and working as a family, and team, to get the best for our students. The year ahead will be probably the most important of your son or daughter's academic curriculum so far, and I see myself as supporting our students and family time to achieve of their very best, with the working staff and with you as parents.

HIGH SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE

Cathy Al-Obaid

Having served as PTSO President in 2018/2019 and a very proud mother of a High School Student, it is with great honor to work again on the AUS Board as the High School Representative with our esteemed community of teachers, high school students and parents who all invest in our children’s education at AUS. Looking forward to another successful year!

MIDDLE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE

Eilaf Alsayed Yousef

My name is Eilaf Alsayed Yousef. I am Kuwaiti and have lived here for most of my life. I have a degree in Accounting and worked as a banker for five years before transferring to work for as Head of PR in our family's business. I love to interact and socialise with people and am enthusiastic about arranging public events. I look forward to working together to create a positive environment and community at AUS.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE

Rosana Bracho

My name is Rosana Bracho, and I have two daughters in AUS, one in Grade 7 and one in Kindergarten. I have been in Kuwait for 2 years now. I am a Petroleum Engineer and currently obtaining a certification in International Law and Intellectual Property. I'm passionate about everything related to new technologies and tools that can improve current processes and protocols, and also have been involved in many charitable movements and organizations that try to make the world a little bit better. Being here in Kuwait has given me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from the AUS family and now it's my turn to give back and work harder for our beloved school.

If you have any questions please contact us on
PTSO@aus.edu.kw

BYLAWS

THE BYLAWS


Article I:

Name

The name of the organization shall be American United School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization (PTSO).


Article II:

Mission Statement and Purpose

1. The Mission of the PTSO

“Taking education to the next level through commitment, collaboration and communication among parents, students and educators”

2. The Purpose of the PTSO is :

A. To foster and nurture relationships among parents, educators and students for the benefit of the school community.

B. To develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement in the promotion of student welfare.

C. To recruit and coordinate volunteers, provide special recognition in awards ceremonies or through other activities, organize parent education events.

D. Support in lieu of a Booster club, music, foreign language club, sports, theatrical productions and much more.


Article III:

Membership

Members of the PTSO are all students, parents and guardians whose children are students in the school. Members also include staff and administration of the school as determined by the School Director.


Article IV:

Executive Council

There shall be an Executive Council (ExCo) that will serve as the administrative arm of the PTSO. The ExCo will meet once per month. A quorum will consist of at least four (4) ExCo officers (non-school employees).

Section 1

The ExCo shall include a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Parent Representative (one from each level: Elementary, Middle School and High School), one Teacher from each level, one Elementary Student, one Middle School Student Council member, one High School Student Council member and Princi- pals of Elementary, Middle School and High School.

Section 2

A. All ExCo officers, except the Principals and Teachers, shall be elected at an annual meeting held in the first two months of each school year.

B. Election of ExCo officers shall be by ballot except when there is only one nominee for an office.

C. The ExCo officers shall be elected to serve for one school year.

D. Their term of office shall begin following the election after a one month transitional period of hand over.

Section 3

The Teacher representatives will be selected for a one-school year term by and from among the AUS teachers in the school.

Section 4
No ExCo officer shall hold more than one office at a time.

Section 5

There shall be no limit to the number of consecutive terms an ExCo officer may hold the same position.

Section 6

Vacancies on the ExCo will be filled as soon as possible by majority vote amongst ExCo officers.

Section 7

When an ExCo officer fails to attend without adequate excuse or if the ExCo officer is not fulfilling his/her responsibilities as prescribed in the by-laws, the officer may be replaced by the ExCo, by a vote of at least four (4) officers (non-school employees) and the position may be filled according to Article IV Section 5.

Section 8

ExCo officers should not also be members of the School Advisory Board, except the PTSO President and the Principals. However, the PTSO President should always serve on the School Advisory Board.

Section 9

Before an ExCo officer or spouse accepts a position from the school with any remuneration, full disclosure shall be provided to the PTSO in order to disclose the relationship.


Article V:

Duties of the ExCo and its members

Section 1

The President shall preside at all PTSO meetings and shall ensure that all tasks undertaken by the PTSO are completed.

Section 2

The Vice President assists and shall serve in the absence of the President including filling in when there is a vacancy amongst ExCo officers.

Section 3

The Secretary shall keep a record of all PTSO meetings and any required correspondence (including minutes, briefs, etc.). Minutes should be circulated within one week following PTSO or ExCo (or other) meetings.

Section 4

The Treasurer will keep the PTSO’s financial records and books in good order and will be primarily responsible for all financial transactions. The financial books will be kept on a monthly basis and shall be made available, upon request, to the general PTSO membership. Any commitment to spend or actual expenditure will be signed by the Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary.

Section 5

The Teacher representatives shall be present during PTSO meetings. The Teacher representatives serves as liaison between PTSO and staff and keeps PTSO members informed of staff concerns or ideas.

Section 6

The Principals shall be present during PTSO meetings. The Principals provide the PTSO with information on administrative developments in their respective schools.

Section 7

The Students representatives shall be present during PTSO meetings. The Students representatives serve as the liaison between PTSO and student council and keeps PTSO members informed of students concerns or ideas.

Section 8

The Parent Representatives of Elementary, Middle School and High School keep PTSO members informed of parent concerns and/or ideas.


Article VI:

Meetings

Section 1

PSTO meetings will be held a minimum once a quarter, preferably on a fixed day each month (e.g., 1st Tuesday, 2nd Wednesday, etc.). PTSO meetings will be open to all members.

Section 2

Special PTSO meetings shall be called by the President and/or two or more ExCo officers with adequate notice.

Section 3

A quorum will consist of those present. There will be one vote per PTSO member. Unless stated other- wise, PTSO decisions will be decided by majority voting.

Section 4

Executive Council (ExCo) meetings are for the elected ExCo members only. Others may attend by invitation only from an Executive Council member.


Article VII:

Committees

Section 1

Committees, standing or special, will be appointed by the ExCo as and when required.

Section 2

Each committee will make reports to the ExCo and will submit a written report on its annual activities.


Article VIII:

Amendment of By-laws

Section 1

Proposed amendments should be forwarded to the Secretary of the ExCo, who will include it on the agenda for deliberation and voting at the next PTSO meeting. These by-laws can be amended at a board meeting and approved at a general meeting of the PTSO by a simple majority vote of the quorum as defined in section IV of the by laws.

Section 2

Copies of these By-laws will be available on the school PTSO website.


Article IX:

Dissolution

In the event of dissolution of the PTSO, any funds that have accrued to the PTSO’s account will be placed in a school account which will be held until a new parent organization is established or as determined by the School Director and Advisory Board.


MEETING MINUTES

School Year 2015-2016 Minutes


School Year 2016-2017 Minutes

Location: Middle School Building G-15

  • PTSO Board Elections—October 5th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m

Dear AUS Parents,


The role of the PTSO is to help strengthen our school community. How do we achieve that? What we work on this year... what we work on next year... how we make the school a better place... it's up to us parents and your membership! There's no better cause!

We welcome you to become more involved in the PTSO and assist in our many committee opportunities. Your participation is welcomed at any level, whether it be simply becoming a member, attending a PTSO meeting, taking on a committee position or volunteering to work at a PTSO school event. The success of the PTSO relies on the consistent and enthusiastic support and involvement of our AUS parents.


"We want to make our school a great place for our kids to thrive"

The purpose of the AUS PTSO is to promote and support the educational community and the social activities of AUS. The PTSO strives to provide clear and current communication to our stakeholders. We have built strong, cooperative relationships with local area businesses as well as with our teachers and school staff. The PTSO works to enrich the educational experience for our students through a myriad of activities organized by dedicated parent volunteers.

We hope you will plan to support and volunteer at many of our events such as: Winter Wonderland, Falloween, Coffee Mornings, support to school events such as Arts Night, Field Days and other events which our students truly enjoy and help to make our school community thrive.