- School Advisory Board
- Partnering with Parents
- Building our Strategic Plan
- Our Accreditation Plan
AUS is governed by the school Director with the support and guidance of the School Advisory Board (SAB). The goal of the SAB is to work to uphold the school vision and mission for the present and the future. This is carried out by: providing strategic guidance and support on the school’s overall progress, being an advocate for ALL students, and being actively involved in the School Improvement and Accreditation process. The SAB always demonstrates diversity in discussion and unity in action.
School Advisory Board
- AUS School Advisory Board (SAB)
- SAB Organization
- SAB Members
- SAB Bylaws
- SAB Committees
- School Year 2015 - 2016 Minutes
- School Year 2016 - 2017 Minutes
- School Year 2017 - 2018 Minutes
- School Year 2018 - 2019 Minutes
- School Year 2019-2020 Minutes
- School Year 2022-2023 Minutes
AUS School Advisory Board (SAB)
AUS Advisory Board can consist of fifteen to twenty members, some voting members elected and/or appointed by the school community, some serving ex-officio, and others will be selected based on their affiliation and relationship with AUS. The Members are nominated and elected for 2 years terms.
Ms. Amani Abulhasan, Co-Chair
Ms. Lama AlBabtain, Co-Chair
Mr. Nawaf Arhama, Vice Chair
Mr. Mijbil AlAyoub, Public Relations Liaison & PTSO Rep.
, Secretary & ES Teacher Representative
Ms. Rosana Bracho , ES Parents Rep
Mr. Mijbil AlAyoub, MS Parents Rep
Mr. Abdullah Naser, HS Parents Rep
, HS Student/ Student Council President
, HS Student/ Student Council Vice President
Ms. Irina Itkin, U.S. Embassy Representative
Mr. Brian Scott, Chevron Representative
Ms. Mindy Lee, ES Teacher Representative
Ms. Debon Stotts, MS Teacher Representative
Ms. Candice Warzecha, HS Teacher Representative
Mr. Michael Wininger, Director
Ms. Taryn Peirera, Associate Director
Mr. Michael Elston, Secondary School Principal
Mr. Joshua Henry, Elementary School Principal
The objective of the School Advisory Board (SAB) is to uphold the school vision and mission for the present and the future, and to work cooperatively and effectively with AUS administration for the improvement of the school.
The roles and duties of the SAB are to provide strategic guidance and support on the school’s overall progress, to be an advocate for ALL students, and to be actively involved in the school improvement and accreditation process. The SAB always demonstrates diversity in discussion and unity in action.
The SAB will consist of fifteen to twenty members, including voting members elected and/or appointed by the school community, ex-officio members, and others to be appointed based on their affiliation and relationship with AUS. The members are nominated and elected for two year terms.
The SAB will consist of four officers: Chairperson, Co-Chair, Public Relations Liaison and Secretary. The four officers will be elected within the SAB by all the voting members. School administrators cannot hold any officer role on the SAB.
The School Advisory Board shall meet a minimum of four times per year. The scheduled dates and times for these meetings will be agreed on by the members at the first meeting of the SAB each school year. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed in coordination with all board members. A schedule of meetings will be posted on the AUS website.
Meeting Agendas will be sent electronically prior to each meeting to all members and Meeting Minutes will be distributed after each meeting.
An ad hoc policy and procedures review committee shall be formed annually to review the board bylaws, general policies, and operating procedures. The committee shall be elected from the board membership. Any changes to policy, procedure, or bylaws will be presented to the board for approval.
Advisory Board Committees are:
- Strategic Planning Committee
- School Improvement and Accreditation Committee
- Marketing and Public Relations Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Adhoc committees (convene as needed)
- Strategic Planning Committee:
To assist the school administration in developing, executing, assessing and, as necessary, modifying the school's strategy for long-term growth.
- School Improvement and Accreditation Committee
To improve the school’s overall quality by providing recommendations and ideas to the School Administration, and to support the school in achieving compliance with the accreditation standards.
- Marketing and Public Relations Committee
The committee is concerned with the School's standing, promotion, and relationships with its public audiences, including other schools, the community and the government.
- Nominating Committee
The committee takes applications and reviews candidates who want to be members of the Advisory Board. They recommend a slate of candidates.
- Adhoc committees (convene as needed)
School Year 2015 - 2016 Minutes
School Year 2016 - 2017 Minutes
Minutes of Meetings
School Year 2017 - 2018 Minutes
School Year 2018 - 2019 Minutes
School Year 2019-2020 Minutes
School Year 2022-2023 Minutes
Partnering with Parents
- PTSO Bylaws
- PTSO Members
- School Year 2014-2015 Minutes
- School Year 2015-2016 Minutes
- School Year 2016-2017 Minutes
The name of the organization shall be American United School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization (PTSO).
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.
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.
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).
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 Principals of Elementary, Middle School and High School.
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.
The Teacher representatives will be selected for a one-school year term by and from among the AUS teachers in the school.
No ExCo officer shall hold more than one office at a time.
There shall be no limit to the number of consecutive terms an ExCo officer may hold the same position.
Vacancies on the ExCo will be filled as soon as possible by majority vote amongst ExCo officers.
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.
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.
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.
Duties of the ExCo and its members
The President shall preside at all PTSO meetings and shall ensure that all tasks undertaken by the PTSO are completed.
The Vice President assists and shall serve in the absence of the President including filling in when there is a vacancy amongst ExCo officers.
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.
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.
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.
The Principals shall be present during PTSO meetings. The Principals provide the PTSO with information on administrative developments in their respective schools.
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.
The Parent Representatives of Elementary, Middle School and High School keep PTSO members informed of parent concerns and/or ideas.
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.
Special PTSO meetings shall be called by the President and/or two or more ExCo officers with adequate notice.
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.
Executive Council (ExCo) meetings are for the elected ExCo members only. Others may attend by invitation only from an Executive Council member.
Committees, standing or special, will be appointed by the ExCo as and when required.
Each committee will make reports to the ExCo and will submit a written report on its annual activities.
Amendment of By-laws
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.
Copies of these By-laws will be available on the school PTSO website.
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.
School Year 2014-2015 Minutes
School Year 2015-2016 Minutes
School Year 2016-2017 Minutes
Building our Strategic Plan
The AUS School Community will begin its Strategic Planning initiative this fall at the School Advisory Board’s first meeting of the school year. Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that educators, employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust AUS’s direction in response to a changing environment. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where our school is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how we will know if it is successful.
As a new school in Kuwait, this is the perfect time for AUS to begin the Strategic Planning Process. The importance of coming together with those in the community who will be affected by the educational opportunities we provide is key to the development of our plan. It is our aim to have the opinions of as many of our parents, students, educators and other employees in putting everyone on the same page to increase the chances that our efforts will be successful.
The Strategic Planning Process will include review/and or development of the AUS:
Mission and Vision Statements
Create Viable Objectives
Behavioral, Community level-outcome, Process
Develop Action Plan with Action Steps
Once we have completed designing the strategic plan for AUS, we will begin the REAL work. This action plan will need to be tried and tested and revised, then tried and tested and revised again. This process will require obtaining feedback from community members, and add and subtract elements of our plan based on these comments.
We look forward to the entire AUS School Community assisting us to define the dream/s that shape our school, set measureable goals, define ways to meet those goals, and finally, develop practical ways to bring about needed changes that benefit the students we serve. Check the school website for upcoming School Advisory Board announcements so you can be involved as we move forward in implementing an exemplary educational program for students.
Our Accreditation Plan
As of spring, 2018, American United School (AUS) was awarded dual accreditation from the Council of International School (CIS) and Middle States Association (MSA). This stellar accomplishment makes AUS one of the few American schools in Kuwait with this illustrious title. The visiting team was very impressed with the entire school community. They praised AUS for its creativity, innovation, and commitment to excellence. As a result, AUS was granted a 10 year accreditation.”
The American United School of Kuwait is associated with a number of local, regional and international organizations that serve to support excellence in student achievement, professional learning and community relations.
As of spring, 2018, American United School (AUS) was awarded duel accreditation from the Council of International School (CIS) and Middle States Association (MSA). This stellar accomplishment makes AUS one of the few American schools in Kuwait with this illustrious title. The visiting team was very impressed with the entire school community. They praised AUS for its creativity, innovation, and commitment to excellence. As a result, AUS was granted a 10 year accreditation.
- The Governance Continuum
- Standards and Indicators - 8th Ed (V8.2)
- School Improvement Continuum
- AUS - 2015 Membership Visit Outcome Letter
- AUS - 2016 Award of Candidate Status for CIS Accreditation
- Explaining CIS Evaluation and Accreditation - 8th Ed (V8.2)
- CIS Accreditation Letter
- CIS Accreditation Certificate
Endicott Survey & School Climate Survey