ACS Athens' Next 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

is Scheduled for:

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.



Dear ACS Athens Community Members:


It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2nd ACS Athens Alumni Achievement Awards event that will take place on April 6, 2019. 

   

Over the past decades ACS Athens alumni have exhibited great leadership with ethos, including serving humanity in all areas of society.  We will continue to celebrate and recognize ACS Athens alumni leaders at the 2nd Global Achievement Awards event that will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2019.   

The two awards that will be given to ACS Athens alumni will be: 


 Lifetime Achievement Award   recognizing an alumnus (over 40) whose accomplishments in the public, private or non-profit sector have made an outstanding contribution to the community and serve as an example both professionally and ethically.




Upcoming Young Leadership Award recognizing an alumnus (aged 40 or under) who shows promise in his/her field by providing inspiration and leadership to students and other young alumni.  The recipient has to have shown significant leadership either in their professional career and/or community, public or humanitarian service



The Nominations Form and all relevant information about these two awards can be found at the ACS Athens Global site (www.acsathensglobal.org).  Nominations are accepted only through this site.  If you have not yet signed up as a member, please do so. 


I encourage you to read the guidelines for this new initiative and to participate by nominating someone you believe has the qualities outlined above and should be considered for these two awards. 


I believe that this awards initiative will become tradition for ACS Athens and a truly wonderful way for us to recognize our alumni as they leave our institution to go on to become successful citizens of the world with ethos. 


 Sincerely,



                                                                      


Guest Column


Reflections of an ACS Graduate '11

by Member and Guest Contributor Anastasi Sharp


“It’s the end of an era,” my brother Ilia mused one morning, addressing me, my brother Alexander, and my friend Jason. We are all alumni of ACS (the American Community School of Athens), a K-12 school in Greece. In a few months he would be the last of my family’s current generation to join those ranks.


It was December 21st, 2017: a cold Greek day in a country of mesmerizing warmth. We were making our annual pilgrimage to our school, gravitating back to the mothership where both my parents, aunts, brothers, many friends and I had once lived, worked, thought, played and voyaged.


There were others who did the same that day, 40 to be exact . Thee were enough names to fill a sprawling board in the famed cafeteria with our names and where we had attended school since we graduated. That warm, familiar place still appeared to be a crossroads of the school. Any combination of people is possible there. You could find an administrator waiting on the sandwich line while a coach rushes by to ask for ice to aid an injured knee, only to run into an Optimal Match specialist he hasn’t seen in a while, but will soon sit on a panel with to discuss the i2Flex method  on a livestreamed webcast.

There were few free hands in the house. It seemed each person hand held a cup of fragrant hot chocolate in one hand, and the other held either a kourambie (buttered biscuits sprinkled with powdered sugar) or a melomakarono (honey cookies). The annual spectacle of students, math instructors, librarians, secretaries, and athletes belting out Jingle Bells began to unfold before my eyes.


Among the faces I recognized were children of fellow alumni, with whom I share something important: the experience of growing up here. They may remember the rite of passage of crossing the street that once physically separated the elementary school from the rest of ACS. Perhaps they remember the homework packets, school plays to apply their knowledge of Greek mythology and seeing where it was first set in stone on the Acropolis. Perhaps they remember decorating the inside of their first locker, or treading lightly through a middle school dance.


Perhaps they had an early Eureka moment, mine was learning the power of great design as I watched an egg parachute I had designed in my Design Technology class floating elegantly from the balcony our class had dropped its projects from. Perhaps they remember the intimidation of a great challenge, and the joy of rising to meet it. The moment my eighth grade ears heard that my film review for the Blue and Gold Magazine made me the youngest ever contributor comes to mind. Perhaps they remember the rigor of obtaining an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma , which taught me a critical thought process that I still use every day.


Maybe they remember the sense of teamwork they fostered with friends across the classroom desk, between free shots in the back field (or, in my case, between strokes in a swimming team race), behind the debating podium, between bites at a lunchtime yearbook meeting, or between takes in the student newsroom.


I could not shake the question in my mind as I read the names of those who returned: What is the force that brings them back? What is it about ACS that we flip back to as we plan the sentences in our stories of our lives that have yet to be written?

I know I cannot possibly account for the experience of so many who saw ACS in so many ways across so many generations. I hope I can make a small contribution to a discussion about a group of people who have roamed our world—and solar system—and still report back to mission control. Here goes.


1. 
Mentorship

As I looked back through my history at ACS, I tried to remember the first of many times when I felt a hand of guidance on my shoulder; the hand that never held out an answer, but offered glimpses of new, unexplored ideas and possibilities. It allowed me to see have Eureka moments for myself, and delight in the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of stones no longer unturned.

The earliest one I can recall was early in my first year at ACS. We had just been sent off for recess. We may have just completed the unit on the American settlers or nutrition. I recall writing a story about a magical box that gave you whatever you needed at that time. After I thought I had scribbled the story on a set of notebook papers with margins for illustrations on top I dropped it on the assignment pile. I could not contain my excitement for completing the story , or so I thought.

I exclaimed. “I can’t believe such a small box could be so powerful.”

“Did you use the word small?” asked my teacher. “No,” I said.

“Well, you should,” she added, explaining the power of adjectives to show rather than tell. I penciled that word in and continued.

“Anyway, so about that small, plain box.”

“Did you write plain?”

I saw where this was going, and, hoping for some recess, dreamt up this in vivid detail, and as quietly as I could.


My teacher’s line of questioning still runs in the back of my mind, like the inner voice that tells us the picture on the wall is crooked, and more importantly, gives us the conscience to set it straight. Advice, often unsolicited, and not speaking from the agenda of a set curriculum but with the voice of conscience that transcends disciplines in our world that defies disciplines, what Dr. Gialamas calls the Global Morfosis Paradigm. 



 


That hand of guidance returned time and time again both to sharpen my tastes (which eventually led me to a Masters Degree in Advertising) and embolden my creative spirit. In high school, I was frustrated with the lack of consolidation in my IB Visual Arts process books (journals that track creative projects from inspiration to execution.) I was encouraged to take a new approach. I knew, from the first time I dared set pen to paper (now stylus pen to tablet) I was cartooning and storyboarding, even before I knew what those things were. Why not tell my process as a story? After all, as I discovered, my natural impulse is to storyboard. Rather than parrot off passages of cave art from a textbook, why not cast a cave painter as the narrator of prehistory? So I did, with the encouragement of my teacher, who gave me source material along the way, including Scott McCloud’s indispensable Understanding Comics  . Had my approach been rejected, my process could have remained disorderly. Because I was given the fuel, my best practices had liftoff. This process has carried through to my recent work as a creative strategist in my advertising portfolio , which I am currently showing around New York as I continue on the Great American Job Search. 

I know these are only my stories. There may be as many other tales of mentorship as there are hairs under the graduation caps every year. I have read stories of teachers who inspired their children to return to this school as teachers. I have seen teachers who mentor not only as teachers, but also as athletic coaches, debate moderators, student magazine editors, book club coordinators, student council advisors, math club proctors, and conference panelists at the strike of the 3:45 PM bell. 


Those restless guiding hands remind me that the day comes to a close but teaching and learning never do.

2. Reflection and Remix



I believe ACS encourages those creative leaps that bring the world of the imagination out in the stratosphere within reach. By understanding the world as we know it (what it is and how it works), we can then question and rebuild it.


As I wrote in an earlier post , the unexpected association of unrelated ideas is the mental clay whose form is as flexible as the limits of human imagination. The process of remix has given us some of the greatest ideas and inventions we depend on today, like the way Larry Page and Sergei Brin envisioned Google  by imagining web links as a series of bibliographical citations that endlessly link back to other sources. Those mental leaps simply changed our world.  


I think the long-standing Truman Trial in the famed 10th grade “Combo” (American Studies / Literature) class encouraged remix. The need of former US president Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb rested in the hands of my team of lawyers and our witnesses as the entire school tuned in online  and in person. With the gravity of this case upon us, I felt we had a personal stake in the course of history where our role could have been passive. The engagement with such a charged case reminds me of the difference between coasting along as a passenger and steering the starship. Sitting at the captain’s helm gave me and my team pause before every argument we added to our case, and every cross examination I did. The stakes were high, so the lessons of the trial remain unforgettable.


The intricacies and curveballs the case threw at us, like the resurrection of Machiavelli as a defense witness, have conditioned my brain to a state of remix. This openness to new ideas and associations have helped kick my ideas into hyperdrive. The time where my advertising class studio team envisioned LEGO blocks as the portal to a digital in-store experience  comes to mind. Had my school not taught me to be open to new connections, I may have never made them.

I know this kind of thinking still abounds at ACS. I am so impressed to read about student revelations on the famed Humanities trips, and other excursions that ask the big questions and ask what makes a place like Greece unique. Each of the many excursions reminded me that Athens is a place of limitless remix where the past, present, and future are in constant conversation. The sprouting of student work on student portfolios and blogs seems to encourage the free flow of knowledge and reflection across the disciplines, both for the students, and their global viewership. Dr. Gialamas’ knots come to mind as the symbols of the infinite feedback loop of reflection and rethinking in learning.


I believe Ilia would never have devised the 1.50 Club had ACS not taught him to search for new ways to see his world. It was a simple insight that € 1.50, a typical price for an iced Greek coffee, can buy a boxed lunch for a student in need. That alone ignited a powerful partnership with DIATROFI , an initiative within the impactful PROLEPSIS  organization that has helped feed food-insecure children all over Greece.


3.  
Community



The “C” in ACS for me is as inseparable from the experience as the letter is from its title. Community at ACS has an international perspective. It means your language teacher may have another degree in concert music from a country that neither you nor she is from. Community means that your athletic, forensic, and university-related travel itinerary reads like the content of your European geography quiz. Community means that the nationalities of your friend group read like a U.N. delegation.


I am proud to be woven into this school’s rich community-wide culture that I think informs my perspective today. I found an outlet through that community in the TEDx Youth Talks  when I was so thrilled to have rediscovered comics as the engine behind my creative process, I decided to give a talk that took the audience through my process. I remember following the expressions of the faces I recognized in the front rows of that darkened theater; students, parents, and teachers I had grown up around, experiencing each epiphany like their own. When it was my turn in the audience, I found myself in as much awe of the stories I heard as my own. Everyone watching the stage from their seat or living room heard stories of space elevators, the power of smiling, at-risk outreach in Greek villages from friends, teachers, and faculty. As often happens at our school, the line between teacher and student faded. Learning soared.


I felt that same community focus in ACS’s Summer Leadership Institute . When other participants and I began defining our ideas and perceptions of leadership, I originally defined leadership as the work of visionary individuals. But as we walked the halls of the University of Richmond and Washington DC area churches, museums, political offices and murals where leadership was a function of responsibility to a community, I began to see the common ground between leader and follower.


I remember a moment where that distinction melted entirely. We were in the ACS library, a few days before we flew to DC for the second part of our training. We did a dance routine in shiny top hats trying hard to put our best left foot forward. I wondered at the time about the relevance of this activity to leadership, but stepping back into our unfortunate chorus line, I remembered that we were in a row formation, where the back rows mirrored the front. There were leaders, there were followers. We all served the dance, which bonded that little cross section of our community, and our (mercifully) small audience.


In my experience, I believe the small moments define the meaning of community at our school as much as the turning points: The collective gasp of relief in an IB or SAT exam when we realized the material we studied is what appeared on the test; the cheer and laughter of student athletes, coaches, and parents as they view the annual Sports Banquet slideshow ; the insights that crackled across the auditorium while we watched a Yannis Simeonides’ brilliant rendition of Plato’s Apology after we had all read it over the summer ; The buzz in the Incubator  or the state-of-the-art Sabbagh Media Studio where ACS comes together to flex its creative muscles; The snap of the camera shutter that captured the cover of the ETHOS Magazine  where my brothers and I were photographed with several dozen children of alumni who also attended ACS; the notification that invites young ACS alumni to their very first NHSA (National Hellenic Student Association)  convention where Hellenic ACS alumni have thrived in their respective communities around America and passed the torch onward.


Before we went home on that cold, yet warm Greek day, I looked back at the constellation of alumni signatures across that cafeteria wall, and the inspiring young people about to join their ranks. I looked back at the mentors among them, and the very process of reflection they had taught me, the examined life they encouraged me to live. My years at that school helped to make sense of the moments that came after, including this one.


In a way, Ilia was right. In a way, it was the end of an era. A generation of my family at ACS would end with him. But I knew, after years of returning, that we may drift, but our everything we learned and learned to love about our school keeps us in orbit.


See this article on Anastasi's website or hear it on his podcast


Our thanks to Anastasi for his article. Please feel welcome to submit your article, professional advice, opinion or analysis, career commentary and/or announcements. - The Editor.




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ACS Athens Summer Camp: June 18-July 6, 2018. 
Learning the English language through exciting and fun activities!

Registration is now open; visit: www.acs.gr



IIC Summer Scholars' Academy at ACS Athens


Challenging, engaging, and fun learning opportunities for Academy and Middle School students offered by the Institute for Innovation and Creativity (IIC) at ACS Athens, June 25-July 6, 2018. ACS Athens Academy students can earn high school credit while pursuing an intellectual passion, exploring a new subject or learning new skills. Middle School Students can let their imaginations lead them as they develop creative and critical thinking skills and expand their craft as writers or as mathematical problem solvers​.​


Click here for more information. Feel free to contact Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs, if you would like more information about any of the courses. Contact Ms. Marietta Garbis, IIC Assistant, at garbism@acs.gr or 210-6393-200, ext. 200 for enrolment.


​THE PROGRAM IS ALSO OPEN TO CHILDREN OF ACS ATHENS ALUMNI AND QUALIFIED ATHENS AREA STUDENTS WHO ARE ​NOT ACS ATHENS STUDENTS. ENGLISH FLUENCY AND A GOOD ACADEMIC RECORD ARE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION.



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The poetry of ACS Athens Alum John Tripoulas featured in The Iowa Review

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ACS Alum Alexander Voutsas’ Exhibit of the Old Airport, Opened May 11. 



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Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here


 


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ACS Athens

On my first day at ACS, as a 3rd grader, I was disgruntled, frightened, and home-sick. Over time, the inclusive dynamic of the faculty and staff and the tight-knit nature of the ACS community helped me grow and expand as a learner, a friend, and a wholesome member of the community.


My parents sent me to ACS Athens, knowing the long-standing reputation, credibility, and ability of the institution to foster my education throughout all the crucial periods of my childhood and adolescence. They were not aware of the even greater impact ACS Athens would have on me – shaping me into a citizen of the world. I studied, exercised, discussed, argued, and grew up alongside Greeks, Americans, Egyptians, Norwegians, Israelis, Brazilians, Koreans, Italians and South Africans, and that is to name just a few of the over 50 nationalities represented within the ACS Athens community. In a class of fewer than 100, in a school of fewer than 1000, I was immersed in a tremendous diversity of culture, experience, talent, and friendship.


This diversity permeated into my personal life as I sought to become well-versed in both the humanities and the sciences, as well as in sports. I participated in the JV and Varsity swimming team, and I fondly remember the two trips we took, first to Warsaw, Poland, and then to Budapest, Hungary, for the ISST swimming competition. In high school I then traveled with the German class to Switzerland on an educational trip. Before most students anywhere in the world are allowed to drink, drive, or vote, I was traveling across Europe and becoming friends with people from across the world.


Furthermore, I ran for student council in my Middle School years and went on to become president. It was in that capacity that I met with the leader of the Middle States Association delegation, responsible for re-accrediting the school. He went on to announce at the faculty assembly that he had met the future Prime Minister of Greece (me). I was deeply grateful for that unsolicited endorsement, though I had no intention of running for high office. However, I have continued to strengthen my involvement in civic engagement and leadership.


My involvement and immersive commitment as an active member of the ACS community was and has been recognized to this day. During the 8th grade graduation, I was awarded the original seal of the Spartan House (Go Spartans!). And although I moved at the end of the 10th grade to the U.S., my long-standing affection for the school, along with my standing among the faculty and students, saw me walking with them during graduation!




Middletown High School, University of Maryland - College Park, University of Maryland School of Medicine

After leaving Greece, I attended Middletown High School, a public high school in rural western Maryland. My class size was triple what I had been used to, with 96% white demographic, of which almost 50% had never been outside the state. It was an adjustment! But ACS had done wonders in preparing me. I flew through 6 AP courses with honors, making friends in the year above me as well as my own.


At the University of Maryland – College Park, I was confident that I was going to study something in Biology, graduate, go to medical school, residency, finish by 27, and move to Greece. There’s a saying in Greek. It involves planning and God laughing.


One failed calculus exam (which had no impact), a 3.83 GPA with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology and a minor in Modern Greek later, I knew two things: I didn’t like basic research and I liked Cavafy. But I had never actually sat down with my advisors and discussed a strategic plan for my medical school application until the end of my junior year.


Upon graduating, I applied to medical school, went on a Euro-trip with my two best friends from ACS (unforgettable), and then got rejected.




So, I took a gap year. I first shadowed a surgeon and anesthesiologist. This experience taught me more than I had ever expected. I stayed at the cardiology emergency room at a public hospital, actively participating for over 15 hours during the εφημερίες (on-call). I then moved to Chicago (twice – staying with 2 different classmates from ACS), raised and trained a puppy, started working as an office manager turned quality manager at a small air force supply chain management company, APS. I re-applied to medical school, focused on my essays, had an All-Star basketball team of editors, and got in.


Now I’m going through the first year of fierce, never-ending motions of what is said to be the routine medical school experience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It’s a whirlwind experience of obscene information in pursuit of consummate knowledge, playing on x2 speed.


The National Hellenic Student Association

I am currently serving as President of the National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of North America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Hellenism. Initiatives include a virtual Stock Market Competition, an upcoming beach clean-up in Athens, a blog on recent and relevant topics, and internships with CLEO, an epidemiological center in Greece set on combatting hospital-acquired infections and promoting the judicious use of antibiotics. Coming soon are also an academic network, academic scholarships, and more! Check out http://www.nhsaofamerica.org/.




My first experience with NHSA was meeting the then President at a birthday party of a very good friend from, you guessed it, ACS! After introductions, it was a few short weeks until I went to a Convention, became interested, and was offered the position of Fundraising Director. Not a year later I ran for Vice President, helped re-write the Constitution, re-structured the Board, and began re-building. In the fall of 2016, I was elected President of NHSA. In addition to the aforementioned, I successfully pushed NHSA to have its first ever conventions in the West (Los Angeles, CA) and the South (Atlanta, GA), helped found a growing Board of Trustees, and set up new initiatives to attract a larger and more active audience.




Advice


Be compassionate – your happiness depends on it – never stop caring for, empathizing with, and understanding that which you have not experienced. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama



Be curious, your freedom depends on it – never stop asking questions, reading, learning. “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” – Thomas Jefferson




Be courageous – your dreams depend on it. “You will never do anything in this world without courage.” – Aristotle. If you want proof look only as far back as Thucydides: “The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.”



But don’t forget:

Remember your family and friends. You chose them. Stand by them. Travel with them. Make new ones.

Be a responsible citizen of the world.






ACS Athens

ACS Athens has a unique, highly diverse learning environment that fosters open-mindedness and cooperation and that strongly emphasizes our role as citizens of the world. I graduated from ACS Athens in 2011, having attended for 13 years, and continued my education at Northwestern University, from where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a second major in Economics.


The reason I attended ACS was to receive a well-rounded education that would best prepare me to continue my studies in the United States and to become a citizen of the world. One of the most important things ACS taught me was the importance of being a balanced and well-rounded individual – my ‘senior superlative’ in the yearbook was “most likely to major in everything”. At ACS I always tried to maintain a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. During my last 4 years at ACS, I participated in math competitions, I co-founded the Math-Literature club, I was a member of the Tennis Academy board, I served as president of the National Honors Society, I was part of the German club, I wrote articles for the Tennis Academy and for Blue and Gold, and I played for the Varsity Tennis Team.


The recognition I received at ACS Athens reflects this value. A characteristic example is that I was awarded the highest academic achievement awards in multiple classes and won multiple medals at the tennis ISST and SCIS tournaments, which led me to be awarded with the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2010.


Northwestern University and Early Career

When I started my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, I was still undecided with respect to what I would major in. I knew I enjoyed math and physics, which is why I had applied for admission to the school of engineering, but I did not know what engineering really meant or what type of engineering I might like. Therefore, in order to try to get a sense of what I would like to do, I adopted a strategy of postponing core classes at the very beginning, and instead I registered for several different engineering courses that I thought I might like, which led me to computer engineering. However, it still took until my 3rd year for me to find the specific field I wanted to focus on.


Halfway through my 3rd year at Northwestern, in early 2014, I started working part-time, ahead of my summer internship, as an FPGA engineer at a propriety trading company in Chicago, Eldorado Trading Group. I had taken a few classes on FPGA design by then, which I had enjoyed, but it was this internship that helped me realize that this was the work I wanted to do. Following my summer internship, Eldorado Trading covered my final year’s tuition and I gradually transitioned to full-time with them. A few years later, in May 2017, the company closed and sold the technology I was working on to DV Trading, which is where I moved and where I am working now. My future goals are to pursue a Master’s and/or MBA degree, while continuing to work in this field of engineering, and eventually I hope to return to Greece.

Beyond providing me with solid fundamentals and helping me become the person I am today, ACS Athens helped me in another important, though less direct, way. Having ACS as my second home for 13 years, I grew up always knowing and expecting that I would be studying and likely working abroad and far away from my home and family. In addition, at ACS I met many families that moved around the world a lot for work. As a result, I did not have trouble acclimating to the US and I am comfortable applying for universities and jobs without restricting myself to a certain city or country.


The National Hellenic Student Association



I serve as the Director of Operations on the executive board of the National Hellenic Student Association of North America (NHSA), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Hellenism in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to provide educational, professional and social opportunities to university students and young professionals through networking events, speaker series, social events, and bi-annual conventions in the fall and spring. This year we will launch our first academic scholarships aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who embody the values of leadership, education and culture.


Advice


Don’t be afraid to try your hand at different things from the first chance you get; it will help you discover what you are best at and what you most enjoy. Even if you think you already know what you want to do, you might be surprised by what you discover. Apply for summer internships, university research assistant positions and jobs from as early as possible, join clubs and organizations that interest you, and explore your interests, but remember to keep a balance among all aspects of your life. Always make sure to leave time for friends, travel and vacation! Stay optimistic and don’t be afraid of change!


We are all citizens of the world.





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International Education in Greece 

VIEWS FROM THE INSTITUTIONS 



ACS Athens: Sustaining Excellence in Improving Learning

Incubator of Students’ Creative Ideas (ISCI) at ACS Athens


Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D


MaryAnn Augoustatos, M.Ed


Today, more than ever, academic institutions need to identify ways to inspire their students to acquire skills and competencies that are essential for becoming critical thinkers and decision-makers. Therefore, there is a need for a new trajectory in the teaching and learning at the K-12 environment. This trajectory needs innovation, creativity and freedom from the fear of failing. Students must be the driving force for such learning and Educators the guiding energy. 


One of the most significant obstacles K-12 Educators are facing is that students have difficulty identifying the real-world application of the concepts they are learning, or how these concepts and applications are relevant to their interests and studies. “When am I ever going to use this?” or “Who cares? In the real world, I can Google anything I need.” Versions of this sentiment have echoed through the walls of classrooms for years. This is simply because students so often do not appreciate or become excited by something they do not see as relevant and meaningful in their potential careers and daily lives. Thus, the way an academic institution designs its curriculum and teaching methodology is what makes the difference in students’ learning and ultimately in their lives. MORE


The Color of Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) organization and ACS Athens aim to celebrate the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change. In collaboration with the "April6.org" platform and under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, ACS Athens will host a memorable event on Friday, April 20 2018, dedicated to promoting peace through sport while honoring those who have lost their home because of war.


"THE COLOR OF PEACE" EVENT: 
On April 20, 2018, ACS Athens will host a soccer match between unattended refugee minors involved with the "Youth 2 Youth" program and ACS Athens students. Together these children comprise over 65 different nationalities. Prior to the day of the event, educational activities and instruction addressing the significance of peace and its’ promotion through sport (ie. the meaning of Olympic truce) will take place throughout all the grades (K-12).


One of the most enjoyable aspects of the celebration is the "Stress Ball Races" to be organized by Elementary, Middle School and Academy respectively. These culminating events will involve students, parents and faculty who can obtain one or more stress balls in the color of their House (small donation requested) with all proceeds going to the "Youth to Youth Program". Each stress ball will be numbered and that number will be associated with the sponsor who donated the money (2€/stress ball). The Principal of each school will grab the first 5 stress balls at the bottom of the slide and those winners will receive 100 points for their House. Flyers with information about these separate races will be posted soon by each school.


ACS aims to promote collaboration between cultures and student athletes as well as to educate all of its stakeholders about the idea of sport promoting healthy competition and unity across the globe. The event is addressed to the greater ACS Athens community. Therefore, the final celebration prior to the soccer match will include a series of music acts as well as motivational speeches by celebrities. At the end of the day the entire student body will raise white cards to transmit the powerful message of peace.


The main event will take place from 1:25pm until 3:45pm on Friday, April 20. Video link





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Power Presence for Women: Unshakeable, Unstoppable, Unforgettable Paperback – April 16, 2018

by alum Janet Ioli (Author)

Power Presence for Women It is an exciting time for women. We have an opportunity as never before to stand up and reject outdated models of power and show up in the world differently. We have an opportunity to demonstrate what a truly powerful presence looks and feels like when we are around it. • This presence is not insecure, egocentric, domineering, fearful, or competitive. • It does not seek to conquer, control, and be seen. • It is not sourced from scarcity or from winning and losing. • Instead, this presence seeks to understand, accept, lift, and unite. It is grounded in a secure, non-egocentric place that is not fragile or easily derailed by fear of its loss. You can’t lose it—because the source of this power is limitless and always accessible if you simply know how to tap into it and let it flow. Even successful, high achieving women confess that they are haunted by thought habits that disempower them. Trailer 



Congratulations to Katerina Stathopoulou

Woman of The Year 2018, Special Gategory: Woman in Shipping.

Γυναίκα της Χρονιάς 2018, Ειδικό Βραβείο: Γυναίκα της Ναυτιλίας Katerina Stathopoulou


John Demos invites former ACSers in Athens come toAURION for audition of magnificent audio systems. 







Read about ACS Athens Alum 

Kathy Capous Chrisovergis

You can follow the link for the English version of the article published in HR Professional Magazine from Boussias Communications


ACS Athens Alum George Koutsoukos presents...


HEALTHY LIFE FESTIVAL • April 20 - 22, Hellexpo


Interested? Link


If you are in CO, NM, WY or beyond, there's an opportunity for BRAT BONDING at the legendary Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs April 28th. Parents/kids/friends welcome. (Registration form on the Colorado Brats Club FB site.)  


Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here


 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




I didn’t realize it at the time, but the school’s diversity was fundamental in shaping my mindset to learn and appreciate differences. My leadership experience in the student council contributed to building my self-confidence and commitment to leadership and service. Participating in and winning Oratory and Oral Interpretation in Forensics competitions built my ability to build and articulate a point of view and sharpen my public speaking skills.


The International Baccalaureate program helped me strengthen my analytical and critical thinking skills and the friendships I built at ACS have remained ingrained in my psyche as deep, lasting, and meaningful connections. I also had the privilege of being the Prom Queen in my senior year, and felt honored by my classmates’ votes.


Education has been a continuing journey for me, as I see myself as a lifelong learner. I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Maryland, a Masters degree in Business and a Masters degree in Public Administration (I wanted both the corporate and the government leadership bases covered.)  I went on to pursue a Doctorate degree in Adult Learning and Human Development at Virginia Tech, but did not complete my dissertation despite completing much of the coursework. 


Career/Affiliations

I have been fortunate that my career has led me to draw upon those strengths and skills I cultivated and started to develop in my years at ACS. Over the years I have worked at several Fortune 200 companies, including CIGNA, Gannett/USA Today, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. I have had the pleasure of holding leadership positions in the Leadership Development and Talent Management areas and build strategies and programs to continuously build leadership capacity. I am a highly trained and International Coaching Federation certified executive coach, with experience working with thousands of leaders on their development over the years. I just completed my second book, “Power Presence for Women” which is based on my experience coaching women executives over the years.


I still work as an executive coach with Northrop Grumman and have a successful coaching business, Janet Ioli International.  (www.janetioli.com) I contribute to Forbes on leadership topics and am a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. In addition, I was invited to write for Huffington’s Thrive Global on well-being topics. I write a popular weekly blog called “Maximize Your Impact” that reminds us all to be at our best. I recently completed a post-graduate certificate program in Positive Psychology and Well-being coaching as I find that personal well-being is the foundation to all other success. I am also on the faculty of the Key Executive Leadership Program for government executives at American University.


I have designed and led many leadership programs over the years, but I must admit that I find deep personal fulfillment working with women. I facilitated the Women’s Leadership program for a large division of Northrop Grumman for years, speak on women’s leadership topics, and recently spoke at the California Women’s Conference, originally founded by Maria Shriver.  


I am fortunate in the respect that my job is also my calling. Helping people step more fully into their own personal power, and realize that leadership and power is not about authority or a title, is something that provides a fulfillment I cannot describe. I love to see people let go of disempowering thinking and do things they were afraid to do. What is so strange is that in my senior year at ACS, I wrote an original oratory that won first place in the Forensics tournament.  It was really a motivational speech, whose theme was about letting go of the definitions of success others had created for you, and learning to define it for yourself. It was about letting go of disempowering stories and worrying about what others think of you, and creating your own destiny.

Ironic isn’t it?  That speech at ACS was the foreshadowing of my future career!  Moral of the story:  what whispers to you early on is probably something to follow.


Family

I met my life’s partner and husband, Frank, at Northrop Grumman. We have been married for 15 years, and joke that it was better late than never. I have a step-daughter, Nicole, who is 18 and in her first year of college. Frank and I moved from the DC metro area to Newport Beach, California about 2 years ago. My sister Kathryn Oliver (class of 88) lives in Virginia, and is as kind and wonderful as she always was growing up.  Emily Dimitratos’ (class of ’81, now Debeniotis) and I have been friends since I was a sophomore at ACS. She also lives in Virginia and I am the godmother of her daughter Ariel. It was hard moving and leaving friends and family on the East Coast. Although there is much I miss about living on the East Coast of the United States, I love living by the beach and the outdoor lifestyle the weather promotes. We enjoy being outside and California reminds me a lot of Greece in that way.




My father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on his 6oth birthday, and died two years later in 2000. Emily Dimitratos’ first daughter, Gabriella, died suddenly at age 10 in 2009. Those unexpected deaths made me realize how precious, short, and unpredictable life is. As a result, I have an urgency about every moment and a passion for health, wellness, and fitness. I am an advocate of healthy eating, exercise, and taking care of yourself. Mental health is also so important, and stress is a killer. Learning to set boundaries and make your own well-being a priority is paramount. 


I spent so much time worrying about the wrong things, and wasting precious energy filling my own mind with self-doubt. The incredibly successful, high-achieving clients I work with every day waste time and energy doing the same thing. Nothing stands in your way to do and be what you want except for the scripts you have running in your own mind. 

Take time to get to know yourself, what you are good at, and what you love. Don’t compare yourself with others or try to be like them, as you will never be a good copy of someone else. Be curious, be compassionate, listen, ask questions, keep learning, and be fearless. 



If you are interested in receiving my free blog and videos with topics to maximize your impact, sign up at  www.janetioli.com





ACS Athens is happy to announce the appointment of alum Melina Vassiliadis as Alumni Liaison Officer! For any requests from the school, alums can contact Melina at vassiliadism@acs.gr.


Watch the finals of the Panhellenic Forensics Tournament, held at ACS Athens!


ACS ATHENS – 2ND PLACE SWEEPSTAKES CUP!


First Among Equals in Group Discussion: 

Asteris Dougalis


First Among Equals in Impromptu Speaking: 

George Dougalis


Finalists in Impromptu Speaking:

Io Grivea,
George Trochopoulos &
George Dougalis


Finalists in Group Discussion:

Asteris Dougalis &
Marilina Bitsikas


Honorable Mentions in Group Discussion:

Madina Abbasova,
Maria Christodoulou &
Spyros Koliopoulos


4th Best Speaker for Debate:

George Dougalis


Debate Team (George DougalisIo GriveaTina GriveaVioletta Alargoff Anagnostou & Ilia Ioannides) did not break to Quarter Finals for 1 Speaker Point!


Over 400 students from 19 schools competed in this year’s Pan Hellenic Forensics Tournament this past weekend, which was hosted by ACS Athens.





Congratulations to the ACS Athens boys and girls varsity teams for first place 

in the International Youth Basketball tournament! Exciting games to the end!



The ACS Athens IB 2 Art class will display students' final work at the ACS Athens Theater Lobby 20th - 29th of March. Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Mar 20.





GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Look for ACS Alum Kal Maleh in his latest Movie!


Congrats ACSer Renee Acker Crouser!


“I am so very honored to have my painting"Jazzy Blues" accepted into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 201818th International Exhibition! This exhibition takes place at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia in May. Congratulations, also, to Kay Ridge for the acceptance of "Solo" and to Herly Terant for"Ariela"! I'm thrilled!”


 

 


ACS Athens Alum Leah Sirkin’s Current Project

"Mirabai: The Barefoot Princess, I aim to bring life and relevance to the dramatic story of the girl who fell in love with a god."


Leah invites you to listen to two songs from her current project here. Thanks to Tano Brock for recording/arranging! 








 


 ACS Athens alum Scott Parazynski in Houston on March 16!


Come say hello and get your signed copy of THE SKY BELOW at Brazos Bookstore in Houston on Friday, March 16th at 7pm!











 

Sand Dunes & Scaffolds


One of the new works of ACS Alum and Faculty Farida El Gazzar at The Armory Show in New York last weekend, 8-11 March 2018 at Booth 609 / Kalfayan Galleries / Pier94. Other contemporary Artists featured: Antonis Donef, Farida El Gazzar, Panos Tsagaris and Kostis Velonis.


Office Furniture Sale!

A very large variety of office furniture for sale: all are in excellent condition, finely made by Dromeassa in Greece, part of their 2008 euro line.

DESKS • BOOKSHELVES •  CABINETS • STORAGE CLOSET • CHAIRS • FRONT RECEPTION DESK • LOTS MORE!


Price for all 5.000 euros  •  Please contact: 2108316738

If you are in CO, NM, WY or beyond, there's an opportunity for BRAT BONDING at the legendary Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs April 28th. Parents/kids/friends welcome. (registration form on the Colorado Brats Club FB site.)  




Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here





Education

I attended ACS Athens from 2006 until 2009, and I must say those years defined my path to success, as I understand now the significance of American education, and its importance to becoming an open-minded and creative thinker. ACS offers a school setting where students of different upbringings and backgrounds come together weaving a tapestry of diversity that fosters acceptance and unity, and this is one of the most genuine experiences one can have that has a significant impact in adulthood.   


One of the memories in my mind till today is the class I had with Mr. David Nelson who taught social studies. Mr. Nelson was one of the kindest teachers I have met and had an amazing talent when it came to teaching. His class was the one that provided me with the knowledge of the American and European history from a social perspective, and gave me insight on how the world operates in a way. Overall, ACS had some of the most inspiring teachers I had encountered, and motivated me to become an active member of the community.


 As part of the ACS Athens community, I was active in sports, as I was part of the volley team, as well as the tennis team. I was always excited when it came to sports, but my main hobby had always been playing the piano. The piano played a key role in my life, and it is this creativity that I embrace today in my work.


Career

After graduating from school I was indecisive concerning my educational and career path, and so I decided to take a year off, and invest my time in new experiences. That was one of the hardest years, as I seemed to be a very confused 18 year old. From an early age, one could tell that education was not my forte, neither were my social skills, but as time went by I gained interest in finding out more about myself, and that was one of the greatest relationships I created; with myself.


As a year went by I found my family business appealing, and so I started working under the same roof with my family; a rather difficult task for many. During that time I enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business, and a year after, I registered for a diploma in Shipping at the ICS Shipbrokers Association. To my own surprise, the combination of business, psychology and shipping studies started forming a vague but innovative idea in my head.



This idea, came from all the knowledge, courses, and experience from work, targeting a very essential issue in the shipping industry: the human element. The human element as it came to my attention is the number one factor implicated when it comes to accidents at sea, one of the most significant factors that the industry should pay attention to. Starting from a simple idea, I began to research the industry and try to understand how the field of psychology might interact with the shipping industry while observing the readiness of the industry to accept the idea of applying psychology to shipping. I started attending maritime events. However, the very first insightful event was the POSIDONIA 2016, where I could finally gain an overall perspective of ship owners’ views on the importance of the human element in maritime accidents.


From an idea, I started forming the business, which I named Innovative Maritime Emotional Intelligence Center (IMEQ CENTER). At this point I had decided that the most effective way to deal with the wellbeing of the seafarers would be prevention, thus implementing a pre/employment mental health assessment prior to boarding the vessel. I began to form a team and build an online platform, where seafarers could remotely take the assessment. From 2016 until today, I have managed to build three services targeting the mental health of seafarers, collaborate with Ship Owning Companies, Agencies, and Insurance Companies, while gaining a global credibility and reliability with number one marketing exposure to the industry.



My main goal for the future is to see my company expand to other locations, and create the largest community of mental health professionals whose main interest would be the wellbeing of seafarers.  


Awards

In 2006, nominated 3rd place in Greece, awarded at HON Hellenic music contest in piano

In 2009, honored to become a Volunteer Pianist in the issuer Gala Dinner and Auction Event at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, which was organized by ACS ATHENS.

In 2017, selected within the top 5 business women worldwide at the GIWA AWARDS under the category of Shipping.

Finally, in 2018, winner of #SEUA17 Greece in the category of e-Health. As winner of Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, I won the right to represent my country at a European level in European Finals in Brussels in 2018.


Civic Life

PeaceJam (2013-2015)

 I volunteered in a program called “PeaceJam Greece Youth Leadership Conference” Certification at the American Farm School, Thessaloniki. The program’s mission was to spread peace all over the world and help people.

Teacher Assistant

PIKPA organization of children with special needs (2010-2011).



Publications

  •  “Who is Who in Greece” 2018 Book Published
  • Fpower, Empowering Female Leaders of Greece
  • Elnavi Newspaper
  • Akti Miaouli Piraeus Newspaper
  • Platform.gr Online Magazine
  • Tradewinds Newpaper Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
  • It’s Possible Online Magazine
  • Epixeiro.gr Online Magazine
  • Nou-Pou Magazine
  • Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide Newpaper

Family

My family played an important role in my career. It was not just the work relationship we had and still have, or the experience my family business offered me in preparing to make my dreams come true; but the emotional support they have provided me. They stood by me, through the difficult times of being rejected by universities, schools, even activities in my life, and still believed in me, when I would say: “You will see, I will do something great one day and that day is close”.


Today, I am managing my own business, having my mother Penelope, a clinical psychologist, as Vice President. My father, Andreas Kaloulis, runs his own company, KAIMS, along with my brother Harry Kaloulis.




Regarding family in 2018 I have wedding plans with my partner Karim Ansarifard.


 My advice is, do not be afraid, be optimistic, believe in yourself, embrace even the minuses.

Many of my classmates may have a vague and rather controversial memory of me. I was never a good student as I struggled academically; focusing on one thing at a time was pretty much disaster for me. However something that I found out throughout the years, was that we need to embrace every part of ourselves, whether a bad or good personality trait. At the same time, an important piece of advice I wish I was given earlier in my life, is that we can always turn the negatives of our personalities into positives. Just to set an example, I was always reacting to conventional rules. That was and is a part of my personality. However, as I entered adulthood, I discovered that my reactivity transcended into a creativity. While everybody was advising me to follow conventional paths, university with a steady and secure future career etc., I pursued my path and established my own business. My advice is, do not be afraid, be optimistic, believe in yourself, embrace even the minuses. Everything comes at the right time but carefully look for the signs given.






We thank our members and urge you to encourage others register on www.ACSAthensGlobal.org 

This directory is the only contact information listing the school has for its Alums. Facebook has served us all well socially, but has no professional emphasis and is not attached to the School. Why rely on Facebook? Please register and ask your classmates to do so. It’s free! The list is private and will not be used by anyone else. 

We look forward to continuing to explore our global community through promoting your businesses and professional lives, and building on the legacies of our shared experiences at ACS Athens.



The following article, by Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, is courtesy of the Greek edition of The Economist magazine. For the enjoyment of our Greek-speaking readers:











From the Office of Student Affairs


ACS Athens Welcomed Alums at Annual Hot Chocolate Gathering!

Every year, the ACS Athens community holds a hot chocolate gathering for ACS Athens, students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents and of course, alumni. On the day before the holiday break hot chocolate is served while many sing karaoke, laugh and converse.

This year alumni left their mark by signing their name, ACS Athens graduation year, and the college/university they attended. Forty alumni participated in total! It was a simple and yet creative way to record the event and will, no doubt, become a yearly tradition. Most importantly however, seeing ACS Alumni at the event ranging from the class of 1965 to the class of 2017 was heartwarming.

ACS Athens educates students from 62 different nationalities and 98% of our graduates are accepted into their best fit universities, mainly in the U.S. and U.K. Even though alums are all over the world, it is truly wonderful to see them coming back to where it all began.

Some of you have called ACS Athens home, where you come to see your past teachers; your mentors and many of your friends. Some of us have come back to work at the same campus where we grew up; an environment that encourages diversity and out-of-the-box thinking.

We want to encourage all alumni to come back and visit, either at our hot chocolate event or anytime. Come by not only to sign our banner, but to also see how ACS Athens continues to grow and develop. Yet, one thing stays the same, even though the years go by, we still gather and celebrate like one big family.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

ACS Athens Alum Dina Kotsiopoulos
Whatever you need in photos, ID photos. etc.
Tel. 210-6005-582
Elpidos 8 Aghia Paraskevi



Alum Marko Papasifakis performs at The Zoo 
This legacy ACS Athens band can be enjoyed by all at The Zoo.



Looking for Real Estate in Florida? Contact Chris Poulos


ACS Athens Alum 

George Georgilas’ 

Joke in Halandri is no joke!


Hello everyone! Toula Hubbard and Demetra Simon-Athanasopoulou are launching natural health care in GREECE and are looking for your support in spreading the word AND welcome you if you'd like to be a part of this venture, or a referral partner on this venture. 

Ask us about it! Please like our page too. Thank you!


Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.


Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/






ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here







Greg was born in Athens, Greece but lived in the United States from ages 2 to 10. When he was ten years old his family moved back to Greece and therefore was enrolled in ACS Athens, as he "had become accustomed to the American style of education."   Greg attended ACS Athens from the fifth grade until graduating in 1998 where he completed the full I.B. program in the Academy and "found it to be a great experience."  

"Upon graduating ACS, I attended Tufts University in Massachusetts for my undergraduate degree in Biology, Georgetown U. for medical school, as well as general surgery training and Texas Heart Institute / Baylor College of Medicine for my cardiothoracic surgery training.  I also spent two years in Ohio at the Cleveland Clinic where I performed clinical research and Iconcurrently completed a master’s degree in clinical research at Case Western Reserve University."


Greg is  currently a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece and performs coronary bypass surgery, aortic valve and mitral valve repair and replacement, surgery for aortic aneurysms, as well as transcatheter valve replacements. 

"I recently presented a poster at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery meeting which received second place out of 51 entries. The title was “Time to Re-examine the Benefits of Deep Hypothermia: Higher Temperatures During Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest are Associated with Lower Rates of Stroke and Bleeding in Aortic Surgery."

Greg is married and has three children ages 6, 4 and 1. His sister, Faye Pattakos, was also an ACS alumnus, class of 1994.


Greg and his wife.

As a supporter of the International Orthodox Christian Charities, Greg contributes to a group that provides support to many deserving people throughout the world, including Greece.

His classmates speak of him fondly, Maria Karachalios recalls:  "Greg was always on top of his game in school and had fun being naughty at the same time...on Greek Club field trips and in Middle School, he was always debating and questioning authority."  Leia Leriotis says "we were together in chemistry class,   He was naturally good at it, and always seemed to have a grasp on things."

When asked what advice he would offer to young ACS Athens graduates, Greg stated "as cliché as it sounds, it seems like just yesterday that I was graduating ACS and so my advice for your graduating seniors is to hang in there and be persistent. Don’t quit and if you have a horrible day just be happy that, statistically speaking, tomorrow will be better.  80% of success is just showing up every day."



As we begin 2018, we thank our members and urge you to encourage others register on www.ACSAthensGlobal.org 

This directory is the only contact information listing the school has for its Alums. Yes! Facebook has served us all well with keeping in touch socially and finding each other, but should we only rely on Facebook? Please register and ask your classmates to do so. It’s free! The list is private and will not be used by anyone else. 

We look forward to a new year of exploring our global community through promoting your businesses and professional lives, and continuing to build on the legacies of our shared experiences at ACS Athens.



Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, President, introduces the official ACS Athens Video:

"We are very proud to be a member of such a unique, authentic and innovative academic institution. We are proud of tomorrow's leaders, guided by Ethos to make the world a better place for all people. Enjoy our story!"



Click here to view




GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community



Farida El Gazzar is on our radar...

Farida Exhibits at Sotheby's Art Institute's Art Basel Miami Beach. 

With over 300 galleries exhibiting over the course of just 5 days. Farida El Gazzar was one of 7 artists from the fair identified by Betty Briceño to keep on your radar!

ACS Alum Pandora Bethea 

 “With Eyes Wide Open” 

Pandora's book launch party last December 16th introduced her new 
poetry book, published by Paragrafos Publishing. It took place at The Zoo in Athens, and musical moments were provided by pianist Manolis Papasifakis.



ACS Athens Alum and parent Fotis Vlachos, owner of Salamat Asian Market and Asiana Oriental Food Trading Co. Ltd., Athens' Oldest Asian Market

"We wish to thank all our dedicated customers, foreign residents in Greece, diplomatic missions, and Greek natives likewise, for trusting and supporting us for over two and a half decades! We are proud to announce that our 25th anniversary has been marked by the launching of our e-shop www.salamat.gr this year. 

Our bilingual on-line store offers a vast selection of Oriental food products & utensils from Japan, Thailand, Korea, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian countries. Now, you can make your purchases, using a faster, hassle free service, delivered to your premises. 

Our product range is constantly growing and we are open to any requests, which are to be sourced for and included in one of our future imports."

 SALAMAT Asian Market – 24, Korinthias Str., 115 26 Athens. 

Tel: 210-7796766 / info@salamat.gr.


Amalia Melis is happy to announce the 2018 Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop in Andros Greece 
with award winning writer/writing professor at University of Pennsylvania Kathryn Watterson "Kitsi". June 27th-July 7th 2018 http://aegeanartscircle.blogspot.gr 
Please share with your writer friends.


ACS Athens Alums 
Philip and Byron Vassiliades
hit the Greek media once again, profiled in Man of Status. A great profile of two deserving and accomplished young men, and a good read for Greek speakers at www.manofstatus.com

Congratulations to Krystal White!

A MOST SUITABLE APPLICANT was selected from among its peers to air on PBS's flagship station Channel THIRTEEN/WNET last November 18th!  
Krystal's 3-minute comedy co-starred the "astronomically aces and hunky dory" Pete Gardnerand Johnny Wactor. The winning short aired during the station's classic feature films that Sunday night. 



Congratulations ACS Athens Alum

Antonis Barbagiannis

ARISTON Flowers, NYC for winning 

Best of Weddings from The Knot

2018 Pick!



ACS Athens reaches out to alumni for key positions for the upcoming school year

ACS Athens is looking to hire a number of highly qualified, certified and innovative educators for the 2018-20 academic years. Currently, we are seeking to hire: 

Elementary School faculty (several classroom teaching positions)

Elementary School Assistant Principal; Elementary School

Library/Media/Literacy Specialist; Middle School Technology teacher

HS Guidance Counselor

Qualified ACS Athens alumni and friends of ACS Athens are invited to apply and/or to share this announcement with other qualified/interested candidates they may know.

Mr. Steven Medeiros (medeiross@acs.gr), Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Peggy Pelonis (pelonisp@acs.gr), Dean of Student Affairs, will be in the US in late January and early February, beginning on Jan. 21, and will be able to interview prospective candidates in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Chicago. 

Candidates interested setting up an interview in one of these cities (or via Skype, for those further afield) should send a letter of interest and a current CV to both Dr. Pelonis and Mr. Medeiros by January 19, 2018.

To learn about what is going on at ACS Athens today, visit our website at www.acs.gr.



ACS Athens Making Global Connections!


Elmhurst College and Greece-based American Community Schools (ACS), considered one of the leading K-12 international schools in Europe, have signed a partnership agreement that opens the door to a variety of future collaborations.

The partnership agreement is the foundation for other agreements that will ease the path for ACS graduates to attend Elmhurst, and also will facilitate academic, cultural and research exchange programs for students and faculty.

ACS President Stefanos Gialamas, who traveled to campus from Greece for the signing ceremony on Nov. 29, said he values the “long friendship” he has had with Elmhurst College. He added that the partnership agreement is a concrete, promising outcome of the strong relationship and shared values between the two institutions.

Gialamas said 65 ACS students have been spending their weekends tutoring refugee children, and he hopes to send some of them to Elmhurst “so that they may be able to dream, and to make a better and more peaceful world.”

Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken noted that these kinds of agreements “really are just the beginning, and create a framework we can build upon. I’m anxious to see where we can take this.”

The College is experiencing its highest enrollments in history, he added, and partnership agreements give the College greater potential to build on those enrollments, “not just in terms of quantity but also quality.” While both Elmhurst College and American Community Schools are doing well on their own, the partnership promises “mutual benefits for the students we serve.”

In October, Elmhurst and the Singapore-based KinderWorld Education Group signed partnership agreements that will smooth the path for students enrolled in KinderWorld schools, in southeast Asia, to attend the College. Closer to home, Elmhurst also has signed guaranteed admission agreements with College of DuPage, Triton College, Moraine Valley Community College and College of Lake County.

On December 9, students of ACS Athens, the Hisar School of Istanbul, Youth to Youth students of the HOME Project together with adults from the respective institutions gathered at the shelter on Filipidou street to celebrate three unique and meaningful events: 


  • The 1st anniversary of the Youth to Youth Program, a holistic and comprehensive educational program for the unaccompanied minors, designed and delivered by ACS Athens faculty and student volunteers in collaboration with the HOME Project Organization. 
  • The name giving to the home of our Youth to Youth students, and the name is “Socrates”
  • The establishment of the Learning Incubator (Κυψέλη Γνώσης) for the delivery of online synchronous teaching Donation (Δωρεά) of Panagiotis S. Gialamas

"No pictures can capture the feelings of joy, happiness, security, respect, fulfillment and love, all shared in this very simple celebration. This was a good reminder of how much we receive from giving!"  

Julia Tokatlidou, ACS Athens Academy Assistant Principal, IB Coordinator. 

 

The Inaugural ISCI INNOVATION SUMMIT


Organized by the ISCI (Incubator of Students’ Creative Ideas) and together with student guests from the Hisar School of Istanbul, Turkey, students are teaching students. Excitement resonated as students participated in the multiple student-designed and student-led workshops which took place at the Learning Commons at ACS Athens!



Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.


Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here







Joanne Pappas Nottage tells the story of how her personal journey has brought her to a fulfilling professional destination. In her own words:


Education

I was born in Athens and then we lived in Oak Park, IL where my sister and brother were born. Our parents wanted us to spend more time with our grandparents while also getting to know Greece - the people, culture and language, so we moved back to Greece when I was 8. They enrolled us at ACS Athens to provide us with the best opportunity for success in the future. I am very grateful that my parents gave us the opportunity to live in Greece and attend ACS!



Brother George, sister Helen and Joanne


To this day, I talk about how my time at ACS shaped my perspective on diversity. Being at ACS, living in Greece, and meeting people from all over the world with unique experiences and stories to tell helped me become the person I am today.  I value diversity and believe that we have so much to learn from each other! What an amazing experience! 


We had exceptional teachers, a supportive community, and wonderful activities at school, in Greece, and elsewhere in Europe for a well-rounded academic and social experience. While at ACS I nurtured my love of learning and curiosity, building character strengths to get involved in a wide variety of activities – everything from playing on the basketball team, to Model United Nations, senior class president, yearbook sales and advertising, forensics, National Honor Society and more. I was thrilled to be voted Most Likely to be Remembered and Most Likely to Succeed my senior year.


After graduating from ACS Athens, I went on to get a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University.



Joanne with husband David Nottage


Career

My career has been rewarding, challenging, and an ongoing learning experience filled with fun and success as a chemical engineer, a technical sales representative, a corporate marketing/business development executive and the founder of my own marketing strategy consulting firm.


Despite my success, my personal health transformation, which began 4 years ago, inspired and motivated me to find a way to help others on their journey to better health. While working, I enrolled at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) to inspire and empower people to take charge of their health.


Why? I feel better now than I have in years and am thriving despite multiple autoimmune diagnoses! My symptoms, autoimmunity, and journey to Functional Medicine began in early childhood. I went from being an active, enthusiastic child with rosy cheeks to a pale child that got winded after walking a few blocks to the grocery store in Greece.


Eventually I was diagnosed with a damaged heart valve as a result of Rheumatic Fever, my first autoimmune diagnosis. However, I never let that slow me down! Until, fourteen years ago when I had open heart surgery to replace my mitral valve with a life-saving mechanical valve!


I pursued the path of conventional western medicine for years with many excellent doctors — yet my overall health continued to decline. As a problem-solving chemical engineer, I wanted to understand what was happening and why. After developing new symptoms and more diagnoses, I finally found my path to better health by adding a Functional Medicine approach. 


Functional Medicine is a personalized, science-based approach that identifies and treats the underlying causes of disease instead of simply treating the symptoms. Our focus is on how food and lifestyle can support our bodies to function well so we can optimize our health.

Now I am passionate about empowering people who are living with food sensitivities, an autoimmune diagnosis or other health challenges to take charge of their health and address the causes of their symptoms so they can regain their health, thrive and enjoy life again!

I work with people one-on-one and in groups and give talks to create awareness for this exciting new approach that changed my life! I work with clients in person or virtually using the phone or Zoom, an on-line, HIPPA compliant, video conferencing platform. 


My approach is to partner with my clients to help them understand how lifestyle interventions and food as medicine can address the causes of their symptoms. Along the way, I cheer them on while providing information, resources, support, accountability, and tips from my experience and training to help them make sustainable, positive changes that support their health and vitality.


My message is clear: there is hope and you can improve your quality of life!


As a Health Coach, Speaker and Founder of Embrace Functional Health, LLC, I advocate for a collaborative, integrative approach to better health using Western Medicine, Functional Medicine, lifestyle changes and other complementary approaches.


Please email me at joanne@embracefunctionalhealth.org if you want to learn more about how Functional Medicine might help you or someone you love. 


Recent Speaking Engagements and Workshops

·         National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Annual Conference, Am I Okay? Yes, I Am! Or I’ll Fake It ‘til I Make It, a workshop to help people cope and thrive despite their diagnoses.

·         Scleroderma Foundation, Chicago Chapter, Patient Education Conference, Feel Your Best: An Insider's Guide to Thriving Despite an Autoimmune Diagnosis!

·         Northwestern University, Alumni Association Webinar, Feel Your Best! An Insider's Guide to Overcoming Health Mysteries.


Personal Interests and Charitable Work

I have always been motivated to give back to my community because I am blessed with a loving family, wonderful friends and an abundance of opportunity in my life.  I have supported nonprofits with both money and time as a volunteer, board member, board president, pro bono consultant, speaker and workshop facilitator.  Much of my work over the years has been focused in the areas of Health, Education and Women’s issues. 

While on my healing journey, I learned how to meditate along with prioritizing time for my health and wellness! I work hard to make time to practice yoga, walk on the beach, play tennis for exercise and stress relief, and to spend quality time talking and laughing with my friends and family!  When on vacation, typically in Greece visiting my mom, Antonia, and her sister, my Aunt Sylvia, I eat delicious gluten free Greek food, drink yummy wine, read novels, swim in the sea and try to catch up with ACS friends when I’m not hanging out with Mom and Aunt Sylvia!


Family

My husband, David Nottage, and I have been married for 25 years.  We met sailing in Hawaii, got married in Greece and now live in San Francisco by the beach. About 4 years ago, David left his corporate position and now runs his own business, Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli.


I’m grateful that my sister, Helen Pappas, Class of 80, and my brother, George Pappas, Class of 81, both live here in San Francisco.  Helen is married to John Johnston and they have a smart, handsome, and charming son (my Godson) Nicholas Johnston. We’ll miss him when he goes off to college next year, but we’re excited to see him pursue his dreams!

George worked in San Francisco after college for some time and then went back to Greece and fulfilled his requirement to serve in the Greek military. Later he opened a restaurant and then an OPAP establishment and café.  Eventually he came back to San Francisco and now he works with David at Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli.

I will forever be grateful for the time I had in Greece and at ACS!  The teachers, friends and experiences shaped me, gave me joy and prepared me for a lifetime of opportunity.  Truly memorable moments to cherish!  I look forward to spending more time in Greece, traveling to new places, and sailing more often while helping as many people as I can get healthy or stay healthy! Cheers, OPA and Mahalo! 



Top: Joanne with Mom

Middle: Joanne with her aunt

Bottom: Sister Helen and son Nicholas Johnston












Appointment of Ms. Annie Constantinides to The Board Of  Trustees for the IAAAC 

Ms. Annie Constantinides was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the IAAAC (International Association of Athletic Administrators & Coaches) on September 1, 2017. As a IAAAC Trustee Member Ms. Constantinides can hold the position for a five year term with the responsibility of supporting the objectives of the IAAAC. 


Ms. Constantinides will have all the privileges and responsibilities of being a Board Member of the IAAAC.


Ms. Constantinides will be spearheading the IAAAC Sport – In International School Journal. She brings to the IAAAC over 23 years in Athletics as a college athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director, and published researcher with valuable experience in the area of college placement for international school athletes.









Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs, presenting at the Alliance for International Education Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Promoting international mindedness with research for professional development in international schools through the University of Bath, UK and using an ACS Athens professional development mode.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community


HARD ROCK CAFÉ ATHENS

www.hardrock.com/athens
Now offering all ACS ATHENS GLOBAL Members a special discount of 20% on food, coffees & soft drinks. Discount is valid up to Dec. 30, 2017. You must present your ID card to receive this discount.


Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.



ACS Athens Alum Peter Hunt promotes his latest book 

The Lost Intruder


(photo courtesy Rob Wilson).










Alum George Dedemadis specializes in Civil, Commercial and Criminal Law.

He invites all ACS alumni to the office for any case they may need help with. He has already had many clients that were students at our school.




George has recently published a novel called “Styx”:

"Styx is a philosophical narrative concerning the facets of modern day life that have been forgotten in the humdrum of our everyday existence. The main hero is Andrew, an attorney of the Athens Bar, although he could have been any successful professional. The book begins with an examination of Andrew’s life as a university student, and how he held high so many ideals. At the height of his success, he realizes that he has sacrificed everything he holds dear to reach that station in life. while “chasing” after the woman of his dreams. For the remainder of the book he desperately attempts to recapture all that he has lost.”


Contact Information:
George Dedemadis BA (Econ), LL.B.
Attorney at Law

13-15 Sifnou Street
Athens, 11254
Greece

Tel./Fax: + 30 210 202 9594
Facebook Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/dedemadislaw/
Email: george@dedemadis.eu, gdedemadis@hotmail.com


ACS Athens Alum 

Alexander Voutsas

one of three photographers featured in an exhibit depicting architectural landscapes


Nov 14 - Jan 20

in 

Chania, Crete!

Click here


































WOW! What a Kickstart!

ACS Athens Alum Parthenon Huxley's new album was over 75% funded...after ONE day!

If you'd like to join the fun and get rewarded for backing Hux's new album, please go here:

New Parthenon Huxley Album

"ABOUT TIME YOU MET: 

FAYE PALMQVIST

FOUNDER OF SWEET ELEMENTS" 

- AboutTimeMagazine, UK

ACS Athens Alum Faye Palmqvist... making it big in London! Read her interview here!


See how Stratis Camatsos's vision became reality with his return to his grandparents' land. 
As an entrepreneur in the Olive Oil production business, Stratis demonstrates  recycling with roots and wings.
Saturday, November 11.
For more information:




Thanksgiving Dinner at 

Speranza Italian Dining owned by Alums Sonia and Astrid Speranza

Come and celebrate Thanksgiving with us this year! There will be turkey and trimmings... all with an Italian twist! Be sure to book in advance as seating is limited!

Filonos 90 & Filellinon 9, 18536 Peiraiá, Attiki, Greece

Details here!



First Grade Teacher
(Maternity Leave Replacement)
ACS Athens, a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values, is seeking to recruit a First Grade teacher to teach Elementary School students. The teacher reports to the Elementary School Principal.

DUTIES:

• Provides learning experiences while creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and involvement;
• Monitors students' understanding of the curriculum effectively and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments when appropriate;
• Evaluates, utilizes innovative approaches, and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies available to teachers such as interactive boards, to increase student learning, involvement, and confidence to learn for the social, emotional, and academic well – being;
• Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals and strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning;
• Demonstrates positive and effective classroom management skills;
• Maintains and improves professional competence through attendance of professional development events;
• Shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade /team/ department;
• Plans for student field trips that are aligned with the existing curriculum;

• Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Teaching License or equivalent in Elementary Education;
• Academic degrees from an accredited University/College in Elementary Education;
• At least two years of relevant teaching experience, required;
• Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both orally and written, in English to students (native speaker fluency required);

• Commitment to remain current in content knowledge and teaching strategies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE: FIRST_SMITH), and submit in English:
• Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
• Resume, which should contain applicable license/certification information and;

• The contact information for three professional references.

Submit the above required information to jobs@acs.gr.

Deadline: November 17th.

ACS Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities. ACS Athens is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and HR goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.


Third Grade Teacher (Substitute position – until June 2018)
ACS Athens, a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values, is seeking to recruit a Third Grade teacher to teach Elementary School students. The teacher reports to the Elementary School Principal.

DUTIES:

• Provides learning experiences while creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and involvement;
• Monitors students' understanding of the curriculum effectively and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments when appropriate;
• Evaluates, utilizes innovative approaches, and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies available to teachers such as interactive boards, to increase student learning, involvement, and confidence to learn for the social, emotional, and academic well – being;
• Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals and strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning;
• Demonstrates positive and effective classroom management skills;
• Maintains and improves professional competence through attendance of professional development events;
• Shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade /team/ department;
• Plans for student field trips that are aligned with the existing curriculum;

• Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Teaching License or equivalent in Elementary Education;
• Academic degrees from an accredited University/College in Elementary Education;
• At least two years of relevant teaching experience, required;
• Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both orally and written, in English to students(native speaker fluency required);

• Commitment to remain current in content knowledge and teaching strategies.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE: THIRD_SMITH), and submit in English:
• Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
• Resume, which should contain applicable license/certification information and;

• The contact information for three professional references.

Submit the above required information to jobs@acs.gr.

Deadline: November 17th.

ACS Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities. ACS Athens is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in our workplace. The school system’s educational philosophy and HR goals, including the goal of equal employment opportunity, will be considered in filling all positions.





Two great alumni events are slated for 2018. Both are reprisals of reunions earlier this year, successful on account of their volunteer organizers. Keep updated on details of these exciting events:


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/






ACS VEGAS 2018!

July 12 - 14. 2018 

 at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Details here














Mark Wolper describes how his ACS Athens experience shaped his friendships and his future:

"ACS defined who I have become. Partially because it was in Greece, but mostly because of the education, the community, and because it fostered a consistent and magnificent expansion of my interest in learning. I am a lifelong learner because of ACS.


I began my education at ACS in 2nd grade in 1967 and continued all the way through to graduation in 1979.  It is funny to look back and think about how much trouble I got into back then, yet STILL got an amazing education. I was not the athlete in school, although I did play soccer. I was not the brainiac, although I did get really good grades. I was not the most popular, but I did make many lifelong friends. What I enjoyed the most was MUN, Forensics and Drama. I think these are all reasons I ended up in the profession that I have successfully found myself.


Mark with Craig Celnicker and Mike Donahue, in Athens (top) and in China (bottom).






I am a film and TV producer and have a production company at Warner Bros. I followed my father’s footsteps into the entertainment biz. Mostly I do television, TV drama series that are very successful in the United States like Bates Motel and the new ROOTS. But, I also do big mini series, like Thornbirds, North and South, Salem’s Lot. And sometimes I even do reality tv shows like Penn & Teller: Bullshit and Bait Car. These shows have brought me 9 Emmy nominations, recognition from Cannes, Sundance and even a Peabody. No, I am still working on an Academy Award!


Far more important than all of these things is my family: my amazing wife who is an amazing mother, and our three kids who keep me young, balance, happy and technologically embarrassed. 


As a testament to true connections with ACS and Greece, my wife and I married in Greece (up in Arachova), and baptized all our children in Greece. My mother and father still live there and we visit most summers. All the kids want to move there! Both of my brothers, Michael and Richard as well as my sister Leslie (all younger) grew up in Greece, like me. In fact my sister married a Greek and, until just recently, lived in Glyfada. It is very likely that I will end up back in Greece. Who knows, maybe even teaching at ACS. Someone please offer me a job!


Mark, wife Amy and their three children



I do serve on the board of trustees for ACS Athens and love every minute of hearing about and contributing to the continued success and growth of the school. I want EVERY kid that goes there to have the same experience I had. More importantly I want them all to become “lifelong learners” as I have.


I love to fly, skydive, camp, scuba, ski and scuba. I even combine flying with charitable work, flying sick patients to hospital for an organization called “Angel Flight”. The skiing is a result of my living in Greece and loving Arachova and Delphi so much. Yes, for those of you who don’t know, you can ski in Greece!


What is really interesting to me is that most of my closest friends and best memories are not from college years as appears to be the common experience. My friend group is all the people I grew up with in Greece: Greg Kinnear, Chris Maratos, David Geha, Scott Parazynski, and several others. Some of who, as you may have noted, also ended up in Los Angeles in my same industry. I don’t think this is a coincidence as much as it is representative of the powerful influence and impact ACS had on all of us, and the bonding power of that experience. To have traveled the world (China, Russia, Netherlands, Egypt, and all over Greece) with ACS and these guys sort of makes you a family. I guess I feel like ACS is part of my family and Greece is the home we lived in together."



Throughout the years, Mark has been one of the school's biggest supporters, both financially and educationally.

In addition to serving on the Board, he has lectured the IB Theater Arts class and has contributed two of his films for school fundraisers. The mini-series The Mists of Avalon held its world premiere at the Athinaida in Athens, in 2001. Mark flew in with props from the film which were auctioned off at the Gala dinner. Funds raised were donated to the building of the ACS Athens Theater. 







Mark also kindly donated his 2006 movie The Year Without a Santa Claus, starring John Goodman, which filled the ACS Athens Theater at the PTO Christmas Bazaar.      -Editors






















A delegation from ACS Athens including, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, Director MaryAnn Augoustatos and 6 Academy students visited Hisar School in Istanbul, Turkey 

 in September in order to experience their IdeaLab and benefit from the technological experience of their students. The purpose of the visit was to get inspiration and ideas for our own incubator project currently underway at ACS Athens. Here's the announcement made on the Hisar School website:



ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community


HARD ROCK CAFÉ ATHENS

www.hardrock.com/athens
Now offering all ACS ATHENS GLOBAL Members a special discount of20%on food, coffees & soft drinks. Discount is valid up to Dec. 30, 2017. You must present your ID card to receive this discount.


Become a member at ACSAthensGlobal.org, and visit the Global BizNET page. Email us at info@acsathensglobal.org to receive your membership card by email.



Don't miss the NYC Premiere of ACSer Tom Stamatios Hiotis' movie Swing Away


Rooting for ACS Athens alumChristiana Sioka on The Voice of Greece. See her blind audition here!





I live in light...

 Lighting creations by ACSer Marco Issaiadis now available at 193 Kiffisias in Maroussi


Share! We are calling forarticlesandblog submissionsthat cover the professional practices of our members.  If you have a professional perspective you’d like to share with other ACSAthensGlobal members, please email us atinfo@acsathensglobal.org

Submittal Requirements. Each article submitted needs to be provided as follows:


Electronic form using standard editable text, like Microsoft Word. Please include your name, and an email address at which you’d prefer to receive professional contact, if desired. Feel free to include biographical details like professional designations, digital photographs, and availability for follow-up contact.


Sources referenced must be cited. All articles must be the author’s original work.

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up,  Monterey, October 6-8, 2017

Alumni and Friends of ACS Athens in the New York Metropolitan Area are invited to join Dean Sirigos at an informal networking reception 


Kellari Taverna, 19 West 44 Street in Manhattan

6-8 PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Kindly inform alumni who might not see this notice. Please RSVP to Dean Sirigos or 347-452-3502 by Friday, October 20.





Constantine was 'stung by the showbiz bug' from a very young age.  It is by no means coincidence or luck that he is on Broadway: his determination was apparent from his high school years.  He came to ACS Athens “fresh off the boat” in 1995 from the Greek public gymnasio in Chania, Crete into the Boarding Unit.  While at ACS, he was cast as the lead (Tony) in the school production ofWest Side Story,his “first role in a proper musical.”  Constantine says “in a rather serendipitous full circle moment, the Director of that production, Patricia Mongelli, came to see me on Broadway last week as Gleb Vaganov inAnastasia.” 


Playing the part of Gleb Vaganov in Anastasia


In his second year at ACS Athens, he organized and MC’d the Talent Show and also sang ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables “about thirty years too young,” he claims.  During those years, he also took singing lessons from John Modenos, one of the most famous Greek opera singers at the time. 


In his senior year, Constantine attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, a premier prep school in the US.  He received hiscollege-level musical training at Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. 


“I have been a Broadway actor in New York City for the past 13 years. The other Broadway production I appeared in was in the original revival cast ofEvitastarring Ricky Martin.  I have toured with Emmy and Tony Award winning actress (and the original Glinda inWicked), Kristen Chenoweth.  Together, we have performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Sanger Theater in New Orleans, the Smith Center in Las Vegas and on tour in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House.  I have performed all over the country, originating roles in new musicals and in revivals of beloved chestnuts.”


Performing with Kristen Chenoweth


“I am currently doing double duty, performing inAnastasiaeight times per week on Broadway, while attending Parsons School of Design, pursuing a degree in Interior Design. It’s a lot, even for this multi-tasking New Yorker, so I budget my time down to the New York minute!”


Cast of Anastasia            


"Father/Daughter" photo.

Constantine’s family has established the Germanacos Family Foundation, headed by his mother Anne, which focuses on bridging the divide between Palestine and Israel through the arts and education, as well as supporting national public radio programs, and educational programs in the US. 




Betsy Morgan as Clara and Constantine Germanacosas Fabrizio. Photo by Alex Weisman

Constantine is the proud recipient of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the five-time Tony Award winning musical,The Light In the Piazza.  He was also nominated for Denver’s Henry Award for his portrayal of Vincenzo in two-time Tony Award Winning Kathleen Marshall’s production ofThe Unsinkable Molly Brown.


Family

“I love to travel (35+ countries so far!), expanding my cultural horizons and visual references. New York is an epicenter of contemporary art, so I make it a point to visit art galleries at least once a month.  I have a beautiful Vizsla dog, Roman, who takes up much of my free time, and a (yes) beautiful boyfriend, Jason who takes up the rest! He is from New Orleans, also an actor, currently performing in the musicalChicagoon Broadway and is simultaneously pursuing a career in film and television production and directing. In fact, he just finished shooting a video today with the pop singer, Brandy, here in New York City.”   


Constantine’s father is Greek (Spartan) and Cypriot and grew up in Wales.  His mother is a “fourth generation San Franciscan and is Jewish.”  He has two older half-siblings who live in Athens.  His younger brother, Alexander, is finishing his degree in social therapy and lives in San Francisco.  His parents have homes in San Francisco and outside of Chania on Crete, dividing their time between the two. 


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With Peggy Pelonis, Steve Medeiros, Belina Korovessis in NYC

Among all his fond memories at ACS Athens, Constantine recalls two people who left an “indelible mark” on him during his time at ACS Athens.  “As a part of the boarding unit staff, Ms. Belina Korovessis intuitively offered me friendship and mentorship, which were desperately needed by my closeted, awkward, theater nerd self!  On my behalf, Mr. Steve Medeiros graciously stood up to some school bullies that threw homophobic epithets my way.  His bravery to do so in Greece in the mid-90s, when homosexuality was not widely accepted, astounded me and still does.  In a deeply moving effort, both of these remarkable individuals came to see me inAnastasiaon Broadway earlier this summer.  I would not be where I am today without their generosity and kindness.”


 You can find Constantine on Instagram @constantineroman.



In our June issue, we featured William (Chip) and Aliki Ammerman. 

We regret to inform our readers that since then, William Ammerman passed away at the age of 80.  

Rest in Peace, Mr. Ammerman.


Photo provided by his son, Phllip Ammerman






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Publication by ACS Athens Faculty and Administrators now in Stanford University Library here

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ACS Athens alumni and community members who would be interested in enrolling their children at ACS Athens: read about this new Thomas Gialamas 

3 year full scholarship



ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

chronicling the evolution of ACS Athens and its impact on the community and society. With a nostalgic twist, seven decades come to life through over 500 vivid images and narrative, evoking memories and giving way to the promise of an exciting future. 

Written by Amalia Melis and designed and illustrated by Leda Tsoukia, this commemorative history book offers insight on how, over its 70 year journey, ACS Athens has evolved into a leading international academic institution. 

Civic engagement, academic curiosity, commitment, trust and community energy, are just a few of the words that describe ACS Athens - an institution where young minds are shaped and students emerge as well-rounded, educated, and ethical global citizens who are productive members of any society in which they choose to live.

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.




ACS Athens Alum 

Peter Hunt’s 

Latest Book


Kirkus Review 








GetACS Athens Alum Trish Earnests book on Amazon 

here













Check out ACS AlumAlkistis Agioritis’ 

The 3 Greatest Secrets of Influence & Persuasion (Ethos, Pathos & Logos) 

The 3 Greatest Secrets of Finding Happiness & Fulfillment (Eudaimonia), as taught by Socrates. 

Download your free report here










"I’m so excited to be a co-author of this book! Beautiful stories that will inspire you in so many ways...I'll be sharing how I made my own "shift" to a more fulfilling life. This book is going to be amazing!"

- Lorraine Tilbury

 #YourShiftMatters



Proud to announce that ACS Athens Alum and javelin thrower

Giannis Kyriazis 

came in 6th in the World in the World Track and Field Championships this summer!






ACS Athens Alum Alexander Venetakis recovers a 26-year-old swimmer, after an exhaustive all-night search by land, sea and helicopter

A security alert went out in the port of Mavro Lithari on Sunday night when three friends of a 26-year-old foreigner informed authorities that their friend had been lost at sea. The 26-year-old disappeared after taking a boat out for a swim near the island of Arsinoe. Portsmen immediately began a search which concluded when Alexander Venetakis rescued the swimmer in the area of Saronida, in his boat, the KATHY. Bravo, Alexander!



Congratulations Ellen Froustis for inspiring youth through EIMAI! Story of Nobel Laureate headlining PeaceJam Youth Conference in Athens here


Congrats to ACSers Byron and PhilipVassiliadis!

One of the largest PV systems of Net Metering in Greece has been competed!

This great project was carried out by Antipollution S.A. under the supervision of GREEN S.A. and was completed in 26 July 2017.


The PV system that was built on the roofs of Antipollution S.A. in Aspropyrgos is 200kW. This means that after this investment, 40% of the energy consumption of the Antipollution plant, where the project was installed, will now come from green energy. This reduces pollutant emissions as well as factory footprint.


The completion of the project took 3 weeks.  Link to video available here.



Kudos to alumsCallie and Faye Bochisfor their success! Olive Branchis one of Chattanooga's most under-rated eateries! Read the whole reviewhere 




The amazing work of ACS Athens Alum Mano Cris!

Check out the great video showcasing Mano's Robot Series here









Check out ACS Alum Diana Wynnberry’s latest collectionhere


I am an ACS Athens alum seeking to rent my home in Kifissia. The address is Eleon and Kiffisoula, 165 sq m in size, occupying the entire 3rd (top) floor. Available for viewing in September, and for rent October 1st. The house has three bedrooms: master size plus two main bathrooms, balcony towards the bedrooms plus a washing room. In the sitting room there is a fireplace with a sliding door separating the dinning room with a big veranda, a kitchen with its own balcony plus store room. The heating system is autonomous. Solar panels provide hot water. Garage is underground, and provides space for two cars with remote for opening and closing door. A luxury apartment and family house.

Please contact me, Thelxi, at 693 333 4009, or at Thelxi Trochalis 


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All Class Reunion,Baltimore, MD, September 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up,Monterey, October 6-8, 2017




The 

Ammermans


We take a fond look back at two faculty members, whose dedication and sacrifice many of us reflect upon so fondly and gratefully.  They have no idea of the impact they have had on our lives...



"I am probably the luckiest man alive.


Let me explain.


I was born in Bristol, and went to local schools. I studied English at the University of Connecticut with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. My first teaching job was in New York State; then I drove my TR3 to California where I taught for a year. But the world was calling.


I took the boat in New York and landed in Cherbourg. Paris was the best introduction to Europe I could possibly have. Then I went to Germany in search of my roots. My money was running out, though, and I had to look for a job. A taxi driver told me to look for a job at the Frankfurt International School, and I was lucky to find a vacant position teaching 4-5th grade. Things really didn’t work for me in Frankfurt. I was the only 'Yank' at the school and the 'Brits' forgot the American Independence Day and what that entails. I did some sight-seeing, notably the Berlin Wall and East Berlin. However, the “price wasn’t right,” as they say, and I decided to leave in mid-year and go to India to drive an ambulance. I moved slowly through the Italian Alps and down to Ancona, where I took a boat to Piraeus.


Greece! It was a sunny and warm day in January, and the oranges were cheap. I decided to stay for awhile. But I had no money, and a trip to ACS had no results. I was staying with a Greek family, and was able to get some private lessons. I still had too much free time, however. I thought of dropping in an English class held at the auditorium in the University of Athens. Yes! A British professor was lecturing on “Great Expectations.” He did not mind my attending his class, and I could stay out of the cold.


That’s where I met Aliki, and decided to stick around for as long as I could.

In September I went to Rhodes to organize a “school” for 6 students, children of employees who ran the Voice of America radio station. It was actually a home-schooling operation, only the parents were not able to carry it out, so they hired me. I came back to Athens during the Thanksgiving weekend to meet Aliki’s parents.

The next day, President Kennedy was assassinated. There are no words to describe the shock that hit us all, as we heard the news on the radio.


But life goes on. In the summer Aliki and I were married, and in September I got a job teaching 4th grade in the Middle School, under Principal George Pimenides. This was the beginning of my ACS experience, a journey which took me through the Academy English Department, then the Counseling Office, Assistant Principal, Principal, and teacher again at the end. A total of sixteen years!

Learning station in the dome.


The dome was designed by Matt Pauley and made by his students in the shop. My thoughts go back to those years when I was the Principal of the Academy. My assistant Bruce Hunt and I had to run a school of over 800 students. Space was a problem, and so were suitable programs for a diverse student body. We had to think of a balanced program, one that could accommodate all students. Along with the regular courses, we offered advanced courses for those who wished to be academically challenged. We were the first school in Greece to introduce the IB program. We also had courses for the students who did not plan to continue their studies: mechanical drawing, shop, home economics, typing and shorthand. We even designed a work-study program for some students so they could get some idea of what it was like to “go to work.”


My involvement at ACS went beyond running the Academy. I liked to act in school plays, and took part in some Academy productions; The Diary of Anne Frank comes to mind among others. I also took part in a Childrens’ Theater Group production. I was the grandfather in Taro To Kame, an original play created by the Elementary school children through improvisation. After hearing a Japanese fairy tale, the children wrote the script and composed the music under the direction of Carol Waterman. Inara Papasideri designed and made the costumes and the sets, other members of the group did the lights, designed the program, sold the tickets, and helped in any way that was needed. It was a beautiful performance in the Zirides School Theater in front of big audience.


With so many students, and their parents; and so many teachers and staff, Bruce and I spent long hours at school. We were there at 7 o’clock every morning, and rarely went home before 7 in the evening. Often, we had to go to school on weekends, to do the things we could not do during the week. Our families suffered because of our schedule. After four years at the post, I decided I had                             enough. I resigned, and went back into the classroom where it’s possible to have some rewards                             along with the difficulties.


The following year, my friend David Larsen, the Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, resigned and recommended that I apply for the position. I did, and I was selected. I ran the Foundation for the next twenty years. But that’s another story.

What do I remember most from my days at ACS? It was open and flexible to innovative ideas and the administration was willing to give you a chance for advancement, if you had the qualifications and will to work hard. My advancement through the ranks attests to that. I was lucky to work with people like Bruce Hunt, Nick Econopouly, Stanly Haas, John Dorbis, Jean Nicolaou, Nicole Maglivera, Jack Marlow, Steve Smith, to name just a few. How can I ever forget Ron Davenport, coach Constantinides, and Bill Keyser, Dite Allsebrook and all those teachers who passed through, but left something behind? How can I forget students like Arthur Anderson, Charlie Eliot, Matt Barrett, and Ritsa Panagiotou, to name just a few?


Sometimes I’m thinking: what is a Bristol boy doing here? And I realize again and again how lucky I was that day when I wandered in the streets of Piraeus wondering what to do next. It was the beginning of a new journey, my Greek journey. I met great people; I had a family; I had a challenging and successful career. And, I had the chance to live a beautiful life here in Greece.

I am probably the luckiest man alive."





"I was born and grew up in Greece. I was a top student up to the age of sixteen, and then Algebra II and Trigonometry hit me in the face. I never recovered from the shock. Luckily, I had to take entrance exams to attend the University of Athens, and they did not include math in any form or level. Literature and the Law were my interests, and I labored all summer long preparing for the exams. The first results posted were those of the English Department. It was the second year of the department’s operation, and the professors were eager to go to work. They were the first to begin classes. So I thought I’d give it a try while waiting for the Law School exams. I liked it. Three weeks later, the Law School posted the results, and I had passed; but no matter how much my father insisted that I study Law, I was already hooked on Byron and Yeats. I stayed in the English Department, and this was the decision that formed my future life. I never regretted it.


In my third year, and during a lecture on Great Expectations, I met Chip. It was friendship at fist that grew into a deep affection over the next few months. Our relationship was based on the same interests: books and reading, conversation and exchange of ideas, movies, music, the love for travel. We decided to get married, and this was my second life-forming decision.


When I graduated from the University of Athens, I got a job teaching English in a Greek public school. What a disappointment! Classes with 60 students each, very few of whom wanted to learn English. I saw 1200 students every week. 1200 hundred papers to correct and grade. Did I want to spend my life traveling to the other end of town to prove that I could not and wished not to teach? At the end of the school year I quit. Chip and I went to Chapel Hill where he earned an MAT and I worked at the circulation desk. We could have stayed in Chapel Hill. I was accepted at the Classics Department, and Chip could easily get a job. But with the military takeover of April 1967 I was concerned about my parents and we returned home.

At the Athens College Theater ticket booth with Bessy Froustis. Stan Demetral and Barbara Zolliker standing in the back


Back in Athens, Chip worked at the ACS Academy. I enrolled at the University again, where I attended classes in the Archeology Department; my favorite course was on Mycenean Greece taught by the stellar archeologist Professor Marinatos. I also got a job as a library assistant at the Middle school library run by Lynn Dorris, and the Academy library, run by Ellie Fousekis. I loved working in the libraries and learned a lot about the operation of each.

Jack Rogers and daughter Anita perform Greek folk songs in the Library


The next year was pivotal in my life. The new Elementary School building was finished, and there was a reorganization of the system. Grades K-4 moved to the new building and formed the Primary Education unit. Grades 5-8 formed the Middle School. The High school remained the same. I was asked to work in the Elementary school.

It was not just a move to a new building. It was a move to a new Open Space educational system: there were no walls to separate the classes. At the same time, a new program in Math was adopted called IPI Math, or Individually Prescribed Instruction in mathematics. Every student enrolled in the Elementary school sat at a big open space to work on a math booklet. Students worked at their own level and not necessarily at their grade level. Teachers and aides supervised the lot. I was in charge of the booklet distribution. The rest of the day I worked in the Library, which was located at one end of ground floor, next to the stage.

And who was the mastermind of this experiment? Hurley Hanley, a man of vision and courage. A Principal who ate lunch with the students in the playground! An innovator, a friendly and a kind man.

For me it was an amazing transformation. Being the baby of my extended family, I grew up among adults, and could only communicate with that age level. Now I began for the first time to understand, and like, young children. Based on this experience I decided that I wanted to become a children’s librarian and at the end of the year I applied to the library school at Peabody College. Chip also enrolled for a higher degree in Education. Our year at Peabody was busy and easy. We got new degrees, and our first son, Philip.

The year after that, I got a part-time job at the ACS Elementary Library, and this was the beginning of my long career in the school.

We had a second son, Alexander, and when the time came they both attended ACS. I worked under 11 principals and tried different new programs, like: IPI, brought in by Hurley Hanley; IGE (Individually Guided Education) introduced by Lee Howard; and Edupraxis, a literature program that promoted independent reading introduced by Roger  Vanderhye.



Greek class fieldtrip at the Dionysos Theater with Sissy Christodoulides


The students are working on a guide Sissy and I prepared for the trip.

What was it like for me in those days? The most important aspect in my career was the professional freedom and encouragement I enjoyed. The administration approved my ideas and suggestions for programs beyond the established routines, not to mention a reasonable yearly budget for new books. My primary goal was to develop a great book collection, and to promote reading for research and pleasure. I read thousands of book reviews every year in order to buy the best new publications. 


I developed a good collection of books about Greece to support the Greek studies program. I designed lesson plans and taught students how to use the library and its resources. I promoted books and reading through story hour, displays, learning stations, author visits, but most importantly through individual guidance. I could not have done any of this, if I did not have great teachers to work with. We worked as a team to promote books and reading, Greek culture, science programs, fieldtrips, holidays. The library was a tool of learning and an integral part of the educational process in the school. Anything we wanted to do beyond the prescribed curriculum was approved and supported by the administration. It was a dream!


I was lucky to work with Nick Econopouly, my mentor in issues of cultural adjustment prevalent among new ACS students. He helped me find ways to promote my own culture throughout my career. He and Chip co-authored a book with case studies of cultural adjustment titled Peanut Butter and Yogurt, published by Scott Foresman in 1971.


I was also lucky to work under John Dorbis, a supportive leader who worked in quiet ways; and, with Roger Vanderhye, who was not as tough as he wanted us to believe at first, but had a tender and caring heart. Like Hurley Hanley, not only he came with new ideas, but he also respected and supported those teachers who wanted to try ideas of their own, outside the prescribed curriculum.



Re-enactment of the Panathenaic Procession – the end of a unit on ancient Athens


It was a pleasure to work with great teachers like Jane Thomas-Mantarakis, Mary Kouyoumtzoglou, Kathleen Nisirios, Cheryl Makris, Nassie Benetatos, Carol Waterman, and Inara Papasideri. They always supported library programs like the Reading Marathon, fundraising for the Acropolis Museum, the re-enactment of the Panathenaic Procession and scores of others. Becoming a member of the Children’s Theater Group to help Carol Waterman and Inara Papasideri produce original plays, was one of the top experiences I had during my tenure at ACS. 




Working on the script of The boy who could sing pictures with Carol Waterman and Judy Delarosa

My adult life has been full of surprises. When I started my journey on the day I attended my first class at the University of Athens, I thought I had my path all marked out. I never factored in Chip, a change in career, and the bi-cultural life that fell to my lot. I never expected to have two wonderful sons: Philip, who ferociously keeps his independence in a competitive world, and Alexander, who is “a very hip YO and a wonderful teacher,” in the words of his students. The challenges I faced were sometimes hard, and not always welcome; but oh, what a triumph it was to overcome them!


In closing this narrative I would like to thank all those administrators and teachers who supported my ideas and programs. But most of all, I want to thank those thousands of students who accepted the library as an extension of their classroom. To those of you who sat at the dome to hear me read a story to you; and to those of you who accepted my recommendation for a book to read, I say “Thank you, for being part of my life.”


Retired... and still active.


Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academics, Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs and 12 ACS Athens students at the ACS Athens Summer Leadership Academy at Widener University.    Exploring our ethical competencies and potential with gifted teacher and scholar Dr. Arthur Schwartz. 


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ACS Athens alumni and community members who would be interested in enrolling their children at ACS Athens: read about this new Thomas Gialamas 

3 year full scholarship

 

ACSAthens published its first commemorative history book, “ACS Athens 1945 - 2017: Serving Humanity” 

chronicling the evolution of ACS Athens and its impact on the community and society. With a nostalgic twist, seven decades come to life through over 500 vivid images and narrative, evoking memories and giving way to the promise of an exciting future. 

Written by Amalia Melis and designed and illustrated by Leda Tsoukia, this commemorative history book offers insight on how, over its 70 year journey, ACS Athens has evolved into a leading international academic institution. 

Civic engagement, academic curiosity, commitment, trust and community energy, are just a few of the words that describe ACS Athens - an institution where young minds are shaped and students emerge as well-rounded, educated, and ethical global citizens who are productive members of any society in which they choose to live.

We hope you will enjoy every page!  Secure a copy of this book here.



Coming to Athens this summer?  Check out ACS Athens Alum Lefteris Kaldis' Emmantina Hotel in the Glyfada area... http://www.emmantina.gr/en/



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Congratulations Perennial Champion ACS Athens alum Sofia Constandinidou for winning the Gold Medal in the Table Tennis Doubles event at the World Senior Games!



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All Class Reunion, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2017

AYA/ACS/BASE Great Round Up, Monterey, October 6-8, 2017


 








Excellence and Pride Blend with Glow of Fellowship at ACS Athens Alumni Award Dinner by Dean Sirigos


NEW YORK - One of Manhattan’s most enchanting spaces was filled with appreciation, inspiration, and fellowship on April 30 when the American Community Schools (ACS) Athens hosted its first Alumni Awards Dinner at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.


Guests who learned about the school for the first time that day marveled at the affection among alumni and faculty for the Halandri-based school and for one another that was reflected in conversation at tables and on the video screens. A video and photo montage highlighted special moments - from its 1945 founding through the past 12 years under the presidency of Dr. Stefanos Gialamas - of the distinguished PreK-12 school based on American principles and whose language of instruction is English.


Pride was also the order of the day as two beloved alumni were honored. Dr. Scott Parazynski (below), a member of the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Nick Karambelas, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the USA.


Dr. Anna Kaltsas (below), an infectious disease specialist with teaching appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was presented the Emerging Young Leader Award by Timothy Ananiadis, Vice Chairman of the Board for Greece.


One of the highlights was a moving address by George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO Libra Group, the international conglomerate whose website leads with words that also reflect ACS’s mission: “Responsible. Thoughtful. Global.”



Emcee Yanna Darilis, President and Managing Partner of New Greek TV, set the tone as she moved the program forward with enthusiasm and grace. There was humor too. Suheil Sabbagh, chairman of the ACS Board of Trustees, welcomed the guests and declared “ACS has attained such heights that “the sky is the limit now...thanks to the leadership of Dr. Gialamas – and my guidance,” triggering laughter and applause.

Left. MC Yanna Darilis

Below: ACS Athens Board Trustees Tim Ananiadis, Suheil Sabbagh, ACS Athens President Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, Honoree Dr. Anna Kaltsas, Honoree Dr. Scott Parazynski, Global Trustee Nicholas Karambelas


Above: Dr. Gialamas, President of ACS Athens


During his remarks Gialamas noted that “ACS Athens today is a different institution from what many of you remember. There are students from 62 nationalities. Our vision over the last ten years is to develop tomorrow’s leaders with Ethos – to serve humanity. We believe there is no economic crisis... We believe there is a crisis of ethics, of principles and values,” and he declared “tonight we couldn’t have a better example of serving humanity than Mr. George Logothetis.”


The progress ACS Athens has made under Gialamas did not come easily, he said, “because you have to leave the comfort zone of preaching and move into the uncomfortable zone of doing.” He credited “a very open minded and supportive Board of Trustees.”



Above: Academic Dean Steve Medeiros, Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Peggy Pelonis, and Artie Gyftopoulos, Board Trustee, Atlantic Bank VP   Below: Helen Maravegias and Chris Perakis, committee members.



He took a moment to acknowledge “key people who made “quite a difference over these past 12 years and helped me to make a difference, citing Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs, Academic Dean Steve Medeiros, Cathy Makropoulos, Chris Perakis, and Helen Maravegias – and thanked Yanna for “for making this evening so wonderful.”

The heart of the evening was the presentation of the Alumni Awards. Timothy Ananiadis, who is also General Manager of the Hotel Grand Bretagne, thanked Gialamas, faculty and staff on behalf of the Board before introducing Kaltsas.


“I am very humbled to be the first recipient of this award” Kaltsas said with emotion, and first thanked her parents, who beamed with pride as they looked on.


Above: Timo De Ridder, Dr. Kaltsas, Mr. and Mrs. Kaltsas and Theo Barbagiannis.


“I’m a full-blown product of ACS from first to twelfth grade…The spark started there,” she said, adding that her love of learning was nurtured by her teachers. “It was my ACS teachers who provided me with the love, the patience, and the inspiration to pursue a career in medicine. There are so many that to name only a few tonight would be unfair to many others. And they all inspired me to be a better teacher myself, as I too struggle to be an inspiration to others.”


The compassion that was also nurtured at ACS Athens complemented her passion for learning, and she extended her thanks to her patients, from whom she learns every day as they battle cancer and other diseases.


Kaltsas concl