A Message from Dr. Pelonis


The recent most unfortunate event, the passing of Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, stunned both myself and the ACS Athens community and has brought the issue of sudden loss to the surface. Since then our dear colleague and former Dean of the Institute, Steve Medeiros has also passed.  Though deeply saddened by this turn of events the community has come together in support of, firstly the children and secondly, this incredible institution; ACS Athens.


It is truly an honor to be serving as ACS Athens Acting President among such outstanding leaders and faculty. I believe that together we can continue to provide the best possible platform for students to learn and grow as we transition into a new era.  My first responsibility has been to the students; ensuring that they are well and able to cope with such unpredictable change.  Providing the support necessary towards their growth solidifies the belief that the students are at the center of the institution.  My second responsibility has been with the faculty and administration as they are the pillars of the institution and work daily and directly with students to ensure that learning takes place in spite of obstacles. Finally, ensuring the continuity of effective teaching methodology, a strong curriculum, innovative programs and opportunities for creativity and growth are a primary commitment.


The innovative projects make learning fun and intriguing, not only for students, but for all those who abide by the belief that learning is a lifelong process. Within ACS Athens I have had the pleasure to serve as Counselor, Faculty, Director, Dean and Vice President, roles that provided me with multiple perspectives of both the strengths of the institution and the areas to develop further. Likewise leading the Executive Council has placed me in the unique position to be part of the transformation of ACS Athens and a co-developer of its vision and strategy. Moreover, guiding the Strategic Planning of the school and having served on and lead Middle States accreditation teams for a variety of schools worldwide has positioned me to see the bigger picture of education.  Ongoing collaborations with numerous universities and educational consultants across the globe allows me to stay in touch with current educational trends and supports the effort being made to bridge the gap between secondary and higher education.  My work in psychology internationally however, serves as a gentle reminder that mental health is vital in today’s society.  The multiple, unwavering and accelerated changes that take place on a daily basis can leave one depleted of energy and lacking in meaningful living. Thus, I am particularly committed to guiding students to not only develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a competitive society, but to do so while being mentally and physically healthy, resilient, maintaining balanced lifestyles and being part of the solution in local and global issues.


As the leadership team continuously works to better align curriculum and improve teaching methodologies, we do so with the student’s well being at the center of our beliefs. Furthermore, continuing to develop a meaningful Citizenship model that allows students to see their position within their community and make choices that encourage thriving not only on a personal level but on a collective level is most necessary.  Helping students evolve into Conscious Citizens ensures the sustainability of the planet and the wellbeing of society because it comes with the understanding that we are all an important and integral part of our environment and that every choice we make can either put us closer to collective well being or to harmful outcomes. Thus, individuals who develop positive, healthy, collaborative, contributive mindsets can ultimately use their knowledge and skill set for the benefit of society and sustainable living. The academic year 2019-2020 promises to be a rewarding year for all stakeholders as we continue to develop programs and provide opportunities that offer students the chance to mature and advance their knowledge and skill set while forming ideas of who they want to become. Naturally, the most important partners in our endeavor are parents.


I am most grateful to have been the parent of a student at ACS Athens. I saw the development of a young person from within the school walls and from multiple perspectives. While the years were not lacking in conflict and doubt, I can confidently say that ACS Athens has been nothing short of a blessing. Furthermore, I am particularly excited to see our global alumni network continue to grow.  Our successful alumni are a true testament to the quality of people that graduate from ACS Athens and I am proud that my daughter, Lydia (class of 2019), is one of the most recent alumni to join this remarkable group of people.  As many of you know, the “Turn Back Time” reunion will take place on Saturday, June 13th honoring the 75 years of rich ACS Athens history since the inception of the school in 1945.  It promises to be a captivating evening and we look forward to celebrating with all of you on campus. Join us!!  



Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Pelonis has been a part of the ACS Athens community and served as Counselor, Psychology Faculty, Director of Student Affairs, Dean of Academics and Vice-President.  In addition she has taught at State University Fullerton and the University of LaVerne Master’s Psychology programs as well as the University of Malta.  She is currently on the staff of the Resilience Training Institute, USA and of the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI).  She is Chair of the Special Interest Group of the European Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS) and works with Middle States Association (MSA) as a team leader for school accreditation.  Her work on international education also includes speaking engagements for the United Nations (New York), The World Innovation Summit in education (WISE) and the Alliance for International Education (AIE) 


Dr. Pelonis is a Systemic psychotherapy trainer.   She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature from the American College of Greece and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California State Fullerton.  She is a licensed Family Therapist, National Certified Psychologist from the State of California and holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.  Her doctoral work in Educational Leadership from the University of Bath, UK, focused on the complexities of professional development in international schools.   Dr. Peggy Pelonis is a transnational Psychotherapist and Educator..  She is devoted to facilitating positive change in people’s lives and has developed a 5-stage ‘Process of Change’ Model to help individuals strengthen the skills needed to cope with life changes.  

An active leadership and personal and professional growth coach and trainer of school leadership and transformation, Dr. Pelonis conducts workshops in Europe, USA and the Middle East, as well as groups on Change and is a frequent lecturer at conferences as well as an invited speaker on TV and radio. Her work on Coping with Change, Resilience as well as on Leadership in Education and Educational Transformation has been cited in journals, magazines and books. She is the author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and magazine & newspaper articles, as well as four books:  

Journal articles and book chapters on educational leadership and managing educational change, include: Metamorphosis; A Collaborative Leadership Model to Promote Educational Change, Providing exceptional educational experiences to Students with Financial Need, Academic Leadership; an International Perspective of Academic Leadership, Embracing International Mindedness, Preparing High School Students for College Success, Creating an Institutional Culture that Fosters Innovation in Education.



Her strong convictions on creating healthy societies by promoting and fostering equality, peace and belonging permeate her work both within and outside of schools.  Providing opportunities with intentional excellence, for young people to develop sound character in order to problem solve for the betterment of society is a commitment she lives by. 


'Our responsibility as educators is to provide students a platform where they can flourish'

Dr. Peggy Pelonis participates in UN panel discussion this past June.

 

Dr. Pelonis has been an asset to ACS Athens in many respects.  The ACS Community joins in welcoming her to this leadership role and we look forward to working with her to continue the strong legacy ACS Athens holds…a place of belonging and learning for its students. 


Three great US-based alumni leaders combined forces to initiate the reunion of the century... Ann Lappas StilesDenah Lord Shabal and Bryan Bryant!


Ann has been the unofficial, official Stateside Alumni Reunion Coordinator since 1997.  She has coordinated several ACS stateside reunions to include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Alexandria, VA, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas and several other locations up to and including the most recent reunion in San Antonio, Texas.  Having been involved in bringing stateside Alumni to the reunions at ACS in 2007 and 2015 and with the assistance of her Aegean contact arranged tours and excursions around Greece with those events.  Ann has organized the two week itinerary and trips around the reunion event.

Denah Lord Shabal found Facebook, where the late George Dussias, an ACS buddy, found Denah. That first FB contact with George snowballed into reaching out to “lost” friends from ACS, which led to the creation of the FB page, “The Evzone.” This social media encounter gathering of ACS friends in Nashville in 2015, Monterey, CA in 2017, and Cape Charles, VA in 2018. During those years, Denah was excited to get in touch with Ann Lappas-Stiles, whom she had met in 1990 at a reunion inled to a group of friends (who hadn’t spoken in 45-50 years!) into planning and implementing an incredible  Cincinnati, and to “meet” Belina Korovessis and Bryan Bryant through the Internet. It was an honor to donate old photos for the 75th Anniversary book and video, and it is an honor to be included as a member of the 2020 ACS Reunion Committee. This Reunion will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime event!”


Bryan Bryant has organized two successful Las Vegas reunions over the past 4 years, and has actively reached out to communicate and unify ACS Athens alums everywhere.  His love of the school and ACS days is apparent, but his special talent lies in motivating and getting everyone on board and involved!


Soon after, the three of them reached out to Mary Bennet, Nick Karambelas, Artie Gyftopoulos, and their Greek connection:  Chris Moukas and Belina Korovessis, and the committee expanded. Planning started more than a year in advance, in fact they managed to meet and discuss at the Alumni Awards in DC.  Chris and Belina reach out to the school to book a date: Saturday, June 13, 2020!

Meanwhile, back at ACS, Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Acting President, appoints Chris Perakis, Former Teacher and Administrator, and Annie Angelides, Assistant to Dr. Pelonis and alumna as the school reps, and the committee for the June 13, "Turn Back Time" Reunion on campus grows.  Helen Maravegias is added. Markos Papasifakis assumes the role of Director of Entertainment, Annie Constantinides, Athletic Director and alumna, Kostas Kouvopoulos, Assistant Director of Communications and upon her return from the US, Lia Kassanis, a former Alumni Board Member, alum and mother of two alums, becomes a member.

Since then, the "locals" meet regularly to organize a spectacular time for all, on campus, live music (alumni performers), plenty of food and drink, to ensure a memorable homecoming for alums from everywhere.  Plans for a tour of campus and soccer/basketball games are in the works during the day of the event.  Stay tuned for updates and registration details!  For more information and for contacts to register for the two week tours and trips, please visit ACS Athens 2020 Reunion.


 

This alumni gathering took place on Tuesday November 28th at Dustys' local bar/restaurant in Dubai

In attendance: Angelos VassiliadesGrace Mouzaes ,Vivianna Maraveyias  , Rodanthi AthanasiadesHadeel HmaidiChristos MastorasKaterina Papatryfon DrakoNadim HabayebZayd FarisElias HakimOmar FarsounChris ArvidsonPavlos KatsourisLouay Mansour, Chris Perakis  


Chris Perakis organized this positive fun filled ACS family evening! Represented by graduates of classes from 1975-2009!  Many met there for the first time and were happy to see that they were so many from ACS living in the area!



Dear ACS Parent Community,

We are excited to announce that our most traditional annual event, the ACS Athens PTO Holiday Bazaar will take place on Sunday, December 8th, 2019,  from 12:00 to 17:00 on the ACS Athens Campus. As we celebrate another year of excellence in education, we invite ACS Athens parents, students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and visitors from the wider community to celebrate the festive season with us. 

One of the favored attractions in every year’s bazaar is the Raffle and this year the raffle takes on the theme of the Grinch and will be called the Grinchraffle.  

The Grinchraffle will have a wide array of prizes comprised entirely of donated goods and services, thus we rely on you, our community, and your kind generosity.  No donation is too large or small. We would be truly grateful if you could kindly offer us any of your company's goods or services in the form of prizes for this year's Grinchraffle. The funds raised from will go toward Greek charity organizations and ACS Athens school projects.

As the Holiday Bazaar attracts participants of all age groups, representing more than 65 nationalities, it is a great opportunity to advertise your business, merchandise or services to a highly diverse and targeted audience.

The benefits of supporting the annual ACS Athens PTO Holiday Bazaar include: your business name and/or logo prominently displayed during the event, your company recognized as a sponsor on the ACS Athens website and facebook page and the PTO webpage and facebook page. There will also be the opportunity to offer business cards, flyers, or other promotional materials on the table near your donated item/certificate.  

On behalf of the PTO, thank you in advance for your kind generosity and we look forward to hearing from you.  Please contact Mr. Konstantinos Kouvopoulos at 2106070419 or e-mail him at kouvopoulosk@acs.gr  with your donation.

Sincerely,

Mary Katsiavria

Chairperson, ACS Athens PTO

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Congratulations 

ACS Athens Alum Andreas Kambanis!

Spyros Vassiliou Residence published as one of the favorite family accommodations in Athens. The write-up:

Check in: Family-friendly doesn’t have to mean a culture-free zone. This tasteful urban bolthole, on a sleepy residential street right at the foot of the Acropolis, was once home to the famous Greek painter Spyros Vassiliou. It makes a great downtown base for families who prefer their own space. Go for the two-bedroom Garden Suite to enjoy a private shaded backyard with hot tub (think: mini pool for tots) or the classy 1920’s Residence which sleeps up to four and transports you to an era when ceilings were high and parquet floors were made of actual wood. Check out the paintings. They’re Vassiliou originals. A toddler crib, high chair, co-sleeping bed (up to 4 months), board games, free WiFi and Netflix are all on hand.


Check out: Lucy and Andrew are as attentive and helpful as any hosts can be. Ask them to arrange your pick up from the airport for first class service at the same price as you’d pay for a regular taxi.

Congratulations 

ACS Athens Alum Stephanie Damas

for her recognition at the Shopper Marketing Awards for the Digital tool she designed and applied to quality! Interdigitaction... possibilities to harvest real experiential!

Does your doggy need

Doggy daycare, Pawsitive Reinforcement, Socialization? ACS Athens Alum Jo Anne Foltz can help!

 
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ACS alumnus George Kalogeropoulos CEO of HealthSherpa

 
 
 

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Tom Mustin is a two-time Emmy Award winner for best large market morning show, both for his solo-anchored coverage of the Bailey School shooting, and as part of Emmy award winning live coverage of the Hayman fire, and the Bolder Boulder 10k run. He was also awarded the Mississippi AP Award for best continuing coverage of a developing story.


Tom is also a teacher, husband and father. We've asked him to share the story of the path he's taken, which he begins with his freshman year at ACS:                                                                                                                                                               

Education


"I attended ACS for my freshman year in 74-75. My father was with the U.S. Navy's 6th fleet. We left Greece to return to Alexandria, Virginia, where my father worked in the Pentagon. I graduated from St. Stephens in Alexandria. (All conference in football, all conference and all prep in baseball.) I received a BS in Economics and a minor in English from Virginia Tech. (Go Hokies!). I was a two year college football letterman at Hampden-Sydney college, before transferring to VT. I later received a certificate in Broadcast Journalism from UCLA.

During our time in Greece, we lived in Kifissia. I played on the Kifissia Chiefs football team and the Kifissia Sox baseball team, and was an all-star in both sports.


Career


"I'm a news anchor and reporter at KMGH - the ABC affiliate in Denver, Colorado. I also worked at KCNC, the Denver CBS station, and stations in Greensboro, N.C., Jackson, MS, and Charlottesville, VA. I interned at KABC in Los Angeles."



I had excellent teachers at ACS, who helped prepare me for a career in broadcasting. I remember being scared to death to speak in front of my English class, but my instructor (who's name escapes me) was so encouraging I somehow made it through that terrifying experience. She helped me conquer my fears, and realize I could do it. I now emcee numerous events with the Make-A-Wish foundation, Reading Partners, Adoption Exchange, Visit Denver, Alzheimer's Association, and many others. I credit my ability to speak in front of hundreds of people (and thousands of viewers everyday) to my experience long ago at ACS. Yassou!

After graduating from Virginia Tech, I moved to Los Angeles, and worked as an actor for several years. (General Hospital, Star Trek IV, L.A Law, Days of Our lives, etc.) Again, props to ACS for helping conquer my fear of public speaking! During a writer's strike I helped launch Working World magazine - a free employment publication. I also attended UCLA at night where I received a certificate in Broadcast Journalism. That lead to my first on-air job as a reporter in Charlottesville, VA."




Tom contributes to his civic community in many ways, as well as giving future journalists the benefit of his experience and success through teaching:

Civic Life


"I work with the organizations I mentioned previously (Make-A-Wish, Reading Partners, Adoption Exchange, Visit Denver, Alzheimer's Association, etc.) and have been a board member with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association of Denver."

I also teach a "Fundamentals of Journalism" course at the University of Colorado, two days a week.


My goals are to continue championing worthy causes, and to shine a spotlight on amazing organizations that work to change the lives of deserving people.

I'm an avid runner, and hiker. I support the charities listed above, and often speak at local schools.


OWL asked Tom to tell our readers about his family:



"I am married to Carolyn Cooper Mustin. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. (We were children when we married!) Carolyn owns "The Bees Knees" - a popular antique shop in Castle Rock, Colorado. We have three children.



Tyler is 27. He's a University of Texas graduate, and producer for Fox Sports in Los Angeles. (He's won four Emmys for his part in Fox's World Series coverage.)

Will is 25. He's an NYU graduate, and an editor/director/writer at Fox Searchlight in Los Angeles.


Hayley is 21. She will be a senior at the University of Texas, majoring in Communications.



My father was a career Naval officer. He retired in Arlington, VA as a three star Admiral. The U.S.S. Mustin destroyer was named for my father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. Dad passed away two years ago. My mother still lives in Arlington and is a member of the Army-Navy Country Club tennis and golf team.


My brother, Lloyd, (also an ACS alumnus) just sold his business, XL Associates, and is retired in McLean Virginia (For now.) He also retired from the Navy as a captain. He is married to his wife, Tracy. They have three children, and 6 grandchildren.


My sister Kay lives in Suffolk Virginia. She's a hospital recruiter. Her husband Steve is an award winning home project manager. They have three children.



My brother John, is keeping up the family's naval tradition.He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1990, and is now a rear Admiral. He and his wife, Kim, live in New York City."

Tom remembers ACS Athens friendships fondly.



"I look back on out time in Greece with great fondness, and thanks to social media, still keep in touch with many of my classmates all across the world- Jerry Gaffney, Susan McQuillan Bonney, Annie Ball, Jenny Arvidson, and others.  I'll never forget walking across campus at Virginia Tech and bumping into my old ACS classmate, Jack Bedrosian! What a small world!

I was also at a party in Blacksburg while in college and ran into another ACS alum-Derek Donahue. To quote Darth Vader, "The ACS force is strong!"

Tom has this advice for new ACS Athens graduates, and young upcoming professionals in general:

"My advice to this year's ACS Athens graduates- Go for it! Figure out what you want to do with your life and do it. Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can and can't do.  Life is short, so pursue your dreams with passion and persistence.  I had a teacher at UCLA who offered some great words of wisdom- 'Don't ever be frightened, intimidated, or lazy.' ACS has given all of us a great foundation. Now it's up to you to build on that foundation. Work hard, have fun and change the world!  Yassou."


Tom Mustin

KMGH Denver 7


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Congratulations to Dr. Stefanos Gialamas

 ACS Athens President, for receiving on July 31st the Ideagen Leadership Award for the Great Work the Entire Community of ACS Athens is doing to "Prepare Young People to Become Tomorrow's Leaders with Ethos"

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ACS Athens opens the door to a new world of learning through its new Virtual School

The ACS Athens Virtual School officially inaugurates its programs for the academic year 2019-2010, under the auspices of The Institute of ACS Athens.
Read more here!



We hear 2019 ACS Stateside Alumni Reunion in San Antonio, Texas was a lot of fun... Watch this space next month for photos!



ACS ATHENS MEGA 2020 Reunion in Athens

Mark your calendars for the MOTHER of all reunions:

Event on campus,  June 13,2020. Lots of plans in the works.

Tours, a cruise of several islands, a trip down to the Peloponnese. A-la-cart pricing and package pricing will be available. Airfare to Athens is separate. Start making your plans. Invite your friends and family. You will not regret it.

Pass this along to all!






Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD

Executive Director


Natalia joined the Harvard FXB Center from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a wealth of global health and development experience having worked in the UN system since 2007. Most recently, she led UNDP’s work on addressing complex challenges at the nexus of health and environment, looking especially at the vulnerability of poor and marginalized communities to climate change. Natalia developed the strategy for UNDP’s engagement in this new area of work, fostering closer collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and established relationships with academic partners and funders, including the Planetary Health Alliance, the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission.

ACS Athens Alum Tereza Panagiotopoulos'

compelling cover of the classic "Fly Me To the Moon"

Have a LISTEN!


 


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"My connection to ACS Athens actually dates from... before I was born! 

This is because my mother, Mary Aniston by maiden name, Mary Papasifakis when she married

my father and came from the U.S. to live in Greece as a young newlywed, found employment at

what was then, in the mid 1950s, still called the "Anglo-American School" of Athens, then still a

small school operating out of a house in Filothei, which soon evolved into ACS Athens.  Her college

degree was not in the field of education, but things were different in those days -- this school

needed native English-speaking elementary school teachers, she showed an affinity for the job,

and indeed this was her start in what was to be a long and very successful  career in education,

and what also turned out to be a lifelong association with ACS. 


In a sense I was actually born into the ACS environment, then -- my mom continued to teach

there after my birth, and in factmy Godmother, Penelope Chiakulas, was a fellow ACS elementary

school teacher in those early founding years of the school... like my mom at the time, a

newlywed Greek-American who had come with her husband to live in Athens. Some of the other

teachers at that early period of ACS will be familiar to many of those ACS alums and friends of my

ACS "generation" -- David King, Dede Allsebrooke, Millie Panopoulos,  Mary Zoumpos, Vicky Chappen,

Sophia Mezitis come to mind.


Manolis (aka Emmanuel) as a Junior


ACS was, during my time there,  a very particular environment. An unusual one

in many respects even, because of the mix, the particular diversity of its student

body and its teachers and administrators.  And a high quality of primary and

secondary school education it offered too -- high quality by any standard,

something I came to see and appreciate only much later, once I was a college

student at Oberlin and even later, when I saw in how many ways ACS prepared

me well for my future endeavors.   I know that ACS retains a high standard of

excellence as a school -- times have changed though, and I doubt it has quite

the tone and diversity it had during my time there, when it served, as an

American overseas school, a wide community that by now has dispersed or

even doesn't quite exist anymore.  


Brother Mark, class of '76  and his daughter, mother Mary Aniston McLeod and Manolis


Sunday May 17th of this year, my mother's ashes (she passed away in October, 2017)

were scattered into the sea here in Piraeus, near her home in which she had resided

for the last almost twenty years and where she died. Mom left ACS while I was in

college,  now Mary McLeod from her second marriage, to Dr. Jack McLeod,  to continue

work in the field of international education alongside Dr. McLeod, for many years at

Beirut's International College and later in Baghdad and Bahrain, returning permanently

to Greece in 1991 after Jack McLeod's death.  


But she, and my brother and I too, always retained contact with ACS and the ACS

"circle" among which number a lot of good and longtime friends.

  

In 2006  Mom re-met, after many years, with Hurley Hanley, onetime principal of

ACS Elementary School, while he was on a return visit to Greece.  It was a fortuitous

reunion -- a life-partnership developed which lasted until my mother's death.  Hurley,

now back in the U.S., could not be present at the deposition of my mother's ashes,

but apart from immediate family two other ACSers were present, dear friends Richard

and Ginger Apple. Richard (Dick) had long ago been a gym teacher and for a time

Vice-Principal at the ACS Middle School. Ginger had come to ACS first as a student

teacher from Miami University, and later returned to ACS as a regular teacher.  

Both now retired, the Apples now retain an apartment here in Piraeus, as a second

home.


For myself and my family, but also for so many people who were either

alumnae or worked at ACS Athens for a longer or shorter time, it seems ACS and

its community forged strong, lasting bonds, something special that doesn't happen

with so many schools.  May ACS Athens continue to thrive and be this way!

   


Alums and friends Chris Moukas, Costas Iraclides, Johnny Vavouras and Manolis Papasifakis


Career

Manolis showed musical talent at an early age and began piano lessons at just over

five years old, under the tutelage of Elijah Yardumian, (noted musical pedagogue,

founder and director of the Drexel Hill Conservatory, and brother of acclaimed

composer Richard Yardumian).  Later he enrolled at the Athens Conservatory for

study with noted pianist and teacher Aliki Vatikioti. 


Manolis Papasifakis with felllow pianist Dimitris Vezyroglou, four-hands piano recital at the Athens Conservatory. 


Following college studies he moved to New York City and embarked on what would

become a diverse musical career as a solo pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist,

chamber music player and, occasionally, conductor. In 1989 he was a finalist in the

New York International Chopin Competition. 


Based in his native Greece since the early 1990s, 

Manolis is now known as one of the country’s prominent

classical musicians. Either as a piano soloist or as a

collaborative artist he has performed at many of the

country’s leading classical music venues and summer

festivals.  For many years the official accompanist of

the Grand Prix Maria Callas Competition for singers,

he has garnered an international reputation as a

vocal coach and accompanist, collaborating regularly

with many of Greece’s leading classical singers, and

remains much in demand as a teacher/coach to young

aspiring singers.  He is a regular faculty member at the

Musical Odyssey Masterclasses held every summer

at Nafplio, which hosts internationally renowned

guest teachers of piano and voice, and where he

coaches both piano and voice students in the art of

collaborative music-making. 


Below: Manolis PapasifakisRosa Cappon PoulimenouIoanna KaramolegouIoannis Kavouras and 

George Matheakakis. 






Widener University and ACS Athens Institute offer

groundbreaking hybrid undergraduate, graduate and

doctorate courses on Educational Leadership



Starting in 2019, ACS Athens IIC further expands its portfolio of activities to provide

online high school courses, leadership programs for students and adults, and online

undergraduate courses.


Within this scope, IIC has signed an agreement with Widener University (Chester, PA)

to develop collaboration on three levels: Undergraduate, Masters and  Doctoral.

Read more here




ACS Athens Seniors say their final goodbyes as they do their Senior Walk around campus.


Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their graduation

June 14! We welcome new Alumni to the international 

community of ACS Athens Global, and extend our warmest

wishes of success and happiness for their futures!

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Congratulations Academy Principal, Dave Nelson!

Equity Maps is proud to be recognized among the best apps for teaching and learning

in 2019. Thank you @aasl ! #socraticseminar #spiderwebdiscussion









Communications & Alumni Officer

Department: Communications

Reports to: Director of Enrollment Management & Communications

School year: 2019 - 2020


Basic Function and Scope of Tasks:

The Communications & Alumni Officer of ACS Athens has a key role to play in

planning and delivering communications to key publics, such as the ACS Athens

community, faculty, students, staff and the wider international community in

Greece. The Communications & Alumni Officer writes, edits, co-ordinates and

publishes content across various channels, including the school websites, social

media, and print and online marketing materials. He/she also plans and

implements communications and marketing campaigns to raise awareness or

funds for specific projects, events or initiatives, while progressively improving

organizational understanding of what works for different audiences.


The Communications & Alumni Officer is

responsible for the planning and implementation

of programs and projects that strategically

engage alumni in strengthening programs and

provide tangible benefits to alumni and current

students.


Serving as an ACS Athens ambassador, the

Communications & Alumni Officer is charged

with inviting and securing commitments from

alumni

and the wider school community to provide

professional expertise and volunteer service;

collaborating with colleagues in the

administrative offices (including, but not limited

to Admissions, Development, Public Affairs and

Student Affairs) and the schools to create and maintain pathways for community participation that advance the goals of the Institute; partnering with

Development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni giving;

and serving as a liaison between the Alumni and community groups with the

academic and administrative leadership.

Key communications responsibilities:

Press

  • Maintain a current list of media outlets relevant to the subject of interest the school is 
  • promoting;
  • Write and edit articles, press releases and statements as per the communications strategy of the school;
  • Coordinate with the Creative Coordinator for advertisement artwork and concepts
  • Monitor publicity and exposure and assess effectiveness of media campaigns Digital Media 
  • Coordinate with Web Administrator and Creative Coordinator on developing, manage and updating of content for website;
  • Maintain social media accounts and initiate campaigns and awareness;
  • Plan and create multi-media communications materials.

Events

  • Produce, edit and distribute updates and materials for external and internal audiences;
  • Provide communications support for campaigns and events;
  • Help market and communicate events, such as seminars, conferences, and events for the public;
  • Provide creative, editorial and operational support for communications projects and report on progress;

Brand

  • Ensure consistent branding is used, as it pertains to the vision and mission of the school;
  • Coordinate with the Data Protection Officer regarding matters related to Data Protection policy and processes

Alumni Affairs

  • Initiate, plan and coordinate Alumni focused activities, events and campaigns aiming to attract interest and support from the international Alumni community of the school
  • Act as Liaison with ACS Athens Global, Alumni Social Media and ACS Athens Owl (news/announcements/events);
  • Update & maintain Alumni section on ACS Athens website;
  • Create and maintain an up-to-date ACS Athens alumni database (in conjunction with Registrar/Global and FB administrators), sortable by year, house, profession, school/university attended, current geographical location);

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum a Bachelors degree in a relevant field is required, preferable in communications, journalism, marketing, etc.
  • Substantial publications experience in one or more communications and marketing disciplines.
  • A proven track record of delivering quality work in a changing environment using a variety of channels.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written, in English and Greek;
  • Substantial experience in writing and editing; online, offline, internal and external;
  • Ability to identify and clearly communicate key messages to a variety of audiences;
  • Sound judgment about appropriate language;
  • Ability to negotiate, persuade and influence others as required;
  • Proofreading skills and a keen eye for detail;
  • Ability to prioritise, manage projects and meet strict deadlines;
  • Ability to effectively work with a range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office;
  • Good understanding of website management and social media;
  • Good administration skills;
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the ACS Athens history and unique culture

Personal traits

  • Strong team player with ability to work across departments ;
  • Highly organised and self-motivated with ability to plan and manage own work area and meet deadlines.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

To be considered for this vacancy, please reference job title and your last name in the subject line (e.g. RE:

COMMUNICATIONS_SMITH), and submit in English:

  • Cover letter, which should include a statement of your educational philosophy;
  • Resume;
  • The contact information for three professional references.

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

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Deadline: July 12, 2019.


 

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2019 ACS Stateside Alumni Reunion

San Antonio Texas

Contact Ann Lappas-Stiles for complete details.

$232 per person or a-la-cart Fees: 2 dinners, a barge ride with cocktails and finger food, free time to see the sights, hospitality suite stocked with snacks, soft drinks and wine and beer.

Hotel fees are $119 per room with 1 in room; $129 with 2 persons in room Includes buffet breakfast at hotel

All alumni and friends and family are invited!



ACS ATHENS MEGA 2020 Reunion in Athens

Mark your calendars for the MOTHER of all reunions---- Athens, June 2020. Plans are still being processed but the big party will be Saturday night June 13, 2020.

Tour of the city--free time--a cruise of several islands---a trip down to the Peloponnese. A-la-cart pricing and package pricing will be available. Airfare to Athens is separate. Start making your plans. Invite your friends and family. You will not regret it.

Pass this along to all you are in contact with.












by Mary LaViolette


About the Author


Paul’s sister, Mary LaViolette-Ange, attended 10th grade at ACS 1963-64, spent 1964-65 at Chatelard School in Les Avants, Switzerland, then graduated from Wellesley College and from the MBA program of Baruch College.  She is a DC area Realtor residing in Annandale, VA and also spends time in Karytaina in the Peloponnese. Her son Tony Nicolopoulos, a retired US Army officer, resides in Madrid, Spain.




Paul Alex LaViolette is an astrophysicist, general systems theorist, and inventor who thinks outside of the box.  He is president of the Starburst Foundation, conducting interdisciplinary research in physics, astronomy, climatology, systems theory, cognitive psychology and ancient mythology.  Theories he has originated and published in these fields provide explanations to many unanswered questions.  Because of the broad scope of his contributions, he has been termed a Renaissance Man.  After graduating from ACS in 1965, he received a BA in physics from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Portland State University.


In 1970 he interrupted his MBA to complete two years of alternative service at Harvard School of Public Health.  While there, as a researcher in respiratory protection, Paul invented an improved pulsation dampener for air sampling pumps which today is used on all air sampling pumps used by miners and also invented and patented a new type of life-support rebreather apparatus.  



Some of Paul’s firsts include:

He was the first to show predator-prey oscillation behavior in stock market trends such as the Dow Jones Average.  He originally wrote the paper for a business school finance class and later published it.  Predator-prey market theory has now become a fruitful field of academic investigation.

While at Portland State University (PSU), Paul served as a solar energy consultant to the United Nations (UNITAR) and to the Club of Rome contributing to their fourth Report, where he was the first to show that a 1000 megawatt photovoltaic power plant would be cheaper to build than a nuclear power plant.  His findings received much press attention in the U.S. and created a media splash in Greece.  Later, Paul consulted the Greek government and ΔΕΗ on solar energy.  


During Paul's first year at PSU, he developed a feeling tone theory of brain function based on the work of psychiatrist William Gray.  This theory explaining the process of creative thought formation, received considerable publicity and attention from various universities.  On its basis he consulted Hughes Aircraft Corporation on ways to improve innovation in the company's work force and later learned that the advice had saved Hughes $40 million. 


Also while at PSU, Paul served as editor of a book of essays by systems theorist Ludwig von Bertalanffy.  In the years that followed, Paul published five books presenting various novel discoveries he had made: Subquantum KineticsGenesis of the CosmosEarth Under FireDecoding the Message of the PulsarsGalactic Superwaves, and Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion.  This last book, his most recent, was one of his publisher’s best sellers, initially ranking second in Amazon’s aerospace technology category.  In it he reverse engineers the B-2 bomber’s propulsion system as well as technologies that power highly classified advanced craft.  His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, and Greek.  His books in Greek include: Γενεση του Κοσμου and Γη Πυροβλητος.  He also has many scientific publications which are available on his websites etheric.com and starburstfound.org.


Paul is the originator of a novel approach to microphysics which resolves many long-standing problems in physics and renders previous unified field theories obsolete.  This methodology called “subquantum kinetics” has had 13 of its predictions later verified by scientists’ observations.  He was the first astronomer to disprove the expanding universe theory by showing its inability to fit observational data in a consistent manner, and has shown that subquantum kinetics provides a viable alternative to the big bang cosmology. 


Among other things, LaViolette’s physics refutes Einstein’s special theory of relativity and entirely replaces general relativity.  Experiments he conducted with colleague Guy Obolensky showed evidence that electric fields can travel faster than the speed of light.  Paul also has demonstrated that black holes cannot exist and that what astronomers claim are black holes are actually very massive stars which are creating and emitting tremendous amounts of matter and energy at a prodigious rate.  Needless to say Dr. LaViolette’s theories advocate a complete overhaul of physics and such changes do not come quickly.  The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer has said: “All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”  Hopefully Paul’s physics theory, which has received considerable attention, will reach the third stage soon.  


Contrary to standard belief, Paul has shown evidence that the energy of a light wave is not constant over long periods of time.  On the one hand, he has shown that photon energy gradually decreases when traveling between galaxies, producing a “tired-light” redshift effect which fits cosmological data better than the big bang theory.  On the other hand, he has shown that light waves traveling within galaxies actually gain energy over time, i.e., blueshift their frequency.  Based on this, he is the first to show that this effect spontaneously creates an excess energy within planets and stars which he terms “genic energy”.  He informed NASA about his photon blueshifting prediction and urged them to look for a blueshift in their spacecraft transponder signals.  NASA scientists  confirmed his prediction when they discovered that microwave tracking signals transmitted to the Pioneer spacecraft were returned to Earth at a higher frequency.  This subsequently became known as the “Pioneer effect”.  Paul is also credited with discovering that the masses and luminosities of both planets and stars conform to the same logarithmic relation, indicating that red dwarf stars and planets are both powered by genic energy, and that standard theories which claim that stars are powered entirely by nuclear energy are incorrect.  His prediction that brown dwarf stars should conform to this same planetary-stellar relation was also later confirmed by scientist’s observations.  LaViolette’s theory opens up new possibilities for energy technology: it prompts a complete rethinking of physicists’ sacred First Law of Thermodynamics as it leads to the understanding that so called “over-unity” or “free energy” devices can actually work and make low cost energy available without violating the “laws of physics”.


Paul is also the originator of the galactic superwave theory which proposes that cosmic ray outbursts from the center of our Galaxy periodically trigger major shifts of the Earth's climate. His findings about superwaves have been spotlighted in documentaries airing on the Discovery and History channels.  In testing this theory, he became the first to discover high concentrations of cosmic dust and gold in ice age polar ice.  He is also the first to discover superconducting cosmic dust particles (composed of a tin-lead alloy) in 49,000 year old Greenland ice.  This dust event constituted the largest influx of dust to fall onto the Earth in the last 450,000 years.  One of the particles he imaged holds the record of being the largest monomineralic cosmic dust particle yet found.  Mass spectrometry analysis of the dust, which he conducted together with an Australian cosmochemist, led to the world's first discovery of anomalous isotope ratios in tin, an indication of its extraterrestrial origin.  In 1988 he requested samples of polar ice from the Russian base in Vostok, Antarctica, becoming the first U.S. glaciologist to receive polar ice samples from the former Soviet Union.  His request led to the creation of the current US-Russian ice core exchange program. 



Paul’s 1983 prediction that interstellar dust has recently entered the solar system was confirmed ten years later by data received from the Ulysses spacecraft.  He was also the first to show evidence that the last ice age was ended by a global warming episode due to an over-active Sun.  He has uncovered evidence establishing that the Pleistocene large animal extinction was caused by an extreme solar flare outburst which produced a terrestrial conflagration 12,900 years ago, an event that is chronicled in many ancient myths including the ancient Greek myth of Phaethon.  Paul is also the originator of the glacier wave flood theory which provides a reasonable scientific explanation for the widespread continental floods that occurred throughout the ice age and substantiates ancient myths and legends about the Great Flood, such as Plato’s flood myth.  His glacier wave theory also presents a credible explanation for the sudden freezing of the ice age mammoths in Alaska and Siberia, and for how lignite deposits came to be formed, such as those currently being mined in Megalopolis.  More recently he has established that the extinction of Neanderthal man was due to an extreme solar flare event which occurred during the passage of a major superwave.



Also Paul has shown that the locations and pulse characteristics of the most unusual radio pulsars mark key galactic locations and exhibit geometric relationships suggesting that they may be communication beacons artificially engineered by extraterrestrial civilizations.  He is also the first to suggest that radio pulsars could be part of a galactic GPS network for space navigation, something that NASA is now actively investigating for deep space travel.  His findings appear in the journal Astrobiology and Outreach, as well as in his book Decoding the Message of the Pulsars.


Dr. LaViolette has also made many contributions to the field of archaeoastronomy.  

He was the first to decipher a message encoded in the Scorpius-Sagittarius zodiac constellations warning of the passage of a galactic superwave 15,900 years ago.  He is also the first to work out the significance of the ancient Greek myth of Astraea and of the zodiac mosiac displayed in the Beth-Alpha Synagogue, both of which record the occurrence of a solar conflagration which struck 12,750 years ago.  His work has provided new understandings of the ancient Minoan bull-leaping ritual, the Pleiadean rites, and the meaning of myths connected with the Taurus and Orion constellations. 


In addition, he is the first to decipher the astronomical significance of the South American Indian Barasana cosmology which refers to cataclysms originating from the Galactic center.  Paul has elucidated the astronomical and geological importance of myths and legends from numerous civilizations a few of which include: the Hopi legend of the Blue Star; ancient Egyptian mythology’s punishing Eye of Atum-Re; the vengeful Eye of Horus; Horus’ nearly fatal scorpion sting and the battle between Horus and Set; Plato’s stories of Atlantis and of Phaethon and the Sun Chariot; the Mayan Popul Vuh creation myth about the Heart of Heaven; the Nordic legend of Ragnarok; and the Yurucare Indian conflagration legend.  All of these and more are explained in his book Earth Under Fire.



Aided by his background in general system theory and physics, Paul was able to successfully decipher the lost science said to be encoded in the lores of the Tarot and astrology.  He has found that the first 11 major arcana of the Tarot and the 12 signs of the zodiac both use symbolic metaphor to present an advanced science of matter and energy creation.  He has shown that the systems-genesis concepts they encode were discovered by modern science only in the last 50 years.  He is also the first to discover that this same advanced creation science is metaphorically encoded in certain ancient creation myths from various parts of the world, such as: the Egyptian myth of Atum and the passion of Osiris; the Olympian creation myth, Plato's story of Atlantis, and the myth of Castor & Pollux; the Babylonian and Sumerian creation myths; the I Ching, and others.

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ACS Athens Elementary School Winter Festival

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Grades JK – 2: 10:00 a.m.
Grades 3 – 5: 13:00 p.m.

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Calling all Macedonians: Welcome to the ACS Alumni House Games activities project.If you would like to play along, contact John Affolter on Facebook with your name and graduation year and you will be placed on the Macedonian roster. Then every time you submit completion of an activity, your points will be recorded to your account and to your house overall points.

A team of ACS Academy students came first in the 1st aerospace competition of the Greek Physicists Association.

They are going to design, build, and test a scientific apparatus to study the behavior of foams and emulsions under microgravity conditions at 100 km altitude inside a Blue Origin's capsule, a true STEAM investigation. Upon the flight's completion, the apparatus will be returned to the team for the subsequent data analysis.

More precisely, they are going to study 3 different mixtures (traditional Greek products) in parallel, a) extra virgin olive oil with water, b) petimezi, and c) ouzo with water and soap.

The students conducted research on the topic, built prototypes, and presented their proposal in a professional way in front of a committee and the other participating Schools at Stanley Hotel, Athens, November 11th.


The team: 
Sofia Sofocleous, Barbara Simonetou (leaders/managers), Dimitris Athanasopoulos, Xufeng Bai, Ming Guo, Alexandros Dragovic (research), Jason Somoglou, Alex Vlantis (development), Dr. Karampelas, Dr. Kerkines, Dr. Prodromidi, Ms. Poulou, Mr. Arsenikos, Dr. Tsigaridi (faculty).

1st place for the ACS team in the aerospace contest

Jason Katsaros created the necessary 3D designs. Nefeli Naoum, Sabrina Saboya, and Vasilis Tsourekas created the required artworks for the finals (of very high quality). Pantelis Sfinias has been part of the team for a while.

This is going to be the second ACS space mission with Blue Origin: Another team of Academy students are already working since many months to build an experiment for the study of the viscosity of honey under microgravity conditions, with the launch to be scheduled between late February and late April.


Stanford University recognizes ACS Athens faculty Chris Kourtis

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ACS Athens' own tennis instructor, Chris Kourtis, received Stanford University recognition for his exceptional teaching, his dedication as an educator and a mentor and for his contribution to the future of his students, to Stanford University itself and to the ACS Athens community. Stanford University shared with our school the letter of recognition signed by Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid. The letter contains a statement signed by a former student of Mr. Kourtis and a member of Stanford Class of 2022: "Mr. Chris has taught me to appreciate the small details of life. From receiving World Cup Stickers as a gift to hitting hours of rallies on the tennis courts, I have been blessed with the greatest memories with him throughout my eight years of growing up under his guidance. He is always surrounded by kids of all age, attracted by his ability to make every little experience memorable. I thank him for all he has done for me, as my mentor, my coach and most importantly my friend."


ACS Athens President Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, in communicating this outstanding remark with the rest of the faculty, states: "ACS Athens is proud of its faculty and the impact it has on our students. We are honored by this manifestation of excellence.




Congrats to Anastasis Protopapas for Benaki Museum displaying his work!



ACS Athens Alum AJ Ginnis competing for the World Cup on the US Team!

Have you checked out alum Demetre Koumanakos’ radio station on www.829.gr?

ACS alum Bill Sinunu's book Living Without Borders(Korean Edition) is selling in Seoul's largest book store!

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Congrats alum Dianne Harper Boyer!


"This month marks my 10 year anniversary as the PR/Marketing Manager at K. Carroll Accessories. What better way to celebrate than having the "Harper Crossbody" be named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2018". I couldn't be prouder of our team's accomplishments!"

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Proud of our alum Greg Pattakos presenting at the annual American Heart Association meeting in Chicago. Discussing the future of TAVI/TAVR transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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Congratulations ACS Alum Paul A. Katz Katsouris for receiving the Young Lawyer of the Year Award in Dubai!



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December 4 the movie  Holly Star premiered, co-produced by alum Tom Stamatios Hiotis,


DON'T MISS IT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


see trailor






 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




Education


David Marder attended ACS Athens from Sept. 1972 to June 1980 while his father was working at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. While at ACS, he served as the president of the sophomore class, a member of the debate team, and attended the Model United Nations at The Hague. "I wasn’t a member of any ACS athletic teams, but did play football for the mighty, mighty Kifissia Packers."   Upon completion of David's junior year, his family moved back to the US, where he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy.  He continued his university studies at  Dartmouth College and Boston University Law School.



Career


David is currently a partner at the law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston practicing in the field of business litigation. He handles cases in the fields of finance, intellectual property, employment, and other high-stakes business matters, including a heavy emphasis on securities litigation.  His law firm claims that "he has won respect for his skilled representation of individuals and organizations in dozens of investigations and actions brought by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state securities regulators. He has defended clients against insider trading allegations, as well as investigations and cases relating to revenue recognition, gifts and gratuities, options backdating, suitability and many other issues.  He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in private securities actions, including litigation and arbitration." 


David claims:  "my experience at ACS definitely gave me a strong foundation for my legal career.  I am particularly convinced that my participation in extra-curricular activities, such as debate and forensics, honed my advocacy skills."


Awards


David was named a “Patent Star” and “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and was recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" many times.

He is  active in numerous legal associations, and currently serve as a co-chairman of the litigation committee of the Boston Patent Law Association.

 



Family



"I have been married for 30 years to my wife, Margaret.  We went to Greece on our honeymoon.  I have three children: Tommy, Becky, and Hannah.  My sister, Cindy, is also an ACS alumnus and lives in N.Y.




My years at ACS were the most formative ones of my life.  The education I received was on par with that provided by any of the finest schools in the U.S., and I had the added benefit of being exposed to other students from a large variety of cultures and backgrounds.  I forged lifelong friendships with people that I still count as my closest friends.  My only words of wisdom would be to make sure to participate in everything that ACS has to offer.


"Horsing around" on campus with best friend Greg Kinnear. 



FINAL WEEK FOR ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS 


APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Great time had by all at the Cape Charles Reunion on October 12.  Congratulations to organizers Dora Sullivan, Katerina Clifton and Denah Lord Shabal 

For more photos visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2056592237914930/

ACS Athens is glad to announce its nomination to 2018 @peaceandsport Awards that reward organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, in the world through sport! 

ACS Athens applied to the Regional Peace-Through-Sport Initiative Of The Year for The Color of Peace@peaceandsport.
Please click here for more info. 





Thanks for your support, Everyone!




ACS Athens Alum Ellen Froustis supporting fire victims. Can you help?

Please view our campaign to support the neediest 15 families who lost everything in the Mati Fires and are in need of help.

About this website

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Click here to support GreekFires:15 Families in Most Need organized by ELLEN FROUSTIS


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Visit ACS Athens Alum Tessie Theodoridis'

La-Z-Boy Greece...time to get cozy for the winter!


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Looking for handmade jewelry and other items? Visit alumStratos Jenke's place in Monastiraki! Visit Byzantium.gr


ACS Alum Eva Symeonidou

invites us to her Mary Rose Bazaar.





From ACS Athens Alum Alkistis Agio

Please tick "going" (from now) because the seats are limited to 12 only : )

6 Master Classes!

Leadership Development with The Alkistis Method




A message 

from ACS Athens Alum Jan-Pal Mouzakis Gagnum, Director 


Dear ACS Alumni Community,


I'm the Regional Director for a US-based education company called Atlantis. We run educational programs for US pre-med college students during the summer and winter months. In cooperation with our hospital partners, students spend 3-4 weeks in the summer, and 1-2 weeks in the winter months on a program that places them in a public or private hospital where they practice clinical observation with doctors across a range of specializations.


We are always on the lookout for high quality candidates for our Site Manager position. Site Managers assume the responsibility of all aspects of a program, which involves logistics preparation, planning and execution, managing groups of college students, running excursions and group meals, and ensuring a high quality experience in the hospital with our hospital partners.


Our next operating season begins this winter where we will run various programs beginning in early December and going through January. If you or anyone you know are interested, please reach out to me atjonpal.g@atlantisglobal.org, or check out the details of the job posting at https://atlantisglobal.org/smapply.






APRIL 6, 2019


 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




Overlooking the major plain in Eastern Crete near Zeus’Cave. Pictured left to right are Stefan, Rafael Prieto, Ted Girdner, Pat Girdner and Michael Reilly


attended ACS Athens from 1964 to 1966, the last two years of my high school education. My father, Teodor Lopatkiewicz, a U.S. Foreign Service Consul, was sent to Athens to serve at the embassy when I was half-way through my high school in McLean, Virginia. Academically, I participated in the school's honor program and was the class salutatorian. My extra-curricular interests at ACS Athens focused on the school newspaper, which in those days was called the “Sophist.” I helped found the paper and served as its first editor-in-chief. I was also active in the drama club, and performed in and helped stage several productions. I do not remember being particularly popular and certainly was not voted any of our class “superlatives”!


The Sophist, May/June 1966 issue


Following graduation from ACS, I returned to the United States and enrolled in the University of Virginia.  My family returned to Athens for my father’s second tour of duty at the Embassy.  As a result, my younger brother, Ted, who also attended ACS, ended up spending a total of four years there, longer than I did.  My younger sister, Viki, was actually born in Athens, but was too young to attend school there.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, I completed my higher education by attending Harvard Law School, which established the basis for my career as an attorney.


Career


I believe my experience at ACS Athens strongly informed my subsequent development as both a student and a professional. When my family first moved to Athens, I was quite traumatized, as I had spent four years in junior high and high school in northern Virginia, and was settled in with a circle of friends there. High school is traumatic enough for most teens, and being relocated to another country half-way through did not help my sense of self esteem!


Happily, I quickly realized that living abroad as a young adult was an exciting opportunity, providing access to travel to exotic locations and the chance to study with peers from a rich variety of diverse backgrounds. Athens in the mid-1960s was an important military and diplomatic post for Americans, and also the locus of significant private sector energy interests. A significant percentage of the student population at the school at that time was comprised of Greeks and students from the middle east. And although the cold war was still at its height, my classmates included the children of Russian, Yugoslav and Polish diplomats.


During the time we lived in Athens, we enjoyed a sense of security which we lack in today's world. As students, we frequently traveled on our own by bus (this was prior to the metro) into Athens and Pireaus for social or business reasons. Groups of students would also frequently visit the islands together, and it was not uncommon for us to go on outings to archeological and historical sites with our professors from school. Looking back on that period, I realize that these experiences added to a robust education. When I returned to the United States for my higher education, I found my surroundings prosaic and even confining by comparison. I knew I wanted to integrate my international background into my studies, which helped influence my majoring in government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.


I remain today in active legal practice. My first assignment as an attorney was with the Air Force, where I held the rank of captain as a result of my enlistment in ROTC at university. The Air Force deferred my entry into active service during my law school education. I was then fortunate enough to be assigned to the Air Force General Counsel's Office at the Pentagon during the closing years of the Vietnam war. Following my active military duty, I entered private practice and worked at a succession of three law firms. Initially, I specialized in government contract law, since I was trained in that field at the Pentagon. However, because of my interest in practicing in an international arena, when the chance arose I changed my specialization in the law to telecommunications, a burgeoning field in the 1980s with significant international opportunities. For the past seven years, I have served as general counsel of Eutelsat America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of a french-based, global satellite company.


Civic Life and Awards


As background for the few awards I have received, I should first explain my involvement in charitable and civic activities. Throughout my legal career, I have played an active role in supporting artistic and cultural non-profit activities. I have been particularly active in the Polish-American cultural community, as a result of my ethnic background (three polish grandparents, and one from Ossotenia). For many years, I served as pro bono legal counsel to the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), a national NGO, and also served as an elected director and first vice-president of that organization. I also served one term as President of the Polish-American Arts Association of Washington, DC. I also served as pro bono legal counsel to the Gala Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, for many years, and more recently helped found and provide legal support to the Washington Opera Society, a local non-profit arts group.



I'm pictured with George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO from 1978 when I was president of the Polish-American Arts Association and we co-sponsored with the AFL-CIO, an exhibit on the underground ‘flying’ universities that secretly provided liberal education in Poland during the period of Communist rule.


During the course of this work, I received distinguished service awards from both the ACPC and Gala Theater. In 2012, I received the Cross of Merit for service on behalf of the Polish diaspora in the United States from the Government of the Republic of Poland.


Family


My parents were both native Pennsylvanians of Polish ancestry. My father served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  In his subsequent career as a consular officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served in a number of European and Latin American posts.. He served in a number of European and Latin American posts. My older brother and Iwere born in the United States, while my younger brother and sister were born in Vienna, Austria and Athens respectively during my father's service overseas. My sister, Viki, followed in my father's footsteps by pursuing a career at the State Department.



With my mother, Verna Lopatkiewicz, and my sister Viki and brother Ted in approximately 1997


Since 1980, I have lived with my partner-in-life, Michael Reilly, in Washington, DC. While we have no children of our own, Michael has a son and four grandchildren, all of whom constitute part of our extended family. My father passed away in 1993. My mother, Verna, now 95, resides near Washington in northern Virginia. I am fortunate to have all of my siblings and their spouses living in the D.C. metropolitan area where we all have the good fortune of helping look after our mother.


ACS Athens provides an unusual opportunity to learn in a sophisticated and diverse environment. I hope today's students recognize the privilege they have in studying there and are making the most of their time at the school. For the American students there, in particular, it is a unique experience that will hopefully prepare them to be better citizens.


I wish I had had the opportunity to stay in closer contact with a larger number of my fellow students from ACS. I enjoy the few opportunities we have had in catching up with one another at intermittent reunions. I have been fortunate in keeping in close contact with one of my classmates and ongoing friends – Ted Girdner. “This past May, my partner and I and our close friend, Rafael Prieto, enjoyed an unforgettable visit back to Greece with Ted and his wife, Pat. I have also maintained contact with my former classmate and friend, Diana Gondek, now living in Boston, and very recently reestablished contact with another friend, Sheri Simpson (now Reidl) who lives and works in northern Virginia. This latter connection is thanks to Facebook, whichperhaps the school and our alumni could make better use of in maintaining contact with each other.



Pictured left to right are Rafael Prieto, Michael Reilly, Stefan and Melina Vassiliades




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria



Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

_________________


Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

Posted by ACS Athens Alum

Anastasi Sharp post... LINK IN INSTA BIO! 

https://www.instagram.com/_thesharpener/ See you then! #NHSAtakesNYC






 

Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)

Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.

Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

www.acsathens.gr



 


© 2018 ACS Athens Global Association




We are now accepting nominations for the 


ACS Athens' 

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENT 

on

APRIL 6, 2019 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Submit your nominations by October 31, 2018

Nomination Form

click here for criteria




Thanks for your support, Everyone!







Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV of New York, interviews Dr. Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens' Dean of Academics and Student Affairs, about the successful educational model of the American Community Schools (ACS) and the great initiatives which engage students as future global citizens.


The HOME Project  

A Dream Enabled by The Shapiro Foundation 

www.theshapirofoundation.org

Orientation Day at American Community Schools couldn’t happen soon enough. Now, all of them are ready in all practical and mental aspects of every day student life, and looking forward for the first day of classes, the first day of a new beginning.


#nochildalone #educationforall #ACS #theshapirofoundation


John Affolter has taken on the task of heading the House Committee: Trojans-Athenians-Spartans-Corinthians!


and introducing the Macedonians Houses - Macedonian


"We currently have 212 alumni signed up into their respective houses and will be moving forward with that soon. (It is not too late if you feel the urge to have some fun).


There are two issues before the “House Committee” that need feedback from all alumni who are interested in a fun revival of our beloved house competition when we were at ACS. 


Issue #1: We have just begun to think about what kind of activities we could have over the course of a school year. We need your thoughts. We realize that 60’s alum, have different abilities/needs/interests. format: 

1. Graduation year 

2. House affiliation 

3. Explain activity. 


We will be collecting them and using the ideas to create a plan. Thanks much in advance!


Issue #2: We will need help with organizing the houses by finding alum who are willing to represent their house through the year. The goal is to get at least one male and one female representative come forward to serve as a communication/activity coordinator for each respective house. 

The responsibilities include getting out the activity information and collecting results for the House Committee. It would be great if there were representatives for (60’s) (70’s) (80’s) (90’s) (2000’s). If you are interested in getting in on the fun and becoming an Alumni “ House Captain”, jump in and submit your: Name, Grad year, house."

Please respond with suggestions! Submit to info@acsathensglobal.org



GLOBAL BizNET supporting ACS Athens Community                         

Alum and Attorney Nicholas Karambelas on the Greek Bailout!

Nick discusses Greece's Economy and its Future Struggles

CGTN's Elaine Reyes speaks with Nick Karambelas, a founder of a law firm specializing in international business, and a part of the legal counsel for the American Hellenic Institute, for more on Greece's economy and the end their bailout program




Parthenon Huxley

August 30 at 7:26 PM

Purchase the new album HERE and have it signed to you personally: https://www.parthenonhuxley.com/p-hux-store

_________________


Introducing this new album by Christos Tambouratzis
featuring ACS alumnus Bill Kalantzakos. Bill has written lyrics for most of the lyrics for songs and does vocals for two of them. The album was released on July 2nd in the U.S. by 

German record label We Love Music and is on sale on all digital music sites such as itunes, amazon, spotify etc. 

YOUTUBE.COM

LOVES GOT ME Christos Tambouratzis Feat Bill Kalantzakos


For those John Demos (aka Quad Father) fans who haven't had a chance to purchase his Shadows of Silence book, 


Ebay has the English/Greek version!

EBAY.COM

John Demos, Shadows of Silence 9789608744226 | eBay

One of Greece’s leading photographers, John Demos captures the spirit of the people. He pictures the traditional life of Greece. Consciously or unconsciously, ancient myths are reenacted.John Demos is an active promoter of photography in Greece. | eBay!


Last chance to sign up!


CAPE CHARLES GOES GREEK!

ACS GREAT ROUNDUP 2018

October 12, 13, 14, 2018

Cape Charles, Virginia

Details here

https://www.acsgreatroundup.com/



Want to mix and network with fellow Greeks, October 12 -14, in New York City?

Think National Hellenic Student Association (NHSA) of America's Fall 2018 Convention.

Tickets out soon!

Posted by ACS Athens Alum

Anastasi Sharp post... LINK IN INSTA BIO! 

https://www.instagram.com/_thesharpener/ See you then! #NHSAtakesNYC






 

Job opportunity at ACS Athens, effective immediately!

Position Title: Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist 
(Clinical Psychologist)


Reports to: Dean of Academics & Student Affairs
Educational & Diagnostic Center Coordinator

Summary Description: The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center Specialist, is responsible for carrying out psycho-educational evaluations, ensuring an efficient and effective approach in identifying students unique learning profiles and helping them excel and reach their full potential within the school environment and beyond. Clinical experience in working with children and adolescents as well as extensive knowledge and experience with psycho-educational evaluations is vital for the testing center.


Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and promote an environment that is welcoming, confidential, safe and respectful to all students, parents and teachers
  • Maintain a positive and friendly attitude
  • Work efficiently and effectively regarding procedures 
  • Keep office organized to ensure efficient and effective service delivery
  • Provide all necessary information regarding the testing process to parents upon inquiry 
  • Become familiar with all necessary documentation required initially; ex. (consent form, intake form, other questionnaires used per case) 
  • Meet with parents and take notes for intake meeting so as to gain better understanding of a student’s developmental background
  • Be able to review and understand previous assessments of students
  • Conduct in class observations
  • Coordinate testing schedule with teachers and student
  • Be able to build a good rapport with the students
  • Review referrals and perform pre-assessment activities
  • Conduct and administer psychological and educational assessments such as: (WISC, WJ, Conners, Bender Gestalt, Key Math, GORT, TOWL etc.)
  • Conduct clinical interviews
  • Score assessments
  • Provide accurate diagnosis and interpretation of results (i.e. learning difficulties, social-emotional well-being)
  • Know the context of the DSM 5
  • Write up reports and maintain accurate records regarding each students’ case
  • Meet with parents and student in order to discuss the findings and proposed interventions
  • Collaborate with faculty, OLP specialists, counselors, CST, and all others to gain pertinent information needed regarding the students that will be evaluated
  • Collaborate with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Vision Therapists, psychologist, and other internal/external professionals
  • Be able to identify the assessments that need to be used based on the specific needs of a student
  • Display ethical and professional behaviors at all times
  • Display understanding and empathy towards students and parents
  • Have effective communication skills with parents and students
  • Use excellent presentation skills, written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, teachers, and the ACS Athens community
  • Keep the Center coordinator informed in all matters
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing information when needed
  • Attend required meetings and extra school sponsored functions and events
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certification as assigned by the supervisor (s)
  • Continue professional development and update knowledge on psycho-educational testing

Requirements: 

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist;
  • A minimum of two years previous experience in testing;
  • Certification/License;
  • Extensive experience and training in psycho-educational assessments;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in English;
  • Excellent command of oral and written language in Greek;
  • Able to effectively and accurately interpret and provide diagnosis upon; completion of a psycho-educational evaluation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Work collaboratively and efficiently within a team;
  • Be able to work within an international and diverse academic setting;
  • Be Technology savvy (ie. Word, excel, skyward, moodle, etc.);
  • International work experience and knowledge of the American Educational philosophy;
  • Expertise and experience in assessing students with LD, including literacy, math and emotional difficulties

www.acsathens.gr