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 Accreditation Newsletter No.1 AY/ 2016-2017

November 8, 2016 

Dear Parents,

Sagesse High School, in line with its internal development policy and commitment to MSA Visiting Team recommendations, initiated its continuous development and innovation strategies. 

Based on internal studies of needs for development, 
    •    A complete renovation of lavatories was put in place. Block A Second Floor lavatories have been renovated. 
    •    A modern and functioning dining area for students, staff, and faculty has been constructed and is in the process of completion. The dining area is in adherence with the requirements and regulations of the Lebanese Health Ministry. 
    •    Food and cleanliness are now run and controlled by specialists in Food and Quality Control.   
    •    A food consultant/ nutritionist has been employed who will oversee the children’s menu and other relevant concerns. The menu will be posted on the school website 
    •    A state of the Art Addressable Fire Alarm System along with 112 smoke detectors and 68 fire extinguishers and an updated evacuation plan was put in place.  
    •    Staff and faculty underwent training sessions that target Health and Safety; the majority of the sessions were successfully completed and some sessions have been planned to be completed in the near future. These sessions include the following:
        o    Fire Safety - Conducted by JAVA
        o    Handling Accidents & Illnesses - Conducted by Red Cross 
        o    Emergency Crisis (Attack without warning, Bomb threat, Intruder) - Conducted by the Interior Defense 
        o    Earthquakes -  Conducted by the Civil Defense 
        o    Prevention of the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Thank You 
Planning Team


Accreditation Newsletter No. 2 / AY 15 - 16

January 11, 2016

Sagesse High School (SHS) Planning Team is proud to provide its stakeholders with an update on its accreditation achievements. One of the most important tasks that were accomplished was the revision of the SHS Foundation Documents. The Planning Team revised the existing Foundation Documents, the SHS Mission Statement and Beliefs and wrote the Graduate Profile. Please find attached the updated Foundation Documents. 
A special thanks for the commitment and support of the seven subcommittees, which were able to convey the stakeholders’ perspectives into well-written descriptive summaries. These summaries were then compiled and used by the Planning Team to fill in the relevant sections of Designing Our Future (DOF) Self-Study which includes the following sections: Foundation Documents, Community & Student Performance, School Leadership and Organization, Educational Program & Resources, Student Services & Life, Maintenance & Operations, and School Improvement Planning. 

The most critical aspect of developing the school’s plan for growth and improvement is the identification of five Objectives for growth and improvement in student performance and the school’s capacity to produce the expected levels of student performance stated in its Mission, Beliefs, and Graduate Profile. The Planning Team identified five Objectives which are attached for your consideration. These Objectives were sent to the MSA for technical review and were approved as submitted. 
The projected MSA Team Visit to Sagesse High School will start on the 19th of April and last to the 22nd of April 2016.
Improvement Plans have been initiated with many renovations already underway. The Rector adopted many recommendations that were mentioned in the feedback and is evident in the work done around the school. These are the following: 
a.    renovation of the teachers’ room in Block A;
b.    renovation of the South and West facades of the school;
c.    establishment of two storage areas;
d.    installment of Air Conditioning units in some Block B classes;
e.    renovation of Block A and B playgrounds;
f.    construction of the gymnasium;
g.    constructed pavements between Blocks A and B;
h.    expansion of the parking and pick-up area;
i.    maintenance of Solar Panels that are now providing the lighting to all three SHS buildings;
j.    renovation of Block B auditorium;
k.    renovation of offices.

SHS encourages all its stakeholders to support and take ownership of the planning process. Feel free to contact the Planning Team members personally or by calling the accreditation office (extension 103) or via email: planningteam@sagessehs.edu.lb.

Updated SHS Foundation Documents
Mission Statement
Sagesse High School is a Catholic, Anglophone, co-educational school that educates and motivates students from diverse backgrounds to become life-long learners and responsible citizens with strong ethical values. The school promotes various enriched educational opportunities and operates in an environment that instigates empathy and compassion.
Beliefs
We believe that
•    each person is respected and valued as one created in the image and likeliness of God;
•    knowledge enhances the goodwill of human kind and society;
•    each person has equal worth and treats others with respect; 
•    students are prepared to actively and constructively contribute to the shaping of a better world;
•    each person has unlimited potential and has the opportunity and capability to learn and develop into a well-rounded individual;
•    learning is a flowing partnership among teachers, students and parents;
•    human resources are the most important asset; to the success of the mission.

Graduate Profile
Sagesse High School graduates are equipped with skills necessary to be successful, empathetic, and humanistic individuals that uphold balanced bases of ethical values and academic excellence. Specifically, Sagesse High School graduates will
•    demonstrate qualities of endurance as a result of their scholastic experiences where challenges are faced with maturity and introspection.
•    portray empathy, compassion, and humanism as a result of their exposure to diverse on and off campus activities where compassion, service and social awareness are central objectives.
•    demonstrate life-long learning attributes which allow them to progress everywhere and at any time.
•    materialize the understandings of honesty, credibility, and academic integrity encapsulated through their academic experiences with securing data and developing arguments.
•    respect and value local and foreign cultures by retrospective evaluation of scholastic experiences.
•    demonstrate skills that enable them to communicate with compassion and the intent to solve conflict rather than complicate it.
•    exteriorize a sense of belonging to their school environment and the world at large.
•    recognize and appreciate the achievements of others through collective, communal celebration of individualistic successes.

SHS Student Performance and Organizational Capacity Objectives
Student Performance Objective #1 – Schoolwide 
By the year 2023, Sagesse High School (SHS) students will demonstrate an increase in their academic performance with locally designed benchmark and alternative assessments to mirror required scores on International Standardized Examinations as measured by the following:
a.    i. an increase of 20% in the number of American Program (A.P.) and Lebanese Program (L.P.) students scoring above:
Elementary Division: 85% in English Language Arts.
Intermediate Division: 80% in English Language Arts.
Secondary Division: 75% in English Language Arts.
       ii. an increase of 20% in the number of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students scoring above 4/7 in English A: Literature course.
b.    i. an increase of 25% in the number of American Program and Lebanese Program students scoring above 
Elementary Division: 85% in Mathematics.
Intermediate Division: 80% in Mathematics.
Secondary Division: 75% in Mathematics.
      ii. an increase of 20% in the number of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students scoring above 4/7 in Mathematics
c.   i. an increase of 25% in the number of American Program and Lebanese Program students scoring above
Elementary Division: 85% in Sciences.
Intermediate Division: 80% in Sciences.
Secondary Division: 75% in Sciences.
     ii. an increase of 20% in the number of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme  students scoring above 4/7 in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. 
d.    an increase of 40% in the percentage of American Program, Lebanese Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme senior students scoring above 550 on the Critical Reading Section of SAT I.
e.    an increase of 40% in the percentage of American Program, Lebanese Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme senior students scoring above 600 on the Mathematical Reasoning Section of SAT I.
f.    a decrease from 37% to 15% in the percentage of Intermediate and Secondary students sitting for make-up and qualifying exams in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Sciences.

Student Performance Objective #2– Intermediate and Secondary Divisions
By the year 2023, Sagesse High School Intermediate and Secondary students will demonstrate an increase in Career Awareness Guidance engagement reflected by a studied and well-informed choice of program (A.P./L.P./IBDP) and course selection as measured by the following:
a.    a decrease of 70% in the percentage of “Drop and Add” submissions.
b.    an increase to 85% in the number of students partaking in the Career Guidance Program.

Student Performance Objective # 3 – Schoolwide
By the year 2023, Sagesse High School students will demonstrate an increase in environmental stewardship as measured by the following:
a.     a 60% increase in students’ involvement in environmentally friendly activities inside and outside the classroom setting.
b.    a 20% increase in environmentally based unit plans in the Science curriculum across the school.
c.    an increase from 0% to 30% in Grade 1 to Grade 12 students’ engagement in cultivating shared environmental knowledge with the community through documented events.

Organizational Capacity Objective # 1– Schoolwide
By the year 2023, Sagesse High School will improve the quality and frequency of its communication with stakeholders as measured by the following:
a.    an increase in the number of e-newsletters published on the school’s website from 0 to 6 per academic year.
b.    an increase of 80% in the number of visits to the SHS website (www.sagessehs.edu.lb).
Number of visits to the SHS website: NA 
c.    an increase of 50% in the number of log ins to the SHS information system (SIS), Skoolee, by parents and students.
d.    an increase of 50% in the number of SHS social media, YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter, followers. 

Organizational Capacity Objective # 2– Schoolwide
By the year 2023, Sagesse High School’s administrative board along with the Physical Education Department will work to facilitate students’ athletic development as measured by the following: 
a.    a 60% increase in the renovation and establishment of facilities for sports.
b.    an increase in the number of varsity teams from 2 to 7.
c.    a 50% increase in student involvement in Soccer and Basketball varsity teams.
d.    an increase from 0% to 30% in the support coaching program for gifted students.

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March 19, 2015

Dear Stakeholders,

Sagesse High School (SHS) has currently adopted ‘Designing Our Future’ protocol for re-accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

“Designing Our Future (DOF) is a selfstudy and accreditation protocol primarily focusing on growing and improving the school’s capacity to produce the levels of student performance desired and expected by its community of stakeholders. […] Through this protocol, the school determines which areas of its curriculum and organizational capacity are the priorities for growth and improvement, sets measurable goals to address these priorities, and then establishes a plan to achieve its objectives.”    (MSA-cess.org)

Sagesse High School’s administration assigned a planning team to organize and coordinate the self-study process. The planning team members are:

  • Fr. Gabriel Tabet (Chair)
  • Miss Juhaina Abukhalil (Co-chair)
  • Mrs. Tania Moughabghab (Internal Coordinator)
  • Miss Lady Maalouf
  • Mrs. Samira Mallat
  • Mrs. Mariella Saadeh
  • Mrs. Manal Boustany
  • Mr. Roger Takla
  • Mr. Walid Geagea

 

Regards,

Rector

Fr. Gabriel Tabet

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Accreditation Newsletter No. 1/ AY14-15

March 19, 2015

“Involvement in an ongoing accreditation protocol recognizes achievement and fosters and facilitates ongoing school improvement.”    (MSA-cess.org)

The planning team created subcommittees to plan, conduct and analyze the results of various sections of the self-study. Each subcommittee includes a chair, co-chair and members from the stakeholders. Each subcommittee will carry out its tasks and report to the planning team.

 The 7 subcommittees include:

  • Foundation Documents Subcommittee
  • Community & Student Performance Subcommittee
  • School Leadership and Organization Subcommittee
  • Educational Program & Resources Subcommittee
  • Student Services & Life Subcommittee
  • Maintenance & Operations Subcommittee
  • School Improvement Planning Subcommittee

The planning team revised the existing foundation documents, the SHS Mission Statement and its Beliefs. The updated documents are attached for your consideration.

SHS encourages all its stakeholders to support and take ownership of the planning process. Feel free to contact the planning team members personally,by calling the accreditation office (extension 103), or via email at planningteam@sagessehs.edu.lb.

 

Revised & Updated SHS Mission Statement

Sagesse High School is a Catholic, Anglophone, co-educational school that educates and motivates students from diverse backgrounds to become life-long learners and responsible citizens with strong ethical values. The school promotes various enriched educational opportunities and operates in an environment that instigates tolerance and compassion.

 

Beliefs

We believe that

  • each person is respected and valued as one created in the image and likeliness of God;
  • knowledge enhances the goodwill of human kind and society;
  • each person has equal worth and treats others with respect;
  • students are prepared to actively and constructively contribute to the shaping of a better world;
  • each person has unlimited potential and has the opportunity and capability to learn and develop into a well-rounded individual;
  • learning is a flowing partnership among teachers, students and parents;
  • human resources are the most important asset; to the success of the mission.

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May 9, 2009

Dear Parents,
 

I am proud to inform you that the MSVT has recommended SHS for Full Accreditation. In the next months, MSA staff will review the report and make a recommendation (usually similar to the MSVT's), then the International Schools Advisory Committee will review the report and the staff and team's recommendations. The Commission will review the report and all of the recommendations and grant Full Accreditation officially to SHS at their meeting in October.
 

Fr. Gabriel Tabet
Rector

 

I. ACCREDITATION THROUGH REFLECTIONS

Sagesse High School (SHS) is currently seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A team of two MSA members visited the school for four days during May 2006 and recommended the school be given an accreditation candidacy status. Full accreditation is expected after the school successfully completes an 18 month self-study program and meets all the standards specified by MSA. According to MSA, Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses. Accreditation is a means of showing confidence in a school's performance. In order to receive full accreditation, SHS will use the MSA Reflections Protocol which is a comprehensive process of self-study that addresses the following twelve areas:

Foundational Standards: Standards addressing best practices in the components of a school that provide the foundations  for quality in the education program, services, and results in terms of student learning.

Standard 1: Philosophy and Mission
Standard 2: Governance and Leadership
Standard 3: School Improvement Planning
Standard 4: Finances
Standard 5:  Facilities
Standard 6: School Climate and Organization

Operational Standards: Standards addressing best practices in delivering the education program, services, and activities to the students.

Standard 7: Health and Safety
Standard 8: Educational Program
Standard 9: Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning
Standard 10: Student Services
Standard 11: Student Life and Student Activities
Standard 12: Information Resources and Technology

 

II. Why

Become recognized internationally and develop a culture where school performance is of highest quality and undergoes continuous improvement. The affiliation with an international association such as MSA will provide the school with highly qualified educational consultants and international educational research and information, and will ensure that the school constantly monitors and evaluates its performance in areas such as:

  1. School is managed and administered by qualified managers, administrators and teachers;

  2. The school's financial and budgeting plans support the operational needs of the school and allow for future growth;

  3. The school's curricula are reviewed and updated to meet current educational needs. This monitoring and evaluation will create an environment where continuous self-improvement is sustained. It is this improved performance that will allow SHS to continue serving its students and spread knowledge to wider sections of society both inside and outside Lebanon.

III. How

  1. School must voluntarily want to become accredited;
 
  2. Every school has its own governance and policies. Accreditation ensures that procedures to implement these policies are developed and implemented;

  3. Accreditation provides a self-study guide for the school to follow. Proper implementation of this guide will lead the School to become accredited;

  4. Teamwork and involvement of the whole school community is used to develop new processes and procedures.

 

IV. Who

Members of the school community will participate in this process including parents, students, educators, and administrative staff members. The head of school and board must fully endorse this process and the school's administration must ensure its successful implementation.

 

V. When

The School became fully accredited effective December 1, 2009.