Dear students, teachers, staff, parents and friends of the ACI,
Welcome to the start of the 2020-21 school year. My name is Brad Bell. I am the new head of school. Having served in many leadership positions in the United States, Egypt, Senegal and Cameroon, I am especıally happy to be here at ACI and be part of the SEV Family.
Speaking to you today from our beautıful ampitheater, I am sorry that we are not able to be here together celebrating in person. COVID 19 has truly impacted the world. Wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, social distancing have become part of our daily vocabulary and daily routine. COVID 19 has also impacted the way we are able to teach and learn. We are now teaching and learning online as opposed to attending classes on campus. What does this mean for this school year? Thıs year it is all about being flexible and making sure we meet the needs of our ACI Family. We have prepared the ACI campus for the return of students. We are prepared to teach online. We have upgraded our online learnıng platform to better serve the needs of our students. Our ACI teachers have also been engaged in many hours of professional development in preparation for this year. While this new online learning platform is very new for students and teachers, it is clear to me that our teachers and students are committed to their ACI education.
Even though, I had the pleasure of meeting very few of our students, I was very impressed wıth their overall positivity of the situation. They are very much living the mantra” Enter to learn, Depart to Serve”. They refuse to let this current situation get in the way of their education. These students are emblematic of the values of ACI. Integrıty, Responsibility, Accountability, Passion, Grit, Perseverance, Inquiziveness, Respect and Trust. These values have served ACI well. These values keep us strong.
ACI is indeed a very special school. We offer an educational program that vies with the finest in the world of international bilingual education. Our national and international reputation for high academic success and well established core values have attracted students come from all parts of Turkey to ACI. Our graduates attend the best colleges and unıversities in Turkey and across the world. Our students and alumni consistently return to campus every year and thank their teachers for their support, caring and mentoring. While there may be many unknowns about this new school year, one thing you can count on is the ACI family. We will be here for you.
The above leads me into my next item, which is to congratulate and welcome all our students who have passed the requisite Turkish national exam with supremely high marks which has in turn given them the possibility of access into ACI. A tremendous opportunity now lies before them, a tremendous launchpad towards a life of high aspirations and success in their chosen fields of study and work. In addition, I wish to welcome our new overseas and Turkish staff and wish them a very successful academic year as they embark upon this new stage of their own individual professional journey.
I look forward to being part of another highly successful year for ACI as well as meeting many of you in the very near future.
[Mr. Bell's Opening Speech of the new school year]
Head of School
Dear Students, Teachers, Parents and Graduates,
As ACI family, we are happy and proud of meeting you once again on a September morning.
The beginning of a new academic year is always exciting to our students and to us. A new academic year always means to us new hopes, new goals and new experiences. As Prep students are beginning to a new school, dorm students moving to a new town, new teachers starting to work at a new school and our senior students beginning their graduating year, some are in hurry to move into new buildings, some are curious of the new lessons they are going to take for the first time, some are full of joy of meeting their old friends and some are excited to meet their new friends. But what we all feel is the same excitement and happiness...
We are starting a new school year growing and strengthening more with 181 new Prep students, coming from different cities. These students who passed through a difficult exam and registration period, and joined our ACI family with high points strengthening our standing as an educational institution not only in İzmir but all over Turkey. We believe that they will achieve much more at our school, seeing the proud at their faces and the excitement deep in their hearths.
And our senior students sharing the excitement of the opening days since past four years... An intensive and hard but at the same time much exciting and unforgettable school year is ahead of them, where they will study with ambition and determination to enter to the national or foreign universities they have been aiming with the knowledge and skills they have gained till now, while they will be leading all of the school activities. They must be sure that we will be beside them at every stage of this challenging period and are confident that they will reach their goals.
This year will be full of new excitements also to our students getting a year older and starting a new school year. With new tracks chosen, new classes, new courses and clubs, activities and social services they are going to take part, they will learn and have fun together, as they will find themselves and move on forward towards their goals. They will learn from their mistakes, will ask help and support when necessary, and will come over all difficulties without getting desperate and by studying systematically, and will make us and their parents proud with their success. Each student is considered as a separate individual at our school and our students’ differences, personalities, creativeness and dreams will keep enriching us.
We would also like to thank our 2020 graduates as well as all our other graduates who are sharing with us the excitement of starting a new school year. An institution’s greatest success is establishing a mutual relation with their gradues they brought into life... We are always proud of them...
American Collegiate Institute with its deep rooted history, strong academic program, meaningfull and all-purpose social activities and services, well equipped and strong teachers, and devoted support staff, enchances its success in academic and social areas more each year in the direction of our school’s guiding statements.
ACI will keep moving forward in the direction of Atatürk’s contemporary vision and principles, raising individuals who are progressive, secular, independent and democratic, with an educational understanding embracing national and universal values, sensitive to global issues, questioning, critical and enfolding differences.
We wish all of us a happy, healthy and successful school year, learning by sharing, enjoying by learning, and maintaining our todays excitement and enthusiasm.
Didem Erel Erpulat (ACI'87)