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News from the Head of School, Ms. Eman Arafa

Assalamu Alaikum NUI Families!

I pray that everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of our summer break. I had reached out to you via a phone blast on August 9th to direct your attention to a few emails, to share some good news about our new school portal, and to share a few important upcoming dates. Below is the message I sent. Looking forward to seeing everyone very soon!

Our CTP4 test results have been in as you all know. The school sent home individual student test results in early June, when school was in session. The administration worked on generating different reports to help identify areas of strength and areas that may need some work. As it is, our NUI students did very well and fared competitively alongside suburban, public schools and independent schools. You received some very happy news from me with details about the CTP4 scores on Friday, July 21st.

In regards to emails coming your way, please expect an email from me within the next few weeks that highlights a few important changes in the administrative structure of the school and some good news that will accompany those changes. In the same email, I will share a few items we have lined up for this year in regards to faculty & staff professional development, substitute training, and parent workshops.

You should also receive several e-notices within the next week that include the MS & HS Girl’s Gym Uniform form, the NUI Summer Orientation Letter and the NUI 2017/2018 School Calendar.

In terms of effective communication between home and school; as promised the IT department together with the Head of School and the NUI administration have found a Student Information System that will offer so much more to our teachers, students and parents. Sycamore School is a comprehensive online student management system specifically designed for PreK-12 grade schools. Every function is fully integrated allowing students and families to stay connected in a secure atmosphere on the Internet. Features like online enrollment, classroom web pages, an integrated grade book, school/class calendars and more through one single portal will insha’Allah help NUI operate and communicate with students and families more effectively and efficiently.

Please mark your calendars for the NUI Parent Orientation Days which will be Monday, August 28th through Wednesday, August 30th. The PTO will be holding a special Welcome Back Breakfast for NUI Parents on Wednesday, September 6th. In addition, the first Board Town Hall is October 11th. Details will come your way later.

I look forward to another wonderful school year in the fall as we celebrate NUI’s 25th anniversary. Please continue to enjoy your summer break and remember that “We are NUI!”

Wasalamu Alaikum!


Ms. Eman Arafa

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