Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Learning Resources

Library

The Awty International School contains three libraries to meet the needs of its PK-3 - 12th grade student body. Each library is designed to support the curriculum of its students as well as encourage reading for pleasure.

The Early Learning Campus Library

The Early Learning Campus (ELC) Library houses 4,000 titles in three languages. The ELC library classes are designed to help the students develop a passion and love for reading. Weekly visits introduce PK3 through 1st grade students to books through storytelling and puppet shows. Students are read to in English, French and Spanish according to the second language they are learning. They have the opportunity to talk about the books, stand up and speak in front of an audience, and create their own puppet shows. The students enjoy having an activity or making a craft related to the theme of the week. Students check out books and read them with their teacher or at home. The library is a nurturing and welcoming place for our preschoolers.

The Lower School Library

The Lower School Library houses over 18,000 books and welcomes students from 2nd to 5th grade in English, Spanish and French. Classes are scheduled to visit the library regularly with their teachers. During their library time, students listen to stories and have the opportunity to share their opinions on books. Several reading programs are in place to encourage students to be open and analytical about books. Other activities designed to complement the school’s curriculum include introductions to various literary genres and library research using tools such as the online card catalog and various databases. The Lower School Library works closely with the teachers to help enrich the classroom curriculum. The library is a bright, comfortable and ever-changing space that encourages the students to develop their curiosity and imagination.

The Sarofim

The Sarofim Library provides printed and digital resources to support the Middle School and Upper School curricula. Housing over 20,000 titles in seven languages, the Sarofim Library provides a varied and enriching collection to students and faculty. The library also utilizes technology and online databases to put information at students’ fingertips. The Sarofim Library serves as a cultural center by periodically hosting art exhibits, guest speakers, and music performances. In addition, the library coordinates reading programs to foster a life-long love of reading among students.

Librarians

Head Librarian
(PK3/PS - 12th Grade/Tle)
Diana Armentor
713-328-5849

ELC Library
(PK3/PS – 1st Grade/CP)
Christelle Zaharatos, ELC Librarian
713-328-5872

Victoria Zsigo, Library Assistant (ELC)
713-328-5872

Lower School Library
(2nd/CE1 - 5th/CM2)
Céline Poirier, Lower School Librarian
713-328-5833

Milla Jourdeuil, Library Assistant
713-328-5833

Sarofim Library
(grades 6 -12)
Lucas Anderson, Upper School Librarian
713-328-5831

Jessica Holland, Middle School Librarian
713-328-5931

Technology in the Classroom

What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

All students enrolled in either the Secondary French and Secondary International sections are required to bring a personal computing device to school as part of their normal set of supplies. Students are expected to have devices in class per the teachers’ instructions. They will receive a network account to access the school’s wireless network from any location on the campus. The account will allow students to use school printers, share network resources, utilize on-line storage, and communicate with others.

WHY WAS BYOD IMPLEMENTED AT AWTY?

Over the last five years, the Awty Technology Department has supported classroom instruction with a 1:1 laptop checkout program. As the 1:1 program progressed, it quickly became evident that students greatly benefited by having access to a personal learning device during their learning day. We see a marked increase in the demand for laptop checkouts as well as for computer lab time as teachers have infused their lessons with technology. The teachers require the use of computers for writing assignments, research, creating spreadsheets, presentations, and creative design.

Our objective in making this decision is to promote greater independence, increased academic engagement, and a higher level of skill development for all students. Our goal is to prepare your child to compete, connect, and collaborate as an ethical citizen in a global society.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY READINESS

The Awty Information Technology Department has made a significant investment in upgrading the network infrastructure to support the BYOD initiative. The network is filtered for inappropriate content and students will be able to print from their devices to school printers. The Educational Technology Department will review any freeware or “Cloud” applications for educational effectiveness and for possible technical problems before allowing teachers to ask students to access or download and install an application on their devices. Additionally, the faculty receives detailed instructions and training from the Educational Technology Department to prepare them to work effectively with BYOD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students continue to have access to school computers?

Yes. School-owned computers will continue to be available for the science department, computer science labs, digital design classes, music, visual art, and in the library for the near future.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION FOR CHARGING EQUIPMENT?

Students will be expected to begin a routine of charging devices at home on a nightly basis and bringing devices ready to work each morning.

The school realizes that devices may need to be charged during the day and students are welcome to charge-up on campus assuming they bring the AC-adapter cables for their devices with them.

WHERE CAN FAMILIES GET TECHNICAL SUPPORT IF THE DEVICE IS NOT WORKING PROPERLY?

It will be the responsibility of each family to find repair shops from an outside company.

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS LOOK FOR IN A DEVICE AND WHAT FUNCTIONALITY SHOULD IT HAVE?

Weight and size should be scaled to the age and height of your child. What is too heavy or which screen or keyboard is too small for one student might be just right for another.

When selecting a new device, consider that it should last about three to four years before needing replacement.

Wi-Fi capable – students need to be able to connect to the Awty network.

Portable drive – USB sticks or memory cards continue to serve well for file storage.

For financial-aid students who cannot afford a personally owned device, Awty will make a school device available.

CAN THE STUDENT USE THEIR 4G/3G DATA SERVICE AT THE SCHOOL?

The students will be required to use the school’s student WiFi network at all times and to not circumvent the school’s Internet filter. The network is called Awty-Student and the login credentials are the same as the student's Awty username and password.

Miscellaneous

Carry case – yes! Students should keep their devices in sturdy cases.

Virus protection – yes! There are free virus protection suites that receive good reviews. Look on the Internet. Microsoft Security Essentials is one such product for Windows machines. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/product...

Warranty and insurance on device – if purchasing a new device, look for warranty and repair agreements. Contact your insurance agent if you have question about your policy coverage.

Discounts – always ask about discounts when buying for students.

File backup – students are responsible for file backup and there are quite a few reliable solutions, which are free. Students have file storage space in One Drive as a part of their Office 365 subscription.

Office Software – All secondary students are entitled to download and install Office 365 for PC or Mac on up to 5 personal devices. This license is part of their Awty Office 365 subscription and is available through the e-mail login portal.