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Suicide Prevention Month encourages mental health awareness at ASD

Suicide Prevention Month encourages mental health awareness at ASD

Nora K., Social Media Director

October 7, 2019

In light of the recent recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the ASD high school counselors made an extra effort to spread the word about mental health awareness and its importance to keeping students healthy.  Many factors contribute to the potential deterioration of mental well...

Service trips align with United Nations SDGs

Service trips align with United Nations SDGs

Annika T., Reporter

October 5, 2019

Every year, ASD offers educational and informational service trips that take place to destinations all around the globe. Students and advisers working with student service groups have recently made intentional moves to articulate the nature of their group's particular "service." Each group has ident...

“Youth demand climate action and will not be ignored” -Ovais Sarmad

“Youth demand climate action and will not be ignored” -Ovais Sarmad

Lena I., Activities Section Editor

October 3, 2019

Student executive members of ASD’s EFFECT Club recently attended a pivotal lecture in Qatar's growing movement to tackle climate change. The emerging Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCM Qatar) hosted the lecture by an integral member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   Mr. Ovais Sarmad's lectu...

Parent complaints slow rollout of fingerprint technology as potential substitute for Dragon Cards

Parent complaints slow rollout of fingerprint technology as potential substitute for Dragon Cards

Tala A., Reporter

October 2, 2019

After the new fingerprint technology was recently introduced to students in upper elementary, some ASD parents complained about the lack of communication about and implementation of this technology. Parents were worried about their children's safety and privacy because they knew little about the n...

IB curriculum changes, as do students’ lives

IB curriculum changes, as do students’ lives

Zuhoor A., Reporter

October 2, 2019

The International Baccalaureate program, commonly abbreviated as IB, has made some notable changes to the types of courses they offer and the content in them for the 2020-2021 school year. This means the changes affect primarily this year's 11th graders. Both the IB Language and Literature and the ...

Art for Hearts hits the ground running

Art for Hearts hits the ground running

Kelsey D., Reporter

October 1, 2019

ASD’s art service club, Art for Hearts, has shown a significant increase in eager participants with artistic abilities to better the ASD community and show off their artistic talents. Leading the group, club president A. Fritz ('20) and her club's service advisor, Ms. Elizabeth Chaffee, have many pr...

ASD creating cashless community

ASD creating cashless community

Fatima A-S., Reporter

October 1, 2019

The Dragon card system was updated over the summer to help make it more efficient for ASD students and their families. This newer, more comprehensive ASD card system allows parents to better keep track of each child's purchases as well as other student information. According to Mr. Jeff Kersting, the head of ...

JV Dragon boys on learning curve at QUESS tournament

JV Dragon boys on learning curve at QUESS tournament

Victoria C., Reporter

October 1, 2019

ASD's youngest JV boys' volleyball players gained a wealth of valuable playing experience when they hosted this year's QUESS U16 tournament at their home gyms in mid-September. Nearly 20 schools regularly participate in Qatar United English Speaking Schools competitions, and 12 came to ASD to vie for...

ASD Times introduces new phone access

ASD Times introduces new phone access

Ayoub M, Promotions Manager

September 30, 2019

For the past few weeks, ASD high school students and faculty have been able to access ASD Times for free on their smartphones. Although the ASD Times staff has subscribed to Student Newspapers Online (SNO) as a host for their content for several years, they have only recently been able to easily of...

FCD stress information, unknowns about escalating e-cigarette use

FCD stress information, unknowns about escalating e-cigarette use

Fatima A-S. and Annika T.

September 14, 2019

Freedom from Chemical Dependency, commonly known as FCD, delivered alarming information last week about the negative health effects of vaping to ASD students, parents and faculty. FCD representatives visit schools around the world, usually every two years, offering primarily student information and s...

FCD group shares healthy living message with MS students

FCD group shares healthy living message with MS students

ASD Times news writers

September 11, 2019

Freedom from Chemical Dependency, an organization dedicated to substance abuse prevention that operates on a global scale, visited ASD last week for its biennial presentations to educate students on the dangers of drug abuse and to promote a healthy lifestyle.  FCD speakers were sometimes graphically desc...

Class of ’23 start high school with a treat

Class of ’23 start high school with a treat

Acila G. and Claire R.

September 10, 2019

For the first time at ASD, counselors organized a 9th grade retreat to kick off the new school year. Freshmen got an exciting fun-filled day where they participated in group activities to bond with each other and their counselors.  The counselors believed that they did not get to know the class ...