American Nicaraguan School

Middle School


Welcome to Middle School

Welcome from the Secondary Principal

On behalf of the Secondary Program, I would like to welcome you to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. We are a campus that serves the needs of the local and expat community through a balanced, global approach of creativity, innovation and knowledge.

The American Nicaraguan School is committed to offering students a world-class education focused on a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning with a global lens.  Students have an assortment of options to choose from to develop critical thinking and 21st century problem-solving skills.  Currently, we offer 19 Advanced Placement courses either in person or on-line to better fit the needs of our students.  Students may also apply for our distinguished Global Studies Academy, which allows each student to delve deeper into what it means to be a citizen of the world.  In addition to these options, our school has a rich tradition of competing in Model United Nations (MUN), HACIA Democracy and AASCA Knowledge Bowl, to name a few.  If students want to push themselves on the pitch, court, or in the pool, we offer a variety of sports, which include soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field and cross-country to provide each student with a well-rounded education.

At ANS, we are not just dedicated to rigorous academics. We also encourage students to become integral parts of the global community by instilling a love for learning and a passion for service. Throughout the year, each grade level commits to serving others in a variety of ways.  This connection to service allows our students to grow as leaders and flourish as stewards of Nicaragua and beyond.  In addition to our service days, many students take advantage of a plethora of clubs and activities such as Operation Smile, National Honor Society, Pink Club, and Un Techo Para mi Pais to balance out the ANS experience. Whether students are heading to a university or joining the work force upon graduation, each student will have the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.

It is truly my pleasure to lead such a historic program like ANS, and I am excited about all the possibilities we have before us.  I look forward to getting to know each one of you personally, and if I can do anything to make this journey more pleasant, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Preston Emerton
Secondary School Principal
[email protected]

Welcome From the Assistant Princpal, Secondary School - Kyle Martin

On behalf of the Middle School, I would like to welcome you to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. In the Middle School, we are dedicated to the development of the entire student through the use of creative, innovative, and globally-aware teaching methods. As we enter the 2016-17 school year, we are excited to continue to provide a world-class education to each and every one of our students.

As students enter the Middle School, they are in very transformational years in their lives. Students are beginning to discover who they are, what they are passionate about, and what really matters to them. In the Middle School, we capitalize on this opportunity by encouraging collaboration, exploring values and character, and embracing struggle as an opportunity for growth. We strive to develop our students not only into academic scholars who will enter the next grade at a high level, but also as citizens of the world who have an ability to think creatively and the courage to act on those ideas. We accomplish this task by taking a global approach to education. Students will certainly have classes such as English, Mathematics, Spanish, History, and Science, but will be pushed to explore these subjects through real-world application. Instead of memorizing formulas, students will build models. Instead of talking about inequalities in the world, students will organize awareness campaigns. Instead of reading a book and writing a report, students will discuss, debate, and question the motives and meanings. It is our belief that this approach to education will turn our students into lifelong learners who are inquisitive, thoughtful, and dedicated.

At ANS, we are fortunate to have a group of incredibly high quality teachers who embrace the growth mindset, and who are always seeking ways to improve their classrooms to meet the needs of the 21st century student. With the development of a rigorous curriculum comes challenges, but our staff is excited to explore new methods of education to broaden the minds and imaginations of our students.

It is truly an honor to be a part of such a dedicated group of educators, students, and staff as we seek to continue to grow the Middle School program at ANS. I look forward to the journey, and I look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that our students accomplish during the 2016-17 school year.

Kind Regards,

Kyle Martin
Assistant Principal, Secondary School

Welcome from the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator

Dear Secondary Community,

I am excited to join the secondary team in welcoming the 2015-2016 school year. With our team and goals, it promises to be an invigorating year of learning and growth. While this marks my 12th year working in education, it will be my first in the role of Secondary Curriculum Coordinator here at ANS. I look forward to learning from each class about its work in secondary courses, and to supporting our staff to ensure world-class curriculum and alignment across throughout our school.

At ANS, we are committed to engagement through rigorous instruction and assessment. Students at ANS take ownership of the content to integrate true understanding with applicable knowledge. I hope to draw from my 11 years in the classroom, and experience designing specific, relevant curriculum in teacher teams, to help offer an engaging and rigorous education for our diverse community of learners. Please visit us in the new Students and Teachers Resource Center located on the first floor of the secondary building. There, you can get up to speed on the latest educational research and find out what is happening around the world in current events, and in our learning engagements at ANS.

Kathryn Meyer
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
[email protected]

Supply List (Secondary)

In an effort to help students develop into globally aware and environmentally responsible citizens, Middle and High School are dedicated to using technology to better serve our students. With that in mind, each student is required to have either a tablet or a laptop computer during class each day. This tablet/laptop should also have a charger for students to use during the day if their battery runs out.

In addition to a tablet/laptop, we also request that students bring the following to class on the first day of school:

  • Sharpened Pencils
  • Notebook – one for each course (or notebook paper)
  • Official ANS Agenda – Available for pick at Cashier’s Office on August 12th.
  • Folder- 1 per course or Binder with dividers for each course
  • Time Management System (either a written planner or an electronic strategy such as Google Calendar)

During the first week of school, teachers of each class may also request that students have additional materials. In these classes, teachers will allow students ample time to get these supplies.

Teacher Pages

Sixth Grade

Course / Grade Teacher(s)
6th Grade Homework 6th Grade Team
Sixth Grade Assessment Calendar 6th Grade Team
English 6 Emily Petersen
Math 6 Álvaro Cruz
History | History of Nicaragua Richard Meléndez
Earth and Space Science Vince Hernández
Spanish 6 / MS SLL I Dominga Gross & Miriam Rojo
Community Values Karen Meléndez
Math 6th Advanced Álvaro Cruz

Seventh Grade

Course / Grade Teacher(s)
7th Grade Homework 7th Grade Team
Seventh Grade Assessment Calendar 7th Grade Team
English 7 Olivia Blanchette
Math 7 | Pre-Algebra Margarita Argüello
Math 7 Álvaro Cruz
Geografía e Historia de Nicaragua I Thelma Flores
Latin American History Nora Rivas
Life Science Julio Vannini
Life Science 7 Vince Hernández
Spanish 7 / MS SLL Beginner Dominga Gross
Community Values Karen Meléndez

Eighth Grade

Course / Grade Teacher(s)
8th Grade Homework 8th Grade Team
Eighth Grade Assessment Calendar 8th Grade Team
English 8 Emily Petersen
English 8 (Honors) Olivia Blanchette
8th Grade Math Margarita Argüello
US History Nora Rivas
Physical Science | Life Science Julio Vannini
Spanish 8 Miriam Rojo
Geografía e Historia de Nicaragua II Thelma Flores
Community Values Richard Meléndez
Ancient History Richard Meléndez


Course / Grade Teacher(s)
French I Agnès Macé
Chinese Class Carolina Yun

Student Services

Course / Grade Teacher(s)
Learning Support Program 7th Grade Team


Course / Grade Teacher(s)
SLL Sara Román

Visual and Performing Arts

Course / Grade Teacher(s)
Middle School Art Kathia Chica
Discover Music! John Spiro
Instrumental Music John Spiro
Guitar I | Choir I Aarón Vega

Parent-Student Handbook

Secondary Parent-Student Handbook

Manual de Padres y Alumnos de Secundaria

Emergency Procedures for Parents

When is your next assessment due?

Find out in the MS Assessment Calendar!

Assessment Policy

Need to get in contact with your teacher?

Find staff on the directory

The Tiger Times

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Middle School News

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