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Elementary School

Principal's Welcome

The stronger the start, the better the finish!

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Elementary School at American School of The Hague.

As you learn about us, I am confident that you will discover that our actions and beliefs make our school a special place. Whether in the classroom, cafeteria or on the playground, our students work hard to meet challenges and goals placed before them. We strive daily to be a school with high expectations, coupled with never-ending gifts of care, compassion and patience.

The Elementary School (Early Childhood Center and Upper Elementary) builds a solid foundation of learning skills and real world experiences. Our curriculum includes a strong literacy foundation, exploration of our world through social studies, hands-on experiential science, and problem solving math. The atmosphere is nurturing and supportive to meet the intellectual, social, physical and emotional needs of all of our students. Classes are taught with developmentally appropriate expectations in mind, along with an emphasis on social skills, designed for each age group.

Our new Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based Preschool (PS), Transition Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten (KG) and First Grade (G1) program. Children are taught in purpose-built classrooms that were thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of young children. Rich programs for library, art, music, computer, science and Dutch along with an indoor multi-purpose area designed for physical education and extra-curricular activities complement daily classroom instruction.

Our educational journey keeps one eye on the future and one on the present, to fill each year with opportunities to explore, dream, create and reflect. Students join this learning expedition to develop life-long habits of learning. In addition, we strive to place character development and attention to our school Core Values at the very heart of student growth. We believe that respect, responsibility, personal integrity, empathy and communication should be foundational to every student’s learning experience at ASH.

We have a dynamic and passionate group of professionals who truly enrich our school with their diverse talents and experiences. As you get to know them, you’ll witness their love of children and young people. Furthermore, their enthusiasm for teaching and the care for your child will be obvious. We also appreciate the important role that parents have in the lives of their children, and encourage your help and participation. There are many opportunities for you to become involved in school life, where your contributions of time and talent are critical components to our home/school partnership.

If ASH becomes your choice, and we hope it will, you will be joining a program that has a tradition of excellence. Therefore, come with us to explore, develop, investigate, create, imagine, question, organize, play, and most of all, have a great learning experience!
 
Tim Messick
Elementary School Principal
Key Contacts
Tim Messick
ES Principal

Jessie Coyle
ES Assistant Principal

Anne Bitter
ES UE Division Assistant

Rachel Mougey
ES ECC Division Assistant

Ann Wiederhold
ES / MS Counselor Grades 2 - 5

Zamarit Simpkins
ES ECC Counselor
Who we are
Who are the Elementary School Staff?
• Over 60 classroom teachers and instructional support staff
• All teachers hold at least a bachelor degree; most have master and/or doctoral degrees.
• Predominately native English speakers
• Have experience as well as expertise teaching in International and American school systems

Please contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. If we don’t know the answer, we will always direct you to someone who does!