Organization

Junior High School Administration

The Junior High School Administration team is comprised of the Director, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director.  The team is responsible for the School’s day to day operation and, in collaboration with the Faculty, for the achievement of its pedagogical objectives.


Administrators

Director:

Panagiotis Giannoulatos

Deputy Director: 

Leonidas Kaisaris

Assistant Director: 

Nikoleta Kanelli


Faculty Association

The Faculty Association is comprised of all educators teaching at the School, regardless of their employment contract category.

The Faculty:
- at the end of the academic year, decides on students’ advancement to the next grade level, graduation, referral for reassessment or expulsion, based on relevant data and grades recorded in the School’s registers and subject to current legislation.
- imposes penalties upon students in accordance with relevant and existing provisions and, at the end of the academic year, classifies students’ conduct and attendance records based on specific and well-documented data.
- decides on excursions, hikes, field trips and student events, either by consensus or through committees.


Committees

Since academic year 2002-03, three Psychico College Junior High School Faculty committees are formed annually to ensure the School’s operational efficiency. The responsibilities of these committees are significant inasmuch as they are tasked, each year, to analyze programs and data and to submit well-documented proposals to the School Administration or Faculty Association.

In 2008, the Schools of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation were recognized as “Committed to Excellence” by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), based on HAEF Schools' Faculty Committees’ work and presentations on:
              - Academic Programs
              - Extracurricular Activities on Environmental Issues
              - Communication

As a follow-up to the work presented to EFQM, Psychico College Junior High has formed new committees to assess the three aforementioned areas within its own School unit, as well to work on the improvement of other areas, such as school life.

The following committees are in place this current academic year:

Academic Committee

It is comprised of the Heads of Departments, Faculty members and the Director, who presides as President.  Its mandate is to monitor the implementation of the curriculum as well as the exit skills of students graduating from the Elementary and Junior High Schools.

Extracurricular Activities Committee for Environmental Issues

The Extracurricular Activities Committee for Environmental Issues is comprised of Faculty members and either the Deputy Director or the Assistant Director, who presides as President.  Its mandate is to record and coordinate all extracurricular activities whose aim is to sensitize students on environmental protection issues.

Communication Committee

It is comprised of members of the Junior High School’s Academic Committee and its President is the Junior High School’s Director.  Its mandate is the systematic supervision and approval of all communication processes, both within and outside the classroom, by applying statistical and qualitative criteria.

School Life Committee

It is comprised of members of the Junior High School’s Academic Committee and it is presided over by either the Deputy Director or the Assistant Director.  Its purpose is to establish a single framework regarding values, behavior and appearance of students at School.

Disciplinary Committee

This Committee is established on a case-by-case basis in order to investigate an incident of disciplinary misconduct.  At the conclusion of its investigation, the Committee, which has recorded the minutes of its session, submits to the Director its recommended penalties for the student(s) who has/have committed the infraction.  The Committee is comprised of two Junior High School Faculty members, two representatives from the 15-member Student Council, and a either the Deputy or the Assistant Director, who presides as President.


Teacher - Advisor

Each Junior High School section is allocated a Teacher – Advisor who handles his/her students’ academic, pedagogical and disciplinary problems.

Specifically:

a)

He/she assumes the responsibility of monitoring, both on an individual and on a collective level, the academic, pedagogical and disciplinary progress of students in the section.  He/she serves as liaison to coordinate communication between students, teachers and parents.

b)

He/she individually meets with students and their parents as a follow-up to information obtained from Administrators and other teachers regarding students’ academic, disciplinary and personal problems.

c)

He/she informs students about the School’s rules and regulations, its distinctive features, its organization and available services (i.e. Counseling Office) and advises them with regard to their responsibilities, duties and rights.

d)

He/she ensures a spirit of cooperation, cohesion and good communication among students in order to foster a climate conducive to student participation in extracurricular activities. He/she is concerned, as are the students, with activities that broaden students’ education and encourages their participation in the activities of the Junior High School Student Community.

To this end, the Teacher - Advisor collaborates with the 5-member Class Board.

e)

He/she acts as an Advisor during Social Life sessions, where student concerns are raised, predominantly by the Class President.


Class Council

The Class Council is comprised of the teachers who teach a particular section and the Deputy and/or Assistant Director.

-The Class Council convenes, upon request of the Director, whenever an issue relating to the functioning of the class, or section thereof, arises.  The Class Council may also convene at the written request of at least three teachers or of the Teacher – Advisor.

-The Director may also attend Class Council meetings, in which case he/she chairs the meeting, as can the Class (section) President.

-The Class Council presents proposals to the Administration and Faculty Association, who is responsible for making final decisions.

-When the Class Council convenes upon request of the Director to discuss a disciplinary infraction, then the presence of the Class President is mandatory.  In such cases, the Class Council can impose up to a 5-day suspension and refer the student to a plenary session of the Faculty Association.


Faculty Professional Development

The School’s Continuing Teacher Training Program seeks to keep Faculty members abreast of new developments in their respective disciplines, as well as in general pedagogical, psychological and counseling matters.  Each year, in-house training programs aim to encompass as many teachers as possible.