Michael ElstonSecondary Principal
Lamica EsteenHS Assistant Principal
Eric ChicasHS Dean of Students

American United School of Kuwait



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Deciding When to Stay Home

Deciding when to stay home (1).pdf

Orientation Videos & Presentations

If you missed your orientation on September 14, click on the links below to view a recording of the meeting. A link to the presentation is also below.

HS Orientation/Town Hall 21/22
New Student Google & Technology Training

8-day Virtual Schedule (Sept 14-23)

Check your emails for Google Meet links to your grade-level orientation on September 14. During this orientation, you'll learn more about accessing your schedule, interpreting this 8-day schedule, and expectations for online learning. You'll also learn about what to expect when you return to the building!

MS/HS Sept 14-23 8-day Schedule (SY 2021/22)

ChromebooK & Uniform Distribution 2021

Chromebook Distribution

Chromebook distribution will take place between August 29th and September 13th by appointment only. Starting August 26th, families that have met their first installment obligation can expect to receive an email informing them of their drive-thru pick-up date and time. You can expect this email from the following executive assistants:

ES: Amani Hasan (a.hasan@aus.edu.kw)

MS/HS: Afrah Daham (a.daham@aus.edu.kw)

Uniform Distribution

Uniform distribution will take place between August 26th through September 30th by appointment only. Starting August 26th, families who have met their first installment obligation can expect to receive an email with information on scheduling their on-campus appointment(s). You can expect this email from the following address:

AUS Boutique: uniforms@aus.edu.kw

If you still need to pay your first installment, online payments can be made through our Online Payment Portal: https://pay.auskuwait.com/online/

We know that students are eager to obtain these items, and we ask for your patience and cooperation as we manage this process under the COVID health and safety protocols.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


NOTE: SAT testing at the AUS campus has been suspended until further notice. To find an alternate testing site, visit the College Board's website (click here).

Helpful Links


Summer Enrichment

Summer Enrichment resources

Congrats, Seniors!

2020-2021 Recognition (Superlatives)

2020 2021 Highschool Superlatives (Music Removed)

AUS Arts Night

2021 Field DAy Results

6th Grade Participants:

· Rehan Tahir (40 points)

· Mohamad Charara (40 points)

· Jasmine Emera (15 points)

· Sofia Mejia (30 points)

8th Grade Participants:

· Subhan Sayeed (15 points)

· Christian Dunomes (20 points)

7th Grade Participants:

· Salem AlSabah (15 points)

· Ruba Abu Shiekah (15 points)

π π π

Pi Day - March 14

π π π

i has been known for almost 4000 years—but even if we calculated the

number of seconds in those 4000 years and calculated pi to that number

of places, we would still only be approximating its actual value. Here’s a

brief history of finding pi:

Ancient cultures found their approximations of pi by measurement:

  • The ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its

radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates

a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation.

  • In the Egyptian Rhind Papyrus (ca.1650 BC), there is evidence that the Egyptians

calculated the area of a circle by a formula that gave the approximate value of 3.1605 for


First calculations of pi:

  • The first calculation of pi was done by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the

greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. Archimedes approximated the area of a

circle by using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the areas of two regular polygons: the

polygon inscribed within the circle and the polygon within which the circle was

circumscribed. Since the actual area of the circle lies between the areas of the inscribed

and circumscribed polygons, the areas of the polygons gave upper and lower bounds for

the area of the circle. Archimedes knew that he had not found the value of pi but only an

approximation within those limits. In this way, Archimedes showed that pi is between 3

1/7 and 3 10/71.

  • A similar approach was used by Zu Chongzhi (429–501), a brilliant Chinese

mathematician and astronomer. Zu Chongzhi would not have been familiar with

Archimedes’ method—but because his book has been lost, little is known of his work. He

calculated the value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter to be

355/113. To compute this accuracy for pi, he must have started with an inscribed regular

24,576-gon and performed lengthy calculations involving hundreds of square roots

carried out to 9 decimal places.

The π symbol

    • Mathematicians began using the Greek letter π in the 1700s. Introduced by William

Jones in 1706, use of the symbol was popularized by Euler, who adopted it in 1737.

An 18th century French mathematician named Georges Buffon devised a way to

calculate pi based on probability.

Artifact from Babylonia.
Egyptian Rhind Papyrus.
Stamp commemorating Zu Chongzhi.

WINTER WONDERLAND Submissions 2020

Thank you to those of you who shared your Winter Wonderland crafts, baked goods, and poems!

Holiday Message from AUS Faculty/Staff
Holiday Playlist: Performances submitted by AUS students and faculty!


AUS is proud to announce that Madhumita Rajagopal (Class of 2021) has received the prestigious AP International Diploma. This diploma is awarded by the College Board to students who have earned a passing score of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in four different content areas.

To date, Madhu has taken and passed six AP exams and has scored a 4 or higher on all of them: AP Language, AP Literature, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP US History, and AP World History. She is currently preparing for the AP Biology and AP Economics exams.

Taking AP courses and passing AP exams gives students a competitive edge when it comes to applying to Colleges and Universities, and this International Diploma certainly helps Madhu stand out. Congratulations, Madhu!

Falloween Drawing Contest Submissions

Spooktackular Entries

HS Drawing Contest Winner-- Miznah Al Nasser (10th)

Short Story Contest Winners

Bad Taste

"This is a very weird menu." I looked at Josh. "Don't worry, I'll order for you" he said. The food arrived and Josh pointed at each dish saying, "That's sheep kidney, fish eyes, and cow liver." A dish was placed in front of me "Is this human flesh," I joked. "No, it's horse meat, human flesh is pink, and very chewy."

Taibah Ali, Grade 10


Unexplained Injury

The door to my room was painted shut as I sought refuge in the cabinet from the eerie footsteps I heard coming from downstairs. My gasps were almost audible as I gathered my thoughts. The stride was petrifying. My heart sank after I felt a nudge on my side. The marks on my back still can’t be described by doctors.

Fayez Al Subaiai, Grade 10


HS Virtual School Highlights Oct 11

2019/2020 Awards