ACS Athens Owlcast

The official ACS Athens podcast, telling the story of the American Community Schools of Athens. Host: John Papadakis Produced by: ACS Athens Media Studio

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January 27, 2023 00:23:44
Owlcast 46 - with Panos Mologoussis

Owlcast 46 - with Panos Mologoussis

Since 2018, ACS ATHENS has been exploring and adopting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, setting collective and individual goals that can never be achieved without a sense of citizenship. Panos Mologoussis, is the Citizenship Coordinator and Program Manager of the ACS ATHENS Middle school. His goal is to promote the Citizenship Model towards cultivating a responsible and respectful mindset and behavior of middle school adolescents. He received the Arete Award (2020 – 2021) for the foundation of the Environmental Club in the ACS Athens Academy, an award recognizing initiative to promote civic responsibility and serve others, inspiring them to become more involved.With Panos Mologoussis, and his student leaders, today we discuss: Offering opportunities to work on student behavior - a big incentive for someone to join a school The tutoring school mentality and how it can be avoided The learning opportunities of consequences for mistakes students make towards character education Receiving the Areté Award for environmental activities The recycling program of ACS ATHENS - its mission and vision and how it affects the life on campus ...and much more! ...

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January 13, 2023 00:25:26
Owlcast 45 - UN Day • Middle School 2022 (Student Edition)

Owlcast 45 - UN Day • Middle School 2022 (Student Edition)

UN Day is celebrated every year, and offers the opportunity to amplify a common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter that have guided the global community for the past 77 years. Each year, ACS Athens Middle School celebrates UN DAY, giving more significance to its multinational identity and global character. With students from more than 60 countries, the school is a hotbed of continuous dialogue and thoughtful debate on all issues of academic, cultural and historical significance that are presented through its programs. This year is another opportunity for students, faculty and administration to reflect on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are adopted schoolwide by encouraging everyone to actively support one or more of these goals, individually and collectively. Today with us is a group of Middle School student leaders who reflect on this year’s UN DAY that was marked this past November. They discuss the UN Day’s activities, the lessons from this day and their individual and collective conclusions. With their Advisor, Vicky Akrivou, students discuss: Nourishing Peace - this year’s UN DAY theme, as observed through the eyes of Middle Schoolers; From small-level actions to the larger scale - Identifying the needs of the world and actions to meet them; Student Challenging advisors on UN Sustainable Development Goals; The digital escape room challenge - learning serious concepts in a fun Way; Finding solutions by looking at the negative side of things; Focusing on solutions within social studies topics; What’s an SDG elevator speech; students choose their favorite Goal; The lifeline or Milestone of 2030; Thinking Globally but Acting Locally. ...

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December 16, 2022 00:28:34
Owlcast 44 - with Hercules Lianos

Owlcast 44 - with Hercules Lianos

Welcome to another episode of the ACS Athens Owlcast. Today with us is Hercules Lianos, a graduate of our school and a member of the ACS Athens faculty whose students are continuously challenged to reflect and analyse the information flow they receive and produce. It’s all about Media Literacy. Today we talk with Hercules Lianos, Academy Teacher of Media Literacy. Stay with us as we discuss: Reflecting on today’s complicated media landscape The lack of trust in the news of young people and their resulting cynicism Discussion and debate in the classroom about the news What does it mean to be media literate today? Objectivity and purpose of reporting the news Targetting a specific news audience - the Fox News example The effect of opinion leaders in the impact of information flow ...

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December 02, 2022 00:26:35
Owlcast 43 - with Babis Mamas

Owlcast 43 - with Babis Mamas

If you browse through the News of the ACS Athens website, one of the busiest sections is that of Athletics and Activities. As an American school, ACS Athens invests consciously in co-curricular athletics and participation of students in sports, as a way to build character, cultivate the nobility of fair play and set goals for the life ahead. Students appear to celebrate their successes in tournaments as part of team or individual sports, but also announce academic scholarships and other distinctions. Athletics is also at the heart of fostering school spirit, by involving the entire community, students, faculty, administrators but also alums and parents. Therefore, more than an academic requirement, more than providing outlets for chanelling the endless energy of students, physical and mental, Athletics play a crucial role in the development of children and adolescents. Sports have always been Babis Mamas' passion, and alongside working and studying, he competed at the U18 and U21 Greek Track & Field team for Long and Triple Jump, and at a later age, he was introduced to Volleyball. Volleyball also became a career as he coached professionally at teams in Athens (Panathinaikos, Panionios) and later in the UK. This year, Mr. Mamas is the Assistant Director of Athletics of ACS Athens, with additional responsibilities in student life. Today with Babis Mamas, we discuss: Experiencing athletics through different school systems The value of competition in character building and in someone’s learning journey Growing by getting out of the comfort zone The business management side of sports management Sports management as a career choice ...and much more! ...

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November 18, 2022 00:29:37
Owlcast 42 - 2022 Areté Awards Part 2 - with Amalia Zavacopoulou

Owlcast 42 - 2022 Areté Awards Part 2 - with Amalia Zavacopoulou

This is the 2nd part of the podcast on the 2022 Areté Awards, hosted by Amalia Zavacopoulou, member of the Areté Awards Committee and Division chair for social Studies at ACS Athens. 12 years ago, the community of ACS Athens initiated the annual Areté Awards in order to recognize students, faculty and parents who promote Civic Responsibility through Conscious Citizenship, aiming to improve life and living on the planet. As a community that comes together to address the needs of others, we strive to promote civic responsibility and to model it for our students. And since Areté in English means virtue, our community members are always challenged to uphold a particular moral excellence, showing high ethical standards in their own life, the life of their family and their entire community. In the second part, today, Amalia Zavacopoulou speaks with the parent recipient of the 2022 Areté Award for Civic Responsibility, Debbie Richards Perakis, also a member of the ACS Athens PTO, and with the Faculty Recipient of the Award, Antigoni Karnesioti Simantira. ...

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November 11, 2022 00:32:40
Owlcast 41 - 2022 Areté Awards - with Amalia Zavacopoulou

Owlcast 41 - 2022 Areté Awards - with Amalia Zavacopoulou

12 years ago, the community of ACS Athens initiated the annual Areté Awards in order to recognize students, faculty and parents who promote Civic Responsibility through Conscious Citizenship, aiming to improve life and living on the planet. As a community that comes together to address the needs of others, we strive to promote civic responsibility and to model it for our students. And since Areté in English means virtue, our community members are always challenged to uphold a particular moral excellence, showing high ethical standards in their own life, the life of their family and their entire community. Every year individuals are nominated for their “activities or deeds” that meet the Areté Award Criteria, which include evidences for embodying the spirit of areté and civic responsibility, demonstrating extraordinary initiative to serve others, modeling service at ACS Athens and/or in the local community, inspiring others to become involved and striving socially and ethically as healthy, responsible members of the community. Amalia Zavacopoulou, member of the Areté Awards Committee and Division chair for social Studies at ACS Athens, spoke to the 2022 Arete Award Recipients for civic responsibility. In this week's first part of the Areté Awards Owlcast, Ms. Zavacopoulou talks with the three student recipients. ...

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