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- Long-time Employees HonoredWe would like to recognize two long-standing and loyal gentlemen who have worked in the HAI Custodial Department since the 1990s. It is thanks in large part to their steady efforts that the HAI campus remains in good shape.Mr. Jeancius Jentilien began in 1995 and worked 26 years.Mr. Louinor Nazaire began in 1999 and worked 22 years.Both have merited retirement and will receive a monthly pension.We thank you both very much for your good efforts over the many years you have devoted to making the HAI a shining oasis in Port-au-Prince.
- HAI Teachers: Open Call for DOHAs
To recognize and participate in WORLD POETRY DAY on March 21, 2020, it would be interesting for the Haitian-American Institute teachers and students to sharpen their minds and their pencils and submit a few of their best creations for all the world to see via the HAI website and Facebook page.
A fun form of group poetry is known as a “doha”, and it usually winds up sounding like a poem, whereby someone reflects for a moment, then starts off by saying a word or phrase that comes to mind. Someone must be designated to keep track of everything said by writing it down after each person speaks. Next person does the same, until the last person finishes. The whole “poem” is then read back to the group. This is usually very amusing!
For more about World Poetry Day, an initiative of the United Nations, follow this link:
- RAFFLE DATE CHANGED TO MAY 4
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE RAFFLE DRAWING HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ONGOING REGISTRATION.
THE NEW DATE OF THE RAFFLE IS SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
The 2nd Trimester of the year is underway! The New Horizons Raffle will happen for the first time on a Saturday instead of the customary Thursday, so that more students can attend the festivities. So register, pay for a class, and keep your raffle ticket in a safe place until the hour dawns. Best of luck!
- New Year and New Horizons Raffle #4
Port-au-Prince, January 31, 2019
Reported by Mr. Kenel Joseph, Head of Academic Department
As scheduled, the NEW HORIZONS RAFFLE drawing took place on Thursday, January 31, 2019. It started exactly at 12:15 and ended at 12:50 p.m. Yes, it lasted about 40 minutes, with lots of suspense at the very beginning. We began with the third prize and it took us about 20 minutes to find the lucky winner. Fifteen tickets later, the third prize winner happened to be ROSE MANUELA JOSEPH who received an LL BEAN BACKPACK. The second prizewinner is BITHIANA SIMBERT who got an LL BEAN DUFFEL BAG and the first prize winner is KETSIA SCHABBATAELLE LOBINOIS who got a full scholarship for the 2019 April session.
The host of the show was Bapthol Joseph, an HAI teacher and the lady keeping track of the ticket numbers was Francoise Augustin, another HAI teacher. Standing next to HAI President Mrs. Convery is the vice-president Dr. Jean Robert Mathurin and at the other end is yours truly. All’s well that ends well.
Getting ready for RAFFLE # 5 which will probably take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 AT 12:15 P.M.
- Winners of 3rd New Horizons Raffle
On Thursday, October 25, an enthusiastic crowd gathered beneath the D-Licious Snack Bar’s patio as three lucky winners’ numbers were chosen from the spinning, golden cage that held hundreds of tickets earned by students who
paid for their tuition in full.
President Mrs. Patricia Convery, esteemed board member Dr. Mathurin, Director General Mr. David, and Head of Academic Department Mr. Joseph did the honors.
First prize winner Lovelie Geffrard won a Chromebook Laptop computer.
Second prize winner Richardson Chery won a full scholarship for the January 2019 session.
Third prize winner Femise Jeudy won 50 dollars in cash.
A hearty congratulations to all of the winners!
- July 2018 “Teacher of the Session” Winner
Mr. Patrick Lafosse has been selected as the winner of the July 2018 Teacher of the Session, the second such recognition to be awarded to a teacher at the Haitian-American Institute.
The certificate has already been exchanged, and Mr. Lafosse expressed enthusiasm about this new recognition that takes into account the number of classes and students per class, punctuality, attendance, and overall performance in the classroom.
The Head of the Academic Department, Mr. Joseph, congratulates Mr. Lafosse.
- Package Deal Seeds have Sprouted
The first annual Package Deal Program for youngsters aged 8 to 11 and young adults aged 12 to 16 years has come and gone. Everyone is the richer for it and already looking forward to next year’s Package Deal with a great deal of eagerness.
Like an educational version of summer camp, the Package Deal enrichment program kept all 31 participants engaged
with 2 hours of English classes, a nutritious lunch, “Between the Covers” literary club, and other fun activities such as board and sporting games, dancing and a talent show.
Conceived by Haitian-American Institute President Mrs. Patricia Convery and coordinated by Mrs. Jocelyne Rose Menard, a teacher, the program was a huge success and received extensive help from the entire IHA-HAI family of staff.
- Second New Horizons Raffle A Success!
The second New Horizons Raffle was held to a packed house on August 2, 2018. Here are the lucky winners!
First Prize winner WHISTLANDE PELAGE received a scholarship for the October 2018 session.
Second Prize winner GLADIMY DEMEILLE won a giant 110-cup coffee maker.
Third Prize winner KESHIA GIOVANA JENAT won an LL Bean backpack and a lunch box.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Thank you to all who participated, along with HAI President Mrs. Convery, Director General Mr. David, Head of Academic Department Mr. Joseph, guest Joel Trimble and all those who made the second New Horizons Raffle drawing a fun event.
- Teacher’s Workshop: Let’s Get Better for a Better HAIThe second annual teacher’s workshop was held at the HAI in the beginning of June as part of a yearly event to hone the skills of the Haitian-American Institute’s “finest of the fine,” as HAI President Mrs. Convery refers to the teachers of the oldest established English language institute in Haiti.
Much effort was put into the planning, organization and execution of the workshop, entitled LET’S GET BETTER FOR A BETTER HAI, and which was led by HAI Academic Head Mr. Kennel Joseph. Many topics were covered, including grammar, method, and other stimulating and diverse activities.
During the first 45 minutes of the workshop, Mr. Joseph did three fun activities related to pronunciation. From 10 a.m. to 11:30, the teachers were grouped acccording to the levels they usually teach and were tasked with changing or making changes to some exams. From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the teachers were tasked with writing a syllabus for our SPOKEN ENGLISH and PRACTICAL ENGLISH CLASSES. Also, the interview questions at the end of these classes in lieu of final exams were prepared and standardized so as to serve as guidelines for any other teachers willing to teach them. At the end of the workshop, teachers took turns sharing with their peers some vocabulary and grammar games.
It was a successful workshop. Mr. Joseph could not have been any happier for its success.
- Two Artists’ Tribute to the HAI’s #75HAI President Mrs. Patricia Convery (center) meets with the two artistswho painted a lovely tribute to the Haitian-American Institute in honor of its 75th anniversary last year: Mr. Ralphe Junior Labrousse (on the left) and Mr. Mictyl Sanon (on the right). Both of the multi-talented artists are also learning English at the HAI. We appreciate their artistry and school spirit!