SHAPE MS/HS is an American DoDEA school, serving grades seven through twelve, within the broader setting of the SHAPE International School. Next school year, we will convert to a 9-12 high school as our seventh and eighth graders will move into a new 6-8 middle school which will be completed and opened in August of 2014.
SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) schools are part of the DODDS-E Isles District. Our school has a rich history tied to our country's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. SHAPE MS/HS was established in 1967 when the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers of Europe moved from Paris, France to Mons, Belgium. Our school provides a learning environment for 530 students composed of military dependents from the United States, NATO, and from military support civilians. As 42% of our school population is comprised of students from countries other than the United States, our student body has the unique opportunity to experience the traditions, lifestyles, and cultures of those various nations daily.
Our students learn through a block schedule with 85 minute classes. Each student has seven classes and a Seminar class. Each class meets once every two school days. This enables students to have longer periods in each classroom. Teachers use these longer periods to implement more effective cooperative, interdisciplinary, and differentiated learning activities for their students.
SHAPE MS/HS has a very dedicated, experienced, caring staff. All staff is committed to ensuring a safe and effective learning environment for all our students while making sure that the students meet or exceed the DoDEA curricular standards for each course. In addition, our teachers do a great job building strong and effective relationships with each of their students, making the learning experiences relevant and applicable, and ensuring that those learning experiences are rigorous, varied, and exciting.
Our students follow the current DoDEA curriculum. Specific graduation requirements, Advanced Placement ( AP) courses, electives, and Virtual School opportunities can be found in our Parent/Student Handbook which is linked to this website or through our Counseling Office Weebly.
SHAPE students have opportunities to play interscholastic sports through three different sport seasons (middle school students are allowed to participate in some of these sports), as well as to participate and be involved Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS) and many other clubs and activities. We encourage students to get involved in these extra-curricular activities as it helps enrich and round out their education.
Our school goals involve improving our students' ability to analyze data and to reason, as well as to improve their analytical writing. This year we have modified both goals based on data from the Terra Nova examinations, PSAT data, and from local assessments. Students are given opportunities to work in these goal areas through all of their classes.
We also are fortunate to have great community support at our school. There is a very active PTSA that serves both the elementary school and SHAPE MS/HS. Our School Advisory Council (SAC) is an active group of parents, teachers, and students who meet monthly to work with the school administration on any issues or concerns which may occasionally arise. The 39th Signal Battalion and the US Army Corps of Engineers also support our students through various projects and special learning activities. In addition, we are looking to expand opportunities to work with our military and civilian support organizations to broaden and enrich our students' education at SHAPE.
It is our sincere hope that all our students have a rewarding and productive experience at SHAPE and that they are well prepared to meet the demands, challenges, and opportunities that await them after high school. This is the overarching goal of our entire staff.
Chuck Fannin, Principal
Mr. Charles (Chuck) Fannin has served as the SHAPE MS/HS Principal since the beginning of this school year. Prior to his experience at SHAPE, Mr. Fannin served as the principal of Wiesbaden Middle School, a DODDS-E school in Germany for two years (2010-2012). Mr. Fannin spent twenty-four years working for the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska as a teacher and as an administrator. He was the principal of two comprehensive high schools. In the fall of 2004, he opened South Anchorage High School (SAHS) and served there until 2010. Prior to working at SAHS, he was the principal of Bartlett High School, a school that served a large number of students from military families at Ft. Richardson, a neighboring military post. He also worked as an assistant principal at the middle school level for five years. Mr. Fannin's teaching experience primarily has been at the middle level. He taught Social Studies, Language Arts, Physical Science, Life Science, and Spanish. During his years as a middle school teacher, he coached track and field, cross-country running, and wrestling. Mr. Fannin grew up in a military family (his father was in the U.S. Air Force) and attended DODDS schools in Spain and Turkey. He graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska in 1975. Mr. Fannin received a BA Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1983 and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from BYU in 1987. Mr. Fannin has been married for 32 years to his wife Lisa. They have four children, all of whom are grown, and two of them are married. They also have five grandchildren. The Fannin family enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and skiing. Mr. Fannin's leisure pursuits and activities include hiking, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, sea kayaking, and cycling. He is anxious to explore Belgium with his wife and hopes to do a lot of cycling and hiking. He looks forward to working with the SHAPE MS/HS Community and having many rich and rewarding experiences with students, staff, and parents this year.
Dear parents, sponsors and students,
Welcome to SHAPE Middle High School! Here at SHAPE there are many exciting opportunities for learning and extracurricular activities. Our staff is dedicated to providing a rigorous course selection based on the DoDEA standards and curriculum and engaging instructional strategies.
As the Assistant Principal, some of my duties include attendance and discipline. Detailed explanation of all of our policies are described in the Student/Parent Handbook posted here on our website. In the event of illness, parents and sponsors are encouraged to call the main office (423-5715) and if your student is going to be absent for an extended period, please contact me or the main office.
We are dedicated to working together to enrich your students' lives and to provide an enjoyable learning experience.
Kristen Warner, Ed.D.
Kristen Warner, the Assistant Principal at SHAPE Middle/High School, is a graduate of the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. She holds a B.A.in French Literature, an M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership. She also studied at the Sorbonne, the Université des Antilles, the Université de Montréal and the Universidad de Salamanca.
Prior to moving to Belgium, Dr. Warner was the Instructional Systems Specialist for Foreign Languages in Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in Peachtree City, GA.
Her background includes teaching French, Spanish, and ESL at the middle, high school and college levels for 13 years in Florida where she was also President of the Florida Foreign Language Association. She also coached basketball and tennis, sponsored the Drama Club and French Club and was an Assistant Examiner for International Baccalaureate (IB) French Language. She worked for two years as the Teacher in Residence at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey where she developed the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Assessment for World Languages and was a National Foreign Language Consultant for a publishing company for seven years.
Dr. Warner and her husband, Steve, are from West Palm Beach Florida and enjoy fishing, scuba diving, skiing and travel.
APO, AE 09705-1420
It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.