Today, the SDFAS girls and boys cross-country teams had their second meet at La Jolla Shores. The race was 1.5 miles long, with 7 middle schools represented, and over 80 runners!
Maxine Arambulo (8th grade) led the way for the girls, coming in second place out of 38 runners and was awarded the silver medal (7th/8th division)! Adriana Telenti (7th grade) and Chloe Gross (6th grade) finished in the top 10, and placed 3rd in their respective age divisions. Amazing! As a team, the girls ran strong and stole FIRST PLACE from Encinitas Country Day by 5 points!
On the boys side, Robin Nicoli ran an unbelievable race, finishing in FIRST PLACE out of 43 boys. This was the first time a SDFAS boy finished first in history! Bravo, Robin! The boys were also led by Georges Perbost and Tristan Cousin, who both finished in the top 15. The boys team placed 2nd overall, the best finish in over 2 seasons!
Cross-Country: No half time, no time-outs, no substitutions, no excuses. They are not just runners.They are machines.
Science club members are busy learning about the process they will use to create a project for the school and county science fair.
This week we used crystal growing as a model for a possible project. During the activity the kids identified all the possible variables, and decided which ones would be important to manipulate and how they could control all of the rest. After much discussion they chose to play with the type of solute and the amount of solute that they used.
We are hoping to see different quantities of crystals in different sizes and shapes in the coming days and weeks. All around this was a fun activity to help everyone learn about developing a solid experiment, and deciding on controls and variable, that will stand up in the science fair. These students will each be creating a project for the school science fair in January. All other students interested in entering are encouraged. Get going with an exploration that interests you and share what you discover!
This week, the girls and boys Cross-Country teams competed in their first race of the season at San Dieguito Park!
8 middle schools raced over 80 runners in a 1.8 mile course through park trails.
The girls finished in 3rd Place overall, and were lead by Maxine Arambulo, Chloe Gross, Lexine Arambulo, Emma Berman, Elena Miralles, Sofia Berman, and Saliha Choma.
Georges Perbost, Tristan Cousin, Sebastian Altomare, Zachary Walker, Emil Belhon, and Nicola Redon represented the boys.
The next meet is this Monday, September 28th at La Jolla Shores… Come cheer on our Stingrays as they race on the beach! Race starts at 4:00 pm!
BUILDING BRIDGES – CONSTRUIRE DES PONTS
5TH GRADE – 7TH GRADE FORUM
Under the umbrella of our nascent SEAL Program (Social, Emotional Awareness and Learning), Building Bridges is a new initiative created to help ensure a smooth transition to Middle School for our 5th grade students. Mr. Jarlov, Mr. Carlier, Ms. Seidel and Ms. Wallen are leading Building Bridges, which also creates an opportunity for our 7th graders to cultivate empathetic leadership skills.
For our first activity at last week’s forum, our 7th grade students (Ambassadors) were paired with 5th grade Buddies and they shared a bagel breakfast while playing “Two Truths and a Lie” as an ice-breaker. We then moved on to “Speed Meeting,” rotating pairs every 60 seconds with moderated prompts such as: Tell about your most embarrassing moment at school ever; If you were a superhero, what would your super power be and why?; A rose, a bud and a thorn: share something you like, something you don’t like, and something you are hoping for this school year. We finished with a Q and A session with 7th graders taking the microphone and answering 5th graders’ questions about Middle School. To create a safer space, questions were submitted anonymously on cards ahead of time to Ms. Wallen when she visited the 5th grade students, and were drawn out of a hat on the day of the event.
We look forward to continuing to Build Bridges between 5th and 7th graders, guiding our 7th graders to be good role models, and helping our 5th graders feel comfortable and well-informed as they move toward the Middle School.