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  Friday, January 29, 2016

Congratulations Stingrays!

By Admissions

It was a pleasure to see the team play this week. They managed to do very well on Tuesday, despite facing a very strong team and being largely outnumbered. Thursday’s victory is well deserved, thanks to motivated and well organized players, and a very tactical training by our amazing coach!

Bravo and keep it up!

Christian Jarlov

Pictures I took at the game yesterday:



Boys Varsity Basketball defeats Olive Pierce Middle School

By Diesa Seidel

The SDFAS boys varsity basketball team won their 2nd home game of the season 28-19. The team played stellar defense and capitalized on forced turnovers. The team was lead by the strong offense of Joseph Altomare, VJ Manzella’s skilled moves, George Perbost’s quickness and court awareness, Thomas Semprez’s lock-down flash defense, Alex Gross’s tenacious rebounding, David Llewwellyn-Smith’s ball handling and pose, and Paul Madany’s hustle and aggressive play.


-Ms. Seidel

  Thursday, January 28, 2016

Interview de Monsieur Christian Jarlov par Patricia, Juliette et Louna

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1-Bonjour Mr. Jarlov, nous sommes dans l’option journalisme et nous avons choisi de vous interviewer. Pouvons-nous vous poser quelques questions?

Bien sûr, je suis très honoré.

2-Quel était votre métier avant d’être directeur de SDFAS?

Alors, avant d’être directeur j’ai toujours été enseignant ou coordinateur. Par exemple, avant de venir à San Diego, j’étais professeur au lycée français de Singapour. Avant Singapour, j’étais le directeur pédagogique de SDFAS. Ceci était juste avant l’an 2000. J’ai toujours travaillé dans l’enseignement mais dans différentes écoles à l’étranger.

3-Pourquoi êtes-vous devenu directeur?

Il y a des professeurs qui n’ont pas forcément envie d’être directeur mais j’avoue que cela m’intéresse. J’aime bien coordonner une équipe et travailler avec tout un groupe d’enseignants sur des projets. Il faut bien que quelqu’un dirige l’école! Je trouve que les meilleures personnes pour diriger les écoles sont les gens qui ont enseigné parce qu’ils comprennent bien ce qui se passe dans les classes et qu’ils ont l’habitude de faire ce que je fais aujourd’hui : communiquer avec les élèves. En général, les directeurs sont des gens qui ont été enseignants et qui ont envie de changer. Ils désirent travailler avec toute une équipe.

4-Quelles études avez-vous faites pour devenir enseignant?
Pour devenir enseignant à l’époque, je suis entré dans une école qui s’appelait l’École Normale. Vous allez me dire, “Mais, il n’y pas d’école normale !”. En fait, elle s’appelait comme cela. On y formait des professeurs. J’ai aussi fait des études à l’université. Je me suis spécialisé dans l’étude des langues et j’ai fait également des études pour enseigner le français comme langue étrangère. Après, cela m’a amené à travailler à l’étranger et à m’intéresser plus spécifiquement à l’enseignement des langues étrangères ainsi qu’à l’enseignement de ma propre langue.


  Saturday, January 16, 2016

Science Fair : a great success

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This year, SDFAS Science Fair broke a new record : 38 participations!! Ms. Jacoway and Mme Denis are pleased to see how much our students are involved in their projects. We had great presentations

this year again. We can’t wait to organize our next Science Fair in 2017!
Congratulations to our Middle School winners !
1 – Loïc Delattre : « Peut-on représenter des types d’éruptions réelles avec des modèles simples? »
2 – Audrey Vergniault : « Aquaponics vs soil plants »
3 – Sébastien Fischer : « Can I build an electric motor? »

  Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Tables in the Middle School Area

By Bénédicte Brouder

We have some lovely New Tables with Umbrellas in the Middle School area near the library, which can to be used during morning and lunch recess by Middle School students who don’t want to play on the field, and also for special occasions, potlucks, and as an outdoor classroom. The area will continue to beautified!


Middle School Dance Pix!

By Bénédicte Brouder

We had 68 out of our 79 students at the dance last Friday, January 8, along with 7 alumni guests. Ms. Denis, Mr. G and I were happy to see the students having fun – whether they were dancing, eating, hanging out, doing the Macarena, or chasing each other around. We will hold two more dances this year, one on March 18, and one on June 3. Next year, we plan to have a Homecoming Dance in the fall.

A note about paying at the door: Having the students themselves bring their $5, greet the adult at the check in table, pay, and get a stamp on their hand to show they paid is a simple, safe, age-appropriate introduction to learning to handle money — a mini life lesson.


Interview with Mr. G by Sidonie Laing-Bégin and Nolwenn Garcia on January, 7th 2016

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Sidonie and Nolwenn in the journalism elective decided to interview Mr. G, to know more about him.

1.Hello Mr.G  we have some questions for you. What is your favorite subject in school?

Literature.  I love discovering classic books over and over again with the students each year, hearing their insights and impressions on the material, and doing creative projects about the books together.

2.What do you like the most about your job?

The students.  I love working with the students.  There is so much great energy every day, so much joy, so much discovery.  Nothing else is quite like it.

3.What is your favorite quote and why?

“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we’ll die.”  I heard it first in a Dave Matthews song when I was a teenager, but it turns out it’s a variation on a biblical quote.  Anyway, it reminds us to cherish the moment and live fully, because we never know when it will be taken away.

4.What are your hobbies?

Sports.  I’m an avid golfer, and I love playing tennis and baseball as well.  

5.Do you play any sports?

Yes, and I am currently working toward earning my PGA card as a golfer so that I can teach in the summertime.  I have played since I was very young, and I love it.

6.What is your favorite types of essays?

That depends.  I like opinion pieces, because I like hearing students’ views on everything from current events to literature.

7.If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I haven’t played Saint Andrews yet in Scotland.  So that’s the next stop on my travel list.

8.What type of books do you like to read?

The kinds of books that are actually sports magazines.

9.What is the hard part about being a teacher?

The hardest part?  Having to bring such a tremendous level of energy to every class, every day.  Some  days, you’re just tired.  But in this profession, you can’t be.   

10.How long have you been at SDFAS?

8 years?  9 years?  I don’t remember, I haven’t had my coffee yet.

  Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Music Program with the 8th graders and Students in Elective class

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Congratulations to the students for the concert given last Friday in the auditorium!

Music from the Cayman Islands: Students presented the culture of these Islands in the Caribbean and sang traditional songs prepared with singer and song writer Natasha Kozaily.

The students in the Elective Music class presented a song they had composed. It was a very moving moment as songs were beautiful and very well written!

See some pictures or short videos below (be patient with videos, they may take some time to load).

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Vidéo-journalisme: SDFN émission #2

By Bénédicte Brouder

L’élective vidéo-journalisme est fière de vous présenter la deuxième émission de SDFN (San Diego French News), bon visionnage!

The video-journalism elective is proud to present its second SDFN (San Diego French News) episode, enjoy!

  Saturday, January 2, 2016

The 6th graders in the news!

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The 6th graders are in the “La Jolla Light” newspaper this week, about their Art project using mosaic. Read the article below!

LJL article Dec. 31, 2015