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  Saturday, May 21, 2016

Junior MUN (continued)

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Thursday May 19, Day 2

The students had a very successful second day at their inaugural JMUN conference. They worked with other countries’ delegates to draft and debate resolutions in response to  an international “crisis” given by the Secretaries-General.

In the afternoon, the entire conference attended the awards and closing ceremonies. Dylan Cardinal, representing Lithuania on the Regional Security Council, was awarded one of three Outstanding Delegate awards by her committee chairs; the awards recognize the delegates who demonstrate a depth of  knowledge and insight into the committee’s topics. She was also awarded the gavel which is given to the delegate who displays diplomatic skill above and beyond what the committee expects. All of the SDFAS delegates said they truly enjoyed the conference experience. A great first year for the team and looking forward to next year!

More pictures…

  Thursday, May 19, 2016

SDFAS Track & Field: Girls place 1st, Boys 2nd

By Diesa Seidel

The SDFAS Girls & Boys Track & Field teams competed in the IMSL Championships today at Maranatha Christian School. Over 60 athletes competed in the 4 x 100m, 1600m, 400m, 100m, 800m, 200m, 4 x 400m, shot put, discus, long jump and triple jump. At today’s finals, only the top 6 qualifiers for each event were invited to compete for bronze, silver, and gold medals. Team points for the girls and boys were also tallied to crown the season’s overall league track & field champions.

Going into the finals, the girls team was in 2nd place, with 171 team points for the season. Chabad Hebrew Academy led the way with 175 team points (1st), followed by Soille Hebrew Day in 3rd (74), Encinitas Country Day in 4th (70), and The Cambridge School in 5th (40).  The girls were fearless and relentless as they pushed through event by event, eventually taking the lead, and sealing the victory! The girls varsity team won the Track & Field Championship meet with a score of  269 team points, beating out our competitor Chabad (247).

Leading the way for the girls was Maxine Arambulo (800m 1st place, 1600m 2nd place, 400m 2nd place), Adriana Telenti (4 x 100m 1st place, 100m 1st place, 200m 1st place), Alienor Calmejane (long jump 1st place, 100m 2nd place, 200m 2nd place), Noella Coiquaud (4 x 100m 1st place, shot put 3rd place, discus 3rd place), Angeline Arambulo (4 x 100 1st place, Triple Jump), Elena Miralles (4 x 100, 1st place).

The Girls Junior Varsity team was pioneered by 2 students. Congratulations to Lexine Arambulo (400m 3rd place, 200m 2nd place, 100m 2nd place), and Apolline Picard (400m 2nd place, 200m 3rd place) for your silver and bronze medals!


On the boys side, both the Varsity (7/8 grade) and Junior Varsity (5/6 grade) teams had an outstanding season. The Varsity and JV boys beat out 5 other schools and brought home the 2nd place trophy at the IMSL Track & Field Championships, scoring 285 and 269 points respectively. The varsity boys team is led by Mael Coiquaud (1st 4 x 100m, 1st 100m, 1st long jump), Georges Perbost (1st 4 x 100m, 3rd 100m, 2nd 200m), Robin Nicoli (1st 4 x 100, 3rd 1600m, 2nd triple jump), Antoine Massip (400m 3rd, 800m 3rd, shot put), Maxime Dupret ( 1st 4 x 100m, 3rd triple jump, 200m), Mayeul Calmejane (2nd shot put, 2nd discus, triple jump), and David Llewellyn-Smith (3rd 200m). The junior varsity team includes Paul Madany (2nd 100, 2nd 200, 3rd long jump),  Seiji Ayala-Sekigucki (1st 4 x 400, 2nd 400), Zachary Walker (1st 4 x 400, 400, 800), Lucas Schuppek (1st 4 x 400, 3rd 800, 200), and 5th grade powerhouses John Guckian (1st 400m, 1st 200m, 1st 4 x 400m), and Nicola Redon (1st long jump, 3rd 100, 3rd 200).

Congratulations to all our deserving athletes! IMG_6539


  Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Junior Model United Nations – News from the students at the conference today…

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Greetings from day one of the Junior Model United Nations Conference at the University of San Diego!
Today, twelve of our middle school students took part in their very first Junior Model United Nations Conference.  Our students worked diligently all year to research their assigned countries (Zimbabwe and Lithuania) in order to best represent them as delegates at the conference!  The students have drafted position papers, resolutions, and have prepared speeches on a variety of political, environmental, and human rights issues, and were actively engaged in debates, caucuses, and voting today.  We are proud of their enthusiasm and willingness to take risks and embrace this unique and powerful experience.  We will continue to update you on their progress.  Congratulations to Joseph Altomare, Nikki Astor, Seiji Ayala-Sekiguchi, Yann Baglin-Bunod, Dylan Cardinal, Luezi Endamne-Wamba, Ariadna Gomez-Lopez, Patricia Gomez-Lopez, Alexander Gross, David Llewellyn Smith, Esteban Porteu de la Morandiere, and Charles Shaffer on their hard work and participation!
Pictures of the day:

ART FAIR (continued)

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Another entry by Antoine Bonenfant, 8th grade, was added to the exhibit yesterday (picture). Excellent technique for a theme, the portrait,  considered as one of the most difficult! Visit the exhibit today to see the original!

Bravo Antoine!




ART FAIR: Middle School students are talented!

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The Art Fair opened today and if you don’t have the time to visit the exhibit, click on the pictures below to enlarge and see the art work on display. Different medium have been used by students, from sculpture to watercolor… Very creative and beautiful pieces are presented this year!

Congratulations to the artists!

Christian Jarlov

  Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Excellent results in La Course aux Nombres!

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David and Alexander rank top in Worldwide Math Contest!

Emma reaches the second round, advanced set of tests!

La “Course aux nombres” (Race for Numbers) is a French math contest involving skills in mental calculation and logic for students from 4th to 10th grade. It was initiated in 2012 and continues now in many schools in the AEFE network (French international network of schools).

At SDFAS, students from 4th to 8th grade participated again this year. After a first successful round, Emma Berman (6th), Alexander Price (6th) and David Llewellyn Smith (7th) have been invited to do a second set of more advanced tests. Alexander and David were then selected for the finals. Alexander obtained the best score for 6th grade students in the USA and David the best score worldwide within the AEFE schools. Both students have been selected in their category in the team #1 which ranked second place in the world finals. Congratulations to both Alexander and David for outstanding results!

You can read the results here:

Catherine Mevel, Middle School Math teacher



Scientific comics !

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During the past few weeks 6th graders have been working on Science projects : creating a comic to describe different behaviors used to survive. In order to demonstrate what they studied in the French Science Curriculum, students had to choose a plant or an animal, and describe its food, reproduction, living environment, appearance and adaptations to the changing seasons.

Madame Lecorgne will make a book with these comics in the next few weeks, and you’ll be able to find it and read it in the library.

We have here a few examples : Maya and the skunk, Louna and the squirrel, Patricia and the plant.

  Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Memorable Kiwanis Junior Olympics for SDFAS

By Diesa Seidel

Yesterday, over 40 SDFAS students competed in the Kiwanis Junior Olympics at Clairemont High School. The annual track & field event invites all La Jolla students, ages 5 – 12,  to enjoy a day of fun & competition. Students signed-up to test their skills in the 200m sprint, 100m sprint, 50m sprint, running broad jump, standing broad jump, obstacle course, and softball throw. SDFAS students raced, jumped and threw their way to gold, silver and bronze medals! Congratulations to all our young competitors!

Additionally, each year at the Junior Olympics, each school is invited to choose 4 girls and 4 boys to race in the 4 x 100m relay races. The relay consists of one 8 year old, one 9 year old, one 10 year old and one 11 year old. This year, for the first time, BOTH the girls and boys relay teams placed 3rd out of 8 schools, and they were all awarded the bronze medal. Congratulations to Marie Rebeiz, Elisabeth Madany , Ella Schuppek , and Tahlia Zadeyan for being the first girls relay team in school history to place in the top 3! And to Aidan Des Rosiers – Kutchuk, Titouan Ferton, Nicola Redon, and Paul Madany for representing the boys! Bravo to our relay teams!

At the end of the day, each school sends their fastest runner to compete in a 400 meter race for the title of “Fastest Boy” and “Fastest Girl” in La Jolla.

This year for the girls, 4th grader Tahlia Zadeyan represented SDFAS and finished as the 5th fastest girl in La Jolla, an amazing accomplishment for such a young athlete. Good job, Tahlia!

For the “Fastest Boy”, 5th grader John Guckian raced a strong and strategic race. His focus and determination, coupled with his raw talent was no match for any other boy in La Jolla. John had a fast start, held a competitive pace throughout the race, and out sprinted all other runners during the last 100 meters… Giving him the 2016 title of “Fastest Boy In La Jolla” and winning the gold medal!  “San Diego French-American School, John Guckian, Fastest Boy in La Jolla 2016″will be engraved on a historical trophy with all past winners. What an monumental feat!

  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Concours de Nouvelles

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Thursday, May 12, the 5th and 6th graders assembled for a Two hours writing contest on a given theme. The 7th graders will define criteria and categories and will organize a vote for the “best” ones. The goal is also to create an opportunity for older students to read the short stories written by 5th and 6th graders, who can help younger students correct their mistakes and then choose an external jury to select the winners.

Project coordinators: Aline, Bunod, Emmanuel Samé and Bertrand Bago

Below some pictures taken at the beginning of the writer’s workshop (click to enlarge):


La Troupe Last Show of the Season

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Friday, May 13, 2016, La Troupe has performed for the last time this season: 

“She wrote, died, and wrote some more”

At the end they received, not only the applause from the public, their classmates and friends, but also a certificate that they will keep as a souvenir of their acting carrier with La Troupe this year!

Bravo La Troupe!

See more pictures from the play on Friday:(click to enlarge)