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  Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 2 in Joshua Tree State Park

By Bénédicte Brouder

“This morning, group 1 went on a nature hike around Indian Cove and learned all about the native Americans, plants and animals – ecosystem knowledge. Now we are starting our scrambling up gunshot canyon”.

Group 1, Echo Jacoway




  Monday, October 17, 2016

News of the day from Pali

By Bénédicte Brouder
Hello from Pali!
We arrived this morning at 11am and discovered the Pali institute and our cabins with a breath taking view on the San Bernadino Mountains! Right away we went with our instructors to learn about the rules of the camp and our activities’ program. 
After lunch we separated in two groups and went to do different activities outdoor and indoor. The first group explored their environnement with the Art in Nature activity and then went to track a criminal through clues like finger prints patterns and blood types during the CSI game. 
The second group went out in the wood for the Outdoor Skills activity. We know now how to built a fire and a shelter in the forest. 
Later the evening we went to explore the nature by night… unfortunately the clouds caught us in the mountain and we couldn’t see the stars! 
Tomorrow other adventures await us!
The 7thA and 7thB classes
Marion S. Addo
Middle School French Langage Teacher
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Monday October 17 at Joshua National Park with the 6th graders

By Isabelle Gilet

The 6th graders enjoyed a warm and sunny day at the park this Monday. I’m posting some more pictures from Group 2 as I was with them after the lunch. Students learnt about desert plants with the instructor, Jackie, and played a few team-building games. At 4pm, it was time to prepare the night, pitch the tent and get diner ready… The firsts night in the desert promises to be a great experience for all!

(Christian Jarlov)

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Joshua Tree – 6th graders – a few more pictures

By Bénédicte Brouder

Here are a few pictures from the rock climbing group!

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Monday October 17: day 1 in Joshua Tree State Park

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Happy students in Joshua Tree Park !

By Bénédicte Brouder

The 6th graders have arrived at their camp base in Joshua Tree State Park for a while: one group is currently exploring the desert around the camp, with special attention to indigenous plants. Another group is practicing some climbing skills.

Weather update: sunny, not to hot.


Monday October 17: day 1 in Pali

By Bénédicte Brouder

Almost live streaming…

Happy students and happy teachers in Pali!

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Ready to go!

By Bénédicte Brouder

This morning, all 6th and 7th graders and their parents were ready for departure.


We waved good-bye…

Enjoy the wonders of nature, have fun!


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  Friday, October 14, 2016

Social Entrepreneur Project

By Bénédicte Brouder

Yesterday, all Middle School students took part in an exciting Social Entrepreneur Project under the leadership of Diesa Seidel.

They were placed in groups of 7 to 8 students with the following assignment: invent a socially responsible business idea; choose a social issue that you are passionate about that your business will be dedicated to. Explain what your business does, who will use it, and how it will make a positive difference in your local or global community.

After thorough brainstorming, they compile a Powerpoint or a recording for their presentations in the auditorium.


Congratulations to our winners in the following categories:

  • most creative group work
  • most informative group work
  • most resourceful group work
  • best collaborative team

Learning to work together is essential, and this program was a perfect opportunity to practice your teamwork abilities.

Thank you to all of you for your inventive and thoughtful ideas that could help promote a better world.




  Thursday, October 13, 2016

The joy of being together: big kids, small kids creating a play together

By Bénédicte Brouder

Last Thursday, Marion Addo, our French Language and Literature teacher in 7th and 8th grades, provided Middle Schoolers with the opportunity to interact with younger children in PK2.

Building bridges between big kids and small kids is part of developing stronger ties in the community. The 7thA went in the PK2 classroom to help out their younger peers explore the element Earth.



“I like stone because it’s the hardest” says one girl.  “Clay is the most beautiful but chalk is the most colorful” prefers another one. “Dirt is important, it’s where plants grow!” explains a little boy.


With this collection of spontaneous and genuine interactions and words,  a play will be written and performed at the Winter show.

During the activity, students connected with each others while enjoying games and working together.


Thank you , PK2 teacher and students, for welcoming us in your classroom!