Inquire Today

SDFAS Middle School Blog. Welcome! Bienvenue!

  Friday, January 20, 2017

Boys Basketball Dominates Encinitas Country Day

By Diesa Seidel
Ayala-Sekiguchi finds Schrantz open down low.

Ayala-Sekiguchi finds Schrantz open down low.

Redon completes a stellar pass.

Redon completes a stellar pass.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team defeated Encinitas Country Day 36 – 8. The team started the game strong as they forced turnovers with their pressure defense. Offensively, the team stayed focused, engaging in solid ball movement and finding the open shot. It was an impressive effort led by 7th graders Seiji Ayala-Sekiguchi and Dante Schrantz. For the 6th graders, Adrien Cousin, Nicola Redon, and Colin Guckian demonstrated pose and confidence, resulting in standout performances.

Next Game: Thursday, January 19th @ Chabad Hebrew Day

  Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chapeau Tickets Store

By Bénédicte Brouder

Every once in a while, Ms. Seidel opens the Chapeau Tickets Store for MS students to redeem their well- earned chapeau ticket rewards! Chapeau Tickets are rewarded by faculty and staff  in recognition of excellent academic improvement, exceptional sportsmanship and citizenship, polite, mature behavior toward classmates, volunteering to help other or other positive contributions to the school community.

 

 

  

Science Project in 6th Grade

By Isabelle Gilet

The 6th grade students have been learning about cells in US science.  We used microscopes to look at different types of cells and to see some of the internal organelles.  Students added contaminants to the cells they were looking at in the microscopes to observe how the organelles reacted to changing environments and started learning the functions of the different organelles.  The kids then needed to learn the functions of all the organelles and to build a model of a cell.  In order to help them better remember the organelles and their functions the kids created analogy models, in which they chose something they knew well that could be compared to a cell.  They decided which part of their item of choice matched the function of which organelle best.  Students were encouraged to use what they could find around their homes and their creativity to build their analogical model of a cell.  We’ve had a wonderful time seeing what each student came up with and sharing our cells.  Each student has had the opportunity the share his or her model and all of us that were listening decided which organelle we thought made the most sense and helped us better remember the actual organelle and function.  Thanks for all the hard work and extra efforts.

Echo Jacoway

6th grade students have worked on the cell project, please see some pictures by clicking on the Gallery:

  Monday, January 9, 2017

Celebrating Dia De Reyes

By Bénédicte Brouder

p1020076   p1020090

On January 6th, 2017, Middle School students and 5th graders shared a delicious « Rosca de reyes » in the Middle School Lounge area, thanks to Patricia Soto, Teresa Sekiguchi and Yuriko Patino !

 

p1020115

 

  Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Collaborative work: 6th and 3rd graders working in mathematics

By Bénédicte Brouder

picture1-6-and-3 picture-2-6-and-3

Right before Winter break, 6th graders and 3rd graders worked together in mathematics, under the supervision of M. Giot (MS Math teacher) and M. Franquet (3rd grade teacher). The 6th graders were challenged to design math problems for their younger peers, then supervise and help them out to solve these problems.

They had to follow precise guidelines:

  • Design a selection of math problems using only addition and substraction. There were 4 levels of complexities (green, blue, red and black).
  • Prepare the correction and teaching approach to guide to solution.
  • Work in small groups with the 3rd graders, helping them to solve the problems.

On December 15th, 2016, the 6th graders joined M. Franquet’s class for one hour. Students were placed in small groups, and under the care of their two 6th grade leaders, 3rd graders were at work. Collaborative skills and joyful learning spirit were put to good use, and in one hour, all problems were duly solved.

The 6th graders were truly impressed by the 3rd graders’ work, and shared their experience as follows:

“It was very interesting to gain awareness of how we were at the very same age” Lily

“When you use 3rd grade math techniques, it is actually harder than 6th grade techniques, and it takes longer!” Sofia

“We know the answer, but… we can not tell it! We have to find different ways to explain the problem solving process”. Matthew

“Being a teacher is quite hard: you need to be patient, repeat and avoid giving the answer so they find it by themselves”. Amaia

“We really had to adapt ourselves to their learning ways and comprehension. I used pens to decipher numbers when I saw they did not understand. It made things more simple to explain”. Saliha

picture-3-6-and-3 picture-4-6-and-3 picture-5-6-and-3