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  Friday, February 17, 2017

Chinese New Year celebration … and Spanish delicacies in middle school!

By Bénédicte Brouder

The Lion Dance was fantastic, we loved it!

Then, we enjoyed delicious Spanish food in the middle school area. Thank you to room parents, we really appreciated it!

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3rd annual SDFAS film Festival in middle school

By Bénédicte Brouder

On Thursday February 16, all middle school students work in groups on the theme “Diversity & Inclusion”. They were assigned to film a short Public Service Announcement video using I Movie on that theme. The workshop included several steps:

  • watch two videos as examples
  • reflect on the theme (short individual questionnaire)
  • share thoughts and feelings about diversity & inclusion with their team
  • organize production company/team (director, actor, spokesperson…)
  • plan story/write script
  • film and edit video with I Movie

Oscars were given this morning for Best Picture, Best Message, Most Original, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.

Congratulations to all students for demonstrating excellent collaborative skills, and congratulations to the winners!!

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  Saturday, February 11, 2017

SDFAS News : watch the latest broadcast!

By Bénédicte Brouder 

Les élèves de l’élective vidéo-journalisme vous présentent leur nouvelle émission. A la une de cet épisode, nous vous présentons Sonja Donahue, professeur d’arts au Collège, une interview exclusive de Miss Seidel et Nicolas et leur avis sur les saisons de basket et de foot, un portrait de Martin Luther King Junior et de belles photos du jog-a-thon.

(Hélène Caudron)

  Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jog-a-Thon 2017

By Bénédicte Brouder

Enjoy a selection of several pictures featuring middle school students in action!

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  Wednesday, February 8, 2017

7th grade Science Field Trip

By Bénédicte Brouder

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It’s a wonderful winter for 7th grade scientists to learn about weathering and erosion, as the rains that came to San Diego have given us lots of examples to explore. 

On Tuesday we set out to do just that.  We collected background information and viewed the coast to cactus and California’s water exhibits at the San Diego Natural History Museum. 

At Sunset Cliffs Natural Preserve the students explored the effects of weathering and erosion in an area that is very susceptible to a changing landscape.  We got to see how water, wind, waves, salt, plants and animals are changing the rocks and overall form of San Diego’s cliffs and beaches.  Students had the chance to observe the action from the tide pools, while also exploring the ecosystem and the effects that weathering and erosion have on the organisms.  It makes a dramatic impression when you are standing by areas of cliff that are undercut by waves and heavy from rains with nothing to support it underneath.  We then took in the view from the top so that the picture we have is complete and rich. 

Overall though the hundreds of sea hares, a type of sea slug, that we found and returned to the water stole the day!  

(Echo Jacoway)


  Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Concours de Programmation ALGOREA

By Bénédicte Brouder


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Suite au concours castor auquel 12 de nos élèves ont participé, 7 d’entre eux se sont qualifiés pour le concours Algorea, concours de programmation en ligne.

Les résultats viennent de nous parvenir et les élèves de SDFAS se sont honorablement distingués!

Pour que tous les participants puissent continuer leur progression, le 2ème tour sera ouvert à tous, du 6 au 19 mars, selon le principe suivant :

Deux catégories seront disponibles :

  • Catégorie jaune
    Destinée à tous ceux qui ont obtenu moins de 100 points lors du tour de Janvier
    L’épreuve sera similaire au premier tour, en 45 minutes mais avec des sujets différents
  • Catégorie orange
    Destinée à tous ceux qui ont obtenu 100 points ou plus lors du tour de Janvier
    L’épreuve fera appel à des notions plus avancées comme les variables et boucles tant que, et durera 1h45.

Nous leur souhaitons bon courage et de continuer à prendre du plaisir dans ces épreuves!

(Nicolas Giot, professeur de mathématiques)



Girls’ Soccer : qualifying for Playoffs

By Bénédicte Brouder

SDFAS girls’ soccer team qualified for Playoffs on Thursday !

The results of the regular championship are: two victories and two defeats.

The team will play its semi-final against The Grauer School at SDFAS on Tuesday, February 7th (weather permitted).

Please come over and cheer them up!

 Go Stingrays!

  Thursday, February 2, 2017

AEFE Eldorado Project – Old Town State Park Field trip

By Bénédicte Brouder

As part of the AEFE international project Eldorado,  7thA and 3rdB students went to Old Town San Diego on January 31, 2017 in order to reflect on the settlers’ motivations to move to a new country.

During this excursion, they met with different inhabitants of the town in 1868 and discovered their daily lives, their challenges and joys.

They will use this information to write short stories where their characters too will leave their home country in the hopes of new opportunities!

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Pacific Crest Trail presentation

By Bénédicte Brouder

This morning, 5th to 8th graders enjoyed a presentation in the auditorium from Environmental Studies Major College Graduate Thomas Wheeler.

Tom spoke about his experience thru-hiking the full length of the Pacific Crest Trail. His message focused on the personal takes in took away from the experience: detachment from many emotions (fear, exhilaration, wonder), determination, resilience, and inner peace. He also pointed out the effect of climate change on the trail and what we can do protect it.IMG_0398 IMG_0399



Boys Basketball Defeats SHD 44-17

By Diesa Seidel

Congratulations to the boys basketball team for their 3rd consecutive victory, defeating Soille Hebrew Day, 44-17, yesterday afternoon. During the first half, SHD stayed close to SDFAS, with a score of 5-6 during the first 5 minutes. Before half time, SDFAS stretched the lead to 15 points. The boys stayed focused, executed solid team basketball, and played tenacious defense. Bravo!

Next game: Thursday, February 2 @ The Grauer School

Picture: Coach Diesa Seidel give the team the final recommendations and strategic plan before action begins!