Each year, SDFAS Jog-a-Thon initiative supports several charities: this morning at the Forum meeting, students were proud to experience how all students’ efforts were put in concrete action!
SDFAS is celebrating Spirit Week in the middle school!
The Spirit Week agenda encourages students to wear a fun and funky array of clothes, and on Friday, all elementary students are also invited to join in the frenzy of Crazy Hair Day, so watch out!
The International week was the occasion for some of our students to share the languages they speak at home with their classmates:
Thank you all for those interesting moments and we hope we’ll get all to speak those languages fluently one day!
(Marion Addo, French teacher)
On Friday March 24, the 6th graders enjoyed a Science field trip to Suzy’s Farm. Goals were to understand how an organic farm is run without any pesticides and artificial chemicals. Students dived their hands in the soil, and tasted fresh products. They loved the natural taste of organic vegetables such as kale, carrots or turnips. Now, time to write down their observations in class!
(Anne-Laure Denis, Science teacher)
The Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair allows 7th to 12th grade students to explore topics in 16 different science and engineering categories. Students design and conduct an experiment-based project that they then must present to judges and the general public.
This year Killian Lozach, an 8th grader, represented SDFAS at the GSDSEF between March 15th and 19th. Killian is very interested in saltwater aquarium, marine environments and the organisms that inhabit them. He developed a project that examined the effects of calcium and alkalinity on corals that he had in different tanks. Killian entered his project into the environmental sciences and management junior division (middle school) category. After competing at the school fair and a qualifying fair just to be qualified to enter the GSDSEF, Killian’s project went on to take third place overall in his category.
This is a wonderful accomplishment for Killian and we are very proud of his interest and efforts. Congratulations and we’ll be looking for more great projects in the future!
On March 23, many students participated in the presentation during the International Day. Middle School students read stories and introduced younger students from pre-elementary representing a country. The guest country this year was India.
Enjoy some pictures of the event!
On March 16, students from the MS Antique World Languages Club benefited from the visit from a REAL archeologist in the classroom! Far from the Indiana Jones adventurer/archeologist myth, they learnt how archeology is in fact every where around us, here in San Diego, in the USA and beyond. They understood how archeology, as a branch of anthropology, helps better understand past civilisations and human activity. They had the opportunity to touch some artifacts and make some interpretations about them.
Thank you to Ms. Addo, their SDFAS teacher, and Mr. Shelmire, who kindly accepted to come on campus!
This morning in the auditorium, parents were invited to attend a Theater Performance with all MS students! This was an opportunity to watch their child on stage. Each student was able to shine and show how much he/she has been learning in class in the SDFAS Art Program this trimester.
6th grade and 8th grade
Teacher : Susan Hall
The theme was “Channel Surfing” or Zapping. There were multiple short group scenes, intermixed with monologues. One of the group scenes was about an “on location” news report. Monologues and the News segments provided prompts for improvisation as students surf channels.
Teacher : Meara Scanlon
7th grade students were challenged to work on their own monologues. A monologue is a process within itself and shows different emotions and characteristics within a piece.
As a class, they performed these monologues in a sequence.
Congratulations to all students for demonstrating such strong acting skills! Thank you to Susan Hall, Meara Scanlon, their Theater teachers, and to Emily Loomis and Elisabeth Perdereau, their SDFAS teachers helping in the Art Program.
As part of the Histoire/Géographie French curriculum, the 7th graders have been working on sustainability for several weeks. in 7th grade A, they have identified areas of the school environment for which they strongly thought they could come up with concrete solutions.
In order to take the projects out of the classroom and translate students’ ideas into concrete action, Mrs. Brouder asked Mr. Duran, our Facility Manager, and Mrs. Proto, our DFO, to join in the classroom and listen to the students’ suggestions. Students briefly explained how they worked and presented the concrete solutions that they believed the school could implement.
Thanks a lot to Mr. Duran and Mrs. Proto for their support and for facilitating the implementation of the pilot programs we came up with!