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  Thursday, March 30, 2017

Forum : Jog-a-Thon Donations to charities

By Bénédicte Brouder

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!

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  Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spirit Week!

By Bénédicte Brouder

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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!

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  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

International Week: languages in action in 8th grade!

By Bénédicte Brouder

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The International week was the occasion for some of our students to share the languages they speak at home with their classmates:

  • Vincent Gelibert and Charles Shaffer taught us some Farsi and helped us write our names in the persian alphabet.
  • Nha-Ai Ha introduced us to Vietnamese and showed us how to pronounce the different tons and sounds of this complexe language.
  • We then learned how to read Pouchkine in Russian and write our names in the Cyrillic alphabet with Michael Abagyan.
  • Ella Greiner taught us how to say “I love chocolate cake” in German and told us about her life in Berlin.
  • Finally, we explored the history of Canadian French with Yann Baglin Bunod who explained us where this different vocabulary came from.
  • Tanguy Cornet taught us about the Creole language of Guadeloupe and its history while listening to a song from the Antilles. 

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)

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  Monday, March 27, 2017

6th grade Science field trip to Suzy’s Farm

By Bénédicte Brouder

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)

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  Friday, March 24, 2017

Science Fair Award for SDFAS 8th grade student

By Bénédicte Brouder

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!

  

International Day – La journée Internationale – March 23rd, 2017

By Isabelle Gilet

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!

  Monday, March 20, 2017

Middle School Antique World Languages

By Bénédicte Brouder

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!

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  Friday, March 17, 2017

Lunch time !

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Middle School Art Program: Theater Performance – March 17

By Bénédicte Brouder

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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.

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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.

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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.

  Thursday, March 16, 2017

Environmentally responsible – 7th grade

By Bénédicte Brouder

 

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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!