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  Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Open music class in 8th grade : playing Son Jarocho instruments

By Bénédicte Brouder

Today was an opportunity for parents to visit their student’s music class. Under the lead of Eduardo Garcia from the Center for World Music, the 8th graders performed two traditional songs with the Son Jarocho instruments and the traditional foot stamping and singing. We learnt also a lot about the tradition of Fandango from the Vera Cruz State of Mexico.

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  Friday, May 26, 2017

8th grade Science project video

By Bénédicte Brouder

Congratulations to Angeline who made a remarkable video for a 8th grade project in which the students were assigned one of Newton’s 3 Laws of Physics or the concept of waves. 

They had to be the teacher of the lesson, providing peers with a reading, a presentation that included a demonstration of sorts and an activity to do that allowed students to experience the concept. 

Angeline’s group put this activity together after doing the research, and Angeline created all the art for the video and then put it together.

There were also funny videos of the kids doing the egg drop, and students had great fun while learning!

Enjoy the video:

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(by Echo Jacoway)

  

Second Day at the Junior MUN Conference – Day 2

By Bénédicte Brouder

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The JMUN team had an outstanding second day. The teams negotiated resolutions to a “crisis” that was presented to them only yesterday and they continued to debate the other topics in their committees. In the afternoon, we attended the awards ceremony and were very pleased to find that four of our delegates won awards! They are as follows:

1.  Ellie  – Commendation, World Health Organization

2.  Charles – Commendation, Security Council II

3. Caius  – Outstanding Delegate, Third Committee

4. Seiji – Outstanding Delegate, Regional Security Council

Commendations are awarded to three delegates who demonstrated deep understanding of the broader factors that affect their committee. 

Outstanding Delegates are three delegates who demonstrated insight and knowledge in the topics addressed by their committee. 

For only our second year participating, this was simply an extraordinary achievement by these delegates. All of the delegates showed poise, individual triumph over personal fears and challenges, and pride in their hard work and dedication. It was a privilege to watch them represent the school with sophistication and panache. 

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Charles Caius Seiji Ellie Ellie Maya Pat

Eva Saliha Amaia Ariana Lexine

Leonie Emma Yann Emil Paul

  Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Day at the Junior MUN Conference

By Isabelle Gilet

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Students in the JMUN club enjoyed a first day of conference, with the opening session at 10am and then break-out sessions. They are organized in three groups, each in charge of a country: Japan, Costa Rica and Cyprus.

We are thankful to teachers Christopher Goncalves, Emmanuel Parello and Michelle Cardinal, a parent who also sponsored the club, for the excellent preparation done all year long with our 20 delegates!

Click on a picture to see the slide show:

 

  

JMUN Conference is currently on!

By Bénédicte Brouder

Here are our SDFAS delegates, ready to go to the conference and debate for two days!

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  Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Track and Field

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Understanding Media in 8th grade – French class

By Bénédicte Brouder

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During this past month, the 8th graders have been working on a better understanding of media. Critical thinking and media awareness being a important part of the french program, we decided to create a news room and to produce a newspaper. The students took charge of one subject each and got to work under the supervision of their elected head of redaction. What does it mean to be a journalist? What is an editorial? Which news is important enough to be on the first page? How do we chose between all the informations worth reporting? How can we know an information is true or false? Answering to all those questions can be difficult in an era where everybody can report anything anywhere! 

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 (by Marion Addo, MS French teacher)

  Monday, May 15, 2017

MS Math / Science Club – une expérience de recherche scientifique

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Le changement climatique est un enjeu majeur du 21ème siècle. Ce sont les élèves d‘aujourd’hui qui vivront avec les conséquences de celui-ci et qui imagineront et créeront les technologies de demain.

Conscient des enjeux, le Club Maths-Sciences tente pour ce troisième trimestre de comprendre différents aspects de ces phénomènes complexes, en développant des compétences de recherche scientifique chez ses membres. Ce projet n’aurait pu se tenir sans l’implication immense de Radiance Calmer, scientifique française à Scripps San Diego, qui grâce à son énergie et à son expertise, a guidé les groupes d’élèves à étudier de l’effet de serre, l’acidification des océans, les phénomènes climatiques extrêmes ou la montée du niveau des océans.

Après une longue phase de recherche documentaire -notamment parmi les articles scientifiques de revues internationales à comité de lecture- et après avoir conçu des expériences de mise en évidence, les élèves ont débuté la réalisation de ces dernières début mai. Prochaine étape : la récolte, le traitement, l’interprétation et la discussion des résultats obtenus !

 

Mercredi 03 mai, les élèves se sont lancés dans la réalisation des expériences. Equipés de pelles, de tamis, de thermomètres, de coca, de béchers, de choux rouge, de bicarbonate de soude, de chauffe-plats, de pipettes… ils ont cherché à reproduire l’effet de serre, les conditions climatiques extrêmes ou encore à expliquer la montée du niveau des océans et leur acidification ainsi que leurs conséquences.

La suite : interprétation des résultats, réflexion sur la pertinence des expériences et des protocoles puis réalisation d’un stand expliquant chaque phénomène choisi.

(Nicolas Giot et Alex Franquet)

  Friday, May 12, 2017

La Troupe – Day 3

By Bénédicte Brouder

La Troupe was first to perform this morning, and was cheerfully applauded by the public! Next , we enjoyed the different shows from the other schools: New York, San Francisco before lunch, and from Boston and Houston after lunch.

We took advantage of our free time this afternoon to visit the Dallas Museum of Art.

We are now enjoying the sun before watching the two last performances (The Russian School and DIS) before dinner, and back to the hotel.

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  Thursday, May 11, 2017

Building Bridges in Mathematics – cycle 3 5th/6th grades

By Bénédicte Brouder

The last 5th / 6th session on Geogebra took place today.

In pairs, the students solved challenging geometric exercises,  created by Nicolas Giot, (French Middle School teacher) and accessible online.

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Thank you for this great collaborative and rewarding project!