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  Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cross Country at Miramar Lake

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Yesterday, our team competed again. Congratulations to all students and their Athletic Director!

Boys: third place
Girls: first place

and four individual medals ! (silver and bronze)



  Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween celebration on campus

By Bénédicte Brouder

Thank you to all, students, faculty, and parents for the wonderful Halloween celebration we enjoyed today! Parade, flashmob, costume contest, and potlucks were fantastic. Congratulations to students and faculty for their creativity and sense of humor: it was hard to decide what best costumes were because there were so many inventive home-made costumes!


  Thursday, October 19, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park – more pictures

By Bénédicte Brouder

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More 6th grade students’ feedback from Joshua Tree National Park!

By Bénédicte Brouder

Le matin nous étions réveillées tôt et Ms. Jacoway nous a dit que si on voulait aller, on pouvait faire une petite balade. Lilou et Gloria

Scrambling at camp was really fun.  We got to go scrambling several times in different places, going up,down,to the side, and even went by a wasp nest.  It was pretty scary to me but I didn’t bother them so they didn’t bother me.  We saw a few caves that were pretty cool and stopped at one of them to have lunch.  It was kind of cramped but we got to talk and it was very fun to experience being in nature and finding our way around.  We experienced what Indians probably did a long long time ago, except they had to hunt and find their water, which luckily we didn’t have to do.  One of the days I got stung by a cactus, which wasn’t so pleasant , but other than that ,camp was very fun.  I would do it all over again if I could.  And I had the best friends and the best teachers to guide and support me through the way.  In conclusion, I am really glad I got to experience this wonderful camping trip.  Sincerely, Valentina

Bonjour! Ce que j’ai aimé à Joshua Tree est le scrambling. On est monté sur des pierres géantes. C’était trop ammusant dans les grottes. Il fallait grimper et descendre. Nathalie

The thing I like the most about Joshua Tree is Scrambling. I like it because I can climb on rocks and boulders. The only thing that I hate about scrambling is that the group has to walk in a line. I also like Rock Climbing because I am good at it but I did not know I was good. I like it because it makes me feel that I could practice and become really good at it. Jimmy

La chose la plus amusante dans ce camp, c’ était les activités que l’on faisait l’après-midi (escalade, randonnée). Raphaël



Pali Mountain – Day 3

By Bénédicte Brouder

Yesterday was the final entire day at Pali. The 7th graders started by taming the Rope Course and taking the Leap of Faith. After learning about belay and safety basics, they climbed on the top of trees and poles and tested their balance!

In the afternoon, they took the balloon rescue course, where in team they had to build an aerodynamic solide protection for a water balloon and then throw it from the first floor to test their design. 

Finally, after some quiet time watching a movie, they challenged themselves in a game of Pali JeaPordy (it’s almost like Jeopardy but not quite!).

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  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Aerial Revolution – 8th grade field trip

By Bénédicte Brouder

Today, the 8th grade enjoyed an athletic field trip to Aerial Revolution: they thoroughly went through the warm up session before trying their circus and acrobaties. It was very fun! Everyone dared to try, even if the poses sound challenging!

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Joshua Tree National Park – Day 3

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Some students’ feedback: their experience in their own words.

Au début de notre camp nous avons fait la connaissance des animateurs et nous avons planté les tentes. Puis nous somme allés faire de l’escalade, visiter des grottes et de la marche. Armand

Scrambling is like rock climbing with ropes, just easier and more fun (in my opinion). Your classmates go behind you and support you if you topple over. My first time scrambling was so much fun. My favorite scramble was when we went in the S.E.A. It is like a secret cave underground. It is one of my new favorite things to do. Chloe

Rock climbing. At first I was terrified. But when I did it for the second time, I was much, much less, scared. It is an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone. The hardest part is going down but I got it on my third time. Adrien

The S.E.A. was awesome (S.E.A. stands for subterranean exploration area). There was this part were you could choose if you wanted to go up or down. The down part was scary and the instructor had to go in sideways so I decided to go up. At one point, we stopped at this little place where we all sat down and our instructor told us a story about the cave. The story was really interesting. When the instructor was done telling the story, we had to go up somewhere, and when you got up, you thought you were lost, but really, you just had to look up. When we got out I was really sad because it was hotter outside and I thought the cave was going to be longer. Aitana

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Joshua Tree National Park – Day 3

By Bénédicte Brouder

Morning card game and rock climbing debriefing.

Ms. Seidel





Pali Mountain – Day 2

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Yesterday the 7th graders shared their time between classroom and outdoors. During the “Energy Dilemma” session, they faced practical problems on energy and tried to solved them by making an efficient windmill. In “CSI Pali”, they gathered and analyzed evidences to try to find the murderer! 

During the outdoors classes, one group hiked learning about the “Leave No Trace” way of life, while the other group was working on food chains from predator to prey. 

In the evening, we all got together around a camp fire roasting marshmallows to make some s’mores. We then hiked in the night trying to see, hear, feel the mountain in an other way.

Everybody got back to their cabin under the night sky exhausted but happy!

Ms. Addo

  Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pali Mountain – Day 2

By Bénédicte Brouder

One picture from the afternoon that says it all: students are doing well and have fun.


More news and pictures to come. Nighttime activity is currently still on!