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  Friday, February 23, 2018

4th annual SDFAS Film Festival in Middle School

By Bénédicte Brouder

Every year, students work/compete in groups in the SDFAS film festival. Students were tasked with creating a 1-2 minute short film using iMovie based on either (1) a virtue, (2) why character is important or (3) community values at school.
We watched all productions together, and the award went to the movie which carried the best message.

Congratulations to Juliette, Jaxon, Gloria, Laudine, Gregoire, Sophie C., Nolwenn, Arthur P., Nicolas F. for their movie!



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  Thursday, February 15, 2018

Black History Month – Middle School forum

By Bénédicte Brouder

This morning, all MS students and teachers gathered in the auditorium for a workshop on discrimination, stereotypes and segregation.

Ms. Aseltine and Ms. Addo prepared engaging activities that made the students reflect. Students received color dots on their front head, and played a game along strict rules, in order for them to get an awareness of discrimination and segregation. The teachers then opened a debate based on four questions, and students shared their game experience and thoughts.

Thank you, Ms. Aseltine and Ms. Addo, for a well-crafted, purposeful, interactive and engaging forum experience!

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  Friday, February 9, 2018

Eustory project : final filming session – Thank you to everyone involved!

By Bénédicte Brouder

On Saturday January 27, 2018, all participants from both schools, the German Pacific School and the San Diego French American School, gathered on the field for the final filming of the battlefield/chess board scenes of the movie that will be submitted as our entry to the Eustory contest.

German and French student actors were hard working, and demonstrated dedication, patience, and flexibility. We would like to thank pawns, hooks, queens, kings, knights and bishops, as well as generals and announcers on both teams!

We are also very grateful to parents who helped as script supervisor and continuity supervisor, as well as parents, siblings and students’ friends who play the cheering crowds: they sang the “Marseillaise” and the German national anthem with vigor and conviction, supporting their national teams in every chess move of the fierce battle happening on the chess board!

We would like to thank Alexandra, our Director of Photography, Julien, our camera operator who kindly took also many videos with his camera and his drone, and Diane, our Director.

A beautiful banner was also given by Amaia’s mother, and we would like to thank her for her donation: it made the chess tournament official and important! Not to forget Patricia and Heloise, who brought breakfast for all participants, and also Wiebke, the German Pacific School’s principal.

One of our student, Liam, also acted as Assistant Director, directing and instructing the cheering crowds in their roles.

Another of our student nicely took the pictures that you can enjoy on this page. Thanks for your help, Louna.

Overall, it was a team effort, and the fun and sense of achievement we had came from doing our best, together, to film several powerful scenes, in a project that carries deep purpose and meaning to us.

Thank you again!

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Girls’ soccer – Play Offs

By Bénédicte Brouder

Stingrays in action!

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Auction Day! Classroom Economy Program in 6th grade

By Bénédicte Brouder

The Classroom Economy Program has been implemented in 6th grade since September by Ms. Regan, the English and Social Studies Teacher.

The classroom economic system based on the idea that students need to earn school “dollars” so that they can rent their own desks. By bringing real-world scenarios into the classroom, students see the impact of their decisions to save, spend, and budget.

Enjoy Auction time in the video!

  Thursday, February 8, 2018

Edeline visited the 7th grade class

By Bénédicte Brouder

As part of the Edeline project spearheaded by Ms. Addo, 7th graders sent letters to penpals in Haiti.

On February 8, 2018, they had the privileged to meet Edeline in person, as she came to their class. Edeline handed over the response letters from the students from Haiti.

The penpal experience was a fantastic way to build bridges between our community and a school community in Haiti. Student will know explore the history and culture of Haiti, as they decided to pick Haiti as their theme country for the upcoming International Day on March 22!

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MakerSpace Elective

By Bénédicte Brouder

This school year, Ms. Jacoway is running an exciting, fun and engaging MakerSpace Elective. The MakerSpace class enables students to use their imagination to turn materials available into something unique, fun or practical. This is an opportunity to combine science, engineering, art, math and technology, and embrace your endless creativity and practical sense.

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  Monday, February 5, 2018

Jogathon 2018

By Bénédicte Brouder

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The Jogathon fundraising event was, as always, a huge athletic and community event! Students and teachers ran with perseverance and enthusiasm! Congratulations to all participants, runners, sponsors, volunteer helpers, staff, and to Ms. Seidel for her leadership!

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  Friday, February 2, 2018

Coding – French Math class – Probot

By Bénédicte Brouder
Curricular programs in Math incorporate applications of technology through an introduction to coding. The goal is to learn to create computer programs, and to start learning data encryptions or the programming of robots.

The main components of the curriculum allow students to be fully prepared to our society’s evolution in technology and to continue developing necessary 21st century skills.

The discovery of algorithms begins with basic instruction of sequences on Probot which code for patterns of movement. The goal of this activity was to draw angles, to study their nature and draw complex patterns. They had to think about differences between protocols: give instruction to give a direction to a robot, draw something that they wanted. While  solving this problem, student discovered the notion of supplementary angle.

At the end of the activity, they were all able to code robots to draw a representation of a famous constellation.
Here are the 6th graders enjoying their very first coding experience with M. Giot!

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Boys’ Basketball

By Bénédicte Brouder

Enjoy a few pictures from yesterday’s game!

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