The 8th graders got a feel of what graduation would look like in a couple of months, as they dressed up in their caps and gowns for their individual pictures by a professional photographer! Mark your agenda: the 8th grade graduation will happen on June 14th in the auditorium!
After several months of hard work, students, parents, staff and professionals gathered on March 21, 2018, at the Premiere ceremony of the movie “Chess Peace”. Participants enjoyed watching result of their hard work of 6 months in a row. The stars were aligned on this project, with a true committed dream team of individuals: young children, teenagers and adults!
Thanks to their research, creativity, ability to articulate their vision together, efforts and persistence, “Chess Peace” is a beautiful, elegant, smart, profound and powerful 15- minute movie on the theme “Peace in War Time”. The movie has now been submitted as our entry to the EUSTORY contest, organized by French and German institutions, in order to keep memories alive, promote peace and build bridges among young generations, as part of the 100th anniversary of WW1.
This year, as part of our celebration of International Day on Thursday, March 22, 2018, classes in Elementary and Middle School dressed up in the colors of different countries!Haiti, Thailand, Japan, India, Iceland, Madagascar, Peru, and many more countries were represented. In each classroom, students from different grades prepared educational fun activities for students from other classes and grades to visit and experience: for example, the Science Lab was hosting Iceland, and students could see hands-on how a volcano explode! The younger students were especially proud to collect stamps on their passport from each country they visited!
On March 19, 2018, SDFAS hosted the first meet of the Spring 2018 Track and Field season!
6th graders will learn South African Zulu and Xhosa song, dance, and drumming with Nomsa Burkhardt
7th graders will practice Balinese gamelan with Hirotaka Inuzuka
8th graders will discover Persian classical melody and percussion with Kourosh Taghavi
In preparation for the International Day, Kindergarten visited the 8th grade Math class, which had been carefully decorated to represent Japan. As part of their trip to Japan, the younger students were invited to hands-on fun activities that 8th graders had especially designed for them.
On March 13, 2018, all Middle School students performed for their parents, peers and teachers, as part of the Theater Unit of the 2017 2018 Art Program.
Under the guidance of Meara Scanlon, students have worked alongside the advisory program’s main themes in their theater classes. They presented Monologues and Scene Work that covered the fundamentals of which the program was trying to teach.
For example: 6th grade focused on self-awareness and responsibility, 7th grade on discovering identity and understanding of diversity, and 8th focused on the importance of being a good role model and respect.
Students had an opportunity to show off their acting talents, and expressed themselves confidently and positively on stage.