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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
On Wednesday March 15, the 6th and 7th graders had the opportunity to visit Rady’s Children Hospital. Rady’s Children Hospital is one of SDFAS partner charity, which SDFAS sent a donation to from funds collected at the Jog-a-Thon. This donation went to the 3-D printing program of Rady’s Children Hospital.
Students were able to see how 3-D heart models are created and help surgeons operate children with complex heart defects. In articulation with the science curriculum and their unit about the heart, this field trip enabled students to experience a direct application of their science knowledge. It was also very rewarding for them to see how their efforts in the Jog-a-Thon fundraising event translate into concrete action.
We would like to thank one of our parents, Mrs. Guckian, for her much appreciated help to make this field trip happen!
(Anne-Laure Denis, Echo Jacoway – Science teachers, middle school)
During the second trimester, the students in Extended Studies in French have worked on the theme of a literary mock trial.
This inter-disciplinary project including Literature, French language, Civic Education and Ethics in Science aimed to accuse Dr. Viktor Frankenstein of murder, judging that he was in fact responsible of his creature’s actions as he created him.
After studying the French legal system and understanding its differences with the American one, students assigned their roles in the court room to themselves : general attorney, defence attorney, judges, witnesses, experts and the accused person. For each of their interventions, they had to study the book by Mary Shelley and master the art of rhetorics and argumentation. After 2 months of preparation, the trial took place in the auditorium in front of an audience composed of the 7th graders who debated passionately about its issue.
The end was dire for the Doctor who was judged guilty and condemned to 25 years in reclusion for murder, profanation of tombs, disregard to the ethics of science and failure to provide assistance leading to death.
(Marion Addo, French and Literature Teacher, Middle School)
6th and 7th graders met in auditorium in order to work on their creative writing skills. Thye worked in small groups.
Within a 2-hour time frame, they created stories pulling inspiration from two Magritte’s paintings: “Le Séducteur” and “Le château des Pyrénées”. They also had to incorporate at least 7 of the yearly 10 words promoted by the “Francophonie”’s Contest “Dis-moi Dix mots”. These words had been studied in class beforehand. This year, all ten words were related to the “Web” theme.
(Aline Bunod and Marion Addo)
On March 1, Elementary students and 6th graders enjoyed a show from La Jolla Playhouse in the SDFAS auditorium. The themes of school popularity and genuine friendship were explored in light of the use of social media.