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  Saturday, February 9, 2019

8th grade ESL field trip: Learning made relevant and useful in real context

By Bénédicte Brouder

 

On February 7, the 8th grade ESL students went on a field trip to UCSD with their ESL teachers, Amelia McCurdy and Erika Geary Fowler. The students were responsible for planning and implementing a tour of the Stuart Collection at UCSD. Students researched various art installations and guided them around the campus, providing detailed descriptions of each piece in English. The two teachers were lucky to have such motivated English learners as tour guides, as they both forgot their glasses and their French for the day!

During the time on campus, the students successfully found all art installations, asked detailed questions regarding the projects and directions from campus staff, and were able to contribute to a collaborative chalk installation. Be sure to ask them about their adventure (in English)!

Thank you to Amelia and Erika for such an impeccable project based unit, since the field trip was only a piece of it. It is now time for the students’ feedback papers!

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  Friday, February 8, 2019

Teacher/Student Relationships are what matter most

By Bénédicte Brouder

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In Middle School, formalized Teacher Office Hours have been implemented in an effort to continue to providing an ongoing availability of teachers to students’ questions. See a striking example of teacher/student teamwork, with Ms. Jacoway in action with two smiling 6th grade students eager to learn outside of their classroom time!

  

Girls’ Soccer

By Bénédicte Brouder

Go Stingrays!

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  Thursday, February 7, 2019

Plastic Awareness Event at SDFAS : engage the conversation, take action!

By Bénédicte Brouder

The middle school student L.I.V.E. club spearheaded and organized the first sustainability event of the kind at SDFAS, which took place on February 7 with all students from 5th to 8th grades. Alternating between thorough and insightful presentations from the two keynote speakers, Emi Koch, and Malte Niebelschuetz, and conversation times, the event was impeccably delivered. The goal was to raise awareness about plastic consumption and the impact on the planet, and to understand what we can do in our everyday lives to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

The student audience came up with suggestions, which they will now need to direct to the LIVE club for concrete action. Our campus and our community are where we can take action now. To further raise awareness, Ms. Aseltine called on students to take pictures around them, and all pictures will be collated into an art installation to be exhibited in the weeks to come.

Thank you to all for their participation and engagement, and a big round of applause for the LIVE club, Ms. Aseltine, Mr. Niebelschuetz and Ms. Koch!

For further information about our speakers, please visit:

Emi Koch: https://www.beyondthesurfaceinternational.org

And Coast 2 Coast’s website: Festival Somos Mar

Malte Niebelschuetz: www.shore-buddies.com

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Lunar Year Celebration

By Bénédicte Brouder

Awesome Lion Dance with an thorough instructional tutorial about how Lions are built, and what they are made of, and how they put emotions in visible motion! Thank you, it was a wonderful event!

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  Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Edeline Project

By Bénédicte Brouder

From the Institut Edeline from Haiti:

“Thank you again and again for all the support of the SDFAS community for Institut Edeline in Haiti.
The computers you donated were a beautiful gift to the school and faculty. They are so excited to add computer skills to the curriculum, as well as allow the teachers to do ongoing curriculum research for their classes. All the books, backpacks, school supplies and vitamins were much needed and we are very grateful for your giving and thoughtful students and their families.
The pen pal experience is now one of the highlights of our trip, as we watch the children’s smiles grow as they read their cherished letter from the students at the French American School. “
Steph Hoffman
Edeline Felizor
Project Edeline
Thank you to Mme Addo for relentlessly spearheading the project, and engaging students and parents alike: this is a fantastic achievement, and we are grateful to her!
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LIVE Club

By Bénédicte Brouder

The L.I.V.E. club (Leadership, Initiative, Volunteerism, Empathy) welcomed Emi Koch on campus yesterday, as part of the preparation of the Plastic Awareness Event that will take place on February 7 at school. Emi Koch will be one of the keynote speakers, and students had the opportunity to discuss and work with her in their session. They learnt from her array of experiences educating communities around the world (Peru, Indonesia)  about plastic awareness and sustainability. Thank you to Emi for coming, and being such an inspiring role model to our SDFAS students!

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  Saturday, January 26, 2019

Défi Science in 6th grade

By Bénédicte Brouder

Ms. Denis, our middle school science teacher, registered our 6th grade cohort in the “Défi Science” French contest this year. The challenge is to create a recipe, make it (and taste the result), and scientifically document the whole process and observations. If you have had a chance to step in the classes, the level of the engagement and enthusiasm of the students would have blown your mind away! A success!

 

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Science Fair and Jogathon Kick Offs

By Bénédicte Brouder

Two important SDFAS signature events are coming up very soon: the annual Science Fair which is open to students from K  to 8th grade, and the annual Jogathon! Thank you to Ms. Jacoway and Ms. Denis, our Middle School Science Teachers, and Ms. Seidel, our Athletic Director, for their energetic leadership to make the events meaningful and fun to all, young and older!

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  Thursday, January 24, 2019

La Troupe” Middle School Student French Drama Club

By Bénédicte Brouder

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Under the helm of Ms. Addo, our SDFAS Middle School French Teacher, “La Troupe” Middle School Student French Drama Club, has been relentlessly polishing drama skills for the past few months and will continue to do so up to the Spring performance to the SDFAS community. Students are working on a dramatic but humorous and inventive play in French that will provoke your detective skills and imagination!