They came up with an amazing idea: to make their own vehicle of the future : spaceship, sled, balloon… The results were original and beautiful creations made with geometric volumes : prisms, pyramids, cones…
For the next step, the 5th graders will imagine and write stories about their vehicles and they will present them to the 6th graders and their parents during a morning forum.
The Coast to Coast Global Issues Leadership Initiative is a signature Middle School student exchange program between network French-American schools (SDFAS on the West coast and FASRI on the East coast of the United States). It is an inquiry-based and student-centered, cross age, cross curricular, cross school, & cross country collaborative.
Using the classroom, independent research, fieldwork, and a cross country exchange, students from the San Diego French American School and the French American School of Rhode Island are working collaboratively to explore questions of their choosing related to a broad global theme (this year’s theme, Ocean Uses). Students from each school will create a final product demonstrating what they learned and will prepare a presentation to share with their own school upon their return. (Text taken from the Coast to Coast brochure.)
We hope that growing empathy in our students will guide them throughout their lives. In December, BLANKIDS , a Non-Profit organization, came to work with the Middle Schoolers to make blankets that were sent to orphaned children around the world. We are proud to help our students move from concepts to tangible actions. The assembly started with a short documentary about the work BLANKIDS does, and then we all got to work making as many blankets as we could in 90 minutes! We want to teach our students how to use their resources to have a positive impact, and this activity taught them how to tie good knots in fabric and lend a helping hand to those in need. Find out more here: Children Helping Children Website
The Joshua Tree camping trip to the California desert supports experiential learning at SDFAS. Studying the surrounding area while hiking, exploring and observing the desert environment is not only a great way to get to know your state better. It also helps students bond with classmates and teachers.
This Joshua Tree trip gives the material to work on a writing project that supports the students learning in Science and in English Language Arts.
Enjoy the pictures of our Sixth graders hard at work on their essays!
On June 14, 2019, we awarded the selected charities with the money raised by the collective effort at the Jogathon! It was an inspiring and lively forum, with 3 on 4 of the organizations in attendance, and an improvised energetic soccer game on the field right after ( 5th graders vs 7th graders).
The charities awarded whose representatives attended were:
– Haiti Futur with Mireille Desrosiers
– Project Edeline with Stephanie , Edeline herself and … her cousin, Olrish Saurel who is a professional soccer player (defender – Miami United FC) – He was a star and an inspiring figure to the children, and the reason why we moved onto the field to play soccer!
– Beyond the Surface Foundation with Emi Koch and Niko, with two inspiring videos of their work, illustrating how the money gathered by the Jogathon efforts will be put to good use.
One of the best Jogathon Forum, honestly!