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!
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!
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:
And Coast 2 Coast’s website: Festival Somos Mar
Malte Niebelschuetz: www.shore-buddies.com
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!
From the Institut Edeline from Haiti:
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!
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!
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!
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!