Today, the SDFAS girls and boys cross-country teams had their second meet at La Jolla Shores. The race was 1.5 miles long, with 7 middle schools represented, and over 80 runners!
Maxine Arambulo (8th grade) led the way for the girls, coming in second place out of 38 runners and was awarded the silver medal (7th/8th division)! Adriana Telenti (7th grade) and Chloe Gross (6th grade) finished in the top 10, and placed 3rd in their respective age divisions. Amazing! As a team, the girls ran strong and stole FIRST PLACE from Encinitas Country Day by 5 points!
On the boys side, Robin Nicoli ran an unbelievable race, finishing in FIRST PLACE out of 43 boys. This was the first time a SDFAS boy finished first in history! Bravo, Robin! The boys were also led by Georges Perbost and Tristan Cousin, who both finished in the top 15. The boys team placed 2nd overall, the best finish in over 2 seasons!
Cross-Country: No half time, no time-outs, no substitutions, no excuses. They are not just runners.They are machines.
Science club members are busy learning about the process they will use to create a project for the school and county science fair.
This week we used crystal growing as a model for a possible project. During the activity the kids identified all the possible variables, and decided which ones would be important to manipulate and how they could control all of the rest. After much discussion they chose to play with the type of solute and the amount of solute that they used.
We are hoping to see different quantities of crystals in different sizes and shapes in the coming days and weeks. All around this was a fun activity to help everyone learn about developing a solid experiment, and deciding on controls and variable, that will stand up in the science fair. These students will each be creating a project for the school science fair in January. All other students interested in entering are encouraged. Get going with an exploration that interests you and share what you discover!
This week, the girls and boys Cross-Country teams competed in their first race of the season at San Dieguito Park!
8 middle schools raced over 80 runners in a 1.8 mile course through park trails.
The girls finished in 3rd Place overall, and were lead by Maxine Arambulo, Chloe Gross, Lexine Arambulo, Emma Berman, Elena Miralles, Sofia Berman, and Saliha Choma.
Georges Perbost, Tristan Cousin, Sebastian Altomare, Zachary Walker, Emil Belhon, and Nicola Redon represented the boys.
The next meet is this Monday, September 28th at La Jolla Shores… Come cheer on our Stingrays as they race on the beach! Race starts at 4:00 pm!
BUILDING BRIDGES – CONSTRUIRE DES PONTS
5TH GRADE – 7TH GRADE FORUM
Under the umbrella of our nascent SEAL Program (Social, Emotional Awareness and Learning), Building Bridges is a new initiative created to help ensure a smooth transition to Middle School for our 5th grade students. Mr. Jarlov, Mr. Carlier, Ms. Seidel and Ms. Wallen are leading Building Bridges, which also creates an opportunity for our 7th graders to cultivate empathetic leadership skills.
For our first activity at last week’s forum, our 7th grade students (Ambassadors) were paired with 5th grade Buddies and they shared a bagel breakfast while playing “Two Truths and a Lie” as an ice-breaker. We then moved on to “Speed Meeting,” rotating pairs every 60 seconds with moderated prompts such as: Tell about your most embarrassing moment at school ever; If you were a superhero, what would your super power be and why?; A rose, a bud and a thorn: share something you like, something you don’t like, and something you are hoping for this school year. We finished with a Q and A session with 7th graders taking the microphone and answering 5th graders’ questions about Middle School. To create a safer space, questions were submitted anonymously on cards ahead of time to Ms. Wallen when she visited the 5th grade students, and were drawn out of a hat on the day of the event.
We look forward to continuing to Build Bridges between 5th and 7th graders, guiding our 7th graders to be good role models, and helping our 5th graders feel comfortable and well-informed as they move toward the Middle School.
Do you know what a mole is? Yes, it is a little animal that crawls under the ground. But it is something else too!
A mole is a basic unit of measurement for chemistry. It is the mass in grams equal to the molar mass of a molecule. Because molecules are microscopic, it is a HUGE number!
It is 6.02 times 10 to the power of 23. That is why the 8th grade classes are having “Mole Day” on 10/23 from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM!!
All morning, Madame Denis and Mrs. Jacoway will be doing different fun activities with the 8th graders that incorporate the mole! The activities will be both Science and Language Arts based designed to help the students remember the quantity to which a mole is equivalent. The 8th graders will work on measuring different molecules of chemicals to create reactions.
Wednesday, October 15 in Joshua Tree National Park: rock climbing and belay
Since the beginning of the trip, students have been organized in two groups corresponding to their class A and B. As instructors, we’ve had two men, Kyle and Avi, and a lady, Whitney. Kyle and Avi spend the day with one group and are extremely knowledgeable about the environment and the geological history of the park, while Whitney deals with the logistics, teaches students how to prepare the meals, and brings the team spirit ethics and philosophy of Boojum institute.Tuesday evening Kelsey joined the group. She is the climbing specialist and early morning Wednesday she went on the climbing location to install the equipment.
The students spent most of the day Wednesday taking turn in trying three different routes to climb a very steep granite slope on the mountain. I enclose a few pictures, but more will come soon.
Everyone enjoyed the experience as, even though if was challenging, there was different levels of difficulty and climbing on a real mountain is very different from the indoor climbing experience some of them had before.
Every day instructors offer a variety of team building games, lessons about the environment or stories told in a circle at night.
Thursday has the same program as Tuesday with different groups, one will explore the SEA (Subterranean Exploration Area) in Johnson Springs Canyon and will hike all day, while the other group will do the Gunsight canyon exploration, climb and have lessons on the environment and the geology of the area.
Yesterday evening we celebrated Alienor birthday with cupcakes Mrs Wallen had brought from San Diego, and tonight, it’s the last evening on the camp with wood fire and the traditional marshmallow treat.
I wish to add that I really enjoyed the three days with the 6th graders. It was a great opportunity for me to know them better, share their discoveries and moments of friendship. I wish I could have stayed until the end of the trip!
Dear 6th and 7th grade Parents,
Pick up for both trips will be at approximately 1:30 on Friday. We are planning to use the dirt lot again to allow plenty of space for cars and busses. Our chaperones will contact the school if the timing is different because of traffic, so that an update can be posted.
I’m off to join the group in Joshua Tree this morning.
One group was with Mr. Jarlov and the other with Anne Laure on a day-long excursion.
Mr. Jarlov’s group went on a canyon hike, discovered rock formations and geological history of the park, discussed granite, other type of rocks, and also learned about carbon footprint, land how to identify different plants and cacti. In the afternoon: team building games and class in a nice shady area and a lesson about desert animals such as the desert tortoise. The weather is fine and students are well and happy.
Ms. Denis’ group enjoyed a hike and exploration of subterranean rock formations with caves with narrow passages. Next, they learned about geology and plants.
Tonight, one group will help prepare dinner. Everyone is tired but happy about the day. No injuries except a few scratches from climbing. We have a great team!
Tomorrow: belay instructors will lead the group for rock climbing near our camp.