Back-to-School is Fun!

Back-to-School is Fun!

As the first week in Middle School is already well under way, here are a few pictures of the first day…

Students have enjoyed reconnecting with friends, exchanging summer vacation memories and meeting their new teachers!

The MS blog is back in action, so stay tuned for more!

Bonne année scolaire à tous les élèves du collège!

Christian Jarlov

“Concours de Nouvelles” awards in 6th grade

Thursday June 16, 2016

Today the 6th grade students received their award for the short stories contest in 5th and 6th grade. There was three prizes per class, and two additional students selected and commended for their excellent story.

6th grade winners were joined by the winners of the 5th grade classes for the picture.

More about then contest: In the auditorium, the 5th and 6th graders have two hours to write a short story on a given theme. The 7th graders define criteria and categories and organize a vote for the “best” ones. The contest may be linked with the “semaine de la francophonie.” The main goal is to create an opportunity for older students to read the short stories written by 5th and 6th graders, who can help younger students correct their mistakes and then choose an external jury to select the winners.

On the pictures below, the winners of the contest with Aline Bunod. The “Concours de Nouvelles” was coordinated this year by Aline Bunod and Bertrand Bago.

Last MS Dance for 8th grade students

Last night was the last MS Dance for our 8th grader students. 7th grade students had nice and kind words for them.

As usual, we had contests, slow times, and dance, and fun, and dance, and fun, and … Special Thanks to our DJ M. G!

Now our 8th grade students are getting ready for their end of the year trip : let’s go to Montreal!

Junior MUN (continued)

Thursday May 19, Day 2

The students had a very successful second day at their inaugural JMUN conference. They worked with other countries’ delegates to draft and debate resolutions in response to  an international “crisis” given by the Secretaries-General.

In the afternoon, the entire conference attended the awards and closing ceremonies. Dylan Cardinal, representing Lithuania on the Regional Security Council, was awarded one of three Outstanding Delegate awards by her committee chairs; the awards recognize the delegates who demonstrate a depth of  knowledge and insight into the committee’s topics. She was also awarded the gavel which is given to the delegate who displays diplomatic skill above and beyond what the committee expects. All of the SDFAS delegates said they truly enjoyed the conference experience. A great first year for the team and looking forward to next year!

More pictures…

ART FAIR: Middle School students are talented!

The Art Fair opened today and if you don’t have the time to visit the exhibit, click on the pictures below to enlarge and see the art work on display. Different medium have been used by students, from sculpture to watercolor… Very creative and beautiful pieces are presented this year!

Congratulations to the artists!

Christian Jarlov

Excellent results in La Course aux Nombres!

David and Alexander rank top in Worldwide Math Contest!

Emma reaches the second round, advanced set of tests!

La “Course aux nombres” (Race for Numbers) is a French math contest involving skills in mental calculation and logic for students from 4th to 10th grade. It was initiated in 2012 and continues now in many schools in the AEFE network (French international network of schools).

At SDFAS, students from 4th to 8th grade participated again this year. After a first successful round, Emma Berman (6th), Alexander Price (6th) and David Llewellyn Smith (7th) have been invited to do a second set of more advanced tests. Alexander and David were then selected for the finals. Alexander obtained the best score for 6th grade students in the USA and David the best score worldwide within the AEFE schools. Both students have been selected in their category in the team #1 which ranked second place in the world finals. Congratulations to both Alexander and David for outstanding results!

You can read the results here:

Catherine Mevel, Middle School Math teacher


Concours de Nouvelles

Thursday, May 12, the 5th and 6th graders assembled for a Two hours writing contest on a given theme. The 7th graders will define criteria and categories and will organize a vote for the “best” ones. The goal is also to create an opportunity for older students to read the short stories written by 5th and 6th graders, who can help younger students correct their mistakes and then choose an external jury to select the winners.

Project coordinators: Aline, Bunod, Emmanuel Samé and Bertrand Bago

Below some pictures taken at the beginning of the writer’s workshop (click to enlarge):

La Troupe Last Show of the Season

Friday, May 13, 2016, La Troupe has performed for the last time this season: 

“She wrote, died, and wrote some more”

At the end they received, not only the applause from the public, their classmates and friends, but also a certificate that they will keep as a souvenir of their acting carrier with La Troupe this year!

Bravo La Troupe!

See more pictures from the play on Friday:(click to enlarge)

Save the Date! La Troupe new production coming up!

La troupe will perform their new play and you are invited to attend the “première” on Friday April 29, at 6 pm in the Auditorium!

Picture: La troupe composed of 10 actors from the Middle School:


About the Play

Tonight was going to be writer Alina Deveraux’s most important night, the unveiling of her memoirs: a non-fiction fictional retelling of Alina’s life moment by moment up until three hours ago when she finished it.

Until she ended up dead. Or not dead.

The comedic, melodramatic one-act mystery, She Wrote, Died, Then Wrote Some More, is an hilarious romp that features betrayals, broken hearts, a rather odd but beautiful love story, and many twists. The play features a cast of eccentric and unique characters, who may or may not at some point end up dying themselves. Or appearing murdered because of a rare fainting when frightened disorder…

International Show, March 24

Thursday, March 24, the Middle School students participated in the International show: some were wearing the traditional costume of their country (see picture: Nolwenn, Sébastien, Robin or Seiji) and others presented a younger student (see pictures: Maya, Sidonie, Loïc, Esteban). Jivan was the professor and pointed at the different countries on the map. Everyone enjoyed the songs and the cultural presentation reflecting the international spirit of our school.

This is the closing statement from Dylan Cardinal, 7th grade, active member of the Model United Nations club:

“Hello everyone. This week, we celebrated International Week as an opportunity to commemorate world cultures, people, and language through peace. As we have just seen, we have been practicing various songs to celebrate peace throughout our school and our world. “I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls.” This quote about peace was stated by the world’s youngest Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. To continue our spread of peace, the school has recently allowed me to create a Junior Model United Nations Club. The JMUN club helps to educate my fellow classmates and teachers about diplomacy, international relations, the doings of the UN itself, and how to instill peace through peaceful means. Thank you to the participating ambassadors of these countries, my fellow schoolmates, and teachers”.