ASIAC Music Festival

This past weekend AES hosted the ASIAC MS Music Festival. The American International School of Chennai and the American School of Bombay arrived in Delhi on Thursday, December 7th for an action-packed weekend of music. The event kicked off on Friday morning with the theme of Heroes. What is a hero? What does a hero do? This musical weekend was a “heroic event”. It brought together individuals with different backgrounds, ideas and experiences to collaborate, connect and create together. A huge thanks to our hosting directors Ms. Boyadzhieva and Ms. Bolton, our entire AES music department, as well as our visiting directors who played a huge role in making the event a success.

Opening Ceremony:

The culminating concert!

ASIAC Badminton and Table Tennis

This past weekend, December 7-10, the American International School of Chennai hosted our end of season tournament. AES, ASBombay and AISChennai all particpated in the tournament. AES fared very well, winning championships and new friendships. The following students participated:
Tanush S, Arjun D, Vikram D, Aarav G, Sagar C, Satyaj B, Keshav S, Ronan T, Maya D, Ananya L, Nora W, Vedaa K, Arshi C, Mohavi T, Sanna P Muhammad B, Azam D, Enoch L, Eduard H, Minjae L, Ho Seung C, SeungYoon H, Junghwan S, Agustin P, Shiv S, HanGyeol P, Avanka P, Tim W, Santino C, Willem H, Maya V, Kiran P, Victoria B, Natasza S, Amaya M, Gabriela J, Myra K, Anika S, Jigme D, Reem A, Nikita D, YoonSeo H, Arabella C, Yunji K, Capucine P, Max D, Sumair K,Jakub V and Tomas A. A great time was had by all. Thanks so much to our coaches, Mr. Shekher, Ms. Sethi, Ms Kapoor and Mr. Sharma!! See below for some awesome pictures of the action!

Leadership Seminar #2

This past Saturday after a night of dancing, ping pong, movies, food and winterland fun, around 60 students gathered in the Hall of Peace for our second leadership seminar of the year. This Leadership Seminar focused on servant leadership. Students discussed the role leaders take to serve others and how their efforts start with empathy. They engaged in many activities throughout the morning. A big thanks to our Leadership Seminar planners, Mr. Webster and Ms. Lockwood and our chaperones Ms. Takizawa, Ms. Hatten, Ms. Dunmire and Ms. Gamette. A great morning of learning and fun!

Winter Wonderland MS Social!

Our 8th graders sponsored the MS social this past weekend. Our theme was a winter wonderland, complete with fireplace, holiday movies, ping pong, dancing, a photo booth and an angel tree! A fun night was had by all!!

Shanti Concert

The Middle School Shanti concert was held on November 16th in the Theater. This annual event has always proven to be one of the musical highlights of the year and this year did not disappoint. A big thanks to all of our Middle School musicians and, of course, our teachers that led them! Mr. Boyadzhiev with the orchestra, Ms. Boyadzhieva with the choir and Ms. Bolton with the band. We appreciate all of their hard work in working with our students and bringing to life their musical potential.

Grade 8 Hidden Circles ET

Twice a month, MS students take an hour for Enrichment Time. We do a variety of activities at each grade level and the purpose of this time is to create community and work on our Advisory themes.
For 8th grade, the theme of the year is “I am a part of a larger something.” In the first quarter, they spent time developing the concept of individual advisories as “larger somethings.” They then moved on to talk about relationships that were part of slightly larger social circles. They also examined how they function as members of groups in classes and as students in the MS. Further, in the second quarter, they went on the WOW trip and examined relationships in the context of even larger circles: the camps and the eighth grade. Each person’s actions can have an impact on many people either positively (or negatively), and we can choose to ‘pay it forward’ to make an even bigger difference in the world:

As they continue to move forward and learn more about how to analyze the value and importance of our relationships, it’s important to recognize that they are also part of “larger somethings” of which they might not be aware. These are called Hidden Circles.

The following questions were posed to the 8th graders: Who are people in our Hidden Circles here at AES? Who works here, spends time on campus, does important things on a daily basis that help us to be the best learners we can be? From there, encourage the students to expose the “hidden circles” of the people that we interact with (or not), and help to take care of us here at AES.
Students spent today’s ET interviewing people in their Hidden circles, our gardeners, our cleaning staff, our guards, and our support staff. They also created posters introducing these important members of our community.

Grade 7 Science Catapults

Grade 7 Science teachers, Mr. Margenau and Dr. Frazier brought their students to the makerspace today to build catapults. The goal in building the catapults was accuracy and not distance. Students implemented the Design-Thinking process of planning, testing, modifying, testing, modifying…etc. Students will use their catapults next week to test their accuracy in launching clay balls!

30 Reasons to Not be in a Play

On October 11th and 12th, our middle schoolers, under the direction of Ms. Rogers put on the Fall Production, “30 Reasons Not to be in a Play”. Director, Ms. Rogers, writes:

” Although 30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play highlights the negatives of putting on a play, it really is a love song to the theater and demonstrates that -despite the pitfalls – it’s what we do because we love it.
It take a community to put on a play; what you will see in our play represents weeks of work by our actors, crew and a score of adults who so generously gave of their time. The technical design and work was done entirely by our student crew, supervised by supportive adults, our students have learned new skills and have taken proud ownership of this show. I’m grateful for the support of so many parents who have volunteered their time to sell tickets; I’m especially grateful for the work of our two acting coaches; Char Weiler and Amy Camp, because this show would not be up and running without their tireless, inspired and creative work with our students. You all are part of our community too. We hope you enjoy our offering and appreciaate all our reasons for NOT being in a play.”

 

Hope School Visit!

Each week a group of interested and dedicated students meet with Dr. Frazier and together they plan Science activities for local children who rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to do Science activities in school. Each week another group of students meet to plan activities for a local school exchange on Saturdays. Below is Dr. Frazier’s account of the two clubs coming together on Saturday morning:

“The Middle School Hope Club and Science Corps joined forces today to offer some experiments in chemistry for the children at the Hope Foundation School. Our AES students are always so good at assisting the Hope School kids, who are always excited about the chance to do some hands-on science activities. The Hope School students were quick thinkers. They enjoyed mixing, observing, sketching, and discussing their ideas.

The Middle School Hope Club is a junior partner with the High School Hope Club. The purpose is to offer enriched educational and recreational experiences for children from the Hope Foundation School which is located in Sangam Vihar, an impoverished area in South Delhi. The Middle School Science Corps is an initiative to bring firsthand experiences with scientific phenomena to local children who seldom have the opportunity to explore, tinker, and mess about in science. We now have conducted sessions with the Hope Foundation School and Each One Teach One. On Monday afternoon we will visit a section of Making A Difference (MAD) which meets at AES. There the object is to teach English. Our science activities will provide a meaningful and tangible context for learning new language.”

Speech and Debate–A unique practice!!

Students in Ms. Capozzoli’s Speech and Debate class were charged with working on pausing, diction, emphasis and how to draw an audience back in that was quickly losing interest in their story or speech. They were also working on assessing the needs of their audience and how to tailor what they were saying so that it struck a chord with the audience. What better way to practice all of these things but go to a kindergarten classroom for reading time. Great practice and great fun had by all. The kids can’t wait to go back and the kindergarteners can’t wait to have them come back!!