Grade 7 School Visit

Last Thursday, March 7th, our grade 7 team, along with several parent volunteers, headed to a special needs school nearby AES. Each year we partner with this amazing school, where both our students and their students benefit from the exchange and friendships are created. This year is no different. Students visited their school and in a couple of weeks, they will visit AES two more times. AES advisory groups create activities for their time at AES and their students create activities and special performances for our arrival at their school. It is an incredible opportunity for everyone. A huge thanks to Grade 7 team leaders Ms. Henderson and Ms. Willcott for their organization and to all of our teachers, parent volunteers and school staff who make it possible!!

Midnight Glow Social!

Last Friday, after a full day of Fort Frenzy and a special schedule, students had an opportunity to unwind at the second social of the year! The 7th grade sponsored the dance and the theme was Midnight Glow. What was different about this social? It was held from 4:00-5:45 so in order to achieve the theme of Midnight Glow, the dance was held in the Middle School Studio, where blackout curtains provided an atmosphere of nighttime. Students not wanting to dance the “night” away, spent time in the Glow Paint room , playing ping pong outside, watching a movie in the HOP or having great food served by our incredible food services team! It was the perfect way to end a fun day and an awesome week!

Lost City of Atlantis MS Social

On Friday, December 7th from 6pm-8pm, the Middle School Hall of Peace and first floor was transformed into the Lost City of Atlantis. This was the theme of our first social of the year which was hosted by Grade 8. Music was organized by our DJ club, led by Mr. Hoiseth and students enjoyed good food, movies, games and even a visit by Roxy, Ms. Clifton’s dog. A good time was had by all. A special thanks to our Grade 8 teachers for chaperoning and Mr. Currey, Ms. Al Moreno, Ms Gamette for organizing and, of course, our amazing facilities team for helping the kids transform the space!

Shanti Concerts

It is concert season at AES! Last week our incredible AES musicians performed in the annual Shanti concerts. Under the direction of Ms. Boyadzhieva, Mr. Boyadzhiev and Ms. Bolton, our choir, band and orchestra delighted audiences filled with parents, teachers and friends.  Thanks to our incredible music department!!

Badminton

This past Saturday, December 1st, AES hosted a Badminton tournament with a local school, well-known for it’s badminton team. The Middle School badminton team is coached by Michael Ho and Atul Sharma. This was a great opportunity for our badminton team members to play in a tournament before the upcoming ASIAC tournament next weekend. See below for a few photos of the action!!

Livestream!

Grade 8 Humanities is currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on their last unit and transitioning to our next. As part of their last unit, the kids wrote between 6 and 8 personal and historical fiction vignettes and then selected three that had a common theme to revise, edit and publish. 
 
You can find these vignette collections in our class Flipboard magazine. The students would love to have some feedback from you! You can leave a comment on the student’s blog, or you can leave a comment or like a post on Flipboard (you need an account). 
 
They were working on writing with clear ideas and common themes throughout the selected vignettes, writing vignettes with strong sentence fluency by using varied internal punctuation and sentence length and type, and writing with voice to evoke a feeling and create atmosphere. Comments around those areas would be particularly helpful.
 
 
The Instagram profile is aescurrey – if you cannot tune in live, We will also post a replay so you can find it later. Again, it will be very exciting for the kids if you could give some live feedback. This is a celebration, so we are really only looking for comments that are positive. Here is what they are practicing and a few ideas of some feedback you might give:
  • Eye contact (“You did a great job of scanning the room!”)
  • Volume -varied for effect and loud enough to be heard  (“I like how you spoke quietly in parts to show how serious it was.”)
  • Clear pronunciation 
  • Purposeful pauses and overall speed (“When you paused on the word ‘home’, it made the meaning of your vignette stand out.”)
  • Posture and Body Language (“You looked very confident while reading your vignette.”)
  • Emphasis on certain words or lines 
Comments about those areas would be great, but feel free to also mention something you like about the content of the vignettes. 

ASIAC soccer! A great weekend!

On October 12-14, our boys and girls ASIAC teams traveled to Chennai to compete in our yearly ASIAC soccer competition. Three school compete; The American School of Bombay, The American International School of Chennai and the American Embassy School of Delhi. Each school has 2 boys teams and 2 girls teams. Our boys teams placed first and fifth and our girls teams placed third and fourth.

Overall, it was a great weekend and our hosts at the American Intennational School in Chennai were so welcoming. We made lots of new friends, played great soccer and had a lot of fun.

 
 

Leadership Seminar #1 Effective Leaders

Saturday, September 22nd, the first leadership seminar was held in the Hall of Peace from 9-12. Around 30 students gathered to learn more about effective leaders and to study the traits of effective leaders. Students participated in a couple of activities, including the Helium Hoop activity designed to get them thinking about their role in group decision-making and the role of the other team members. Students were charged with placing one finger under a yardstick and then lowering the yardstick together as a team, then repeating the same activity with a hula hoop. Seems easy. But chaos can ensue when everyone has a different idea about how to lower the stick or the hoop!!  A great activity and a fun way to learn about our leadership strengths and the leadership strengths of the others in the group.  We continued our morning identifying leaders we admire and noting their traits, watching a video on leaders bringing people together with one goal in mind and keeping ourselves healthy with a good snack!

We ended our seminar talking about leadership through service learning and participating in an activity for the upcoming Air Quality Mela. It was a great morning, with lots of learning and fun. A big thanks to all of the adults who made it possible! Mr. Webster, Ms. Lockwood, Ms. Cullen, Mr. de Oliveira, Ms. Elkins and Ms. Cornwell were all on hand for the seminar. Our next seminar will be in December! Hope to see you all there.

 

Peace Week 2018

This week, October 17-21, AES celebrated Peace in the Middle School. This year Peace Week centered around the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declarataion of Human Rights(UDHR). Joanna Kempkers, the New Zealand High Commissioner, kicked off our week-long celebration with an all MS assembly where she talked about her work as High Commissioner to promote peace and the UDHR. 

During our Advisory time each day this week, we talked about our definitions of Universal Rights, and students were asked to:

PLEDGE: Join thousands of others on the UN website pledging to uphold human rights. #StandUp4HumanRights

SPEAK UP: Let your voice be heard by recording your article of choice in your home language. The UN is making an official video of these–send yours in! #StandUp4HumanRights #RightsOutLoud

CREATE: Create a #PeaceDayGoogleDoodle using our school code 0071

We ended our Peace Week celebrations with a fun Kahoot! and everyone wearing white on Friday to pose for an all MS photo just outside our appropriately named Hall of Peace. 

A big thank you to Ms. Al Moreno and Ms. Vosk for their direction and organization of the week’s activities and Mr. Elliott for taking our all school photo! What an awesome week to be an AES middle schooler.

 

Book Talks!

Grade 7 students have headed to the library during their Humanities classes to get an overview of our library and all it has to offer!. The Middle School is so fortunate to have librarian Linda Hoiseth as a great resource for our library. Ms. Hoiseth did a few book talks and really got the students excited about some great books that are popular with their grade level and engaging plots!! Students were introduced to the library website, they had a chance to look at all of the books that they had checked out since they arrived at AES, learned how to hold a book that was still not available and how to renew a book that they weren’t quite done reading.  Students were also introduced to our digital resources and taught how to check out e-books and read e-magazines.  This resource is available to parents as well. Stop by the library to meet the librarian and get signed up!