It was a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and to honor and recognize the hard work that these incredible students have done in school. The ceremony was very nice and the after party of taco bars, dancing and swimming was awesome!! Thanks to all of the 8th grade teachers for all they did this year to make it the best year yet! A special thanks to Mr. Currey, Ms. Strever and Mr. Webster for making the ceremony extra special.
On Saturday, May 19th, the MS held their fourth and final leadership seminar of the year. This seminar focused on Assertive leadership; how to do what’s right and keep friends. Students from Each One Teach One also attended the seminar and brought a lot of fun and energy to the morning. Students participated in several icebreakers and team building activities and returned to a seminar favorite “four on a couch”. Lots of great discussion on being assertive to do what’s right and still maintain friendships. A special thank you to Mr. Webster and Ms. Lockwood who organized the event and to Ms. Capozzoli, Ms. Cullen, Mr. de Oliveira and Ms. Dunmire who came along to assist and chaperone the event!! And to parent Roopi Saran who organized the Each One Teach One visit.
The 7th grade students worked very hard over the course of the year exploring a self-selected, independent topic. They researched, investigated, designed, tested, created and mastered these topics. The showcase yesterday in the gym was an opportunity to celebrate their learning and accomplishments. Students investigated the science of cars, paper airplanes, Air Quality causes and solutions, air flow, how a cotton candy machine works and many other topics. The gym was packed with students, parents and teachers excited to hear about their projects. A huge thanks to their Science teachers Mr. Margenau and Dr. Frazier for believing in this project and guiding the students through their investigations!
Students in MS Art participated in a stencil project. Please see below for highlights on the art process. AES Middle School is so fortunate to have an incredible Visual Arts program led by Ms. Strever and Ms. Willcott.
In this stencil project, we had to make a stencil about a certain world issue. After choosing, we would make a few thumbnails for the stencil and the background. After that, we used Adobe Sketch along with a few photos to make a stencil, making sure that all whites were connected and that lines were thick. Then. we printed and laminated them, cut them out with exacto knives (cutting out the black) and worked on our backgrounds. Here, we painted or modge podged them (or both). Then, we had a few practice spray paints before finally spraying them on our boards.
The goal of this project was to make a meaningful piece of resistance art, that would portray this message without words. As this art is usually in the form of spray paint because that is how it is most impactful, ours was in spray paint too.
Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal friend Donkey set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and we had an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance. Shrek was performed on March 20 and March 21. Remarkable to note is that the show was run entirely by students. Students Asha R and Esther R ran the backstage crew through set changes and prop prep, students ran the lights and sound in the booth. Props and set decoration were done by our two Design Tech and Theater classes. An impressive show indeed!! This marked director Ms. Rogers’ final show at AES and the students and staff had some heartfelt thanks and wishes for all she has done for our theater program.
A dozen Grade 6 Math students had the opportunity to spend Pi day(3/14) at the US embassy. The embassy invited students from a local school in Gurgaon, supported by the American Welcome Association, to participate in several activities involving pi with our students from AES. There were lots of people on hand to help the students with the activities and of course, everyone had a chance to eat pie!! A big shout out to Ms. Wood and Ms Tewary for accompanying the students and to Stewart Davis from the embassy for inviting and coordinating the visit!! See the photos below and also check out this link for officials photos from the embassy!
Our grade 7 advisories welcomed Aanchal school students and teachers for a second visit to AES on Thursday during Enrichment Time. Parent volunteers, AES volunteers, Advisors and the entire grade 7 class prepared activities and games. Please see the photos below for what was obviously fun for all involved. Now that the Aanchal students have visited a 2nd time, they are reuniting with good friends and the excitement doubles!!! Add this and bringing out the parachutes…non-stop fun. A HUGE thank you to our grade 7 team, led by Mr. Babcock and Ms. Henderson, for working with the grade 7 students and planning such special events.
Students gathered from 6:30-8:30 on Friday, February 23rd for our third social of the year. This time the grade 7 students hosted with a theme of decades! There were CDs, video cassettes and tape cassettes hanging from the rafters, while Ronan T played music everyone loved to dance to! There was food, ping-pong, fun movies, old games and Coke Floats! Fun had by all. Thanks to Ms. Henderson and Mr. Babcock for helping the grade 7 students organize another successful social!
On Saturday February 24th, around 40 students gathered in the Hall of Peace for our third Leadership Seminar. This time the focus was on inclusion activities and team building. We demonstrated the importance of team building by experiencing it ourselves and analyzing the elements of the activities. We stacked cups, found groups, dropped cardboard rolls into baskets as a team and had a rousing game of “4 on a couch”.The take-aways were wonderful and everyone had a great time. It was great to have Arjun P visiting from his new school in Thailand and we were so happy that he could join us. A special thank you to Ms. Kehe, Ms. Dunmire, Ms. Lockwood, Ms. Cullen and Mr. Webster for organizing the event. And, of course, thanks to Ms. Lockwood for her awesome photos that capture the fun!
Our Grade 7 Advisory program has been focused on empathy this year. Students have worked with Kindergarten buddies and today they started work with the Aanchal Special Needs school located in Malcha Marg. 150 students from Aanchal came to campus with their teachers during our Enrichment Time. Our grade 7 teachers, many grade 7 parents, many of our MS teaching assistants and our grade 7 students worked with our visitors playing games, doing activities and having a snack together. It was a wonderful day on the MS field. A special thank you to our Grade 7 team leaders Ms. Henderson and Mr. Babcock, who worked hard to coordinate the visit. Gauging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was a successful event all around! Thanks to the 7th grade Advisors for the great photos!!