On September 6th, despite a huge rainstorm, our Middle School Math team hosted more than 70 parents and students for our annual Math Night from 5:00-6:30 in the Hall of Peace. Parents were given a glimpse into our Math classes via examples and Math problems. Our Math department believes that everyone can learn and make sense of math, that the process and explanation are as important as the answer, that number sense is the foundation of math learning and that mistakes are an essential part of the learning journey. At the end of the session, parents were given an opportunity to work on some individual math problems with their child at tables around the room. It was a fun, informative session and we appreciate our math teachers in the Middle School! A big thanks to Mr. Fumi, Ms. Naggea, Dr. Markwell, Ms. Wood, Ms. Cornwell and Ms. Tuli who have been integral parts in developing our program! AES Middle School is so fortunate.
Every year, our 8th grade team works on team building and on fostering collaboration in their advisories. This year was no different, in fact, this year, 8th grade advisories also made advisory slogans and represented themselves as a group on an Advisory t-shirt made in the makerspace and in their Advisory classrooms. From “Dodd’s Dragons” to “De Olivez” to “Part of a larger breakfast” students came up with creative ways to represent their advisory group. On Thursday, August 31st, students brought supplies and “secret ingredients” and made Apple pie crusts and fillings. The next day, a panel of judges, including Ms. Clifton, our new principal, the counselors and the Grade 6 and 7 team leads gave out awards like “best crust”, “best filling”, “Overall best” and the most sought after awards “most likely to be used in a pie-throwing contest”and “train wreck”. Fun, laughter, team building and bonding abounded. Middle School at AES is a great place to be!
Photo Credit: Leonie Broekstra
On August 21st, parents gathered in the theater at 5:30pm for our annual Back to School Night. This year, the format was a little bit different. After the opening segment in the theater, led by our new MS principal, Ms. Clifton, parents headed to grade level presentations where they heard about the classes and met their child’s teachers. The group presentations gave parents a glimpse into what happens in their child’s school day and an opportunity to hear about their child’s educational program and support provided. Grade 6 met in the HOP, Grade 7 in the theater and Grade 8 in the Auxy Gym. Following the grade level presentations, parents were invited to the main gym to meet all of the teachers and have a small reception. A very special thanks to our student ambassadors who wore yellow shirts for the evening and directed parents to their venues!
To end our fun-filled first week of school, we enjoyed the annual all Middle School pool party. We were so thankful that after a booming afternoon thunderstorm, the weather cleared and we could have our party! 200 students and the entire Middle School faculty gathered around the pool, for fun and games, meeting new people and connecting with old friends. Floating on inner tubes, hanging out pool side and the belly flop competition were highlights! It was a great afternoon. A big thank you to Mr. Nelson and the Pool staff for keeping us safe and to Mr. Ahluwahlia for feeding us pizza and ice cream! What a great way to celebrate the end of the first week!
A big welcome to all of those students and parents returning to AES after a summer holiday and of course, also to our new students and families joining us this year! We started the school year with an all school assembly, led by our Assistant Principal, Ms. Gamette and our new Principal, Ms. Clifton. Ms. Clifton set a tone of caring and kindness and challenged us to say or do one thing each day that made someone else feel good about themselves. We met our incredible new teachers and Mr. Laney, our school director, welcomed us to a new year. Finally, a group of students rang in the new year with bells.
From our large group assembly, we moved into grade level groups. Students met their teachers, had a snack, got their lockers and participated in some get to know you activities.
After our morning session, students went to each of their 8 classes for a very brief introduction.
From the smiles and the laughter it is easy to tell that this is going to be a GREAT school year!!
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.