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.
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.
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!
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.