Welcome Back Pool Party 1819!

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!

Welcome Back to SY 1819

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!!

MS Social– A look through the decades

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!

Leadership Seminar #3: Leadership through Team-Building

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!

Create Your Own Elective Showcase!

Create Your Own Elective is a course that is self-directed by students. In this course, students had the opportunity to pursue their interests and develop projects that allowed them to showcase their passions. Students identified their interest, located resources to help them develop ideas about their interests, connected with others who share the same passions, created unique, personalized projects, and then, today, shared those projects with larger audiences. Students started their planning in August and today had a chance to share their hydraulic arm, their research on depression and their homemade castle. A big thanks to Ms. Gulati who worked with the students this semester while they pursued their passions. Also, thanks to Ms. Ahuja who took photos of the event!

Grade 7 Kindergarten Reading Buddies

This year our grade 7 advisory students have buddied up with our kindergarteners to work and read together. There is always a lot of excitement on the 7th grade hallway when the kids are headed to the kindergarten rooms. Yesterday, during advisory, the kindergarteners had a chance to come to the Middle School and read and play games with their 7th grade buddies. Mr.Riley, a Kindergarten teacher, said “the kids will talk about this for weeks and they always want to know when their buddies are coming again!” A huge thank you to our 7th grade team leaders Ms. Henderson and Mr. Babcock for organizing the events with our Kindergarten team and a big thanks to Ms. Lockwood who always manages to capture the best photos(see below) of the special event.

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 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!