70 students, lead by faculty facilitators Ms. Cullen, Ms. Lockwood and Mr. Webster came to the Middle School HOP on Saturday from 9-12 to learn more about the language of leadership. Students participated in a variety of activities around the power of verbal and non-verbal communication in leadership roles. Students were engaged in a variety of activities including role-plays and team building games that allowed their leadership skills to shine. Students reflected on the communication characteristics of a good leader and also debriefed one new thing they learned, one thing they reviewed and one hope of something they could continue to work on. This feedback will be used to inform future leadership seminars. Good learning and good fun!
This year’s Peace Day theme was “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, & Dignity for All”. Middle School students planned the week under the leadership of Ms. Al Moreno.
The founder of One Hen and the inspiration behind our Social Entrepreneurship class, Katie Milway Smith, joined the Middle School on Tuesday for a special assembly, where she talked about her program and read a story about Deo and his banana leaf ball.
Students spent time thinking about positive ways to promote respect, safety, and dignity for all by finding things that make them feel peaceful and thinking about how they can share these things with others, just as Deo, the character in Katie Milway Smith’s book did with soccer.
Todd Parr is the author of many books about inclusivity, peace, and taking pride in who you are as an individual. We used one of his books, The Peace Book, to also help with the purpose this week. Students read the book and then created a “piece of peace” drawing or saying that will be put together as a whole puzzle early next week.
On Friday, students and faculty also enjoyed some time together in many fun activities including, poetry, meditation, reading, making friendship bracelets, playing field games, hula hooping, and strategy games to name a few.
A wonderful week of celebrating Peace in the AES Middle School!
Despite news of parking restrictions and road closures, many MS parents attended Back to School Night on Thursday. Ms. Dunmire and Ms. Gamette opened the evening in the Hall of Peace, welcoming the parents to a glimpse of a day in the life of their child. Parents attended all of their child’s classes to meet the teachers and hear more about each subject. Our Peer Facilitators, 7th and 8th grade students, were on hand to help any lost parent find their way to classrooms. A fun-filled evening that highlighted the wonderful things happening every day in the AES Middle School!
Our first day of Middle School was fantastic! Students were greeted by their new Principal, Ms. Dunmire and Assistant Principal, Ms. Gamette in the Hall of Peace, where they had a chance to meet all of their teachers. Students then went to grade level venues for some get to know you activities, locker assignments, snack and general school information. Students attended all 8 of their classes for a short amount of time to meet their teachers and also to meet the other students in their classes. Please see below for some of the fun of the day. It is going to be a GREAT year!
A couple of times a month, we take time to extend our advisory period for grade level teams to have Enrichment Time (ET). Last Tuesday we had an ET.
In 7th grade, each advisory presented their “Advisory Name” and an accompanying skit, presentation, dance, performance or slide show that relates to their “Advisory Name”. It got double thumbs up from the students as a fun community-building activity. Check out the presentation of advisories in the slideshow below:
Thank you for such a wonderful CIA project! We saw some creative and innovative housing solutions from the different states of India. You can find our celebration slide show here (A big shout out to Shaila Prasad for putting it together for us!).
The individual state presentation videos will go up on our youtube channel soon.
Our teachers are available to help students before and after school. Each teacher schedules office hours twice a week and students can stop in and ask questions, work on assessments and get extra help.
At the beginning of last year, Ms. Coyle gathered students in a leadership round table to look at our school’s mission and to think about quotes that represented what the mission means to our Middle School. With the help of visiting artist Mike Johnston, MS students along with Mr. Citrino and Ms. Pupovac from the MS Visual Arts Department were able to create the vibrant and intricate designs painted throughout the background of each piece. During the spring semester Ms. Pupovac’s design class put the finishing touches on the mural boards by designing typeface for individual words that encompass the ideas the leadership roundtable crafted last year. Below is the gallery of the final collaborative work created by our Middle School Art students, now proudly hanging in grade level hallways.
On Thursday, February 25th we enjoyed a lovely Enrichment Time in all three grades.
Sixth grade students used the time to prepare for the upcoming Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. Check out the teachers modeling an effective conference:
Seventh grade students spent time digging deeper with their empathy work by hosting students from Aanchal School. The school is located in Chanakyapuri and serves students with various disabilities. It is an important project for our seventh grade students, and is very meaningful. Working with special needs students for the first time can be challenging, however students had a very positive experience today, and there were smiles all around. All 7th grade students and Aanchal students met on the MS field for a rotation/station games set-up (some stations will be arts and crafts stations, some more physical, like a big parachute).