A Painted Canvas-Colors of Life MS/HS Dance production

On April 1st, Our MS/HS dance students performed in the theater for their spring recital. About the production:

Yellow, blue, red,

mix them well and you have a 


Feeling, characteristics, and things,

each color has so much that it


Can you imagine a life without 


Eras passing by,

No blue wathers and sky…

Can’t miss spring, summer, autumn 

and winter.

Moving from one shade to another.

Welcome to the Hue-Man life moving 

and grooving through our 

technicolor glasses.

The production was directed by Ms. Revati Khattar and our student directors were Surya K and Jasmin H. MS dancers included Yuval B, Iseult B, Emily K, Katelyn F, Shivansh V, Noor C, Abi K, Yael M, Eliza O, Tara P, Rakel M, Rowenna W, Francisca M, Kirsi K, OJ K, Kyra P, Kunal S, Emily W and Gisele A.

Thanks to all for an unforgettable evening of dance!


Lost City of Atlantis MS Social

On Friday, December 7th from 6pm-8pm, the Middle School Hall of Peace and first floor was transformed into the Lost City of Atlantis. This was the theme of our first social of the year which was hosted by Grade 8. Music was organized by our DJ club, led by Mr. Hoiseth and students enjoyed good food, movies, games and even a visit by Roxy, Ms. Clifton’s dog. A good time was had by all. A special thanks to our Grade 8 teachers for chaperoning and Mr. Currey, Ms. Al Moreno, Ms Gamette for organizing and, of course, our amazing facilities team for helping the kids transform the space!


Grade 8 Humanities is currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on their last unit and transitioning to our next. As part of their last unit, the kids wrote between 6 and 8 personal and historical fiction vignettes and then selected three that had a common theme to revise, edit and publish. 
You can find these vignette collections in our class Flipboard magazine. The students would love to have some feedback from you! You can leave a comment on the student’s blog, or you can leave a comment or like a post on Flipboard (you need an account). 
They were working on writing with clear ideas and common themes throughout the selected vignettes, writing vignettes with strong sentence fluency by using varied internal punctuation and sentence length and type, and writing with voice to evoke a feeling and create atmosphere. Comments around those areas would be particularly helpful.
The Instagram profile is aescurrey – if you cannot tune in live, We will also post a replay so you can find it later. Again, it will be very exciting for the kids if you could give some live feedback. This is a celebration, so we are really only looking for comments that are positive. Here is what they are practicing and a few ideas of some feedback you might give:
  • Eye contact (“You did a great job of scanning the room!”)
  • Volume -varied for effect and loud enough to be heard  (“I like how you spoke quietly in parts to show how serious it was.”)
  • Clear pronunciation 
  • Purposeful pauses and overall speed (“When you paused on the word ‘home’, it made the meaning of your vignette stand out.”)
  • Posture and Body Language (“You looked very confident while reading your vignette.”)
  • Emphasis on certain words or lines 
Comments about those areas would be great, but feel free to also mention something you like about the content of the vignettes. 

Leadership Seminar #1 Effective Leaders

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.


Peace Week 2018

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.


MS Math Night 1819

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.

Back to School Night 1819

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!

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!