The grade 8 advisories gathered for an Enrichment Time after meticulously planning and preparing in small advisory groups to bake an Apple pie. Groups were given an Apple pie recipe and they took it from there. Some groups followed the recipe exactly and other groups added special ingredients like marshmallows and chocolate. At the end, the pies were frozen for the weekend. Judges met just after the pies are baked for judging and then the kids got a chance to sample and eat their tasty creations!! Teams were vying for baking awards like “best crust” and “best filling” as well as aesthetic prizes “Most artistic” and funny awards like “Most resembling a train wreck” and “Most likely to be used in a pie-throwing contest”. Laughter, community building were all on the docket. A wonderful AES Middle School tradition!
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.
8th grade engaged in a fun apple pie making activity, which relied on collaboration, team-building, organization and planning. Judges weighed in on ‘Best Dressed’, ‘Best Crust’, ‘Best Filling’, ‘Most Likely to Be in a Pie Throwing Contest’, and ‘Biggest Train Wreck’. Check out the fun pictures below.
Mr. Fumi tasked his 8th grade math students with the cup stacking challenge this morning. Given a couple of white styrofoam cups, students first shared: What do you notice? What do you wonder? They then needed to figure out how many cups would need to be stacked to reach Mr. Fumi’s height. Students are studying linear relationships and rate of change, and this example is a fun way to explore these concepts.
Friday, May 28th we celebrated our eighth grade students successfully completing middle school. The ceremony was be live streamed and it has now been converted into a link on You Tube:
And here are some pictures of the ceremony. Congratulations eighth grade students!!
On Thursday, February 25th we enjoyed a lovely Enrichment Time in all three grades.
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).
On average, twice a month, the Middle School runs a special schedule that includes a one hour Enrichment Time. During that time, there are a variety of activities that happen at each grade level. Sometimes it is service learning, sometimes it is team building but it is always a way to enrich our students. Today, the 6th grade prepared for our visiting author, Ralph Fletcher, by reading some of his work and brainstorming some possible questions that they could ask during his visit. The 7th grade introduced the Aanchal Service project. Students will be working with a special needs school just a 15 minute walk from campus. They will visit the 7th graders here at AES and the 7th graders will visit them at their school a short walk away. The 8th grade is in the midst of the Population project. Today their Enrichment Time focused on balance and organization as they face the tasks that they have ahead of them. The group started with some drama games to think about organization and being a good collaborator and ended with students in smaller groups talking about balance. All in all, a great morning for our Middle School!
Best of luck to our students moving on from AES this December. You will be missed! Please do let us know how you are doing from time to time and come back to visit!
In connection with popular author Ralph Fletcher’s visit to AES in February, our Middle School literacy coach, Courtney Al Moreno, organized a Ralph Fletcher read aloud. Teachers brought their classes for hot chocolate , homemade cookies and a story from Ralph Fletcher. A huge success! Our goal is to have every Middle School student and every Middle School faculty member read a book by Ralph Fletcher before his arrival…we are well on our way! Looking for a good winter holiday idea? Buy or check out from the library a Ralph Fletcher book!