HOPE Club Trip with Santa!

On Saturday, December 10th, the HOPE Club visited the Tigri School. And they brought a special visitor – Santa Claus!!

The HOPE Club used funds raised from the World Language Bake Sale to purchase socks that were wrapped and gifted to the students. Check out the fun and wonderful work that our middle school students are doing on the weekend!

DJ club

AES Middle School offers a variety of after school activities. This quarter we are fortunate to be working with Jason Inghram, our HS Tech Coordinator and many times our school DJ to teach a few kids how to be a DJ. Check out the photos below of our future DJs learning how to create playlists and work on the DJ equipment.

Congrats to Team India Taekwondo Club!

Post written by Ms. Vernon, AES Taekwondo Instructor (and 5th grade teacher):

I wanted to update you on the incredible success “Team India” had at the European Taekwondo Camp and Championships in Cascais, Portugal this past weekend. Thirteen of us traveled to represent AES Taekwondo – two black belt leaders – my daughter, Natalie Rios, and myself; and eleven Taekwondo students, ranging in age from 7 to 43 and in belt rank from orange to brown, including two parents and one other AES staff person.

The camp was demanding and strenuous. We trained from 9 to 5 for two days before the actual competition. Feedback from other instructors was always complimentary. Our students handled themselves incredibly well, displaying courtesy, enthusiasm, bravery, and sportsmanship. We definitely have a growth mindset in operation!

For me, the highlight was the demo team competition. There were six teams entered, all comprised of mostly black belts. Their presentations included flips, high level kicks, fast moving weapons, and excellent synchronization. Our routine did not have the technical expertise nor difficulty. What we did have was heart. During our routine, several of the judges had tears in their eyes, they were so moved by the emotion of our performance. The audience loved it. Against the odds, we placed third in the competition and were invited to compete in the finals. We ended up in third place, though one of the four judges voted for us to be in second place, ahead of the polished Portuguese team that recently advanced several levels on Portugal’s Got Talent. We are performing our polished demo for Friday Night Lights April 8 for the AES Community and for the upcoming MESAC opening ceremonies.

Arjun Pandey – First in weapons, second in sparring, third in team demo

Aryaa Pandey – Second in weapons and third in sparring

Amitabh Pandey – First in weapons

Rayna Singh – First in weapons and third in team demo

Alena Singh – First in weapons, third in form, third in sparring, and third in team demo

Mun Mun Singh – First in weapons and third in team demo

Ava Griffiths – First in weapons and third in team demo

Liam Batemyr – First in weapons, second in form, and third in team demo

Esther Rubin – Songahm Spirit and third in team demo

Ananya Balakrishnan – third in weapons and third in team demo

Hardayal Kumar – Third in form, second in weapons, and first in sparring

Natalie Rios – Third in weapons, third in sparring, third in team demo, third in international team sparring

Susan Vernon – Third in team demo and second in international team sparring


Enjoy the photos from this amazing trip:

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“Cinderella, Cinderella, Everyday it’s Cinderella…”

On April 9th and 10th, magic descended on the AES Theatre as the Middle School presented Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The timeless enchantment of a fairy tale with great warmth and a touch of hilarity, Cinderella filled the hearts of children and adults alike and smiles were soaring when the slipper fit.

Hope Club trip with Tigri kids to Asola

A very nice trip today celebrate Earth Day with the children from Tigri–who loved having a chance to visit the park. In one photo, the densely populated neighborhood can be seen on the boundary of the wildlife sanctuary.