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.
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!
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!!
Each year, the AES Middle School celebrates Earth Day in some manner. This year we will be hosting a March for Science on campus on Friday, April 21st. We’d love to invite you to celebrate with us!
Interested in joining us? Read on for more information.
Logo design by: Marin Hirono & Ritvik Kumar
March for Science at AES What: March for Science When: Friday, April 21st, 10:00-10:20 am Where: Starting at the MS Field and ending at the Tiger Turf (see map attachment) Why: To advocate and raise awareness about Environmental Literacy Who: Anyone in our AES community. What to Wear: All guests are encouraged to wear green, as we will take a photo at the Tiger Turf upon completion of the March. Hashtags: Official March for Science — #sciencemarch and AES March for Science — #aessciencemarch Questions? Contact Alexa Schmid at email@example.com
Map of the March for Science. Start at the MS Field & End at the Tiger Turf.
Official Earth Day Theme
This year, the Earth Day Network has partnered with the March for Science (#sciencemarch). The theme for this year’s official event on April 22nd is Environmental and Climate Literacy. At AES, that will mean building on our strong science curricular foundation, encouraging our students to think about the environmental issues that are important to them, and helping our students find a way to actively be ‘responsible, compassionate global citizens’.
Next week, students will be working across disciplines and in advisory classes – choosing an environmental topic that’s important to them and creating art, poetry, video etc. to share their enthusiasm with others.
Please enjoy this short video that our student Green Team created.
This morning we celebrated Indian Republic Day as a middle school. Our goal was to deepen appreciation for India and celebrate the amazing diversity and gifts that India offers.
First, we clarified the difference between Independence Day (celebrated on August 16th) and Republic Day (celebrated on January 26th).
All throughout India, children participate in poetry competitions and drawing competitions for Republic Day to share their vision of a progressive and unified India. While students listened to beautiful Indian sitar/flute music and viewed images representing the diveristy and magic of India, we asked students to:
Think of words and images that represent Republic Day and a peaceful, unified India to you.
Capture those words or images on your flag.
This could be poetry, pictures, symbols, small moments, powerful words….
Check out what students came up with in the slideshow below.
On Wednesday, August 17th, we used our weekly middle school assembly to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15th). Students watched a brief video, heard about India’s path to Independence and then enjoyed a lovely performance by our middle school Teaching Assistants and office staff. Many students and faculty joined in the dancing fun. Check out the pictures and video below!
We are ready to ‘Chart Our Course’ together as a middle school!
We have just completed a wonderful first week of school-year 2016-17! There was lots of excitement and positive energy on the first day. We kicked off the year with a middle school assembly, and our director, Ms. Stern, rang the new year in with an old New England school bell.
We ended the week by celebrating with a full middle school pool party.
This morning at our final assembly of the year, we said “Farewell” to many of our students and teachers. We wish you all a wonderful summer break. And for those departing – stay in touch and best wishes!
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.