Moving Up Ceremony 2016

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!!

Earth Day 2016

In the middle school we celebrated with the theme of Celebrate Earth: Everything is Connected by having an Earth Day ET (Enrichment Time).

Our guiding questions were:

  • How is one population connected to the health of an entire ecosystem?
  • How can one population influence the physical geography of an area?

We divided the ET into 2 parts: a campus tour led by 7th graders and an activity in the HOP. Students were organized by advisory, and each advisory was paired with other advisories from the different grade levels.

Campus Tour:
Our seventh grade students were the leaders of the campus tour. In science class, seventh grade students had conducted a field study. They then reflected on what question(s) they had, what they did, what they saw, what ideas they have now, as well as the things they saw that they had never noticed before. From this discussion 7th grade students developed activities and a tour of various areas around campus with the 6th & 8th grade advisories that they were partnered with.

Activity in HOP:
We then learned about the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. In 1926, the wolf population was virtually wiped out. In 1973, wolves were listed as “Endangered”. From 1995-1997, 41 wild wolves released in Yellowstone, and by 2015 there are now 100+ wolves in Yellowstone. Students then watched the incredible video below to understand how wolves can have an impact on the entire eco-system, including the rivers!

Students rounded out the indoor activity by playing a fun game of Kahoot game show in small advisory groups, and ended with howling like wolves.

Students will continue to discuss these topics in their science classes over the coming week, as our goal is to celebrate Earth Day every day! Enjoy the photos below.

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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Nutty Nut Dance Performance

On December 5th, Briar Chatterjea offered a wonderful experience for AES families: an interactive dance workshop/performance.

Parents and students danced to bring the magic of the Nutcracker Alive @ AES. They drifted and swayed like a snowflake to Tchaikovsky’s score. They skittered, slashed and saluted in the battle of the mice and soldiers.

The AES Nutty Nut Family Dance reflected our community with a Bollywood piece offered by HS Dance Reach Out with our Vivekenand neighbors and more.

Nutty Nut BOllywood Nutty Nut Clara Soldiers Nutty Nut Mother Ginger