6th Grade ET (Enrichment Time)

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.

Digging into our ‘Who am I?’ theme, sixth graders worked on creating slides to share some fun information about themselves with the grade 6 community.

7th Grade ET

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.

In 7th grade, each advisory presented their “Advisory Name” and an accompanying skit, presentation, dance, performance or slide show that relates to their “Advisory Name”. It got double thumbs up from the students as a fun community-building activity. Check out the presentation of advisories in the slideshow below:

Apple Pi ET

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.

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.

Enrichment Time in February

On Thursday, February 25th we enjoyed a lovely Enrichment Time in all three grades.

Sixth grade students used the time to prepare for the upcoming Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. Check out the teachers modeling an effective conference:IMG_4743

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).

Middle School Enrichment Time

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!

 

8th Grade POP Field Trips

On Wednesday, 8th grade students ventured out into Delhi to explore their Population Project topics. Students had the opportunity to see with their own eyes:

  • The issues they are researching
  • Contributing factors
  • The people who are living these issues
  • The experts working to find solutions

Field Trip 1: Yamuna River Walk

  • Visit 4 locations along the Yamuna in Delhi
  • See the ways that the citizens, the city, and industry impact this river

Field trip 2 :Education and Camp Communities

  • Visit to a School in Tigiri run by the HOPE Foundation
  • Learn about daily life and issues facing children and families in India
  • Meet and talk with students
  • See how opportunity and challenges are faced by the school and the students
  • Visit students in their homes and have a chance to interview them

Trip 5: Gender Issues
Work+Shelter

  • creates safe spaces across India where women in need can come to live and work.
  • At W+S women are taught to use the skills they have or develop new ones.
  • Apparel and accessories produced by the women are then sold to overseas markets.

Asha Foundation

  • Community empowerment programs in slums
  • Slum development programs
  • Family planning education
  • Maternal and infant health

 

Reflection: At the end of the day, students reflected on their experiences, including their learning from the trip.

 

A Grinchy ET

Sixth and seventh grade students mixed it up during Enrichment Time today to celebrate a “Grinchy ET”. Students had to mix up with students they don’t know between grade levels and work together on various challenges, including a one-armed gift wrap challenge and the highest free-standing balloon and tape tower. Check out the fun photos below!
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6th Grade WOW Kickoff

On Thursday, all three grade levels in the whole middle school inspired the excitement for the month ahead – our upcoming WOW trips! Check out these photos of the first 6th grade wow meeting: Swimming, nature walks, elephants …oh my! The sixth grade theme is ” disconnect to connect”.