On Saturday, May 19th, the MS held their fourth and final leadership seminar of the year. This seminar focused on Assertive leadership; how to do what’s right and keep friends. Students from Each One Teach One also attended the seminar and brought a lot of fun and energy to the morning. Students participated in several icebreakers and team building activities and returned to a seminar favorite “four on a couch”. Lots of great discussion on being assertive to do what’s right and still maintain friendships. A special thank you to Mr. Webster and Ms. Lockwood who organized the event and to Ms. Capozzoli, Ms. Cullen, Mr. de Oliveira and Ms. Dunmire who came along to assist and chaperone the event!! And to parent Roopi Saran who organized the Each One Teach One visit.
The 7th grade students worked very hard over the course of the year exploring a self-selected, independent topic. They researched, investigated, designed, tested, created and mastered these topics. The showcase yesterday in the gym was an opportunity to celebrate their learning and accomplishments. Students investigated the science of cars, paper airplanes, Air Quality causes and solutions, air flow, how a cotton candy machine works and many other topics. The gym was packed with students, parents and teachers excited to hear about their projects. A huge thanks to their Science teachers Mr. Margenau and Dr. Frazier for believing in this project and guiding the students through their investigations!
Students in MS Art participated in a stencil project. Please see below for highlights on the art process. AES Middle School is so fortunate to have an incredible Visual Arts program led by Ms. Strever and Ms. Willcott.
In this stencil project, we had to make a stencil about a certain world issue. After choosing, we would make a few thumbnails for the stencil and the background. After that, we used Adobe Sketch along with a few photos to make a stencil, making sure that all whites were connected and that lines were thick. Then. we printed and laminated them, cut them out with exacto knives (cutting out the black) and worked on our backgrounds. Here, we painted or modge podged them (or both). Then, we had a few practice spray paints before finally spraying them on our boards.
The goal of this project was to make a meaningful piece of resistance art, that would portray this message without words. As this art is usually in the form of spray paint because that is how it is most impactful, ours was in spray paint too.
Our grade 7 advisories welcomed Aanchal school students and teachers for a second visit to AES on Thursday during Enrichment Time. Parent volunteers, AES volunteers, Advisors and the entire grade 7 class prepared activities and games. Please see the photos below for what was obviously fun for all involved. Now that the Aanchal students have visited a 2nd time, they are reuniting with good friends and the excitement doubles!!! Add this and bringing out the parachutes…non-stop fun. A HUGE thank you to our grade 7 team, led by Mr. Babcock and Ms. Henderson, for working with the grade 7 students and planning such special events.
Our Grade 7 Advisory program has been focused on empathy this year. Students have worked with Kindergarten buddies and today they started work with the Aanchal Special Needs school located in Malcha Marg. 150 students from Aanchal came to campus with their teachers during our Enrichment Time. Our grade 7 teachers, many grade 7 parents, many of our MS teaching assistants and our grade 7 students worked with our visitors playing games, doing activities and having a snack together. It was a wonderful day on the MS field. A special thank you to our Grade 7 team leaders Ms. Henderson and Mr. Babcock, who worked hard to coordinate the visit. Gauging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was a successful event all around! Thanks to the 7th grade Advisors for the great photos!!
From February 8 to February 12 Mr. Miyata and Ms. Naggea accompanied 9 Middle School students to the MathCounts competition in Cairo, Egypt. Students had an opportunity to compete in a Bee style Math competition and even had a chance to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza! An unforgettable trip that brought home great memories and first place finishes for both individuals and teams! Excellent!
The following students participated: Jaeha H., Aarav C, Yubin C, Keshav S, Marin H, Nikita H, Rahul V, Sagar C, Suyeon K
Today’s Middle School Enrichment Time for 7th grade was a wonderful community building event. Students have been reading Harry Potter in their Grade 7 Humanities classes as a lens through which to study resistance and empathy. Students have been “sorted” into houses and today grade 7 played a rousing game of Quidditch followed by a luncheon with Hogwarts Roast Chicken and several other Harry Potter specific lunch items. It was fun for all and students and teachers enjoyed the event. Students were heard talking about the competition and the feast for hours after. A true sign of success and a wonderful way to start off a three-day weekend. See below for photos. A shout out to our amazing teacher photographer, Ms. Lockwood.
Ms. Rogers’ Design and Technical Theater class is busy in the Middle School Makerspace preparing props and in our tech lab designing the program and printing tickets using the InDesign program. This MS play, “30 Reasons NOT to be in a play” opens in the AES theater on October 11th! Stay tuned for announcements about ticket sales and timings and make sure to notice all of the detail work with the set and props!! Great to see so many students involved in all areas of our theater program. Mark your calendars!
Grade 6 students were asked to bring their swimsuits–to Science!! They participated in a “Human Displacement Lab” activity where they had the opportunity to get into a large displacement can to measure their volume using the water displacement method. A powerful way to demonstrate this by actually being a part of it. Also fun on a hot afternoon!
A wonderful Middle School tradition is to end the first week of school with an all Middle School pool party. Snacks, pizza, and ice cream as well as diving, flips, inner tubes and noodles. One of the teachers even showed the kids the art of the belly flop. It was a great way to reconnect with friends and teachers, meet new friends and celebrate the opening of the 1718 school year. A big thanks to our incredible pool staff for keeping us safe and Mr. Ahluwalia for feeding us!!