The Middle School Shanti concert was held on November 16th in the Theater. This annual event has always proven to be one of the musical highlights of the year and this year did not disappoint. A big thanks to all of our Middle School musicians and, of course, our teachers that led them! Mr. Boyadzhiev with the orchestra, Ms. Boyadzhieva with the choir and Ms. Bolton with the band. We appreciate all of their hard work in working with our students and bringing to life their musical potential.
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.
Let us unite the world through the compassion for our children.
On Friday April 7th, we were fortunate to welcome Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi to AES. Kailash Ji is working to end child labor in India and around the world, and has already saved 84,000 children from bonded labor. He has started a campaign called 100 million for 100 million – to help end child labor and provide an opportunity for all children to have a quality education.
Kailash Ji enters the gym and greets children.
Kailash Ji embraces Aarav, a student whose family is close with his own, volunteering at the ashram and working together on the same mission.
Introducing Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
He spoke for 45 minutes directly to our students. He talked about their bright faces, their energy, their joy, their dreams….he called them the true heroes and heroines of this world who are full of light. He asked our students if they dream. Do you dream in the night? Do you dream in the day? Do you dream of your future? Do you dream of the future of others? He explained to our students that they are fortunate- they have the opportunity to dream, they have the opportunity to go to a phenomenal school…and there are millions of children who are as fortunate as they are. And there are also millions of children who are not as fortunate as they are.
Kailash Satyarthi speaking to the children of AES.
You could see the love that Kailash Ji has for children.
So inspiring to hear Kailash Satyarthi speak to the students at AES.
Kailash spoke about the fact that there is one earth, and we all walk on the same earth. We are all connected, and it is not okay for there to be 170 million children in the world who are not in school, and instead engaged in child labor. Especially when there are 210 million adults without jobs. Satyarthi stated that it is these children who are not in school who are most vulnerable and the most likely to be radicalized. It is our job to protect our children, as all children must be protected from all dangers.
Satyarthi then told our students about his 100 million for 100 million campaign. He said that he is looking for 100 million children to be the spokesperson, the change-makers, the champions for the 100 million children who are left out.
Students inspired and pledging to help.
Ellen Stern presents Kailash Satyarthi with gifts and gratitude.
Kailash’s final message to us was powerful, the Three Ds:
Dream big – not just for yourself, but dream big for all of humanity.
Discover the power inside of you, and the possibilities and opportunities outside of you.
Do something – act now.
After school, Kailash met with a small working group of students. There were questions and answers for about 20 minutes before Mr. Satyarthi had to leave AES. And then our students engaged in a letter writing exercise and researching addresses of Heads of State for letters that Kailash will be sending out in a week or two.
Small working group engaging in letter writing and researching addresses of Heads of State for Kailash Satyarthi.
The following video gives an up close account of the kind of work that Satyarthi has spearheaded in India since the 1980s. There is video footage of child labor raids/rescues, which shows how dangerous, heroic and influential his work has been to so many children.
A handful of AES students attended 100 million for 100 million campaign, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Sunday December 11 (led by AES parent Roopi Saran). Their work and partnership will continue in the second semester. What an incredible experience!
Mr. McDavitt and Ms. Minkley recently travelled with many middle school students to Shanghai for a MUN Conference. Students held themselves maturely, dressed like diplomats and debated complex issues, such as the militarization of the Global Commons and the political transition of Northern Africa. At SHASMUN, the quality of debate is particularly high because the conference is open to both MS and HS delegates. Despite being in large committees with older students, our students did exceptionally well, debating with authority and passion. Several other teachers and committee Chairs commented about how prepared, diplomatic, and well-spoken they were.
Every student should be commended for their preparation, collaborative spirit, and proactive participation.
The photo class has been working on collaborative projects, by creating type with photography. They practiced composition by finding letters in the world around them. Each group chose a learning habit to spell out. Check out the cool projects below!
Our students were pretty amazing today. They had planned 3 phases of activity for 1.5 hours–reading/literacy, science, art. They were so good with the Hope School students who remained totally engaged and focused. The art section involved drawing a self-portrait while engaged in one of the morning activities–have attached one with a lovely sentiment. One of our middle schoolers said she was struck with the contrast between her and her classmates grumbling about homework while the Hope School students were overjoyed with being at school and having the chance to learn.
The MS and HS Hope Club had their first trip on Saturday. Rino and Daniel represented the middle school on this trip.
Making friends and spreading happiness is what Hope Club is all about. Among the many benefits our visits bring to the Hope kids is the special opportunity to practice their English.
It would be wonderful to have a larger group of middle schoolers for the 15 October outing to Lodhi Gardens. 100 students from the Hope School are expected to meet us there. This trip is such a treat for the children from Hope School who rarely have the chance to travel outside their neighborhood. We will plan a variety of outdoor activities for them and treat them to a picnic. I hope AES Middle School can plan and run an activity station. One year m.s. students taught a karate routine and some dance moves. We have also led nature/tree/bird and butterfly walks. Last year we constructed kites, flew them and air pressure-water rockets (that had been built by AES 7th graders!). What are some ideas you all have? Talk with Dr. Frazier if you are interested in joining these great trips! Spread the word. Bring your classmates and friends.
The AES Middle School Math Team, parents and students enjoyed a wonderful ‘FamilyMathNight‘ on Tuesday, September 6th. Students and parents had fun opportunities for their brains to grow as they engaged in puzzling about math together.
“The researchers found that when students were given problems to solve, and they did not know methods to solve them, but they were given opportunity to explore the problems, they became curious, and their brains were primed to learn new methods, so that when teachers taught the methods, students paid greater attention to them and were more motivated to learn them. The researchers published their results with the title “A Time for Telling,” and they argued that the question is not “Should we tell or explain methods?” but “When is the best time do this?”
― Jo Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching