Open Doors Week

Thanks to everyone who took part in our first Open Doors Week of the year!  Open Doors is a concept of teachers getting into each others’ rooms to learn from each other. We kicked off this year’s ODW series with a week of looking at literacy across the curriculum.  Teachers took time out of their busy schedules to observe and learn from one another. Most often when it comes to Open Doors Week, the biggest “a-has” usually have to do with being reminded of just how incredible our colleagues are, and this week was no exception.  Weeks like this one make me wish I was a student at AES (though, I kind of am…)!

Whether written on the chart paper in the MS Conference room, or just told to me in passing, here are some of the highlights of the week that have been shared:

  • Students using the analytical paragraph structure of Claim-Support-Explain in math class to make their math thinking visible!
  • Students using a thesaurus to practice paraphrasing a standard that they are currently working towards
  • Students having independent reading time in World Language classrooms
  • Masterful socratic seminars happening in 8th grade Humanities
  • Crafting hypothesis statements in Science class
  • World Language and EAL teachers realizing they need to hang out more (professionally and personally!!)
  • Visible thinking protocols being used to make students purposefully look at their writing and see it in a new way
  • Students independently using mentor texts to improve their writing
  • Anchor charts for close reading in Science classrooms
  • Reading, reading, reading, reading…and a little more reading–in ALL classes!  HOW COOL?!

THANK YOU to all of the teachers who made this happen.  What an inspiring week! After all…

“The most valuable resource teachers have is each other.  Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” -Robert John Meehan

Written by: Courtney Al Moreno, MS Literacy Coach

Independence Day Celebration

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!
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Faculty Orientation

Teachers, new and returning, have been a-buzz on campus for the last couple of weeks. New faculty have been learning about AES and India, and all teachers have been excitedly preparing for our students to return.

In one exercise, new faculty were asked: What
 do
 you
 want
 the
 children 
we
 are
 teaching
 in 
our
 schools 
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be 
like 
as 
adults?
The answers they came up with are inspiring…
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Our new teachers also started to get a taste of the magical gifts India has to offer, through an India Meal during the New Teacher Orientation. They were able to sample delicious treats, get mehendi tattoos, and try on Indian attire.
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And when our full faculty returned, we start the year with a Havan. This is a traditional Hindu ritual to bring positive energy to the start of our school year.
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It has been an exciting and positive couple of weeks, and now the only thing missing is students. Looking forward to seeing all our middle school kiddos on Tuesday morning at 8:30am in the Hall of Peace!

Teacher Office Hours!

Our teachers are available to help students before and after school. Each teacher schedules office hours twice a week and students can stop in and ask questions, work on assessments and get extra help.

Teacher Orientation Fun

The school year started for teachers with wonderful professional learning. A major theme this year is focusing on Collaboration. And in that in mind, teachers participated in a Collaboration Task Party to get in the spirit.

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Teachers create a made-up language:

Teachers create a dance:

Farewell to Faculty & Students

On Friday, May 29th, we said farewell to many beloved students and faculty at our end-of-year Farewell Assembly. Please look out in the month of June for past due posts from events and celebrations in May! 🙂

Enjoy the videos below.

Faculty Farewell Video

Amazing Race Faculty Farewell Video

Student Farewell Video from Assembly

Student Farewell Candid Longer Video