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.
Create Your Own Elective is a course that is self-directed by students. In this course, students had the opportunity to pursue their interests and develop projects that allowed them to showcase their passions. Students identified their interest, located resources to help them develop ideas about their interests, connected with others who share the same passions, created unique, personalized projects, and then, today, shared those projects with larger audiences. Students started their planning in August and today had a chance to share their hydraulic arm, their research on depression and their homemade castle. A big thanks to Ms. Gulati who worked with the students this semester while they pursued their passions. Also, thanks to Ms. Ahuja who took photos of the event!
This year our grade 7 advisory students have buddied up with our kindergarteners to work and read together. There is always a lot of excitement on the 7th grade hallway when the kids are headed to the kindergarten rooms. Yesterday, during advisory, the kindergarteners had a chance to come to the Middle School and read and play games with their 7th grade buddies. Mr.Riley, a Kindergarten teacher, said “the kids will talk about this for weeks and they always want to know when their buddies are coming again!” A huge thank you to our 7th grade team leaders Ms. Henderson and Mr. Babcock for organizing the events with our Kindergarten team and a big thanks to Ms. Lockwood who always manages to capture the best photos(see below) of the special event.
This past weekend AES hosted the ASIAC MS Music Festival. The American International School of Chennai and the American School of Bombay arrived in Delhi on Thursday, December 7th for an action-packed weekend of music. The event kicked off on Friday morning with the theme of Heroes. What is a hero? What does a hero do? This musical weekend was a “heroic event”. It brought together individuals with different backgrounds, ideas and experiences to collaborate, connect and create together. A huge thanks to our hosting directors Ms. Boyadzhieva and Ms. Bolton, our entire AES music department, as well as our visiting directors who played a huge role in making the event a success.
The culminating concert!
This past weekend, December 7-10, the American International School of Chennai hosted our end of season tournament. AES, ASBombay and AISChennai all particpated in the tournament. AES fared very well, winning championships and new friendships. The following students participated:
Tanush S, Arjun D, Vikram D, Aarav G, Sagar C, Satyaj B, Keshav S, Ronan T, Maya D, Ananya L, Nora W, Vedaa K, Arshi C, Mohavi T, Sanna P Muhammad B, Azam D, Enoch L, Eduard H, Minjae L, Ho Seung C, SeungYoon H, Junghwan S, Agustin P, Shiv S, HanGyeol P, Avanka P, Tim W, Santino C, Willem H, Maya V, Kiran P, Victoria B, Natasza S, Amaya M, Gabriela J, Myra K, Anika S, Jigme D, Reem A, Nikita D, YoonSeo H, Arabella C, Yunji K, Capucine P, Max D, Sumair K,Jakub V and Tomas A. A great time was had by all. Thanks so much to our coaches, Mr. Shekher, Ms. Sethi, Ms Kapoor and Mr. Sharma!! See below for some awesome pictures of the action!
This past Saturday after a night of dancing, ping pong, movies, food and winterland fun, around 60 students gathered in the Hall of Peace for our second leadership seminar of the year. This Leadership Seminar focused on servant leadership. Students discussed the role leaders take to serve others and how their efforts start with empathy. They engaged in many activities throughout the morning. A big thanks to our Leadership Seminar planners, Mr. Webster and Ms. Lockwood and our chaperones Ms. Takizawa, Ms. Hatten, Ms. Dunmire and Ms. Gamette. A great morning of learning and fun!
Our 8th graders sponsored the MS social this past weekend. Our theme was a winter wonderland, complete with fireplace, holiday movies, ping pong, dancing, a photo booth and an angel tree! A fun night was had by all!!
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.
Twice a month, MS students take an hour for Enrichment Time. We do a variety of activities at each grade level and the purpose of this time is to create community and work on our Advisory themes.
For 8th grade, the theme of the year is “I am a part of a larger something.” In the first quarter, they spent time developing the concept of individual advisories as “larger somethings.” They then moved on to talk about relationships that were part of slightly larger social circles. They also examined how they function as members of groups in classes and as students in the MS. Further, in the second quarter, they went on the WOW trip and examined relationships in the context of even larger circles: the camps and the eighth grade. Each person’s actions can have an impact on many people either positively (or negatively), and we can choose to ‘pay it forward’ to make an even bigger difference in the world:
As they continue to move forward and learn more about how to analyze the value and importance of our relationships, it’s important to recognize that they are also part of “larger somethings” of which they might not be aware. These are called Hidden Circles.
The following questions were posed to the 8th graders: Who are people in our Hidden Circles here at AES? Who works here, spends time on campus, does important things on a daily basis that help us to be the best learners we can be? From there, encourage the students to expose the “hidden circles” of the people that we interact with (or not), and help to take care of us here at AES.
Students spent today’s ET interviewing people in their Hidden circles, our gardeners, our cleaning staff, our guards, and our support staff. They also created posters introducing these important members of our community.
Grade 7 Science teachers, Mr. Margenau and Dr. Frazier brought their students to the makerspace today to build catapults. The goal in building the catapults was accuracy and not distance. Students implemented the Design-Thinking process of planning, testing, modifying, testing, modifying…etc. Students will use their catapults next week to test their accuracy in launching clay balls!