Library Read Week took place at the end of October and beginning of November. The theme was "Unleash your story!" and our activities all had something to do with storytelling, the power of reading, and finding out more about each other and ourselves.
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- Library Read Week
- Fall ISSTs
- The Hour of Code at WBAIS
- "Show Up for Art" - PreK -Grade 12 Student Art
- ES: PreK-Grade 2 Come Together for an Assembly
- MS: ASMA Math Contest
- HS: Week WIthout Walls
- MS: Hockey Marathon 2017
- ES: Fifth Grade Memoir Project
- HS: Model United Nations Trips to the USA and to Hungary
- HS: GAIA Trip to the Czech Republic
- NHS Fundraiser
- HS: Interactive College-Level Senior Classes
- HS: 9th Graders Engage in ISearch Project
- ES: Modern Language Classes produce Multilingual Videos
- MS/HS Holiday Concert Brings in the Season with Spirit
- HS: Robotics--a 21st Century Way of Learning
Our 5 teams returned this week from what was another meaningful athletic and educational experience, after competing in ISST in London, Paris, Athens and Brussels. It was great to see how sports, once again, was the extension and completion of education and academics, and lessons learned on the field were as important as in the classroom, leadership opportunities taken, and the experiences athletes went through were not only memory makers but also character builders.
For 82 days, 19 students committed themselves to an intense regimen of football training and matches with an ultimate goal of victory at the International Schools Sports Tournament (ISST). Under the leadership of Daniel Rebuck and Dudley Rosenblatt, the boys football team of WBAIS were transformed from a collective of individuals into a cohesive and competent squadron. Despite a majority holding minute experience in the sport, the AIS motto that “everyone's an athlete” maintains its validation, and did not discourage our team.
The ISST (International Schools Sports Tournament) trip did not start at 5:00 in the morning going to the airport. No, the real start was the first practice of the season. Every practice brought us one step closer to our goal, the ISST in Paris. As a whole, the cross country team went to the ISSTs at their best. The runners have been committed in giving their 110% at every practice and race.
This month WBAIS joined over 100 million students worldwide in celebrating the Hour of Code. As part of Computer Science and Education Week, the Hour of Code is a week-long, global event which is designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, or an innovator.
Diversity, creativity and joy filled the AIS community as student art was celebrated throughout the campus!
AIS Middle School participated in their second ASMA contest math on November 9th. These contests provide students with an opportunity to compete nationally with other high ability students across the world.
Week Without Walls is a yearly tradition that takes high school students out of the AIS campus into other worlds and experiences that can only be had outside of the classroom. This year, students chose between three trips: Northern Exposure, Southern Exposure, and a concentration on Art.
The Art Trip Photo Album can be seen HERE
View the Southern Exposure photo album HERE.
On Friday, December 8, the Middle School had their annual Hockey Marathon. The students were all put onto teams and played 12 hours of hockey. In the end, the Blue Team won, but what really mattered was the teamwork, camaraderie and fun that was evident throughout the day.
This is an article by Ellen Fossand, a fifth grader who took part in the Memoir project. She describes what the project is and shares some of her work with us.
Some of the fifth graders allowed me to interview them about their memoirs. I videotaped them, and created a YouTube playlist of these videos. The students read a part of their memoir aloud, and comment on their work and the project.
Click HERE to access the Youtube Playlist shown below. And thanks to all the fifth graders who shared their work with me!
In November 2017, Model United Nations students attended two international conferences sponsored by Ivy League universities The first was BUSUN at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the second was YMGE in Budapest, Hungary.
We attended the Brown University Simulation of the United Nations (BUSUN). This year, the conference highlighted the Environment and Climate Change, and students represented a wide variety of positions in diverse committees.
See the BUSUN Photo Album HERE,
The Model United Nations conference these students traveled to was called Yale Model Government Europe and it was an annual WBAIS trip to bring the students of the school across Europe to represent nations from around the world on issues pressing our society today.
See the YMGE Photo Album HERE.
Allowing students a depth and breadth of experiences, as so many trip organizers in education do, is an attempt to get them see and perhaps better understand the world that they live in. It is the friendships they make along the way, the ability to better cope with frustration, victory, bitter cold winds, or early morning wake-up calls.
See Mr. Margolis beautiful photos of the trip HERE.
On November 3rd, the National Honor Society held the first “International Lunch” of the year.These themed lunches have been held by the NHS for years, as a fundraiser for their charity-related projects.
Seniors enrolled in social studies classes at AIS are involved in robust studies. AP European, Middle Eastern History, and 20th Century courses offer not only valuable lessons in academic writing, reading, and analysis, but also engage students at a level that's both college level (AP), preparatory and interactive.
In November, 9th-graders from Johanna's classes started working on iSearch project. Students work on personal inquiries to develop into insightful and strategic researchers
The Elementary Modern Language Department is highlighting some of the activities in our classrooms with videos. Stay tuned for next time!
On Tuesday, December 5th, the Middle School Junior and Advanced Bands, the High School Band and the Middle and High School Choirs performed a selection of musical pieces to get us all in the holiday spirit.
Robotics is an activity that embodies so many of the 21st century principles that we are trying to embed into student learning. Take a peek into a blog of a Robotics student: Orien Leitersdorf