Category Archives: Middle School

SOS! Grade 7 & 8 forum

Grades 7 & 8 presented their creative learnings, stories and designs at their bilingual forum last week. Grade 8 students shared what they’ve learned about plastic pollution in our oceans and how they’ll help during their trip to Bermuda in May. Grade 7 students shared skits about being stranded on a desert island and displayed 3D models of their own island designs.

Grade 6 forum on Greek Mythology

Our Grade 6 students have been studying the classic Greek myths, and they acted out some of their favorite stories at their bilingual forum last week. Through these forums, students learn to present stories in an articulate, interesting, and sometimes comical way to an audience.

Middle School students share stories with Maternelle

Continuing all year, our middle school students take turns visiting the Maternelle classrooms to read stories in French and English. Here are the books that students enjoyed reading and listening to this time:

Books read in Preschool:

Love Monster Grosse colère

Books read in Pre-K:

White Rabbit’s Color Book La brouille

Books read in Kindergarten:

The Mitten Tree Les contes du château

Design in the IB program

As part of the implementation of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at FASP, our students are learning about the design process. They’re working with a graphic designer and special equipment to create and 3D print their own designs, learning about the concepts and skills related to the field.

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Galette des rois celebration

A common French tradition in January is the galette des rois, or kings cake. At FASP, we continue this tradition with our students every year. Our maternelle and middle school students baked their own cakes this year, and many elementary school parents also generously volunteered to make cakes. As always, it was a fun (and delicious!) moment to share together!

Middle School students learn IB program concepts

As part of the implementation of the IB program in our Middle School, students and teachers are learning key concepts for an IB education. Recently, students worked on group activities to explore important qualities for an IB learner, which include being open-minded, balanced, reflective, caring, and more.

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Math Challenges in Grades 5 & 6

For several weeks, Grade 5 & 6 students gathered in teams to complete math challenges. At the end of the challenges, the teams with the most collective points were announced. These challenges encourage enthusiasm for problem-solving, give students a chance to work together, and help introduce Grade 5 students to new concepts in the middle school setting. Bravo to everyone for participating, and thank you to their teachers for coordinating!


Grades 1-8 Winter Festival 2018

Our elementary and middle school students spread the holiday cheer at their Winter Festival. New and familiar songs alike were sung and played on a variety of instruments.

Grade 1 students played Joy to the World on the handbells and sang Do Re Mi. Grades 2 & 3 sang Francophonie and danced to Rock Around the Clock. Grade 4 played recorders and sang Bring on the Snow. Grade 5 played a variety of instruments (harp, xylophone, keyboard) and Middle School sang a few songs full of holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays from the students at FASP! 

Grade 8 Physics class: Circuit loops

During physics class in French, our Grade 8 students successfully set up circuits with several loops. Students learn tricky concepts through hands-on experiments!

Food Drive with HomeFront Association

Our Middle School students helped organize a food drive to benefit the HomeFront Association. They collected many Thanksgiving food items and other foods to go to area families in need during the holiday. Thank you to all those who donated to this good cause!

Maternelle students enjoy story time with middle schoolers

More of our Middle School students visited the maternelle classes to read stories in French and English. It’s a great chance for middle school students to practice different reading styles, and the younger students love it! They will continue this regularly throughout the year.

Books read in Preschool
The Hat Le Machin

Books read in Pre-K
Chaucer’s First Winter La boule de neige qui roule

Books read in Kindergarden
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Hansel et Gretel

Physics and Chemistry at the Grade 7 & 8 forum

During their bilingual forum last week, Grade 7 students taught us about famous physicists like Blaise Pascal, John Dalton, and Henri Becquerel. Grade 8 students highlighted a few interesting elements like sulfur and neon. Students practice their public speaking skills while switching between French and English throughout their presentation. Well done everyone!

Grade 6 Forum on interesting creatures

Have you heard of a blobfish? Or a maned wolf? Our Grade 6 students presenting their projects on interesting creatures at their bilingual forum last week. Switching multiple times between French and English, our students shared the fascinating facts they researched about their chosen topic. Bravo!

Grade 5 & 6 Défis Mathématiques (Math Challenges)

This month, Grade 5 & 6 students are coming together to solve math problems during the Défis Mathématiques. Working in groups, they get to know students in a different grade while honing their critical thinking and teamwork skills. This competition is organized by the AEFE, the organization which unites the network of French-accredited schools around the world. Our students join in with those of many other schools worldwide!

With activities like the Défis Mathématiques, our Grade 5 students become more familiar with the Middle School space and teachers, which facilitates an easier transition to Middle School next year. Awards will be given at the end of the month to the highest-scoring team!

Dental Health Workshops

All our students learned about teeth today during the Dental Health workshops by Nesrine Bestandji at Canal Vista Family Dental. Students learned how to take care of their teeth, demonstrated flossing and brushing, and some learned how to repair teeth using composite.