Category Archives: Middle School
Local artist and FASP parent Carole Jury visited FASP recently to talk with our Grade 8 students about her work and career. She shared how her business started, what her art techniques are, and together they learned a bit about working with oil paints. Thank you, Carole, for a fun and informative lesson!
Our Grade 8 students will be taking a trip to Bermuda in May, to experience the culture there and to work on their community project around plastic pollution. As a fundraiser, they offered a homecooked meal to our school community with the help of their parents and the PA. The food was a delicious, and the event was a success!
Our middle schoolers put on an engaging Science Fair on Friday, displaying their research, calculations, experiments, and creativity. The whole school visited to learn about how plants grow in different light, how temperatures affect solar panels, and much more. Several judges will choose winners based on many aspects of students’ work, display, and presentation. Winners will be announced at the end of the year. Great work!
At the core of the IB program is the emphasis on helping students to become lifelong learners. Our Grade 7 students have been discussing neuroplasticity, the fact that the brain is able to change its structure when learning new skills and information. This week, they read and discussed a French comic book about neuroplasticity and learning strategies. These Approaches to Learning, deliberate strategies, skills, and attitudes that are incorporated into IB methods, will help our students to identify their own ways of learning and to think about their importance.
Children’s book author and illustrator to visit FASP in March
We are pleased to announce that the French children’s book author and illustrator Marc Boutavant will be visiting FASP on March 13. He will discuss his latest book, Dumpster Dog, co-written with Colas Gutman, with our students. Through its charmingly awkward canine protagonist Dumpster Dog, he shows kids that accepting differences is a key to better understanding one another.
Boutavant is well known for his bestselling children’s series “Around the World with Mouk” as well as his monthly “Ariol” comic strip in J’aime lire, a magazine for young readers.
Book Signing for FASP Students
A special book signing event will be held on Wednesday afternoon for our students. We invite all FASP Parents, Faculty and Staff to purchase the book they would like him to sign now (available at amazon.com).
Chien Pourri (French version)
Chien Pourri à Paris (in French)
Chien Pourri fait du ski (in French)
Chien Pourri à l’école (in French)
Chien Pourri et sa bande (in French)
Chien Pourri à la ferme (in French)
Chien Pourri à la plage (in French)
Chien Pourri est amoureux (in French)
Joyeux anniversaire Chien Pourri (in French)
Chien Pourri millionaire (in French)
More books by Marc Boutavant (in English and in French)
Book Signing for the public
Talk & book signing at Princeton Public Library with Marc Boutavant who will discuss his latest book Dumpster Dog co-written with Colas Gutman from 6pm-7:30pm
Free and open to the public
For children ages 6 and up accompanied by adults
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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 with community service projects during their trip to Bermuda in May.
Based around their study of the novel Lord of the Flies and Vendredi ou la vie sauvage (a French novel inspired by Robinson Crusoe),Grade 7 students shared skits about being stranded on a desert island and displayed 3D models of their own island designs.
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:
Books read in Pre-K:
Books read in Kindergarten:
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.
Click here to learn more about Design in the IB program:
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!
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.
IB Learner Profile:
Learn more about the IB program:
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!
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!