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French American School of Princeton Recognizes Student for Figure Skating Win in Egypt

A student ice skating in a rink

The French American School of Princeton (FASP) recognizes eighth grade student Sophia Farajallah for winning a figure skating award in Egypt during a competition held over the summer.

Farajallah, 13, received the award during the Egyptian National Figure Skating Championship. The event, sponsored and organized by Ice Skate Egypt, embraces and raises awareness of winter sports throughout the country. Her mother, Heba Guirgis who also works within the organization, had the distinct honor of awarding Farajallah the first-place medal for girls competing in the 13-15 age group.

“It was quite the experience,” said Farajallah. “It was really special for my mom to present me the award.”

At the age of three, Farajallah started figure skating after she told her mother she wanted to begin the sport. As both an athlete and a scholar, she prepares herself for figure skating through on-ice and off-ice training including ballet, pilates, meditation and even watching competitions on television.

A headshot of a student.

“I like to see what trends are popular among professional ice skaters,” said Farajallah.

Outside of figure skating and school, the 13-year-old student-athlete enjoys painting and spending time with her dog, Joy. At the conclusion of each academic school year at FASP, she also visits family in Egypt yearly and proudly embraces her heritage of the country. “I’m very proud to be Egyption,” said Farajallah. “It’s a big part of history, and I enjoy going to see my cousins and grandparents each year.”

Back to School Review

Students stand in line before they explore the on-campus garden.

The French American School of Princeton (FASP) opened its doors to students, faculty and staff for the 2019-20 school year! On September 3rd, the school year kicked off with a week full of young, eager and energetic minds who are ready for a year of bilingual learning.

In preparation for the faculty and student return, the FASP administration conducted upgrades and additions to the school over the summer. These upgrades included new windows, a new parking lot located within the FASP campus and the resurfacing of the gym floors. The gym also received new basketball equipment and safety padding which lines the walls.

Before the first day, faculty arrived early to set up their classrooms in preparation for the students. The faculty then met with Corinne Güngör, FASP Head of School, and school administrators for a coffee welcome. The coffee welcome gave faculty and staff the opportunity to catch up on stories from the summer break, and discuss their plans for the new academic year. 

Students stand with excitement for the new academic year.

Also prior to the first official day, the FASP Community welcomed new families to the school. During the official welcome, three former FASP students spoke about how attending FASP has shaped them into the successful high school students that they are today. The new students and families then met their teachers while touring the classrooms. 

The community at FASP anticipates a successful 2019-20 school year! 

Ice Cream Truck at FASP

A sweet treat with friends is a great way to close out another wonderful school year. Thank you to the PA for organizing the ice cream truck visit for our students! Have a wonderful summer and see you at the Rentrée!

Kindergarten Graduation 2019

Graduating from maternelle (pre-elementary) and getting ready to start Grade 1 is a big step! Our Kindergarten students, along with their families and teachers, took time to celebrate at the graduation ceremony last week. Congratulations to our students on all you’ve learned and accomplished!

Field Days at FASP

On one of the last days of school, our students (and teachers!) always enjoy a chance to get outside and have fun together. This year was no different, as our students enjoyed classic games, water activities, team games, and a new Ninja Line activity!

PA End-of-the-year picnic

Always a nice gathering outside of school for our families, the end-of-the-year picnic organized by the PA took place on a beautiful day at Van Horne Park!

Grade 5 & 8 Graduation 2019

Every year, it’s hard to say goodbye to our Grade 8 students as they head on to high school, and hard to believe our Grade 5 students will be Middle Schoolers in a few months! But the graduation ceremony is a special time to celebrate what they have accomplished and what good things they will do on their next adventures. Congratulations to all our graduating students, and best wishes for a bright future!

A breakfast to say Thank You

Every year, many parents volunteer their time to help our school events and activities run smoothly. We took a moment to say thank you to them with a nice breakfast gathering. Thank you again for all your support of the school!

2019 Maternelle end-of-the-year event

What a playful, creative, and impressive show put on by our Maternelle students and their teachers last Friday! This was a great opportunity for parents to see the progress their children have made this year at FASP and to celebrate together. Bravo!

IB Approaches to Learning: Communication

One of the approaches to learning of the IB-MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program) is to ‘use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate with a variety of audiences.” At FASP, our students practice this in many ways in class, during their forums, in the afterschool program, and more. During their debate sessions, our Grade 5 & 6 students have been working in groups to consider all sides of important topics. Then they present their opinions in a debate format in front of their peers and teachers. Learning to express themselves in two languages and to many types of people will help our students to become effective communicators.

Kindergarteners visit Grade 1

There are a lot of new and exciting things about Grade 1 – a different classroom environment, homework(!), more emphasis on reading skills, and more. To help get our Kindergarten students ready and excited for this new adventure, they recently visited the Grade 1 class to see what it’s like. They met one of the characters in the French books, met the teacher, and talked about how things will be different. They’ll be all set to start in September!

High School Information Session 2019

Transitioning to high school after FASP can seem like a big step, with many options and steps to think about. Admissions officers from local private high schools visited FASP recently to tell us about their admissions process and answer our students’ and parents’ questions. A current Grade 8 family also came to share about their recent experience and offer helpful advice. If you have questions about high school options, please feel free to reach out to us!

Grade 8 trip to Bermuda

This month, our Grade 8 students took a trip to Bermuda after months of preparation. Their goal was to study the effects of plastic pollution, in addition to discovering a beautiful island.

There, they joined a local school in a round-table discussion about environmental issues and did a beach cleanup with the organization Keep Bermuda Beautiful. They visited the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute to learn about the human impact on marine environments. They also got hands-on learning opportunities at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences with a coral reef visit.

Our students came back more informed and motivated to help against plastic pollution!

End of the Year Theatrical Show

Our Middle School students put together a wonderful variety of skits and poetry presentations for their end-of-the-year show. Their parents and siblings came to enjoy a night of laughs through students’ skits in French about life as a teenager and social media culture. Students also recited their original poems in English. Bravo!

End of the Year Exhibit: Elementary

All year, our elementary students have been working with their hands during the Thursday Workshops. They’ve been baking, sewing, making pottery, working with robots, and so much more. Last week their classes put together an impressive exhibit of all these projects for their parents to come and enjoy. Take a look at some of the beautiful work they’ve done!