An in-depth interview with alumni as they reflect on their time at the French American School of Princeton.
Meet Zahra Lohoué, a 2019 eighth-grade graduate of FASP. Zahra sat with FASP for an in-depth interview to share her experiences during her time at the school. As a current high school student, Zahra speaks about how her experiences at FASP has prepared her for her current school and beyond.
Did you check out the preschool, pre-k and kindergarten art display at the Princeton Public Library? The students’ artwork was proudly displayed on the third floor of the library from Dec. 9th until Dec. 20th
The book fair brought together the FASP community made up of students, parents and faculty. The day-long event offered a selection of children’s literature, crafts and two special story times read to students. In addition to literature and crafts, the book fair welcomed children’s book illustrators Risa Horiuchi and Mike Moran, as well as author Kelsey Kloss, who specializes in children’s literature.
During the event, Moran led a drawing workshop, which engaged middle-school aged students. Earlier in the day, a special story time gathered the attention of the younger students.
Kloss, author of the book Malty the Blue Tiger, feels honored to have read to the bilingual students of the school.
“We had so much fun reading and signing Malty the Blue Tiger in Princeton,” said Kloss. “It was wonderful to meet all of the fantastic readers and families who joined us!”
Horiuchi, who illustrated Kloss’ book and a number of other children’s books, also read during the story time.
“It was great to see the children’s reactions to Malty the Blue Tiger,” said Horiuchi. “Their reactions really brought the illustrations to life.”
The event, coordinated by the FASP Parents’ Association, is an annual book fair designed to help grow the school’s library through both donated and purchased books.
“All funds raised during the event go toward purchasing additional books for the school library,” said Prisca Tsai, President of the FASP Parents’ Association. “The book fair is one of the biggest events that the association coordinates for the school.”
An in-depth interview with alumni as they reflect on their time at the French American School of Princeton
Even after a student graduates from the French American School of Princeton (FASP), alumni are often eager to visit their former teachers and current students who attend the school.
Truth be told, some of our alumni have the best stories to tell!
We are pleased to announce FASP’s Alumni Spotlight Series! The series will include a combination of in-depth interviews, videos and photos as former students share their bilingual-centered learning experience at FASP, and how it has shaped them into prepared, well-equipped students today.
This month, FASP introduces Alexandre Cartier, who graduated from the eighth grade at FASP in 2014. After he relocated with his parents to the United States at the age of 12, Alexandre knew only French and quickly adapted to life in a new country, and more specifically, becoming a part of a close-knit bilingual school community.
“My experience at FASP was different than most students,” said the now college-aged student. “My first year at the school exposed me to new points of view, both academically and socially. Being in a school with multiple cultures is an amazing aspect that you will benefit from.”
Aside from being exposed to various groups of multi-cultural students, Alexandre explained how bilingual learning helped shape his mind, while preparing him for both high school and college, as he currently attends Engineering School in his native country of France
“Looking back at what I learned at FASP, it taught me about having conversations with people of different cultures and viewpoints. Ironically, it has taught me to learn other languages even faster.”
Academically, students at FASP are exposed to an array of subjects including math, science, music and art. For Alexandre, one particular subject piqued his interest.
“The sciences were very interesting,” he said. “Completing the lab projects were challenging yet rewarding. Being in a bilingual English and French school made me feel as if I had one foot back at home in France, and another in my new home in the United States.”
In November, middle school students created posters to help spread awareness on stopping plastic pollution. Then, the students voted on their classmates’ posters in a contest! Congratulations to Amber (Grade 6), Leopold (Grade 7) and Olivia (Grade 8) whose posters are illustrated here.
On November 1st, elementary students gathered for their first student council meeting of the 2019-20 school year. During the meeting, class presidents shared ideas, questions and concerns surrounding the school.
The FASP Flames wrapped up a successful soccer season with an award presentation held at school! Students who participated in the 2019-20 soccer season received a medal for their dedication during games and practices throughout the season.
Starting on November 19th, middle school classes presented their forums for parents. The presentation of topics included an explanation on endangered land & sea animals and also stopping plastic pollution!
Throughout the month of November, classes in elementary school hosted their forums for parents. The presentation of topics included pollution, exercise, art in France and more! Take a look below at their on-stage display.
On November 14th, Princeton’s location of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) visited the French American School of Princeton (FASP) for a presentation to middle school students on climate change, the ocean and marine life.
The presentation, held in the FASP cafeteria, gathered NOAA scientists Dr. Mitch Bushuk and Dr. Vince Saba, as well as middle school students and faculty for an in-depth presentation on “Understanding, Observing and Acting on Climate Change.” During the presentation, students also had the special opportunity to speak with the scientists, ask questions and engage in an open dialogue.
Over the past several years, FASP actively participated in an increased initiative of environmental consciousness. During the 2018-19 school year, former middle school students visited Bermuda to study plastic pollution and the impacts on marine life. This school year, the initiative continued with the effort of eliminating single-use plastics throughout the school during events, classroom activities and projects. Middle school students created posters to remind visitors of the school’s increased effort in caring for the environment.
“We are delighted to have the NOAA visit our school today,” said Head of School Corinne Güngör. “The value of this presentation aligns with FASP’s work in protecting the environment, while keeping our students conscious of the world in which we live.”
During the presentation, 7th grade student Giselle asked a question about the impact that humans have on climate change. “ Dr. Bushuk answered, “Yes, humans are responsible for the impact, as well as natural factors such as active volcanoes.”
Students and faculty in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten recently visited Fernbrook Farms during their fall field trip! Students explored the farm, tasted fresh foods and learned about soil during the trip. Take a look at a few of the photos from the day-long trip, which encouraged growing minds of the students who attended.