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ASIAC Week: Academic Games

ASIAC Week: Academic Games

Last Friday, the ASIAC Academic Games tournament happened. AES virtually competed with two other schools, ASB and AISC. 6 teams, 2 from each school, tested their knowledge in a round robin format. The teams answered questions from various subjects and categories like math, history, literature, etc. One of our AES teams came very close to losing at the semifinals but they got a amazing last question comeback, securing their place as 2nd. Though the ASB won, all the students had fun and enjoyed the experience. #Junha #ASIACWEEK

Senior Walk Class of 2022

Senior Walk Class of 2022

Images by Ken CC/BY The class of 2022 will graduate tomorrow, congratulations! And, today was the Senior Walk, of course, a part of the High School graduation. In Middle School, everyone stood up from their chairs at 9:00 am to applaud the seniors who passed through the hallways of Middle School. All the students gathered on the 1st floor and made two lines that the seniors could walk through between the two lines. After a few minutes later of making the two lines in the hallway, the seniors came. The seniors wore graduation clothes colored yellow and black, and they walked with their partners that they decided to walk with. Their faces were filled with pride and happiness. The band was playing the graduation music all around school following the seniors. And colorful banners were waving from the crowd. Everybody from the pre-K that looked up to the seniors to the proud faculties cheered louder than they would cheer for an ASIAC team. The seniors then went to the High School building and began their celebration with their parents or guardians. The other wonderful ceremonies will be waiting for them after the congratulations of all the students of the American Embassy School. It was definitely a great event, and the seniors would not forget this excellent event. Also, other many events, not only the Senior Walk, are coming. The graduation ceremony will continue, and make new cool memories about the AES. CONGRATULATION, SENIORS!!! #Ken and #Matthew

Opinion: Is the rotating ASIAC structure good or bad?

Opinion: Is the rotating ASIAC structure good or bad?

I recently talked with my friend about the ASIACs offered in the middle school. Like many other students at AES, I often wonder, “Why don’t we get to play one sport all year long?” Although I used to think that playing one sport all year long, like soccer/football was the best way to go, I now believe that we should continue to rotate activities every quarter. We should keep the rotating structure because of the demand for facilities and coaches. We have volleyball, table tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, badminton, tennis, and academic games, and we do not have enough facilities or coaches to facilitate this. Who would use the tiger turf, and who would use the gym? Schedule Times for the use of facilities Before school - 6:30-8:00 (practice) 8:00-8:30 getting the facilities ready for the school day (for PE classes/other uses) School - 8:30-3:30 4:00-6:00 (practice) ASIAC/MESAC times M/W/F/Sat - HS Tu/Th/Sat - MS ES??? Wed 2:45-3:45 Which sports use which place? Soccer TT/M SF MS - Aug-Oct HS - Nov-Feb Track TT/MSF
Baseball/Softball TT/MSF Gyms Volleyball, Basketball, and Badminton As you see above, a lot of groups/sports use the tiger turf, MS field, and gym, and all those sports would not be able to use the different areas if sports happened year-round cause if one sport uses the tiger turf all the other sports can’t use the tiger turf. It is better to do more than one sport. And that is a reasonable claim because you get to work out different muscles and do various activities. In soccer, you concentrate more on your legs and long-running, whereas in basketball, you mainly use your arms and do sprints. And also, according to USA baseball, Some of the benefits of playing multiple sports include Avoiding burnout, and overuse-related injuries, developing more life skills, and better confidence. So the rotating sports structure is good. Although it is fun to have a sport year-round, keeping the system we have in place is more reasonable. #Aarnav

Exit Interviews: Ms. Strever

Exit Interviews: Ms. Strever

It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 13 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Ms. Strever 6 Years at AES: 2016-2022 Next Stop: Singapore, Singapore American School How many years you have been at AES and what were those years: I started working at AES in 2016, and have been a part of AES for 6 years. What will you miss most about AES? I will definitely miss the people. I have the BEST job, I get to teach fantastic students that bring me so much joy as well as teach alongside incredible colleagues. What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? AES is such a special place. From the moment I walked on campus, I could sense that people loved working here. The students are great to teach, the facilities are gorgeous, and you are in Delhi which is in the heart of the most diverse country I have ever been a part of. Additionally, AES has provided me with so much growth as a teacher, and the fact that I could continue to learn while teaching here has been a highlight for me. What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? (Please include where you will be and your work plan, if applicable.) Next year I will be moving to Singapore and will be working at Singapore American School. I will be a middle school Digital Design teacher and teach Photography and Digital Art. I am looking forward to exploring a new place, and I hear Singapore has amazing food! Also, I think my dog Aloo will enjoy all the beaches and walking paths Singapore has. How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? I hope that people remember me for being a passionate teacher. What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? Thank you to all who have helped shape me to who I am today, I am forever grateful to AES and this incredible community. ____________________ What students had to say ____________________ Anonymous, Grade 8 What is your favorite moment with this teacher? I will remember how excited she always was to teach us about a new topic and how much I learned in her class. I will remember how she taught us to take a photo with all the composition elements. I will remember the classroom filled to the brim with work from past classes. Furthermore, I will remember when she taught us how to incorporate themes during the peace project that I spent way too much time on just trying to decide on my image. I remember taking too many photos during spring break because I enjoyed her class and was excited to learn new photography techniques. What makes this teacher unique? Ms. Strever is unique because she is so energetic. Every time I walked into her class she would always be filled with excitement as if teaching a class was her source of energy like it was never monotonous and always new. Like every class was is a completely new world just waiting to be seen. Like every class was a surprise to her even as she taught it. I felt she was seeking to learn and understand the students, every student in every class. Aiden, Grade 7 What is your favorite moment with this teacher? I will remember about the time when I did the old style photographs and put it on a cloth I think What is a funny/memorable story about this teacher? I will remember how she always played music and made the time more fun What makes this teacher unique? What makes Ms. Street unique is how she took us on a fun field trip and always made class fun Rishi, Grade 8 What is your favorite moment with this teacher? What I really remember and will make me laugh every time time I think about it is when she was trying to teaching us Hindi. What makes this teacher unique? She was a teacher who always had positive energy and she was a great teacher.

Exit Interviews: Ms. Nisha Sethi

Exit Interviews: Ms. Nisha Sethi

It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 13 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Ms.Nisha Sethi 23 Years at AES: Next Stop: Undecided How many years you have been at AES and what were those years? "23 years as a middle school PE teacher, coach track and field, volleyball, Table tennis, and soccer." What will you miss most about AES? "I will definitely miss working with students and my classes every day because you build a strong connection with every learner." What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? "Interaction with my students and various opportunities to learn and grow." What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? (Please include where you will be and your work plan, if applicable.) "Undecided- Regardless of what I am doing after AES, I will continue to work on my passion to innovate in PE teaching. From creating games databases to consulting and coaching. I will bring my skills to the larger PE community across the world." How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? "I hope they remember me as a passionate and a creative teacher, who loved her job and has a caring personality." What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? "Be kind and Inclusive" What Students Had To Say: Aadit, Grade 8: What will you remember about this teacher? "I will remember the effort Ms. Sethi put in to make me a better high jumper/runner this year. Ms. Sethi is the best coach/teacher I have ever had, and I am very glad of being able to be taught by her." What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, etc.) "The countless hours Ms. Sethi spent training everyone in MESAC was a memorable moment. I would always be excited to attend practice to learn something new from her. I remember when she was showing us a high jump technique, and the high jump mat ripped a tiny hole in her new pants. She was not happy." What makes this teacher unique? "Ms. Sethi always lifted up the mood no matter the situation. She is a fun person to be around and always laughs. No other teacher teaches how Ms. Sethi teaches; she makes everything fun to learn." Dayeon, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "Ms. Sethi was a coach for my first ever ASIAC, table tennis. She was part of what made my experience of it great fun. I won't forget how much she always supported and encouraged the students to try their best!" What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after-school activities, etc.) "Once, there was an odd number of students playing ping-pong and Ms. Sethi joined in to play matches with the students. She was so good!" What makes this teacher unique? "Ms. Sethi always puts effort to make ASIAC most enjoyable as possible. I remember her trying many, many ways of deciding who plays who, which made me play with almost everyone. She is also great at planning games and making them interesting with competition between teams. I genuinely thank her for the wonderful ASIAC experience :)" Aanya, Grade 7 What will you remember about this teacher? Throughout this year, PE has always been fun because of Ms. Sethi. I will always remember how she makes the PE lessons enjoyable and that she joins in on games we play as a class. I will always remember Ms. Sethi as a great teacher. What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after-school activities, etc.)The human orchestra was a funny but memorable experience to have. Ms. Sethi lead the human orchestra and there were many activities to do in it. What makes this teacher unique? What makes Ms. Sethi unique is that she is always very encouraging in class. Along with that she always cares about student’s opinions and thoughts. She is definitely an awesome teacher! More By: #Chloe

Saying Goodbye to Seniors

Saying Goodbye to Seniors

This Friday, there will be a Senior Walk as a part of the High School Graduation. The 12th graders will walk around the AES campus and remember all the places where they grew up. It will happen in the morning, from 8:00 am to 9:25 am. The HS graduates will gather in front of Gate 5, and prepare to walk around the campus. At 9:00 the walk will begin. The first place of the walk is the Elementary School. They will walk along the hallway of the ES, with the cheering of the ES students. The next place will be the Middle School at about 9:05 am. The Middle Schoolers will also congratulate the graduates. You will get the chance to make signs for the graduates in an advisory on Wednesday and Thursday. The last place is the High School building; all the HS parents will gather on the 1st floor, and celebrate the graduation in the HS Atrium. After 10 minutes of celebration, the graduates will go to the theatre to finish up the ceremony. It is just one part of the graduation ceremony, and there will be other so many celebrations are coming, not just the Senior Walk. And, the method to respect and congratulate the graduates that we (MS students) can do is, seriously cheering to the seniors and say goodbye. #Matthew

Humans of Middle School: Samrath

Humans of Middle School: Samrath

"I was so nervous when I came to middle school, as it was a significant change. I read books like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Middle School Hero To Zero, and more. Those books were based on the fact that middle school is so tough. Students can't survive in middle school. The first two weeks of middle school were so hard. I couldn't understand a thing. But after some time, it got easier. I started to see it wasn't as hard as I thought. You need to focus and take it easy. Most students are just under stress. That is why they are nervous. But after time, it's just school isn't it?? That's my story." More stories by #Arjit

Humans of Middle School: Yaj

Humans of Middle School: Yaj

"I would say that the most interesting thing I've done was bungee jumping off a 50- meter tall bridge in New Zealand. I was barely eligible to do it as I was just above 10 years old but had the most thrilling moments of my life! I would say the worst part was being told after the jump that my parents had to sign a will stopping them from suing the place if I died! However, I would probably jump again in a heartbeat." #Wonwoo

Exit Interview: Mr. Fumi Miyata

Exit Interview: Mr. Fumi Miyata

It is the end of the school year, so we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 13 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Mr. Fumi Miyata 6 Years at AES: 2016 - 2022 Next Stop: New Delhi, India, AES High School How many years you have been at AES and what were those years: "6 years in Middle School." What will you miss most about AES? "I will miss the beautiful rock garden and the newly designed first floor in MS." What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? "YOU!" What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? (Please include where you will be and your work plan, if applicable.) "Moving up with the current 8th graders and I will be teaching math in HS." How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? "Oh, of course, my birthday!" What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? "I will be still in AES and will wait for you to come to HS!" What students had to say. Zoë, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "The thing that I will probably remember the most about Mr. Fumi is his compassion and understanding of different people's previous math backgrounds. He always takes extra time for students who need help, whether it's after a long day of school, or if it's taking up one of his breaks, he's almost always available for questions. Mr. Fumi explains everything well for people of varying levels of math knowledge, making sure everyone understands the material before moving on." What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities) "My favorite memory with Mr. Fumi was the first day of WOW this year when we went rock climbing. He participated with us, even rappelling down the huge cliff. I loved how engaged he was with his students, and how he never backs down from a challenge." What makes this teacher unique? "The thing that makes Mr. Fumi so unique and different from other teachers is his always positive mood and charming personality. He's always smiling, no matter what, and tries to lighten the mood in a difficult math class. Mr. Fumi is also really encouraging to students and teachers both, and I really admire him for his qualities." Vanja, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "I will remember how Mr. Fumi bought us tigers den a couple of times and how he made math class fun." What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, etc.) "During WOW I remember seeing Mr. Fumi rappelling down. He was the only teacher who did this." What makes this teacher unique? "His teaching skill and his ability to make a class that usually is very serious and boring very fun. Also, his skill to communicate with students." Simon, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "He will always be a great teacher and advisor. I have had so much fun while being in his advisory." What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? (class, WOW, coaching, after school activities, etc.) "I really liked when we did the pizza party, and you can make jokes with him." What makes this teacher unique? "Mr. Fumi is very caring about my birthday he sent me an online card for me." See more stories from #Milla and #Harel

Exit Interviews: Mrs. Megan Kummerlin

Exit Interviews: Mrs. Megan Kummerlin

It is the end of the school year, so we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 13 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Mrs. Megan Kummerlin 1 year at AES: 2021- 2022 Next Stop: Still at AES but in a new role What will you miss most about AES? "Fortunately, I will still be here. I will miss teaching and connecting with my students, collaborating with the incredible sixth-grade team, and learning alongside the Middle School faculty and staff". What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? "The students. are thoughtful, critical thinkers who want to impact our world". What are your plans for next year, and what are your thoughts about this next step? "I am stepping into a new role at AES, the Extensions coordinator. We will develop new programs to enhance the student experience and connect with the New Delhi community". How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? "I hope people remember me as joyful, empathetic, and forward-thinking". What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? "You're not done with me yet! I'm looking forward to creating and collaborating more". What students had to say. Adian, Grade 6 What is your favorite memory with this teacher? "I remember that she also went to old school knew for a long time but never my teacher she kept moving upgrades but now she is finally my teacher." What makes this teacher unique? "She is truly very unique in the way she explains, and she makes it very clear for everyone." Opal, Grade 6 What is your favorite memory with this teacher? "In the beginning, she always makes sure everyone is ready and does ice breakers to always keep everyone having fun". What makes this teacher unique? "Unique and relatable unlike other teachers enjoyable basketball coach and very unique". Shreya Grade 6 What is your favorite moment with this teacher? "My favorite memory was even when I was behind in a project or something, she would always find a way to catch up, and it was beneficial, and I appreciate that." What is a funny/memorable story about this teacher? "First day of Asiac basketball coaches were walking in and within1 hour you can tell she good and impressive. It was very cool and fun to be doing basketball with her". What makes this teacher unique? "She really connects with students and has good examples we can relate to and makes every class fun." See More Stories By #Jashvi & #Kashvi

Exit Interviews: Mr. Brian Feeley

Exit Interviews: Mr. Brian Feeley

It is the end of the school year which means that we will soon have to say goodbye to a few of our favorite teachers. This year, 13 middle school teachers are leaving or moving out of the middle school. Over the final weeks of school, The Direct Message will post an ‘Exit Interview’ that we conducted with each of these educators. Check out all the Exit Interviews by clicking here: Exit Interviews Mr. Brian Feeley 3 Years at AES: 2019 - 2022 Next Stop: Bali, Indonesia, and the USA How many years you have been at AES and what were those years: "3" What will you miss most about AES? "Interacting with and getting to know so many cool students and faculty." What is the best part about being a teacher at AES? "Firstly, what I already said in Question 1… getting to work with so many cool and interesting students and adults. Secondly, I really appreciated the school’s focus on equity… treating people of all races, religions, and sexuality with dignity and respect!" What are your plans for next year and what are your thoughts about this next step? (Please include where you will be and your work plan, if applicable.) "The plan is to be fully retired and not working. I will split time between Bali and the USA… relaxing, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and hmmm… maybe playing some games!😁" How do you hope your students and colleagues will remember you? "Just as someone who was genuinely interested in students and adults as individuals and who tried to be friendly and nice to everyone when he could!" What message would you like to leave for the community at AES? "Stay safe, stay sane, and try to mix in some fun with all your responsibilities!" What students had to say. Charlie, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "I will remember how he always tries to make classes more fun and humorous. I won’t forget how much he cares about his students and their learning. Mr. Feeley always gives us time to revise and genuinely wants us to do the best we can!" What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? "A funny story is when Mr. Feeley came into class one day with a broken wrist. When we asked him what happened he said he had “Gamers Thumb”, a term he made up!" What makes this teacher unique? "I love the fact that Mr. Feeley has a scale model of a pufferfish just floating around in his room! He also lets us play kahoots, but there is always something weird with the game's music - it either doesn't work or is disco-themed for some reason." Ronan, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "The fact that he is really nice and he helps a lot and when I have questions I can always go and ask him. " What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? "My aunt in Florida applied for his job so if she got the job, she would be going from Florida to India, while Mr. Feeley is going from India to Florida in the future" What makes this teacher unique? "He is unique because he had us play Kahoots and Gimkits almost every class which was really fun and made his class a lot better." Eskil, Grade 8 What will you remember about this teacher? "I will remember all the mornings that I spent on zoom over the summer break. How Mr. Feeley always has a story for these meetings. I will remember how before the class starts he would come over to my table to share something new he learned. I will remember how Mr. Feeley was able to have just a normal conversation with his students." What is a funny or memorable story that you have about this teacher? "Over the summer break, there was the Science Club where we would just talk about whatever we wanted to talk about-mostly science- and Mr. Feeley would come to the Club for almost every meeting, and he would have so many interesting ideas and thoughts!" What makes this teacher unique? "His normal discussions with students. Many times he has gone out of his way to join the Science Club. And all the conversations before class." Read more by #Matthew and #Petr

Humans Of Middle School: Hannah

Humans Of Middle School: Hannah

"One of my favorite memories was when me, my parent, my sister, and my cousin all took a road trip to Arizona and Utah. We were driving from a huge family reunion in Colorado and decided to make our trip out West even longer. We saw so many cool canyons and rock sculptures on our hikes and then relaxed by drinking smoothies by the pool. This happened in the summer of 2019, so it’s like my last big trip without worrying about COVID." Read More By #Jashvi