de Fabrice Serrière, Lead Maths Teacher
Mercredi 25 novembre 2015, accompagné de Cédric de la Chapelle, Consul Honoraire de La Paz, de Madame Maréchal, son épouse, M. Gerard Maréchal, Consul Général de France de Mexico, nous a fait l'honneur de nous rendre visite à l'école de la Sierra. Après une rapide réception où les élèves lui on serré la main avant de lui souhaiter la bienvenue en français, Ana Sofia et Aliya ont respectivement lu un poème de leur composition en espagnol puis en anglais. Cela a ensuite été l'occasion de faire le tour des locaux et de présenter notre programme. Cédric de la Chapelle, Madame et Monsieur Maréchal ont été très attentifs à notre vision, ils ont été très reconnaissants de notre implication, nous ont donné des conseils avant d'exprimer un encouragement qui nous touche et nous accompagne. Nous recevrons bientôt une nouvelle visite de Cédric de la Chapelle, et espérons que nous aurons d'autres occasion de parler de notre école avec Monsieur et Madame Maréchal. Nous leur sommes infiniment reconnaissant pour leur temps, leur écoute et leur soutien.
French Consul General to Mexico Visits Our School from Mexico City
by Molly Lou Freeman, Lead Teacher Wednesday 25th November 2015, Sierra School students and teachers had the pleasure and great honor of welcoming to our school from Mexico City, the French Consul General to Mexico, Gerard Maréchal as well his wife, Madame Maréchal, and French Honorary Consul to BCS, Cédric de la Chapelle from La Paz. Our students gave our prestigious visitors a warm, formal welcome in French and shook hands with all three. Students, Ana-Sofia and Aliya each read, in Spanish and English respectively, original poems entitled "Our School" and "Nuestra Escuela"; poems inspired by the famous French poem "Notre Ecole," by Maurice Carème. Following the reading, our visitors enjoyed a brief tour of our school's organic vegetable garden and classrooms. Cédrice de la Chapelle, Monsieur and Madame Maréchal were very encouraging and fabulously enthusiastic about our school. They appreciated our ecology vision, our great books reading list from world literature, and the seriousness of our academic program. They applauded our mission to teach the values of respect, cooperation, multilingualism, citizenship and academic excellence. We look forward to welcoming Cédric de la Chapelle and Consul and Madame Maréchal to our school in the future. We are immensely grateful for their support and belief in our school.
Visita del Consul General de Francia de Mexico en La Escuela Sierra
de Nataly Muñoz Talavera, Lead Spanish Teacher El Miércoles 25 de Noviembre del 2015, los alumnos y maestros de la Escuela Sierra de Todos Santos, tuvimos el placer y gran honor de recibir al Cónsul General de México, el Caballero Gerard Maréchal en compañia de su esposa, la Dama Maréchal, y el honorable Cónsul Francés de BCS, Cédric de la Chapelle de La Paz. Nuestros estudiantes dieron una cálida y prestigiosa bienvenida formal en francés y saludaron de mano a los invitados. Nuestras alumnas, Ana Sofía y Aliya leyeron un poema original titulado “Nuestra Escuela” y “Our School” cada una en su respectiva lengua Ingles y Español; estos poemas inspirados en el famoso poema francés “Notre Ecole” por Maurice Carème, acto seguido de los poemas nuestros visitantes disfrutaros de un corto paseo por nuestro huerto orgánico y nuestros salones. El caballero Cédric de la Chapelle y la Dama Maréchal estuvieron fabulosamente entusiasmados de nuestra escuela. Ellos pudieron apreciar nuestro programa de Ecología, nuestros lista de libros de Literatura Universal y nuestro riguroso programa académico. Ellos aplaudieron la misión de la escuela de enseñar valores como respeto, cooperación, multilingüismo, ser un buen ciudadano y excelencia académica. Esperamos en un futuro poder recibir al Caballero Gerard Maréchal, la Dama Maréchal, y el honorable Cónsul Francés de BCS, Cédric de la Chapelle en nuestra escuela. Estamos inmensamente agradecidos por su apoyo, confianza y fe en nuestra Escuela.
by Sebastian Kar, 7th Grader and Molly lou Freeman, Lead Teacher
On November 18th 2015, we opened our school to the parents of the students. The day was called “Glass Class.” A few weeks before “Glass Class,” Molly Lou, our English teacher, assigned each student an oral presentation about WW2. The students were able to choose their topic as long as it related to The Diary of Anne Frank, the book we are reading in English class. All the parents came to school for “Glass Class”. In English class, we shared with our parents our oral presentations. We also wrote in our journals for 10 minutes. A final activity was when each student shared a citation from The Diary of Anne Frank and discussed the ideas, themes and importance of this citation to the book and in life. In Nataly’s Spanish class for native speakers, there also were oral presentations on Ancient Egypt. The parents really enjoyed these presentations. After English, my parents and I went to math class with Faith, the other student in my 7th grade math class. In math, we were learning how to add and subtract fractions. After math, we had 1 hour of Yoga. Some of the parents enjoyed attending yoga with the students. Fabrice took a lot of pictures during this and other classes. After Yoga, all of the parents left and the students ate lunch together. After lunch, the students had art for 1 hour. In this class we all were working on illustrations for our non-fiction book project for creative writing. Diego’s mother and cousin joined us for art class. After art, all of the kids packed up and went home. I think we all had a fabulous day and parents learned a lot about our school.
Glass Class occurs at least twice during the Sierra School year, in order for our parents to better understand our teaching vision, mission, class content and students everyday experience. All parents attended. With at least 20 parent and community members at school for different parts of the day, we discussed math definitions and solved math fraction problems with Fabrice. In English class, we did what we do everyday: writing, reading and speaking. We wrote in our journals, listened to student oral presentations on WWII and The Diary of Anne Frank; and students explored study questions with their parents. In Spanish World History class with Nataly, parents enjoyed student oral presentations on Ancient Egyptian mythology, architecture, science, and culture. Parents actively participated in Vinyasa Yoga class with Nataly as well. The day concluded with parents drawing in Cheri's art class. We are so grateful that parents expressed their pride in our school and gratitude for our program!
by Molly Lou Freeman, Team-Teacher for Ecology
During a recent Friday ecology class at the Sierra School, 6th and 7th graders engaged in the scientific process and conducted water analysis and conservation experiments. The goal of this experiment was to introduce students to practice of the scientific process of observation, question asking, as well as hypothesis and prediction-making. We asked questions, collected and analyzed data through our observations. For this experiement, students filtered water through funnel-like recipients we made from plastic bottles. These four recipients contained either sand, rock, gravel or dirt. Student ecologists projected through which substance the water would flow the fastest and render the cleanest result. This experiement built on our discussion with visting ecologist, Roger Tapia of Baja Water Keepers. We understood that water filters through ground matter at different rates while it absorbs matter through which it flows. We definitely concluded that water flowing through polluted ground will become polluted!
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