School Dispatches: Sept. 20, 2017

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British International School of Washington student Zahra Hussein won the Aviator of the Year title. (photo by Sam Zimmerman)

British International School of Washington

Despite it only being early in the term, outstanding progress has already been made both on a personal and academic level. Most notably, this week our school welcomed Zahra Hussein back from London.

Late last year, Zahra participated in a rigorous academic competition in which she, as well as other candidates, went into downtown D.C. where they presented to a panel consisting of members from both Airbus, our school and Women in Aviation. Zahra, who wishes to pursue a career as either a theoretical physicist or an astronaut, chose to talk about airplane sustainability. The amount of detail and effort she put into her work won her the competition, earning her the prestigious title of Aviator of the Year.

As a result, early this year Zahra had the unique opportunity to travel to London. There, she was able to present her ideas on sustainability, its potential and what it would mean for the future of aviation. At the conference she attended she was able to hear other people present about their ideas. “As someone who is fascinated by aviation this was a life-altering experience. To be in a room with experts and to hear their opinions was more than I could have ever hoped for,” gushed Zahra.

Our school is incredibly proud, and we hope to see more accomplishments like this in the immediate future.

— Sofia Hollowell, Year 12 (11th-grader)

Eaton Elementary School

The kids at Eaton have to walk to Macomb Playground for recess because our field is under construction. D.C. Public Schools said it was unsafe to play on, because the bounce on the turf was all worn out. So they have to make a new field.

Some students are happy going to Macomb Playground because Macomb is bigger. It has a bigger field, swings, big slides, a basketball court and more equipment. We feel like we have more freedom and there are also bathrooms. Some students are not so happy about this daily trip to Macomb. It’s causing drama because students are racing to the swings and having arguments about sharing the swings.

Every day, students fall and get hurt more than at the Eaton playground. This might be because of the tag games we play on the Macomb equipment. Kids are using the equipment improperly and that’s dangerous. There are mud puddles around the fields and kids step in it and ruin their shoes. We also have to be extra careful of toddlers from the community who are at the playground. Some students don’t like going to and from Macomb because the walk takes time off our recess time.

All in all, we are still having a great time during recess because “recess is recess.” We are looking forward to having our playground fixed.

— Eaton Extra Reporters: Isis Lightfoot, Gabe McDonald, Wyatt Dieterle, Thalia Ehrenpreis, Katya Iourienen, Harper Trail, Alvaro Orlove, Rhys Stevens, Alison Brown-Smith and Izzy Oh, fourth- and fifth-graders

Lafayette Elementary School

Lafayette Elementary students invite you to tell the real kids from the painted mural. (photo by fifth-grader Sonali Cohen)

Students returning to Lafayette noticed some big changes. Over the summer new murals and artistic touches appeared.

Outside the gym is a mural by local artist Luis Peralta that shows students playing different sports. The Peace Mural, outside the Math Cave, is a mosaic by Jack Pabis. It depicts doves flying in a colorful sky over children reading on a bench. Second-graders painted the tiles and the artist broke them to make the mosaic pieces. The Main Street Mural, on the first floor, is by Lafayette grad Rose Jaffe and features scenes of animals and plants.

Art teacher Ms. McLaughlin and fourth- and fifth-graders worked with artist Kevin Reese to make mobiles in the stairwells. “All the art pieces are fun and make our school come alive,” she said. “I’m super proud and in awe of my former student, Rose Jaffe.”

Students have their favorite pieces, too. Fifth-grader Spencer Jones likes “the mobiles hanging by the central stairwells. They’re cool and add a colorful touch to the school.”

Second grader Lars Schneider likes two murals: “[Main Street] because of the animals and plants, and the one outside the gym because I like sports.”

“The new artwork adds joy to the school,” explained Lafayette’s principal, Dr. Broquard, who says that the Peace Mural, the Main Street Mural and the Gym Mural are all her favorites!

The art was chosen by a committee of the architects, Dr. Broquard, Ms. McLaughlin and others.

— Eli Schwartz and Sydney Burgess, fifth-graders

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

Sixth grade was the first to experience Aldea Day. If you are wondering what Aldea Day is, it is a day where you have no classes and you are with your Aldea group. Aldea means “village’’ in Spanish. Aldea groups help you solve problems and stay on top of your grades.

Aldea groups competed in a “mini Olympics.” Students worked together to pass an egg around a circle, without dropping it, all while holding hands. Then students worked to build the highest card tower, using up to 100 cards. Finally, students designed a group shield. We also performed skits to teach expectations and rules featured in the middle school manual.

After acting out the skits we went to Kalorama Park, where we ate lunch for 30 minutes and had recess for one hour. If you didn’t want to have recess you could just eat lunch the whole time. After lunch and recess, all of the students and the teachers went back to the school to give shoutouts. We also identified grows and glows. Then students went to the only class that day, which was specials: 6C had art, 6B had gym and 6A had library.

We think everyone had a lot of fun and will feel more confident about their studies. Aldea Day was about working together and building friendships. We would like to give a public shoutout to Ms. Daniela Morad for making Aldea Day happen!

— Gabriella Eversley-Holland and Miles Sanchez, sixth-graders