Students in our PYP programs have been exploring real-life issues and problems of interest to them, and their research culminated in the third annual Fifth Grade Exhibition, on April 20. This student-led, collaborative inquiry, with experienced mentors contributing support and advice, gave our students an opportunity to show how to take action as a result of their learning, while also applying their knowledge, skills, attitude, and the PYP Learner Profile attributes. Each group gave a group presentation which incorporated different approaches, including video, Power Point, art, and brochures to hand out to visitors. Among the topics the students chose to cover include the negative effects of media and smoking; segregation and its different forms; how mental illness influences people's lives; and stress and physical and emotional health.
FAIS is working toward Green School status! Check out this National Wildlife Federation (NWF) blog article titled Green Schools in Oregon: Growing Trees and Trout, in which our very own Molly Hamill, Lower School science specialist, was interviewed by a regional representative from the Foundation. Did you know you can be an Eco Warrior on Earth Day? NWF Trees for Wildlife program is supporting the first FAIS Earth Day SOLVE IT Event in our own forest on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00-12:00. We will be combatting invasive species and negotiating peace by restoring the forest with native plantings (purchased with NWF funds). For more information and to register as a volunteer, click the link. Waivers for adults and children can be signed at the project site or completed online.
In honor of Earth Day, this coming Saturday April 22, check out the ways in which our new Middle School building will be the gold standard in sustainable and earth-friendly features.
Earlier this month, the School officially launched its latest capital campaign, The Next 40 Years, the first phase being this new building for our 6th through 8th graders. Visit www.thenextfortyyears.
comto learn more about the new Middle School plans, what has been accomplished during the initial silent fundraising, and how you can help.
The Eco-Action Team is proud to announce the FAIS Eco-Code finalist, PRESERVE, which will be FAIS' official sustainability mission statement to reflect our school commitment to the environment.
Students in the 6th grade Environmental Science class began designing the eco-code by looking at examples and relevant mission statements, then decided on inspirational words, created rough drafts of the code, and had a peer-review session. Six first-round code picks were paired with meaningful photos and submitted to all of FAIS for voting via a school-wide survey. The winning eco-code, authored by Andrew K., with Adeline R.'s red leaf photo beautifully illustrating it, will be displayed around the School and will be reviewed and updated every two years.
As part of their line of inquiry "Addiction and Its Impacts on Our Health and Community," student presenters Kahina K., Catherine M., Elisa P-C, and Rafe W., (with student mentor Genna Robertson-Hall) wrote the following public service announcement (in English and French) for the FAIS community:
Did you know that most of the ingredients in a cigarette are toxic? There are 443,000 deaths each year are caused from smoking tobacco or secondhand smoke. We decided to launch an inquiry on physical addiction and its impact on our health and community. We gathered some information for our community to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco. As our action, we want to further inform you on the effects of tobacco. First, we discovered that tobacco smoke can negatively affect every part of our body, and 70 of the 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes can cause cancer. Secondhand smoke is almost as bad as smoking. According to CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. Also, people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death." For people who stop smoking, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit.
David Olson's 8th grade students had a weekend of music recording at Type Foundry Studio earlier this month. The students wrote original songs as part of a songwriting/band project, then had the opportunity to record them in a professional studio setting. Listen here:
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