If you’ve been reading about our experiment to be sent out to the International Space Station (ISS) and the recent updates, you know we’ve been working hard at it. We’ve got about 12 weeks before our experiment takes flight and we can’t wait. Here’s the lowdown on the last few weeks!
The start of the winter break saw the SAS Space Team meet every day for at least seven hours, working towards finishing a functioning prototype of our experiment. If this prototype worked flawlessly, we could have used it as our final model and sent it to ISS three weeks earlier than scheduled.
The SAS Space Team …
1. Before SAS, where were you and what were you doing?
I was at a design firm called Gensler, which is a very large architecture and design firm, and I was managing design projects. Mostly of interior buildings, but also some ground up architecture. Theoretically, I was also doing sustainability consulting there. Some of it is really boring in architecture right now - it’s filling out checklists for people’s required sustainability. But there are also some fun sustainability projects that I was doing. There was about 5,000 people in that firm, the bulk of them were architects and designers, and…
Five, six, seven, eight....
As you step into the performing arts wing at Singapore American School these four words kick off the ultimate iteration process. When we think of iteration and failure it's easy to relate the concept to science and the art of experimentation. But picture musicians and dancers learning new passages, movements, and choreography. Dance education is especially unique because it involves taking disparate movements and joining them together into a coherent beautiful composition. Like scientists, dancers ask, "what if," and then begin creating.
Similar to academic classes, …
As an educator I want to prepare my students for ever-changing work by giving them the opportunity to “think outside the box”, take risks, fail, and question and problem solve through an inquiry approach to learning. In September, I had the opportunity to learn and be guided by Dr. Kath Murdoch, who is known as the “guru” of inquiry to many educators around the world. “I-Time” as she calls it, is a project based approach to learning, where the student’s follow their own passions. Through her inquiry process the students gain a better understanding of the concept they are most passionate about…
Kindergarten and grade one students all participated in an Hour of Code event all week long to participate in the global celebration of Hour of Code.
What is the Hour of Code? Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide week-long event.
What is Coding? One way coding can be defined, is as a set of instructions that computers can understand. It is also known as computer programming. Coding teaches logic …
Did you ever think that a story could be based on an object?
What memories do objects trigger in our minds and how do we turn them into stories?
This month's storytelling club meeting was inspired by high school theater teacher, Mr. Thomas Schulz, who spoke about the power of objects in creating stories.
“As a theater maker, I have long been fascinated by the power of objects (props) in the telling of stories.” Tom Schulz
Mr. Schulz joined SAS in 2011, as the high school theater teacher. He designs the curriculum and teaches all high school theater classes. He is also the director for all of the …
Aspiring authors dream of seeing their names in print.
One new course in the high school is developing a partnership to help some of our students achieve that dream--but these young writers must work for that achievement together.
New this year, the advanced topics program seeks to provide relevant, real-world problem-solving experiences for students. Writing Seminar, the English department’s first AT course, offers a way for students who already have an interest in creative writing to delve deeper into the world of letters, through building a community of writers and spending the spring …
How do you raise $6,706 for charity in three hours? The answer is hard work, organization, and dedicated chapter members. On November 11, the Singapore Chapter of Teaching and Sharing Skills to Enrich Lives, or TASSEL, held its first-ever Auction Night. TASSEL is a non-profit that provides English education and sustainability services to rural Cambodians. Members fundraise throughout the year and teach Cambodian students English via video-call from December to April. Auction Night was the first large-scale fundraiser of this semester: a silent auction that included not only donated items, but …
The SpaceLab team after giving our first public talk at the Singapore Science Center
Last month, we, on the SpaceLab team, gave our first public speech. We were presenting at the first official UN World Space Week event in Singapore - established by a UN General Assembly Resolution and intended as a global outreach event for space science and technology. It was a great experience to share our story with people in the local community. After the talk, we were thrilled when a student from Raffles Institution invited us to her school for a speaker series next semester. We also heard from …
For Americans living abroad, Thanksgiving does not hold any less importance than it would back home. Singapore American School celebrates this holiday with a four day weekend for students and faculty. From November 24-27, friends and families get together to spend quality time with each other and share what they’re thankful for. While Thanksgiving holds such a special place for many of us, the activities at SAS never stop. The weekend is full of athletics, like the eagle swim meet held on Saturday. Even the baseball and softball teams have an annual ‘Turkey tournament’ to celebrate.
For our …
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
There are many ways to change the world. Philanthropy is one way, and in this region, we see firsthand the needs that can be addressed through financial resources. Our own children, while blessed to be in a safe, secure city at a fantastic school, are directly impacted by the philanthropy of our own community, and their lives will be forever changed, too.
We are fortunate to benefit from the generosity of our Singapore American School ……
Middle school mathematics teacher Mr. Isagani Celzo has taught in the Philippines, Florida, California, and has now brought his positive learning zone to his eighth grade classroom in Singapore American School. He is a 2014 MLB, PEOPLE Magazine All-Star Teacher, University of Chicago 2015 Outstanding Educator, United Teachers of Los Angeles 2014 Platinum Apple Awardee, Los Angeles Unified School District 2014 Teacher of the Year, a 2015 Fishman Prize finalist, and a United Way Los Angeles 2015 Inspirational Teacher.
Where are you from and where did you go to school and teach?
I grew up in…
Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America.
I was on my way home when I heard the news. It’s been more than a day, and I’m not sure that this information has quite sunk in yet. We’ve all watched him campaign for months. He’s held rallies and made speeches. All this while, I was naïve enough to think it was all a joke. Even the night of the Republican National Convention, I half expected him to say, “I reject the nomination. Wow, America, you wouldn’t really vote me, of all people, into office, would you?”
Clearly, I was wrong.
I, like many others, hold a firm …
Interesting stories are like gossip! You start with characters and facts, then guide your audience to possible explanations on how the two may be connected.
Gossiping about others is part of human nature. Humans need to create explanations for the world and others around them (and beyond), to feel a sense of control over their own lives and relationships.
“Gossip is helping you to predict who is friend and who is foe," says Lisa Feldman Barrett, distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University and an author of a study on how gossip affects not just what we know about an …
When our family was invited to a banquet dinner at our previous school in Korea, we had no idea how that night would change our lives and inspire us to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda! Jackson Kaguri, founder of the Nyaka HIV/AIDS Orphans Project, shared his story of growing up in Uganda and also of the death of his brother and sister to HIV/AIDS. He knew something had to change in Uganda and…
In high schools around the world college counseling is a widely debated topic. For years Singapore American School has enjoyed excellent college admissions for seniors. But even in a climate of success there was an understanding that the world is changing as selective schools become even more selective.
Dr. Darin Fahrney recently presented the results of a three year review process surrounding the high school counseling model.
He set the tone for the presentation talking about his own family saying, "this new model being presented is what I would want for my own children."
Dr. Fahrney said this…
November 9 was a memorable day - not only because of an unexpected, immensely shocking, and for many, horrifying Trump presidency, but also because of the experiences of SAS’s Students for Political Activism (SPA) members.
When SAS high schoolers were sat down in advisories on the November 8, they chose Hillary Clinton as the best candidate with about 60 percent of the population voting in favor of her becoming president. Meanwhile, Trump received about 11 percent of all votes, “None of the above” got around 13 percent, and the rest went to Johnson before Stein. This did not come as a surprise …
Weeks have gone by since we did our electronic free Pokemon Go. Remember that??!! But we have been busy. Hard to believe but the day came when we finally dismantled our beloved Millenium Falcon Cockpit.
We used the left over black boxes as a foundation for a haunted house. Slowly during the weeks approaching Halloween we worked on bats, ghouls, witches, mummies, zombies, Frankensteins, and even a skeleton bride. Our haunted house became more haunted by the day. We also created a huge wall art piece where the children drew skeleton and zombie armies battling each other in front a silhouette of …
Tina Forbush comes to SAS with 25 years of experience in education and law. Formerly the Co-Director of College Counseling at The Park School of Baltimore, Ms. Forbush presents at conferences both regionally and nationally and has done extensive college visiting throughout North America. She also has chaired and served as the both the Chair and the Communications Director of the College Counselors of the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. She has worked as a college counselor for 11 years and as a history teacher, both at Park School and at Punahou School in ……
Nearly 300 students in grades three through five gathered in gym C before school Friday, October 21 to celebrate an impressive achievement: each had run a full marathon over the course of September, mostly in one-mile increments before school each morning. A final jog past cheering parents, teachers, and administrators culminated in speeches by PE teacher Anne Wenstrom and elementary school deputy principal Susan Shaw stressing the values of lifelong fitness and perseverance. Looking very proud in their snazzy new Marathon Club t-shirts, the children gave three rousing cheers, posed …
Identify a need and dig in to make a difference. That's what students do every day at Singapore American School. Our unparalleled personalized learning opportunities allow students to research topics at university level and engage in service through academics and dozens of service clubs. Whether students want to preserve coastal wetlands, develop eco-friendly mosquito abatement solutions, or study tropical ecology, they can pursue their passions and excel at SAS.
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With over 100 years of combined experience, our early learning center teachers and staff understand the connection between lifelong success and a love for learning. In our Reggio Emilia-inspired setting, enthusiastic three and four-year-old students develop that love as they ask questions, explore their environment, and discover new talents and skills.
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Sixth graders in Ms. Ramani's RLA class shared their I Am From poems with the Perspectives blog! We are happy to feature their descriptions of identity, belonging, and experience, and welcome more students to share their work here too. Drop us an email at email@example.com to share your SAS story!
I Am From
I am from the icy blast
Evaporating my sweat
As I return.
I am from the warmth of the
Fireflies coming from the back of my home
Used never by me.
I am from the impossible
Giants at impossible heights
Ripping the air out of my mouth.
I am from …
Why do you sometimes feel lost in your storytelling or writing?
How can you stay focused on your storyline?
Stories grab our attention not so much because of a hero’s journey, but by what that journey means to the hero. How much does s/he have to lose when problems arise? How important is it for the hero to overcome those problems?
Six story elements
1. One main character (age, gender, name)
2. Goal (What he/she wants)
3. Motive (Why does he/she want that goal? Loves/hates?)
5. Time (when this is happening)
6. One problem or no solution
In this list …
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