Middle School Activities

Fall

Drama Productions

The middle school after-school drama program is designed to inspire students who wish to develop a love and appreciation for the theatre. Participation in the play will give the students the opportunity to work on all aspects of theatre. They will explore history, terminology, and various production skills such as acting (vocal and physical), lights, sound, costumes, makeup, stagecraft, and directing. Students will also focus on skills such as a work ethic, organization, developing cooperative and supportive teams, and building self-confidence.

Rehearsal days are Mon, Wed, Fri and some Saturdays according to scenes. 

Audition dates are to be confirmed. 

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate offers students an opportunity to practice and improve their oral speaking skills through a variety of activities. Students practice prepared speeches, extemporaneous speaking, and organized debates. Then select students represent AAS at the season-ending CEESA competition each year. CEESA Speech and Debate categories:

  • Debate
  • Duet Acting
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Original Oratory
  • Oral Interpretation

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 26 and ends with the CEESA tournament

Robotics

Robotics challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers by having them solve problems using engineering concepts, presentation techniques, and robots. It introduces students to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. Students will apply math and science concepts to research, design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies. They will gain hands-on experience solving real-world problems by working as a group to overcome obstacles and meet challenges.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 26 and ends with the CEESA Tournament

Winter

 

 

International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Festival

ISTA brings together young people, artists, and teachers from different countries in varied settings to experience and learn about theatre, culture, and each other, which results in exciting theatre. The goal of the festival is to value diversity and collaboration, celebration and play, friendship and collegiality, and to develop internationally minded young people, through innovative theatre practice.

Participants will be invited by MS Drama teacher

Choir

Choir festival is an opportunity for students to sing in a large group of students from all over CEESA. Schools send its strongest students to come together and play challenging music in a non-competitive environment that includes a concert on Saturday! Choir focuses on group goals and the completion of those goals in every rehearsal and performance. Participation in the Choir festival allows youth to develop, enhance, and instill character, insight, cultural awareness, and a love for music through direct exposure and involvement in the choir art.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on November 18 and ends with the CEESA festival

Band

Band festival is an opportunity for students to play in a large group of students from other international schools. Schools send its strongest students to come together and play challenging music in a non-competitive environment that includes a concert on Saturday! Band focuses on group goals and the completion of those goals in every rehearsal and performance. Music requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, and reinforcement of critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperation skills.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on November 18 and ends with the CEESA festival

MathCounts

MATHCOUNTS is a challenging and fun math program for middle school students. It provides students with a foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. The MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components, which consist of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills on the 6th through 8th grade standards. www.mathcounts.org

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on November 18 and ends with the CEESA tournament.

Strings

Strings festival is an opportunity for students to perform challenging music with students from other international schools. Strings focus on group goals and the completion of t hose goals in every rehearsal and performance. Music requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, and reinforcement of critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperation skills.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on November 18 and ends with the festival

Spring

Drama Productions

The middle school after-school drama program is designed to inspire students who wish to develop a love and appreciation for the theatre. Participation in the play will give the students the opportunity to work on all aspects of theatre. They will explore history, terminology, and various production skills such as acting (vocal and physical), lights, sound, costumes, makeup, stagecraft, and directing. Students will also focus on skills such as a work ethic, organization, developing cooperative and supportive teams, and building self-confidence.

Rehearsal days are Mon, Wed, Fri and some Saturdays according to scenes

Auditions: TBD

Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition involving teams of students who answer questions in a written and several oral rounds. It is a jeopardy-like event for middle school students who have a strong interest and vast academic ability in general knowledge. Students will gain effective communication and critical thinking skills while using strategies of patience, discipline and teamwork.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 24 and ends with the CEESA tournament

Cultural Arts

Studying cultural arts promotes creativity, global awareness, and cultural values through the use of critical thinking, analysis, communication, and research, and helps students recognize how cultural life contributes to communities around the world. Culminating festival is an opportunity for students to explore the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the host country. Schools send students to complete a project and experience two days of activities and teamwork in a non-competitive environment.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 24 and ends with the CEESA festival

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations. They research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and develop solutions to world problems.

Practice schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 10 and ends with the conference

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