Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Student Videographers in Action

Ms. Stein's 7th Grade science students ran the "Go Green" assembly this past Tuesday where they shared several presentations about their follow up efforts to the global warming themed Festival of Learning. They spoke to the school community about how we all would be turning ideas into actions. Here are the actions:
  • Getting the community garden going for the spring and summer
  • Using containers for bringing lunch to school instead of plastic bags
  • Composting fruit and vegetables from lunch that are usually thrown away
  • Renewed efforts by students and teachers to recycle while in and out of school
  • Hypersensitivity to turning off lights and using water

The students also shared videos they created drawing from their recent experiences of the Global 20/20 and Festival of Learning. Select the hyperlinks below each image to view the videos. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


April 30, 2013

Stemming from our study of Global Warming and Climate Change for our Festival of Learning (FOL), the 7th graders wanted to do something more for the ACDS community. How could we take what we are learning on a national and global level, and bring it home to our town, our school? Following an All School Assembly led by the 7th graders, the entire school did several things to reduce our carbon foot print. From turning off all the lights, to taking class outside, to using reusable containers and water bottles, grades K-8, facultly and staff all contributed to the initiative. The most exciting part of our Go Green Day was that each grade planted something in our garden.

Bahrain Comes to ACDS

April 12, 2013
As a culminating event at the end of their study of Islam and Arabic Culture, the 6th graders invited the entire ACDS community to experience an authentic bazaar. Bahrain was one of our partner schools for the 20/20 Challenge and learning about that region of the world was fun. Even though we would have loved to have been able to take a field trip to the Middle East, bringing Bahrain our school seemed like the next best thing. Thank you, 6th grade and Ms. Herre for your leadership on this!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 3 Assemblies

On Wednesday, March 20, 3rd through 8th grade gathered in our Performing Arts Center learn about severe weather caused by global warming. Doug Norton of the climate reality project came to teach us about the connections between weather and global warming. Some facts Doug gave us were:
  • People believe volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than humans; however volcanoes produce 0.15 to 0.26 gigatons while humans make 35 gigatons.
  • An airplane melted into the asphalt due to extreme heat
  • Many people around the world are saving energy in different ways like:
·         Africa has computers connected to solar panels for schools
·         India has windmills across the coast
·         Germany has more than 21,607 windmills
He told us that the time is now to change the world and global warming. Global warming isn’t somebody else’s problem, it is our problem. We live here and this is our problem.
-Rachel, Trinity, Jack

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 2 Assemblies

On Day 2 of our FOL, we had two more assemblies. The first one is where two high school students presented to the whole school about how we can make a difference. The second one is where an educator from ACE (Alliance for Climate Education) told us who we could get involved in helping save the planet.

This week the whole school were surprised with two inspiring high schoolers with a presentation on global warming. The students were presented with videos with different kind of facts and and pictures. They taught the students that they can take a stand even though they didn't start this they can end it. One student in 6th grade got a reusable water bottle because she said that she was going to unplug her gadgets to save electricity and energy. The students and faculty learned about many of the causes of global warming and how we can change it. Climate change can make animals and plants to become extinct because they can not adapt to the sudden temperature.  As you can see, in a while global warming will really make an impact on our Earth, and we really have to take charge! Our voices can make a difference so stand up and be heard!
By: Naomi & Trinity

Hello ACDS! For the Festival of Learning, we are learning about Global Warming, and what we can do to stop it. For today's assembly, a man that worked for ace came to show us a video about how we cause Global Warming, how it works, and what we can do to stop it. Ways we can prevent Global warming is by unplugging gadgets, use reusable water bottles, and carpool to school. These are just few examples of the many things that you can do, they may seem small, but it makes a big difference.  I learned that anyone, no matter what age, can make a difference one step at a time.
By: Camille

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 1 Assemblies

The entire ACDS community got together to kick off our FOL week on Global Warming. We listened to Greg and Terry play several songs, using many different instruments, with an environmental theme. We sang for an hour and even learned some sign language! It was a fun show for everyone.

The Middle School got together to watch a portion of the documentary "A Fierce Green Fire". It sparked a lot of discussion about Global Warming.

Additional Photos Taken By: Harper D.