The 5th Grade trip to Branféré this past weekend was a huge success. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Students learned about climate change and its numerous consequences, then came up with solutions to bring about positive change. They also took full advantage of the animal park!
News from the American Section
Last weekend, the American Section Middle School was rocking! Kids were bouncing off the dance floor and having a memorable time with their friends. Sixièmes and Cinquièmes enjoyed an Aloha Evening on Friday night, while Quatrièmes and Troisièmes partied to Venetian theme on Saturday evening.
At this year's Spring Information Meeting, we had the pleasure of listening to Director Adrienne Covington and incoming Director Brian Brazeau exchange on a range of topics related to education. They shared their thoughts on many things including the evolution of the OIB, the role of the American Section at the Lycée, and the ways in which their students inspire them in their chosen field.
We recently had the pleasure of welcoming young adult fiction author Amy Plum in all three Quatrième classes for a couple of hours. Students learned about fiction writing in a playful and creative manner.
We recently published the 2022-2023 edition of Compass, our Annual Review.
The theme this year is sustainability; the magazine spotlights the work that has already been done in our school and provides encouragement and inspiration to our community for future initiatives.
Cinquième students spent a fabulous three days in Amsterdam, exploring themes of sustainability, diversity, and inclusion during the annual school trip. Highlights included the Zaanse Schans, the Begijnhof, the Anne Frank House, a canal cruise, and an Indonesian feast.
The annual Quatrième Culture Fair featured vibrant and colorful displays, delicious food, careful detail, period costumes, bustling crowds, or the bubbling Quatrième enthusiasm, but what touched was most touching was each personal story that was shared. We are the American Section but we invite culturally rich and diverse backgrounds giving us an international breadth that is simultaneously, deeply rich.
A team of Quatrième experts were on hand Monday evening to answer the many questions of our Rising Sixièmes. They covered questions ranging from detention to finding your way around, and cafeteria food to homework. Poised and knowledgeable, our panel expertly accomplished their mission of assuaging some of the stress the Fifth Graders are experiencing about their upcoming transition to Middle School!
The India Exchange Team took an exciting two-week trip to India over February vacation.
Our team was hosted by families from the Mahatma Gandhi International School of Ahmedabad. Students taught English to children at two different NGOs and an orphanage school. They also partook in cultural workshops and shared French culture with the students of MGIS.
Both the Mayor of Ahmedabad and the Consul General of France in Mumbai attended the India Exchange Team's end-of-stay celebration at the Mahatma Gandhi International School on March 3. Students performed a variety of French dances (waltz, rock, Madison, Alexandrie, Alexandra...) as well as a spectacular Bollywood number. They also ran a kermesse for the MGIS children.
Our Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders on both campuses welcomed author Elizabeth Eulberg this week.She discussed her journey to becoming a published author and walked the students through her writing process. She also shared tips on how to develop interesting characters and also where she gets her inspiration for her books.
On February 4, delegates from four different schools arrived for the first MUN hosted in the Lycée since COVID hit. Over 55 people attended the day long event that had been so carefully planned by the MUN team over a few weeks. The delegates were separated into four committees dealing with various international subjects, including the question of returning national patrimony, the status of refugees at the border of the the European Union, encouraging economic development in Africa, and the rising tensions in between Taiwan and China.
Congratulations to the American Section team for winning the first place in Middle School Division at the International History Bowl Regional Competition! The American Section's International Geography Bee Club participated in the event took place at École Jeannine Manuel in Paris.
Things were a little bit different in Upper School this week, as all students were treated to a session with alumna Sanaë Lemoine '07, our Upper School Visting Author. Students participated in a creative writing workshop, and listened, entranced, as Sanaë shared her journey from Lycée International student to published author, and gave insight to how she approaches the writing process.
Over 240 members of the American Section community gathered in the Lycée's Upper School dining room last Friday night for one of our most beloved traditions, the Potluck. Participants enjoyed an enticing variety of delicious food, and most importantly, we enjoyed being together and building connections.
Thursday morning's in-person Early Years Information Session, held in the Agora on the Lycée campus, was a great success. Over fifty prospective families attended. A special thanks to our current parents for helping out with the event.
Over 70 alumni joined us on Tuesday evening for a long-awaited alumni reunion, which included members from the classes of 2012 to 2022 and one representative from 1999!
It was gratifying to see the sense of belonging our former students have with the American Section, and the camaraderie and common bonds they share from their years here.
H eralding in the new year
A merican Section wishes you
P henomenal luck
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N umerous new friendships
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W onderous discoveries
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R obust health in 2023
Our 5th Graders took part in the “31 Days of Giving” challenge. They were given one month to complete as many of the activities listed on the challenge calendar as possible. The way they jumped enthusiastically into helping and honoring others before themselves is a beautiful reminder of the true reason for the season.
Our Troisième classes recently spent the day at the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux. Students learned about the history of WWI propaganda, and created their own pamphlets using various pictures. The final results spoke to how broad the range of interpretation can be, especially when groups used the same pictures to convey completely different, sometimes even opposing, messages.
We were excited about MUN's strong presence in the first local conference that we attended this year at Ermitage. Four of our members received best delegate for their involvement. We have lots of new students joining us this year and are also welcoming members from the Chinese, Italian, and Spanish Sections who are contributing thoughtful and enthusiastic presentations in our weekly meetings.
The Lycée International community came together for a fantastic holiday sale this weekend. On offer were food specialties from the school's 14 international sections, as well as typical crafts and holiday treats. The American Section's decorated gingerbread houses were once again a hit, as was our newest offering... s'mores!!
We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with thankfulness trees, recitations of songs and poems, a Pre-K pagent, and the sharing of special sweets with our French and section colleagues at the Lycée International, Colèège Marcel Roby, and Ecole Schnapper.
Mr. Vachon's Secondes wrapped up their study of A Streetcar Named Desire this week. Instead of the traditional end of book test, student groups wrote an additional concluding scene to tie together the play's abrupt ending. On Tuesday, the class took to the stage in the Agora to act out their interpretations.
4èmes enjoyed a wonderful three-day trip to Amsterdam. Based on the principles of tolerance, sustainability, and diversity, the trip featured visits to the Anne Frank House, the Zaanse Schanse, and the Van Gogh museum. The trip was all about learning, experiencing new things, and having fun with friends, both new and old!
American Section Halloween parties are much anticipated and highly appreciated! Lower and Middle School students enjoyed spooky celebrations before the Toussaint holidays, complete with elaborate costumes, scary decorations, and lots of delicious treats. Boo!
We wrapped up the first part of our India Exchange this week, with a joyous celebration of Indian culture: the Soirée Indienne. The Indian exchange students treated the audience to a presentation of dance and musical numbers. It was a wonderful way to end the two week exchange, which also included classroom visits to teach our students about Indian traditions and culture.
Congratulations the two second grade students who created the cover art for this year's family directory. The boys worked like real artists, accepting a commission and submitting drafts for approval. The result is fabulous!
Our Upper School team spent much of last week meeting with peers from around the world to discuss planning for this year's set of OIB exams, as well as the progressive implementation of the BFI. AAMIS (the association that regroups schools with the American option) meetings took place in Paris, which APEDESI (the association of international French schools) meetings took place on the Lycée International campus.
Over 25 members of the American Section community (including three of our Exchange students) joined the Opération Forêt Propre effort last Saturday morning. Reuniting some 250 people in all, Forêt Propre teams took advantage of some beautiful weather to clear our forests of 2.4 tons of trash while enjoying each other's company.
They are finally here! The delegation from our partner school, Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) of Ahmedabad, India arrived in Saint Germain! The Indian students will be exploring Paris by day and spending time with their host families in the evening and on weekends. They will also run in-class activities for Lower and Middle School students to teach them about India culture.
We took advantage of some clement fall weather for the annual Terminale "Cap and Gown" yearbook photo shoot last week. There was also ample time to take selfies, practice throwing caps, and to pose for some fun "candid" shots. It was a great way to mark the start of what promises to be a very memorable Senior year!
Our annual American Section Picnic celebrates our coming together as a community. It is a chance to catch up with old friends and get acquainted with new ones. From young children running around and playing, to older kids bonding over their given tasks, and parents connecting, that's what the American Section picnic is all about!
The recent Sixième accrobranche outing surpassed all expectations. Students were pushed to overcome their fears and forge bonds as our newest members of our Middle School. The opportunity to catch up with Lower School friends who are now on different campuses was also appreciated!
Our Secondes spent the weekend at an outdoor activity center in “la Suisse Normande.” The aims of this trip are multiple: to foster connections among students and teachers, to bring together former Roby and Lycée campus Troisièmes and fuse them into the future class of 2025, and most of all to engage our senses and emotions in non-academic activities that present challenges, and hopefully form lasting bonds among students as they overcome their reservations and fears.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our Kick-Off Coffee Klatch and Volunteer Information Session! The members of our Volunteer Leadership Committee were on hand to answer questions and recruit new volunteer for our various events. To everyone who signed up to help; thank you, and we will be in touch soon!
Our annual Terminale Welcome Cocktail Party was an amazing event. Terminale students, their parents, and the Upper School Faculty were there in force to mark the return of this social event to the first weekend of the school year. With near-perfect attendance, guests were able to enjoy delicious finger food served by volunteers from our Première class, with the evening capped by touching speeches by members of the Upper School team.
We were happy to host a welcome get-together for the 102 new students and their families who are joining the Section this fall. Parents were able to mingle and exchange contact details, teachers were on hand to meet everyone, and the students, slowly but surely, began making connections with their new classmates. The best part of it all was being able to see everyone in person!
We wrapped up the 2021-2022 academic year with some of our favorite people, our alumni! Former students (and parents) from the past 20 years gathered in New York city for a wonderful evening at helped forge new bonds and strengthen our community.
After the American Section ceremony, graduates and their families participated in the Lycée-wide OIB graduation ceremony which reunited the school's 350 Terminale students. They were the last of the fourteen sections to be called to the podium, and wrapped up the moving ceremony with a memorable final, enthusiastic, cap toss!
The graduation ceremonies held on July 6 marked the culmination of twelve years of hard work for the 50 members of the American Section Class of 2022. Each student was awarded a high school diploma, recognizing their successful completion of the American Section program.
First graders ended the year in style with a potluck picnic in the park. It was a great opportunity for parents and children to mingle and get to know one another a bit better. It was easy to keep an eye on our students who were all proudly wearing the beautiful red, white, and blue hand-painted flag t-shirts which they had made in class.
We are extremely proud of the members of the American Section Class of 2022!
Bac results were published today, and we once again have a 100% mention rate! 12% of the class were awarded mention assez bien (mooyenne 12-14), 28% mention bien (moyenne 14-16), 52% mention très bien (moyenne 16-18), and 8% mention très bien avec félicitations du jury (moyenne 18+).
Fifth Grader had a blast at ou 4th of July field day! Students spent the afternoon outside competing in various team events, including a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a corn hole toss, a relay race, and an egg on a spoon race. Not a bad activity to fight the July heat. Students also enjouyed home-made 4th of July brownies and other patriotic snacks.
The Section's first-ever Science Fair took place in our classrooms at École Schnapper. Students confidently shared their experiments with intelligence and poise, to an enthusiastic audiecne of parents, teachers, and friends.
The incoming Collège International Sixièmes enjoyed an orientation day on Wednesday afternoon. They had a picnic, met with the French administration, and took a tour of the campus.Thank you our two rising Cinquièmes, who shared the very important student perspective during the tour.
The Lower School celebrated the American Section’s amazing graduating Fifth Graders. The Agora stage was decked out with yellow and black helium balloons, including several bright gold star-shaped balloons. These matched the theme of this year’s graduation: Stars. The students enjoyed walking a red carpet flanked with posters with names, pictures, and a large yellow star for each student.
This past Saturday's Troisième graduation was brilliant. It included speeches from representatives of each of the Section's Troisième classes, as well as musical numbers performed by four of the graduating students. Students walked under a festive balloon arch, symbolically marking their passage from Middle to Upper School.
This year's Lower School Soccer Tournament, which was organized by the American Section volunteers, was a great success. Our five American Section teams all fought real hard with all players and coaches (Alvaro, Arnaud, Pierre, and Vepa for the Minimes, Dominique and François for the Benjamins, and Hady for the Poussins) giving their best.
Last Thursday and Friday evening, the Lower School Theater troupe presented their wonderful play, A Bunch of Munsch. The performance was a compilation of four plays (plus a Readers Theater) adapted from short stories written by children’s book author Robert Munsch.
The Seconde Boat Dance took place last Thursday on a picture-perfect evening. American Section students and their guests, dressed to the nines, enjoyed a glamorous party on a peniche in Bougival, dancing it up in the downstairs discothèque and enjoying drinks and snacks on the upstairs terrace.
Friday night’s highly anticipated Junior Prom was a big success. Troisièmes enjoyed a sophisticated buffet platters, and hours of dancing. It was no wonder there were quite a few high heels held in hands or replaced by sneakers by the end of the evening!
It was a time of magic and wonderment in the Middle School this past week. With the production of Into the Woods and the Troisième Prom with the Midsummer Night's theme, our community was treated to a spectacular display of talent, creativity and drive in purest American Section fashion.
Congratulations to the American Section soccer teams and their coaches for their fabulous performances in this weekend's Tournoi des Etoiles! The tournament is the culmination of the year-long championship which features teams from all fourteen of the Lycée's international sections.
Over 250 Terminales gathered last week for the Prom, to celebrate the end of their Lycée years and to let off steam before the grind of the Bac exams. Our teenagers were overjoyed at celebrating the end of their Terminale year with their closest friends.
The 5th Grade trip to Branféré this past weekend was a huge success. A lot of learning took place over the three days, both of life in a collective environment and the whole park experience. Students did an in-depth study of pond life and participated in scavenger hunts and a course d'orientation, learning about the many animals who live in the Branféré animal preserve.
Digital child safety expert, Elizabeth Milovidov, spent the day in the American Section this past Tuesday. She had a chat with our Troisièmes and Cinquièmes on both campuses, and met most of the American Section faculty and staff over lunch. A lawyer and a mother of two teenage boys, she had a very personable approach to online safety that was easily accessible to the American Section public.
Our Silver Soirée was a truly magical evening that brought together well over 250 members of our community, including current and former parents, students, faculty, and staff. Participants enjoyed an enchanting evening in a thoroughly transformed Atrium. Highlights of the event were the traditional live auction, as well as the spirited dance session that closed the evening.
The French had it right by referring to the lower grades as the ‘Jardin d’enfants.’ It truly was a garden for children in Lower School last week during Project Week. From PreK to 5th, our students’ knowledge of all things related to gardens grew and flourished. Each teacher was responsible for a level and created an amazing experiences for the children The exposition on the Lycée campus of our garden projects will be at the end of May.
The Première class enjoyed its first overnight trip since the start of COVID with a sunshine-filled visit to the D-Day beaches of Normandy. Our trip included a visit to the Memorial of Caen, the somber German cemetery at La Cambe, Arromanches, and the American cemetery and museum at Colleville-sur-Mer.
This past Monday team-building was in and acrophobia was out when our Cinquième classes spent a day at Indian Forest in Morainvilliers. The trip was to make up for this year's canceled trip to Amsterdam--as well as to offer our students the opportunity to solidify friendships and have some much-needed--and well-deserved--fun.
Saturday's Lycée en Fête was a huge success! More than three thousand people came out to support this remarkable event, which reunites all 14 sections. It was a great way to end the Lycée's 70th birthday week.
The Lycée International celebrated is 70th birthday this week, accompanied by the customary excitement and exhilaration reserved for such landmark events. We enjoyed special exhibits, dress-up days, cultural workshops, concerts and symposia to mark the occasion. The Lycée's landmark birthday gives us in the American Section a reason to celebrate, too. As one of the fouding sections, we celebrated our 70th birthday as well!
What a delight to attend the Section's first annual Culture Fair! Our Quatrième students have been working on their presentations for the past few months. The students' hard work and dedication to their projects were apparent through their beautifully designed and presented boards, their station displays, and their ability to confidently talk about their topic.
Every spring, we hold a special version of the 100 Days for American Section Terminales, designating the time left until graduation. To celebrate this milestone, we interrupted classes and assembled the entire class on Wednesday afternoon for a spectacular party, which included yummy treats, pep talks and an expression of gratitude.
The inauguration of our new Lycée buildings was an important part of the school's 70th birthday week. Having been put on hold for two years, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on March 29 before an impressive array of local politicians. Students from the school's fourteen sections participated by creating a haie d'honneur.
The Seventies came back with a vengeance last Saturday night--and the world is a better place for it. American Section Sixièmes, Cinquièmes and Quatrièmes, several in blindingly flashy polyester jumpsuits, came together to show each other--and the rapturous parent organizers and chaperones--that they knew how to dance. The event was a fascinating look at post-pandemic adolescent joy and bonding.
After two years of COVID restrictions on audiences, Upper School Theatre returned in triumph to the Agora for a high-spirited production of the play Clue: On Stage, based on the famous American board game. The rapid-fire repartee and escalating absurdity kept the audience of all ages laughing even as six murders take place in the rooms.
Last week, award-winning poet, children's author, TV writer, and publisher Kwame Alexander came to pay a visit to our middle grades, 5th through 8th. Kwame explained to a rapt audience how hard it was to get The Crossover published back in 2012, as well as stories about his childhood and how he works.
American Section students of all ages celebrated the holiday of love and friendship this week. Our Lower School students enjoyed a homemade Valentine card exchange, themed artwork; and other holiday activities, while the Student Council gave Middle and Upper School students beautiful treat bags.
The L'Europe et la Paix symposium, held at the Lycée International this week, reunited captivating experts who knew how to address an international crowd. The evening encapsulated everything the Lycée is about. Smart kids, an international community, and a discourse that would make any scholar proud.
Congratulations to all seventeen participants in Wednesday's Poetry by Heart middle school level competition at the Agora! Our three winners will travel to Paris and the Institut de La Tour on Wednesday, March 9, for the French national "inter-schools" competition.
After a lesson about the basic elements of design, our first graders were able to quickly understand that letters when taken out of context are merely lines and shapes. They created two pieces of art, one using black marker and one with pastels. Students were in awe that they had made their names disappear using the simple yet magical qualities of camouflage!
Cinquième students recently imagined that they were an immigrant, conducting extensive research and creating a scrapbook telling of their journey and new life in the US. Each journal includes a diary entry, a letter to a loved one back home, and an op-ed article for a newspaper back in "the old country." The final component of the project was the in-class "showcase," which allowed students to visit each other's work as if they were on display in a museum and learn about immigrants from a wide variety of backgrounds.
With the hope of consolidating some valuable vocabulary and spreading a little Northwest North American pride at the same time, our Cinquièmes recently participated in what I affectionately call “The Bigfoot Challenge,” a timed vocabulary exercise.
In addition to the continuing integration of more diversity into our curriculums, we take a moment every year to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which kicks off our celebration of Black History Month.
A truly great day was had by the three Troisième classes at the Musée de la Grande Guerre on December 3. The students were split up into three groups and each group had a guided tour and a workshop.
We were thrilled to have an in-person Holiday Sale this year! The various section food booths sold delicious, typical culinary treats, while their crafts stands were loaded with artisanal and handmade items. Thank all our wonderful parent volunteers who put time and effort to make the event such a special one!
American Section families showed their generosity this past Thanksgiving weekend, with numerous families and students donating their time at the National Food Bank collection's at nearby grocery stores. All the food collected goes directly to Le Seve food bank in Saint-Germain-en-Laye Bel Air.
Thanksgiving celebrations took place both in and out of the classroom. Lower School students enjoyed many traditional Thanksgiving-related activities and learned what it means to be thankful.
Our fabulous parents baked-up hundreds of servings of traditional Thanksgiving desserts, which were shared with our French and section colleagues on all three campuses.
The Section recently participated in a tree-planting ceremony in Chambourcy's Désert de Retz, commemorating Thomas Jefferson's visit to the gardens, with all its folies, during his time as US Ambassador to France. During the memorable event, which reunited many local dignitaries, students delivered a speech on Jefferson's life and performed The Star-Bangled Banner and La Marseillaise.
Students in Sixième class were recently asked to imagine that the school's library was set to be named for a hero of the American Revolution. Whom should the school's Board select? In addition to offering students the opportunity to hone their budding research skills, they were also given the opportunity to defend their choice, while working on their oral skills--by presenting their choice of candidate through a spirited debate in the classroom.
American Section students of all ages enjoyed some Halloween fun in the days before the Toussaint vacation. Students from PreK through Quatrième were treated to Halloween parties, while the Upper School students were thrilled to receive treat bags of Halloween candy.
In their study of The Catcher in the Rye, Troisième students were asked to pretend that they were psychologists, and were tasked with unearthing the experiences that led to Holden Caulfield's mental crisis and to explain the traumatic factors in his youth that led to an eventual breakdown.
Thank you to the many American Section families who participated in the annual Opération Fôret Propre on October 9! Over 3,1 tons of trash was collected at the various collection sites in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Fourqueux, one ton more than in 2020. The Fourqueux organizers were extremely grateful that the American Section chose to participate in their corner of the forest!
Students from the class of 2022 joined their parents and teachers for a long-awaited celebratory "Terminale Welcome Cocktail" last weekend. This traditional kick-off to the Senior year was much appreciated by all.
Our Quatrièmes enjoyed a full-day outing to the Fondation GoodPlanet recently. The focus of the day was a better understanding of the environmental issues our world faces today, as well as finding solutions to living a more sustainable life.
Life seemed to take on a return to near-normal as a multitude of American Section students and their families attended our traditional 'Back-to-School' Picnic at the Centre Aérée La Forestine in Aigremont. Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous and it was altogether a beautiful community gathering, the first since Covid-19 changed our way of life.
We took advantage of the beautiful fall weather to take cap and gown yearbook photos of the class of 2022. There was also ample time for some fun candid shots and lots of laughter to mark the start of what promises to be a memorable Senior year.
As part of their study of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the Troisièmes made a life map of five important moments in their life thus far: international moves, disastrous haircuts, broken bones, the arrival or departure of loved ones, embarrassing accidents... and exercise that allowed for both introspection and creativity.
As a living history exercise and a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary, many of our Middle Schoolers were encouraged to interview someone about their 9/11 experience. Though our students were not alive on that infamous day, their daily lives, along with teenagers all over the world, are affected by the events that happened that Tuesday morning.
Close to 50 parent volunteers, representing students from Mat.2 through Terminale and from all three of our campuses, gathered this past week for the Homeroom Parent training session in the Lycée château.
The Terminale Welcome assembly, held on the first day of school, was a fitting occasion to share words of wisdom with our students and to present a series of awards discerned by the Upper School faculty.
After over 18 months of virtual get-togethers, it was pure pleasure to welcome many of our new families to the Section to an in-person gathering!
An enormous thank you to the Homeroom Parents for organizing a fabulous back-to-school outing for our Sixièmes! American Section students from both the Collège International and the Collège Marcel Roby enjoyed a morning playing in the trees.
The Faculty and Staff of the American Section are ready for another academic year! We look forward to welcoming students to our classrooms next week.
Congratulations to 58 members of the American Section Class of 2021! We are very proud of their hard work and dedication, which are illustrated by their impressive OIB results. 5% of the class received a mention assez bien, 38% a mention bien, 43% a mention très bien, and 10% mention très bien avec félicitations du jury!
Two of our Termainles were recently honored in a ceremony organized for the winners of the Concours National de la Résistance et de la Déportation. Alexander was awarded first place in the Yvelines and second in the Académie de Versailles this year. Julie won first prize in the 2019-2020 session of the contest for her project centering on the role of the press in the Resistance of 1940.
Our budding authors and illustrators in Lower School successfully completed the publishing of their White Books, which are no longer white. In fact, they are filled with personal narratives, magic bean adventures, animal stories, mysteries, poetry, and fantasies. From Kindergarten to Fifth grade, students drafted, edited, wrote, and illustrated a book according to their level’s theme.
With the lifting of Covid restriction in June, a different version of our well known "Tournoi des Etoiles" was invented in order to give all 500 plus players across 14 sections a chance to play and win the cup.
American Section students at Roby were recently invited to contribute to a "community art project" in the library. The goal was to create something that would symbolize the diversity and unity of our student body.
As visitors are not allowed onto the Lycée campus, the Middle School Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz was filmed and then live-streamed to a home audience on the evening of June 16.
The American Section's Middle School Faculty and Staff joined students and proud parents to celebrate their end of collège. The ceremony, which was held online, was every bit as moving as could be expected.
The Lycée International "Promo 2021" enjoyed a Covid-style version of the Lycée International's traditional Fête des Terminales on Monday, June 7 in the beautiful park around the Château d'Hennemont.
The Roby Quatrième team, which included four American Section students, won the Dicos d’Or competition in their category! The contest took place on Youtube last Thursday, May 20.
The 350 Terminale students from the Lycée's fourteen sections were treated to a colorful Covid-friendly "Prom" concocted by the American Section on May 20.
This past week, the Lycée International Student Council offered a groundbreaking workshop on an important life skill--How to Speak in Public.
The newest members of our community are a pair of fluffy sheep who have come to eat the grass! They arrived from Brittany and are currently living in a pen at the top of campus.
This year, after months of learning and raising awareness about gender and racial discrimination within education, the Human Rights Team hosted their annual informative event on May 4.
Our Night In virtual gala raised over 38,000€! Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who contributed to our extensive auction catalog. Every penny raised directly benefits our students.
A big thank you to those who participated in the recent donation drive! We received several hundred euros worth of diapers, infant formula, and diaper wipes. The benefits went directly to mothers at a local refugee center.
What do you get when you combine a published poet with a bunch of eager Quatrièmes? You get magic, that's what! It was another memorable moment in our Middle School classrooms when Quatrièmes got to meet Sarina Romero, a Master of Fine Arts graduate from New York University.
The health restrictions brought on by the pandemic have compelled us to appreciate in-person exchanges more than ever. Nowhere was this more in evidence than this past Wednesday when our 58 Terminale students were fêted with the Section's traditional 100 Days Celebration.
The 2020-21 edition of Compass magazine was published this week. The theme of the magazine is A Year Like No Other.
Last week, our Sixièmes got to participate in some essential learning for the future when they met for a special lesson on the importance of "'team building," how to achieve it, and why its creation is important.
Terminale student Maïa Lundy appeared on France 24 earlier this week, in a debate about Disinformation in the Digital Age. She very capably represented the American Section and the Lycée International. You may watch a video of the interview here.
"How do you get a detention?" "Are there vegetarian meals in the cafeteria?" "Do the older students bother 6èmes?" "How do you know where your classes are?" These are just a few of the questions that 5th graders "asked the experts" at Wednesday evening's "What's It Like in Sixième?" event.
Thank you to scores of American Section students and their families who took part in the 2021 edition of the Lycée-wide read-a-thon! American Section students raised well over 11,600€!
Last week all sixty of our Troisièmes deleted all social media apps from their phones and discovered what it was like to live "off-line." Here you will find a fascinating five minute video of what they discovered during this experiment.
Aligning, once again with the projet d’école at the Lycée, our theme for Project Week this year was Portraits. Each level chose an artist or artistic idea to study and eventually create a masterpiece of their own.
From historical figures such as George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Jessie Owens, to contemporaries including Amanda Gorman and LeBron James, our Lower School students have spent the past month researching, reading, and writing about generations of influential African-Americans.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King’s life work, the Human Rights Team decided to hold its first annual “Mix It Up” at lunch. The idea of “mixing it up” is that the students go sit with someone new and find something they have in common or simply get to know each other better.
COVID restrictions might keep us from gathering for special events in person but it can’t keep us from getting together online.Moving the event online this year allowed us to include Kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders as well as 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
America's debt to its immigrant ancestors received major recognition this past week with the Cinquièmes' presentations of the annual Immigration Project. Students were able to learn from and appreciate different aspects of this vital part of American history through hands-on peer learning and sharing.
In honor of the inauguation of the 46th president of the United States of American, we hosted special "coffee breaks" for the French teachers on our three campuses.
As part of our celebration of Black History Month, teachers are having important discussions with their students about the state of things 58 years after MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech.
In their study of different types of nonfiction texts, fourth graders studied news reports and the parts of a newspaper. Using notes from their classmates, they wrote brief news stories telling what their classmates did during the December vacation.
The Schnapper community came together and collected an amazing 395 kilos of needed food and hygiene products to serve our local community - a community, like many others, going through some difficult times.
American Section students made 183 beautiful cards to brighten the holidays for the elderly residents of local nursing homes.
Our Lycée Sixième students recently presented group Shakespeare projects in literature class.
Our Parents to Parents Committee recently organized an online workshop about Digital Parenting Workshop led by expert Elizabeth Milovidov.
The American Section community volunteered en masse to help at last weekend's food drive! Some 28 tons of food were collected last weekend at Carrefour Montesson and Casino Maisons Laffitte, a 77% increase from last year.
This Thanksgiving week, Lower School classes focused on gratitude and what we are thankful for; letters and cards were written and feathers were crafted to decorate turkey tails.
For several weeks now, a group of Roby Quartrièmes have met in one of the Section's classrooms during lunch on Fridays to share their passion for anime and manga.
Our students learned first-hand how to participate in the democratic process, as secondary students cast their ballots for the United States President at both Marcel Roby and Lycée International voting centers. .
Our Halloween celebrations this year were a very different from our traditional celebrations, but this is far from a normal year!
Our Second Graders recently completed a science unit in which they used an orange Halloween pumpkin to learn the process of scientific enquiry.
Mr. Jones’ Seconde class took several perspectives – socio-cultural, ecological-environmental, economic and political - to debate for their geography unit the consequences of building the largest dam in the world.
Quatrième students have been studying George Orwell's Animal Farm, and learning about persuasive communication.
Wow! The outpouring of love and appreciation was widespread and abundant on Monday and was a wonderful way to start the week.
Our first Grade 3 in-class experiment was a big success, as students collaborated to design and test constructions to withstand earthquakes.
The Sixième Advisory program officially began this week when our current Cinquième students wrote letters to our incoming Sixième students.
Congratulations to all the students who stepped forward and agreed to take on the responsibilities of class representatives in our Student Council!
The Terminale teaching team gathered on Zoom to greet this year's Terminales to wish them success in their last year of high school and award three academic prizes.
American Section Lower School classes began with much excitement this week as students met their teachers and discovered their newly updated classrooms.
Thanks to the initiative and organizational talents of our parents, our newest Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon in the trees the day before school began.
The American Section faculty and staff are thrilled to all be back in school! We all look forward to a fabulous, albeit unique, year!
The graduating class Class of 2020 took part in a well-deserved graduation ceremony last Saturday.
Congratulation to Terminale student Alexandre Gliott, who recently won the Paris-area "Poetry by Heart" competition.
How to organize a meaningful send-off event in times of coronavirus? A vision, some 'outside of the box' thinking, a hefty sprinkle of spontaneity, and the stage was set.
The American Section community took advantage of everyone being at stuck at home to hold a fun-filled, whole-Section Spirit Week! Students, faculty, staff, and parents dressed to the theme of the day, for both daily Zoom lessons and a bit of family fun.
According to national sources, in 2020 the Lycée International has again been named one of France's top schools.
With all French schools closed due to coronavirus, American Section students and faculty transitioned to online learning at 8:00 am on Monday, March 13.
Our Upper School thespians memorably staged August, Osage County, a dark story of family dysfunction. Simmering tensions exploded in fast-paced scenes that oscillated between comedy and tragedy.
Thanks to a team of experts, all members of our fifth-grade Quatrième class got answers to their burning questions about life in Middle School last Monday evening. Their top concerns? Lockers, croix, the cafeteria, and the schedule.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders enjoyed a real kids’ evening out with fun ice-breaker activities, delicious pizza, and of course, BINGO!
This year's India Exchange Trip was a life-changing experience for 18 motivated Première students.
Our delegates did an outstanding job representing Yemen at this year's THIMUN conference.
Troisièmes enjoyed an exceptional evening out as the Northern Lights came to Fourqueux.
From Hamilton to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to a guided street art walk and a visit of the Tate Modern, this year's London trip was an action-packed three days!
The buzz in Lower School was tangible as third through fifth grade students hoped to be crowned the winner of the Lower School’s first Spelling Bee!
This year's Potluck Supper, with a Super Bowl theme, was an enjoyable evening, filled with delicious food, fun activities, and very pleasant company.