Diving into Week 2 of 2020-2021

Diving into Week 2 of 2020-2021
Today wrapped up Week 2 of the 2020-2021 school year!

Divisions held their weekly communal assemblies (virtually, of course!), the 4th graders spent time in the iWonder Lab learning about palm-sized robots, our 9th graders visited campus for a grade-level retreat, and student-athletes learned about resilience in the first AthLEADs session of the year! 
AthLEADS Program Talks Resilience
Student-athletes gathered on Tuesday for the first AthLEADS presentation of the year, where they discussed resilience, the role that adversity and emotion play in building it, and developing a growth mindset. The session featured guest speaker Nancy Taylor ’11, whose tenure as an Agnes Irwin athlete helped her develop grit and resilience – attributes that she applied to her career as a creative executive and talent agent in the film and television industry.
AthLEADs, which was co-created by the Athletics Department and the Center for the Advancement of Girls, was born out of research that 94 percent of C-suite women participated in athletics in their youth. Now in its third year, AthLEADs provides student-athletes with multiple opportunities to learn about and develop important leadership skills such as self-confidence, collaboration, the value of effectively providing and receiving feedback, and more.
Students Take Their Virtual Assembly Seats

Weekly divisional assemblies look a bit different this year, as students both on-campus and those learning through AIS @ Home gather for these communal meetings. This week, upper schoolers learned about opportunities to engage in community through school clubs, organizations, and publications. Middle schoolers reviewed best practices for online learning, new announcements, and the Middle School Values Statement. In the Lower School, students watched a special video created by Lower School Director Elizabeth Elizardi, featuring a Meditation Moment with Mrs. Dissinger, cameos from teachers and students, a book discussion with 4th grader Soukeyna, and more!

Exploring STEAM, Mathematics, and ELA — with Robots!
Go, Go Ozobot! Our fourth graders delved into the Ozobot 1:1 Hybrid Program this week, which provides palm-sized robots and accompanying Math, ELA, and STEAM lessons that allow students to enhance their coding skills. AIS is the only all-girls’ school to have adopted the model, enabling students to engage in hands-on learning both on campus as well as through AIS@Home. On Friday, students in Ms. Sweeney’s class learned how to calibrate Ozobots, teach them to navigate cornered, curved, and even circular lines, and even challenged their bots by using built-in optical sensors to maneuver different colored pathways! Second and 3rd graders will have the opportunity to learn with the Ozobot over the next two weeks.
Ninth Grade Retreats on Campus
On Monday, our newest upper schoolers gathered on campus for their class retreat, where they signed the Upper School Honor Code, learned more about student clubs and organizations, wrote letters to their future selves, and created artwork for their new class hallway in the garden level of the Middle and Upper School building. We can’t wait to have them back on campus next week!
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