More than 20 Human Books from many different backgrounds (fighter, medic, student, ACS teacher, child, parent, business owner) gathered in the ACS Library to share with 10th grade history students their experiences of what life was like during the Lebanese Civil War.
Each year in the fall, the ACS libraries host a book fair to promote literacy and love of reading at all age levels. Over 7,000 English, French and Arabic books are available for purchase. This school wide event is organized with fundraising in mind as well. Proceeds go to a variety of programs including but not limited to: Arabic books in the classrooms, English books in the classrooms, book nooks in the hallways for student/teacher/parent use, local orphanages, and future author visits.
The ES Technology Facilitator hosted a parent coffee to focus on Internet Safety and shared an extensive list of tips parents can follow to keep their children safe online. The presentation may be summarized by the following:
- Digital parenting involves many of the same skills as parenting.
- Be proactive – set expectations, rules, and limits.
- Communicate – talk with your child about his/her online activities. Your children may be able to manipulate technology more quickly than you. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have things to teach them regarding technology use.
- When in doubt, ask or research it online.
Advisory groups from across the division competed as teams by reading 12 books in 2 months time. They then competed in playoffs for “House Champions” who then represented their advisory houses in a final championship competition. The winners for this year were Kuzel’s Kuzinz from the Indriks House.
- Robert Fisk, author of Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilization, visited ACS Library with a National Film Board of Canada crew in February. He spoke to Tim Eddy’s Modern Middle East History students and interested ACS Faculty and Staff. Following an engaging address on his years of reporting in the Middle East, current affairs in Syria, and ISIS, Fisk responded to students questions and stayed on to sign copies of his books.
- Ted Gorton, author of Renaissance Emir: A Druze Warlord at the Court of the Medici, joined Jared Peet’s 9th grade History class via Skype to discuss his book and to answer questions on the challenges that historians face when investigating events from the distant past. Students gained insight into ingenious ways to search for and gather information and the process Gorton used for assessing the reliability of the evidence he had gathered.