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The American Academy for Girls
Spirit Week at High School… Opportunity to Share Joy INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 2
Sports Day Winners at Paintball
Baby Shower for the Mothers to Be
“Who Am I?” Competition
Living with Parents From Different Cultures
Kuwait 10th most polluted country PAGE 3
Spotlight: Interview with Ms. Komal Khanna
Upcoming Events PAGE 4
Sport Zone: Tennis
Advice: How to Be Ready for College ?
Did You Know?
Written by: Anfal Tumaiheer
AAG holds every year a spirit week in order to increase the amount of spirit within the students. This year, High school started its spirit week on March 3 and ended it on March 7. Each day had a different theme. On Sunday it was pyjama day, where students came to school wearing colourful pyjamas. The second day was the character day. The girls dressed up as their favourite movie, series or cartoon stars. The next day, students had to dress up as nerds. During that day the girls showed high creativity, by wearing typical nerd costumes. On Wednesday it was tacky or clash day where students came to school wearing unmatchable clothes and colours. The last day was spring dress day. Students wore light shades of pink, blue, yellow, purple, orange, white, beige, and green. Students work hard during school year so spirit week, was an occasion to spread joy and happiness among the girls.
After the exams
Break at Hilton
Written by: Nourah Al Suwaileh
High school girls and teachers went on a field trip to the Hilton Resort On Thursday April 28 th. The school planned for the trip trying to make the students enjoy and rest after they finished their exams and before the starting of a new quarter. The buses left the school heading to the Hilton at 8 AM. Throughout the bus ride, the students enjoyed listening to their favorite music. When arrived, they split into different groups to have their breakfast. Later on, the girls head to the beach to start the activities that were planned for them by the Hilton staff. Some of them enjoyed playing balance egg race, Ping-Pong, jumping ropes, and trampoline. The others were sunbathing. At noon, the students were starving after all the excitement they had. The Hilton had set up a buffet for them, where different types of food and drinks were served. At the end, the girls went back to school after a well spent day full of fun and energy.
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Sports Day Winners at Paintball Written by Alanoud Al Mady
The sports day winners went on a fieldtrip to Paintball Kuwait on March 13, 2013. The bus moved at 9 AM and the students were filled with joy and energy as they sang songs on their way. When the students arrived, each got their gears and suits as they were ready to fight. The coaches instructed the rules and everyone was good to go. The 9th grade played against the 10th, while grades 11 and 12 played against each other. Many were struck with paint but the fun was worth the pain. Paint splashed everywhere and the field was full with eager fighters. After the game, the students went to Chili’s and had lunch. Some took pictures with the ocean in the background and some played with each other. Smiles were everywhere and the students went back home with good memories.
Baby Shower for the Mothers to Be
Written by Zahra Al Shakhs
Child Development class had a baby shower project on Wednesday April 10th. Students were divided into 3 groups, and each group had to create and design their own baby showers. The baby showers included food, give away bags and even games. Each group created 3 different types of games which the others had to participate in, such as, "guess the milk", and "guess the baby food". “The purpose of the baby shower was to allow the students to experience the activities that people do to welcome a pregnancy around the 7-9 months” said Ms. Misher McIntosh, the child development teacher. “I wanted them to experience a western tradition first hand. It is a wonderful day for the mother to be.” She added. “It also allows them to learn how to plan for this occasion, what food to serve, which games to play, and what gifts to present. " Students and teachers both enjoyed the baby shower and were impressed by the class' hard work.
“Who Am I?” Competition Written by: Bedour Mogahed
Many pictures were posted on the bulletin outside the counselor office, showing different children. Students were wondering, for whom are these pictures, to find out later, that these photos are for their teachers at a very young age. The students had to guess each teacher’s picture. Thus they filled out a form trying to write the correct name for each photo. The first 15 students with the right answers got a free breakfast as a prize. “It was a lovely and an exciting competition.” One of the students said.
Living with Parents From Different Cultures
Kuwait.. 10th Most Polluted Country
Written by Summer Bou-Rashed
Hi my name is Summer Bou-Rashed. Most people know that I am half Kuwaiti half American. People always ask me how it feels like to be from two different countries. To be completely honest I never really had a direct answer to that question. America’s culture is very different from Kuwait’s culture considering different traditions and religions… Difference in religions between my parents never affected me because I always knew what my religion was and I never questioned it.
Written by: Laila Al Sulaimi
The World health organization recently released a report on air quality based on a study of 91 countries. They found out that Kuwait is the 10th most polluted country in the world. This pollution is causing various health problems among citizens and residents in Kuwait, like Asthma and many others.
The study revealed that Kuwait is “ a country influenced not only by I have to admit living with two different parents with two completely different chemical industries pollutants, but by traffic and other sources” which thoughts is hard and challenging and can be agitating sometimes. should be regulated according to international rules and regulations. On the other hand, having parents from different cultures made me gain more The government is trying to increase the number of plants in Kuwait to knowledge. I master two languages the Arabic and the English. I also experienced improve air quality and diminish the pollution level. two different cultures ; their traditions, habits, and the way the people think and People should know that every little thing they do for their country live there. counts and can make a big difference.
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Interview With Ms. Khanna “My Students Know I Would Do What I Say”
A: I like working with Math and Science. Solving the math problems has always been like a challenge, like a puzzle, that I enjoy solving. There is logic and a sequential order in everything you do and I like order. Everything needs to be organized in a sequential manner. You tend to get a sense of satisfaction after every challenge you accomplish.
Q: You’re known between students as one of the most effective teachers? What’s the secret behind that? A: This is flattering. I am glad that I have been able to pass on some knowledge to my students and that they appreciate this. I guess I have been lucky and have had good students for all these years, who have had a desire to learn. Q: Can you describe for us a typical day in your classroom? A: A typical day would start off with a 5 min warm up that could be an oral one or projected on the screen. After that, we go over the homework difficulties and once that is taken care, we start with the lesson. This would include board work, questioning students for understanding and discussions. Students would then normally have some time for individual work/ practice where one on one assistance would be provided as and when needed. In the very end there would be a closure – a warp up of the day’s work. Q: How can you control your students’ behavior? A: I guess it is following through your commitments. My students are made aware of my expectations, my class rules, on the very first day of class. They are made aware of the consequences also, if any of the rules / expectations are not followed and then it becomes easy for both of us. They know I would do what I say.
Q: If you were not a teacher what would you be? Why?
Q: What do you like about teaching High School? Did you ever think about teaching other levels?
A: I have always wanted to do something for the stray dogs and cats, in general all animals . I guess I would have opened up an animal shelter for them. I know, even today, I would definitely like to do that. I just adore and love dogs, they give you unconditional love and support and it is very sad how people can just throw them out of their homes on the streets to die. They deserve our love as that is what they give us.
A: I started teaching high school students when I joined AAG and since then it has only been high school. I enjoy High School, in spite of every thing that goes on at this level. I like dealing with students who have some sense of responsibility for their actions. I enjoy teaching the higher level content.
Interviewed by Nourah Al Swaileh
An interview was conducted with Ms. Komal Khanna, The head of Math department and the pre-calculus teacher, to take a look into her personal and professional life. Q: can you please tell me about yourself? A: I’m an Indian, born in India and brought up in Kuwait and India. My schooling has been in Kuwait till grade 10 and then I continued with my education – Bachelors degree, Masters and then my Certification from India. I have lived in Kuwait for more than 20 years now and Kuwait is just like home to me. Q: For how many years have you been teaching at AAG? Did you teach in other schools? A: AAG has been the first school where I started teaching and it has been 16 years here. I have taught Pre Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Physics and currently am teaching Pre Calculus and Calculus to the Juniors and Seniors. Q: Why did you choose to be a math teacher?
Q: as a Head of the Math Department, what are some of the changes you would like to achieve this year?
A: I definitely am aiming at covering more materials in all classes and trying to fill up those gaps that occur at different grade levels. This year, we have started Math support classes at different levels and I am hoping that students would benefit from them and acquire the knowledge that we expect them to acquire. Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now? A: Five years, according to me, is a pretty long time and so to assume where I would and what I would be doing is quite uncertain. I would say that I take life as it comes. Every day is a new start, so let’s wait and see what life has in store for me.
Mother’s Day… Unique Occasion Written by: Reem Al Kandari Illustrated by: Dana Al Zuraiqi
“ a mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”- Agatha Christie Mother’s day is held in different days and dates around the world, most commonly on March. It is a unique occasion celebrated from the heart. It is an opportunity to make life special for our moms. Without a mom, none of us would have been born, none of us would have been raised to be a good citizen, future moms and dads. We should appreciate what our mothers do for us. We will always need her touch no matter how old we are. A mother can take place of all the others but no one can take her place. She’s our caring angel !
Upcoming Events April 13th: Senior Carnival at GUST April 14th—April 18th: Environmental week th April 16 : Seniors Lunch April 18th: Free Dress Day (Blue, Green, and Brown Day) April 18th: Senior Trip to Singapore April 18th—April 27th: Spring Break
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Riddle “I’m full of holes, yet I’m full of water. What am I? Answers should be submitted to the journalism teacher in room 319. The first three students with the right answer will be given the permission to order food to school.
Book Review Warm Bodies
Written by: Anwar Al Saleh
Warm bodies is Isaac Marion’s debut novel. It is a story about a “R” which is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows warm and bright abd very much alive. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie intead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with his life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight...
Tennis OZ: The Great and Powerful Written by: Bashayer Al Atwan
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), who is also known as Oz, is a small-town magician who is looking to be, not just a good man, but a great man. After a horrific tornado he turns up in an enchanted land. This land will show him his fate, whether he is a good or great man. The cast : James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz.
How to Be Ready for College ? Written by Dana Al Zuraiqi
Have you narrowed your search for the college of your dreams? The process of selecting and applying to colleges and universities can seem endless. You might feel uneasy but here are some advices to get you started once you start your journey. Dreading College well that’s normal! After all you’re leaving that comfort zone you always had in high school, and entering a foreign yet exciting new experience in life. You’ll get used to it by the following year.
Learn to Read Difficult Text. You are expected to understand high standardized text books, your no longer in high school.
Be independent. Professors are not your high school teachers. They expect you to act and be dependable, responsible like an adult. Professors won’t remind you when you have home work or when it’s due, always take a handy schedule note pad to remind yourself, keep yourself updated daily.
Concentrate on your studies! In college you'll have more freedom than in high school. No one will care if you looked like you just got out of bed, or even if you had red, blue, rainbow hair.
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
you can remember the value of Pi (3.415926) by counting each word’s letters in “may I have a large container of coffee?’’
the most commonly forgotten item for travelers is their toothbrush.
A crocodile can’t stick out its tongue.
An egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C.
Your foot and your forearm are the same length .
The opposite side s of a dice always adds up to 7.
Written by Mariam Bin Nasser
Tennis is one of the most popular individual sports in the world. An early version of Tennis started out in the 16th century in France where players would yell "tenez" when starting a game giving the game the name Tennis. Later the game would be cultured in England in the 19th century as grass tennis that looks a lot like the sport we play today. In tennis the player uses a racquet to hit a ball over a net into the competitor’s court. The ball must be kept in the court and can bounce only one time on the court surface before the competitor must strike the ball back over the net. The ball is made up of felt and rubber. Tennis is often played with one player per side (singles) or with two players per side (doubles). The court is the basic area where tennis is played. It is a rectangular flat surface of different types including concrete, grass, and clay. The standard tennis court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide for singles. For doubles the width of the court is increased to 36 feet. 3 feet 6 inch high net is stretched across the court, dividing the court in half. Tennis courts can be found in public parks, schools, and country clubs throughout the world. They can be outside or inside allowing for fresh air when the weather is good and year round play when the weather is bad.
Published on May 13, 2013