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Escuela Americana
December 2011
4th edition
Escuela Americana
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EDITORIAL
By: Carmen Nuñez - Communications \ Alumni Director
65 YEARS AGO…
PK-12th all set on a beautiful 32-acre campus.
Thousands of children have walked the hallways
years
of this school and all of us who have had the
Inez
privilege and honor to have been students in this
Terzian and eight
great school must thank the founding members
students in grades
for their incredible legacy.
Sixty-five
ago,
Mrs.
1st-5th
began
their first day of
The entire EA community owes
class
Mrs.
which
happened
to
also
Terzian
Without
be
our
her
insight,
gratitude.
persistence
our beloved Escuela Americana’s first day of
and
this
wonderful
existence. Mrs. Terzian was a visionary woman
educational institution would
who served as headmistress and only teacher
not have been born.
for this newly- founded school. The idea of these
children’s parents and of the Terzian family was
Thank you Mrs. Terzian for giving El Salvador a
to start an American - style school with bilingual
school that we can call home and for giving us the
education for their children. The year was 1946…..
privilege to call ourselves TROJANS!
If Mrs. Terzian could see the institution Escuela
Americana has grown to be, she would most
HAPPY 65TH BIRTHDAY
certainly be full of pride and joy.
ESCUELA AMERICANA!
Escuela Americana has grown from having a single
Carmen de Núñez
classroom style education in a residential home
Communications Director
with a handful of students, to having a student
Escuela Americana
body of approximately 1,600 children in grades
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ESCUELA AMERICANA
EL SALVADOR
ADDRESS:
INDEX
Calle y Colonia La Mascota
Final Calle 3, San Salvador,
El Salvador
Phone: (503) 2528-8300
Fax: (503) 2528-8321
www.amschool.edu.sv
65th Anniversary (Pag. 4 - 16)
La Escuela celebra 65 años de legado
65Th Anniversary Activities
65Th Anniversary Celebration
Nuevos Miembros del Salon de la Fama de Exalumnos
Escuela Americana Fun History Facts
Educational Mission
Escuela Americana is a college preparatory international
school that seeks to provide a sound basis for life as a
responsible member of society. Our educational program
is built on high quality standards, and the commitment
to help each child develop his or her potential. Escuela
Americana offers a bilingual program embracing the
cultures of El Salvador and the United States
ADMINISTRATION (Pag. 17 - 18)
Board Retreat and Strategic Planing
New Teachers 2011 - 2012
PARENTS (Pag. 19)
Construyendo la Relación Filial
Mr. Kenneth Templeton
General Director
LOWER SCHOOL (Pag. 20 - 25)
Bubbles!! Bubbles!!
Día de los Difuntos - ¿Cómo se Celebra en EA?
The Dream Place
Lower School Helping Hands Help those in need!
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Pag. 26 - 31)
A New Middle School Tradition
8th Grade Girl’s Lock-In 2011
15 Years of Friendship, Learning, and Fun
Middle School Trojan Games
Mrs. Patricia Zaldivar
Finance and Operations
Mr. Richard Sinclair
Upper School Director
Mr. Robert Sinnett
Middle School Director
Ms. Cristina Lima
Lower School Director
Mrs. Yolanda de López
Admissions Director
UPPER SCHOOL (Pag. 32 - 44)
AASCA
Best Friends, Bikinis, and Business
A New Way to the Future is Through the Youth
MUN Actively Raising Awareness
Paece Day
Teachers Dress Up for Charity: A Fun Fundraiser!
The EA Focuses on Student Welliness
ALUMNI (Pag. 45 - 47)
EXAM Gives Back to the Community
Trojan Alumni Volunteers Participate in Turtle Release
Mrs. Carol Johansing
TLC Director
Mrs. Raquel Rodriguez
Athletic Director
Mrs. Malisa Valladares
EAX Director
ESCUELA AMERICANA IN BRIEF:
Founded: 1946
Enrollment PK -12: 1,728
Average Class Size: 14
Athletic sports: 6
Advanced Placement courses: 22
Teaching Faculty: 163
EAX (Pag. 48 - 49)
EAX Gives Back
ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS:
The Trojan Today News is the Escuela Americana Official Quarterly
Newsletter. Its objective is to keep the Escuela Americana
Community informed about news, events and happenings of Escuela
Americana as well as other articles of interest.
We invite all Community members to contribute articles. Please
submit them to the Communications Office.
• Accredited - Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS)
• Accredited- Ministry of Education of El Salvador (MINED)
• Accredited – Southern Association of Independent
Schools (SAIS)
• Member- College Board
• Member- NAIS (National Association of Independent
Schools)
• Member- AASCA (Association of American Schools in
Central America)
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• Member - Tri-Association (The Association of American
Schools of Central America – Colombia – Caribbean –
Mexico)
65TH ANNIVERSARY
LA ESCUELA CELEBRA 65 AÑOS DE LEGADO
By: Dr. Nicola Angelucci- Presidente Junta Directiva Escuela Americana
Tomado del Discurso Conmemoración 65 Aniversario de
cúmulo de experiencias constructivas, gratos
Dr. Nicola Angelucci- Presidente Junta Directiva Escuela
recuerdos y esa red de amigos que nos permite
Americana.
avanzar y encontrar nuestro sentido de identidad
en el mundo. Después de la familia, la Escuela es
“Cumplir 65 años no es poca cosa. En
fuente de inspiración y guía.
esta trayectoria hemos entregado al país
hombres y mujeres que han hecho historia,
El legado que la Escuela Americana deja en sus
que han contribuido a la cultura y el deporte,
alumnos se vuelve con el tiempo un importante
hombres y mujeres que han hecho próspero
estimulador de desarrollo y progreso para nuestro
a El Salvador, hombres y mujeres que han
país en la medida que vamos dando nuestro aporte
puesto en alto el nombre de nuestro país y
a la sociedad como ciudadanos productivos. Con la
nuestra Escuela.”
guía de nuestra familia y con lo que nos llevamos
de las aulas de esta Escuela pasamos a construir
San Salvador, Noviembre 23, 2011
progreso, a generar empleos, a construir familias,
a multiplicar bienestar y a ser partícipes de las
Sesenta
y
cinco
años
es
una
larga
vida.
soluciones a problemas nacionales.
Comprenden un período en que los frutos del
trabajo bien hecho se pueden palpar, medir
Cumplir 65 años no es poca cosa. En esta
y festejar en la presencia de familia y amigos.
trayectoria hemos entregado al país hombres
Por eso nos hemos reunido, en confianza, para
y mujeres que han hecho historia, que han
celebrar este aniversario número 65 de nuestra
contribuido a la cultura y el deporte, hombres y
Alma Mater.
mujeres que han hecho próspero a El Salvador,
hombres y mujeres que han puesto en alto el
Para
nuestra
comunidad,
65
años
significa
nombre de nuestro país y nuestra Escuela. Pero
experiencia, significa carácter y perseverancia.
heredar de la Escuela Americana un legado es
Significa aprendizaje y solidez. Pero más que
un privilegio que nos exige responsabilidad. Nos
todo, 65 años significa legado. Legado es todo
exige que construyamos, que aportemos, que
aquello que la Escuela Americana nos dejó. No
sumemos, que participemos y le compartamos al
hablo de paredes, ni de los títulos, ni de registros
país los dones y talentos que Dios no ha regalado.
de calificaciones. Me refiero a la formación y
principios que de aquí nos llevamos todos los que
Por eso me da mucho gusto que hayamos celebrado
hemos pasado por sus aulas.
el legado de 65 años de la Escuela Americana
ingresando a dos grandes personalidades de
El legado de la Escuela Americana es la llave que
nuestro país al Salón de la Fama. Dos ex alumnos
nos abre puertas y la brújula que nos ayuda a
que ilustran cómo, ese legado puede ser usado
diferenciar lo bueno de lo malo. Es la formación
para hacer de El Salvador un país que pueda
que nos ayuda a ser personas de bien, a soñar
soñar en grande. Me da mucho gusto compartir,
en grande y a vivir con plenitud. Legado es ese
un homenaje donde honramos el mérito de
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nuestros ex alumnos que han destacado a lo largo
de su trayectoria profesional. Dos personas que
El mundo en el que nos toca vivir atraviesa
han enarbolado las banderas de la excelencia, el
momentos
liderazgo y el amor por la patria. Son dos nombres
oportunidades de sobresalir y de aportar a que
conocidos y muy respetados, dos nombres que
el mundo sea un poco mejor. Lo que soñemos lo
le han agregado mucho prestigio a la Escuela
podemos lograr con trabajo, con sacrificio y con
Americana. Los dos son empresarios y han llevado
claridad de propósitos. Y persiguiendo nuestros
vidas activas en el servicio y la proyección hacia
sueños tenemos que aspirar a vivir en gracia con
causas sociales. Los dos se graduaron con honores
Dios y en franca felicidad.
difíciles
pero
siempre
habrá
de sus universidades en el extranjero.
De la Escuela nos llevamos las herramientas
para hacer lo que más nos guste y para hacerlo
exitosamente. De la escuela nos llevamos una
plataforma de conocimientos y valores que nos
pueden catapultar hasta donde aspiremos llegar.
Felicidades a la Comunidad Escuela Americana por
estos 65 años de legado, herencia y excelencia!
Ellos son Miguel Lacayo y Ricardo Poma, Los
cuales serán homenajeados por su Liderazgo y
Ciudadanía Ejemplar.
Estos dos ex alumnos entran a un espacio
privilegiado donde se convierten en modelos
a imitar para todos nuestros estudiantes. Al
integrarlos al Salón de la Fama de la Escuela
Americana, colocamos en vitrina sus experiencias
de vida para que sirvan de inspiración a toda la
comunidad educativa.
Ellos dos nos muestras a todos qué tan alto
podemos soñar, que tan lejos podemos llegar y
qué tanto podemos aportarle a nuestro país a
través del servicio público, a través del trabajo
en nuestras comunidades, a través de nuestra
inversión de tiempo y recursos a temas tan
sensibles como la educación y la salud.
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65TH ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES
By: Communications Office
Escuela Americana celebrates its 65th Anniversary
took place. The celebration was composed of
this year with numerous activities. EXAM hosted
two events; a luncheon with guests that included
a cocktail party during the summer for EA
new Hall of Fame inductees (Ricardo Poma and
alumni. Many alumni came back to celebrate
Miguel Lacayo) and guests, EA Board of Directors,
their alma mater’s birthday with great food and
Faculty and Staff. We honored faculty and staff
great company, and even enjoyed a viewing of
which had been with us for 25+ years. Later the
a special commemorative video produced by the
guests joined students and teachers for a school-
Communications Office.
wide assembly which took place in the gym to
honor the new Hall of Fame inductees.
On November 23rd , Escuela Americana’s 65th
Anniversary Assembly / Hall of Fame Induction
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65TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
By: EA Communications Office
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Current Hall of Fame members: Carlos Hasbún and Roberto Murray with EA Board President, Dr. Nicola Angelucci.
Special Guest Speaker, Mrs. María Eugenia de Ávila; Mr. Paul Steiner - Exam President; Mr. Miguel Lacayo - Hall of Fame Inductee and
Mr. Ken Templeton - EA General Director
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Images from our celebration
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NUEVOS MIEMBROS DEL SALON DE LA FAMA DE EXALUMNOS
By: EA Communications Office
NUEVOS
MIEBROS
DEL
SALON
DE
LA
al mundo, 3- su rol como modelo y ejemplo
FAMA DE EX ALUMNOS DE LA ESCUELA
consistente con la misión de la Escuela Americana
AMERICANA
y 4- su reputación, de acuerdo a cuánto se ha
destacado dentro y fuera de nuestro país.
Cada dos años, la Oficina de Ex alumnos de la
Escuela Americana abre el proceso de nominación
En esta ocasión y con motivo de la Celebración del
y selección de nuevos miembros del Salón de la
65 Aniversario de la Escuela Americana el Comité
Fama de Ex alumnos. Para la selección de los ex
de Selección con el aval de la Junta Directiva de
alumnos que ingresan al Salón de la Fama, se
la Escuela Americana seleccionó a dos ex alumnos
evalúan varias categorías con base a una lista de
para la categoría de Liderazgo y Ciudadanía
criterios técnicos y un mecanismo para llevar a
Ejemplar.
cabo el procedimiento de selección. Las categorías
son Liderazgo y Ciudadanía Ejemplar, Mérito
Ellos son Miguel Lacayo Clase de 1978 y Ricardo
Cultural y Profesional, Deportista Destacado y
Poma Clase de 1963.
Mérito Académico e Investigación.
Damos Gracias a Don Miguel y Don Ricardo, por
Los criterios de ingreso durante el proceso de
aceptar la invitación a ser parte de nuestro Salón
selección y evaluación son cuatro:
de la Fama, ya que ellos son
1- los logros profesionales en su rubro de trabajo,
nuestra comunidad y un ejemplo para estos niños
2- el servicio y contribuciones a la sociedad y
y jóvenes.
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un orgullo para
ING. MIGUEL LACAYO
ING. RICARDO POMA
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ESCUELA AMERICANA FUN HISTORY FACTS
By: Paulina Ortiz – Communications Office
Did you know?
expansion in the last 10 years, with reconstructions
and constructions of 4 buildings?
• EA’s first students had their classes in a house?
• You can print anything from business cards, photobooks
• Fiorella Massi, who is now a Lower School Assistant,
to t shirts in PrintEAs publications department?
won the first award as best student in 1948?
• Each classroom in the Early Childhood Center has
• The Elementary School land was bough at 3.00
an observation room designed for child education
colones a square “vara”?
research and for parents to do periodic observations of
• The land where the Chicken Coops was built, was
their children in school?
bought from the US Embassy for a symbolic price of
• The Extension Program at EA has more students
$1.00?
attending classes on weekdays and Saturdays than
• First ever Escuela Americana yearbook, published in
Escuela Americana?
1958, was called “Maquilishuat”?
• The Trojan Learning Center is affiliated with The
• The first seniors graduated in 1961?
Hill Center in Durham, North Carolina: an innovative
• Seño Ochoa started working in the school in 1960,
research based program that has been helping children
one year before the first class graduated?
for over 30 years?
• The Upper School Library is named after John P.
• Escuela Americana has more than 8,000 alumni
Maloney, our school’s director in 1958 who devoted 13
around the world from Madrid to Tokyo to Morroco?
years to the school?
Our Alumni Hall of Fame members range from former
• The first design of the “Trojan” was created by a
Salvadoran presidents to entrepreneurs, to successful
student, Frank Angulo?
athletes?
• Students first began using uniforms in 1986?
• Escuela Americana’s Service Program extends
The Lower School Library is dedicated to Inez Terzian,
from Lower School to Upper School with each grade
the first Director and teacher of the Escuela Americana?
participating in community service?
• EXAM was founded by Victor Steiner, in 1983, while
he was member of the Board of Directors?
For more images scan
• There was an actual Lady Trojan on a horse present
this code or vist
in EA’s 50th anniversary in 1996?
www.amschool.edu.sv
• The school has had its greatest infrastructure
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By: Mr. Ken Templeton – General Director
Discussions were lively and touched on every
Under each of these over-arching or “mission” goals are
area, from mission and admission to finance and
a series of eight more specific goals or objectives which
infrastructure, and even more.
will be literally “hammered out” in ensuing Strategic
Planning sessions leading to the who, what, when,
As a follow up to the work of our five 12-hour commissions
where, by what means, and how measured necessary
that was completed during the 2010-2011 School Year,
for an effective implementation of a strategic plan.
the EA Board of Directors held an eight-hour retreat on
Friday and Saturday, September 30 – October 1, at the
To complete this planning work and move toward
Lower School house on campus. At this retreat, members
effective action, board members and an expanded
of the board began finalizing both short-term and long-
group of EA staff and administration will have three
term goals for EA. Attendance was excellent with 15
Monday meetings beginning Monday, October 31,
of 16 members present. The considerable volume of
and continuing through November 14. Each meeting
input, research, and recommendations provided by
will be from 7:00–9:30AM.
each of the commissions gave strong direction to this
under the guidance and direction of Amy Swiatek, our
process. Each member of the EA Board was provided
professional leader.
These meetings will be
with a good deal of information in advance and asked
to arrive prepared to discuss and share in both small
As a school community, we can and should be proud
and large group exercises. Discussions were lively and
of the enormous amount of time and effort that has
touched on every area, from mission and admission
gone into this process, and that we are a strong and
to finance and infrastructure, and even more. It was
confident institution that seeks to examine itself always
decided at the end of the session on Saturday that
with an idea to be better and stronger.
another session be scheduled for the next week.
From this process and following a third meeting with
a smaller group of Board representatives and EA
staff, the Board members have arrived at three broad
areas of over-arching goals and under each area are
sub-goals that will lead the EA strategic plan and the
specific steps we will take to reach our goals.
The overarching goals are:
1. Strengthening academic performance and developing
the whole child
2. Positioning sound infrastructure and financial base
to support future needs of a well-rounded education
3. Strengthening a mission driven board, leadership,
and community
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ADMINISTRATION
BOARD RETREAT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
NEW TEACHERS 2011 - 2012
By: EA Communications Office
From left to right: Rosie Escobar, Jess Rojas, Therese Boushay, Daniella Walsh, Carolyn Carter, Hudak Hendrix, Melanie
Campione, Charlotte Glashagel, Elizabeth Liombart, Patricia Rodriguez
Mrs. Beth Avila - TLC
Mrs. Rosario de Keeling
Pre kinder
Mr. Carlos Velasco - MS Music
Ms. Jessica Colburn
2nd Grade
Mrs. Olga García - MS Assistant
Ms. Isabel Epstein
Kinder
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Mrs. Eugenia Herrera
US Assistant
Por Mónica Pacas de Rodríguez- Master en Matrimonio y Familia Orientadora Familiar-Forja
Una relación construida sobre la base del mutuo
No se trata de resignarse e ignorar las áreas de mejora
conocimiento, la aceptación, la comprensión y la
¡pues el mismo amor exige que le ayudes a ser la mejor
ayuda mutua, es una relación fuerte.
persona que puede ser!... pero partiendo de lo que es.
Y teniendo en mente que la meta es su propio bien –
Construir una relación fuerte con tu [email protected] desde
no el tuyo ¡aunque también te veas beneficiado!-. Así,
pequeño es una de las inversiones más rentables
las metas que plantees serán objetivas, deseables y
y reconfortantes que puedes hacer en la vida.
alcanzables para ambos.
Aunque lo ideal es iniciar desde que los [email protected] están
pequeños, ¡cualquier edad es buena para comenzar!
Aceptar a tu [email protected] como es te ayudará a comprender
Lo indispensable es que te lo plantees seriamente y
mejor su mundo interior: a ponerte en sus zapatos.
estés dispuesto a ir “construyendo” la relación “bloque
De esta forma, se te hará más sencillo descubrir sus
por bloque” con acciones y actitudes muy concretas.
sentimientos en las diferentes situaciones que tenga
que enfrentar y por ello, estarás mas dispuesto y mejor
La relación comienza a establecerse cuando padre e
capacitado para ayudarle cuando lo necesite.
[email protected] se conocen mutuamente. No basta con habitar en
la misma casa o ocuparse de que vaya al colegio todos
Una relación construida sobre la base del mutuo
los días. Se trata de conocer sus gustos, sus aspiraciones
conocimiento, la aceptación, la comprensión y la ayuda
y sueños, sus necesidades, sus limitaciones y sus
mutua, es una relación fuerte -a prueba de los retos
miedos. Para conseguirlo, es indispensable compartir
que la vida seguramente te presentará-. La relación
tiempo juntos, durante el cual puedan “mirarse” y
filial bien vivida posibilitará que ambos crezcan como
“conversar”; solos tú y él, en un ambiente de apertura,
seres humanos y les permitirá gozar a lo largo de la
confianza y respeto.
vida de una compañía invaluable, ya sea para celebrar
o para lamentar, para reír o para llorar.
A menudo, al [email protected] puedes descubrir ciertos
Pero siempre ¡JUNTOS!
rasgos o actitudes en tu [email protected] que por ser diferente a ti
te pueden resultar poco atractivas o incluso a veces te
Comentarios: [email protected]
pueden provocar una reacción inicial de rechazo.
Sin embrago, para que el amor entre padre e [email protected] pueda
crecer y fortalecerse es indispensable que lo aceptes
tal como es; por el simple hecho de que aquel bebe,
niñ@ o joven es tu [email protected]; y él a tí, porque tú le diste la
vida, porque le brindas los cuidados que necesita para
crecer y desarrollarse sanamente, y porque lo educas
para que un día se convierta en adulto capaz de ser
feliz.
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PARENTS
CONSTRUYENDO LA RELACIÓN FILIAL
LOWER SCHOOL
BUBBLES!! BUBBLES!!
By: Ivette Molina – Math & Science Center Teacher
“Can bubbles be shaped
like
the
ones
in
Bus Movies).
the
cartoon?”
Once the classroom is ready for the experiment, each
student gets a wire hanger to try different shapes, like
Imagine a classroom full of
students
eagerly
trying
rhombus, triangle, square and oval.
a
variety of fascinating experiments with bubbles.
3. Draw Conclusions and Communicate Results
Following the Scientific Method, students figure out
that bubbles are always spheres, they will never form
a cube or prism no matter the shape of the hanger.
In every experiment, the Math Science Center wants
all students to engross themselves in the activity and
become intensely involved in what they are doing They
will learn through “play” and develop a intuitive sense
of what science is all about, cooperating as needed,
but learning at their own pace and level.
In 3rd grade Science Class, students are learning the
Scientific Method. The challenge the Math Science
Center faces is how to help teachers teach the Scientific
Method. Well, we’ll use bubbles as a fun way to learn!
The Scientific Method has different stages:
1. Observe and ask Questions
2. Observe Ziggy’s picture above. You’re probably
wondering, “Can bubbles be shaped like the ones in
the cartoon?” Plan and conduct the Experiment
This is the great thing about having a place like the
Math Science Center, this classroom is ready for Lower
School students to take chances, make mistakes, and
get messy! (Like Ms. Frizzle says in the Magic School
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Por: Oficina de Comunicaciones
[Los Salvadoreños] recuerdan a los difuntos en
al catolicismo cambiaron la fecha del festival para el
este día, pero más que recordar, es un día en el
inicio de noviembre; de esta manera coincidían con
que se celebra la vida de los que siguen aquí. las festividades católicas del Día de todos los Santos y
Todas las Almas. En El Salvador, el Día de los Muertos se celebra el 2 de
noviembre. Aunque en menor escala que las grandes
Cómo se celebra en América Latina
fiestas de otros países, los salvadoreños siguen la
tradición de sus raíces y recuerdan a los difuntos en
El 1 y 2 de noviembre son dos días bien diferenciados
este día, pero más que recordar, es un día en el que se
en las festividades. El 1 es el día en que regresan las
celebra la vida de los que siguen aquí. almas de los niños y el 2 las almas de los adultos. Para
ambos días los pueblos y ciudades preparan una serie
En La Escuela Americana, celebramos el Día de los
de objetos que forman parte del ritual de todos los
Difuntos en Primaria en las clases de español, donde los
noviembres. En primer lugar están las calaveras, que
estudiantes aprenden de las tradiciones y costumbres
se ven representadas tanto en artesanías como en los
del pueblo Salvadoreño. Los niños disfrutan la tradición
platos de la víspera.
de comer el plato típico de ese día, las hojuelas
embadurnadas de una deliciosa miel de azúcar de caña.
También existen máscaras con forma de cráneo y
calaveras a las que se les inscriben en la frente el
Orígenes del Día de los Muertos
nombre de los difuntos o de gente viva como una
broma. Para nada tétricas, las formas de los objetos
Los orígenes de la celebración del Día de Muertos se
son siempre redondeadas, las calaveras muestran una
encuentran en los antiguas culturas indígenas de los
irónica sonrisa y la comida es por lo general dulce y la
Aztecas, Mayas, Purepechas, Nahuas y Totonacas que
parte más esperada para los niños a los que se convida
durante 3 mil años hicieron rituales dedicados a sus
con todo tipo de golosinas.
ancestros coincidiendo con estas fechas. Estos rituales
simbolizaban la muerte y el renacimiento que en la
época prehispánica se representaba con los cráneos
de los muertos. Las festividades eran presididas por
el dios Mictecacihuatl, conocido como la “Dama de la
muerte” (actualmente corresponde con “la Catrina”) y
eran dedicadas a la celebración de los niños y las vidas
de parientes fallecidos. Así como se sienten muchos extranjeros al ver esta
celebración que tiene algo de morboso y mucho de
El Día de los Muertos se celebra en muchos países
pagano, los conquistadores españoles del siglo XV
de América Latina y aunque en todos tiene el mismo
estuvieron aterrados por las practicas de los indígenas,
significado, cada uno le da a un toque personal. y en un intento de convertir a los nativos americanos
Información proviene de www.viajeros.com
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LOWER SCHOOL
DIA DE LOS DIFUNTOS – ¿COMO SE CELEBRA EN EA?
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By Martin Hererra - 5th grade student
Try to climb Mt. Aconcagua someday.
See the snow as white as paper,
It’s like escaping completely away.
And feel yourself a movie maker.
If you can, you should feel proud.
Hear the birds singing,
You will get free of all the crowd.
Instead of your phone ringing.
If you get to the summit,
Now you’ve climbed the tallest mount,
I’m sure you won’t vomit.
Instead of using your Facebook account.
Smell the flowers,
Now you have escaped away,
And explore for hours.
Remember to come back someday.
Even though you might have fear,
Try to stay in the rear.
Fell the breeze,
And why not sneeze?
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LOWER SCHOOL
THE DREAM PLACE
LOWER SCHOOL
LOWER SCHOOL HELPING HANDS HELP THOSE IN NEED!
By: Florence de Lemus – Lower School Assistant Director
educational materials prepared by the students (first
grade); brooms - each faculty member brought one or
more brooms on Monday, Oct. 31st.
There were many mothers and TA’s that helped
organize the packing of the “canasta básica” on Nov.
4th and 18th in the Cafetorium. It was great to see so
many people joining efforts and helping out.
Lower School raised a total of $2646.09!
The Lower School joined “helping hands” to help
Salvadorans affected by the october rains. LS teachers
started the solidarity movement and soon mothers
were helping as well. Several activities were organized
giving students opportunities to be active participants
in community service. Lower School selected the
Community of San Nicolás Lempa (at Bajo Lempa area)
to receive our donations and TCS helped them with the
delivery of these donations to this area.
The activities included:
Two Helping Hands Days (Jeans’ Day, Nov. 4 and 18)
- students brought a monetary donation, between $2
and $5 (which was used to buy metal sheeting for
Students had previously participated in a sticker design
contest. The Helping Hands committee selected three
drawings that best reflected the purpose of this special
endeavor. Publications helped create the sticker. All
students had the opportunity to pack one or more
“canastas” and place the special “HELPING HAND from
EA” sticker on their bag.
TCS will make a video as they deliver the LS donations.
We will, in due time, share this video everybody gets to
see who the beneficiaries of Lower School’s “service”
and efforts are and the area they have all helped
“reconstruct”.
Thank you Lower School for you great initiative in
helping others and a great program!
rebuilding roofs) PLUS one pound or more of a food
item (Nov.4) and a cleaning item (Nov. 18). FUSAL’s
recommendations for specific items were taken into
consideration:
PK
Rice
K
Beans
1st
“Incaparina”
2nd
“Maseca”
3rd
Cooking Oil
4th
Powder Milk
5th
Sugar
Donations - shoes (used but in good condition/
new) from PK students (their Social Service project);
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MIDDLE SCHOOL
A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TRADITION
By: Carmen Novoa – Middle School Assistant Director
“In order to establish enriching traditions
and customs at EA that bring students
together and to instill a sense of citizenship,
community, and patriotism…”
In order to establish enriching traditions and
customs at EA that bring students together and
to instill a sense of citizenship, community, and
patriotism, members of the Middle School Student
Government lead all Middle School students in a
Flag Raising Ceremony. This ceremony is held the
first Tuesday of each month except when there is
a modified schedule or a holiday.
The Flag Raising Ceremony consists of the
Executive officers, and grade level officers taking
turns on a designated month to raise the flag of
El Salvador and the flag of the United States of
America. All Middle School students and staff stand
in the area in front of the main lobby and join in
singing the National Anthems of both countries as
the class officers raise the flags.
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By: Jonathan Roach - 8th Grade History Teacher
On Friday, November 4th fifty five 8th grade
vigilantes…some interesting stories by the way!
girls gathered in the gym with their tents,
Shortly afterwards the girls played a game of
sleeping bags, music, movies, Nintendo
midnight soccer, followed by a mass exodus from
Wii’s, food, and an endless amount of
the gym to the soccer field.
energy.
out their sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets and
Everyone brought
laid down on the new turf (which is actually very
What is a Lock-In you ask? … Well, it is probably
comfortable and keeps you warm when you lay
one of the most memorable experiences in the
on it) and gazed at the stars and watched what
8th grade and the biggest slumber party many
seemed to be an unending show of shooting stars.
students have ever been to. The Lock-In begins
Sunrise came at 5:15am, and with it an amazing
at 8:00pm on Friday evening and ends at 7:00am
display of colors and sounds most of the girls
on Saturday morning. This is the second year
had never seen before. Just after sunrise several
that the Middle School has held its annual girls’
of the 8th grade mothers came to the gym and
Lock- In, and the second annual boys’ lock in is
brought every breakfast. It was a great way to
coming up in January 2012. One key aspect of
end the night.
the Lock-In is that students are not able to attend
if they have a Major Infraction. It is evident that
In sum, it was an unforgettable event that not
students this year are responding to this, as the
only brought the girls together, but allowed for
number of Major Infractions is lower compared to
some safe and relaxed fun time!
previous years.
Special thanks to Mr. Roach for organizing the
On Friday, November 4th fifty five 8th grade girls
Lock-In, to Mr. Sorto, Mrs. Guirola, Mr. Sinnett,
gathered in the gym with their tents, sleeping
and Mrs. Novoa for supervision, to vigilantes
bags, music, movies, Nintendo Wii’s, food, and an
Martin and Jose Antonio for their awesome
endless amount of energy.
stories and for providing security throughout the
First and foremost,
the initial activity that the girls dug into, literally,
night.
was dinner.
Mantenimiento for helping with the set up, and to
The girls ordered enough pizza to
feed an army…and ate it all! Then Mrs Novoa and
Ms. Raquel Rodriguez for letting us use the gym.
Mr Sinnett made additional runs (Not literally;
they drove to pick up!) to Buffalo Wings and Mc
Donald’s for more food.
Once hunger was satiated, some girls played Wii,
including Dance Dance Revolution, Just Dance 2,
Mario Kart, and Guitar Hero, while others listened
to music, danced, and chatted. Then it was time
for movies, and of course you can’t have a LockIn without a scary movie!! After the movie, at
2:00 am, everyone was too psyched to sleep so
they went outside to hear ghost stories from the
Additional thanks goes to CopeClean and
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MIDDLE SCHOOL
8TH GRADE GIRLS’ LOCK- IN 2011
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By: Ms Agnes Dutriz – Middle School Teacher
ESCUELA
AMERICANA-WEBB
SCHOOL
CULTURAL EXCHANGE
and delicious food.
Moms at Webb were always helping out in
EA students become part of their families
anything they could. They took the EA students
and have the opportunity to experience day
and the chaperones to downtown Knoxville were
to day life in the United States.
they learned about their history by visiting James
White Fort and seeing how life in the early days
A delegation of seventeen EA Middle School
was very different to what we are used to now.
students had the opportunity to learn and
But this trip was not complete without a visit to
experience a new culture through an exchange
the famous Chocolate Factory that had, what
that took place in Knoxville, Tennessee. For the
else…the widest variety of chocolates and sweets
past fifteen years, the Webb school community
one had ever seen.
has hosted EA students and welcomed them with
their southern hospitality. EA students become
One highlight of the exchange was the Salvadorian
part of their families and have the opportunity to
Cultural Fair. Our delegates prepared an exhibit
experience day to day life in the United States.
with touristic videos of El Salvador, typical
foods and beverages, songs, crafts, souvenirs,
Our delegates attended Webb school classes
and dresses. A map and the flag of El Salvador
and were amazed to see how each student was
were also displayed in the building. EA students
required to have an IPAD. Heavy books were
worked hard explaining Salvadoran traditions,
not a problem anymore; they were downloaded
handing out samples of platanitos, elotitos, and
straight to the IPAD. And what about lockers?
cerecitas, as well as arrayan, maracuya, and
Yes, they had lockers, but no locks! Honor code is
tamarind beverages. They demonstrated the use
something they really respect. Every day, at 8:15
of capiruchos and displayed Fernado Llort´s arts
a.m. students would gather at the auditorium
and cratfs. Webb students and teachers learned,
and had a brief assembly were they recited “The
in a couple hours, what El Salvador is all about.
Pledge of Allegiance” and their Honor Code.
The last day the students spent at the Webb School
EA students were involved in many fun activities.
turned out to be Halloween. Both teachers and
The first one was the Welcome Fiesta, a gathering
students dressed up, and lower school kids got to
that takes place in one of the host´s homes.
show their costumes in a parade that took place
Parents, students and teachers are invited to
from middle school through high school. M&Ms
chat, eat dinner, and get to know each other a
walked through the hallways, princesses were
little better. It was evident that the students had
happy to show off their gowns, and super heroes
already created wonderful friendships. Later on in
were running around. Only one thing was on their
the week, both WEBB students and EA students
minds... trick or treating. They all left school with
went on a fieldtrip to Dollywood, a fun amusement
one thing in mind…candy, candy, candy.
park with roller coasters, southern arts and crafts,
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MIDDLE SCHOOL
15 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP, LEARNING, AND FUN
The trip eventually came to an end and EA students came to school with their suitcases all packed. A
last farewell was said at the assembly. EA students and Webb students gathered together for the last
picture. They hugged goodbye and some had tears in their eyes; but they knew that this was not a
goodbye, it was an Hasta Luego! until February 2012 when the Webb delegation visits EA.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL TROJAN GAMES
By: Middle School Office
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UPPER SCHOOL
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AASCA
By: Communications Office
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AASCA
By: Communications Office
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Congratulations Trojans!
2nd Place!
3rd Place!
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By: Isabella Alvarez – 12th grade student
“There should be no reason why girl should
were yet to find the fabric. After wandering around
pay so much for bikinis, since after all we
El Salvador, making their way through random
could actually make them!”
shops, and unfamiliar people, they finally found
a distributor of Spanish spandex. They were able
What do Mark Zuckerberg,
to begin.
Valeria Quirós and Camila
Araujo have in common?
They launched their first collection, the “Black
They have all started
a
and White” in late March of 2011, which proved
business in their teenage
very successful. Instead of the bikinis being sold
years. Mark Zuckerberg
in stores, they were assembled by a seamstress
may have launched Facebook in Harvard, but best
and made “to order”, proving very advantageous.
friends Valeria and Camila have demonstrated
Girls looked at the styles in V&C’s Facebook page
that it’s really not necessary to be in a university
and then selected the piece they desired, and in
to establish an enterprise. They currently walk the
the size they wanted it. This ultimately got rid of
halls of Escuela American as seniors, and prove
the common dilemma all girls go through when
themselves unstoppable businesswomen with
shopping for bathing suits- “finding that cute
their newly launched swimsuit line, V&C.
piece, and in my size.”
They started their bikini line five months ago. They
There is no doubt that this mechanism gave V&C
commented that they always wanted to start a
a lead over most other bikini lines. Sixty nine
project together, but did not know exactly what
percent of senior girls admitted in a pubic poll
to do. It finally came to them when they were
that their main priority when shopping for bathing
shopping for American bikinis. “ We noted that
suits is ‘fit’, giving both Valeria and Camila bonus
they were way over-priced, since after all, they
points on making the business satisfying to the
were just a piece of fabric. There should be no
clients
reason why we should pay so much for them, since
after all we could actually make them!” Valeria
explained. “We wanted to allow Salvadorean girls
to have access to cute suits and at affordable
prices.” And so the idea was born.
Camila described that getting the business started
was a bit challenging. They knew they wanted
to design and sell bikinis, but did not have the
material to do it. They were already acquainted
with the people from whom they could buy the
jewels and accessories for the designs, but they
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UPPER SCHOOL
BEST FRIENDS, BIKINS, AND BUSINESS
Valeria admits though, that what she believes
people, specifically EA community members.
the real asset of their bikini business is that their
Andrea Bazant, former Escuela Americana student
bathing suits are of high quality. “There were
has modeled bikinis for them. While current EA
times when I ordered bikinis from Victoria’s Secret
seniors, Julio Saravia, and Pablo Avilés have taken
and that they were very see-through. We make
pictures for them. The mother of current senior,
sure that this doesn’t happen in our line,” Camila
Mónica Pinzón has also offered her salon, Monike
added.
to do the hair and make- up for models. With this
cooperation, Camila has been able to compile a
Both Valeria and Camila have proved themselves
printed catalog, more evidence of their expertise
successful entrepreneurs, as they have taken into
when it comes to running a business.
account the desires of clients and have modeled
their business around them. Regardless, it should
Both Valeria and Camila say that they are
also be taken into account that they have also
considering continuing their project well after
created a business that works well along economic
they go off to college. They admit that it might be
terms. If V&C is looked upon a more economic
hard, but that they would be willing to continue
perspective, it can be noted that Valeria and
it in the summer and winter holidays, when they
Camila score an A+ when it comes to creating a
would be in town. Hopefully, they carry on their
professional business.
project. Despite what happens, they can be sure
that they will leave a legacy in the school. They
Currently,
they
are
selling
their
bikinis
at
“Colecciones”, which has opened their doors to
are proof that a high school diploma isn’t really
necessary to work like professionals. them. It has allowed them to sell their bikinis
without a cost. This has helped them immensely.
With the money they would have spent on the
locale and the clerk, they can invest on better
fabrics and accessories, which is what Camila
explained to done with all the profit.
Likewise, because they are selling their pieces at
$30 to $40, a bargain compared to lines like that
of Agua Bendita, which can sell up to $300, they
have been able to successfully compete in the
market. Their bathing suits are very accessible.
Girls do not have to order them from other
countries and they are at affordable prices. There
is no surprise that as of now, they have been
able to sell approximately 60 pieces, and have
launched four more collections, “Welcome to the
Jungle”, “Neolicious”, “Zip It” and “Turquoise”.
Further
demonstrating
Camila
and
Valeria’s
success is their ability to involve a variety of
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By: Kevin O’Farrell, NHS President, class of 2012
This year the National Honor Society has
The NHS has also been working with the Ludoteca
focused on two projects: the ESL program
this year, a free play area where kids can come for
and Ludoteca.
a couple of hours every day. The Ludoteca’s motto
is: “Learning while playing”.
I first volunteered
In order for our developing country of El Salvador
at the Ludoteca as a Junior in a service learning
to grow, it is necessary to give its youth, the adults
project, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But, due
of the future, more opportunities and a better
to lack of volunteers, the project was cancelled,
education, so when their time comes, they will
which is why, as president of the NHS, I was
lead this country in the right direction. Therefore,
zealous to involve the NHS with Ludoteca.
this year the National Honor Society has focused
on two projects: the ESL program and Ludoteca.
The ESL program is a continuation of last year, in
which NHS members volunteered to teach English
to a group of 25 kids between the ages of six and
thirteen from San Ramón, Cuscatlán. It’s not all
about them learning English, though, as during
our breaks, we all play tag, run around and simply
have fun in the playground and monkey bars.
These breaks are important as it lets us bond with
the kids, which is crucial since many of them come
from broken homes.
The Ludoteca is made up of different areas, all
focused on playing, but geared towards different
skills children should have, such as rules, artistic,
sports and critical thinking, among others. Both
the kids and NHS members really enjoy going to
the Ludoteca. For the children, it’s a way for them
to express themselves and simply have fun in a
safe environment, all while learning. While, on the
Last year, with the money the NHS raised, we
other hand, we love to spend time with the kids,
built an art room at Colegio San Ramón. About
as they are truly grateful and sweet. We also get
a month ago, we went to visit the school and we
to re-live our childhood playing board games and
saw the truly stunning art pieces the students
silly games with the kids!
have created. Thus, the money we raise this year
will go into buying even more supplies for the art
classes.
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UPPER SCHOOL
A NEW THE WAY TO THE FUTURE IS THROUGH THE YOUTH
UPPER SCHOOL
MUN ACTIVELY RAISING AWARENESS
By: Ivonne Sosa – Upper School English Teacher
Being a “MUNer” is not only being a diplomat.
conflict in Libya. Enthusiastic students not only
It means being a socially responsible student
devoted their valuable free afternoons to the
who will one day be a socially responsible
simulation, but also spent hours in preparation for
world leader.
such a demanding endeavor.
In order to prepare for simulations MUN club
members come together at least once a week
to meet the intense academic rigor of the club.
Students hone their research, writing, presentation,
and debating skills through a series of formal
assignments and debate activities. The academic
demands increase when students must remain in
A young man in a brown woolen three-piece suit
the role of a delegate from their assigned country;
stands to speak. He nervously fiddles with the
in order to effectively remain in this role students
chain of his golden watch as he glances at the
must understand their country’s position on an
face to try to estimate time. He has thirty seconds
issue by knowing what their country has already
to speak. The United States, the Soviet Union,
articulated and be able to apply this knowledge in
France, North Yemen and other diplomats from
order to predict what the country would say in a
around the world will hear his request. The young
new and different discussion on the issue.
man is Great Britain’s Foreign Secretary and he
must bring forth the matter of the British Mandate
Dedicated MUN members will not only successfully
of Palestine at the United Nations General
represent their countries at on campus simulations,
Assembly of 1947.
but will also represent EA at the international
simulation at Yale University, YMUN, in January.
But it is not 1947. It is 2011. This young man
in 1940’s garb is not the actual British Foreign
Through simulations on and off campus MUN
Secretary, but rather a student at Escuela
members become more aware of world issues.
Americana who is participating in a Model United
They learn not only to sympathize with the
Nations simulation of a historic 1947 UN General
citizens of the world, but to also empathize. They
Assembly. This is one of the many opportunities
learn not only to recognize social, economic, and
our students have to experience what it is, and
political problems, but also to propose solutions
was, like to be a UN diplomat.
to them. MUN makes an effort to support world
organizations and events through our activities.
This semester EA’s MUN club will hold two on
This year the MUN club presented an assembly in
campus simulations. Our first simulation on
honor of International Peace Day and organized a
October 6-7 included three committees and
t-shirt sale in benefit of the international charity,
student delegates from over twenty-five countries.
UNICEF.
Students discussed sanitary conditions and health
as affected by flooding in Pakistan, the detrimental
Being a “MUNer” is not only being a diplomat. It
effect of organized crime on the economic and
means being a socially responsible student who
social development of Central America, and the 40will one day be a socially responsible world leader.
By Arie Bogaard - 12th grade student
“War, what is it good for? Absolutely
peace, like peace day, we attempt to bring about a
nothing”.
social awareness for the struggle for peace. Now,
bringing peace to a world that is oh so familiar
I want you to try and think back to a time when the
with war and conflict is no easy task, but we have
news had something good to say, when it wasn’t
what it takes to start a change for the good. We
plagued with death tolls and calamity and blood-
have before us the ability and choice to become
red headlines, it’s hard isn’t it? Well the truth is
ambassadors of peace so that maybe our children
there haven’t been many times when humanity
or our children’s children will be able to see, peace
has truly had peace in recent decades. We, as a
one day.
generation, were born into a time where conflict is
seen on many different fronts. From the blood and
September 21st is United Nations Peace Day. This
sand of the middle east, to the hidden genocides
year the Model United Nations club designed and
in Africa of the 90s to the recent bloody uprisings
sold peace day shirts to raise money for UNICEF
in Egypt and Libya, the list goes on and on of
and put together an awe-inspiring assembly
conflicts which our generation and our parents’
utilizing the many talents of students from the
generations have seen and even lived through.
Upper school.
Miguel Lacayo Co-President of
the Model United Nations club welcomed upper
Coming closer to home, at the turn of the
school students and Arie Bogaard Co-President
millennium, just before many of us were born, our
presented what peace day means in his own words
parents lived through an armed conflict here in
(see above). Mrs. Jensen-Hengstler’s drama class
El Salvador. The war cost over seventy thousand
presented a visual representation of different
lives and left scars which are felt even today. We
areas of conflict and role played solutions to each
as a generation are aware of this rash of conflict;
conflict.
it is because of this awareness that we host
two songs. “All You Need is Love” and “Imagine”
events for peace such as today. What sets apart
sung by Diego Trigueros. Closing the assembly
our generation from others is the ability we have
was the world premier of a peace day lip dub
to take fresh, raw ideas and see them spread and
video to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Somewhere over
take root on a global scale via the internet. This
the rainbow/what a wonderful world” by Upper
tool of mass communication gives us the ability
School students.
to consolidate our ideas and make the change we
closed with the words: “War, what is it good for?
want to see happen. It is because of this ability
Absolutely nothing”.
and the internet that protesters are able to rally
in China and the reason why the micro-revolution
in Egypt reached the scale it did. Our generation
has what it takes to bring change to the world; we
are already impacting the world in certain ways.
By hosting rallies for peace, and days to observe
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Mr. Martinez’s music students perform
Helena Alvarez, MUN officer,
UPPER SCHOOL
PEACE DAY
UPPER SCHOOL
TEACHERS DRESS UP FOR CHARITY: A FUN FUNDRAISER!
By: Lisa Jensen-Hengstler – Upper School English Teacher
Lady Macbeth, a Rubix Cube, a Roman
Goddess, the element Aluminum, a monk,
Winnie the Pooh, Hester Prynne, a 1980s
rocker, a slinky, a flapper, a cat, a bunny, and
Miss America. On
October
31, students
of
the
Upper
School were greeted at classroom doors by an
array of “characters”: Lady Macbeth, a Rubix
Cube, a Roman Goddess, the element Aluminum,
a monk, Winnie the Pooh, Hester Prynne, a 1980s
rocker, a slinky, a flapper, a cat, a bunny, and Miss
America - to name but a few! This was no trick and the treat was that students
got to see their teachers demonstrating great
school spirit by dressing up for a charity. Students
“voted” for their favorite costume by donating cash
to their cause. Mr. Brad McFarland (dressed as
a jester complete with juggling sticks) and Ms
Monica Parraga (dressed as The Wicked Queen
from Snow White) drew the most donations but
FUNSAL was the clear winner. At the end of the
day, teachers raised over $350 and handed over
the cash to help the victims of recent flooding in
El Salvador.
Thanks to all teachers who bravely sported a
costume and to all students who generously
contributed. It was a fun day!
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By: Colleen O’Brien – Upper School Science Teacher
We
will
link
nutrition
The
Wellness
Policy
will
specifically
outline
education, the food served
standards for:
in schools, physical activity,
• nutrient content for all food available on campus;
environmental
• health education as part of the curriculum;
education,
and personal wellness.
• physical activity throughout all grade levels; and
• a measurement plans for implementation.
The link between nutrition and learning is well
documented; eating healthy, being physically
It is important to note that all these standards
active and academic success goes hand in hand. A
will not necessarily bring about a landslide of new
component of the educational mission of Escuela
changes; here at school, we are already doing
Americana is to provide a sound basis for life as a
many things that promote student wellness. For
responsible member of society, and a commitment
example, the school cafeteria has a “Healthy
to help each child develop his or her potential. In
Corner” where students can opt to purchase à la
recognition of the important connection between
carte items such as chicken salads, sandwiches
a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn
on whole wheat bread, and yogurt. The school
effectively and achieve high standards in school,
also has an excellent health curriculum that has
EA is developing a Wellness Policy. This policy
recently been revised across all grade levels and
aims to ensure students acquire the knowledge
meets or exceeds the national health standards
and skills necessary to establish and maintain
set for schools in the United States. Instead,
lifelong healthy eating patterns. A well-planned
these standards are meant to reinforce what is
and well-implemented policy has been shown to
already working well and to seek out areas of
positively influence students’ health.
improvement.
With this Wellness Policy we will link nutrition
In 2004, Wellness Policies became a requirement
education, the food served in schools, physical
for all schools in the United States receiving
activity, environmental education, and personal
federal funding for school meal programs – which
wellness. It is EA’s role, as part of a larger
is basically all public schools in the country! The
community, to model and actively practice and
motivation behind this requirement came from the
support, through policies and procedures, the
worrying rise in obese and overweight children
promotion of school health, physical activity,
as well as an increase in juvenile diabetes. The
good
and
federal mandate does not tell schools what foods
and
to serve or how much physical activity students
enjoyment of food and participation in physical
should receive. Instead, it places the onus of
activities are fundamental experiences for all
development on each individual school district to
people and are primary ways to nurture and
create a policy, as long as that policy leads to an
celebrate our cultural diversity.
outcome of improved student health. And there
nutrition,
environmental
sustainable
restoration.
agriculture,
The
sharing
have been hundreds of success stories.
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UPPER SCHOOL
THE EA FOCUSES ON STUDENT WELLNESS
Schools who have redesigned their approach to
Wellness: the state or condition of being in
the food they serve and the physical and health
good physical and mental health.
education their students receive have seen a
School Wellness Facts
variety of positive benefits. In many schools,
• Healthy students learn better
selling healthier foods during fundraising events
• Eating a healthy breakfast and getting regular
led to an increase in revenue, and no schools
physical activity are both linked to improvement in
saw a drop in revenue after changing to healthy
test scores, concentration, and student behavior
food. Similarly with vending machine items; when
• An increase in physical activity and healthy
schools replaced high-fat, high-sodium and high-
eating reduces risks and prevents obesity and
sugar snack foods with healthier items such as
overweight
granola bars and packaged nuts, sales from those
• Parents and teachers can positively impact
machines did not change, and in some cases
students’ eating and physical activity habits when
increased. Many schools have begun incorporating
they role model healthy behaviors
diversity into their physical education curriculum
• Providing more time for physical activity
to include more non-competitive sports such as
during school can lead to increased test scores,
yoga and weight training, which has resulted in
particularly in mathematics
greater positive responses of students towards PE
classes.
Children with daily physical education exhibit
better attendance, a more positive attitude
Upon the acceptance and implementation of
towards school, and superior academic
our Wellness Policy, you should expect to see a
performance.
greater emphasis placed on healthy and delicious
Sport and Physical Education.
–National
Association
for
meals, a renewed focus on physical education and
health across all disciplines, and healthier, happier,
Well-nourished students who skip breakfast
more successful students! Stay tuned for the next
perform worse on tests and have poor
newsletter where we will provide an update on
concentration.
our progress.
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By: Communications Office
EXAM gives back to the community on
behalf of all EA Alum!
EXAM threw a party for alumni celebrating Escuela
Americana’s 65th Anniversary. They collected
donations from alumni and with the funds collected
from the party and some existing EXAM funds,
they paved the floor of the gallery/auditorium of a
small, public school in Rio Chiquito, Chalatenango.
EXAM has adopted the Rio Chiquito School and
has already made 3 substantial donations to help
its infrastructure. The Rio Chiquito School houses
around 230 students and is the largest school in its
area, which is right next to El Pital, Chalatenango.
The first donation made by EXAM helped build a
computer room with 10 computers. Its second
donation built a gallery/auditorium area for the
students. The third donation, which is the one
made partially with donations collected from 65th
Anniversary Party, paved the floor of this gallery
with ceramic tiles. EXAM is working on its fourth
donation which will help build a bathroom area for
the school.
EXAM is making great contributions to help this
Rio Chiquito school on behalf of all of Escuela
Americana alums!
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ALUMNI
EXAM GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
TROJAN ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATE IN TURTLE RELEASE!
By: Communications Office
We must all work together to conserve
-Provide a technical tool to monitor, evaluate and
sea
monitor the processes of conservation of sea
turtles,
avoiding
the
consumption
of their eggs, not killing adult turtles on
turtles.
the beaches, not polluting the seas, and
-Promote
supporting the nursery to keep the balance
recovery of sea turtle populations and habitat
in the ecosystem for new generations to
on which they depend through environmental
appreciate.
education.
the
protection,
conservation
and
-Involve communities in the conservation of the
Escuela Americana works hard to instill in students
species and in tourism opportunities that arise
a sense of responsibility towards the Salvadoran
from conservation actions.
community. This sense of responsibility should not
fade away when students graduate from school. EA
Around 60 members of the EA community
Alumni should be responsible members of society
participated in a turtle release led by Salva
and give back to their Salvadoran community and
NATURA at La Hola Betos in Costa del Sol. The
those in need. That is why we have established
group was composed of alumni and their families,
the Trojan Alumni Volunteers Program.
EA Administration, Faculty and Board members.
Each participant was asked to give a $5 donation
organize
to participate. The volunteers sat in on a lecture
community service events for its alumni and
given by a member of SalvaNATURA explaining
for any EA community member who wishes to
the perils sea turtles face and which species are
participate. Our first event was held on November
in danger of extinction. The volunteers learned
19th in conjunction with SalvaNATURA.
that they can also do their part in conserving
The
Communications
Office
will
sea turtles, by avoiding the consumption of their
SalvaNATURA’s SalvaTortuga project began with
eggs, not killing adult turtles on the beaches, not
the creation of egg incubation areas for “tortugas
polluting the seas, and supporting the nursery
marinas de carey y golfinas”, located on the
to keep the balance in the ecosystem for new
Costa del Sol beach, according to legal guidelines
generations to appreciate.
established by the Ministry of Environment and
Natural Resources (MARN).
With the monetary donation and time volunteered,
the EA community gave back and helped out the
SalvaTortuga’s Objectives:
sea turtles and the great program SalvaNATURA
-Improve the conservation status of marine turtles
is organizing.
in El Salvador, supporting regional conservation
efforts.
Thank you Trojan Volunteers for your dedication
-Promote the establishment of correct models of
and great work! Look out for more upcoming
nurseries for new and existing projects.
Trojan Volunteer Events!
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EAX
EAX GIVES BACK
By: Gabriela Rodriguez – EAX Marketing Office
Escuela
Americana’s
rallied
were given to the Manitas por El Salvador
together to help those affected by October’s
Foundation, to be added to bags they were already
2011
people
preparing, and through the Department of Public
who were severely affected by climate
Works (M.O.P.) were taken to the Cantón Colima,
conditions.
near Suchitoto.
EAX staff members and their families joined
Thanks to the helping hands of Escuela Americana’s
efforts to prepare numerous bags with provisions
community, 3,616 provision bags were distributed
which were taken to different centros de acopio.
to various shelters.
rains,
in
community
solidarity
with
The next day 497 bags were distributed at San
Salvador’s National Gymnasium and at the Adolfo
When the bag distribution had ended, packages
Pineda Gymnasium in Santa Tecla. Thanks to a
with bread and cookies were distributed among
donation from Escuela Americana, it was also
Coopeclean and Maintenance staff from the
possible to donate 561 bags to Santa Tecla’s City
school.
Hall.
We are grateful to everyone’s collaboration!
A group of mothers from the school made a
monetary donation, and alongside their children,
helped prepare and send provisions to shelters in
the metropolitan area such as Margarita Duran
School in Santa Tecla, San Martin’s City Hall and
Emergency Operations Center in Soyapango. On
one day, more than 1,800 bags were distributed
not only for breakfast but also for dinner, to
Zaragoza’s City Hall, San Salvador‘s archdiocese,
and to different shelters in the area of Metalío, La
Libertad.
EAX also delivered 400 bags to Fundación San
Andrés, with which Extension has a strong bond,
since it supervises English classes for children
with high academic performance from the San
Andrés Valley. For more information about this
Foundation, you can call the following telephone
numbers: (503) 2318-6644 / 2318-8994: E-mail:
[email protected]
On the last day of volunteering, 300 juice packets
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EDITORIAL SUPPORT
Paulina Ortiz
Amy Swiatek
December 2011 – 4th edition
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
Gilberto Campos
The Trojan Today News is the Escuela Americana
Official Quarterly Newsletter. Its objective is to keep
the Escuela Americana Community informed about
news, events and happenings of Escuela Americana as
well as other articles of interest.
PHOTOGRAPHY
Gilberto Campos
Paulina Ortiz
Carmen de Núñez
Parents, students and staff contributions
We invite all Community members to contribute articles.
Please submit them to the Communications Office.
Escuela Americana
Calle y Colonia La Mascota, Final Calle 3,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone: (503) 2528-8300
Fax: (503) 2528-8321
www.amschool.edu.sv
ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Mr. Ken Templeton - General Director
Mrs. Patricia de Zaldívar – Operations and Finance
Director
Mrs. Amy Swiatek
EDITOR
Carmen de Núñez
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