Our goal in the Puebla American School Foundation is to form reflective thinkers who are committed to social justice and who not only understand the cultural, social, economic, and ecological issues of the day, but who propose and enact creative solutions for the good of the community.
Our sixth graders who participated in the STEM Circuits Workshop during the 2016-2017 school year, developed different proposals that contribute to the solution of some social problems, applying the basic knowledge acquired in Mechanics, Electronics, Physics, Mathematics and Technology.
One of the most significant projects created by the students was a water dispenser that solves the lack of potable water in some rural communities. This project was selected by Google Mexico as an example of how students and teachers are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative change makers.
We invite you to watch the following video.
The Educational Technology Department of the American School of Puebla has purchased 20 robots in order to integrate robotics into the curriculum for Kinder 3 through Primary Grade 6 beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. These robots are designed especially for children ages 5 and above.
The children do a variety of age-appropriate activities as they control "Dash and "Dot," the small robots, using iPad apps.
These new members of the CAP community immerse the children in the world of programming and robotics thrrough play, and help them learn how things around them work. When students play with programming, they learn that codes become programs for telling machines what to do, and they discover and develop their own creative potential.
Our goal is to use robotics and programming to teach our students the vital 21st Century skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, and collaboration. These skills are part of our inquiry program PEP (PYP for its initials in English.)
–Sofía Velázquez Ramírez Llaca, Educational Technology Coordinator, Primary School.
In robotics class, teachers help students find solutions on their own and meet technology challenges head-on. This encourages students to question, think, and create. They in turn become more conscientious and take control of their own learning.
Knowing the basics of programming and robotics at an early age gives students the tools they need to succeed in a world where technology skills are essential.
The TOEFL Young Students Series Community Ambassador accreditation acknowledges the American School's contribution to the success of its English language instruction for their youngest students.
Only certain schools are eligible for this award, which accredits them as members of a highly select group. Member schools must administer the TOEFL Jr. exam to at least 200 students every school year.
This examination was crafted for students attending schools with an international perspective in non-English-speaking countries where English is the language of instruction. TOEFL Jr. is specifically adapted to the emotional and cognitive development of very young students for a more precise evaluation of their English mastery.
Graduates of the American School of Puebla Primary have scored the maximum of 900 possible points on this exam, which other schools administer to their graduating Junior High students.
The results of the TOEFL Jr. provide an objective measure of the English level of our students upon completion of Primary School that is recognized by institutions around the globe.
Andrea Mastretta, a 10th-grader at the Puebla American School, will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 23-25, 2019.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.
Andrea 's nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Puebla based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
During the three-day Congress, Andrea Mastretta will join students from across the world and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.
The Puebla American School Foundation recognized as a Common Sense School
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized The Puebla American School Foundation as a Common Sense School.
The Puebla American School Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment creating a culture of digital citizenship.
"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School," said Ms. Donna Alene Swenson Durie. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."
To learn more about the criteria The Puebla American School Foundation met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.
FIRST® LEGO League is a program that supports children and youngsters in order to introduce them to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere. It gives elementary school students and the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts.
At this year's event, our students built a model using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 and created Show Me posters to present what they learned. This program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination.
The Puebla American School Primary students' team, won a prize for building an innovative and strong model.
On Saturday March 7th, at 9:30 a.m. the 4th Annual Special Olympics friendly competition took place at the Puebla American School Facilities. More than 200 athletes from 12 different sport clubs participated.
After the traditional Flag Ceremony, the crowd enjoyed a dance performance presented by the Dance Student Association and a cheerleading performance by the Puebla American School Cheerleading team. The General Director, Donna Alene Swenson Durie, officially inaugurated the event at 10:11 a.m. and afterwards the olympic torch tour started, with the assistance of one of our students, Ana Victoria Torres.
Throughout the event the participants enjoyed an atmosphere full of teamwork, friendly competition and motivation. Congratulations to all participants, we hope to see you all on the next edition of the Puebla American School Special Olympics.
August 10th represents the first day of the new school year as well as the start of what will now be our new normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a sense of uncertainty in a number of sectors. As such, the School has decided upon three different learning models for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to note that the learning model with which we open the new school year will depend on the health conditions being faced in August.
PAS B-Learning Model:
This model combines face-to-face learning with coordinated online experiences. The PAS B-Learning Model provides face-to-face learning 40-50% of the time while leveraging digital experiences for the 50-60%. Furthermore, physical distancing and density reduction are introduced as key strategies to further reduce exposure within our community, while at the same time providing face-to-face interaction between students and teachers. Please note that said interactions are carried out under strict compliance with health screening, classroom, and hightraffic area guidelines.
Distance Learning Model:
If the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 remains high and we are unable to return to normal operations, the 2020-2021 school year will open with the Distance Learning Model. Through new digital platforms and learning tools, students will attend school virtually through synchronous and asynchronous lessons, activities, and projectsDistance Learning Model: If the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 remains high and we are unable to return to normal operations, the 2020-2021 school year will open with the Distance Learning Model. Through new digital platforms and learning tools, students will attend school virtually through synchronous and asynchronous lessons, activities, and projects.
Face-to-Face Learning Model:
This model would be implemented only when risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is considered by education and health authorities to be low enough that greater student density in classrooms and in common areas is considered acceptable. This is a traditional school experience with students attending school in person five days a week. Preventative hygiene policies are implemented in combination with realistic physical distancing guidelines in order to safeguard the health of all community members.
The American School of Puebla seeks to be the institution that anticipates local and global challenges, with these new educational alternatives, parents and students can be sure that the future of these and the new generations are in good hands.
The current contingency has generated important changes in the lives of all families across the world. We must, therefore, realize that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will allow us to overcome any physical, mental and emotional health challenges. With this in mind, the Puebla American School, in conjunction with pediatric nutritionist Patricia Toxtli, has launched a summer initiative that seeks to encourage healthy eating habits in our School community (students, parents and staff).
The BHealthy Challenge began on June 24, 2020 and will last 7 weeks. Each week, community members will receive important nutritional information and participate in challenges aimed at encouraging positive lifestyle changes and making healthier food choices.
Digital tools and platforms have become an invaluable educational resource for teachers and students. Under the Distance Learning model, students will take part in synchronous and asynchronous activities, all under of guidance of their teachers.
The digital platforms used by American School students are age and developmentally appropriate, meet all of our students’ learning needs, and encourage the interaction and collaboration of all participants, resulting in meaningful learning experiences. Said platforms also encourage the acquisition of important 21st-century skills, such as self-discipline and responsibility, research, problem resolution, and the design and production of digital content.
Google for Education: The School currently uses more than 12 G-Suite applications that allow for interaction and collaboration between students and teachers as well as for an efficient as well as safe administration. The School has worked with Google for Education for over 6 years and has a number of Google certified staff.
Mathletics: This educational web site has been in operation since 2005. Its use of Web 2.0 technology has allowed Mathletics the ability to create a personalized learning environment that encourages guided study and independent work. The School considers the development of learner agency and decision-making skills important for their academic and professional futures.
Brain Pop Jr.: A platform that offers students digital tools for their Science, Social Science, Math, Art, Physical Education, and other classes. This platform offers Puebla American School community members enriching and meaningful learning experiences.
Seesaw: A collaborative distance learning platform for students, teachers, and parents that offers our learners the opportunity to create and share their work with all School community members.
Code.org: The Puebla American School firmly believes that computer science is as important as biology or math for students’ academic and professional futures. Code.org offers a computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school students that is globally recognized, and their annual event, an Hour of Code, counts with the participation of 10% of the world’s students.
Scratch: This platform offers students the opportunity to put important 21st-century creative thinking, systemic reasoning, and collaborative skills into practice. Scratch is designed for learners from 8 to 16 years of age, and it allows them to program interactive personal stories, games and animations as well as share their projects with an online community.
Goosechase: This application provides students with the opportunity to create a game and add missions that allows participants to earn points. Students are encouraged to design and implement personal and collaborative projects.
Kahoot: In a matter of minutes, students can create their own games or play already designed ones. Through said games, students and teachers collaborate and use creative thinking and logical reasoning skills to solve problems.
ThinkerCad: This tool allows Puebla American School students to imagine, design, and create 3D animation, electronic, programming projects. Students use Design Thinking to create projects that can positively impact their surroundings.
The Puebla American School also uses the following platforms and tools:
Wet Dry Try
Brain Pop Jr.
Make Beliefs Comix
Audio, Video, and Image:
Chrome Music Lab
The Puebla American School is known for its innovative spirit as world class education, one which celebrates and encourages ingenuity, self-confidence, and resilience. Furthermore, students develop collaboration, communication, research, self-management, and thinking skills which ensure successful personal and professional futures. As such, we would like to announce the opening of our new Makerspace, an area where learners’ curiosity and creativity will flourish as well as lead to the design of innovative solutions to real-world issues.
The Puebla American School’s Makerspace is equipped with a wide variety of materials, tools, and cutting-edge technology, thereby offering students the opportunity to apply science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) knowledge and takeaways to real-world based projects as well as inspiring them to become solution-oriented change agents.
We invite our learners to let their imaginations roam free and to change their corners of the world, one idea at a time.
Our Primary students carried out the Change for Change activity during the Food and Fun Fair. The objective was to encourage participants to donate money to the Smile Train, an international organization that supports people with cleft lips and palates.
Smile Train was the first cleft-focused organization with a model of true sustainability – providing training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 90+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities
We were able to collect $5240.00 MXN (about $250.00 USD), which was donated to the Smile Train group, and our Primary students received a certificate of recognition for their efforts.
This is just another example that all coins, regardless of the denomination, matter and that all actions, big or small, can change the lives of people and living beings as well as what happens in our immediate surroundings and communities.
Congratulations PAS students!