Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 31
Last Day of School for 2018-2019

June 1 - August 21
Summer Break

August 22
First Day of School for US 

August 23
First Day of School for MS

August 26
First Day of School for LS & 1st Grade/CP

August 27
First Day of School for Kinder/GS

August 28
First Day of School for PK4/MS

August 29
First Day of School for PK3/PS

CAMPUS NEWS

BELGIAN SPORTS JOURNALIST VISITS DUTCH CLASS

On May 21, Awty's students in the Dutch program got to meet and visit with Ruben Van Gucht, a popular sports journalist from Belgium.

 


2019 FIESTA DE MAYO CELEBRATION

The Awty Community came together to organize the school's best Fiesta De Mayo celebration yet! What better way to celebrate the Spanish language, culture, and all the countries where the language is spoken than through skits, song, and dance?

On May 3, the Primary School Spanish Program highlighted Awty’s celebration of diversity with decorated booths, music, and traditional dress from Spanish-speaking countries from around the world. The commemorated countries were Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, and Columbia.  While each country and grade had a unique story to tell, every performance was about embracing different cultures and accepting others.

Those in attendance were able to join the fun when they were invited to dance with the students after the performance finale. Like many other Awty events, it was geared towards enriching the students' lives with fun multicultural experiences.

 


awty honors panama at 2019 international festival
Organized by the Awty Parents and Personnel Association (APPA), this year’s International Festival came alive with the sights and sounds of Panama, the country of honor, on April 25-26.
 
The festival opened with the traditional parade of flags carried by the Class of 2019. Those in attendance learned about Panama's traditions and culture. After the ceremony, the Middle and Upper School students took turns during the day visiting more than 40 different booths and learning about the culture and customs of each country represented.
 

 

On Friday, students, staff, and faculty celebrated their heritage by wearing their national dress. During the day, Early Learning and Lower School students took their turns visiting the country booths. They collected stamps, accumulated souvenirs, and tasted delicious foods from around the world. The festival concluded with a Parade of Nations and a cultural show.

PARADE OF NATIONS:

 

CULTURAL SHOW:

 

The festival would not have been possible without the dedication, time, and energy of our parent volunteers, and for this we thank you! Special thanks goes to the 2019 International Festival Co-Chairs Inta Bozkurt, Ana-Maria Nicolae, Amanda Croft, Pam Dorsey, and Latisha Rowe, as well as Country of Honor Representative Monica Fulton.


nUIT BLANCHE

On April 26, Awty sponsored Houston’s first-ever Festival Nuit Blanche. Several secondary students served as ambassador docents at this exciting new cultural initiative here in Houston. Festival Nuit Blanche is a highly acclaimed international art event which began in Paris in 2002.

As a supporter of the event, Awty contributed to the sponsorship of artist Yona Friedman's installation at the Houston Public Library. An architect, urban planner, artist, sculptor, and writer, Mr. Friedman is renowned in the world of architecture. Earlier this year, his prototype sculpture of Space-Chain Phantasy-Miami 2019 was unveiled at Miami's Institute of Contemporary Art. During Festival Nuit Blanche, visitors were invited to build their own chain structure using hula hoops on Houston’s Central Library Plaza.

 

After the festival, Awty's Secondary students gave it a go and created their own version of Friedman's Space Chain using colorful hula hoops. Upon closer inspection tetrahedrons, cubes, and decahedrons are revealed within the seemingly tangled mass of hoops.

 


Emilie Duval: When Art and Economy Meet

Artist Emilie Duval visited with the 11th and 12th grade students to discuss “When Art and Economy Meet” earlier this school year. Ms. Duval’s presentation introduced the concept of economics as it pertained to her artistic discipline within the creative process of visual art.

On March 18, Awty parents also had the chance to meet with Ms. Duval at a wine and cheese reception with a special Q&A session. During the reception, she showed how she creates a painting through the conceptual notion of current economic matters. To view Ms. Duval’s work, visit her website or her Instagram account at emilieduval409.

 


YOU SEE YARN.  I SEE ART!

Artist Ronald Jones visited Erica Aguirre's 1st grade/CP class in March. He spoke to the students about his yarn installations, showing them photos and small models. His presentation became interactive when they flipped over two tables and let the students work together to create installations with yarn. The students had a blast! They had to think about how to anchor the yarn, tie it, wrap it, and think outside of the box by anchoring the yarn to other objects in the room.


FRANCOPHONIE DAY - AU FIL DE L'EAU

On March 15, Awty students celebrated Francophonie Day and experienced a journey “au fil de l’eau”. They enjoyed various cultural and educational events based on the water theme in the Francophone world. Students were even invited to wear nautical-themed outfits.

 

The Francophone festivities opened with C'est de l'eau sung by the Lower School CE2 students as we honored the French language and culture. After their performance, Consulate General of France in Houston Alexis Andres, Head of School Lisa Darling, and Proviseure Christine Chourré welcomed the Primary School parents and opened the Francophone village.

The Francophone festivities continued with a performance by the Secondary students, which was hosted by Awty students Sebastien Chenin, Maurine Fotso, Sherwin Rasekh, and Spencer Talbot. The performers included Elora Bancel-Fontaine, Romane Barbaux, Oana Bindjouli, Elyssa Chaouch, Ophélie de Maisonneuve, Robin Dumas, Terence Dumas, Ava Terrany, and Anita Wolfsteiner, as well as Awty's drumline, dance team, and choirs. The Middle School French Theatre students ended the show with a unique synchronized swimming experience.

The Secondary performance was followed by the Primary musical show, Voyage au fil de l’eau, directed by Primary School teacher Fanny Franchitti.

The day ended with a Crêpes Party for all Awty Families. Merci beaucoup to Sweet Paris Crêperie & Cafe, Central Market, Mademoiselle Louise, and Java Pura for making the event possible.


2019 awty gala, love never dies, breaks records

What an amazing night March 9 was for Awty's 2019 Gala, Love Never Dies! We had a record breaking event from the number of guests in attendance to the number of dollars raised; this was indeed a night to remember! Our guests were greeted at The Post Oak Hotel by the sounds of a mariachi band, dined on a three-course meal while listening to the talented duo of Charlie + Lois, and celebrated and generously supported our wonderful school during the live auction.

 

A very special thank you to Vanessa Sanchez and Fay Zakhem for chairing this year's extravaganza. The gala chairs and their dedicated committee members worked very hard this year to give us an Awty experience that we won't soon forget. We are incredibly happy to report that thanks to everyone's efforts, we raised $674,981 for Awty!

Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors and underwriters especially Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Chevron, Aramco Services, The Boucher/Contreras Family, Schlumberger, and Total, who were our lead sponsors for the evening, as well as our lead underwriters Goldman Sachs and Don Julio. The full list of sponsors and underwriters can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who donated auction items and are hosting sociables. We appreciate those who had a part in donating or purchasing items as a part of our online auction this year, which raised over $116,962, and our live auction, which raised over $170,000 the night of the gala. A huge "muchas gracias" goes out to all who participated!


yee haw!

Giddy up partner! Go Texan Day brought out the cowboy (or cowgirl) in each of us as Awty celebrated the Lone Star State on Friday, February 15.

 

It was a boot-scootin' good time as the Lower School students kicked off the rodeo season a little early with some line dancing and singing Deep in the Heart of Texas!

 

The Early Learning students also showed off their line dancing skills for family and friends. Afterwards, they dusted off their boots for an Awty-sized rodeo where they milked cows, panned for gold, did a little barrel racing, roped some calves, and listened to stories around the campfire.


STEAM Fair: Bright Ideas from Passionate Students

The 9th grade international biology team hosted a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Fair on February 13. The students operated in teams to design, research, and perform investigations into areas of interest within the biological sciences. Students were encouraged to incorporate as many STEAM areas as possible within their investigation and presentations. It was an essential practice for what students do with their IB course work during their 11th and 12th grade years. Faculty, parents, and other students attended and deemed this event a huge success.

 


"Sow" much fun at chinese new year celebration

Awty’s Chinese program organized another New Year celebration for both Secondary School assemblies on February 4 to connect cultures and showcase their skills. Approximately 160 students who study Chinese, ranging from three-year-olds to seniors, performed to welcome the "Year of the Pig".

 

There was no better opening to highlight this year’s theme ‘Kungfu’ than all students singing and dancing to “Shaolin Hero”. Twenty-two Awty Plus and senior students performed the viral song “The Shark Family”. Awty’s own Chinese Pop Band presented a Chinese rap called “Listen to Your Mom” to reinforce an important value of Chinese tradition. Seven student dancers choreographed and performed a traditional long-sleeve dance called “Porcelain Blossom”. Splendid costumes, striking music, and beautiful movements captivated the audience.

Awty students were not the only ones to grace the stage. The famous Beijing Opera actor Mr. Xinlai Zhou presented the well-known story of “the Three Kingdoms”. Then a group of ELC and Lower School children interacted with two lovely lions, bringing a happy atmosphere to the PAAC. The celebration ended splendidly with the parent-choreographed Kungfu show “Legend of Brush and Sword” presented by 11 Upper School students.

Awty is proud to showcase its cultural diversity through popular events such as the Chinese New Year celebration.

 


awty students learn the art of advertising

For the third year in a row, ADHERE Creative, an award-winning digital marketing agency, worked with Secondary teacher Laurence Paul's students and taught them the art of advertising. During the visit, ADHERE Creative gave the students an opportunity to create their own ads. Check out the results in the video below:

 


AWTY ARBOR DAY

Awty students and families braved the cold to plant trees on January 19 for Arbor Day with the Memorial Park Conservancy and Trees for Houston.

 


BIOTECH STUDENTS VISIT LAB AT RICE UNIVERSITY

The 10th grade/2nde Biotechnology students were invited to tour Dr. Tony Mikos' lab at Rice University in January. While there, they witnessed tissue culture, Confocal laser microscopy, and a 3-D printing lab that incorporates cells for bone repair.


YOU CAN HELP PROMOTE AWTY!

As members of the Awty community, we want you to be our cheerleaders. You can help promote Awty by following these quick, easy steps:

  1. Like Awty's page on Facebook. Follow Awty on Twitter. Subscribe to Awty's YouTube channel.
  2. Like or love the school's post on each social media account.
  3. Share the school's posts on Facebook and retweet the school's tweets on Twitter.
  4. Write positive comments on each post.
  5. Write positive reviews on Facebook, niche.com, greatschools.org, (and if you work at Awty, glassdoor.com).