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  • SJS French Program Receives "Exemplary with Distinction" Award

    PRESS RELEASE:

    March 25, 2024

    The American Association of Teachers of French has conferred its highest award of Exemplary with Distinction on St. John’s School in March, 2024. This award recognizes the outstanding quality of the French program. St. John’s School is one of three in the nation to receive the Exemplary with Distinction award in 2024.

    Thanks to its excellent program, St. John’s School has increased its enrollment in French throughout the past three years. The school offers early language learning starting in middle school with its innovative Carousel program that allows students to experience three different world languages and choose their path. The school also boasts several advanced courses, including AP French Language and Culture and post-AP literature and seminar classes.

    The program makes use of innovative and creative methods in teaching, and goes beyond traditional tests to include proficiency-centered and project-based assessments. The program also offers numerous cultural activities beyond the classroom, including target-language field trips to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Culinary Institute LeNotre and the Menil Drawing Institute. The School regularly participates in the AATF National French Contest at all levels as well as the Texas French Symposium, bringing home top trophies and many individual medals every year. Finally, the program frequently brings in local and international French speakers to engage with students and faculty in the target language.

    The School’s teachers – Shelley Stein, Elizabeth Willcutt, Juliette Schlauder and Martha Escobar Vargas –show excellent preparation and enthusiastic dedication to their work. Administrators, parents, students, and graduates have all praised the program and its teachers in glowing terms. Graduates have continued to use the French skills they acquired at St. John’s in college and in their careers, such as teaching, business, law, publishing and advocacy.

    The American Association of Teachers of French, founded in 1927, is the largest association of French teachers in the world, with close to 8,000 members. It offers enrichment and support to teachers, and recognizes high achievement in teachers and students.
  • SJS Welcomes Artist Amy C. Evans to Campus

    SJS welcomed award-winning artist, writer, and documentarian Amy C. Evans as this year's Artist in Residence! Amy spent a week on campus conducting workshops with Lower, Middle, and Upper School art students. Student artwork including painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture were combined to create an immersive installation titled "Grocery Stories," on display in the Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery through March 7. Along with the exhibit, the SJS Community Service Club hosted a food drive for the Houston Food Bank.  
     
    Residency Description:
    "Using my work as the point of inspiration, students will select individual objects from my paintings and bring them to life in sculptural form. Imagine a Texan grapefruit can brought to life as a three-foot-tall cardboard sculpture, a giant Saltine cracker made from Kraft paper and stuffed with newsprint leaning against it, and a hand-painted sign above these two objects, announcing a new story, one written by students, bringing the concept of a work’s title to an in-your-face scale. Now imagine dozens of larger-than-life objects paired with multiple “story signs” assembled together in the gallery. I see the resulting installation as a conversation between the sculptures, asif they, themselves, are characters in a play of sorts. But the characters are inanimate, their stories written as advertisements."
     
    To learn more about Amy C. Evans, visit her website: https://www.amycevans.com/
  • SJS Community Gathers for Candlelight Service

    What a magical evening at our annual Candlelight Service and Wassail party! Over 250 students filled the air with holiday music. Gratitude to our talented musicians, faculty, staff, and dedicated parent volunteers for keeping this beloved celebration alive! (Photo credit: Charles Tsang)
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