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The Aviator

December 4, 2016

Kate Parker, History Teacher at AVS middle school,  grew up in New Jersey, just outside of New York City.   She went to boarding school in Connecticut and then college in New York, where she studied Art History and Women’s Studies. Kate has always been a student-athlete. She was tri-varsity captain, played field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse and, like a lot of kids we know, PE was her favorite subject in school. We caught up with Ms. Parker recently and posed a few questions.

 If you weren’t a teacher, what profession would you pursue?

Teaching is actually my second professional pursuit. I used to work within the corporate world of financial services. That said, I’ve always be fascinated by bugs! I’d love to be an entomologist.

What event or activity in the next 4 months are you looking forward to more than anything else?   

Well, I have to say the move to the Mission is pretty exciting. I feel lucky to be one of the first to step foot into this new AVS adventure. I trus...

February 13, 2016

We’re excited to share that our first AVS Middle School Garden Cooking classes were a huge success! Students learned how to plan, prepare, and create a healthy and delicious meal from scratch. For their final assignment, students were required to cook an entire meal for their families. Each of our student’s recipes will be compiled into our first AVS Community Cookbook, which will be shared school-wide by Spring 2016.  Here are a couple samples from our recipe book from Noah S. (5th grade) and Isabelle L. (6th grade). Bon appétit!

Noah’s Spring Rolls

Ingredients: (Everything should be organic.)

  • 8 Rice wrappers

  • Lettuce

  • Cucumbers

  • Shredded carrots

  • Ice berg salad

Peanut Sauce (optional)

  • One garlic clove

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce

  • Water (If needed)

  • 1 and a half pieces of Ginger (peeled)

  • ¼ or 12teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


Spring rolls


October 30, 2015

Alex White joined the Alta Vista Middle School faculty this year. He hails from Bethesda MD, but also lived in Paris, France as a young child. He most recently taught at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. and he speaks 6 languages, including Elvish. We caught up with Alex recently to pose a few questions:

What is the most exciting thing you’ve learned from a student?

The class I taught on Quenya (Elvish) happened because three passionate students came to me and asked me to teach them. I ended up writing my own textbook and there are YouTube videos of my students performing skits in Elvish That class was an independent study where 13 students gave up lunch periods to learn a new language!

If you weren’t a teacher, what profession would you pursue?

I’d probably still work in IT, but at a non-profit whose mission I care about. I like working in school technology partially because I love working with kids, but partially because I like working in a community where people are passiona...

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