Tag Archives: Alekka

Senior prom

Senior prom, ICS Addis Ababa style. High school prom plans are often complicated, but perhaps even more so when you are an international student.  Alekka’s British boyfriend graduated from ICS last year; this year he is enrolled at a university … Continue reading

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UCAS for Dummies (and Americans… not saying they are the same thing)

This is a very long post about how to apply to a UK college, a topic of immediate concern around our house. If this subject interests you, read on; if not, I won’t be insulted if you choose to skip … Continue reading

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CARE

A few months ago Alekka began an internship at CARE Ethiopia’s downtown office. Her job on Tuesday and Friday afternoons is to edit stories for publication in the NGO’s newsletter. CARE’s projects in Ethiopia focus on teaching modern farming methods … Continue reading

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College spring break

You know the kind of vacation where you’re more worn out when you get home than when you left? That’s the kind we just had. But it was productive. Alekka has a much better idea now of which schools she … Continue reading

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They grow up so fast

Our baby celebrated her 17th birthday a couple of weeks ago. It’s an interesting age. I think Billy Collins captures it precisely in “To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl.” It’s hard to accept that in just over a year she’ll … Continue reading

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Gotta go to Ghana

My family’s been on the move lately. Last week Andreas took eight Model UN team members to a conference in Doha, Qatar. While he was away, Alekka traveled with eleven of her classmates to the Global Issues Student Summit in … Continue reading

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WWW

A week of service learning outside the traditional classroom is an important component of the academic program at many international schools. In September, ICS students in grades 10 and 12 had their Week Without Walls: grade 10 worked with a … Continue reading

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Stand back, we’re doing science

A few weeks ago, while half the high school was away for Weeks Without Walls, our administration decided to do something special with the two grade levels left behind. Inspired by the revolution in Syria, Grade 9 completed a project-based … Continue reading

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O honorable one

I’m feeling a little guilty about broadcasting my daughter’s vehicular mishap all over the Internet. She’s a great kid. So I am going to post something nice about her. A couple of weeks ago, our school held an induction ceremony … Continue reading

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Driven to distraction

It’s a tradition in America to take your DMV driver’s test on your 16th birthday, but none of my four older children was keen enough on automobiles to take part in that time-honored ritual. The oldest one still doesn’t have … Continue reading

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