7th Grade Lockin
The goal of this sleepover is to welcome and bring together newcoming 7th graders by easing their transition into middle school.
This celebration is held during the school day over a long lunch hour. Honor society students organize different activities for all students, and teachers are encouraged to participate as well. Some of the activities that have been held in the past:
- Chile eating contest
- Donut eating contest
- Musical chairs
- Relay races with typical Mexican clothing
Mexican food, such as tacos, tortas, esquites, is sold during the event.
Our school field trips focus on Mexican culture by immersing students in fun activities and outings.
Every other year in October the school holds a Renaissance Fair. Students in world history classes work on projects, which are presented at that time. This evening is filled with lively performances and stands that bring the Renaissance period to life. Family is welcome and encouraged to attend!.
IAS is a high school that unites both American and Mexican traditions. The PTA organizes a themed event which includes kindergarten through 12th grade. Family is welcome and encouraged to attend!
MUN Trip to Puebla
Each year students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend PASMUN, a Model United Nations simulation hosted by the Colegio Americano de Puebla. Our students represent IAS well, usually winning many awards. In addition to attending the conference, the group visits various areas of interest in Puebla, which include churches, the pyramid of Cholula, the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, and traditional markets.
Students look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day. The student council organizes the sale of various items, which include flowers, chocolates, and t-shirts. At lunchtime students eat together and participate in different activities. The day ends with our annual Drama and Film Fest, during which skits and video clips prepared by students and staff are enjoyed by all.
Red Ribbon Week
This transnational movement emphasizes on good decision making and saying no to drugs. Students participate in thought provoking activities throughout the week.
Held in November each year, Cancun MUN is a 2 1/2 day Model United Nations simulation. In the past, we have hosted students from other parts of Mexico, as well as Cuba, Italy, and El Salvador. Our conference provides students with a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN and helps students improve their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, and research.
An American tradition that brings families and friends together, students and parents bring potluck style food to share. Students compete in a Turkey Trot, in the hopes of winning a turkey. Second and third prizes – pumpkin pie!
Students will act and/or sing a chosen number of performances from different holidays from around the world. Family is welcome and encouraged to attend!
IAS Idol is an annual singing completion which takes place each year in January or February. Held in a local hotel, it is an event that our families look forward to each year. Students sing and compete to become the next IAS Idol.
Students showcase their projects for other students and faculty. This event is organized to stimulate critical thinking and investigation.
Students perform a selected drama piece in front of other students, faculty and family. Family is welcome and encouraged to attend!
Poetry Coffee House
Students read a selected poetry piece in front of other students and faculty.
Students play soccer on different countries’ teams to become the IAS World Cup Champions.
Parents’ Day Celebration
Students get together to celebrate their loving parents. arents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
9th Grade Breakfast Ceremony
It is very important to appreciate the success that our students have and the graduation is the culmination of their transition from middle school to high school. This is a formal breakfast ceremony. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
12th Grade Graduation
It is very important to appreciate the success that our students have. Graduation is the culmination of their transition from high school to their future endeavors. This is a formal dinner ceremony, with a DJ included after. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Eagle Houses Activities
School spirit is fundamental to IAS and having a positive learning environment. The Eagle Houses are pillars of IAS school spirit and bring together students from different grades and backgrounds. These form a team and partake school wide activities in hopes of becoming the Top Eagle House of the Year.
National Honor Society Activities
The National Honor Society is a prestigious organization that coordinates different events focused on supporting local charities. Events range from in school to out of school, where parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Red Hand Day is a worldwide initiative to stop the use of child soldiers. This activity, organized by Model UN students and the secretariat elective, joins people around the world in their efforts to end the suffering of children who are forced to fight. After an assembly explaining the problem, students and staff make red handprints with messages, which are then ycollected and sent to the United Nations.
During this week different activities are held to honor the different nationalities represented in our school community. There is usually one activity per day:
- International Buffet - Eagle houses bring food according to continents, and everyone shares
- Language classes - students who speak different languages teach their classmates
- International Show – Students and teachers enjoy dances, songs, and music from different countries.
Mexican History Celebration
This is an evening planned by the Mexican history classes, and its purpose is to celebrate Mexico’s amazing history. Each year the format changes: living time line, stands for each state, drama, etc. In addition, those attending enjoy typical Mexican food, prepared by students and their families.
ASOMEX Soccer Tournament
The Association of American Schools in Mexico (ASOMEX) is the oldest of the many regional school associations throughout the world. IAS hosts an invitational ASOMEX Futbol 7 tournament the third week of February each year. Local teams participate, as well as ASOMEX teams from different parts of Mexico.
A tradition started in 2010, Senior Send-Off is a time in which we gather to say goodbye to our graduating class. It is organized by the senior parents and our junior class, and it includes water games, mariachis, and lots of laughter and tears!
Each year the 7th grade visits the Mayan ruins of Ek Balam. Located in the neighboring state of Yucatan, it is an impressive archaeological site. After visiting the ancient city, students enjoy swimming in a cenote (fresh water sinkhole) and eating traditional food.
9th Grade Trip