Plan B

Due to weather conditions, the German International School Washington D.C. is running on Plan B .

  • The first two class periods are cancelled.
  • Classes begin at 9:55 am.
  • Morning bus pick-up times as well as a few bus stop locations are different today. Please refer to the Plan B bus route.
  • The afternoon buses leave the school at their regular times at 3:20 pm and 4:55 pm, however today they follow the Plan B bus route.
  • Extended Care will take place at the regularly scheduled time.
  • Evening classes and events take place as scheduled.
  • The lunch menu of the cafeteria may change for the remainder of this week. You will see the current menu on our website once school reopens.

Wetterbedingt gilt an der German International School Washington D.C. Plan B.

  • Die ersten beiden Unterrichtsstunden entfallen.
  • Der Unterricht beginnt um 9.55 Uhr.
  • Die morgendlichen Busfahrzeiten sowie manche Bushaltestellen sind heute anders. Beachten Sie bitte die Plan B-Busroute.
  • Die Schulbusse verlassen wie gewöhnlich nachmittags um 15.20 Uhr und um 16.55 Uhr die Schule, folgen aber heute der Plan B-Busroute.
  • Die Spätbetreuung findet zur normalen Zeit statt.
  • Abendkurse und Veranstaltungen finden planmäßig statt.
  • Bei unvorhergesehenem Unterrichtsausfall ändert sich meistens der Speiseplan der Cafeteria für den Rest der Woche. Den aktuellen Speiseplan finden Sie auf unserer Website, wenn die Schule wieder geöffnet ist.

Grade 4: Congress of Scientists

A Special Science Lesson

It was a usual Thursday morning. My class, the 4a, was having NAWI (Naturwissenschaftsunterricht /science lesson in the science building). We were doing a fun experiment with Mrs. Colopy (our teacher) on how to make salt water into drinkable water. The first thing we tried was to use a filter to filter the salt out, but that didn’t work. Then we tried evaporating the water so it would turn into steam. The steam would flow into a plastic tube. The plastic tube led into a small glass where the steam would cool down into tiny droplets of drinkable water. Then, after the experiment was successful, NAWI was over. But before we left, Mrs. Colopy announced that there would be a competition to determine who would make the best saltwater-to-drinking water converter. It was a volunteer project, but many people ended up participating. The volunteers had one week to finish the converters. Most volunteers completed their work as a group project.

Everyone who participated worked very hard on their projects. They couldn’t make any more changes now because they were presenting their final creations to the judges.  There were five judges in total: two seventh graders and three fifth graders. The projects were amazing. It was obvious that everyone had put a tremendous amount of effort into their projects and presentations. I thought all of them were remarkable, but I had one favorite. I thought that the group comprised of Carlo, Felix, Silas, Annika, and Edith, had done extraordinarily well. My other favorite project was that of the group consisting of Carla and Bettina. After everyone presented their projects, we took a little break to let the judges decide which would be the number one project. It was probably very difficult for the judges to decide who would win. But at the end, they finally made up their mind. Carla and Bettina’s group won, and they also received a very generous prize.

Kai G., homeroom 4A

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