AASB Final Four
On December 2 and 3, Graded will host the first-ever AASB Final Four. The AASB Final Four is the National Championship for soccer and basketball, with the finalists from Big 8 and ISSL qualifying for these play-offs.
The entire Graded community is invited to come out and enjoy the games. Wear your Graded gear and be ready to support our Eagles!
Superintendent Speaker Series
SPHSL Soccer Finals
After playing many games throughout the semester against other international schools, Graded’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams both made it to the SPHSL finals!
SPHSL Basketball Finals
Throughout the semester, Graded’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams have been competing against other international schools in the São Paulo High School League (SPHSL). Both Graded teams made it to the November 22 finals, and both teams won their games! Graded girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are the 2022 SPHSL champions!
On Saturday, November 19, the PTA hosted the long-awaited return of Graded Thanksgiving! Over 1600 Graded community members enjoyed fun activities, live music, raffles for prizes, holiday shopping, and the famous traditional Thanksgiving meal. Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who made this event possible.
On November 16, Graded’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to compete in the SAAC (South American Activities Conference) tournament at Lincoln School. After several intense days of competition, the girls placed third and the boys placed first.
Graded’s boys’ and girls’ JV basketball and soccer teams, and the JV cheer team, traveled to NR to compete in the Little 8 championship. Girls’ basketball came in seventh place and boys’ basketball came in sixth. Boys’ soccer came in fifth and girls’ soccer earned second place. The cheer team came in seventh for the cheer presentation and in second for sideline cheer. Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable event!
From Monday to Friday, Graded celebrated Kindness Week. To inspire more kindness in the world, lower and upper school students engaged in several kindness challenges and activities, such as writing letters of gratitude and appreciation for others, playing with new friends, and giving someone a gift.
Graded Scholars event
The Graded Scholars event celebrated new and past students in the Graded Scholar and Outreach programs. During the event, current students had the opportunity to ask scholar alumni questions about their experiences at Graded and their life after high school. After the Q&A session, all past and current students and their families were invited to a delicious Graded lunch.
24 students traveled to NidoMUN at International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile, a Model United Nations (MUN) conference with students from five other countries to discuss and debate critical issues facing our world. The Graded MUN team did astoundingly well and took the majority of the Best Delegate and Best Speaker placements, as well as several honorable mentions.
Soccer Big 8
From November 2-November 5, Graded’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams traveled to NR to compete in the Big 8 tournament. They did exceptionally well, and both the girls’ and boys’ team won first place.
October 30- November 2
Basketball and Cheer Big 8
From October 30-November 2, Graded’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and Graded’s cheerleading squad, competed in the Big 8 tournament at Nosso Recanto (NR). The Eagles came home with an impressive array of medals. The cheer team earned the bronze; boys' basketball secured the silver; and girls' basketball brought home the gold!
The entire Graded community participates in the annual Halloween celebration. Lower school parent volunteers decorated classrooms and students of all ages and faculty and staff dressed up in creative costumes for a Halloween parade and costume contests.
Graded’s Music Festival "Gradedpalooza" was held on Saturday, October 29. The concert series took place in different locations throughout the campus and featured performances from all middle and high school students in choir, band, and string.
High school production of Antigone
Graded Arts and the High School Theater Departmented proudly hosted the first theater production of the year—Antigone, an Athenian tragedy written by Sophocles.
Young Alumni Brazilian Universities Panel
Young Graded alumni attending USP, ESPM, Insper, FAAP, Inteli, FGV, and Mackenzie met with Graded high school students to share their university experiences. It was wonderful to have our former students return to campus!
Middle and high school students participated in a Wacky Week of thematic spirit days including Twin Day, Anything but a Backpack Day, World Cup Day, Decades Day, and more.
Visiting Author Series: Muriel Johnson
Author and professional storyteller Muriel Johnson captivated and engaged lower school students with interactive tales from around the world, tailored to each age group. The Visiting Author Series is supported by the Graded Annual Fund.
SAAC Volleyball and Cross-Country in Chile
After a two-year hiatus, Graded Volleyball and Cross-Country teams traveled once again to compete in SAAC tournaments. This year our Eagles flew to International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile and brought home four team medals and two individual medals.
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week
Dia dos Professores (Teacher's Day) is commemorated on October 15 in Brazil. In honor of this special day, Graded's PTA hosts this teacher-centered week-long event to celebrate and thank our hardworking teachers.
Brazilian Independence Day Celebration
The Graded community dressed in yellow, green, blue, and white to celebrate 7 de Setembro (Brazilian Independence Day). This year, we honored the 100th anniversary of the 1922 Modern Art Week with an art exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by prominent Brazilian artists.
During this year's first college fair, we will welcome 20 universities from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Qatar during high school FLEX (11:20 am - 12:00 pm) and lunch (12:00 - 12:40 pm). The OCC will previously meet with students in each grade level to prepare them for the event. The visiting colleges and universities are Concordia University (Canada), Denison University (USA), University of Denver (USA), Elon University (USA), George Mason University (USA), Hult International Business School (USA, UK, UAE, China), Lynn University (USA), Indiana University Bloomington (USA), Macalester College (USA), Marist College (USA, Italy), Northwestern University in Qatar (Qatar), Otis College of Art & Design (USA), Pennsylvania State University (USA), Pepperdine University (USA), Sarah Lawrence College (USA), Savannah College of Art & Design (USA, France), Smith College (USA), Syracuse University (USA), and University of Tampa (USA).
September 5 and 6
Intercultural Competency: Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging with Dr. Derrick Gay
Dr. Derrick Gay consults with domestic and international organizations on issues of intercultural competency, global citizenship, diversity, and inclusion. Over the past 23 years, he has worked with more than 600 organizations from a variety of industries to enhance DEI capacity; increase inclusiveness and engagement; recruit, employ, and retain top talent; and design strategies to maximize business objectives. Dr. Gay will speak at Graded about Intercultural Competency: Reframing Diversity to Drive Inclusion and Belonging. The audience will:
- Learn about the Intercultural Competency Model.
- Cultivate common language around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Engage in exercises to learn more about your own world view, while identifying other viewpoints and perspectives.
- Learn strategies to help reconcile divergent viewpoints while aligning with common school values and mission.
All parents and faculty members are welcome to join us in the Black Box Theater (in the Lemann-Tully Arts Center, Floor 2) on Monday, September 5, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and/or Tuesday, September 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. (RSVP link will be sent via email.)
PTA Parent Breakfast
The Graded PTA is excited to welcome new families to the Graded community and help to make them feel at home. The PTA will hold a Parent Breakfast in the Student Center from 8:30 to 10:00 am to celebrate the start of the year and formally welcome the new Graded Eagles. The event will also provide a wonderful opportunity to hear from the PTA and learn about ways in which parents can volunteer throughout the year.
Peer Group Connection (PGC) Leader Retreat
PGC is year-long leadership development program that prepares seniors to create a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen and ease the transition from middle to high school. PGC leaders gathered on campus for a weekend-long retreat to learn and practice some of the skills and strategies they will use throughout the year and have fun with team-building activities.
Harvard Krokodiloes Workshop and Concert
Harvard University's oldest a capella group, the Harvard Krokodiloes, visited Graded's campus as part of their world tour. This group of undergraduate students has recorded 31 albums and sings songs from the Great American Songbook as well as more traditional music. The Krokodiloes led a workshop for junior and senior choir students, teaching them the fundamentals of a capella singing. They then performed a fun and energetic show in front of a large crowd of students, parents, faculty, and staff.
New Student Orientation
We welcomed 198 new students to the Graded community during New Student Orientation. Students in lower, middle, and high school, along with their parents, had the opportunity to learn about the school's divisions, tour the campus, and meet their new teachers.
Grade 5 Moving On Ceremony
Grade 5 students were recognized for demonstrating a number of values throughout their time in lower school, including kindness, perseverance, and intellectual curiosity. Parents, teachers, and friends were in the audience to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2029.
Grade 8 Moving On Ceremony
Our grade 8 students have reached a significant milestone: they have completed middle school and are about to embark on a new journey in high school. Class of 2026, congratulations on your outstanding achievements!
Lower School Talent Show
The Lower School Talent Show kicked off the last week of school on a very high note! Students danced, played songs on the piano, sang, performed magic tricks, and even competed against the clock to solve a Rubik's cube. Bravo!
Graded Reels Audiovisual Festival
High School Film 1 and 2 students and Multimedia Art students showcased their documentaries, short films, and animations to family, friends, and other members of the Graded community. Congratulations to all participants! Special kudos go to the directors, producers, and actors of Mush and Remind for winning the Best Documentary and Short Fiction Awards and to Thayna, recipient of the Multimedia Award for Best Animation.
Graded unveiled the 16th edition of Vivas Palavras, a collection of student work written in Portuguese and Spanish. Students in grades 4 through 12 wrote about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. They expressed themselves in playful, critical, and emotional ways through poems, short stories, and illustrations.
Graded Outreach Program Graduation
Students from Graded's Outreach Program celebrated their achievements in an intimate graduation ceremony. The seven Outreach students spent the last two years attending English classes at Graded and taking part in extracurricular activities to adapt to the school's environment. Some of the participants were then selected to join Graded's incoming grade 7 class as full-time scholarship students.
A beautiful commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 28, at 1:00 pm in the Athletics Center. Student and faculty speakers inspired the crowd, and a quintet of senior vocalists and instrumentalists provided a musical interlude. All of our graduates earned an American Diploma. Eighty-four graduated with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and 64 with IB, American, and Brazilian Diplomas. One by one, the Graded seniors crossed the stage and became proud Graded alumni.
During their last week as high school students, the Class of 2022 participated in Senior Week, a week of activities and festivities culminating in a graduation ceremony. From Monday, May 23 to Friday, May 27, seniors attended counseling sessions; Graduation rehearsals; an alumni panel; a pool party; a quiz night; the traditional Bell Ceremony and Parade, during which students wore crazy hats of their choice; and the Awards Ceremony, at which individual students were recognized for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.
The athletics banquet, held in the Student Center, was a great way to end a successful season of Graded Athletics. Athletes, parents, and coaches gathered to celebrate all the hard work poured into practices and games throughout the year. It was also the night to honor individual athletics achievements with awards, including the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Coaches’ Awards, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, male and female Athletes of the Year, and the David Tully Award. The event included JV and varsity athletes from swimming, tennis, track & field, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
On Saturday, May 14, Graded celebrated Eagles Day. The event brought the entire Graded community together again for the first time since the pandemic forced Graded to shut its doors in 2020. Eagles Day included activities like rock climbing and pick-up basketball, and attendees participated in raffles, played on inflatables, and ate a lot of ice cream. Graded students and parents alike were especially thrilled to meet Baldy, the newly-named eagle mascot.
Visiting Author: Victoria Jamieson
In May, Graded welcomed Newbury Honor award-winning graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson. Victoria talked to students in grades 3-8 about her career as a writer and illustrator, revealed where her book ideas and characters come from, and led a guided drawing activity. Students also had the opportunity to ask her questions and get their books autographed.
On May 1, the Graded Junior Varsity (JV) cheerleading squad and the JV boys’ and girls’ basketball teams traveled to NR to compete in the Little 8 tournament, which lasted until May 4. The boys finished in fifth place and the girls came in seventh. From May 4-7, the JV boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball teams participated in the tournament at NR. The girls’ red volleyball team came in sixth place and the girls’ white volleyball team came in eighth; the boys’ Red volleyball team finished in sixth place and the boys’ White volleyball team came in eighth. The boys’ soccer team won third place, and the girls’ soccer team were champions. All athletic teams performed very well, and the athletes had a wonderful time.
Graded’s soccer and basketball teams participated in the Sao Paulo High School League (SPHSL), playing against other international schools in the city. After an incredible season, the girls’ and boys’ varsity and junior varsity soccer teams were named SPHSL champions. The basketball teams also did extremely well, with the varsity boys’ team coming in second place and the girls’ coming in third. Neither junior varsity basketball team made the playoffs.
Grade 3 Celebration of Poetry
At the start of the grade 3 poetry unit, teachers surveyed students, asking them, "What type of feedback would most impact your work?" Students answered, "Parent feedback." As a result, third-graders welcomed parents to yesterday's "Celebration of Poetry" event to showcase their anthologies. During the session, parents were given a metacognition tool to give their children feedback. After reading students' poems, they used the TAG feedback approach to (T)ell them something great, (A)sk a question, and (G)ive a suggestion about their work.
In April, upper school students went on the much-anticipated Classroom Without Walls (CWW) trips to several destinations in southeast Brazil, including Parque dos Sonhos, in Socorro; Voador, in the Municipality of Atibaia; PETAR State Park; Itatiaia National Park; Cananéia and Ilha do Cardoso; and Saco do Mamanguá, in Paraty. These trips are a long-standing tradition at Graded and have once again proven to be meaningful, fun, and educational.
Basketball SAAC 2022
Graded’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams traveled to Curitiba to participate in the South American Activities Conference (SAAC) hosted by the International School of Curitiba. Once again, both teams were incredibly successful, and, mere days after returning from Big 8 with two medals, they earned two more: The basketball boys came in first place, and the basketball girls came in third.
From April 17-20, Graded’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, accompanied by the Graded cheerleading squad, competed in the highly anticipated Big 8 tournament at NR. Both teams did exceptionally well, with the boys winning first place and the girls coming in second in their respective competitions. Subsequently, from April 20-23, NR hosted the soccer and volleyball Big 8 tournaments. Once again, Graded athletes put on a great show. The volleyball boys came in fifth, and the volleyball girls placed fourth; both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams made it to the finals and won the championship games.
“Graded Orchestra Plays Rock”
This year’s Strings Festival was a huge success! High school orchestra students performed rock classics, including Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite," Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
2022 AMISA Educators' Conference
In March, Graded hosted 400+ educators from 32 international schools across 12 nations for the AMISA Educators’ Conference, “The Science of Learning: Educating Hearts & Minds.” Participants came together to explore the intersection between cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, and social-emotional wellbeing. Keynote speakers included author and Professor of Educational Leadership Doug Fischer, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist Derrick Gay, and Graded Superintendent Richard Boerner.
Office of College Counseling (OCC) Reception for grade 9-11 parents
The Office of College Counseling (OCC) hosted a wine-and-cheese reception for grade 9-11 parents. Counselors provided attendees with tips on navigating high school, maximizing school breaks, and preparing for standardized testing. Parents also had the opportunity to meet incoming college counselor Trevor Rusert.
2022 IB Visual Arts Senior Exhibition
The senior art students hosted an opening reception for the IB Visual Arts Exhibit to personally present their incredible artwork to the public. Both the reception and exhibit were a resounding success.
Visiting Author and Illustrator:
Award-winning author and illustrator Tad Hills visited campus and gave interactive presentations about storytelling to students in Pre-primary through grade 2. Tad Hills is most well-known as the creator of the Duck & Goose series, which tells the story of two unlikely feathered friends.
Middle school students spent the week learning to sing Carnaval songs, practicing dance moves, and designing costumes to represent their house teams in the Carnaval parade. The parade also included a guest samba music performance by the Graded Orchestra.