1 Boil the potatoes: Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in a pot. Cover with at least an 2.5 cm of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Begin to boil, then put down to a simmer, and cook until tender ( 20 minutes).
2 Sauté vegetables:While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a big sauté pan on medium heat. the add the chopped up onions and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes. If you are including vegetables, add them according to their cooking time. Cook carrots and onions together, because they take the same amount of time to cook as the onions do. If you are including peas or corn, add them near the end of the cooking of the onions and carrots , or after the meat starts to cook, as they will not take a lot of cooking time.
3 Add the ground beef, then Worcestershire sauce and broth: put the ground beef into the pan with the onions, carrots and vegetables. Cook until it’s no longer pink. add salt and pepper. put in the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring the broth to a simmer and lower the heat. Cook for 10 minutes, if necessary add beef broth to keep the meat from drying out.
4 Mash the cooked potatoes: When the potatoes are done cooking, remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a potato masher or if you do not have one a fork will do, and season with salt and pepper.
5 Layer the meat mixture and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the beef, onions, and vegetables in an even layer in a large baking dish (8×13 casserole). cover the ground beef with the mashed potatoes from before. Rough up the top of the mashed potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned.
6 Bake in oven:Place in a 400°F oven and cook until bubbling, about 30 minutes. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to get the top of the mashed potatoes to go brown.
- three large potatoes, peeled and quartered
- eight tablespoons of butter
- one onion
- one cup of diced vegetables: corn,
- carrots and peas
- two lbs of ground beef
- one cup of beef broth
- one teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
- salt, pepper or other seasonings
Congratulations to Ishikaa, Grade 10, for securing 4th position at the Neuroscience Olympiade Competition (national level) held on Saturday, 11th May 2019 in Frankfurt. Ishikaa qualified for South Germany after being positioned in the top ten at the regional round of the competition hosted at Heidelberg University.
The student awarded first place at the national competition will be representing Germany at the International Neuroscience Competition to be held in Seoul, South Korea this summer. The first three participants were also awarded with a 2 week academic workshop at Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCN, Brain and Mind) Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich.
Although finishing fourth, the invitation to participate in the workshop has been extended to Ishikaa. It will be a great opportunity for her to refresh her knowledge in neuroscience and get a hands-on training with brain models, including contributing to laboratory research. The workshop will be conducted by professors and post-doctoral staff from LMU.
We wish Ishikaa all the best, as she continues her exploration of the brain!
Human Rights Still On the Agenda
At the beginning of April, we received thanks from the Intercultural Centre for our work on the Human Rights’ Exhibition last month. As we approached the Spring Break, it seemed a good time to reflect on all the work that went into this event. Zara, Grade 7, was at the presentation evening and wrote the following reflection. In it she mentions that one is never too young to begin raising awareness and learn. As PYP took to the garden as part of environment week, it was great to see this in all aspects of our school life. Here is what Zara had to say:
“I went to the Interkulturelles Zentrum in Heidelberg with some other students and a few teachers for a ceremony about the Human Rights Project. The ceremony was very interesting as I met a few important people including Ismail Tipi and the Bürgermeister for the environment. We went up to the front and Frau Kress and Ishikaa spoke about what we did for the Human Rights exhibition. We received a check of 1000 Euro and a certificate for taking part in the Human Rights exhibition. We were one of the eight schools who took part in this exhibition, and there was even a primary school who took part. I enjoyed listening to all the different way the schools portrayed this vast topic. I mostly enjoyed the presentation done by the primary school as it was interesting, and it showed no matter how young you are it is never too early to begin raising awareness and learn.
Am Donnerstag, den 14. März, war ich mit einigen anderen Schülern, zwei Lehrerinnen und Mrs. Macdonald im Interkulturellen Zentrum in Heidelberg. Wir besuchten eine Veranstaltung anlässlich der Urkundenverleihung der Aktion: Schule für Menschenrechte. Die Zeremonie war sehr interessant, da ich ein paar wichtige Leute gesehen habe, darunter den hessischen Politiker Ismail Tipi und den Bürgermeister Herrn Wolfgang Erichson. Wir gingen nach vorne und Frau Kress und Ishikaa sprachen darüber, was wir für die Menschenrechtsausstellung gemacht hatten. Für die Teilnahme an der Menschenrechtsausstellung erhielten wir einen Check von 1.000 Euro und ein Zertifikat für die Teilnahme an der Ausstellung. Wir waren eine der acht Heidelberger Schulen, die an dieser Ausstellung teilgenommen haben und darunter gab es sogar eine Grundschule, die Kurpfalsschule Heidelberg. Ich habe es sehr genossen zu hören, wie die Schulen dieses große Thema dargestellt haben. Am meisten hat mir die Präsentation der Grundschule gefallen, weil sie interessant war. Sie zeigte auch, dass es egal ist, wie jung oder wie alt man ist: Man kann immer die Aufmerksamkeit auf wichtige Themen richten um mehr zu lernen.
text: HP & Zara
We had some news from Christian, a former H.I.S. student. His family left the school at the end of last year to move back to the US.
During their time at H.I.S., the family travelled to Mayana, as part of an MCP (Make Change Possible) Friends Trip. Christian will be going back to Mayana this summer. He wrote to share the following with us:
“Hello from Christian – I was a student at H.I.S and moved back to the USA last summer. Notice the frozen Lake Michigan behind me! This upcoming summer I am going on the Make Change Possible trip to Mayana, Namibia. While I am there I will be helping the local MCP team with using computers, I am also going to help the local school with their computers.”
Would you want to search for delicious chocolate goodies on the playground after school? Guess what! This year, the Easter bunny told us he would come to H.I.S. and hide as many chocolate eggs as he can for you to find!
So grab your bag, buy your ticket and let’s go searching!
It is a German tradition for children to go and hunt for Easter Eggs on the morning of Easter Sunday. The Easter Eggs are usually hidden in the garden by an Easter Bunny to surprise the children in the morning. This is to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many German non-Christians celebrate Easter as well, just to have fun while colouring boiled eggs or to have fun hiding and finding chocolate goodies!
To add to the happy spring atmosphere, the Habitat Team is organising an Easter Egg Hunt for the H.I.S. community! Students will be able to purchase tickets and participate in a big Easter Egg Hunt after school. All information at a glance:
When? — After school (at 3:20 pm) on Friday, April 5th
Where? — All participants will meet in the main MPR first. Then, all will be able to start the hunt on the playground at the same time. (For this purpose, the playground will be closed from 2:15pm onwards to anyone without a ticket.)
What is the event for? — It is another project aimed to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity group.
How can I participate? — Tickets will be sold for 3 Euros after school in the foyer starting on Friday 29th. Definitely bring your ticket on the day of the hunt and otherwise, you could also bring a bag for collecting of eggs and goodies.
Dear parents: you are welcome to support your younger children in the hunt or simply watch and encourage!
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask any grade 11 Habitat for Humanity member.
See you very soon!
Janne from the Habitat Team
Ishikaa (Grade 10) has secured 4th place at the Neuro Science Olympiad and qualified for the Nationals to be held in Frankfurt on the 11th of May 2019. This was a well-attended event with 28 participants from various schools of South Germany. Ishikaa found the competition very interesting and would like to encourage other students to take part in this competition in years to come. https://neurowissenschaften-olympiade.de/locations/dno-heidelberg/
newspaper article: RNZ
text & photos: AM
Grade 5 students worked hard the last few weeks planning and organising the traditional Faschingsparty for all the PYP students. In the colourfully decorated MPR, the classes played various games, went on a parade through the school, danced and enjoyed this special morning. So many students put a lot of effort and time into creating wonderful costumes which made it very difficult to choose only two winners per class.
text: VZ, photos: AS