Friday, December 23, 2011

AP Multi-Lingual Celebrations at the High School!

This year, Advanced Placement French, Latin, and Spanish teachers decided to celebrate the holidays by turning their students into teachers. Teachers Véronique Lahey, Abbi Holt, and Emmy Robinson got all of their AP students together during a long block and had them teach each other their languages. The students cooked authentic food from the countries where their language is spoken, taught each other authentic holiday songs, and even danced and played music! French students got to try on sombreros, Spanish students ate roman pasta dishes, and Latin students ate crêpes. Mandarin Chinese teacher Bo Yu even joined in the celebration and led the students in a traditional Chinese song.

Traditional Roman Pastas

French Crêpes

A Traditional Chinese Song Was Sung by All

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Latin Club Celebrates "Saturnalia"

The Ottoson Middle School Latin Club met today to learn about "Saturnalia," the Roman winter festival. Organized by Latin teachers Rachel Kirtley and Cassandra Mea, students made edible dormice (yes, that's edible door-mice!). While the Romans actually ate dormice, Latin Club students made theirs out of oreos, maraschino cherries, Hershey's kisses, and M&Ms. The "mice" were delicious and everyone had a fantastic time!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Latin Students Out on Annual Higgins Armory Field Trip

Latin students and Arlington High School's two excellent Latin teachers, Abbi Holt and Ed Foley, made their annual voyage to the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester to explore life as a roman legionary and ancient warfare. Students were able to try on armor and practice tactical maneuvers using ancient weaponry.