Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Club Day @ AHS

Before students left for Thanksgiving break, they were able to participate in the popular Club Day at AHS. This is a chance for students to learn about the wide variety of interesting clubs they are able to join to enrich their education.

Of particular excitement this year were the new Language Clubs available to students! We now have a club for each of the four languages offered here at AHS: French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Clubs are open to all students, whether they are enrolled in the language or not. Students engage in cultural activities, such as restaurant outings, holiday celebrations, and craft-making. These clubs are great ways to learn more about the cultures where these important languages are spoken in fun and relaxed ways. If you didn't sign up on Club Day, you are still welcome to join a language club at any time!

 Here are some photos of the booths language club leaders made to help promote their clubs:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chinese Club Members Learn About Sichuan Opera Masks

The new Mandarin Club at Arlington High School -- run by Mandarin teachers Xiaqing Rotstein and Oliver Xu -- had their first meeting last week. Club members learned about how masks were made for the traditional Sichuan Opera. Students then watched a movie about masks, set in Oliver Xu's hometown back in China.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bienvenue aux français et au Consul Général de Boston!

A group of 23 French students and two teachers arrived from France on November 6th for a two-week stay  here in Arlington as part of our bi-annual France Exchange program. The students were welcomed at Arlington High School by parents, teachers, administrators, and even the head of the French Consulate of Boston. Mr. Fabien Fieschi stopped by for our welcome breakfast and spoke to students about French in the region and his role as Consul General. The students then spent the day at AHS, getting their first taste of life in the United States.

AHS students will be traveling to France during April vacation, and will stay with the students they are currently hosting.

Thank you to all the parents who helped bring in food for this lovely welcome breakfast!

French exchange students and their hosts, along with teachers and the Consul General, Febien Fieschi (center).