Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Festivities!

Three of the high school language clubs met yesterday to celebrate the holidays! The French Club ate bûches de noël, madeleines, and played "Devine-Tête." The Spanish Club ate buñuelos and watched videos about Christmas in Spanish speaking countries. And the Mandarin Club had Chinese tea and snacks, and learned about traditional tea making. The Latin Club plans to hold its annual Saturnalia festivities after the holiday break.

Bonnes Vacances! ¡Buenas Vacaciones! Felix Feriarum! 新年好

French Club festivities!

French Club members played "Devine-Tête"

Spanish Club festivities!

Learning about Chinese Tea

Chinese snacks

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Italian Grant Awarded to the WL Department

In 2004, the Italian program was cut from Arlington High School. Since then, many parents and students have requested its reinstatement, particularly considering the large Italian population residing in Arlington. This year, a grant application was submitted to the Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT., Inc.), a  non-profit educational and professional organization that promotes the Italian language and culture in the public and private schools of New England. We were recently informed that the grant application was successful! The grant will fund the teaching of one section of Italian 1 at the high school in the 2013-2014 school year. This grant is renewable and can be expanded to offer an additional section of Italian.

Dr. Antonio Di Sanzo, a current part-time Spanish teacher at AHS, former World Language Department Chair in Reading, and professor of Italian at Harvard Extension School -- and a native speaker of Italian -- will teach the class next year.

We encourage all students to enroll in this course as an additional elective, but will give priority to freshman and sophomores.