Monday, April 25, 2016

Exemplary French Program Award Conferred Upon Arlington Public Schools

Press Release: AATF Exemplary Programs

April 25, 2016

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) has conferred its Exemplary French Program Award with honors on Arlington Public Schools in April of 2016. This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding quality of the French program. Arlington Public Schools is one of eight in the nation to receive this award. Thanks to its excellent program, Arlington Public Schools has increased its enrollment in French throughout the past four years. So that students may reach their highest potential in French, it offers language learning beginning in the middle school, with advanced courses in the high school, including Advanced Placement French. The program makes use of innovative and creative methods in teaching, gives standards-based assessments, and offers numerous cultural activities beyond the classroom. The school participates in the AATF National French Contest and inducts students into the National French Honor Society, with many honorees annually. Its teachers show excellent preparation, steady commitment to professional development, and enthusiastic dedication to their work. Administrators are consistently committed to the teaching of French and to preparing their students for the challenges of living in our global world. Administrators, parents, students, and graduates have all praised the program and its teachers in glowing terms. Graduates have continued to use French and the skills they acquired in college and in their careers. The American Association of Teachers of French, founded in 1927, is the largest association of French teachers in the world, with close to 9,000 members. It offers enrichment and support to teachers, and recognizes high achievement in teachers and students. We applaud Arlington Public Schools for its commitment to the teaching and learning of French through its exemplary French program!

Annual Gladiator Games at Ottoson!

Ottoson 8th graders participated in the annual Gladiator Games, conceived and run by Latin teacher Abbi Holt. Students use spoken Latin to cast spells as they "battle" each other. Over 30 students participated and students from an English class served as audience members providing a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to help determine the victors and the fate of the losers.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Latin Students Win Big at Brookline Certamen Competition

On Saturday, April 9th, one intermediate and two novice level teams of AHS Latin students competed in the annual Brookline High School Certamen CompetitionAll teams placed in the top four! Our "Novice I" team came in first with 560 points and was awarded a 1st place trophy!  

1st place novice winners, (L-R) Sam Goldstein, Maggie Horgan and Brett Kahmann

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mandarin Field Trip to the Fells

Students in Konwen Yuen's Mandarin 4-5 class went on a field trip to the Fells today, as part of a translation project. Students had worked on a community outreach project for which they translated hiking guides ("The Middlesex Fells by T") from English to Mandarin Chinese for the Friends of the Fells organization. Today's trip enabled them to experience the trails that they had worked on for the translation. More importantly, students were able to practice the vocabulary learned in the classroom, speaking only Mandarin during the expedition!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Proficiency Training for World Language Teachers

Arlington World Language teachers joined up with their counterparts from Winchester Public Schools last week for a unique professional development opportunity: a training from internationally-renowned language education expert Greg Duncan. Greg flew in from Georgia to work with the teachers, focusing on making the shift towards teaching for proficiency in the language classroom. As we look towards revising curriculum and shifting instructional methods, this training was a crucial component to support teachers.

Intermediate Certamen Team Places Third at Classics Day

On April 7th, a contingent of Latin Club members attended the annual Classics Day at Holy Cross College in Worcester. This event offers an art competition, a costume contest and several rounds of certamen. While our Novice Certamen team competed valiantly, they did not qualify for finals. Our Intermediate team, however, made Certamen finals and came in 3rd overall at the Upper level, playing against some amazing competitors. Congratulations!!

Intermediate Team: Grace Mungenast, Samantha Stephens & Kira Solovay