Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Félicitations to this year's Café Parisien winners!

Students in French 4 once again participated in the Café Parisien competition designed by French teacher, Véronique Lahey. Following a real-world business model, students must work in small groups throughout the year to develop a business proposal for a new café they will open in Paris. Students present their work to a jury as if they were presenting to investors, with one group coming out the winner. The presentation must be thorough, including a café name, menu, location, research into potential customers, marketing and advertising strategy, and a financial plan. Students also prepare one dish from their menu for the jury. Throughout the year, all this work is done in French. Ms. Lahey was awarded a Department of Education Lighthouse Technology grant in 2001 to develop the project, and has been asked to present on it many times at Project-Based Learning conferences and the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association fall conference.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

First Place: "Le Petit Bonjour," Pauline Allor, Eva Donlan, & Sarah White


Second Place: "La Petite Poche," Catherine Tiffany, Julia Blass, & Andrea Abanto


Third Place: "Le Feu Ancien," Nicholas Madden, Zach Guion, & Dan Klingberg

Friday, June 6, 2014

Exciting Changes for the 6th Grade World Language Program!

We are undergoing some exciting changes in our 6th grade language program! Beginning next year, students entering the 6th grade will choose one language to explore for the year. Students may then continue their language in 7th & 8th grade, or switch to a new language. The language program will be as follows:

6th Grade:  Exploring French / Exploring Latin / Exploring Spanish (classes meet every other day)
7th Grade: French 1A / Latin 1A / Mandarin 1A / Spanish 1A (classes meet every day)
8th Grade: French 1B / Latin 1B / Mandarin 1B / Spanish 1B (classes meet every day)

We are asking 5th grade parents to give us your first, second, and third choice of a language for the 6th grade exploratory program so that we may schedule your classes for next year. We will do our best to give you your first choice, though you may be assigned your second or third choice due to limited space.

If you do not receive your first choice, you will be able to switch in the 7th grade, but will not be allowed to switch in the 6th grade. We are not able to offer Mandarin in the 6th grade at this time.

If you are a 5th grade parent, please fill out the LANGUAGE SELECTION SURVEY as soon as possible.


National Spanish Exam Results Are In!

We are proud to announce the award winners of this year National Spanish Exam, which is taken by thousands of students across the country. ¡¡Felicidades to students and teachers for these excellent results!!

SPANISH 1
Bronze Medal
Alvina Napit
Tomke Schoeningh

SPANISH 2
Gold Medal
Mustapha Ayad
Katherine Barker
Olivia Guion
Gabriel Nahn
Patrick O’Toole
Esla Rothenberg
Nicolas Tapiero
Tommaso Valagussa

Silver Medal
Isabel Aluia
Emily Brown
Anna Goldstein
Nicole Haas-Loomis
Mary Kandaras
Philip Lindsay
Austin Lu
Insa Mannstadt
Susan Ni

Bronze Medal
Maya Alperin
Faolan Coogan-Pluck
Akshat Gangurde
Frances Lin
Gurpinder More
Victoria White

Honorable Mention
Hannah Barret
Dylan Braveman
Natalie Burden
Gregory Foley
Grace Jenkins
Nicholas Holt
Harry Kandaras
Emma Maxtutis
Sana Mohtadi
Miguel Nascimento
Salome Lefort
Sarah O’Connell
Pablo Opperman
Ajay Rao
Jake Tamir-Pinsky

SPANISH 3
Gold Medal
Kate Carr
Jacob Chaves
Erin O’Brien
Victoria Tse

Silver Medal
Michaela Aladjem
Cecile Dedios
Max Fox-Jurkowitz
Tali Gorokhovsky
Benjamin Gould
Galen Hall
Michael Reynolds
Stefan Rookwood

Bronze Medal
Mina Burton
Jack Cohn
Maura Doherty
Grace Gutierrez
Sara Gutierrez
Garth Hull
Lenna Iskenderian
Antranig Kechejian
Griffin Lessell
Abigail McCabe
Emma Murach
Noelani Ramos
Ashley Wicks

Honorable Mention
Erin Ay
James Bauer
Benjamin Berke-Halperin
Nick Cuervo-Torello
Molly Doherty
Myles Goldstein
Alison Jordahl
Leah Lavin
Isabella Pajevic
Olivia Sorenson
Paul Stokes
Shivam Rastogi
Nathan Vitale
George West
Kristjana Xhuveli
Julius Zuckerman

SPANISH 4
Gold Medals
Yana Galina

Silver Medal
Diego Opperman
Jonah Vandermel

Bronze Medal
Rosella Aluia
Aaron Colonnese
Alexander Crowley
Gabriel Entov
Olivia Wan

Honorable Mention
Anthony Aggouras
Maria Arvanitis
Dominique Carey
Emma Curtis
Gaurav Dangol
Christina Kennedy
Megan Lo
Anja Pajevic

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

France Exchange Program Announced for 2014-2015

Arlington High School students enrolled in French for the 2014-2015 school year are encouraged to participate in the France Exchange, being run once again by French teacher Véronique Lahey. Seniors and Juniors will be given priority. We will be partnered with the Lycée Saint Paul Bourdon Blanc in Orléans.

To view the itinerary, please CLICK HERE.

For more information, please view the below presentation, or see Ms. Lahey (vlahey@arlington.k12.ma.us).