Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Testing is Underway for the Seal of Biliteracy!

Over 50 Arlington High School students are taking proficiency assessments this year to qualify for the new Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

To qualify for the Seal, students must achieve a minimum proficiency level in their language in addition to English. We currently have students testing in French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Latin, German, and Portuguese, along with students submitting language portfolios in Greek and Hungarian. Students with proficiency in any language may either take a proficiency assessment or submit a language portfolio to demonstrate their proficiency level.

In this our pilot year, most students taking the assessments are current juniors, who will be awarded the Seal at the beginning of their senior year, should they qualify. Three seniors tested early, and we look forward to reporting their scores soon.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Welcome to Arlington! ¡Bienvenido a Arlington!

As a final project for a unit on Immigration, students in Maria Arévalo's Spanish 4A classes created brochures that would be useful to new immigrants to Arlington. Students had to develop and design a pamphlet in Spanish with all the information they thought new immigrants would need when they moved to Arlington. Students also presented their projects to one of the guidance counselor's here at Arlington High School to get feedback and better understand the needs of Spanish-speakers moving in to the Arlington community. 

Two of the brochures will be brought to the Robbins Library and to the Guidance Department as an informational source for new Spanish-speaking families in Arlington.


Monday, May 23, 2016

New Honor Society Officers Named

The Officers for the 2016-2017 school year for the National World Language Honor Societies of Arlington High School have been named! Congratulations to:

  • Sharon Lincoln (French): Vice President
  • Eleni Blanas (Spanish): President
  • Peter Mitri (Spanish & Italian): Communication & Media Officer
These students will take an active role in leading this group next year and helping to promote the study of languages here in Arlington.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Induction of National World Language Honor Society Students!

Congratulations to the newest members of the National World Language Honor Societies of Arlington High School! We are particularly excited to welcome our first ever Italian students in this prestigious group. The mission of the National World Language Honor Societies is to reward and recognize high achievement in language studies, promote high standards of scholarship in language studies, support and encourage language studies, stimulate interest in and enthusiasm for language studies, and promote and perpetuate international friendships and cultural understanding. To learn more about this program, please click here.

Congratulations again to these outstanding students!

Société Honoraire de Français
AllorPauline
FiorentiniArianna
GarrahanClinton
LehmanMyles
LincolnSharon
PathakNachiket
ThapaTarangana
RobinsonMaeve

Società Onoraria Italica

BonardiOlivia
DaysMeredith
LewisAlexandra
MitriPeter
NilesOwen

National Latin Honor Society
BarchukMykhaylo
BirdJuliana
ChiangGeorge
DurstSarah
GatesJessica
GatesSophie
HurleyEmilie
Jacob-DolanJeremiah
LushiXheni
MungenastGrace
OstlingAmelia
RagyMariam
VeatchRoy

National Chinese Honor Society
Haas-LoomisNicole
Vik-SheehyIsabel

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
AluiaIsabel
AyadMustapha
BarrettHannah
BlanasEleni
CuellarAndreas
GoldsteinAnna
GuionOlivia
Haas-LoomisNicole
KandarasMary
LindsayPhilip
LuAustin
MitriPeter
O'ToolePatrick
OppermanPablo
RaoAjay
RichardsonJulia
RothenbergElsa
TapieroNicolas
StantonMary (Molly)

Société Honoraire de Français inductees: Nachiket Pathak, Myles Lehman, Arianna Fiorentini, Tarangana Thapa, Pauline Allor & Sharon Lincoln (not pictured Maeve Robinson)
Società Onoraria Italica inductees: Alexandra Lewis, Owen Niles, Meredith Days & Peter Mitri (not pictured Olivia Bonardi)
National Latin Society inductees: Juliana Bird, Misha Barchuk, Emilie Hurley, Mariam Ragy, Sophie Gates, Jessica Gates, Sarah Durst, Amelia Ostling, Grace Mungenast, George Chiang & Roy Veatch (not pictured: Xheni Lushi)
National Chinese Honor Society inductees:
Nicole Haas-Loomis (not pictured: Isabel Vik-Sheehy)
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica inductees: Pablo Opperman, Nicolas Tapiero, Andreas Cueller, Philip Lindsay, Olivia Guion, Hannah Barrett, Eleni Blanas, Austin Lu, Elsa Rothenberg
Bottom L to R: Nicole Haas-Loomis, Patrick O'Toole, Mustapha Aya, Anna Goldstein, Peter Mitri & Mary Kandaras
(not pictured: Isabel Aluia, Julia Richardson & Molly Stanton)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2nd Place Winner in AATSP Poster Contest

Congratulations to AHS Spanish student, Emina Hamzic, for winning 2nd place in the AATSP Poster Contest in Massachusetts! Emina is awarded $35 for her win, and her poster will be featured on the AATSP website. ¡Felicidades, Emina!