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Foreign Languages

Before anything else, we want our students to develop a love of the language and culture they are studying. Right from the start students will speak their new language, using small phrases and simple conversation. This allows students to immediately see the beauty of communicating with one another in a foreign language. Depending on age level, classes incorporate music, food, crafts, games and activities to enable students to experience their language in an atmosphere of fun and meaningful experiences.
Amer. Sign Language II 14+ TH ONLY Rm 11
Teacher: Teresa Wickstrom
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Completion of an American Sign Language I class
Ages: 13 - 18
1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Students who demonstrate a basic knowledge of American Sign Language are encouraged to continue their education by learning more vocabulary and grammar in this session. We will take a deeper look into the people who use sign language, touch upon their unique culture and investigate the history of Deafness in America. There will be 2 major projects. Attendance at a “Deaf” event will be required.

American Sign Language I TH ONLY Rm # 11
Teacher: Teresa Wickstrom
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class is available to 7th -12th grade students for high school foreign language credit.

American Sign Language is a beautiful visual language of the Deaf and is accepted as a foreign language credit. Successful students tend to be visual/tactile learners who enjoy communication that is not dependent on reading or writing. An online program will accompany the in class learning for vocabulary and receptive review and must be done weekly. Students will learn expressive, receptive, vocabulary, grammar and culture. Continual practice and memorization of vocabulary is necessary for ASL just as any other foreign language. Continued attendance is required as well as participation in all class activities, projects, and assessments.


French I 14+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Exposure to French is helpful due to the immersion approach but not essential.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will build a solid foundation of French vocabulary terms and fundamental dialogue skills, which will be reinforced with each advancing lesson.

French II/III 14+ Rm # 23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class is a continuation of the French I.The French language will be presented to students using French in Action, published by Yale University Press. This fully integrated course incorporates video, audio, and print. A large portion of each class period will be devoted to speaking the language. This approach helps students use real, unsimplified French in the dynamic context of actual communication.





Fun with American Sign Language Rm . 22
Teacher: Becky Flanagan
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
This interactive class will introduce some basic vocabulary and structure of American Sign Language through a variety of hands-on lessons designed to expose the student to a different means of communication. History of Deafness in America and cultural elements of this interesting population will round out the students’ understanding of this beautiful language. Students will produce poetry and stories using sign language.

Fun with Spanish 6-8 Rm #B3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Through songs, games and activities, students will become familiar with the Spanish language and culture. Students will learn by associating actions with words as they act out commands. They will learn some basic vocabulary and be able to form some simple sentences by the end of the class.


Intro. to Spanish W 9:30-11:00 Rm # B-3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: none
Ages: 9 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Through a variety of activities, music and lessons, students will learn the vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical skills necessary to be prepared for Spanish I. Students will also be introduced to the geography and culture of Latin America.

Introduction to French 10-13 Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Through songs, games, and activities, students become familiar with the French language and culture. Students learn by associating actions with words as they act out commands. They learn basic vocabulary and are able to form simple sentences by the end of the class.

Russian Language & Culture I 13+ T ONLY Rm # 11
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
Russian class for ages 12+ (held Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30) will build a solid foundation of Russian vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge for students that can be practiced through all four domains of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through a dynamic communicative approach, students will have opportunities to practice realistic, useful and fun dialogues, while being exposed to authentic Russian language and culture - including current pop culture. Students will be encouraged to encounter Russian both inside and outside of the classroom, through extension activities integrated into an online and traditional textbook combination. Authentic Russian foods, stories, songs, games, artifacts and even Native Russian speakers will make an appearance as we discover Russia together!

Russian Language & Culture II 13+ TH ONLY Rm 11
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Russian I or its equivalent
Ages: 14 and up
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
This class will build on the basic foundation of Russian vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge learned in Russian I. Russian language can be practiced through all four domains of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through a dynamic communicative approach, students will have opportunities to practice realistic, useful and fun dialogues, while being exposed to authentic Russian language and culture - including current pop culture. Students will be encouraged to encounter Russian both inside and outside of the classroom, through extension activities integrated into an online and traditional textbook combination. Authentic Russian foods, stories, songs, games, artifacts and even Native Russian speakers will make an appearance as we discover Russia together!

Spanish I (meets W & F) 13+ Rm #B-3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Due to the immersion approach, some exposure to Spanish is extremely helpful but not essential.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will build a solid foundation of Spanish vocabulary terms and fundamental dialogue skills, which will be reinforced with each advancing lesson. TThis fully integrated course incorporates video, audio, and print. A large portion of each class period will be devoted to speaking the language. This approach helps students use real, unsimplified Spanish in the dynamic context of actual communication.

Spanish II (Meets W & F) 14+ Rm #B-3
Teacher: Beth McPeek
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class is a continuation of Spanish I. Students having taken a high school level Spanish I course will be ready for this class.


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