Ensemble Español Partnership

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater celebrates Spain in America through performance, arts education, and community programs that bring the dance, music, and song of Spain to U. S. audiences. For over 45 years, the organization has shared the rich history and contemporary importance of culturally specific art, and maintains this commitment for artists, students, and art lovers the world over.

Due to our enthusiastic past partnerships, Ensemble Español selected LaSalle II for a free artist-in-residency to 3rd and 6th graders! They have been working with our artist-in-residence Amanda Saucedo, an Ensemble Español company dancer who serves as the Resident Teaching Artist and CPS All-City Performing Arts Program Spanish dance instructor. Students began the classes at the beginning of third quarter during remote learning and are continuing during hybrid. Each homeroom dances in a different room while their friends dance at home. Class begins with a warm-up followed by dance lessons and then ends with a yoga cool down. Pictured here are our third graders learning a jota from Galicia, Spain.

Staying Connected in the Target Language

Last quarter in Spanish class 3rd grade students learned and practiced food vocabulary and discussed their personal food preferences. To showcase their speaking skills, students recorded and uploaded a Flipgrid video sharing which fruits and vegetables they love, like and absolutely don’t like! Although students currently are not able to applaud and engage with their peers in person, we can still stay connected! To celebrate their classmates speaking activities and to make connections, students watched their classmate’s videos and then recorded and/or wrote responses in Spanish to offer feedback. I am so proud of all our students’ hard work, creativity and continued resilience.

Learning About Food in French

The sixth grade French students have been working hard during their mealtime in the French-speaking world unit! They started out the year exploring dishes and restaurants in the French-speaking country of Senegal in Western Africa. The students researched recipes and created Flip Grids describing their preferences of the dishes. We digitally traveled across the world at the beginning of quarter two, and their culinary studies have now taken them to the French-speaking Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The students are learning about local foods and products that can be purchased from markets and how to navigate these beautiful places to purchase fresh ingredients. I am so proud of the language, effort, and enthusiasm that these students are bringing to French class!

Accomplishments for our French Students

French students in grades 4th-8th participated in the National French Contest/Le Grand Concours in February. Students studying French in all 50 states and abroad take a written test and compete against students with similar educational backgrounds. We are so proud of our students who were nationally ranked this year! And a special congratulations to LaSalle II’s first ever gold winner, Reyna K. Félicitations!

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Dezeray G.- 8th Grade
  • Lyric N.- 8th Grade
  • Ryan C.- 7th Grade
  • Aris M.- 6th Grade
  • Niza T.- 6th Grade
  • Kelema G.- 5th Grade
  • Grace B.- 4th Grade
  • Abraham C.-  4th Grade
  • Karina S.- 4th Grade


BRONZE:

  • Myah S.- 6th Grade
  • Kaleigh H.- 4th Grade

SILVER:

  • Damaris R.- 6th Grade
  • Jacob A.- 4th Grade
  • Logan K.- 4th Grade 


GOLD:

  • Reyna K.- 7th Grade (pictured below)

Culinary Arts in French

Middle school students studying French went to Alliance Française this month for a scrumptious field trip. The students worked with a French culinary instructor to make a delicious French meal that included a salad with home-made vinaigrette, Croque-Monsieur sandwiches, and Madeleine cookies. The students did an awesome job cooking and at the end were able to enjoy the meal they prepared with their classmates. Miam-miam!

LaSalle II Students in China!

Our 8th graders are currently in China for their exchange trip! We can’t wait to hear about all of their adventures when they return. 

Bringing the World To Our Students

Bringing the World To Our Students

During the first four weeks of the new school year, our LaSalle II Chinese Program introduced China to our kindergarteners. The photos show how happy the 5-year children are holding flags of US and China as they dance and sing Hello to China and Hello to the United States. First graders were introduced to eight countries around the world.  Notice how they enjoy locating countries on the world map. Our seventh graders performed in a dance program at the 2019 Chinese Cultural Festival on September 28th at Whitney Young High School.  All of these students had a good time and said it was a lot of fun.  Bobby and Sophia commented that learning to coordinate with each other as members of a team was a valuable lesson. Natalie and Eleanor mentioned that they put a lot of hard work into practicing but they learned a lot of “cool things” about Chinese culture. This is the third time these students had an opportunity to bring what they learned in class to an outside audience. 

8th Grade Spanish and French Art Gallery Walk!

After exploring artists and styles of both French Impressionism and Spanish Cubism, students were challenged to select a local or global theme and demonstrate it through their own artwork. Students selected themes ranging from: pollution, climate change, poaching, domestic violence, depression, religious intolerance and many more. Students presented their artwork in the target language to their respective classes, and then participated in a gallery walk where they had the opportunity to see and discuss their peers’ artwork in the other language class. We are extremely proud of their creativity, insightfulness, and collaboration demonstrated through this project! Happy graduation to our 2019 8th grade class!

Seal of Biliteracy

CPS is the first district in Illinois to create a CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award to recognize exemplary 5th and 8th graders who are studying world language or enrolled in Dual Language programs- providing students with comprehensive programming to develop literacy skills and fluency in both English and another language. More than 1,700 5th and 8th graders from 64 elementary schools and middle schools will earn the Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award this year. This year, 22 of these students are from LaSalle II! We are so proud of you all!

World Language Performances

This week our World Language students had the opportunity to show off all they learned in their Artist-in-Residency program. The program is generously funded by the PTO and exposes students to different cultural aspects in the language of their study.