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!
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!
- 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
- Myah S.- 6th Grade
- Kaleigh H.- 4th Grade
- Damaris R.- 6th Grade
- Jacob A.- 4th Grade
- Logan K.- 4th Grade
- Reyna K.- 7th Grade (pictured below)
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
Students in grades 5, 6, and 7th have been working with our Artist in residency in creating a very artistic Arabic pieces using the Arabic calligraphy. Each student had about 7 sessions of practice in order for them to reach this great level of art.
Our Arabic students practiced Khat al- Nasakh style as it is the most common and modern Arabic writing style. They ended up writing their names using Khat al-Nasakh to create their own beautiful artistic pieces.
Nine students in 7th and 8th grade just returned this week from a 2 week trip to France! Students stayed for 9 nights with their host families in the town of Angers, about 2 hours outside of Paris. Students explored the town in depth, visiting museums and castles for which this region of France is well known. They also got to shadow classes with their French exchange students! The trip was topped off with a 48 hour whirlwind tour around Paris to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and more. Once everyone catches up on sleep, be sure to ask them all about their incredible experience!