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Student Spotlight – Emma Crisfield

emmaHere is another “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience class.  

Nombre: Emma Crisfield

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 7

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Drama
  • Work at Big Y
  • Walking my dog
  • Searching for Sunshine Club

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I want to learn more about the culture of Latin American countries and the differences between the people.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
Learning about the differences between cultures in Latin American countries.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?
We are doing our project on the experiences of immigrants in class. Today we’re putting English subtitles on a Spanish-language interview we completed with an immigrant who established herself in America. After that, we will be decorating the poster board.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious” -Michael Scott, The Office

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Student Spotlight – Colleen Lavoie

Periodically, we will have a “Star Student” serve as our class guest blogger.  This student will have the unique opportunity to tell you a little bit about themselves and to explain some of the exciting things going on in our classroom from a student’s perspective.



Nombre: Colleen Lavoie – senior

Clase: Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 13 years


(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Gymnastics Coach
  • DECA Executive Board
  • Spanish Immersion Teacher Aide
  • School Store Intern
  • Spanish Immersion Advisory Board Member
  • National Honors Society
  • National Business Honors Society

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita: Chicken Parm

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to learn more about how and why people immigrated from their Latin American countries to America. Also, I am hoping to learn more about cultures and traditions specific to Latin America.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
Being able to use Spanish in real world situations

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
Right now, we are interviewing the owner of a local barber shop on his journey from the Dominican Republic to America and coming to his success.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott


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Change is in the air as summer turns to fall.  Now that we have all settled into the day-to-day routine, students have been engaged in creative projects and learning new and exciting things.

The Latin American Experience student groups have nearly all made a connection within the local Latino community and have begun work on their student blogs, Spanish language interviews, and highlight posters.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!


A new and unique opportunity is being offered this year!  As an Independent Study course, senior Spanish Immersion students can serve as teaching assistants to the elementary schools.   Students create and write detailed lesson plans, engage in group activities with various classes, and differentiate their instruction to best suit student learning.  Our 2 Spanish Immersion Teaching Assistants, Dallas and Taylor, are hard at work creating autumn-themed lesson plans by creating exemplars of acrostic poems.



Their supervising instructor, Sra. Cardamone says:

“Taylor and Dallas did a great job preparing for this lesson. They included a list of necessary and enrichment vocabulary. They also prepared a model of a competed acrostic poem that inspired the students to produce quality final copies of the poems. Talyor and Dallas began the lesson well by engaging all students with questions. They activated prior knowledge by reviewing what a poem was and brainstorming fall vocabulary with the students. When students ran out of ideas, they prompted the class with different themes in which to generate words. During the lesson they circulated among the students answering questions and checking the kids’ progress.”



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Communication is Key….


Our goal this year is to learn to open the lines of communication to promote understanding and tolerance in a multi-cultural world.  In an increasingly diverse society, global citizenship is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity to compete in the international community.  Perhaps the most important aspect of global citizenship is to recognize that we all have a responsibility, to each other and to ourselves, to create a better world, to promote understanding among all peoples, and to break down the barriers that separate people of different backgrounds and beliefs.  In a world rife with negative political sound bites and messages of hate and division, communication is the key to progress and peace.

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Students in Spanish I created FlipGrid video shorts using the target language to introduce themselves and to tell a little background information about their lives.   Students also created talking photos in Notability to talk about themselves.

Spanish IV Honors is writing and practicing authentic phone messages.  Each student received a different fun fictional scenario and must “leave me a message”, explaining their situation.


touchcastSpanish II Honors is hard at work using TouchCast to create green screen “talking postcard” videos.  Students are creating fictional scenarios in which they are waiting for their friends abroad and must give detailed directions through the city to their “hotels”.


recapThe Latin American Experience classes have already ventured out on some site visits to reach out to the Latino community to get a first hand account of the challenges and triumphs of immigrating to the Unites States.  Students utilize the Recap app to check in with me via-video and to give me real-time status updates while they are on the road.


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Like We Never Left…

It is Day 7 and it feels like we never left.  In just 7 school days, we have gotten back into the swing of things and so much is happening!  This year it is all about SKILLS!  Our goal is for students to leave each class with a real-life skill that they can use at home, at their after school-job, or anywhere out in the community.

Spanish I already can say and spell their first and last names, tell where they are from and how they feel!  The can give and respond to greetings and know their alphabet in Spanish!

Spanish II Honors can easily use the present tense to narrate their lives and communicate details about their surroundings.  They also can describe and articulate their needs and opinions in the target language. (Oh, and they are quite talented singers as well…)

Spanish IV has mastered the present tense and are starting work on narrating in the past and describing their histories.  They also will begin learning about the origins of the Spanish language and the many cultures that have contributed to its development.

Latin American Experience is studying what it means to be Latino, Hispanic, and Spanish and how each are different.  They are just about ready to head out into the community to make some connections and to get a first-hand account of the vast challenges and obstacles immigrants face as they come to the Unites States.

It is going to be an AMAZING year!  Stay tuned…