La Clase de la Sra. Moloney

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World Language Honor Societies

This year, the Nipmuc World Language Department is proud to announce the establishment of (3) world language national honor societies in celebration of achievement in the following languages:

spanish-flagSpanish (The Jorge Luis Borges – Nipmuc Regional Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) sponsored by the AATSP – The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

france-flag-2French (Société Honoraire de Français) sponsored by AATF – The American Association of Teachers of French.

itItalian (The Maria Montessori Chapter of Società Onoraria Italica) sponsored by the AATI – The American Association of Teachers of Italian.

These honor societies are based on academic credentials (overall unweighted GPA of 80 and world language GPA of 85 for Honors/90 for CPS) with a “faculty advocate” signing off in support of student character and integrity.  Students must have completed 2 full credits of a world language and be enrolled in a language class at time of application/induction.

Students will:

  • APPLY – Students submit application with school counselor, current world language instructor, and faculty advocate signatures (and one-time $10 fee). Applicants also will complete a “student reflection “Padlet” digital portfolio commenting on their Passion, Perseverance, and Participation in their world language studies.  Digital portfolio is written in English and includes an embedded personal statement video in the target language.
  • INDUCT – An induction will be held in March.  Family, friends, and community members will be invited.  
  • RECOGNIZE – Students will be recognized with an official certificate from their respective national honor society affiliate.
  • CELEBRATE – Students, family, friends, and the community are invited to celebrate at an informal coffee/pastry reception immediately following the induction.
  • REWARD – Students receive official honor society cords to wear at graduation.

Students who earn membership into these national honor societies have opportunities to:
– Win scholarships
– Enter poster contests
– Take on a leadership role in local chapter (president, vice president, E-Board, etc.)
– Submit student writing/art work to journals for publication
– Earn other awards and recognition

Sample “Padlet” digital portfolios:

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Student Spotlight – Taylor M.


Here is “Star Student” from our Latin American Experience/Spanish Immersion Teaching Assistant Class

Nombre: Taylor Moore


Clase: Teaching Assistant / Latin American Experience

How many years have you studied Spanish?: 13

(Hobbies) Pasatiempos:

  • Skiing
  • Reading
  • Watching Netflix

(Favorite Food) Comida Favorita:
Sweet potato fries

(What are you hoping to learn in class?) ¿Qué quieres aprender en la clase de Español?:
I am hoping to improve my Spanish speaking skills and cultural awareness.

(What I like most in this class) Lo que me gusta más en esta clase:
As a teaching assistant, I love working with and teaching lessons to the Spanish Immersion students in the elementary school.

(What are we currently doing in class?) ¿Qué hacemos ahora en la clase?:
In Latin American Experience, we just wrapped up a lesson on immigration.

(Dicho Favorito) Favorite Quote or Saying:
“How do you say that in Spanish?”

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Nipmuc Showcase

This Tuesday, the World Language Department had a great night at the Nipmuc Showcase, welcoming families and students from all across the Blackstone Valley.  We enjoyed meeting so many new people and welcomed their many questions!  We are extremely proud of our department and the many advances we have made in skills-based assessment and technology integration.  We LOVE to tell potential students (or pretty much, anyone who will listen) about the creative things we do!


To add a bit of fun to the evening, we employed the screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-15-14-am app and watched the kids get a good laugh! We set up an IPad  for each language with signs telling people to take a look. When their curiosity got the best of them and they peeked into the IPad, they found that their faces had been “painted” with the country colors of Italy, France, or Spain.  It was hilarious watching people’s reactions!  It also was a great way to break the ice and start a conversation about the benefits of world language acquisition in a global economy.