All of SAISD World Languages Educators gathered at Longfellow IB Middle School for professional learning and collaboration. We celebrated our program’s accomplishments, engaged in technology & GT training, and began planning for the upcoming 2018-2019 School Year.
Parents and students gathered at Longfellow Middle School to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students enrolled in our first Mandarin Chinese class.
The San Antonio ISD World Languages teachers from Longfellow and Tafolla Middle Schools took a group of students on a Learning Expedition to the Institute of Texan Cultures. While there, students experienced firsthand the annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. They were also able to experience examples of the many Asian cultures that have influenced the development of Texas.
One of the highlights of the day was a performance given by Longfellow students enrolled in the Chinese Mandarin class under the leadership of SAISD Chinese teacher Dr. Liang Ward. This group was invited by the Confucius Institute at UTSA to perform and dance for the event.
We are proud of our SAISD World Languages Program, teachers, and students’ stellar performance.
Two San Antonio ISD students gave an outstanding performance at the 2018 Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee competition. This event is part of the educational highlights of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the City of San Antonio.
High school student Maria Garcia from YWLA placed second and middle school student Paola Jauregui from YWLA placed third in their respective competitions. Paola will now represent SAISD in the 2018 National Spanish Spelling Bee that will take place in San Antonio this summer.
The AP Spanish Language and Culture class at Edison High School was selected by College Board to join the AP with WE Service Pilot Program for the 2017-2018 School Year. The AP students from Edison will be working with the students from Rogers to build a community of collaboration and mentorship via tutoring services that seek to support younger students to sucessfully transition into high school. “The AP with WE Service program provides teaching modules that align to AP course content and can be directly implemented into an AP course curriculum. Each module focuses on an actionable topic, such as hunger or education, and incorporates WE’s service-based learning framework and resources. The WE model helps teachers and students to identify local priorities and translate classroom learning into hands-on innovation and problem solving.”
Parents, students,and faculty gathered to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. Ms. Ward, Longfellow Mandarin Chinese teacher, highlighted the origins and meaning of this festival. There was music, arts and crafts, and food. Overall, it was a community building experience.