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    World Language Department 2019/20 School Year
    The mission of the World Language Department at Seaholm High School is to educate students in the acquisition of a new language and its respective culture. In our classes, our students learn to listen, read, write and speak in the target language, while also gaining relevant cultural insight and experience. This learning will help students become reflective, compassionate, and honorable members of our interdependent global society. 

    Our staff is committed to teaching the 5 C's of Foreign Language Learning, as outlined in the National Standards in Foreign Language Education: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
    "As language teachers, we dream of inspiring our students to practice autonomously and make human connections outside of the classroom." -T. Hoy

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    Department news
    • Thank you and good luck - We would like to thank Ms. Russo for her efforts and hard work the last two years. We will certainly miss you at Seaholm and wish you the best of luck in your new position. 

    • Spanish textbooks - Starting in the first trimester of the 2019-20 school year, Spanish students who use the "Vistas" textbook will not be checking out a book from the Media Center. This includes students in levels 1, 2 and 3, and some level 4 students. The physical textbooks will be replaced by online versions of the book. Your teacher will have more information. 

    • Welcome back - The World Language Department welcomes back Ms. Haldki and Mr. Alexander to the staff for the 2019-20 school year. They are excited to return to our family and are looking forward to re-connecting with our Seaholm language students. We are glad to have them back!

    • Thank you - We would like to thank Ms. Palizzi and Ms. Meleca for their service to the World Language Department. Ms. Palizzi will be teaching French at Debry in 2019-20, and Ms. Meleca will still be at Seaholm, but as a full-time member of the English Department. Thanks again to their commitment to student learning. 

    • Sabbatical - Ms. Billinger will be on sabbatical during the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to hearing from her throughout the year and can't wait to see her again in 2020-21. 

    • Desayunos con Sra. Russo - Desayunos will resume in the 3rd trimester: March 19, April 16, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4. Room F-110, 8:00-8:30 AM.

    • Spanish National Honor Society 2019/20 - Applications are now available. See Sra. Menna or Sra. Russo if you have any questions. Link to application (due Apr. 17 at 3:00 PM).

    • Scheduling for 2019/2020 - Scheduling for the 2019/20 school year has begun. If you have questions about your course options, please see the teacher of the course you are wondering about. They would be happy to tell you what to expect from the class. You can also see the department chair. 

    • Desayunos are back - Please see the link from Sra. Russo - LINK. Meet other Spanish students, practice speaking in the target language, get tips on how to interact in the target culture, etc. Room F-110.

    • New courses - Beginning in 2019-20, students will have the option of signing up for Honors Chinese Perspectives and Honors French Perspectives. Previously, Honors Perspectives was only available in Spanish. But due to student demand and interest, Perspectives will be available in all spoken languages offered at Seaholm. Eligibility to enroll in the course is successful completion of level 4 of the language.

    • Seal of Biliteracy - BPS is currently exploring the possibility of providing students with an opportunity to earn a seal of biliteracy with their diploma. Please come back for updates. In the meantime, please let us know if you are interested.  

    • ASL program becomes permanent - Beginning in 2018-19, the American Sign Language program has become a permanent offering in Birmingham Public Schools. Prior to this year, ASL was available only as a pilot program. But approval has been granted for the program to continue on a permanent basis. Students from both, Seaholm and Groves, are welcome to enroll in the program. No previous experience is required. 

    • Staffing - We welcome Mr. Finn as our new American Sign Language teacher, Ms. Palizzi as our new French teacher, and we welcome back Ms. Russo as our new Spanish AP and level 1 teacher. Congratulations to Ms. Hladki on being named Assisant Principal at Seaholm (¡Gracias por todo y enhorabuena!). 

    • Department pilots makerspace furniture - The World Language Department has been selected to pilot makerspace-room furniture. Students in room F-110 will be taking their language class in non-traditional seating arrangements and configurations. Our learners and teachers will provide feedback at the end of the year, for possible expansion of the furniture program. 
    Blue Ribbon Application
    The following linked document has been submitted as part of Seaholm's application for Blue Ribbon School status. LINK
    Spanish National Honor Society - Induction May 2018 Program

    Want to enhance your college applications and improve your Spanish at the same time? Come join the Seaholm Spanish National Honor Society! This elite club is a great way to meet other Spanish students, get involved in the community, and engage in Hispanic cultural events. Applications can be found on the Seaholm World Language Website or in Profe Hladki’s room (F107). Applications for the 2018-19 school year are now available. Please see Profe. Hladki or Sra. Menna for more information. You can find the SNHS Bylaws here.

    8th Grade Curriculum Night - January 24, 2018
    Thank you for attending the 8th Grade Curriculum Night. Here is a link to the PowerPoint that we presented in the Media Center. Please feel free to email with any questions. 
    Please ask us about our travel opportunities. French students traveled to France in Spring Break 2017 and hope to go back in 2019. Spanish students just returned from a Spring Break trip to Spain. See Mme Marx (French) and Sra Menna (Spanish) for details.
    French BA CEO
    Natural Born Linguists: What Drives Multi-Language Speakers? Mr. Alexander e-mail • web page
    The Guardian Ms. Billinger  on sabbatical
    The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals Mr. Finn e-mail • web page
    The New York Times Ms. Hladki e-mail • web page
    Twenty-five Reasons to Study Foreign Languages Ms. Marx e-mail • web page
    Auburn University  Ms. Meleca e-mail • web page
    Why Study a Foreign Language? Ms. Menna e-mail • web page
    Harvard University Mr. Torres e-mail web page
    Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain Ms. Urian e-mail • web page
    Huff Post Ms. Wang, J.  e-mail • web page
    How to Learn a Foreign Language Ms. Wang, M. e-mail  • web page 
    University of Michigan      
    Key Factors Behind Learning a Foreign Language Staff Alumni    
    Kansas State University Ms. Burgess   Ms. Nienstadt
    The Significance of Learning another Language Ms. DeSimone   Ms. Palizzi
    The Runner Ms. Dorre   Ms. Quenaudon
    How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance Mr. Erazo   Ms. Rodríguez
    The Conversation Ms. Gerlach   Ms. Russo
    Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains Ms. Gilson   Ms. Sun
    KQED.org Ms. Maliszewski   Ms. Valin
    Should Your Student Take 4 Years of Foreign Language? Ms. Mayman    Ms. Whalen
    TheCollegeMoneyGuys.com (Thanks to Ms. Menna)      

    Vistas problems?
    Are you having trouble recovering your login or password for the "Vistas" website? Your online textbook account is active for three years, so you don't need to create a new account if you created one last year (or the year before). You can contact Vista Higher Learning by emailing tech support or calling their toll-free number.

    Email: techsupport@vistahigherlearning.com
    Phone: 800-248-2813

    All you need is your name, the name of your high school, and the name of your textbook.


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