Hello! Hola! Ciao! Bonjour!
Kindergarten, 5th Grade, Middle School, and High School students were surprised when four of our Summit teachers gathered them together with this greeting. This launched the first of many cross-grade, cross-curricular lessons in the school. This summer, the entire faculty was grouped by drawing names. These groups then worked together to create a unique learning experience based on their common strengths, interests, and student base. Mrs. Bagby, Mrs. Leighninger, Mrs. Tsolakis, and Mrs. Bowerman worked on a cultural and language experience for their students. In a large group, the students discussed the difference between a romantic language vs. a Germanic language, discussed geographical locations of Spain, France, and Italy, and listed to the similarities of various words in Spanish, French, and Italian. Students were challenged to interpret the English meaning of several words presented in the other languages, and called English words to be interpreted in the various languages by their teachers. Then, students were grouped across grade levels to one of four cultural stations to experience food or artwork. Students wore berets while copying art from famous French, Spanish, and Italian artists; made homemade tortillas with honey to snack on in “Spain”; created pizzas with the mozzarella in “Italy”; and assembled crêpes in “France.” When asked about the experience, two fifth grade students expressed that it was “a lot of fun; but we were too full for lunch time!”