Los Planetas (2nd Grade)

In Spanish, we often try and correlate our lessons with what the students are learning in other content areas in order to make connections beyond the classroom and deepen understanding.

Our theme this trimester in 2nd Grade Spanish is El sistema solar y más allá (The Solar System and Beyond) which aligns nicely with their science theme.  Students worked in pairs choosing a planet to research, illustrate, and write about in Spanish.  They practiced presenting  with their teacher, in front of their peers, and finally in front of the camera.  Check it out! (PS. We still have one group left to film so check back on Monday if you don’t see your child’s presentation.)

Study Abroad Trip 2019

Dear Summit Parents and Students,

We are excited to announce that The Summit, in collaboration with EF Tours, is planning a study abroad trip to Spain in the summer of 2019.  This trip is open to Upper School students (current 5th-12th graders) enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year..

On Monday, October 8th at 5:15 p.m., we will hold an informational meeting for Summit students and their parents interested in learning more about this enrichment opportunity. We will cover basic information about the trip including travel experiences, safety/security, deadlines to register, fundraising, and additional questions.

A proposed itinerary is included below.

When: June 10-20, 2019 (dates subject to flights)

Who: Students (and their parents) who will be enrolled in 6th-                            12th grade at The Summit in 2019-2020.

Where: España

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Spain

  • Day 2-3: Barcelona

  • Day 4: Barcelona • Valencia

  • Day 5: Valencia • Granada

  • Day 6: Granada • Costa del Sol

  • Day 7: Costa del Sol

  • Day 8: Costa de Sol • Seville

  • Day 9: Seville • Córdoba • Puerto Lápice • Madrid

  • Day 10: Madrid

  • Day 11: Depart for home

Cost: $3,885 – $5,000

Additional information: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2107060SH

If you plan to be at the informational meeting on Monday, October 8th at 5:15 p.m., please RSVP here.  If you have additional questions, please contact either Señora Leighninger or Amy Maas.

La frase de la semana

Every Monday students are introduced to a new frase de la semana (phrase of the week).  The phrases selected are common expressions or questions that we  use on a regular basis.  Once the phrase is mastered, students are encouraged and often required to use it not only in Spanish, but outside of class as well.  You may hear your child using these phrases in the morning when they encounter Mr. G. or myself at morning car line.  Here are the phrases we have learned so far:

Buenos días / Buenas tardes / Buenas noches (Good morning, afternoon, evening)

¿Puedo ir al baño?   (May I go to the bathroom?)

¿Puedo agarrar mi…?   (May I go grab my….)

Una vez más.   (One more time)

¿Cómo se dice…?    (How do you say…?)

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Spanish Department Updates

The Summit’s Spanish Department is working with administration to develop new programs and opportunities including the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy, travel abroad, and participation in local events and competitions.

  • The Missouri Seal of Bi-Literacy program will allow The Summit to award the Missouri Seal of Bilteracy or Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy to students who meet designated criteria in the English language and any of the world’s languages taught or present in our school. Many colleges and universities in Missouri will award up to 12 credit hours to students who earn this seal and will allow them to enter the 5th semester of the 2nd language they pursued to earn the seal.

  • The Spanish department sent out a survey to gauge interest from The Summit community on travel abroad opportunities. Feedback will be considered when determining a target region and age group for the first trip.  Spanish teachers and administration plan to meet with EF Tours to further discuss a 2109 trip.

  • Summit Upper School students will once again participate in the Ozark Hispanic League Studies.  These competitions are held 3 times a year at various area schools and allow students to showcase Spanish skills in vocabulary, poetry, dancing, singing, and culture bowl.  The first competition is in Bolivar on Saturday, November 3rd.