CSUS Celebrates National Foreign Language Week

CSUS Celebrates National Foreign Language Week
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CSUS celebrated the observance of National Foreign Language Week from March 3rd -7th. There were many daily activities during advisory and the lunch periods. The Celebration of Language, Culture, and Music on March 5 was well attended by approximately 150 parents, students, and staff. The evening included music and dance from France and Portugal and video reflections by scholars on language and culture. Participants were asked to choose three winning posters that reflected this year’s national theme: “Don’t Let Learning a Language Slip Through Your Fingers”. The winners are Yasmin Abdella , Julian Knight, and Mikel Reyes. Each of the winners will receive a $50 gift certificate and their poster will be displayed at Schoenoff Books.

The highlight of the evening was the a panel of fifteen 8th graders discussing their experiences as immigrants in Cambridge in front of an audience of about 150 teachers, parents, and students. They spoke about their transition into a new culture and society, the differences in educational systems and the awkwardness of speaking their native language in public. It was a powerful presentation from the voices of our youth. The panelists were Gustavo De Freitas ,Mariah Goldsmith, Na Jae Josephs, Razin Khan, Ming Lian, Marcia Lopes, Summia Mahmud, Mohamed Mohamed, Nikhila Ravikumar, Kamrul Ruhit, Joshua Senat, Smarika Suwal, and Bilien Woldeyonas.

The evening ended with CSUS community members enjoying a potluck dinner in a cafe-style setting with performances from our highly acclaimed CSUS Jazz Band and Chorus. The week was organized by Spanish teacher, Ms. Hanlon, French teacher Ms. Kratzig, and Head of School, Mr. Fernandez with support from Ms. Lima, Mr. Whipple , Ms. Sohn. Ms Robinson, Mr. Searcy, and the Student Council.

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