Memorial Junior High School celebrated World Language Week from Feb. 24-28. Each day emphasized different aspects of languages and focused on cultures around the globe.
The week kicked off with a World Language Spelling Bee on Feb. 25, when almost 100 students in grades 7-9 competed in French, Italian or Spanish. Students spelled words that related to the units of study this year in some very challenging contests. The competitions continued for longer than anticipated, reflecting the students’ excellent spelling skills. Students also created Step Poems in their language classes and on the final day of week, they enjoyed a visit from their Central High School neighbors for a Say Hello in Another Language event. The presenters from Central taught the Memorial students some basic conversational lessons from their Japanese, American Sign Language and French studies.
A highlight of the week was Memorial’s annual Heritage Night, held on Feb. 27. More than 90 students represented a total of 18 countries. They presented the range of cultures in various ways – some ran tables that featured authentic items and information, while others performed in musical ensembles and showcased dance choreography.
Language is a valuable component of the Valley Stream Central High School District’s educational program and is emphasized at all four schools. Central, North and South high schools celebrate similar language events each year.