Dear Fellow Language Lover,
A philosopher once said “the limits of my language are the limits of my world,” and it is the mission of the District’s World Language department to enlarge the world open to our students by expanding their language skills.
Toward that end, October will be filled with activities and opportunities to celebrate our expanding world. For instance, we will continue our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), during which we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Additionally, we are collaborating with other departments to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as well—students in our department are working with the high school culinary classes to design menus highlighting Hispanic Heritage and culture in anticipation of luncheons occurring Tuesday October 17 during all lunch periods. During those periods students from each class will go to the luncheon to explain to the guests the food that they are eating. These are just some of the events that are part of the month-long celebration.
As part of pushing beyond any limits on the world open to us, October will also be a time for marking our progress. For students, first marking period progress reports will be distributed on October 6th for the grade schools and October 11th for the high school. For staff, we will also have a training session on October 20th, after an abbreviated school day. Marking our students’ progress and expanding our staff’s knowledge base are just two of things we will focus on in October to further our mission and soar. Only our own imaginations and determination can limit the world open to us.
We look forward to letting you know next month some of the specific events and undertakings that we will mark our educational calendar along the way.
Monica M. Flynn