One language sets you in a corridor for life. 

Two languages open every door along the way.


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Click on the resources tab to the left to find an interesting

braodcast from NPR's Onpoint, about language learning.

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? 

Now's your chance!  Ask your student to explain what

their lesson for today is all about.  Do some of the

activities from the choice grid with them.  Listen to their

Latina music playlist and sing along!  And a quick search of

pinterest will give you tons of resources for learning at

home, like this list of podcasts from spanishmama.com: 






NH = Not handed in
AB = Absent
LT = Late
OP = Optional
IN = Incomplete


What does 'proficiency' mean?

You may have heard your student talk about their
proficiency level, or maybe you saw a comment on the
progress report about your student's proficiency
level.  But what does it mean?

Put simply, 'proficiency' refers to what your child can do with the language he or she is learning.  Can she order food in a restaurant?  Can he buy tickets for a show?  Does she use only memorized phrases?  Can he interpret a song he hears in Spanish?

Click on 'Resources' in the navigation bar to the left.  There is a document called 'student can-do statements' and it describes what each of the proficiency levels mean.

Students in 7th grade, beginning to study a language for the first time are at Novice Low.  Throughout their 8th grade language studies, they may continue to raise that proficiency level to Novice Mid or Novice High.  During the 9th and 10th grade years of study, we anticipate that a student could arrive at Intermediate Low and perhaps Intermediate Mid. Two years of advanced study would provide opportunities for a student to achieve Intermediate High or Advanced Low proficiency levels.  A student achieving the Intermediate High proficiency level would earn the Seal of Biliteracy. 

And how does this translate into grades for your student?  For the 9th and 10th grade classes:
A=Intermediate Low 
B=Novice High
C= Novice Mid
U= Novice Low

Please contact Mrs. Meierjurgen for more information.



29 Ways to Ask Your Kids “How Was School Today?”

Try some of these questions on the way home from school, during dinner, or while getting ready for bed:

  1. What was the best part of your day? (Worst part?)
  2. What was the funniest thing you saw today?
  3. What was the best part of lunch?
  4. Did you get called on by your teacher today? What was that like?
  5. Which kid in your class was the quietest? (Loudest? Most energetic?)
  6. Which books did you read from today?
  7. What was your teacher wearing today?
  8. Which part of your classroom do you think I’d like the best?
  9. When’s the last time you went to the school library?
  10. What do you wish you could do more of at school?
  11. Which activity at school today was your favorite? (Least favorite?)
  12. What games would you like to be able to play at recess?
  13. What did you eat for lunch today? (What did your friends have for lunch?)
  14. What’s something your teacher said today?
  15. Which kid in your class needed to be cheered up today?
  16. If you were the teacher tomorrow, what would you do differently?
  17. What made you feel happy today? (Sad, confused, bored?)
  18. How did you get to be a helper today?
  19. What do you wish your teacher would have done differently today?
  20. What would you like to forget about from today?
  21. What would you like to be learning more about?
  22. Which topics do you wish you didn’t have to learn about at all?
  23. Did you get or give any compliments today?
  24. Who got in trouble today?
  25. What do you think I’d like best about your teacher?
  26. Which kid at school would you like to get to know better?
  27. Which color crayon or marker did you use the most today?
  28. Did you get to spend time with the class pet today? If not, what did you do instead?
  29. What was the hardest part of your day?

New Program!  New York State has implemeted the Seal of Biliteracy. 

What does this mean? 

As your student gains proficiency in a second language and demonstrates

it in a variety of ways, they can earn the Seal below.  This would be on their

diploma.  It signals to colleges and future employers that your student is a global


If you'd like to know more, give Mrs. Meierjurgen a call!

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What would colleges like to see on your student's transcript in terms of language study?

There is a quite a range of options, from no language requirements to 4 or 5 years.  Mrs. Meierjurgen surveyed several colleges that many of our students attend to see where they fall on the continuum.  For your own information, contact the admissions offices of the colleges you might be interested in and ask what those schools like to see on your transcript.

4-5 years, an 85 overall in the language and on the Regents exam:     Binghamton University and SUNY Geneseo

3-4 years, 85 Regents score, and continued college level coursework: SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport

2-3 years, 85 Regents score: Ithaca College, Alfred University, St. John Fisher

No language requirement: CCC, TC3, Elmira College