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PHOTO: Rocky Point Holds French Day

Sixth graders learn about French program from teachers and students already enrolled.

To provide the current sixth-grade class with an introduction to the French language and the courses offered at both the middle school and high school, students currently studying this language worked with teacher Katerina Daly to coordinate a “French Day” in the middle school library.

“Our French program continues to draw interest from the students each year, and we hope to be able to expand upon the class offerings in the future,” said
Ms. Daly. “The students really took the lead on this event, our first ever, and were eager to showcase the work they do in the class, including their senior cooking demonstrations that are videotaped.”

During the in-school program, seventh through 12th-graders spoke with the sixth-graders in small groups about the beauty of the language and the culture and landscape of the French country. They also provided an overview of Rocky Point’s French program, including how the classes are conducted, and taught their younger peers how to say a few French phrases. Through interactive games, trivia contests and even a menu tasting station, the students had the chance to sample different aspects of the schools’ programs.

“I have felt consistently challenged by the program’s curriculum, and yet the lessons are always presented in a clear way that is easy to understand by the entire class,” said senior Emily Rosman. “I think that if any one of us were to travel to France tomorrow, we would not only be able to navigate through the city, but we would feel really prepared to live there for a while. It is because of this class that I want to explore a career as a translator in college.”

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