National Hispanic Heritage Month
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th, our 8th grade Spanish class at The Franklin Academy took the time to engage in a collaborative art project. Students were given individual pieces to color, and then the pieces were put together like a giant puzzle. The result is a large and visually striking poster on display on the third floor in Markell Hall. Students enjoyed seeing this project come together. It also piqued the curiosity and the eagerness of the students to learn about the people portrayed. The project serves to celebrate eight notable persons of Hispanic Heritage. The portraits of Selena Quintanilla, César Chávez, Juan Herrera, Roberto Clemente, Sonia Sotomayor, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Ellen Ochoa are accompanied by quotes that give us insight into their thought process and inspiration.
Our students leave our program, often citing Spanish as a hallmark experience because of the communication skills they develop. Did you know our eighth grade students receive a full-year high school Spanish credit leaving our program and are ready to start Spanish 2? Depending on a student’s degree of fluency, they may qualify for Spanish 3. Our students do build on the foundational skill development from their preschool and Lower School years, so they feel comfortable conjugating verbs and using the formal textbook and workbook in Middle School.