Lily Burns, Gabby Hood, Catherine Hynes, Erin Knapp and Hailey Nelson have collected school supplies to bring to Guatemala in late June.  The 11th graders will be traveling with the not-for-profit organization “For the Love of Mateo” on a service trip to Guatemala City, Antigua and surrounding villages to donate the much needed school supplies to the children at the Hogar Luz de Maria orphanage. Mrs.Calvelli thanks all of her Spanish IV and V students who generously donated over $100 worth of school supplies to this worthy endeavor.








Spanish 4 and 4 Honors

On November 16th, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Calvelli brought 40 students from their Spanish 4 and 4 Honors classes to a performance by the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet at the Tarrytown Music Hall.  There the students saw examples of traditional Latin American dance and listened to the different musical contributions that the Hispanic culture has given to the world. A few of our students were even able to get on stage and dance with the professional dancers.  After the performance everyone enjoyed a Mexican lunch at Tequila Sunrise.






On Friday November 3rd students in Spanish 8th grade classes participated in an educational Salsa demonstration and workshop. The students had the opportunity to learn how to dance Salsa and how to play traditional instruments in a Salsa band.







An ofrenda is a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the annual Día de los Muertos celebration.


An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created for an individual person who has died and is intended to welcome him/her to the altar setting.




7th grade students in Mrs. Fiorelli's Spanish class learned about Cinco de Mayo with a special lesson about this important event in Mexican history. They celebrated by making Mexican paper flowers.






7th grade students in Mrs. Fiorelli's class performed skits in Spanish for the Health and Wellness I.B. Unit. They played the roles of a doctor and a patient.





Mrs.Calvelli with chaperones Mrs. Snyder, Ms. Lakestream and Ms. Cherashore led a group of twenty-three, upper level Spanish students on a nine-day tour of Spain during the Winter Recess.  After many years of study, students got the chance to practice their Spanish in an authentic setting and build on their knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture by participating in guided tours of museums and historical sites of several cities. Students toured Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada and Nerja. The study trip was designed to be interdisciplinary. Students learned about art, architecture, history, dance and culinary traditions. Throughout the trip, students chronicled their experiences which they intend to share with their classmates. The trip was not “all work and no play” as the students participated in a tapas scavenger hunt while in Madrid, flamenco lessons in Seville and shopping in Gibraltar, just to name a few. It was an unforgettable cultural experience.  



 A synagogue in Toledo


 Plaza de España in Seville


 Flamenco lessons at the Flamenco museum in Seville


 Reina Sofia in Madrid


Some monkey business




Hispanic Heritage Month


During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. 


Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.


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Teacher Study Abroad Scholarship Winners!!

National Spanish Examinations is pleased to announce that it has awarded the SIX (6) Study Abroad Scholarships for Teachers to study abroad through MLSA (Modern Language Studies Abroad)  Each scholarship covers the cost of a four-week study abroad program in either Spain or Costa Rica during the summer of 2016.

Valerie Lakestream, Pelham Middle School – Pelham, NY
3 years experience, 3 years giving the NSE





Mike Bogdan, Boiling Springs High School – Boiling Springs, PA
11 years experience, 7 years giving the NSE
Anne Karakash, Franklin Academy High School – Wake Forest, NC
17 years experience, 9 years giving the NSE
Cathy Sparks, Valparaiso High School – Valparaiso, IN
18 years experience, 3 years giving the NSE
Each teacher records his/her experience and posts photographs and videos on the NSE website.  If you wish to see any of these blogs, they are posted at: http://nationalspanishexam.org/index.php/about-us/scholarships-for-teachers/204