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Spanish 

Spanish Teachers: Mr. Michael DiClaudio (4th – 8th) – www.wfsspanish.weebly.com

Mrs. Mary Rinck (Pre-k – 3rd) – www.westfieldfriendslatin.weebly.com

Pre-kindergarten through Third Grade: Students meet for Spanish twice a week. By the end of third grade, students will possess an extensive vocabulary, ranging over a variety of topics including food, family, clothing, community, animals, colors, parts of the body, classroom objects, the days of the week, and the months of the year. Students are able to say the Spanish alphabet and count to fifty-nine.

Students in grades fifth through eighth have Spanish four days per week for 45 minutes (three hours per week. Upon completion of the eighth grade, students possess an extensive vocabulary and are able to communicate in the three major tenses (present, past and future) in Spanish; enabling them to test into higher levels of Spanish in high school.

Latin

Latin Teacher: Mrs. Mary Rinck – www.westfieldfriendslatin.weebly.com

Latin is alive and doing well at Westfield Friends School.

The program begins with an introduction to culture and daily life in ancient Rome. Students develop an appreciation for Roman contributions to architecture, language and the government. The course incorporates mythology and the impact these stories have on art. Students are able to view mythology in art with their teacher.

Students in the fifth and sixth grades develop language skills, and inflections through various activities geared to acquainting them to traditional grammar. Students who complete this program in seventh and eight grades will have completed the equivalent of a ninth grade course. With teacher support, students compare their knowledge of Latin grammar to spoken languages.

Students are eligible to participate in the National Latin Exam. Students are asked to participate in the Philadelphia Classical Society’s Annual Latin Competition. Students are able to express their creativity and ideas regarding the ancient world, by choosing from a variety of mediums. Students use various texts including “Ecce Romani!” and “Jenney’s First Year Latin”, as well as several websites. Students are able to complete assignments through these sites and submit them to their teacher.Latin projects 2014 016

The study of history begins with the Fall of Troy, and continues through the Monarchy to the Republic, the triumvirates, and the events leading to the birth of the Empire. Students follow this progression which leads to an in-class play to commemorate the Ides of March.