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World Languages: Celebrate Language & Culture

Upcoming Events: 2016-2017



Welcome Back to School!


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!


September 15 to October 15: In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson obtained authorization from Congress to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to a month-long commemoration, beginning September 15 and ending October 15.   During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


       St. John's College Advantage Registration

                                  Important Dates: 9/19/16 - 9/25/16

September 19, 2016: St. John's University opens the online Fall College Advantage registration.  The online portal will be closed on September 25, 2016 at 5pm.  No registrations will be accepted after this date.  Please see the sidebar on this page for the link to creating an account and connecting to the online application.  Students are to use the paperwork they received in class as guidance through the application process.

                                October Update: Payment Information                              

All registered St. John's College Advantage students will receive a letter, via email, by October 17, 2016.  The email will explain payment procedures for the fall 2016 registration.  Students are to review all details of the email and make sure they are registered for the appropriate course, before making a final payment.  St. John's has extended the payment period to October 25, 2016. Payments must be made in full to the college by this date.  

No payments will be accepted by St. John's University after 10/25/16.


                                            January 2017: Update


All eligible students who registered for the Fall 2016 college semester, should have received an email from St. John's University with instructions on how to register for the Spring 2017 semester.  If you have not received that emailed information from the college, please see your World Language teacher for details.  Registration for the St. John's University College Advantage spring semester will close on January 31, 2017.





October 5th is World Teacher's Day



This day, celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognize the role of teachers in our global society.  Each year, World Teachers' Day is held internationally on October 5th. In many countries around our world, the importance of education is of focus on this day.   Worldwide workshops, conferences and events are planned on this day. In Canada, back in 2002, the Canada Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate this day.  In Australia, World Teacher's Day is celebrated during State Education Week, which is a week set aside to focus on the importance of education.  


The International Americas Poetry Festival: Walt Whitman Museum

                                     We Are Whitman Poetry Event 2016


Students in Ms. Mendiolaza's College Spanish class participated in the International Americas Poetry Festival, which was held at the Walt Whitman Museum, on October 13, 2016.  Students recited the poetry of Walt Whitman and other poets, in Spanish and translation. Poets from countries around the world participated in this international poetry festival. Recitations included both classical selections and original poems created by Deer Park High School students.


Italian Heritage Month





Each year the month of October is designated as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is in recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian heritage, as well as, Italians in America.  Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian heritage in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States. The country was even named after an Italian explorer and geographer , Amerigo Vespucci.


Important Dates:

October 19, 2016: DPHS Study Buddy Program Begins.


                  National French Week 2016



The purpose of National French Week is to increase our community's understanding and appreciation of the francophone world. It is interesting to see how French language and culture has influenced our lives.  There are dozens of countries and millions of people who speak this beautiful language. The week long celebration is organized by the (AATF) , American Association of Teachers of French. It is an annual celebration of French language and francophone cultures.  



Our French students will celebrate National French Week, from Nov. 4th through Nov. 10th.







Robert Frost WL Heritage& Culture Night

Our World Language students and teachers will host an evening of music, dance and delicious cuisine, on December 2, 2016.  The heritage celebration will be held at the Robert Frost Middle School from 4-6pm in the cafeteria.  The event celebrates  language and culture in our community.


                            World Language Honor Society Holiday Party




Student members of the French, Italian and Spanish Honor Society Chapters,

will host a holiday celebration for children, families and friends on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.  Food, music, songs  and crafts will be enjoyed by all.




Midyear assessments will be administered as in class examinations in January 2017.

There will be two formal  speaking task assessments administered to all language students this year.  The first will be during the month of December 2016 and the final assessment will be administered in May 2017.


Important Dates:

January 12, 2017: St. John's Spring College Advantage program online portal information will be available for registration.  The registration deadline to apply for the spring semester is January 31, 2017.


JQA Video Conference Dates have been scheduled for the following dates:

                                                                    2/14, 2/15, 2/16






National World Language Week 2017

On March 6, 2017, school districts throughout the United States will begin celebrating National World  Language Week.  This week long celebration, highlights the importance of language and culture in our world and schools.  Students in our district will be involved in a variety of language learning activities during the month of March.

Language Exploration Day 2017

High school senior language students will visit May Moore  and John Quincy Adams in March as part of a senior project and to promote language learning during National World Language Week.  The high school students will prepare lessons for their elementary friends, which will include: songs, activities and games in Spanish, Italian and French.  The JQA trip is on 3/9/17 and May Moore on 3/15/17.  

*Due to the snow day on 3/14/17, the May Moore trip has been rescheduled to March 29, 2017.


World Language Honor Society Induction

The World Language Honor Society induction will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm in the Deer Park High School Auditorium.

To see more information on the World Language Honor Society and events, please visit our eboard.


French Dinner at Robert Frost

Our French language students will prepare and serve delicious French cuisine during our 17th Annual French Dinner which will take place on April 21, 2017.  Students from grades 6-12 will participate and prepare meals for this event.  Mrs. Susan Bollag and Ms. Kimberly Lecamus, French teachers at the middle and high school will organize this year's dinner.


International Poetry Festival 2017

Student language learners in grades K-12, will again participate in our district-wide poetry festival on April 27, 2017.  The evening begins at 7pm in the high school auditorium.


May and June

FLACS A/B Exams 2017

The Comprehensive Regents and Proficiency Examinations in French, Italian and Spanish  will no longer be administered due to New York State testing changes and cuts.  Students seeking Regents credit will take the FLACS A/B examinations which have replaced the Regents credit examinations eliminated by NYS. 

Both the FLACS A (Spanish I students and Robert Frost Grade 8 students) & FLACS B examinations, (all language 4 students), will be administered on Monday June 19, 2017.  These regional assessments are 2/3 hour exams.  They follow the exact same format as the Proficiency and Regents examinations they replace. Students seeking credit and or seeking to move on to the next checkpoint level, must take and pass these examinations.  The examinations are only offered on June 19, 2017. There is no scheduled make-up date for these examinations until June 2018.


Final Exams 2017

All final exams include the following assessment areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing and will be administered as in class examinations, with the exception of the FLACS A/B and Language 7 final examinations.


All World Language textbooks will be collected in class, by June 9th.




                                        Have a Wonderful Summer!



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