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Fourth Graders Explore Possibilities at World Language Festival

Fourth-graders from all six LMSD elementary schools recently made the trip to Lower Merion High School to participate in the inaugural World Language Festival, which served as an exciting opportunity for students to enjoy an engaging introduction to French, Spanish and Latin before deciding which language they would like to study in fifth grade.

With the opening of Black Rock Middle School and the grade realignments put in place for the 2022-23 school year, the District’s Curriculum Committee saw an opportunity to reimagine the World Language program, allowing for an exploratory year in fourth grade to provide students with better insight when deciding which language to pursue. The World Language Festival was developed to support this goal.

More than 150 world language students from Harriton and Lower Merion high schools volunteered as guides, instructors and ambassadors to their respective languages throughout the program. Students and teachers collaborated across schools to design the event and activities.

“We are especially grateful to these student leaders from Harriton and Lower Merion for their dedication and hard work,” said World Language Department Chair Shannon Davis. “The student volunteers exemplify the spirit of service and academic passion of our District students.”

One of the many interesting aspects of the program was that fourth-grade students were grouped according to which middle school they will be attending next year – a novel opportunity to meet some of their future fifth-grade classmates – as they rotated through exciting language-specific activities led by their high school counterparts. For example, students from Gladwyne and Penn Wynne - the two catchments which feed into Black Rock Middle School - spent the morning building relationships as they explored the different languages together.

After rotating through their introductory French, Spanish and Latin activities, the elementary students made their way to the auditorium for a Question & Answer session led by nine middle school students, who shared their experiences and expertise. The fourth-graders asked about some of the panelists’ favorite language class activities, the reasons they chose their respective languages and for advice when it came to making their own decisions about which language to study.

Overall, the festival was a resounding success and was a great opportunity to have LMSD’s Class of 2031 (WV/BC/BR 2027) together for a morning of World Language fun and build excitement for greater language adventures next year!

PHOTO CREDIT: Anna O'Hora, Chris Bitterman, Dylan Silberman & Sarah Joyce

World Language teachers in the auditorium at LMHS
A high school student leads fourth graders to a new activity
Middle school language students serve on a panel during the program
Middle school language students serve on a panel during the program
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
World Language teachers catchup in the Aces' Atrium
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
The Aces' Atrium decorated with flags representing different countries throughout the world
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth grade students pose for a picture in between activities
Group photo of Sarah Joyce's class from Penn Valley
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
A group of fourth grade students pose for a picture while at LMHS
A group of fourth grade students pose for a picture while at LMHS
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
A pair of fourth grade students pose for a picture while at LMHS
A group of fourth grade students pose for a picture while at LMHS
A group of fourth grade students pose for a picture while at LMHS
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth graders sit in the auditorium
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Senora Bullitt takes a picture with a student
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
A pair of French teachers smile for the camera
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
A high school student helps fourth graders during one of the language activities
Fourth graders file into the Bryant Gymnasium at LMHS
Fourth graders file into the Bryant Gymnasium at LMHS
High schoolers applaud as they welcome students and staff from the elementary schools
The Aces' Atrium decorated with flags representing different countries throughout the world
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High schoolers applaud as they welcome students and staff from the elementary schools
The Aces' Atrium decorated with flags representing different countries throughout the world
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
A high school student leads a group of elementary school students to the next activity
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Madame Wells smiles for the camera
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
High school world language students served as guides and instructors throughout the day
A high school student leads a group of elementary school students to the next activity
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth graders show off their passports as they move to a new activity
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
A world language teacher speaks with a student during the event
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
World Language Department Chair Shannon Davis
Fourth graders enjoy a variety of engaging activities related to French, Spanish & Latin
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
A sign welcoming fourth graders to the French activity in the cafeteria
The Eiffel Tower and a French waiter decorate the cafeteria
A French teacher smiles during the event
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria
Fourth graders make their way to a new activity
Fourth grade students participate in an activity organized by French students and teachers in the cafeteria

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