Sophomores Connect with Spanish Pen Pals in Galicia, Spain (gallery)

Ms. Gisela Torres’ sophomores enjoyed a Pen Pal project this year.  After an HL Spanish student had been pen pals with someone in Ireland for CAS, she reached out to Ms. Torres to attempt to add someone from a Spanish-speaking school.  They tried for months without success to establish correspondence with various schools in Spain, Argentina, and Chile.  They finally found a school in Galicia, Spain that was willing to correspond. (more…)

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World Languages Showcase: Student & Teacher Recognition (gallery)

Pam Benton, Pinellas County’s PreK-12 World Languages Specialist, recognized teachers and student participants in the 2018 World Languages Showcase held on April 23.   She wrote, “We enjoyed everything from French skits and poetry declamations to an explanation of mate tea and its origins.  A highlight of the evening was “What I’ve Learned” from the students at Morgan Fitzgerald, and St. Petersburg High School students explaining their projects in fluent Spanish.”  (more…)

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Sophomores Rise to the Call for Puerto Rico!

Sophomores proudly hold up “Solidarios” signs exemplifying the IB Learner Profile trait: Caring!

Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Will Rise up Again) became the motto for Puerto Ricans helping with the recovery from Hurricane María.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall just south of Yabucoa Harbor with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making Hurricane Maria the first Category 4 storm to hit the island since 1932.

Sophomores in Mrs. Torres’ class quickly rose to the call for help.  Over 400 items were collected in a two-week period.  (more…)

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Spanish Department Human Rights Activity Discussions

Historic photo of Madres del la Plaza de Mayo

Ms. Gisela Torres, IB Spanish teacher, informed faculty about a Spanish department human rights activity.   Students were tasked with talking with IB teachers about the Guerra Sucia (Dirty War) in Argentina, the Argentine Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, and the Arpilleras de Chile.  The presentations were required to be brief yet convincing.

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Ansley Burtch’s Poster Selected for National Competition

Congratulations to Ansley Burtch, a sophomore in Mrs. Torres’ Spanish class.

Ansley submitted a drawing to the Annual Poster Competition of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and her work was selected to represent the Florida Chapter in the National Poster Competition. (more…)

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