In recognition of National Foreign Language Week March 4-10, students at JFS and UEHS celebrated with food and culture from France, Spain and Italy with the theme being “Languages Lead us on a Path to Understanding Other Cultures.”
Students in Celia Randesi-Temple’s classes at JFS and UEHS celebrated by making traditional foods in her 3rd Annual Cultural through Food Celebration.
The Italian classes learned how to make homemade dough for spaghetti, ricotta, and potato gnocchi, using a pasta machine to make spaghetti, and how to roll out and cut gnocchi. They also learned how to make and roll meatballs and bake various Italian desserts.
The Spanish class learned how to make tamales, refried beans, flan, fresh tomato and guacamole salsas.
At UEHS, Elana Longo’s Spanish 1 and 2 classes enjoyed a variety of foods from Spanish-speaking countries, such as: empanadas, flan, tortilla española, queso Manchego con carne de membrillo, arroz con pollo, arroz con frijoles, pasta de guayaba, patatas bravas, arroz con gandules, homemade salsas and guacamole. They also had a cultural lesson on Ecuador and made a Mexican craft. For many, it was also an opportunity to share their heritage with the class. Students in Longo’s class have family from Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Chile and Guatemala. A special thanks to our families who participated in making this event a success. ¡Mil Gracias!
To end the week, JFS held its first 6th-grade World Language Fair where seventh- and eighth-grade students invited sixth-graders to learn about French, Spanish and Italian, encouraging them to enroll in one of them as seventh-graders. Food from each country was represented as well as crafts, games and displays from JFS and UEHS foreign language classes. 2017 UEHS graduate Bryan Tran talked with students about French classes and taught them a French song. He is currently a freshman at LeMoyne College, majoring in French. Thank you to the following U-E foreign language teachers who attended: JFS: Heather Pratt, Kevin Housel, Celia Randesi-Temple, Leslie Roma, Teresa Marion, Susan Thornton. UEHS: High school teachers who attended: Krista Guidici, Amalia Roma-Circensi, Angelo DeMichele, and Cristina Flores-Myers.
Thank you to all the U-E foreign language teachers as well as students in these classes and other staff and administrators for making this week a fun-filled opportunity for students.