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Students say “¡hola!” to the biliteracy exam

Junior Sara Albarcha practices her Spanish. On top of learning the Spanish language, Albarcha is proficient in both English and Arabic. “Learning new languages is important, and we shouldn’t stick to the only language that we speak because it’s really not what everyone else is speaking,” Albarcha said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

By taking the biliteracy exam, students had the opportunity to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy, a seal that demonstrates achievement in both English, a language other than English (LOTE) and sociocultural awareness.  Junior Ulaa Kuziez chose to take the exam for Arabic, a language she grew up spea...

Los dos Navarros: spouses and Spanish teachers in the same corridor

During fourth hour planning period, Dominique and Francisco Navarro discuss lesson plans. The Navarro's enjoy sharing teaching strategies and having the opportunity to brainstorm what is best for students together. ''I love to inspire people and [make them] a little more open-minded to the world around us,” D. Navarro said.

Tasneem Nasufovic, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 6, 2019

It all started with a lunch date in Madrid, talking about archaeology and boasting about raising chickens. Traveling and learning different languages and cultures brought Spanish teachers Francisco and Dominique Navarro’s journeys together. As a child, learning Spanish did not start out as an interes...

Saying Bonjour, Hola and Guten Tag: Modern and Classical Language Department offers crosscultural language opportunities

In a Boomalang session, junior Quinn Berry practices her Spanish skills. Berry, a Spanish three student, opted to participate in Boomalang.

Kathryn McAuliffe, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Sitting in front of her computer screen French five student and senior Sophie Pellegrino has just finished a 30-minute conversation, in French, with a native speaker from Paris, France. “It’s really cool that I get to talk to somebody who's in a totally different country. I get to ask them ab...

Hóla oportunidades: Lauren Bernstein pursues her new passion for sales

Spanish teacher Lauren Bernstein promotes SeneGence tinted lotion to potential customers. After this year, Bernstein will be leaving the education field to pursue sales for these cosmetics. “This really provided an opportunity for me,” Bernstein said. “I do [feel empowered], both on the business sense of things and [the personal].”

Maria Newton, Features Editor

February 22, 2019

After 14 years of educating, Spanish teacher Lauren Bernstein is leaving the field to pursue her new-found passion in SeneGence makeup and skincare sales. She started selling products for the company in April 2017 to fund her own cosmetics buying habit. “I had absolutely no idea I would even be ...

POW: Carl Matthews, 11

Junior Carl Matthews works with spanish teacher Eileen Rodriguez-Kiser on grammar.

Betsy Wait, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

“What is your favorite part about West?” “I like how the teachers really care about you here. My Spanish teacher, Mrs. Kiser, has a son with special needs who she needs to pick up everyday off of the bus. However, she worked it out that her husband can pick up her son, so she can stay after...

Junior Kyla Hatton talks about her time in Mexico

Jacob Cupps

September 22, 2014

Kathryn Harter interviews junior Kyla Hatton about the Spanish trip to Mexico from the past week.

Mexican exchange program changes arrival dates

Junior Lauren Schumacher, Prepa Tec student Jessica Vellejo, junior Ellie Nazzoli, Prepa Tec students Karen, Jessica, Alicia, and Gonzalo, senior Nathan Rands and Bayleigh Williams sit on a wall facing Monterrey's mountains.

Jane Fuller, Staff Writer

September 18, 2014

Spanish Teacher Elieen Rodriguez-Kiser proposed a solution to the weather problems prohibiting travel for the exchange program.

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