May 23, 2017

Students inducted into world language honor societies

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter On April 9, WHS’ World Language Division honored students who have achieved academic excellence in learning a new language. Two different awards were given to the students: the achievement award and honors award. The qualifications of the achievement award include having taken a language for three years, maintained a weighted B average, and showed interest in the language along with its culture. To receive the honors award, the students must have maintained a weighted A average for three consecutive years. “I am proud of the fact that the honorees take pride of their language and…

Italian curriculum evolves, focuses on culture

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor Since Angela Hawkins, Italian teacher, began to teach Italian at WHS seven years ago, the Italian curriculum has undergone continuous changes. This year, it will begin to focus specifically on teaching the Italian culture along with the language. The changes have expanded the Italian program to the point where another Italian teacher was needed.   Fausto Frassine, Italian teacher, began working at WHS this year. “My students seem to have adjusted well. There couldn’t have been a better start,” Mr. Frassine said. Mr. Frassine will teach Italian 1. He has 13 years of teaching…

A leap for literacy

by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor When I came to the U.S. nine years ago, I was automatically placed into the ESL program at Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School (OWHMS.) The only prior knowledge I had was knowing how to count from one to ten. At the end of eighth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to graduate from the ESL program and gave a speech at the ESL graduation ceremony at OWHMS. Freshman year was a big eye-opener; I began taking classes completely in English. It wasn’t until recently that I wondered why some of…