December 12, 2017

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…

Zapata leaves Spanish classes to be mother

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor The next school year, Joanne Amador-Zapata, Spanish teacher, will no longer teach AP Spanish language to better care for her newborn. Ms. Zapata said she felt “bittersweet.”   She also said it feels “nice” because her son will be born, but she feels attached to her students. This year, apart from teaching AP, Ms. Zapata teaches Spanish 4 and 5, sponsors Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES) and helps organize and plan the Display of Cultures. AP classes add responsibilities that general-level classes do not. “General-level classes do not have study groups…