French students at Grand Avenue Middle School recently celebrated National French Week.
National French Week, organized by the American Association of Teachers of French, is a celebration of the French language and francophone world.
Richard Zawislak’s French students filled the school with francophone knowledge. Seventh-graders designed informative flyers about the various French-speaking parts of the world while the eighth-graders created ones filled with fun French facts that decorated the hallways.
In addition, some French students were guests of the Communication Club and presented each morning during homeroom announcements. Each day there was a French Fact of the Day, French Word of the Day and a Super Sleuth Question based on the flyers in the halls.
Mr. Zawislak’s eighth-grade students competed in the school’s first French Competition. Three teams of students, each one representing a color of the French flag, gathered in the auditorium and went head-to-head in four rounds: Name that Item, Francophone Trivia, What would you say? And Spell it in French. Seventh-grade French students were invited to come and support their favorite team.
“The auditorium was filled with cheers, good sportsmanship and francophone pride,” said World Languages Chairperson Renée Fallon. “The scores were close, but in the end team blue won the competition.”