DGS Students Celebrate National French Week

DGS Students Celebrate National French Week

Congratulations to poster winners, (l-r) Hazel Tan, Beatrice Appiah, Melissa Ribo-Escalona and Lilibeth Nieto (not pictured)!

South High French students celebrated National French Week with a variety of educational events during the week of Nov. 12-16.

One of the week’s events included a poster contest. While French I students made word posters to display in the hallways, French II classes learned about French culture and its impact on the world. They then created a poster based on the information learned.  This year, the whole school was able to vote for their favorite posters. The winners included:

  • 1st Place: Melissa Ribo-Escalona, Freshman, French II
  • 2nd Place: Beatrice Appiah, Senior, French II and Hazel Tan, sophomore, French II
  • 3rd Place: Lilibeth Nieto, Junior, French II (not pictured)

To view photos of the poster winners and their creations, click here.

“Our goal of the poster contest is for students to learn about and share French culture through their own research,” says Mary McDonnell, South High French teacher. “We hope that French Week events inspired other students to learn to speak French.”

“Being multilingual is what will set you apart from another applicant when applying for jobs,” says South High freshman, French II student, and poster contest winner, Melissa Ribo-Escalona. “In addition to English, I also speak Spanish and now I’m learning French.”

Other National French Week events at DGS included:

  • French I students created French word posters and displayed  them in the World Language hallways.
  • French III and above classes "taught French" by writing sentences and words in French on stickers and then shared them with other non-French speaking DGS students. Also, students were encouraged to share pictures and their sentences on Twitter using #DGSFrench and #DGSPride.
  • On Thursday, the French Club hosted a "Croque Monsieur" making event in the foods room.  The students made their own “Croque Monsieurs” which are a form of a grilled cheese sandwich with a special sauce added.
  • On Friday, all French classes celebrated with croissants and pain au chocolat.  

To learn more about the South High French classes, contact Sophia Reuillon at sreuillon@csd99.org or Mary McDonnell at mmcdonnell@csd99.org, or visit the South High World Languages webpage.