Celebrating LOTE at the Middle School

  • Celebrating LOTE at the Middle School

    Sayville Middle School students weren’t just “hearing things” when the morning PA played foreign music, followed by announcements in Spanish.  They may have been momentarily puzzled, but soon enough everyone remembered it was LOTE (Language Other Than English) Week.  


    The Middle School Language teachers Mrs. Cox, Mrs. DeSiano, Mrs. Galarreta, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Reith carefully planned the weeklong LOTE celebration so their students wouldn’t forget. Throughout the week, Sixth-grade students created thoughtful poster designs on language studies; the Middle School library showcase window encouraged multicultural reading; a daily multilingual question-and-answer contest allowed students to research the question, submit the answer, and be picked for a prize, and at the end of each day, closing announcements were conducted in French.


    Special guest Fabriana, a seventeen–year-old exchange student from Bolivia, visited Sayville Middle School mid-week to share her cultural background. During her PowerPoint presentation she explained the colors of her flag, described her school and family customs (ex., All family members are invited to attend the Senior Proms, it is not a boyfriend/girlfriend event.), and showed slides of the natural wonders of her country. Fabriana concluded with a demonstration of how to make papaya-banana smoothies that proved to be refreshing in any language.


    During the remainder of the week, the older students attended classes that were conducted entirely in the language, and also viewed Finding Nemo in either a Spanish or French version. On Fiesta Friday, everyone enjoyed a class of international cuisine and realized that food always speaks a universal language—mmmmmm!.