North Star Academy students win 2016 Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers video contest
Submitted by parent Jennifer Larson
PARKER—North Star Academy (NSA), a Douglas County School District (DCSD) tuition-free K-8 public charter school, announced several of its elementary and middle school students won the 2016 Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) video contest last month. The school celebrated the students at its annual Spanish Cultural Day.
The CCFLT video contest provided an opportunity for students to create a two-minute video showcasing how students can interact with each other using the Spanish language. The videos reflected the theme of the 2016 CCFLT Spring Conference “Let’s get real!”
NSA student winners included:
• Middle school: Isabella and Eli Vickers (6th grade)
• Elementary: Braeden Phillips and Olivia Dunham (2nd grade)
NSA celebrated the students at its annual Spanish Cultural Day, hosted each spring by the seventh grade class to celebrate Hispanic culture and foster learning about different Spanish-speaking countries. Students developed presentations about South and Central American animals, monuments, beaches, museums and the history of several Spanish-speaking countries. Both upper and lower grades were treated to a Tango demonstration by professional Tango dancers.
“Studies have shown that foreign language instruction increases critical thinking skills and creativity in young children,” stated Kendra Hossfeld, NSA Principal. “Today, some of the most sought after careers require foreign language proficiency and we believe it is essential students have an appreciation of and respect for other cultures, nationalities, traditions and languages.”
Spanish instruction is an integral part of the curriculum at NSA and its program is aligned with the state and national standards of foreign language learning and provides all students with daily instruction beginning in Kindergarten. The program focuses on allowing students to spend time using and interacting with the language, exploring a large range of topics, and making connections between language and content. NSA grade level teachers work closely with the Spanish department to help students achieve Spanish proficiency upon middle school graduation.
The Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers is organized for the purpose of the advancement of the study and teaching of foreign languages in the schools, colleges and universities of the State of Colorado. Membership in CCFLT is open to all who are associated with the teaching of foreign languages and to friends of foreign languages. The organization offers professional development opportunities through the annual conferences, as well as extended growth through its grants and scholarships current and proposed. The organization currently has more than 600 members.
Currently celebrating its ten year anniversary, North Star Academy is an award-winning school of choice located in Western Parker. The school utilizes the Core Knowledge sequence, an award-winning character education program and a district-recognized model foreign language program to deliver instruction, allowing students to meet their highest academic potential. The school prides itself on the academic growth of individual students and has received numerous awards including the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award and has been recognized as a National School of Character.