North Star Academy students recognized for excellence in Spanish
LOVELAND – Four students from North Star Academy (NSA), a K-8 public charter school in Douglas County, have been recognized by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) for demonstrating enthusiasm for learning a language as well as exceptional creativity and hard work.
Logan Derosia and Megan Reiner (pictured) received top awards in the CCFLT Student Middle School Intermediate Spanish Video contest. Amanda Nelson received the top award for the CCFLT Eighth Grade Spanish Student Essay contest and Miranda Silva received recognition for her participation in the student essay contest.
The four students and Teacher Linette Santiago were recognized at the 52nd annual CCFLT Spring Conference on Friday, February 21 in Loveland. The students were also recognized at NSA’s Annual Spanish Culture Day on Friday, February 28.
“As our society becomes more global in nature, it is essential that students are able to communicate in a language other than their own,” said Linette Santiago, NSA Middle School Spanish Teacher. “Our program offers Spanish language instruction and also teaches children to respect diversity and have a broader appreciation for the world and communities in which we live.”
NSA’s Spanish language program is aligned with the 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.