The KCS Spanish Department provides Spanish language and culture education for Kindergarten through high school students. Our elementary classes utilize songs, poems, books, activities and simple conversational work to encourage interest and enthusiasm for the language. Our 7th through 10th grade classes advance grammatical understanding, building toward the Regional Spanish Proficiency Exam in 8th grade and the Regional Spanish Comprehensive Exam in 10th grade. Taking Spanish through 8th grade is a graduation requirement for all students, unless exempted from foreign language study by an IEP. Continuing through 10th grade ensures an advanced Regents diploma. Students may then opt to take NCCC Spanish 201 taught by our own Sarah Tremblay and earn 3 credits from North Country Community College.
We consider the study of language and culture an important way to help our students be prepared for living in the global community that our world is becoming. We recognize the research that demonstrates children who have studied a foreign language perform better in other disciplines, for example: English, math and social studies.
The Spanish Department studies el Día de los muertos/the Day of the Dead. Every November 1st and 2nd in Mexico, Guatemala and some places in the USA, families get together to remember and honor those who have gone before them. Each year we make a beautiful representation of la ofrenda/offering table that many families assemble in their homes. Additionally, our KCS cafeteria staff prepares "pan de muerto"/dead bread and our students help shape the bread into traditional forms. We all get to enjoy this special treat.
Salvador Dalí at Keene Central School The KCS 6th graders served as docents and conducted seven tours for over 100 visitors at the school's recent exhibit ofDalí reproductions and student made surrealist-inspired art. The Spanish and
Art Departments sponsored the show with financial support from the High Peaks
Education Foundation and the CADAHEMARK Foundation.
Foreign Language programs for high school and college students.
Doña Lora visited our 5th grade Spanish students to share her experiences in Guatemala.
Spanish students served as docents for an exhibit of Picasso reproductions and Picasso-inspired student art
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, visited KCS again in November 2015!
Martha Gallagher, Adirondack Harper, wrote this song entitled "Little One". The then KCS 6th grade, with the generous help of parent Howard Runyon, translated the song into Spanish. It is a song which could be a fine choice to sing for el Día de los muertos - The Day of the Dead. This is a time to remember, honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. This observance occurs Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in Mexico, Guatemala, many places in the USA and in other Latin American countries.