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Chinese Teacher Bin He stands together with language teachers from around the country at an event on Capitol Hill. The event is hosted annually in Washington D.C. and serves as an opportunity for language teachers to discuss and meet with legislators.

Chinese teacher makes visit to Capitol Hill for annual Language Advocacy Day event

Chloe Park and Grant Park November 15, 2023

Chinese teacher Bin He visited the U.S. Congress to participate in the Language Advocacy Day event hosted by the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) on Oct. 16. The event invited 100 language...

Language department holds honor ceremony

Hannah Shahidi May 25, 2023

The World Languages Department held the annual Language Honors Ceremony to formally recognize students with outstanding performance in Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish classes at the school in Rugby...

The incorporation of creative activities helps diversify the learning experiences of students.

Cultivating Creativity

Fallon Dern, Assistant Features Editor February 18, 2022

My father’s father always told him the biggest room is the room for improvement. I’d argue it’s the Forum, or maybe the Taper Gym, but I understand what my grandpa was getting at. The school, for...

Illustration Credit: Sydney Fener

Lavish Language

James Hess, Assistant Opinion Editor January 20, 2022

In his famous 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” Eric Arthur Blair—better known by his pen name George Orwell— condemned the imprecision of modern English. He argued that vagueness...

Chinese teacher Bin He, Spanish teacher Sephora Escarpeta-Garcia and French teacher Karine Bruno share a poem with the audience, switching off every stanza. The teachers recited the poem in the language that they teach. 

Credit: Quincey Dern/Chronicle

Students showcase their talents in February Coffeehouse

Quincey Dern February 10, 2020

Students and teachers showcased their talents at the Valentine’s Day themed Coffeehouse in Chalmers East after school Monday. Language teachers share a poem Prefect Council hosted the event, where a...

Chinese teachers Kattie Xu and Chen Chen pose for a picture at the UN after being honored for their work.   Credit: Kattie Xu

UN-stoppable: Chinese teachers honored at UN for publishing textbooks next year

Alice He May 1, 2019

Upper school Chinese teacher Kattie Xu and middle school Chinese teacher Chen Chen gave a speech about their innovative approach to Chinese education at the United Nations headquarters in New York for...

Babel invites students to submit language pieces

Tammer Bagdasarian March 22, 2019

Babel, the Upper School’s foreign language publication, received a record number of Spanish submissions for its annual issue coming out in early May. The magazine publishes essays, recipes, poems,...

Photo Illustration by Kyra Hudson

A-broadening Perspectives: School Year Abroad

Kyra Hudson March 1, 2019

Kristina Riordan ’19 could feel everyone’s eyes on her. Surrounded by 17-year-olds speaking rapidly in an Italian dialect she couldn’t understand, Riordan was briefly overwhelmed with terror. The...

Students recognized in Chinese essay-writing contest

Kaitlin Musante January 11, 2017

Eight students in various Chinese classes received awards in an essay contest run by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools. The contest was divided into three categories of submission:...

Graphic by Eshanika Chaudhary/Chronicle

Students with Dual Citizenship

Liz Yount April 12, 2016

When traveling to foreign countries, Gabriel Jenkinson ’16 has the choice to go through border security either as an American or Italian citizen. In approximately three months, he will also receive his...

Languages department expands honors classes

Angela Chon November 19, 2014

The Upper School World Languages department will offer Spanish and French II Honors starting next school year to “better prepare students for three honors and for [the] AP program.” Upper school students...

English department to offer choices for AP

Benjamin Most November 19, 2014

The English department will replace AP Literature and AP Language with six English electives for seniors next year. “Students still will choose first between AP Lit and AP Lang—distinct studies, the...

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