The West Bridgewater Language Department was fortunate enough last week to attend a wonderful program put on by the culinary department of Boston College, where well known chefs like Julia Child taught at. Her famous stool she used was even there. The French department traveled all around France tasting different dishes on Monday, May 29th where we tasted foods from four distinct regions. Along with delicious food, we also learned cooking tips and students received recipes for the foods. On Tuesday, May 30th, the Spanish department did the same where they made true Spanish cuisine. They got to try the best of Spain, enjoying an authentic dish based on the language they have been studying. This was a fun, cultural experience that both departments enjoyed. We may even see some future chefs attend this school from WBMSHS!
The West Bridgewater Middle Senior High School was fortunate enough earlier this year to once again host some students from China. The Chinese exchange students went over to the Spring Street School and taught some of the children about their lives and vocabulary that are apart of their everyday lives. They had a great time meeting and the students, along with their buddies, took a day trip into Boston to the Museum of Science. After the museum the Chinese students took a tour of Boston College. Many of the students are actually interested in coming to America for their studies after high school. We hosted a day where we brought in typical American foods and desserts for them to try, while prior to that, they held a cooking demonstration of a tomato and egg dish with Portuguese rolls. Both groups learned a lot from their overseas friends and the Department hopes to plan a trip to China in the next year.
Members of the 2017 Exchange:
Jay | Hannah Rolfe & Kelly Rolfe
Adem | Abby Bedard & Hannah Rolfe
Joyce | Jillian Nelson & Molly Q.
Dennis KE & Shay| Amanda Wells & McKenna O'Neill
Oscar & John | Maggie Allen & Hannah Flynn
Magine & Su Junlang | Elizabeth Herman & Nicole Berglund
Leo | Abigail Adams & Max C.
Chuting Yin | Emma Rosebush & Ilana Patti
Dino | Caroline Nelson
Johan | Madelyn Oliver & Emma Bedard
Chaos | Emily Larosa & Melanie Rolfe
Macree | Alexis Tavares
Zane | Mike Mischley & Colleen Daley
This is a reminder that as World Culture Night is approaching, that the Spanish and French department will be preparing to induct new members into the National French and Spanish Honor Societies. Also, don't forget to sign up for a country to prepare dishes for. A Google Doc has been posted and there are many countries left!
Next week, the West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School will welcome 16 of their new Chinese exchange student friends into our small town to experience life as an American student. They will accompany their American buddies, shadowing them in their classes. We also are welcoming 4 teachers and staff with us.
We will first begin on Monday, March 27th, with their arrival at 8:00 am, where they will meet their school buddies in the cafeteria for a breakfast and a tour of the school.
There will be various events afterschool for both American and Chinese cultures to come together. This is a great opportunity for both to learn about the other and to enjoy a brand new experience, or a potentially new favorite food.
WEDNESDAY - MARCH 29TH: Cooking Demonstration and Tasting (After School)
THURSDAY - MARCH 30TH: Calligraphy or Chinese Culture or Paper Cutting (After School)
FRIDAY - MARCH 31ST - Lecture by Former Princeton University admission officer, shopping at Wrentham outlets
MONDAY - APRIL 3RD - Paper cutting or other (to be decided)
TUESDAY - APRIL 4TH - Chinese students visit R.L.M. at 1:00 PM
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 5TH - Stonehill College Info Session + Campus Tour
THURSDAY - APRIL 6TH - Boston Trip, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall (9:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Be sure to welcome these new students and make their trip as enjoyable as you would like your own trip to be.
April 4 - April 8th we are celebrating the power of languages at WBMSH.
Wildcat Cafe Menus Activities!
Monday- China lunes/lundi Latin Rhythms during PB
Sweet and Sour Chicken Papel Picado/Mardi Gras Masks after school
Stir fried vegetables martes/mardi Cannoli Bar during PB
Tuesday- France Cazar la Chupacabra!
Ham & Cheese Quiche Cooking up Culture 2:10 pm
French Toast miercoles/mercredi: Celebrate your own heritage!
Pommes frites Cazar la chupacabra!
Thursday- Mexico jueves/jeudi: make a World Language T Shirt during PB
Fish Tacos World Culture Night!! 6 - 8 pm
Tortilla chips and mango salsa
Lime/jalapeño coleslaw viernes/vendredi: Edible Geography
Marinated grilled chicken breast
Here are some photos from our week's activities, from "cazando la chupacabra" to "edible geography" to "cooking up culture" after school in our school's kitchen, our amazing Celebrating World Cultures Night!
In October, French students had a wonderful time touring Quebec and immersing themselves in the language and culture!