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     LOGO
     "The sum of human wisdom is not contained within any one language"  Ezra Pound 
     
     
    LOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL
    SUPERVISOR OF WORLD LANGUAGE AND ESL, ALMA REYES 
    (609) 466 7602 ext. 632    areyes@mtsd.us
     
    OUR MISSION  is ... to foster inquisitive, life-long learners who have a positive impact on the world by exploring interculturality through discourse about different languages, cultures and real life experiences. Our department family promotes acceptance, compassion, respect, equity and social justice.  We envision a world of respectful, empathetic and globally-minded citizens who think critically, embrace diversity and strive to build equitable and just societies that are free of fear and hatred of the unknown other.
     
    WHAT IS THE ELEMENTARY FLEX PROGRAM?   
     
    ESTABLISHED GOALS:  STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS
     
    CURRICULUM 
    The curriculum uses the Understanding by Design (UbD) approach and is organized in thematic units to provide meaningful context to academic and cultural content, address national and state standards and assure that students are 21st century college-, careers- and world-ready.  We offer Spanish classes to all the students at Lower Middle School.  We offer English for non-English speakers.  English Learner classes meet once or twice daily (depending on student needs) for 56-minute classes.

    Spanish Grades 5 & 6 continues to foster interest in and understanding of World languages and cultures while engaging students of diverse language backgrounds.  Two beautifully designed, thematic and interdisciplinary units guide students through an exploration of the world’s animals, habitats and cultures. These units of study meet the New Jersey World Language Student Learning Standard 7.1 as students progress towards ACTFL novice-mid proficiency.                                                                                        

     rainforest

    Spanish Grade 5:   Unit 1. The Tropical Rainforest.   This 10-week-cycle course includes naming our globe’s continents, oceans, climate conditions, animals and habitats.  Discussion focuses on the unique features, animals and products of the tropical rainforest and the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Instruction is offered for one(1) 10-week cycle course in classes that meet every other day for 56 minutes.

     barrier reef

    Spanish Grade 6:   Unit 2. The Great Mayan Barrier Reef.  This 7-week-cycle course reinforces previously learned content while introducing naming and describing oceanic habitats and its wildlife. Students explore the unique elements of the Caribbean Sea and the Great MesoAmerican Barrier Reef a.k.a. The Great Mayan Reef.  Instruction is offered for one(1) 17-day cycle, in classes that meet every other day for 56 minutes.

     
    FACULTY
    Martha Ospina Spanish mospina@mtsd.us
    Daniel Stevens English Learners dstevens@mtsd.us