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August 2013

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

We are writing to share with parents an update to the 7th and 8th grade foreign language program.

As you know, new students continually join our School community, oftentimes without any prior learning of German or French. To ensure a positive beginning of study in these languages for newer students, while enabling students with previous exposure to continue advancing, the School has divided foreign language in the 7th and 8th grades into a beginner and advanced class grouping for both German and French. These two groups will alternate languages each quarter throughout the school year. For example, while the 7th grade students at the introductory level have German, the more advanced 7th grade students will have French. This new approach allows for teaching in smaller groups at the appropriate experience level, and will result in more enjoyable and effective learning. Another benefit of this approach is a narrowing of the gap in learning outcomes by the time all the students reach the high school.

During the first week of school we will establish which students are best served in each group. Both skill assessment and teacher recommendation will be the basis for this decision. We are confident that these changes will improve the learning experience for all our middle school students. Throughout the year, we will carefully review and evaluate this new approach to ensure the best possible education for your children.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Florence Kadri
Lower School French Teacher
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY  11530
T: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 303
F: (516) 742-3457
E: kadrif@waldorfgarden.org
Juliane Schneider
German Teacher, Grades 1-4 & 7-10
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
T: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
F: (516) 742-3457
E: schneiderj@waldorfgarden.org

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