SPF World Language News & Events
On Sunday, March 20th, several Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students and two teacher chaperones left for Vannes, France to participate in our high school's first French cultural exchange program.  Upon their arrival in Paris, the group took the high speed train, le TGV, to Vannes, where students stayed with host families, experiencing daily life immersed in the French language and culture.  Follow the students experiences and adventures on the French Exchange Facebook page:
Eighteen students from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School traveled to Spain on February 10, 2016 to participate in a student exchange program with students from Col.legi Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  Our students stayed in the homes of their penpals in Barcelona during the 10-day exchange, where they were challenged to use their Spanish to communicate while experiencing aspects of daily life. Numerous exciting activities were packed into their whirlwind travel experience.  Students spent a couple days in Madrid, Spain's capital, where they visited places of interest such as the famous Prado museum, the Reina Sofía Art Museum, and the Palacio Real, attended (and participated in!) a Flamenco performance, and enjoyed a traditional Tapas dinner. From there, students traveled by train to Barcelona where they met up with their penpals, stayed with their host families, attended school and facilitated presentations for classes in Barcelona about life at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, and experienced daily life as a typical Spanish teenager. Upon their return to the United States, our student travelers will anxiously await the arrival of their Barcelona penpals, who will visit Scotch Plains and Fanwood beginning on March 9, 2016.  Our families will then host the Barcelona students during their 10 stay here. 
Here are some pictures of our students enjoying their travel experience in Spain! 
AATSP Award Winners
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students Paige Crandall and Max Mazursky are recipients of national awards sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), the national organization that oversees local chapters of the Spanish Honor Society throughout the United States. Each year, the AATSP offers two awards to current junior and senior members of Spanish Honor Societies across the nation, who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in their study of the Spanish language and culture.  The Joseph Adams Award is a senior scholarship and the Bertie Green Junior Travel Award involves a 10-day, all expenses paid trip to a Spanish speaking country.
Paige, a senior enrolled in the AP Spanish Language class with Sra. Marie Concepción, was awarded a $1000 senior scholarship.  Max is a junior enrolled in Spanish IV Accelerated with teacher and Spanish Honor Society Advisor, Sra. Daniela Davidzon. As recipient of the Junior Travel Award, Max will embark on an all expenses paid trip to Ecuador this summer along with 23 other national winners. Their 10 day adventure will begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where the group will visit several landmarks. The next stop on their journey is the Upper Amazon Basin region where they will visit an Indigenous Kichwa community and a school there. The travelers will then cross the Andes mountains to descend to Tena, where they will visit the cloud forest town of Baños, attend a balsa wood workshop and handicrafts demonstration, enjoy an excursion to El Pailon del Diablo waterfall, and explore the Río Pastaza Canyon.  As the students make their way back to Quito, they will explore nature and the outdoors during a Tungurahua Volcano hike and visits to Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Volcano, and Limpiopungo Lake. 
The application process for both awards is extremely rigorous, and the selection process, highly competitive.  To apply, students must submit transcripts that confirm high academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities that demonstrate commitment to community service, and showcase leadership qualities.  Additionally, applicants must videotape an interview with their teacher, in which they, as the predominant speaker, demonstrate a high level of speaking proficiency in Spanish.  Finally, they must submit a two-page essay in Spanish on an identified cultural topic to demonstrate their advanced writing proficiency as well as their passion for the Hispanic culture.
We extend our congratulations to both Paige and Max for their tremendous achievement! 
The induction ceremony for the World Language Honor Societies for this school year will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  The ceremony will take place in the high school auditorium, beginning at 6:30 pm.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.
Students will be notified of their acceptance into a World Language Honor Society by a formal letter given to them by the advisor of their specific language honor society.  Students are typically notified 3-4 weeks in advance of the scheduled induction ceremony.  Below is a link to information about the World Language Honor Societies, including the specific criteria that students must meet to be considered for eligibility.
APRIL 2014 
On Friday, April 4, 2014, groups of students visiting from three different countries all converged upon Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School at the same time, presenting our students and school community with a very unique and exciting cultural and 'global' experience!  One group of visiting students was from Quebec, Canada, another from Barcelona, Spain, and the third group was from Vibo Valentia, a town in the Calabria region in southern Italy.
 Quebec Students
                                       Visiting students from Quebec, Canada, pose with SPFHS students in lobby.
MARCH 2014 
Seventeen students and two chaperones from the school, Liceo Scientificio "G." Berto, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, arrived on March 21st, to spend two weeks visiting our towns of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.  The students will be hosted by the families of 17 of our students who are studying Italian at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. In addition to spending time at SPFHS, the Italian students will also travel to New York City to visit numerous sites.  
Italian Students           Italian Chaperones
Left:  Students from Italy showing some 'Raider' spirit!    Right:  Dr. Heisey, Principal, poses with Italian teachers Antonio Gaetano and Giuseppina Della Pietra, two chaperones from Italy (center) and World Language supervisor, Linda Materna.                                                                       
MARCH 2014
 Amanda Mach, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, is the recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Joseph Adams $1000 senior scholarship.  The following criteria were considered:  Amanda's ability and performance in Spanish, her special contribution to and for the Spanish Honor Society and the community, specific teacher recommendations, and general academic standing and performance.  To apply for this award, Amanda wrote a persuasive essay in Spanish addressing the following topic: Should a person learn a language for personal interest or because of social or economic demand? Additionally, Amanda submitted a 5-minute video clip in which she discussed in Spanish why she deserved the scholarship, and described her personal perspectives and how they interconnect with the community and with the act of being a global citizen.
 World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony
November 13, 2013 
6:30 pm
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium
Please join us as we recognize excellence 
in the study of world languages and cultures
MARCH 2013
Katherine DeMarco, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has won the coveted AATSP Bertie Green Junior Travel Award.  This summer, Katherine will be among 24 students nationwide who embark on an all-expenses paid trip to Costa Rica in July.  Included in the exciting itinerary are visits to the Poás Volcano, Arenal, the Hot Springs, Monteverde, the Santa Elena Biological Reserve, where she will plant her own tree, Coastal Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio National Park, San José and the craft village of Sarchí, the Gold Museum, the National Theatre, and the Basilica in Cartago.  Other adventures Katherine will enjoy include horseback riding and a kayaking tour.  Katherine won this travel award, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) through a rigorous application process.
January 2013

WL Logo
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior Marc Rosario and friend, Arielle Jefferson, stand in front of the finished mural that now marks the entrance to the World Language wing of the high school. Marc originally designed the logo last year for the World Language Department to use on its website.  This year, upon the suggestion of Spanish teacher Marie Concepción, Marc found a more prominent and permanent way to display his work.  Supported by the Barcelona exchange program, Marc and Arielle drew and then painted his 'work of art' on the wall at the end of the breezeway leading into the world language wing.  The logo incorporates our new language, Chinese (Mandarin), which joins French, German, Italian and Spanish as the languages offered at the high school.  Marc and Arielle devoted countless hours after school and during lunch to create their finished work of art. 
Mandarin now open to Freshmen!
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, Mandarin Chinese will be open to all high school students.  Check the 2013-14 high school Program of Studies for information about Mandarin I. 
November 2012

World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony
November 20, 2012
6:30 pm
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium

Please join us as we recognize excellence
in the study of world languages and cultures

March 2012

Daniela Davidzon's Spanish IV Accelerated class won the 2012 ACTFL 'Around the Globe' Photo Contest celebrating Discover Languages Month!  The winning photo is pictured below.  Bronna Lipton's 3rd grade Spanish class at Evergreen also submitted a photo.  While their photo did not win, it was pictured in the April edition of ACTFL's Language Educator Magazine, along with the winning photo.  Both photos appear below, with the descriptions provided in the Language Educator:

actfl photo

"An entry from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in New Jersey won the overall Discover Languages Around the Globe Photo Contest with the optical illusion of a seeming black-and-white image of hands reaching together toward the red-and-black logo with flags of different countries painted in bright colors on the palms."
Language Educator, April 2012

HOLA photo

The ACTFL "Around the Globe" Photo Contest included ..."images as creative as young language learners from Evergreen School in Scotch Plains, NJ, spelling out "HOLA" with their bodies..."
Language Educator, April 2012




March 2012

Savvas Petridis will travel to Mexico

For the fourth time in five years, a junior from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has won the coveted AATSP Bertie Green Junior Travel Award.  After completing a rigorous application process that included writing an essay in Spanish, videotaping an interview in Spanish with his Spanish teacher, and submitting documents that included transcripts and letters of recommendation, Savvas Petridis was notified that he, along with 23 other students nationwide, will embark on an all-expenses paid trip to Mexico this summer.

For more information, click on the link below to read the article about Savvas' tremendous accomplishment, which was posted in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch.


March 2011

Another SPFHS Junior Wins AATSP Junior Travel Award
Varshini Narayanan will travel to Argentina

Varshini Narayanan, a Scotch Plains-Fanwood junior enrolled in Sra. Davidzon's accelerated Spanish IV class, has won the coveted Bertie Green Junior Travel Award from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).  Varshini will embark on an all-expenses paid trip to Argentina this summer, along with 23 other students nationwide, to experience first-hand the Hispanic language and culture.

To apply for this award, Varshini had to complete an application process that included submitting a DVD of an interview in which she discusses at length in Spanish how this trip would impact her life.  Additionally, Varshini had to submit an essay in Spanish, as well as her high school transcript, a list of extra-curricular activities, and two letters of recommendation.  High school juniors from across the United States, who are active members of their school's Spanish National Honor Society, compete for this award, but only 24 students are chosen after the very rigorous selection process.

We congratulate Varshini on this wonderful accomplishment and recognition! 

March 2011

STARTALK Chinese Summer Immersion Program Coming to SPF

2011STARTALK Chinese Summer Immersion programs will be held in only two locations in New Jersey - one of which is our own Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District!  Click on the link below to read more.

TARTALK 2011 - Chinese Programs in NJ

Students currently in grades 1 through 11 will have an exciting opportunity this summer to learn about the Chinese language and culture through a four-week language immersion program called STARTALK.  Participating students will receive instruction in the Chinese language and will learn about the Chinese culture through organized cultural activities.  Detailed information about STARTALK and the registration process can be found by clicking on the "STARTALK" link on the World Language Website.

Mandarin Elective added to SPFHS World Language Program

In September 2011, Mandarin will be offered as an elective course to juniors and seniors, as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District moves forward with its Strategic Plan goal to add a non-western language to its world language curriculum. 

College Board reinstates AP Italian Program

The College Board will once again offer an Advanced Placement Italian program.  AP Italian was discontinued by the College Board in June 2009, due to the low number of students nation-wide who took the AP Italian exam. However, after receiving the necessary funding through outside sources, the AP Italian program will be reinstated beginning in September 2011.  As a result, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will offer AP Italian to students meeting the eligibility requirements.  Additional information about the AP Italian course may be found in the SPFHS 2011-12 Program of Studies.
               Click on link below to read press release