Cold Spring Harbor Central School District FLES Program Recognized
The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers has recognized the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District with the 2021 Sally G. Hahn Outstanding FLES Program award for its outstanding foreign language in the elementary schools program and exemplary examples of students’ work and performance.
The goal of the district’s FLES program is for students to acquire early proficiency in listening and speaking which in turn forms the basis for more advanced foreign language study in middle school and high school.
World Language Department chairperson Sandra Rivadeneyra officially accepted the NYSAFLT Sally G. Hahn Outstanding FLEX Program award during the annual conference awards banquet in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“We are pleased to inform you that the FLES program in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District is the recipient of the 2021 Sally G. Hahn Outstanding FLES Program Award, sponsored by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers,” said Sally Barnes, president of NYSAFLT. “The FLES committee was highly impressed with the exemplary samples of student work and performances. The passion from the teachers to bring joy and well-articulated lessons using technology was fascinating. Moreover, we felt inspired to read about the support and appreciation for early language learning from the entire community. Congratulations to the Cold Spring Harbor Schools and your FLES teachers.”
Some of the outstanding examples of the Cold Spring Harbor elementary schools FLES program include interdisciplinary instruction throughout the district across disciplines including art, music and physical education. It was noted that student work was not merely posted to bulletin boards but included QR codes enabling parents and fellow students to see and hear the voice of the author-artist. Students also presented locally at the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies conference and volunteered to demonstrate their foreign language skills during the Cold Spring Harbor High School’s annual technology fair using VR headsets to explore Spain and France.
This well-deserved recognition of the district’s elementary foreign language program is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire FLES team of foreign language teachers, students and families.
Photo caption: Cold Spring Harbor Central School District World Language Department chairperson Sandra Rivadeneyra officially accepted the NYSAFLT Sally G. Hahn Outstanding FLEX Program award during the annual conference awards banquet in Saratoga Springs.
Photo courtesy of the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District