Howe's Happenings Week 20 2015-2015

German, and Reading Acceleration at LOHS

What did we do last week?

Though we only had two days of Semester 2 classes last week, we're off to a great and productive start. Find your child's class below, and read on to see what we we've done so far and what's planned for this week!

Last week, Reading Acceleration students got to know me and their classmates, took a MAZE reading comprehension test, examined their motivation for reading, and began learning typical text structures. This week, we will continue building our community and learning about text structures.

German 1 students explored reasons and benefits for learning a new language and the advantages and disadvantages of using online translator tools. Students also began learning greetings, goodbyes, and the alphabet. This week, we will begin learning how to ask and answer questions about basic personal information (name, age, where we live, where we come from, and what we like to do).

It was exciting to welcome such a large group of German 2 students back! We spent our first couple of days reviewing major vocabulary words and concepts from German 1 and getting enrolled in our classroom Moodle page. This week, we will continue to review German 1 concepts. By the end of the week, we'll start our first unit on Home and Holidays.

Scheduling Materials Will Be Distributed This Week

Students will receive their scheduling packets for the 2016-2017 school year this week during a special homeroom. Please feel free to contact me, if I can answer any questions about World Language or ELA courses and requirements.

German students are on the path!

At the beginning of each semester, I share with German students that the four most important words in their course descriptions are:

1. read
2. understand
3. speak
4. write

At the end of this semester, I hope you and your children will see that they have been developing language skills they can use. The image below shows the path to language proficiency. Students who begin language study in high school and complete four years generally exit high school at Intermediate Level. Students who take two years of high school language should perform at the Novice High level, according to the Michigan World Language Guidelines.
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Lake Orion Community Schools is Looking for Host Families for the 2016-2017 School Year


During the 2015-2016 school year, Lake Orion High School hosted 17 International Exchange Students from 11 different countries. We are now looking for families interested in hosting International Students for the 2016-2017 school year.


Our Students:

  • Are between 14-18
  • Are fully insured
  • Have their own spending money
  • Can speak English
  • Must maintain good grades


Our Host Family Requirements:

  • Have a genuine willingness to share your family’s daily life with an international student
  • Maintain an English-speaking environment
  • Able to provide a bedroom for the student, with their own bed, desk and closet.
  • Able to provide 3 balanced meals a day.
  • Able to pass an interview, home visit, and criminal background check


Our Host Families Receive:

  • 24/7 local and national support
  • Monthly stipend per student
  • Host Family Orientation
  • Relationships that last a lifetime


If you would like more information on this amazing opportunity, please contact:

Michele Novak

(248) 693 5640

(248) 431 3098

mnovak@lakeorion.k12.mi.us

The Semester is Off to a Great Start; Have a Wonderful Week!