Howe's Happenings Week 21 2015-2015
German and Reading Acceleration at LOHS
What did we do last week?
Last week, German 1 students continued learning to ask and answer introductory questions about themselves. Your children should now be able to tell you their name, age, where they live, and maybe even a hobby in German! This week, we will continue to practice exchanging personal information and learn about the states of Germany and major German-speaking countries in Europe. Students have their first test on Thursday, February 11.
Last week, German 2 students learned to describe the rooms in their homes and the furniture in those rooms. They began designing their dream homes or apartments. This week, we will work on describing our dream homes. Students have their first test on Thursday, February 11.
Scheduling Materials Will Be Collected This Week
Michigan Merit Curriculum and the World Language Requirement
According to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, students must complete two credits of the same World Language. Lake Orion students receive high school credit for language courses taken at Oakview, Scripps, and Waldon. Students have the opportunity to begin or continue French, Spanish and/or German here at LOHS.
In September 2014, a modification to the World Language requirement was passed. Students may now fulfill the requirement in one of three ways:
* Option 1: Two credits (or the equivalent) of high school World Language (same
* Option 2: One credit (or the equivalent) of high school World Language and 1 CTE
Program or Curriculum (Example: Computer Applications, Computer Programming
1, Computer Programming 2, AND Computer Programming Languages)
* Option 3: One credit (or the equivalent) of high school World Language and 1
additional credit (Michigan Merit already requires 1 credit) of Visual, Performing or
As students plan their course schedules, we strongly encourage students to take their language courses consecutively. We also encourage students to contact the colleges and universities they hope to attend to see if they require World Language for college admission. In Michigan, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan require two years of the same World Language for admission. Many colleges and programs also require World Language for college graduation. Some Lake Orion students have earned college credit on placement exams because of their high school classes.
Students wishing to continue German at LOHS should check out German Conversation and Composition and German Language and Culture. These courses are offered in alternate years whenever enrollment is high enough. For course descriptions/topics, please contact me or check out our Curriculum Handbook here.
Students who successfully complete all the German courses offered at LOHS have the option of dual-enrolling or continuing German online. Some LOHS students have placed into second semester and second year courses at OU and OCC. If this option is right for your child, he/she may earn college credit during high school.
If you have questions about German, please contact me and/or your child's counselor.