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Oliver

Fourth of July at Burriana Beach

When we talk about the Fourth of July we think of summer, fireworks, barbecues, parades family and friends. We are reminded of how much fun summer really is and how lucky we are to be able to celebrate this holiday in the United States. This year our Fourth of July strayed away from our traditional barbecue and fireworks. It was, however, still filled with food, fun and sun!

East vs. West: What about it?

Can you analyze the cultural differences between the Eastern and Western Worlds? Better yet, can you discuss this topic...all in Chinese?

Here at St. Michael’s, students from the Chinese Academy can.

In an interesting twist on a lesson, students today discussed the differences that face these two separate hemispheres of the world. More notably, however, the students learned that these stark contrasts—some of which have led to certain levels of animosity between these hemispheres—shouldn’t separate the cultures. Instead, they should unify them.

Bastille Day Eve

It’s Bastille Day Eve for the students of the French Academy here at St. Michael’s. And, without a doubt, there is excitement in the air.

As of right now, the students and teachers of the French Academy are scheming about and planning ways of how they can make their mark on Bastille Day....stay tuned and check back tomorrow to hear about how they glorified their celebration of France’s National Day! Vive la France! 

Bailando con Kristina

¡La clave, mi gente! Salseros si llaman, ¡yo vengo! In our dance workshop so far we have learned the basic steps of salsa and bachata so that we may dance with our friends whenever we wish — in the hallway, on the streets, at home, or at a fiesta. We have delved into the origins of salsa and bachata and their differing styles in Spanish-speaking countries and within the United States.

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Amanda

Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

The weekend is here!

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means...rest!

After a full week of classes, students earned a well-deserved day of rest, in which they had the chance to catch up on sleep and relax with their friends.

Although there were no classes being held today, there were still several activities going on around the campus. Here is a brief overview of some of them:

Saturday School...for the Chinese Academy!

Due to their trip to Burlington yesterday, students from the Chinese Academy didn’t have a typical Saturday—instead, they attended classes, making up for the ones that they missed the day before.

However, none of the students complained about this. They brought their enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity to each class, excited to continue their lessons from Thursday.

Communicating through music and dance!

Our students at the academy are making huge strides communicating using Spanish everywhere and at anytime. But that's not the only way they are getting to know each other.... They are also using music and dance to express themselves here at the academy! Last week, they had a weeklong cultural exploration class, Baile Latino, where they learned Latin dances, such as merengue, bachata, salsa and cumbia. These kids quickly learned how fun it is to dance with a partner and they showcased what they learned on one of the academic assemblies on Thursday evening....

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