Norwood's Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad Chapter Wins Chapter of the Year!

Congratulations to the middle school members of Norwood's Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad chapter on being named Chapter of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Earlier in the 2020-2021 school year, Norwood School became a charter member of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (SHA), a national service and academic society for elementary and middle school students. Started by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the oldest and largest language-specific professional association in the United States, the activities-based organization promotes cross-cultural acceptance and understanding, while encouraging service to school and community. Recently, Norwood's SHA chapter was named Chapter of the Year!

Just the fourth SHA chapter to be chartered in Maryland and one of 62 active charters in the United States, Norwood's chapter, called Halcones Azules (Blue Hawks), hit the ground running. According to Spanish teacher Vicky Masson, each year, in order to be inducted into the Society, members of the group must complete projects that achieve three goals—ambassadorship of the language, service to school, and service to community. “This past fall, to fulfill the service to school goal, many students prepared a special message in Spanish for the video shown at the Grandparents and Special Guests Day Chapel. As their service to community, members are designing learning experiences to connect with Spanish-speaking community members."

Norwood's SHA chapter, which takes the form of a middle school club, was established to give middle school students of Spanish a place to gather and follow their passion as ambassadors of the Spanish language. "SHA is an excellent way for students to enrich their study of Spanish, develop leadership skills, and benefit from being part of a national umbrella group,” says Vicky. “It is also a great first step to becoming part of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH), an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish.”

Congratulations to all the members of Halcones Azules on this great honor!
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.