More than 40 Middle School Students Receive Awards for Performance on National World Language Exams

Congratulations, felicidades, toutes nos félicitations, gratulationes, and gōng xǐ to the more than 40 middle school students who received awards for their performance on national world language exams this year!
The National Spanish Examination, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers and Portuguese, is given voluntarily by about 4,000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance and achievement of students in grades 6-12 who are studying Spanish as a second language. This year, the exam was taken by Norwood's eighth graders.
Grade 8
2 Medallas de Gold
2 Medallas de Plata (Silver Medals; top 15% in the nation)
4 Medallas de Bronce (Bronze Medals; top 25% in the nation)
3 Menciones Honoríficas (Honorable Mentions, top 50% in the nation)
The National French Contest (Le Grand Concours) is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 100,000 students from elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide take the exam each year.

Grade 8
1 Lauréat National Platine
2 Médailles d'Argent (silver)
4 Médailles de Bronze (bronze)

Grade 7
1 Médailles d'Or (gold)
1 Médailles d'Argent (silver)
3 Médailles de Bronze (bronze)

National Latin Exam, offered annually by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, tests students’ command of Latin at appropriate levels and tests knowledge in the areas of grammar, comprehension, geography, history, and mythology.
Introduction to Latin (Grade 7)
3 Maxima Cum Laude
2 Magna Cum Laude
4 Cum Laude

Latin 1 (Grade 8)
1 Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal)
2Maxima Cum Laude
1 Magna Cum Laude
1 Cum Laude

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 4 can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Grade 8
2 students achieved HSK Level 2 and an Honor Prize

Grade 7
5 students achieved HSK Level 1

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.