World Language Awards for Middle School Students

Each year, Norwood's middle school students take national language exams to measure proficiency in Spanish, French, Latin and Chinese. More than 100 students received awards this year!


NATIONAL SPANISH EXAM
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.
 
Grade 8
11 Menciónes Honoríficas (Honorable Mentions, top 50% in the nation)
3 Medallas de Bronce (Bronze Medals; top 25% in the nation)
4 Medallas de Plata (Silver Medals; top 15% in the nation)
3 Medallas de Oro (Gold Medals; top 5% in the nation)

Grade 7
9 Menciónes Honoríficas (Honorable Mentions, top 50% in the nation)
3 Medallas de Bronce (Bronze Medals; top 25% in the nation)
6 Medallas de Plata (Silver Medals; top 15% in the nation)
1 Medallas de Oro (Gold Medals; top 5% in the nation)
 
NATIONAL FRENCH CONTEST (LE GRAND CONCOURS)
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.

Grades 7 & 8
2 Bronze Medals
5 Silver Medals
5 Gold Medals
1 Platinum Medal

Grades 5 & 6
3 Bronze Medals
9 Silver Medals
13 Gold Medals
1 Platinum Medal

NATIONAL LATIN EXAM
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 Outstanding Achievement Certificates
5 Achievement Certificates

Latin 1 (Grade 8)
1 Gold Summa Cum Laude
4 Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
1 Cum Laude

HSK CHINESE EXAM
HSK, the Chinese language proficiency test, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use Chinese as a second language in their daily and academic lives. The test is provided by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, a non-governmental institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China.

Level 2
1 Best Performance
3 First Awards
5 Second Awards

Level 1
1 Best Performance
2 First Awards
4 Second Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
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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.