World Language & Culture Week Set for March 4-8

World Language & Culture Week Set for March 4-8

Every year at BSM, we celebrate our diverse culture and backgrounds during World Language & Culture Week. Throughout the week, students have many opportunities to collaborate with other world language classes across all grades, including a food demo by Taher, a Spanish Mass, a student Culture Bowl vs. faculty/staff and more. See below for a full list of activities/events:


Penny Wars: Homeroom teachers will be showing students the God’s Child Project Mission trip video from 2015 and 2016 in Homerooms to kickstart “Penny Wars.” The World Language Department is hosting a race to raise money for the non-profit in Guatemala. This is the same place our students have visited for the last few years on various mission trips. The money collected will go towards building homes, providing food and clothing, and education for those in need in the Antigua, Guatemala area. Students will drop their coins and dollars in their class jug and race to see which grade wins. Please consider cleaning out your piggy banks and bringing in some change for a great cause!

Kahoot: Department-wide “Kahoot” (learning game program) about culture, language, history, and geography. Each classroom and period is a team. Prizes will be delivered to the winners! Students in all grades 7-12 will participate in all languages: Spanish, Chinese, Latin and French.


Food Demo: After school on Tuesday, Taher (BSM’s food service) chefs will be doing a Sushi Demo at 3 p.m. Students will be able to learn and see first-hand how to make sushi rolls, with sampling afterward. Many thanks to Lynn Lynch, the chefs, Taher and the entire staff for putting on this event year after year.

Mardis Gras Crêpes: Students will have the opportunity to make Crêpes in their French classes to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Spanish Food Parties: Spanish classes will be having parties with different food themes. Some classes will be making quesadillas, others will be having tostadas, licuados and other delicious food recipes.


Culture Bowl: A faculty/staff vs. student Culture Bowl will take place after school in the Atrium 3 - 4 p.m. (or until questions run out). A number of faculty and staff members have volunteered to go up against our BSM students in this quick-paced, quiz-show-like competition for bragging rights. Questions will be related to world languages, culture, geography, history, literature and more.

Art Projects: Students in a variety of Spanish classes will be engaged in arts and crafts during the block day. Spanish IV will be making molas and learning about the Kuna people of Panama. AP Spanish Language and Culture students will be painting self-portraits and learning about Cubist artists in the process including Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.


Spanish Mass: During 8th hour, there will be a Spanish Mass in the BSM Chapel with Father Keith Kitzhaber, a former missionary priest in La Paz, Bolivia, and current Diocese of LaCrosse priest from Greenwood, WI. Students in the AP Spanish Literature class will be doing the readings and performing the music with BSM’s very own, Sra. Jantscher.


Cultural Speakers: BSM will be hosting 14 foreign missionary speakers from the Emmanuel Community, a Catholic Association started in France in 1976. The speakers are from all over the world (France, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Ecuador, Philippines, etc). They will be visiting on Friday, during periods 1-5. They will be attending many WL classes during the day and talking to students about their missionary experiences, travels and connection with God. Many of the speakers will speak with classes in their native languages.


Decor: The World Language Department will be decorating the BSM halls with a variety of world flags and banners. In the West Wing, the walls of our hallways will be decorated with our students’ poster entries for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) contest. Throughout the school, you will also see a myriad of posters with idioms from around the world. Try and find all 20 of them!

Homeroom Prayers: Every morning during homeroom, students will be leading the school in prayer in various languages over the PA. Some of the languages include Hungarian, Hindi, and Russian.