By John Cohen, District Communications Director
On March 28, the French III class took Le Grand Concours National—the French National Exam. Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. In this competition, French students in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes.
The Grand Concours tests are developed annually by the American Association of Teachers of French as a motivational, extracurricular activity/contest for students of French. The exam provides a national “guide” to help teachers determine how their students perform, item by item, based upon major grammatical concepts, reading comprehension, aural comprehension, and cultural topics. The Grand Concours is on the list of approved tests published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
This is the first time in the history of Steilacoom High School that students have competed nationally on this type of exam. In the 3A division, over 19,000 students nation-wide and abroad competed this year. The SHS students placed in the 9th to the 32rd rank in the AATF local chapter and nationally from 12th rank to35th. SHS junior Alexandra Clayton placed in the “Top Rank”, within the top ten in our Northwest Chapter, tying for 9th place. She and junior Shelby Ballou (ranked 20th) will receive special honor for their scores in this com-petition. Our high school students competed against some of the most prestigious private and top public schools in the 3A classification.
To prepare for the exam, the learning targets from the school’s regular French curriculum were tailored to enhance learning and to prepare students for what they would be tested on. Students responded to this preparation method and all did extremely well at exam time!
Congratulations to these fine students and their teacher, Mme Black! (Félicitations aux élèves formidables et à leur prof, Mme Noir!)