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Students earn recognition in the National Latin Exam

From left are Spencer Cammarata, Calista Nelson, Landon Reihs and Callie Souders

Latin is alive and kicking at Chesapeake Academy and it bursts with relevance to middle school scholars.

Vocabulary development, eased assimilation of foreign languages, foundations of grammar, increased standardized test scores, rich connections to the past and foundation for sciences, logic, theology and law are all enhanced by the study of this ancient language, said head of school Debbie Cook.

Seeking a dynamic, engaging Latin curriculum, middle school generalist Kim Dynia developed a curriculum that serves to support writers’ workshop courses by building semantic and syntactical skills. Designed around entertaining short stories, the course offers a context for vocabulary development and a springboard for exploring the foundations of English grammar through the lens of one of its primary sources—Latin! This course prepares students for an intensive Latin/Greek root system in the vocabulary development thread of their workshop course in seventh and eighth grades.

Sixth-graders take the introductory level of the National Latin Exam to help students assess their progress against a standard measure but also to offer insights into what works well in terms of curricular design. The exam includes questions on culture, geography, grammar and vocabulary.

They have to sight-read a story written in Latin in order to answer reading comprehension questions based on the passage.

“We are very proud not only of our Latin students and their success but of Ms. Dynia’s initiative and enthusiasm,” said Cook.

Sixth graders, Calista Nelson, Landon Reihs and Callie Souders earned achievement awards based on how their scores compared to National averages on the exam. Spencer Cammarata earned a purple ribbon for outstanding achievement. Lauding Chesapeake Academy Latin successes, Linda Montross, co-chairman of the National Latin Exam, quotes Vergil (from The Georgics), “Labor omnia vincit!” Work conquers all things!

posted 05.17.2017

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