Foreign Languages


Come and Sing with Me in Spanish - Instructor:  Mrs. Fillmore - Preschool, ages 3-5

The children will earn the basics of Spanish through a variety of games, songs, stories, and activities. Singing will be stressed to promote language acquisition. A combination of music, stories, and games provide an engaging way to learn Spanish! This is a half hour class. Class description is coming. 

Beginner Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades K–2

Students are introduced to the Spanish language.  The student will learn Spanish through a variety of games, songs, and drills.  The child will learn basic vocabulary, including numbers, colors, family, food, greetings, and clothing.  Textbook:  Students will need to provide their own composition notebook for this class. 


Beginner Spanish - Instructor: - Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

After students have learned the alphabet, numbers and colors, they will be taught basic phrases and everyday vocabulary.  They will learn the months of the year, the days of the week, the names of the family members, names for household items, clothing, food, animals, and seasons. They will learn basic conversational skills. Textbook: Teacher worksheet booklet.  This will be available at HERO for purchase.


Beginner Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 7-12

This class is for a student with little or no experience.  The student will learn a variety of basic vocabulary.  Some grammatical concepts include: present tense regular verbs, adjective agreement, definite and indefinite articles, the verbs "ser" and "estar", and more.  Conversation will be practiced weekly.  By the end of the year, the student will also be reading basic stories in Spanish. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 1 fifth edition and Spanish is Fun, Book 1 Workbook.  This will be available for purchase at HERO.This class is for a student with little or no experience.  The student will learn a variety of basic vocabulary.  Some grammatical concepts include: present tense regular verbs, adjective agreement, definite and indefinite articles, the verbs "ser" and "estar", and more.  Conversation will be practiced weekly.  By the end of the year, the student will also be reading basic stories in Spanish. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 1, Third Edition and Spanish is Fun, Book 1 Workbook.  This will be available for purchase at HERO.


Intermediate Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

In Intermediate Spanish, the student should have mastered basic vocabulary such as numbers, colors, animals, foods, etc. before entering this class. Grammar will be introduced, along with expanding vocabulary and conversation.  We will learn through book, conversation, games, skits, music, etc.  Textbook: Spanish Is Fun Book A, second edition (text). In Intermediate Spanish, the student should have mastered basic vocabulary such as numbers, colors, animals, foods, etc. before entering this class. Grammar will be introduced, along with expanding vocabulary and conversation.  We will learn through book, conversation, games, skits, music, etc.  Textbook: Teacher worksheet booklet. 


Intermediate Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 7-12

The student should know the concepts taught in Beginning Spanish.  We will continue to expand vocabulary, reading skills, and conversation.  Some grammatical concepts include: Irregular and stem change present tense verbs, the past tenses: preterit and imperfect, demonstrative pronouns, and more. Students will expand their vocabulary, do oral drills; learn the verb tenses, common phases, and written expressions. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 1, Fifth Edition and Spanish is Fun, Book 1 Workbook.  Students will be doing the second half of this book.  First part of the book was completed in Beginning Spanish.  Also, Pobre Ana (Blaine Ray Publishing).  Textbooks will be available for purchase. 


Advanced Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 1-3

This is a continuation of Beginning Spanish K-2. The students will learn through a variety of games, songs, and activities. Units include: foods, clothes, body, family, and my community. Textbook: The Complete Book of Spanish 1-3 (sold at HERO)


Advanced Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 3-6

The student will continue to expand their vocabulary.  The will continue with basic grammatical skills.  The student will write a journal entry, weekly.  Conversational skills will expand as well.  Textbook:  Spanish is Fun Book A (R529S).  Textbook will be available for purchase at HERO . 


Advanced Accelerated Spanish - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 5-6

This is the highest level for the elementary student. Vocabulary will continue to be enhanced, and new grammatical concepts incorporated. They will need to purchase the Spanish is Fun Book A (R529S) and the corresponding workbook for Spanish is Fun Book A (R529W)


Advanced Spanish I - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 9-12

This is the third level Spanish.  Students must know the present, preterite and imperfect tenses.  Students will continue to expand their vocabulary, reading skills, and conversation.  Some grammatical concepts to be learned include: mastery of irregular past tense verbs, the future tense, among other tenses. Students will learn and practice verb conjunctions; work on oral and written exercises and dialogs.  Independent reading outside of class time will be required. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 2, third edition and workbook (third edition) through Amsco.  Also, Patricia Va a California (Blaine Ray Publishing) These can be purchased at HERO.This is the third level Spanish.  Students must know the present, preterite and imperfect tenses.  Students will continue to expand their vocabulary, reading skills, and conversation.  Some grammatical concepts to be learned include: mastery of irregular past tense verbs, the future tense, among other tenses. Students will learn and practice verb conjunctions; work on oral and written exercises and dialogs.  Independent reading outside of class time will be required. Textbook: Spanish is Fun, Book 2, text (R325P) and workbook (R325W) through Amsco  These can be purchased at HERO.


Advanced  Spanish II - Instructor: Mrs. Fillmore - Grades 9-12

Prerequisite- Adv Spanish I or equivalent
Text:  Spanish is Fun, Book 2, third edition and workbook, third edition through Amsco . Also, Pobre Ana Bailo el Tango (Blaine Ray Publishing). These can be purchased at HERO.

Students will review the present, preterit, and imperfect tenses. They will continue to expand vocabulary, reading, and conversation in Spanish. Some grammatical concepts to be studied include: future tense, conditional tense, present and pluperfect, and commands.


Beginning Chinese/Language/Culture - Instructor:  Mike Grothe - Grades 4-6 and 7-12

Course Description: This course will introduce you to the Mandarin Chinese language; basic communication and understanding of both spoken and written Chinese. At the end of this course you will be able to understand and express simple ideas and questions. We will focus on fundamental grammar, correct oral-expression, comprehension and reading and writing. Out of class Listening and writing exercises are required.

Prerequisite(s): None

Course Content:

  1. Chinese Pinyin (Romanized spelling).

  2. Chinese Characters: History, Stroke order and radicals.

  3. Grammar.

  4. The 4 Tones.

  5. Basic conversation: Pronunciation and listening/understanding.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic communication of simple sentences, both in speaking and listening.

  2. Demonstrate a basic written ability in both Pinyin and Characters

  3. Demonstrate a basic reading ability in both Pinyin and Characters.

  4. Demonstrate correct pronunciation and use of tones.


Latin I & II - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 7-12

Latin was used as the language of international communication, scholarship, and science well into the 18th century and continues to have significant influence over many modern languages as we know them today.  Students in this class will learn Latin mainly through the ready of it; in fact, students will be reading Latin in the very first class.  Our text will be Lingua Latina Book I, by Traupman.  Required materials: textbook, which can be purchased at HERO (ISBN: 1-56765-425-8).

It is expected that students will invest 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week in their Latin studies, read from the text, and complete exercise in each chapter, as well as memorize Latin vocabulary, expression and scripture verses.


I Can Learn Hebrew! - Instructor: Mrs. Kendrick - Grades 3-6

In order to master the Hebrew “aleph-bet” students will learn songs, do hands-on-activities, and create art. They will recognize and write the characters (used in reading materials), as well as, many vowel pints/”nikud” (used by beginners). During this course of the semester they will learn a bit of their history and significance of the language and get a glimpse of the Israeli culture today. By the end of the semester students will have gained an appreciate for this wonderful language., land of Israel and Hebrew speaking people. These beautiful buildings blocks can then be used to go on to study Biblical/ancient Hebrew or develop the ability to acquire this modern language!


ASL 1 - CLASS DESCRIPTIONS - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 4-6

Course Description:  This 2-semester American Sign Language course is designed to introduce students to the basics of this beautiful language and the culture it comes from. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus mainly on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, and verbs.

Throughout the entire class students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned. The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students. This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

 Textbooks: 
-Sign Language for Kids by Lora Heller     ISBN: 978-1402706721
-Teacher Handouts

Both books are available through the HERO bookstore.

Online Resources: Access to internet is helpful but not required for students.

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 1  - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 7-12

Course Description: This 2-semester American Sign Language course is designed to introduce students to the basics of this beautiful language and the culture that created it. The environment of the class is designed to be both fun and educational. The class will focus mainly on vocabulary and on the mechanics of communicating manually instead of verbally. Some specific areas covered include fingerspelling, numbers, and verbs.

Throughout the entire class students will also learn about the culture of the American Deaf community. Songs and games will be incorporated into the curriculum to help students constantly review and practice what they have learned.

The class will include a midterm and a final exam for both the fall and spring semesters. Although the instructor is hearing, classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students. This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

Textbooks:

-A Basic Course in American Sign Language by Humphries, Padden, and O’Rourke

ISBN: 978-0932666420 (spiral bound recommended)   

-Teacher Handouts

Both books are available through the HERO bookstore

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 2    - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 7-12

Designed to build off the ASL 1 (7-12th grade) class offered through HERO, this 2-semester ASL course uses the vernacular, mechanical, and cultural knowledge of the students to begin developing the sentence structure and grammar of ASL. Through class discussion, homework assignments, videos, games, and music students will expand their knowledge and skills of this beautiful language.  Discussions will also delve more deeply into the culture of the Deaf Americans.

Schedule permitting, students will have the opportunity to practice their language skills with visits from members of the local Deaf community.  The class will include a midterm and final exam for both the fall and spring semesters.

Although the instructor is hearing classes will be taught in ASL with little or no spoken English on the part of the instructor or students.  This will foster a full-immersion environment for learning.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Mrs. Dagget’s ASL 1 course or had their signing personally assessed by Mrs. Daggett in order to attend the ASL 2 course.  This ensures that students contain the necessary foundation of vocabulary to further expand their signing skills. 

Textbooks:

-A Basic Course in American Sign Language by Humphries Padden, & O'Rourke

ISBN: 978-0932666420 (spiral bound recommended)

-The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conversational American Sign Language by Lazorisak & Donohue  

ISBN: 978-1-59257-255-7 plus teacher workbook

-Teacher Handouts

All three of these books are available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice)


ASL 3  - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett - Grades 8-12

ASL 3

Course Description: This 2-semester course is designed for students who have completed Mrs. Daggett’s ASL1 and ASL2 courses. It is intended for students who genuinely wish to develop and improve their signing skills, both production and comprehension. The class will provide students with a full-immersion, student-led language learning environment. Students will demonstrate and practice their language skills through multiple presentations involving music, personal stories, and poetry. Students will receive personalized feedback and critique to help them develop their skills further. Students will perform as a class at the Mall of America Christmas performance* and at the Spring Talent Show**. Schedule permitting, class will include visits from members of the local Deaf community.

Textbook: NONE

Teacher Contact: kelsey.joy3@gmail.com           651-347-0467 (text and voice) 

*Dependent on HERO’s selection to perform

**Dependent on space in the roster


Conversational ASL - Instructor: Mrs. Kelsey Daggett  - Grades 4-12

Course Description: This American Sign Language course is designed to provide an environment of full immersion into the language of ASL. It is highly recommended that students taking ASL2 take this class as an opportunity for additional practice. Students who have taken ASL classes in the past and wish to brush up their skills are also welcome to join!

As the name implies, the class will consist entirely of conversation in ASL. Discussion will cover a broad range of topics determined by both the students and the instructor. Students should be prepared to participate and have fun!

**It is highly recommended that students without prior experience in ASL wait until they have completed at least one semester of the language prior to joining this class.**

Students are welcome to join for the spring semester without having attended the fall semester

Textbook: NO BOOK IS NEEDED