Each year, educators across the country observe National Foreign Language Week during the first week of March. Over the years, the World Languages Department of Bellport Middle School has made National Foreign Language Week a highlight of our school life. This year, the week-long celebration at the Middle School was particularly outstanding. Each day had a different theme: Monday was “Hispanic Cultures Day”, Tuesday - “Italian Day”, Wednesday - “French Day”, Thursday - “Portuguese Day”, and Friday was “Multicultural Day”. During homeroom, students introduced the morning announcements in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. During their World Language class periods, students assembled each day in the auditorium for presentations and fun activities.
Monday saw the debut of a BMS original documentary about global citizenship. In the film, various BMS staff members shared their personal experiences about traveling abroad, and how those experiences helped shape their world perspective. Mr. Di Puma, the creator of the film, said that he hopes the video will help increase student reflection on being global citizens, and that it will promote kindness and empathy throughout the Middle School. After the film, students were invited to compete in a poster contest on the theme of global citizenship and what it personally means to be better global citizens.
We are proud to report that our film has “gone viral” and has been shown to students in other schools outside of our district.
The link to the video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLkNFJ7YVQA