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Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School started to offer new foreign language class in 2014; “French“. This new option is an alternative to our Spanish and Turkish classes. Here is a brief summary what we’ve done with our French class cultural activity; Bastille Day.

Bastille Day is a French holiday that celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution.  In Paris, people celebrate by watching a military parade that goes down the Champs-Elysées in the morning and then ending the day by watching fireworks at the Eiffel Tower at night.  On January 29, we had our own Bastille Day celebration at Horizon Science Academy Middle School Columbus!  The assembly started with students giving an explanation in French and in English about the history of Bastille Day and how it is celebrated.  Then, the choir sang the French national anthem, La Marseilleise.  Next, 20 students showed off their dance moves in a Tecktonik dance, which is a street dance that originated in Paris in the early 2000s.  One of the music classes then serenaded us with a performance of Frère Jacques.  And lastly, students displayed their fireworks inspired art.  The celebration continued during lunch, when students got to enjoy some beignets, a donut-like pastry.

Vive la France!

Added on Feb 28:

Our 7th and 8th grade French students  and French Club members received pen pal letters from middle school students at Collège Clément Marrot in Lyon, France!  They were very curious to learn about our school and what types of music and TV shows our students like.  We’ve mailed our letters back and we look forward to hearing from them again before the end of the year!

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