F-M superintendent presents plan to start Spanish in seventh grade

— Kaiser said the foreign language task force felt that offering all four languages in seventh grade would be the best option. “However, we weighed that with the financial constraints that not only F-M, but all districts in the state are under presently,” she said.

Melanie Campitello-Chevez, a Spanish teacher who is on the task force, said that when talking about introducing more than one language in seventh grade, “we thought that it might be risky for some of the other languages that were not offered.”

“Say we said, ‘Ok, we’re going to do Spanish and French.’ Well, that leaves German and Latin out in the cold,” she said. “So if we did start with one language, then the students would have a choice in eight grade to choose one of four languages.”

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