Chinese (taught at the high school)
A Chinese culture and language class is offered for all seventh and eighth graders. Each seventh and eighth grader dives into the fantastic world of Chinese culture for four weeks in each of the three trimesters, for a total of 12 weeks for the year. This course is a fun introduction to Chinese language and culture, and includes fun cultural activities; such as Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, knot tying, songs, and making dumplings. Students also learn basics of the language; how to introduce oneself, colors, parts of the body, etc. There are no prerequisite for this course.
Chinese 1A and 1B and Chinese 2A and 2B are also offered as high school credit. This course uses the same curriculum and texts as are used in the high school. There is no prerequisite for Chinese 1A. Students must complete 1A with a passing grade to be eligible for Chinese 1B. Students must complete 1B to be eligible for 2A. Students who complete either Chinese 1 or Chinese 2 at the middle school can merge into Chinese 2 or 3 at the high school, respectively.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Spanish at Sisters Middle School offers students an introduction to the Spanish language and a glimpse of Spanish culture. Students learn the alphabet, numbers, how to tell time, how to describe themselves and others, and how to do simple verb conjugation. They also learn about Day of the Dead, bullfighting, tapas in Spain, flamenco, and other elements of life in a Spanish-speaking country.
Class topics are practiced and solidified through art, music, games, and speaking activities.