Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates and Medal Award Winners! See you in the Fall.
A Visit at the German Consulate General in New York
On April 11, 2016, Kai Tomzig, Vizekonsul for Cultural Affairs at the German Consulate in New York, hosted 18 students from the German-American-School.
The students from Mrs. Perlman’s 4th and 7th grade in New York spent the afternoon with Mr. Tomzig. Initially, the German-American-School and Mr. Tomzig had planned a basic introduction to German life and society, but within the first few minutes it became clear that the students had more in mind.
Sitting in the impressive conference room with its splendid view of the East Side – and in close proximity to the microphones – the students soon lost interest in the view: After Mr. Tomzig gave an informative overview of Germany, the students turned on their microphones and peppered Mr. Tomzig with interesting and frequently challenging questions: “How does Germany maintain its social net?” “Who pays for all the benefits that Germans get?” “How are Germans taxed?” “How does Germany maintain population growth?” “How does the refugee/immigration situation impact Schengen?“
These were just a few of the stimulating questions, all of which Mr. Tomzig answered to the students’ satisfaction. The two hours went by quickly. As the students left the meeting, they asked when they could come back: This time to get a tour of the Consulate itself — and to engage in another exchange with Mr. Tomzig.
German-American-School is very grateful to Mr. Tomzig and the Consulate for having hosted our pupils.
Student at the German-American-School Excels in His Studies
Harrison Ernst (at right), is a proud member of the German-American-School 2016 graduating class. He began his studies at the German School’s Franklin Square location in Vorschule I at the age of six. Although of German heritage, he did not speak or understand any German prior to this time.
After much hard work, perseverance and the support of his dedicated teachers, he progressed through the ranks of the School, earning five gold and one silver medal along the way. He also excelled in his study of German at the Garden City Middle School, and now, at the Garden City High School.
In Grade 8, he received the Philip A. Fulvi Love of Language Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. The following year, he earned the First Place Level II Award from the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
This year, Harrison received the honor of the AATG’s third highest award, The Austrian Book Prize. He is seen here being presented with his award from Long Island Chapter President Sallie Culloton at the Awards’ Dinner at Chaminade High.
Harrison plans to continue his studies at the German-American-School next year with AP German under the tutelage of Frau Leitner.
How to Practice Your German When School Not In Session
One of the simplest methods — and one that we have recommended earlier — is to make use of all of the free educational sites on the internet. Parents can supervise their children as they go to youtube.com to look up: German for children, German songs for children, the ABC in German, Counting in German. Another site is called Duolingo. Yet another one is Deutschewelle.tv For children with more advanced knowledge of German, Deutsche Welle TV also offers “Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten” (News spoken slowly.) All are worth exploring and these activities can even be enjoyed by the entire family.)
Another activity the whole family can enjoy is going to a German festival — many of them are held throughout the summer at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike (visit their website; they have a calendar of all of the German festivals from now til autumn). Some of the most popular are the Schuhplattler festivities. And, don’t forget the gigantic German Festival at Hunter Mountain (German Alps Festival), which takes place early in August at Hunter Mountain.
And, let us not forget the grandparent factor: If you have grandparents or friends or next door neighbors who speak German, why not ask them to speak German to your child? If you are going to Germany or Austria — or another German-speaking country — we hope you enjoy your vacation and get to practice some German in the bargain.
AP (Advanced Placement) Announcement
We are happy to inform you that 15 children in our graduating class have signed up to continue with another year of German — they are taking the Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Culture (German language) with Mrs. Leitner. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:15 at the Garden City location. The class will start Sept. 13 and run thru May 2017. The fee is $ 750 for the course + books. The course is open to any student who has had at least 3 years of High School German.
What is the benefit of AP German? Students who get a 4 or 5 on the exam can probably be exempt from further study of German in College — or they might be exempt from taking the Intermediate level of German at college (those decisions depend on the particular College and we cannot give you a definite answer what a College will decide). It has been our experience that students who achieve a grade of 4 or 5 usually go on with their studies of German in College.
If you want to educate yourself on what is involved with the current AP exams, please visit http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-german-course-and-exam-description.pdf