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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." Nelson Mandela                                  


2020 New York State Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

French: Almedina Mulic, Ava Ben-David, Ayesha Fareed, Mozina Qayyum

Spanish: Jeniffer Wu Wu, Lisbeth Juela-Tenemaza, Rachel Malinkovich, Victoria Delgado



WL Contest Winners

1.Rachel Malinkovich- Honorable mention. Poster Design Competition  "Quisqueya: La Cuna de las Américas".
2. Sumiko Yu- 1st place. Website Design Competition "Quisqueya: La cuna de las Américas”.

3. Diana Reyes- winner- Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute  



Rapport: Change and Coronavirus  has officially launched!

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A message from Cathy Ching, Editor-in-Chief and class of 2020:


It has been incredible working with Ms. Feehan on Rapport for the past 3 years. The contributions that were submitted this year were composed of 52 submissions and 18 different languages, which I think has definitely made its mark in Rapport history. Not only did I admire the quantity of the numerous pieces that were sent into Rapport, but also the quality. I genuinely enjoyed looking at each narrative, poem, photography, and drawing.


As for my senior year, I was sad that I had to end this journey of Rapport during a pandemic, but I will never overlook the lessons and skills I have learned from Ms. Feehan about leadership, communication, and grit. I am sure that in the years that follow, the creative minds of Midwood students will continue to flourish.


A message from Ms. Feehan, advisor

E pluribus unum - out of many, one. This is the motto of the United States and it can define Midwood as well. Thank you to all of the students who shared their thoughts and experiences living through this strange and trying time. You remind us that even though we are all separated now, we are not alone.


And finally, a huge thank you to Cathy, our multi-talented editor in chief, for putting in the time and effort to make this issue a reality. You leave a very special legacy to the World Languages Department and the Midwood community in general!



The World Languages department encourages the development of global citizens.  The ability to communicate in more than one language affords our students the opportunity to look at the world through various linguistic and cultural lenses.

We celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity.  We encourage all our students to take and pass a minimum of three years of a world language in our school.  In order to receive an Advanced Regents Endorsed Diploma, students must take and pass the LOTE exam in a world language.


Languages offered include:

Spanish: Level I to Advanced Placement

French: Level I to Advanced Placement

Mandarin: Beginning Conversational


Incoming Students:

Incoming students who have taken and passed the SLP in junior high school, will be placed in Level II of the language taken in junior high. 


Incoming students without an SLP grade, may indicate their language selection on the “incoming students” (main 

If a student has a high level of proficiency in a particular language he/she may be assessed for placement. Please contact the Assistant Principal.


The New York State Seal of Biliteracy, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on July 31, 2012, was established to recognize high school graduates who have attained a "high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English."

Chapter 271 of the Laws of 2012 (Section 815 of Education Law) established the New York State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The NYS Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded by the Commissioner to students who meet criteria established by the Board of Regents and attend schools in districts that voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to the high school diploma and transcript of graduating pupils attaining Seal criteria and must be made available to students.


(New York State Education Department website for more information)

ESL Teachers:
Joey Pavone
Max Pinsky

French Teachers:
Marly Jean-Baptiste
Supreme Paul
Natalia Puglisi

Spanish Teachers:
Claudia Berman
Rosanna De Fex
Nora Diaz Guevara
Maria Feehan
Myrna Franco
Mardee Goodwin
Emilio Ortega
Emma Peral
Max Pinsky
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez
Susanna Sala
Jessica Villafane