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Kingsbury's Spanish Program

Kingsbury's Spanish language program is one that attempts to emulate first language experience. The program does graduate in frequency and intensity of exposure with each year. The Mi Mundo series of books is used as a basis, with many additional tools used as classroom resources.

A number of Spanish holidays are examined for their cultural and historical relevance. Learning to be an international thinker is a premise of the language program, as Spanish is the first language of people from diverse geographic areas of the world. Guest heritage language speakers who have contributed richly to their own Hispanic cultures visit each year to work with students to find threads that help connect students' lives to the study of Spanish.

The Spanish program at Kingsbury has consistently garnered honors in state and national Spanish competition. For many years, Kingsbury middle school students have placed very well both nationally and state-wide in the National Spanish Exam competition. "Attaining any placement or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna, National Director of the Exams, "because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States.