Middle School News
Middle Schoolers Study French Language and Culture
Sixteen Middle School students joined two teacher/chaperones for a four-day tour of French-speaking Quebec city and the surrounding countryside. Students were exposed to Quebec culture, food, language and history, "and were encouraged to make connections from their own language and social studies classes during the trip," explained French teacher Eric Metee. "We all had a great time discovering a new city and the students grew so much individually and intellectually from even this short experience."
The group toured the Old City's narrow cobblestone streets and historic sites and the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence River valley and Montmorency Falls. They took in the region's foods (from poutine to maple syrup) and cultural highlights—including a scavenger hunt that had them searching for facts about the city's past and present, including the year Quebec was founded by de Champlain and the number of Stanley Cups won by the Montreal Canadians hockey team!
"My favorite building during the trip was the Martello Tower 4," said Dean Katz ''21. "We got the chance to actually pretend we were British soldiers and learn about the activities each soldier did."
While touring, they were surprised to learn that one of the XVII century buildings in Old Quebec is the paternal ancestral home of Ms. Marcie Demers, their other teacher/chaperone, and amazed to hear that it is considered a historical monument!
The group ventured into the countryside of la côte-de-beaupré to see more historic sites, learn some of the local folklore and try their hands at working with copper, a popular local craft. They learned how to tap maple trees for syrup and enjoyed a popular treat of syrup on ice.
"Dinner at an érablière, an authentic maple sugar shack was one of my favorite activities," said Ms. Demers. "We participated in traditional family style dining and enjoyed live folk music and dancing and wrapped up the evening with maple syrup taffy, created by pouring warm maple syrup onto ice and twirling it onto a wooden spoon. Sharing these memories from my childhood with my Bullis students made it truly special!"
The students equally enjoyed the experience, taking in the history, having some time to take in the city on their own, and learning by being immersed in the culture. "I came back with more knowledge than when I left," said Taylor Bolden '21.