Ava Dingman sat third in line, her feet bouncing up and down in neon green sneakers with bright yellow laces, as she waited to chat online with those she had only known via email since the second grade. Was she nervous? “Yeah,” whispered the sixth-grader at Northern Trails 5/6 School. Why? “I don’t know!” she said as she closed her eyes and smiled. Ava was one of about two dozen sixth-graders who participated in the face-to-face video chat with students at the Academia Liceo Madrid, a private school in Madrid, Spain.
“This is just one step in the journey,” said Principal Sue Gutierrez.
Northern Trails students, who previously attended the district’s Spanish immersion school, Ada Vista, have been communicating online with Madrid students since the second grade, and the recent video chat was their first time speaking face-to-face, Gutierrez said.