The FHPS Mandarin Chinese immersion program created a new relationship with Beijing Luhe. The purpose is for Beijing Luhe and FHPS to develop a comprehensive cooperative link to promote cultural communications for teachers and students from Beijing Luhe and FHPS. The sister school relationship will help Beijing Luhe carry out curriculum reform, help Luhe students improve their English, provide them with more opportunities for communication between American students and teachers, and help them achieve a better understanding of United States culture. It will also help students in the FHPS Chinese immersion program improve their Chinese language skills, gain a better awareness and understanding of Chinese culture, and provide teachers and students with opportunities for short-term and long-term cultural exchange.
Over the summer, a group of Forest Hills families, staff, and students in the Mandarin Chinese immersion program visited Beijing. While there, they connected with their new sister school, Luhe. Yuqi Zhao, Luke Florek, and Kimberly Wang (NHMS teachers) had a fabulous visit to the Luhe school.
Zhao said, “Parents and students were shocked by the traditional Chinese folk music performance presented by Luhe elementary students. Chinese immersion students also had a marvelous chance to have a Chinese reading class with their Luhe buddies. They read Chinese books together and completed a reading report together. In addition, parents and students had a wonderful time experiencing Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, and stamp art together. Last but not least, the Luhe International Academy campus tour left a very deep impression. We look forward to continuing a partnership with Principal Sun from the elementary school and Principal Kong from the high school and thank them for preparing the visit and spending the day with us.”
The FHPS Chinese immersion program begins at Meadow Brook Elementary, then Northern Trails 5/6, Northern Hills Middle School, and Northern High School.