World Languages

Murphy            

Doug             

Department Head

French/Spanish         

douglasmurphy@smsd.org        

993-7347

DeRigne

Kumiko

Japanese

kumikohoriuchi@smsd.org

993-7288

Gehrer

Joe

Latin

joegehrer@smsd.org

993-7352

Jones

Alicia

Spanish

aliciajones@smsd.org

993-7354

Masenthin

Karin

German

karinmasenthin@smsd.org

993-7350

Meyer

Erin

Spanish

erinmeyer@smsd.org

993-7349

Ransdall

Leslie

French

leslieransdall@smsd.org

993-7348

Wordehoff

Jennifer

Spanish

jenniferwordehoff@smsd.org

993-7419

The SMNW World Language Department Offers:

  • Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 , 6 
  • French 1, 2, 3, 4,  5,  6 
  • German 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Latin 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4

 

WHY STUDY A LANGUAGE?

World Language knowledge:

  • increases understanding of English vocabulary and grammar.
  • improves reading and writing skills. 
  • is proven to increase ACT and SAT scores.
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Kansas Seal of Biliteracy Certificates

The Kansas “Seal of Biliteracy” certificate is awarded by the Kansas State Department of Education in conjunction with local school districts to recognize all students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more additional world languages by the time they graduate. In 2018, 259 earned the degree state wide and of those 29 were from SMNW. The recognition for attaining biliteracy is noted on a student’s transcript.  The Seal explicitly addresses the Career and Technical Education foundational skill of communicating “respectfully and effectively with people of different cultures and diverse perspectives.” It is a statement of accomplishment that recognizes a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global minded citizen.

 

2017-2018 Shawnee Mission Northwest  Seal of Biliteracy Candidates 

Diego Acosta

Molly Born 

Jackson Brogan

Cooper Cacioppo

Drake Clark

Isaiah Coleman

Kelsie Crable 

Collin Eichkorn 

Skyler Ford

Genesis Garay 

Julian Gutierrez

Mary Hayford

Maddison Hugeback

Natalie Jones

Hannah Judd

Camden Obertop

Lilian Oliver

Jinal Patel

Jacob Ramirez

Laura Rentería

Noelhy Robledo

Hadley Sayers

Noah Septer

Mihir Shroff

Jenna Steinle

Jessica Sunds

Rachel Tao

Levi Van Hoecke

Elizabeth White