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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


Being able to understand

two common phrases in

German and Spanish will

require special effort on

the part of Mt. Lake Public

High School students again

this year.

Wie geht’s and que pasa

— “How’s it going?” — are

some of the first phrases a

language student learns.

Foreign language study

is an integral part of college

preparation. Not only

does it encourage a global

and multi-cultural view, the

experience helps students

achieve good study habits

and critical thinking.

But for the second straight

year, traditional language

instruction at MLPS is not

available.

What’s offered

Mt. Lake Public School

Mt. Lake High School

Principal Pamela Anderson

said the school was fortunate

to have had Connie Risty, a

teacher dually licensed in

Spanish and food and consumer

science, on staff.

Risty created a Spanish

program that was in a traditional

classroom setting

for one section of Spanish

I and one section for Spanish

II. She retired after the

2012–2013 school year.

The school began a search

for a part-time Spanish

teacher. No one applied.

Anderson said, “We

worked with the Southwest/

West Central Cooperative

t o f ind a

S p a n i s h

clas s that

would work

t h r o u g h

telemedia,

but our calendars

did

not coincide

with the Cooperative’s

s c h e d u l e

due to our

l at e st a r t

because of local road construction.

“This year when we contacted

the Cooperative to

find out if there were any

options in which we could

participate, they explained

that they, too, could not find a

Spanish teacher for this year

through telemedia.”

Last year the district

of fered Spanish onl ine

through Minnesota Virtual

Academy. The school counselor

contacted all students

who were interested in taking

Spanish.

For first semester six students

enrolled and second

semester there were four.

This year, there is no one

enrolled for first semester.

MLPS continues to offer

Spanish online. Credits students

gain from the course

are accepted toward college

admission. In general, if a

high school counts an online

course for graduation, the

college will count it as credit.

Tara Kleven of Mt. Lake

expressed surprise that a foreign

language was no longer

offered at MLHS. Her son is

a junior this year and wants

a post-secondary education.

She said, “Most colleges,

especially the four-year

schools, require language

credits.”

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