Oak Hills students partner with school in France | Schools
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Oak Hills High School has entered a partnership with Lycée Aristide Briand to focus on the role water plays in a society.
This will be done in several fashions. First, students will form a relationship with the partner school which is located on the Iton river in Normandy, France. Second, students will look at the role water has played in literature, music, and social stereotyping meanwhile investigating and testing both the Iton and Ohio Rivers for water quality parameters. Finally, students will evaluate water quality in third world countries and the importance of clean water worldwide.
The cross-curricular project will include students from French II, AP French, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, Chemistry and Societal Issues, AP Statistics, and Sophomore English. This project was started at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year and will conclude on April 3, 2012 with a collective in-school program.
With the addition of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both schools in January 2012, Lycée Aristide Briand and Oak Hills High School will become long-term partner schools who positively affect student learning worldwide.
The goals of the partnership between the two schools include:
- To broaden the knowledge and understanding of students by enabling them to gain an understanding, appreciation and respect for other cultures.
- To develop students into citizens who are globally engaged, comfortable with diversity and with the skills to operate effectively across cultures with different world views and belief systems.
- To support the teaching and learning of French and English in both schools.
- To develop ties of friendship through regular communication.
- To develop opportunities for teachers to exchange course material, information on methods and practices and on educational matters in general.
- To provide opportunities for contact and interaction with the wider school community.
- To promote educational excellence in the study of culture, history, geography and literature.
- To potentially facilitate visits of students and teachers to the partner school.
- To develop a variety of best practices for using technology to communicate and study.
- To promote joint problem, project and inquiry based work that requires the collaboration of students and faculty.
- To enhance the teaching and learning of international problems and issues.
This partnership will allow Oak Hills students and staff to experience a different culture first-hand with access to native-speaking French students. Working together will help students and faculty broaden their understanding, acceptance and tolerance of other countries.
Teachers will broaden their educational horizons by adding a global perspective to their teaching. Meghan Sullivan, lead teacher, stated: “This partnership is opening the eyes of students by providing proof that the world is much larger than the west side of Cincinnati.
Our students are learning how to communicate their ideas worldwide, investigate global problems, and take action in order to help those less fortunate. With those goals, students can’t help but grow emotionally and academically.”
Sophomore English classes, under direction from Mike Nieman, are producing two separate projects. One will be an introduction to Cincinnati with specific focus on the Ohio River and its role in Cincinnati life. The second project involves students compiling a soundtrack of songs that revolve around water. The soundtrack will be shared with all the students at the April concluding activity.
Chemistry students, led by Kathryn Blankenship, investigated how water filters work. They created their own filters in class and then compared them to the ones created by Procter & Gamble. They will be sharing what they have created with other Oak Hills students as well as those at Lycée Aristide Briand.
AP Environmental Science students along with teacher Shanna Bumiller have already concluded their studies on water quality. They shared specific tests with their science counterparts in Evreux and tested the water quality of the Ohio River. They have received water quality results in return from the Iton River and will be comparing these results to share in April.
AP Psychology and AP Statistic students, led by Amanda Ruehlmann and Jennifer Murphy, are working together to create a survey which questions students on stereotypes of third world countries. The survey will then be shared with the French partners. All the results will be analyzed by advanced statistic students.
The AP French students, guided by Ann Ryan, will work under the theme of “Global Challenges and Environmental Issues.” As the sixth annual World Water Day is in Marseilles, France this year in March. AP French students will create public service announcements to raise awareness for the need for fresh water systems in third world countries, specifically Haiti and the horn of Africa. These will be shared with the partners in France as well as the Ooak Hills students.
French II students with teacher Meghan Sullivan will take a more introductory role in the partnership project. They have already prepared a welcome video for their French counterparts to share Oak Hills information and highlights of Cincinnati. In return, Oak Hills received a video from Lycée Aristide Briand highlighting their students and city.
On April 3, 2012, the approximately 240 students participating in this cross-curricular project will meet for a half-day in-school program. Each subject area will present their piece of the partnership. The Oak Hills French Partnership team has invited Mr. Paul Zook to present on behalf of Procter & Gamble. Mr. Zook works with the P&G Pure Water Filter program and will demonstrate how water filters work. Students will also participate in an exercise where they will simulate the time and effort it takes to collect clean water in these third world countries. The P&G program provides water filters to third world countries in need of fresh drinking water. A fundraiser by our students will help fund this initiative. The proceeds will be presented to Mr. Zook on April 3.
Lycée Aristide Briand d’Evreux is made up of 2,500 students with 73 different classes. There are 240 teachers and it is the largest school of the Académie de Rouen. Evreux is located in the region of Normandy in the Northwestern part of France.
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