This year, the high school’s honor societies are changing their approaches to stay active in school and the community.
“This year is very different from previous years, “ said Ms. Saraceno, advisor for Spanish Honor Society, “most of the stuff we do is so interrelated and it really requires a presence, but we’re making do with the alternative.”
On November 19, the Italian, French, and Spanish Honor Societies had a joint meeting hosted by the Italian Honor Society where they taught Italian culture and language by playing games such as Kahoot and Pictionary. Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards were given to the two winners from each society. The other two societies will have a similar this month.
“This year is very different from previous years, “ said Ms. Saraceno, adviser for Spanish Honor Society, “most of the stuff we do is so interrelated and it really requires a presence, but we’re making do with the alternative.”
Spanish Honor Society is currently looking to set up a pen pal program, as many members have expressed interest in it. Along with this, there is a language tutoring program made through National Honor Society (NHS) that the members will participate in. They are also looking for a Spanish native as well as a Heritage speaker from the Spanish Heritage track to speak to the students and practice speaking.
Meghan Catherwood, secretary and treasurer of Spanish Honor Society, also said that they will be updating the video shown to the sixth graders at the Middle School.
M. Clark, adviser for French Honor Society (Société d’honneur Française or SHF), is trying to set up virtual European museum tours for his students to view. SHF is currently interviewing native speakers and present to the Italian and Spanish Honor Societies while online.
“Having to think about things differently this year, it creates new opportunities,” said M. Clark.
Rhea Kaw, vice president of SHF also said that the communication between the members has increased and so has usage of Google Meets and Google Classroom.
“I’m involved in other clubs as an officer too, and being that one of the main goals of SHF is reaching out to the community, we need to be creative as to what we can do,” said Meghan Jezik, the treasurer and secretary of SHF.
In Italian Honor Society, a student will be talking about her parents native Nigerian language and culture as well.
National Honor Society will also be tutoring online as they did last year. This year they will be using Google Classroom rather than their website, switching subjects each day. There are also committees, of four students each, set up within the club to think of ways to have NHS help the community in other ways.
“We recognize it is a time where our community needs us and we want to be there to help,” said Dr. LaPorta, adviser for NHS.
National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has already painted the Town of Monroe’s shop windows for Halloween and the adviser, Ms. Pesce hopes to have group projects that benefit the community in future.
“Art is so hands on and collaborative that I have to rethink how to reach our artistic community. My NAHS cabinet is very excited to come up with new ways to reach the community and provide volunteering opportunities. Although we have to do it virtually for now, we are able to play some art games, share ideas, and make art,” said Ms. Pesce.
“I take it day by day so I am excited at the moment for what we are doing today and I leave it at that,” said Ms. Delong, adviser for Italian Honor Society.
This year, all inductions will be digital and take place in the spring.