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Plainville High School Welcomes Visitors from France

Plainville High School students and staff this year welcomed two student visitors from France, Floriane Jiolat, who recently spent the day attending classes at the high school, and Anne-Laure Le’chenet, who will be attending classes during the 2006-2007 school year.

Jiolat, who enjoyed a three day stay in Plainville, shadowed a full day of classes at the high school. In addition, she visited a number of sites, including New York City, with her host family, the Cohens, of Plainville. Jiolat, who is a senior, noted a number of differences between high school in Plainville and in France. “At home, students choose from three tracks of study - economics, literature or the sciences.” Jiolat is enrolled in the economics track. “Also, our school day is different in that we attend school between 8:00 AM – 5: 00 PM, with a two hour break mid-day, and we attend classes on Saturdays.” In addition, Jiolat commented that sports are practiced and played outside of school in France.

Le’chenet, who is a first time visitor to the United States, is staying with the Maya family of Plainville, while attending Plainville High School. According to Principal Greg Ziogas, Le’chenet is an excellent student, who achieved high honors this semester. “Anne has been a wonderful addition to Plainville High School. We have learned as much from her as she has from us. The improvement in her ability to speak English is very impressive.” Le’chenet, who has become fluent in English over the past six months, reflected on the similarities between students in France and Plainville. “In our spare time, we like to go to the movies, listen to American music, and also use computers.” Le’chenet will continue to attend classes at Plainville High School through the remainder of this school year.

“To prepare students for success in the global marketplace, it is crucial to support opportunities for educational and cultural exchanges among schools. These experiences promote an understanding of different cultures and extend learning through the worldwide classroom,” Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski stated.

-Posted on May 11, 2007 at 10:21 AM


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