WENDI SHUMARD - English, Foreign Language - French
Ms. Shumard was born and raised in Southern Ohio where she first discovered her love of learning. After studying abroad during high school in Eupen, Belgium, she decided to pursue her love of literature at the university level. She attended Miami University (of Ohio- We were a university before Florida was a state!) to obtain degrees in English Literature and French Language and Literature with a minor in Medieval Studies. In her time at Miami, she began investigating her options for study and work abroad. She completed a semester in Dijon, France, and a semester in Rennes, France at I'Université de Haute Britagne. During her semesters abroad, Ms. Shumard always enrolled in mathematics and history courses to satisfy her curiosity in these topics.
After graduation, she began looking for more ways to travel, and she found an opportunity through teaching with the Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. She has enjoyed a partnership with this school for many years and continues to return every summer for their Summer in Switzerland program.
In 2009, she transitioned to a public school setting, teaching in Baltimore with the Baltimore City Teaching Residency. She taught a wide variety of classes there, focusing mostly on French and English Language Arts, though she is also certified to teach Mathematics and English as a Second Language. She has obtained a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with the University of Maryland. In her free time, Ms. Shumard enjoys rock climbing and Irish step dancing. She joined the GWCS team in October 2012 and she is so excited to continue her career in teaching and learning with GW Community School!
French 1 (not offered 2016-2017)
Fundamentals of the French language are presented in four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on basic vocabulary and grammatical structures presented in a thematic approach that enables the student to use the language in a meaningful context. Culture is an integral part of the program. Behaviors, values, attitudes and experiences in the French-speaking world will be examined. Students use as many online resources as possible, complete research projects, and participate in classroom discussion about topics of interest that relate to French culture and history, entirely in the French language. Students use CD ROMs to aid in hearing and learning the spoken French language.
French 2 broadens the vocabulary and enables the student to meet everyday situations. The student continues to hear French and learns to converse in the language. Grammar is also emphasized and many of the major structural concepts of the language are learned. The study of French culture is continued. Holidays and customs of French-speaking countries are explained to encourage cultural understanding. This class is a continuation of French 1, but since the class meets every day, we will be learning a lot more, and the material will become a little harder, and by the end of the year, you'll be amazed at how the progress you will have made.
French 3 (not offered 2016-2017)
French 3 is designed for the advanced French student who has successfully completed French 1, and French 2 and is interested in learning the French language more in depth. Students further their studies in grammar, composition, and verbalization as well as learn to read, interpret, and write using the French Language. Special emphasisis put on communication, dialect, and accent. Students use as many online resources as possible, complete research projects, and participate in classroom discussion about topics of interest that relate to French culture and history, entirely in the French language. Students use CD ROMs to aid in hearing and learning the spoken French language.
This course reviews and deepens understanding of Algebra 1 concepts and covers the more advanced topics of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Topics included are relations and functions, quadratic equations, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions and conic sections. An emphasis is placed on mathematical modeling and applying skills to solve word problems.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The GWCS Student Government Association is a highly active organization that plans, organizes and produces many of the events that GWCS students enjoy. This year’s SGA will focus on management, leadership, development of new and existing GWCS traditions, as well as maintaining the tenets of SGA that have been particularly successful in the past. Traditionally, our SGA has been highly visible and inclusive, and this year will be no exception. We will strive to give all students a voice in event planning as well as provide support to the GWCS students and staff.