On Saturday, Sept. 27, 154 XinXing Academy students were honored at the second-annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. The event, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute, recognized all students who have mastered Chinese proficiency on the 2014 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hangu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test, and/or the STAMP Assessment.
Read the full story at: http://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/xinxing-academy/news/xinxing-students-awarded-chinese-proficiency#sthash.6Q7s1x3n.dpuf
Below is a letter from Bei Dou Xing President, Kimberly Ruthenbeck, to XinXing families providing a status update regarding the 8th grade trip to China. To learn more about the cultural trip experience go to the BDX Fundraising page and scroll down to the “Cultural Fund” section.
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XinXing 6th graders enjoyed an immersion overnight experience at Concordia Language Village, funded in part by the Bei Dou Xing Cultural Fund. Read more and see photos on the Hopkins District website: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/xinxing-academy/news/overnight-concordia-language-villages
On Friday, May 30th, Superintendent John Schultz made a surprise visit to the XinXing 6th grade. Read about it on the Hopkins District website: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/xinxing-academy/news/surprise-visit
The history and success of XinXing Academy was featured in the Spring/Summer edition of “Connect,” a magazine produced by the University of Minnesota. To read the article follow this link and scroll down to the “Building a Community” section: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/connect/2014/immersion.html
Performances from the XinXing 2014 Year of the Horse New Year Celebration are now available to view online:
- The New Year Performance (grades 1-4) is available to view on the Hopkins District website. Click here to see the video.
- The 5th and 6th grade Talent Show can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.
students practiced Chinese dining ettiquette
On Friday, March 7th XinXing 5th graders learned how to make Chinese dumplings and experienced a traditional Chinese meal at the second annual 5th Grade Cultural Lunch. The lunch was organized and staffed by parent volunteers in cooperation with the XinXing 5th grade teachers.
As part of the experience, students learned about Chinese dining etiquette and traditional table roles of each family member or guest. Each student was
- hands-on dumpling class
assigned a role to play during the dining experience.
Students also attended a dumpling cooking class where they got to make their own dumplings to be served along with the lunch.
Funding for the event was provided by Bei Dou Xing.