• Students and faculty camped out in the Upper School Library during the 24-hour retreat.

All French. All the time.

Fifteen Upper School students spent 24 hours immersed in French language and culture without even leaving Baltimore! Upper School Academic Dean and French teacher Christine Koniezhny organized an informal yet language-intensive schedule that opened on a Friday evening with board games en françąis, followed by a cheese and chocolate fondue dinner prepared by the students themselves and a movie “Le Chef.” After camping out overnight in the Upper School library, the group, including chaperones Koniezhny and fellow French teachers Kristen Andrews and Dahira Binford ’81, drove downtown the following morning to Pâtisserie Poupon for pastries and then tried their hand at the outdoor sport of pétanque, or boules. The weekend closed with a French-inspired three-course dinner, prepared by the students, with Head of School Matt Micciche and special guest Diala Touré, a Friends parents and adjunct professor of art history at Johns Hopkins University. Said Andrews, “The students were wonderful, they all stuck to their pledge to speak only French, and they turned out to be inspired chefs and gifted pétanque players. It was really a lot of fun, a lot of laughter.”
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