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Introducing Our New Principal
Dear AMC GLI Families,
It is with great pride that we announce the installation of Ms. Gregoria Giannou as Principal of the Archangel Michael Greek Language Institute. Ms. Giannou comes highly recommended from professionals within the NYC Department of Education where she serves as an English as a New Language teacher, as well as from various Greek schools in our area. Gregoria Giannou is a lifelong educator with more than 30 years of experience in teaching English, French and Greek as a second language. While Ms. Giannou may be a familiar face in our community, serving as the 6th Grade teacher in our school since 2014, many may not be aware of her awe-inspiring credentials. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with a Joint Honors in French and Greek Literature and then relocated to Athens, Greece, where she spent many years teaching English and French as a second language for the British Council and the French Institute of Athens. In 2007, she and her family settled in New York City where she earned her Master’s Degree in TESOL at Queens College and was rewarded for her outstanding grade point average of 4.0. Since 2008 Gregoria has also worked as a Greek language teacher in at least four Greek afternoon schools where she maintains an impeccable reputation as a qualified teacher. She is recognized for her exceptional interpersonal communication skills, her strong leadership qualities, and her innovative strategies and activities designed for optimum student performance. We are confident that Ms. Giannou will excel in this new role and will bring a renewed sense of rigor, passion, and will further the spirit of excellence we wish to embody at the Archangel Michael Greek Language Institute.
We look forward to offering meet and greet opportunities in the Fall for you to learn more about Ms. Giannou and her vision for AMC GLI.
In Faith and Partnership,
The Archangel Michael Greek School Board
Greek School Curriculum
The Archangel Michael Greek Language Institute provides comprehensive afternoon classes from Pre-K through the 8th Grade with preparation for the Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek. The Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek is a foreign language achievement test that assesses student proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Modern Greek. For more information about this exam, go to www.goarch.org
The goal of this language program is to enhance the children’s bond to their ancestry and culture through the Greek language. The children participate in the annual Greek Independence Day parade and perform in various cultural events during the school year. Parents are encourage to participate in the Parent Teacher Association which provides the support necessary for the successful operation of the Greek School program.
Curriculum : The Greek School uses the Papaloizos Greek School book series (Greek123.com). The curriculum and workbooks used are in accordance with the basic guidelines and regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. The curriculum builds reading, speaking and grammar skills, teaches the origins of Greek traditions and customs, and introduces historic sites and landmarks in Greece. Beginning in the third grade, the curriculum will be further enriched with the introduction of the following:
Third Grade: Mythology
Fourth Grade: Mythology – Trojan War
Fifth Grade: Ancient History
Sixth Grade: Byzantine History
Seventh Grade: Modern History
Eighth Grade: Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek Preparation
Greek Cultural Curriculum:
All the grades will receive instruction in Greek culture through various interactive activities in the Greek language that incorporate art, music, dance, and theatre. This cultural component of our curriculum will help students both develop their language skills and gain a deeper appreciation for our rich traditions, customs, arts, achievements.
Children will perform various songs and dances at the assemblies, GLI PTA sponsored Glendi as well as the End of Year/Graduation Programs.
Το Ελληνικό Απογευματινό Σχολείο είναι ο χώρος, όπου τα παιδιά έρχονται να μάθουν την Ελληνική Γλώσσα προφορική και γραπτή, την Ελληνοορθόδοξη χριστιανική θρησκεία και Ελληνικό πολιτισμό μας.
Μαθαίνουν για τους Αρχαίους προγόνους μας, τα επιτεύγματα, τα κατορθώματά τους και πόσο τυχερά είναι που προέρχονται από μία τέτοια γενιά που έδωσετόσα πολλά στην ανθρωπότητα.
Το Σχολικό Πρόγραμμα περιλαμβάνει τη διδασκαλία της Ελληνικής Γλώσσας, Αρχαία Ιστορία (Μυθολογία), Ιστορία της Ελλάδας, Θρησκευτικά και Ελληνικούς χορούς.
Σκοπός μας είναι να μη χαθεί η Ελληνική μας Γλώσσα και να συνεχίσει να υπάρχειη επαφήμετη Μητέρα Ελλάδα.
Check back soon for more!