Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it.

- latin proverb

Salvete parentes et discipuli!

It is a pleasure to meet you all! My name is Janella Reiswig and this is my first year at Seven Hills. I am looking forward to this year of new experiences and new faces. There will be a lot of learning done on both sides the year by both magistra and discipuli, and I am so excited!

I have just recently returned from teaching EFL (English as a foreign language) in Daegu, South Korea and can't wait to begin this chapter of my teaching career. Before Korea, I earned my Bachelors of Art in Classics (both Latin and Greek history/culture/language) at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota. Go Gusties! During my time there, I was greatly involved in the Classics department, being president of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classical Honor Society, and having spent a summer in Italy with Princeton's Paideia Program speaking only Latin! I am excited to make Latin a living language in the classrooms and am going to incorporate more composition of Latin into this year's curriculum.

 I currently live in Shakopee, spending my time outside of school either painting, sewing, writing on my novel, or planning my next international vacation.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email  or call me.




K-2 Latin Song Lyrics

We are working VERY HARD on Familia words this unit! I am so happy and excited to hear and learn about each students' families and, soon, to help them with their family tree (familia arbor) projects.

Some words the students have been practicing are: mater (mah-tear (like as in paper)) = mom, pater (pah-tear) = dad, frater (fra-tear) = brother, soror (so-roar) = sister, avus (ah-woos) = grandpa, avia (ah-wee-ah) = grandma


Some advanced words we have learned in 1st and 2nd grade are: aunuculus (aun-un-coo-loose) = mother-side uncle, matertera (mah-tear-tera) = mother-side aunt, patruus (pah-true-oos) = father-side uncle, amita (ah-mee-ta) = mother-side aunt, sobrinus (so-brin-us) / sobrina (so-brin-ah) = father-side cousins, patruelis (pah-true-lis) / patruelia (pah-true-lee-a) = mother-side cousins

If your student would still like to sing the "Quid Agis" song, I have included the lyrics in this post. 

Quid Agis Song

Quid agis means "How are you?" "How are you?" "How are you?"

Quid agis means "How are you?"

Sum Bene.

(Repeat verse with "tristis" "iratus (for boys) / irata (for girls)" and "optime" where "bene" is.)

Sung to the turn of "London Bridge."



3rd Grade

Students have moved on from -are verbs to -ere and -ire verb families. We are practicing the similar patterns the verb charts show and getting ready to have a check up (quiz) soon.

Here is a helpful jingle to remember the Present Tense endings if you would like to practice them with your student or provide your student with another way to remember the endings.

The present tense endings of the verbs in Latin are easy,

O, S, T, Mus, Tis, Nt - Easy as can be!

I, you, he/she/it, we you, they- Are the endings of the verbs that we say, hey!

The present tense endings of the verbs in Latin are easy,

O, S, T, Mus, Tis, Nt - Easy as can be!

(Sung to the tune of Mickey Mouse Club)

5th grade

We have moved onto Chapter 2: Argus Steals Dinner! Students are now studying vocabulary very hard to prepare (paro, parare) for their short vocabulary quiz in the next week of school.

Vocabulary quiz coming soon (10/20 - 10/21)!! We are working with our new words such as:

paro, parare - to prepare, iuvo, iuvare - to help, laudo, laudare - to praise, porto, portare - to carry, saluto, salutare - to greet, voco, vocare - to call, aqua, aquae (f) - water, via, viae (f) - road, fabula, fabulae (f) - story, filia, filiae (f) - daughter, iratus (a, um) - angry, in - in/on, subito - immediately/suddenly


Good luck studying! Keep in mind (nota bene!!) : There will be a test on Chapter 2 on Oct. 30/31!!

The test will include: 

Vocabulary (see above)

Verb chart (Present Tense)

Noun chart (Feminine noun = a, ae, ae, am, a (long), ae, arum, is, as, is)

Charts for motion




This test will be VERY similar to our first test, so study up! :)


Third grade has moved into a new batch of vocabulary words! I am really excited to start practicing nouns with these bright, young minds! We have many scholars in our classes who were able to guess the meaning of the Latin words just by looking at the English and thinking of a derivative. Congratulations!


Here are the new vocabulary words. There will be a vocabulary test on October 30-31st!

Via, Viae (f) - road

Fossa, Fossae (f) - ditch

Mensa, Mensae (f) - table

Meta, Metae (f) - goal

Pagina, Paginae (f) - page

Cena, Cenae (f) - dinner

Patria, Patriae (f) - fatherland

Aura, Aurae (f) - breeze

Regina, Reginae (f) - queen

Insula, Insulae (f) - island


(Note Well: (f) = feminine gender     DON'T FORGET THE GENDER!)


4th grade TEST

4th Grade!! You will be having a test on October 28th-29th.

This test will include:

  • Sum, Esse Chart (BOTH English and Latin)
  • -are Verb Chart (BOTH English and Latin) - think of verbs like habitare, amare, dare
  • Feminine Noun Chart (a, ae, ae, am, a (long), ae, arum, is, as, is)
  • Translation (straight from "Two Roman Girls" worksheet)

Please try your best and study up! I know you will all do a wonderful job! You've blown my socks off with your ability to translate these last few days! Kudos!!

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