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 on Oct. 30/31!!

3rd grade Unit 1 test corrections (if applicable)

Hello parents and students! 3rd grade has recently taken a test on the first unit. I am very pleased to say that many students did a perfectus job! I did however ask for some students to correct their papers as homework. Here are the guidelines for corrections. Hope this helps!


Part A: Please write the English definition of the Latin words. Don't forget to write the gender.
 - So in this part, your student will need their flashcards of the list of vocabulary words from this unit. There are 10 words total (5 verbs and 5 nouns). Students will have to write the English for the Latin words on the blank and include the gender in the parenthesis. 
- Latin genders are: (f) feminine, (m) masculine, (n) neuter
Part B: Draw a picture of a silva (forest) and a porta (door)
- Here, your student will need to draw a picture of the given vocabulary words. There were not many that missed this part! I will include another section like this on the next test.
Part C: What are the 3 (three) genders of Latin nouns? (It's okay if you spell them wrong, just try!)
- Here your student needed to give the three words that define Latin noun genders. If they can give me the first letter, partial points were given for effort. 
- Latin genders are: (f) feminine, (m) masculine, (n) neuter
Part D: Fill in the Present Tense verb chart for amo, amare. Write both the English and the Latin.
- Here your student will need their worksheet or binder notes about verbs in the present tense. I really wanted the students to fill in the chart using both the Latin (ex: amo) and the English translation (ex: I love).
- How to fill in the Latin: Students will need to look to the verb amo, amare. The first person singular is the first word = amo. Then, students will need to look to the infinitive (amare) and take away the "re," leaving them with "ama" as a root. They may write "ama" in all the remaining boxes. Now, students must attach the new endings to the "ama" roots. 
- Present tense endings: O, S, T, MUS, TIS, NT
- How to fill in the English: Students will need to write the English translation of the Latin verb under the Latin. Hint: Think about what 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person mean.
Part E: Give the English translation of the verbs.
-Now looking back at the verb chart your student completed in Part D, have them look at the endings as well as what the verb means to translate the word. 
- Ex: amas = you love. Students will need to look at the "s" ending of the verb to see that it, in their chart, is 2nd person Singular, which means in English "You ________." Then students will need you look at what verb they are dealing with, here "amo, amare = to love." Putting these two things together, students will have "you" and "to love" which when together become "you love."
Extra credit: Fill in the chart for narro, narrare
- Students will do the same work here that they did for Part D, except now with the Latin verb "narro, narrare" = to tell/narrate.

4th grade

Fourth grade has moved onto studying the most important verb in Latin: sum, esse = to be.

This verb is very irregular and many class periods have been spent studying just this verb and it's conjugated forms in the present tense. Here are the forms in order and their English translations to help your student practice the verb chart.

Sum - I am

Es - you are

Est - he/she/it is

Sumus - we are

Estis - you all (y'all) are

Sunt - they are

(Sum, es, est are singluar in number / Sumus, estis, stunt are plural in number.)

We will have a check up (quiz) on sum, esse on Oct. 20 and Oct.21. This check up will have the sum, esse chart (needing BOTH English and Latin to be filled in), as well as a feminine noun chart.

Feminine noun endings are as follows: A, AE, AE, AM, A (long), AE, ARUM, IS, AS, IS

Happy studying!

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