American Sign Language 4
The inaugural year of ASL 4 began in 2018, making this year the third ASL 4 class at Hudson High School. For this year's class, there are two unique opportunities, the Seal of Biliteracy and ASL Honor Society.
In previous years in order to be eligible for the seal of biliteracy, ASL students would need to take the Sign Language Profiency Interview with the Ohio School for the Deaf. However for the first time ever, ASL students have the abiltiy to take the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages® (AAPPL) test to show proficiency just like the other languages at Hudson High School. This is a wonderful opportunity unique to the class of 2021. I am looking forward to preparing this year's ASL 4 class to take the AAPPL for the seal of biliteracy in ASL. This will entail dedication to interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational ASL at its highest level, voice-off and signing only. I'll put in the work to get you there, but it's up to you to do the work to earn the ASL seal of biliteracy.
Last school year, the American Sign Language Honor Society (ASLHS) began it's inaugural year with ten members. You are eligible as a senior in ASL 4 who has maintained an average of a 3.5 in ASL 1, 2, and 3. As a service organization, you would need to dedicate volunteer hours to the community. Previously, students volunteered throughout Summit County teaching ASL at nursing homes, the public library, group homes, and elementary schools as well as interacting with the Deaf community. With COVID restrictions, the main avenue for service hours this year will be tutoring your fellow ASL peers here at HHS. We will discuss all that ASLHS entails in the coming weeks.
I am looking forward to a great year and watching your language take-off!