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Horseshoe Trails kindergarteners Skype with Chinese students

Staff Report~ 12/17/2014

CAVE CREEK – Horseshoe Trails Elementary School kindergarteners took a virtual trip to China on Dec. 8.

The Horseshoe Trails students “met” students from their new sister school Chengdu Jiaxiang Foreign Languages School in Sichuan Province, China through a Skype night. On the evening of Dec. 8 (Dec. 9 in China), these students in different countries gathered to demonstrate traditional songs and ceremonies.

Students from China performed martial arts, a tea ceremony, songs and dances. Mrs. Harrison and Mr. Chen’s kinder students performed the Pledge of Allegiance, songs, and chants. The grand finale was an attempt by the students to sing a song together from their favorite movie, ‘Frozen.’

Both Chinese and American students had their parents sitting in the back of the room, witnessing this new age of global communication. One student from China went to the microphone and said, "I love you." Horseshoe Trails students answered with “pāi pāi shǒu” or “applause!”

This Skype night is part of the Cave Creek unified School District’s Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program at Horseshoe Trails. This program is currently accepting applications for a limited number of kinder and 1st grade seats for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, contact Horseshoe Trails principal Janiene Marlow at (480) 272-8500 or