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Mandarin Chinese Program Celebrates the Year of the Rooster

Highland Falls Intermediate School Celebrates Chinese New Year
Highland Falls Intermediate School Celebrates Chinese New Year

The teachers from the division of Instructional Support Service's Mandarin Chinese Program visited schools in Brewster, Highland Falls, Wallkill, and Warwick during the month of February to celebrate Chinese New Year (the year of the rooster) with their current students and potential new students in grades 6 and 10.  The teachers prepared a variety of workshops including calligraphy writing, Chinese painting, and Chinese dance for the students.  Students gained cultural information and language used for Chinese New Year celebration.  In addition, they were able to sample some dishes and snacks that are typically shared during the celebration. This year over 200 students participated in this event.  All participants received a “hong bao” (red envelope) and a Chinese coin as a New Year’s gifts, symbolizing good luck and good fortune.  

OU BOCES runs a large Mandarin Chinese program for students in grades 7-12 across multiple school districts in the Hudson Valley.  The classes are held through video conferencing technology.  The Chinese New Year events helped our teachers enhance their teaching and learning relationships with their students.  NYS Language Learning standards require that students learn language and culture to demonstrate linguistic and cultural competence. 

For more information about the OU BOCES Chinese Language Program please contact Dr. Diane E. Lang, Director of Instructional Support Services, 845-781-4363 or

CLICK HERE for slideshow of the Chinese New Year celebrations.