Student Exchange in 2006, Montgomery County, Maryland

SMATCH sponsored an exchange visit of high school students from Rome's Liceo Giordano Bruno and students from two Montgomery County schools. Groups of approximately 12 Giordano Bruno students each visited a public and a private school in Montgomery County, Blair High Scholl and the French International School (Lycee Rochambeau). The students were accompanied by their teachers and Liceo Principal Nicoletta Clemente. Mr. Kevin Moose for Blair and Ms Paola Corneo for the French School planned a series of events for the Italian visitors while they were in our area. Dr. Luigi de Sanctis gave a reception for students and teachers at the Italian Embassy.

NOTRE ECHANGE avec ROME

Cette année, la classe de 2nde a fait un échange avec le lycée Giordano Bruno de Rome. Les élèves italiens sont venus au mois d’octobre, et nous sommes allés les voir à la fin du mois de mars.

On voudrait remercier Mme Sylvana Ehrman, présidente de l'association SMATCH-USA ( http://www.smatch-international.org/), qui nous a aidé dans l'organisation du voyage et dans le repérage de cette école, très agréable et avec déjà beaucoup d’experience dans les échanges scolaires. Voilà le "mission statement" de l'association SMATCH-USA: "The Association is a non-profit organization. The Association's purpose is to promote, coordinate, and encourage various types of initiatives applying scientific research to the world's cultural heritage. 

This objective also includes placing works of art or other studied objects in their historical context, using appropriate research methodologies. Research will cover a wide range of fields not limited to the strictly scientific, but also including the social-cultural environment in which a work of art or other studied object is found. The Association can promote and encourage collaboration with museums, research institutes, and other organizations, whether public or private, including at the international level, to contribute to public understanding of art, culture, and the scientific research methodologies applied under this program.To achieve its goals, the association will also: Work with interested public and private organizations in any capacity including managing public services; Request and use funds, including for a third party, from the EU, the Italian Government, or regional or local governments, as well as funding and contributions from national and international organizations both public and private; Promote youth education within its field of activity; Organize meetings, conferences, and exhibits; Promote protection of the environment".

Un grand merci aussi au proviseur, Mme Nicoletta Clemente pour son hospitalité, aux prof. Isabella Romano et prof. Mavi Luisi pour leur gentillesse et leur indispensable présence à toutes les sorties. On gardera des magnifiques souvenirs de ce voyage !

Enfin, un merité BRAVO ! BRAVO ! à mes élèves de 2nde pour l’énorme travail de fundraising qu’ils ont organisé et porté à terme « tous seuls » et aussi aux élèves de 4ème et 3ème qui, avec eux, ont preparé et joué dans le spectacle italien .