University and high school students are encouraged to participate in the AATSP-GA composition contests held
each year. Students are given two topics from which to choose a theme for an essay that must be written in the length of an
hour. The themes for writing and the rubrics by which the writing is judged are created for each level of ability. Students who participate
each year during their academic career receive valuable feedback regarding their progress. The contest, generally
held in March, also affords an excellent opportunity for AP students to practice writing an essay on demand, and
to receive rapid feedback.
National Spanish Exam
Members of AATSP may enter their students in the National
Spanish Exam. At this time it is the most widely used test of Spanish in the United States. The National Association
of Secondary Principals has approved the NSE and has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of contests and
The NSE exam is now exclusively administered online. See our page on the National Spanish
Exam for more details. Further questions should be directed to Di Johnson, the NSE-GA coordinator and her contact information
is given on the AATSP-GA Board page.
Another enriching activity for students of AATSP members is
the annual Immersion Camp. This camp is for high school students enrolled in Spanish II or higher who want to experience a
weekend totally immersed in the target language. Fun workshops are planned for campers to attend, such as cooking, dancing,
singing and sports. It is a great way to meet students from around the state that are excited about learning Spanish. Teachers
are encouraged to participate as "family leaders", dorm chaperones, and activity leaders. Stay tuned to this site
for updates on this year's immersion camp. Contact information is listed on the AATSP-GA Board page and in the most current
edition of Al Día. General camp information for both students and teachers can be found on this website on the
Spanish Immersion Camp page.
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica / Sociedad Hispánica de
national honor societies for students who excel in the study of Spanish and Portuguese are sponsored by AATSP. Chapters may
be created at the high school level and at the middle school/elementary level by members of AATSP. For more information about
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (high school), click on the AATSP website link on our home page and go to "Student
Involvement" or contact Michelle Peace, the Georgia state coordinator for Sociedad. For information about Sociedad
Hispánica de Amistad (middle school or elementary), click the AATSP website link on our home page and go to "Student
Involvement" or contact Sonia Puerta-Quinn, the Georgia state coordinator for Amistad.
AATSP-GA offers a fall conference
for its members each year. This is a day well spent amongst other professionals with presentations made by successful and
enthusiastic teachers in the field and noted speakers.
Watch for our flyer highlighting this conference in your FLAG bag and journal and for more information to
be announced on this website as it becomes available.
Contests and Awards
Other benefits for AATSP members and their students include the following: poster contests, nominations
for Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year nominations Professor of the Year nominations, Teacher Mini-Grants, Secondary
Program Award, and the Raúl Fernández Travel-Study Award for teachers. Please refer to those
listed as coordinators for these activities on the AATSP-GA Board page for more information.