Colosseum Neuschwannstein
    7th Grade Social Studies
    8th Grade German
    Ms. Toneatto or "Frau Toneatto"
    Voicemail:  215-944-2922
    School Supplies List for 7th Grade Social Studies:
    One Three Ring Binder (1 inch) or Folder with Pockets
    Notebook Paper
    Pencils and Pens
    One Box of Tissues
    Social Studies Online Textbook Login Info:
    School Supplies List for 8th Grade German 1:
     One Three Ring Binder (1 inch) or Folder with Pockets
    Notebook Paper
    Pencils and Pens
    One Box of Tissues
     Pictures of Fun Events and Contests:
    German 1
    The Flying Deutschman German Mobile Restaurant Cultural Experience: PICTURES FROM NMS FOOD TRUCK EVENT
    Congratulations Newtown Middle School German Language Students!
    The Bucks County German Novice Champions!!
    1st Place!
    2018 first Place German Novice
    2018 Fastnacht Tag!
    Fastnacht HMS 2018
     NMS Period 1 Fastnachts/ Gummibaerchen
    NMS Fastnachts----  
    NMS Fastnachts M
    Almrausch Oktoberfest beim Cannstatter Volksfest Verein
    Oktoberfest Lebkuchen Herzen (Gingerbread Hearts) delivered fresh by one of our parents!  Thank you!
    Not all students are pictured here (due to sports early dismissals):
    Bucks County World Language Tournament
    Congratulations Holland and Newtown Middle School German Students! 
    BCWLT 2017  
     HMS Second Place in Bucks County
    NMS third place in Bucks County  
    The Richboro Middle School Team showing off the fantastic T-Shirts Mr. Blankemeyer created!
    RMS--T-Shirt from Herr Blankemeyer
    HMS-Winterfest 2017  

    German language student's article in HAWK EYE, Council Rock High School South's Newspaper:  

    German: Was ist los?




    Left to right: Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck, Frau Schaadt, Mr. Tony Michels (President of The German Society of PA), and Frau Toneatto at the German Society of Pennsylvania.

    By Marissa Mangoni
    Staff Writer

    At the beginning of the school year, German classes received a shockingly low enrollment rate that sent a wave of panic through the community. Although the classes have recovered from it, the situation begs the question—why did German class have such a low enrollment?

    “It’s too hard,” reported many students, intimidated by what German may hold for them, despite having never even pursued any form of German education. Many also claim that other language classes were easier, and, as a result, enrolled in said classes. It is further observed that many students enrolled in those classes to be with their friends rather than to absorb the benefits of the class itself. 

    Mrs. “Frau” Toneatto, graduate from Universität Bayreuth and teacher of German within Council Rock for 14 years, is a very well-known, hardworking figure within the local German language education community. As of recently, she won the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Outstanding Educator award. 

    “It’s really the students that make German class,” said Toneatto. “When you select German over any other language, you have to make it part of your life.”

    Toneatto also believes that giving students language opportunities early on in their education will heighten their interests, and perhaps drive them to take their knowledge of their chosen language further than just school.

    “It’s not just a language, it’s a lifestyle,” her students say, encouraging the idea that learning a new language should be done willingly and diligently, so as to gain the most from it, rather than for the sake of ease.  

    One may ask—how does this apply to me? How does German class apply to me? Might that be the case, one needn’t look much further, for the answer lies here.

    Germany is one of the most successful and large business environments in Europe as well as one of the top places to receive a college education. In fact, Germany offers free college programs to American students, and holds one of the largest student exchange programs ever established.

    Germany is also a very technologically advanced country and provides many extensive opportunities to pursue STEM careers. According to a study conducted by General Electric, Germany is the 2nd most innovative country in the world, the U.S. taking the lead.

    On a smaller scale, English is a Germanic language. It is often so that a German student will learn more about the English language through studying German. Many English words are cognates of German.

    German is not spoken in just Germany, but many countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and even Italy’s South Tyrol—but it doesn’t stop there. It is estimated that around 55 million Europeans speak German as an additional language outside of these territories, according to Dartmouth College, a private university located in New Hampshire.

    It is well known that speakers of foreign languages have opportunities at earning larger paychecks and lifetime earnings, but this graph provided by Dartmouth College puts it into perspective. Although it is in Euros, the calculated estimate into U.S. Dollars for the lifetime savings’ of the languages depicted on the graph would be as follows: German, $137612.50, French, $82567.50, the average speaker, $79264.80, and Spanish, $55045.00.  $1.10 equals €1.

    Germany also offers an entire spectrum of sports-related opportunities, ranging from commonly known sports such as basketball, boxing, baseball, and soccer to obscure ones such as fencing or even auto-racing. They also offer programs in law, finance, journalism, politics, medicine, art, music, film production, and more.

    Many local colleges also offer special programs to bilingual students.

    Source: Dartmouth College, "Why Study German?", 2015



    Congratulations to all German students!
    You are the Bucks County World Language Middle School
    German Language Champions!
    Council Rock German 2015 Tournament Results:
    An Afternoon in the Black Forest with Celebrity Chef Walter Staib at the City Tavern in Philadelphia:
    Chef Staib 2015
    Chef Staib 1
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    Chef Staib 4
    Chef Staib 5
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    Chef Staib 8

    Oktoberfest-1 HMS Kinder Oktoberfest 8 Oktoberfest-2
    Oktoberfest 3  Oktoberfest 4
    Oktoberfest 5  
    Oktoberfest 7  
    Video Project "Just Add German"