In honor of National French Week, Shepaug Valley middle and high school students took their curiosity about all things French on took a Nov. 22 field trip to the Hill-Stead museum and La Petite France cafe in Hartford. The Hill-Stead is a national historic landmark housing a surprising collection of art, including many impressionist paintings.

The students took a guided tour of the museum and went to La Petite France Bakery in West Hartford to enjoy pastries they had researched, making a final stop for a photo opportunity at the Marquis de Lafayette statue in Hartford (see photo).

Shepaug seventh- and eighth-graders presented Power Point deomonstrations to their classmates on their favorite Impressionist painter.

In the process, they had the opportunity to practice their French by reviewing colors, descriptive adjectives and verbs to express their preferences.

During National French Week, Shepaug was also visited by two native French guest speakers, Nathalie Brodhead, a local architect living in Warren, and Jean-Michel Bergougnoux, renowned chef and owner of New York City's L'Absinthe restaurant.

The students' French teachers are Madame Servane Rogers in the middle school and Madame Heidi Edel in the high school.