Departments

Art & Design

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Braintree High School National Art Honor Society proudly offers creative art classes to students who attend East and South Middle School.

  • Classes are taught in the art rooms at Braintree High School by motivated high school Art Honor Society students under the supervision of Mrs. Heidi Hurley. 
  • Cartooning, Creative Drawing and Painting, Digital Design, and 3-Dimensional Design are offered. 
  • Students select something new each week, or take the same class over and over! 
  • Cost for the 6 week program is $30.00.
  • Materials are provided, and students are encouraged to bring their own sketch-books.
  • Please click on this year's flyer below to download your sign up sheet.  Please note that the last day to sign up is Friday, January 30, 2019.

Middle School Creative Arts Classes

 

Art & Design Faculty

Johanna Chase

Johanna Chase

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Heidi Hurley

Heidi Hurley

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7830
Joseph Keaney

Joseph Keaney

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7474
Marina Michaelidis

Marina Michaelidis

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7447

 

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Featured Student Artist:

Abby M Freshman Foundations Class of 2020


 

NAHS:

National Art Honor Society: Braintree High School is a Chapter Member of the National Art Association’s, Art Honor Society. Candidacy for the NAHS is open to students who have been nominated by their art teacher and completed a semester of an art class with a grade of B+ or higher. Students do not apply for membership in this association. Nomination and membership is based on art scholarship, service and character. Membership dues are $15.00 a year. NAHS Activities throughout the year include: Art workshops, teaching Creative Art Classes to Middle School Students, mural painting, Open Studios, Field Trips and guest artist lectures. Students must fulfill 20 art service hours per year. In the spring there is combined art exhibit of student work and induction ceremony.

The purpose of the NAHS Braintree Chapter shall be to:

  • Inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art;
  • Foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art;
  • Further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment;
  • Aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area;
  • Bring art to the attention of the school and community;
  • Increase an awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and further esthetic awareness in all aspects of Braintree High School’s total program.

Advisers: Mrs. Marina Michaelidis and Mrs. Heidi Hurley


English & Reading

English
Welcome to the Braintree High School English Department where we celebrate and reflect PRIDE in all that we do.

Director of ELA and Reading

Rock Roberts

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English Teachers

Marisa Ciani

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7407

Dawn Culbertson

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7409

Amy Cushing

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School: 781-380-0160 ext. 4415

Conor Daley

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7410

Alyson Gorman

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7423

Alex Jefferies

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7429

Victoria Joyce

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7430

Laura Lebo

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7648

Lisa Murphy

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7489

Paul Nellis

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7451

Emily Panza

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7463

Eric Parry

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7454

Anne Rodzwicz

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7464

Courtney Rollo

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7466

Samantha Sarantakis

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7431

Alissa Wallenstein

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Kera Wiggin

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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness


"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." ~ John F. Kennedy


Mission Statement
 

Our mission at Braintree High School is to expose our students to activities that promote lifetime physical fitness while working on cooperative and team building skills. At the same time, we still encourage students to have fun while striving to be successful. Through traditional sport and lifetime activities students are able to acquire new skills and knowledge promoting a healthy lifestyle.


 

PE & Health Curriculum

Physical Education

Health and Wellness Department

The Health and Wellness department aligns it’s curriculum with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework. The goal of the department is to encourage students to develop active lifestyles for overall health benefits. This will enable students to develop to their fullest potential through the acquisition of daily living skills and the behaviors necessary to make good decisions in life. Through a diversified Physical Education program students are encouraged to develop skills and positive attitudes toward lifelong participation in exercise. Physical Education is a graduation requirement for all four years. The Health Education program offers freshmen health and electives for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

Physical Education, Grade 9

Freshmen will automatically be scheduled for physical education. The ninth grade Physical Education program has students explore team and individual sports, fitness, orienteering, and recreational and cooperative activities that encourage students to develop skills and positive attitudes toward lifelong participation in exercise. In addition, during the ninth grade a Fitness Center orientation program is included. This center is also available after school for student use. All students will take part in physical education two periods in each seven day cycle for the entire year unless excused by a physician.

Physical Education, Grade 10

Sophomore students are presented with a variety of team, individual and lifetime activities. Students will continue to build on the concepts and knowledge learned in the previous year. Daily participation will also include flexibility exercises, abdominal work, and upper body strengthening and cardio fitness. An important objective of the Grade 10 program is to give students the background for entering the selection program in the junior and senior years. All students will take part in physical education two periods in each seven day cycle for the entire year unless excused by a physician.

Physical Education, Grades 11 & 12

Junior and Senior students have an opportunity to select many of their activities. Offerings include team sports, recreational games such as shuffle-board, horse shoes, crochet, and bocce as well as the following lifetime activities: weight training, yoga, ping, pong, tennis, golf, badminton, archery, fitness walking, lifetime fitness planning, and adult CPR. All students will take part in physical education two periods in each seven day cycle for the entire year unless excused by a physician.

Semester Courses

Health Education, Grade 9

Freshmen will automatically be scheduled for health education. This course will meet two days each cycle for one semester. This skill based course offers numerous opportunities for building personal, social and life skills. The curriculum is designed to aid the student in transitioning to the rigors and pressures of high school. Discussions and guided activities will be used to cover stress management, substance abuse, relationships, disease prevention, hazing, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and healthy food choices. Communication, decision making and goal setting skills are infused throughout the course. Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their daughter/son enrolled in Health Education must notify the Headmaster’s office in writing during the programming cycle.

Contemporary Health Issues,  Grades 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to broaden the student’s understanding of wellness issues and its relevance to their personal lives. Discussions and guided activities will be used to discuss the evaluation of health information, balancing stress, healthy food choices, depression and suicide, body image and eating disorders, abstinence, reproduction and birth, sexual harassment, bullying and cyber-bullying, alcohol and other drug misuse.

Nutrition and Fitness, Grades 11, 12

Nutrition and Fitness emphasizes the critical role eating a nutritious diet plays in overall health. It also stresses the importance of including physical activity in daily routines. Units of study include sources and functions of nutrients, food preparation activities, weight management, eating disorders, global hunger consumer issues, and careers. Students will participate in fitness activities and will learn to control their state of wellness through the decisions they make.

Human Development and Parenting, Grades 10, 11, 12

This course focuses on the issues of child development, adolescence, interpersonal relationships, human sexuality, abstinence, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, birth, family, and positive decision making. Included are many contemporary issues that concern the adolescent. Students are provided with forthright information concerning their physical health and well-being. The course aims to improve decision making, advocate for positive health practices, and help students make responsible choices regarding their health and well being.

Full Year Courses

Early Childhood Education - Preschool Laboratory Program

The Early Childhood Education (Preschool) Laboratory Program at Braintree High School provides an opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students to experience the exciting and rewarding challenge of working with and studying about children. Students learn and practice theory and methods of teaching while working in our on-site preschool.

Upon successful completion of the Preschool Laboratory 1 and Preschool Laboratory 2 courses, a 12th grade student will be eligible for Preschool Certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Early Childhood Education - Preschool Laboratory 1, Grades 11, 12

Preschool Laboratory I is a year-long course open to high school juniors and seniors with an interest and fondness for children. It is designed to offer a hands-on opportunity to study child development while working with children in our on-site preschool program. In addition to studying child development students learn about curriculum development, plan and teach lessons, develop learning materials, assist in the preparation of the classroom, and develop a repertoire of strategies for managing young children. Students interested in pursuing careers in education or health are particularly encouraged to enroll in this course.

Early Childhood Education - Preschool Laboratory 2, Grade 12

Preschool Laboratory 2 is a yearlong course open to high school seniors who have successfully completed Preschool Laboratory I. The course has been designed to provide a more in-depth exploration into the fields of Early Childhood Education and other child related services. Through their class and preschool activities students will develop an increased understanding of child development, educational psychology, educational practices and developmentally appropriate preschool activities. There is an increased emphasis on teamwork, time management and effective communication. Students who maintain a C or better average in Preschool Lab 2 are qualified to apply for certification as a preschool teacher through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Please visit the Early Childhood Education / Pre-School Lab Page for more information

If you have questions please contact Melonie Bennett, Director of Health and Wellness.

Tips About Nutrition & Physical Exercise

  • Did you know that the original bottle of coke had 97 calories? Now a bottle has 242 calories. That means there would be 20 teaspoons of sugar in the 20 ounce bottle of coke.
  • Do you reach for a snack when you're bored, nervous, happy, angry, or tense? If you do, you may be eating when you're not hungry. Find other ways to handle your feelings. Go for a walk, listen to music, or call a friend.
  • The recommendation is to get sixty minutes of moderate exercise each day. Moderate exercise can be a brisk walk, aerobics, bike riding, playing basketball, running, etc.

More Tips About Nutrition and Physical Exercise

The Right Foods that Can Improve Your Move

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Health & Wellness Director

Melonie Bennett

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Physical Education Teachers

Richard Ellis

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Eric Langenthal

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William O'Connell

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Maura Ranieri

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Robert Ritz

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Kaileen Spaulding

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Kelly Fox

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7420

Haley McAuliffe

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Robert Ritz

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Mathematics & Business

Math

“It is better to solve one problem five ways than to solve five problems one way”
~George Polya


Resources

Click on the links below to access resources to help you succeed in your math courses, prepare for the MCAS exam and prepare for the SAT exam:

Graphing Calculator

MCAS Practice

SAT Practice

Khan Academy –Mathematics

Director of Mathematics K-12

Courtney Miller

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Math Teachers

Joseph Belmosto

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7402

Kevin Clark

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7403

Raymond Cooper

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7408

Tristyn Eckler

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7416

Heather Feener

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7414

Christopher Groleau

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Charlotte Halloran

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Madeline Jacob

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7442

Katelyn Laubi

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7441

Kelly Macko

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7443

Robert McKinnies

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7446

Courtney Miller

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Christine Mulkerrins

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7449

Dorothea Nelson

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Carol Skill

Lauren Squires

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Sandra Stonebraker

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7472

Jason Williams

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7480

Katherine Wood

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Media Center

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Music

Music Notes"Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." ~Gerald Ford

Music Faculty

David Buckley

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7404

Rachel Hallenbeck

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7825

Cassandra Sulbaran

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Science

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Director of Science

Betsey Clifford

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7805

Teachers

Biology

Peter Dimilla

Sandra Dziedzic

Edward Fuller

Jessica Passeggio

Susan Smith

T Grace Steinley

Amy Thornton

Chemistry

Catherine Caracciolo

Amy Ferguson

Nadia Johnson

Kira Jordan

John Wood

Physics

Tess Arikian-O'Connell

Daren Dembrow

Truong Dinh

Svetlin Tassev

Social Studies

Social Studies Related Text



Social Studies Links

FROM THE MA CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS IN HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (2003)

APPENDIX A
Primary Documents for U.S. History*

Note: An asterisk (*) after the document indicates that it is required and may be included in the high school American history MCAS. All other documents are only suggested.

1. Magna Carta (1215)
2. Mayflower Compact (1620)*
3. Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641)
4. English Bill of Rights (1689)
5. John Locke’s Treatises of Civil Government (1690)
6. The Suffolk Resolves (1774)
7. Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)
8. Declaration of Independence (1776)*
9. the Massachusetts Constitution (1780)
10. the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786)
11. the Northwest Ordinance (1787)*
12. the United States Constitution (1787)*
13. selected Federalist Papers, such as numbers 1 , 9 , 10 *, 39 , 51 , and 78 (1787–1788)
14. the Bill of Rights (1791)*
15. President Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)
16. President Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address (1801)
17. Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America, Volume I (1835) and Volume II (1839).
18. The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)*
19. Frederick Douglass: Independence Day Speech at Rochester, New York (1852)*
20. Abraham Lincoln, “House Divided” speech (1858)
21. President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863)* and Second Inaugural Address (1865)*
22. Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” (1883)
23. Booker T. Washington, The Atlanta Exposition Address (1895)
24. The Niagara Movement Declaration of Principles (1905)
25. Younghill Kang, East Goes West (1937)
26. President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech (1941)*
27. Justice Robert M. Jackson’s opinion for the Supreme Court in West Virginia State Board of
Education v. Barnette
(1943)
28. Learned Hand, “The Spirit of Liberty” (1944)
29. President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address (1961)
30. Reverend Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (1963)*
and I Have A Dream speech (1963)*
31. Ronald Reagan, Speech at Moscow State University (1988)


APPENDIX B
Primary Documents for World History §

1. Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. Translation text by Richard Crawley.
2. Plato, The Republic. Translation text by Benjamin Jowett.
3. Aristotle, Politics.Translation text by Benjamin Jowett.
4. John Milton, Areopagitica (1644).
5. John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690).
6. Charles De Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws (1748).
7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality (1755).
8. Edmund Burke, “On Election to Parliament,” speech (1766).
9. National Assembly of France, “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen” (1789).
10. Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (1791).
11. Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792).
12. Benjamin Constant, “The Liberty of the Ancients Compared With that of the Moderns,” speech (1819).
13. Thomas Macauley, “Jewish Disabilities,” speech (1833).
14. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859).
15. W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939,” poem.
16. George Orwell, “England, Our England,” essay (1941)
17. Winston Churchill, “The Iron Curtain,” speech (1946).
18. United Nations, “International Declaration of Human Rights” (1948).
19. Isaiah Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty,” lecture (1958). Hard to read, may need to enlarge (zoom in) text.
20. Nelson Mandela, “Statement at the Rivonia Trial,” (1964).
21. Andrei Sakharov, “Peace, Progress, and Human Rights,”speech (1975).
22. Vaclav Havel, “The Power of the Powerless,” essay (1978) - Amazon.com
23. Wei Jingsheng, “The Fifth Modernization,” essay (1978).
24. “An Open Letter to Citizen Mobutu Sese Seko,” (1980). With preface.
25. Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (1983).
26. Mario Vargas Llosa, “Latin America: The Democratic Option,” essay (1987).
27. Fang Lizhe, “Human Rights in China,” speech (1989).
28. Salman Rusdie, “In Good Faith,” essay (1989). - Amazon.com
29. Mario Varga Llosa, “Latin America: The Democratic Option,” speech (1990)
30. United Nations, Arab Human Development Report for the Arab Fund for Economic and Social
Development
(2002)

§ Most of the world history documents can be found in Diane Ravitch and Abigail Thernstrom ed., The Democracy Reader: Classic and Modern Speeches, Essays, Poems, Declarations and Documents on Freedom and Human Rights Worldwide (New York: HarperCollins, 1992).

Director of Social Studies

Gorman Lee

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Social Studies Teachers

Lee Britton

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7490

Rachel Egbert

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7417

Richard Flanagan

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Kyle Fredericks

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School: 781-848-4000 ext. 7421

Matthew Freeman

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Mallory Haupert

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Matthew Howe

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Philip Krall

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Cynthia Lang

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Gorman Lee

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Michael Pelletier

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Colette Picard

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Zachary Ritland

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Zachary Samuels

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Jamie Wiggin

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World Languages

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❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞
‒Frank Smith


 

The Department of World Languages offers a wide array of courses from the first year of language study through Advanced Placement in French and Spanish. All courses are aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks in Foreign Language Study and develop proficiency in Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities.

Advantages of World Language study:

  • Understand other cultures and peoples
  • Communicate well in other languages and better in your native tongue
  • Improve critical thinking skills and mental flexibility
  • Enhance career options

Foreign language teachers at BHS are dedicated educators with a love for language and a passion for different cultures. Our teachers include experienced veterans and exuberant young faculty members who share teaching strategies and ideas in order to ensure top notch professional education. These linguists provide their leadership and skills in numerous after school activities such as sports, clubs, and music.The foreign language department looks forward to helping their students grow into confident multilingual speakers.

Years of Study

"1"The first year of study is an introduction to the four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are taught correct pronunciation, rhythm, intonation and the vocabulary necessary for communication in everyday circumstances. This year is completed through 7th and 8th grades or one year at the high school. Students develop awareness of the culture and civilization in all countries that speak the target language.

"2"
The second year of study continues immersion in the target language as students move beyond the basics and acquire greater proficiency in the four language competencies.

 

 

"3"
The third year of study enables students to engage more freely in conversation on a wider range of topics and to understand the spoken language in a greater variety of contexts.  Readings on topics related to culture and society, and literature are introduced at the different levels.

 

"4"
During their fourth year of study, students who plan to take the Advanced Placement Exam enroll in advanced honors level language courses. Honors courses are available to those who wish to maintain and deepen their language skills without the rigorous requirements of the AP level.
 

"5"The fifth year of study emphasizes improvement of conversational skills and learning about contemporary life in French- and Spanish-speaking countries. Those in Advanced Placement study for the AP exam through their continued development of the four competencies and a comparison of six themes that span English-speaking and French- or Spanish speaking cultures.  The themes include Global Challenges, Science & Technology, Contemporary Life, Families & Communities, Beauty & Aesthetics, and Personal & Public Identities.

Director of World Languages

Gail Ward

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Please contact World Language Director, Gail Ward, with any questions

World Language Teachers

Spanish

Hillary Carpinella

Mercedes Gutierrez Garcia

Melissa Heller

Kathryn Holt

Anny Jameson

Kevin Jameson

Jeanine McKinnies

James Nichols

Jessica Noone

Abigail Nunez

Micaela Palermo

Cristina Young

French

Hillary Carpinella

Maria Cortez

Melissa Heller

Meghan Murphy