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Curriculum with a World View

We provide a range of opportunities through which students develop a global perspective. It starts with our curriculum.

Our global education curriculum includes 8th grade World Music, 9th and 10th grade courses in Global History, a Global Seminar elective, 11th grade World Religions class, and European Art and Culture. Our courses in Spanish, Italian, Accelerated French, Latin, and Greek encompass language, literature, history and culture.

Technology is regularly integrated into our classroom instruction through video conferencing, communication and presentation tools. Google Expeditions take students on virtual tours to modern Venice and Ancient Rome. Google Cultural Institute brings the students inside museums in Paris. Additional web tools such as backchanneling, Quizlet, VoiceThread and YouTube are also used by students.

The Stephanie Clemente Broadcast Studio, a state-of-the-art facility, offers another vehicle to extend these learning opportunities to faculty and students. Guest speakers often share personal experiences on topics that add a global dimension.

Middle School Book Club

A group of our Middle School students and their mothers gathered on April 13, 2019 for our second Global Book Club event.  They discussed Alan Gratz's book, Refugee, the story of three young people and their families who faced displacement and harrowing journeys toward a better life. Students shared about compelling character traits such as courage. They also created posters showing each character’s journey.

United Nations Speaker

On April 1, 2019 Mr. George Khoury, Director of the Middle East & North Africa Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York educated us about the 68 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Mr. Khoury also discussed the humanitarian aid that displaced people need due to armed conflict and natural disasters - both causes for people to leave their homes. 

Spanish Pen Pals & Peace Corps

In February 2019, Ms. Perry's Spanish 3H classes enjoyed a visit from Peace Corps volunteer Lesia Danyluk '13, who is currently teaching English in a secondary school in Peru. The classes have become "Pen Pals" with Lesia's students who are learning English. After a presentation on life in Peru & the Peace Corps, Lesia shared a video from her class along with beautiful handwritten letters to each student.

Refugees Flee Spain for Germany

Exploring the 2018-19 global theme, in January 2019 Mrs. Boselli's Spanish Class researched displacement and the number of refugees leaving Morocco for Spain, and further travel to Germany in order to flee conflict.

Team Teaching Italian from Italy

Team teaching on a grand scale! In November 2018, Mrs. LaGumina led her Italian 3H class from Rome via Skype, and local help of Mrs. Zoida-Fragale. Mrs. Zoida-Fragale’s Italian 1 class was covered by Ms. Kennedy, chair of our Music Dept who speaks (and sings in) Italian. Ms. Kennedy shared opera history and led the class in Quizlet vocabulary exercises. Talented faculty, teamwork & tech made for a special day in Italian.

French Scenes and Songs

In October 2018, Mrs. Brescia's Accelerated French 3/4 presented dialogues about deciding to go out to dinner and ordering a meal. They also sang the Beatles "Hello, Goodbye" or "Bonjour, Au Revoir." Students also record Voicethread videos and use Duolingo to increase vocabulary and improve pronunciation