Glastonbury Public Schools
Foreign Language Department
60 Years of Russian Celebration
The Glastonbury Education Foundation made a generous donation of $2,245 to fund the Barynya Russiance folk dance and music performance recently held at Gideon Welles and Smith Middle Schools.
Spasiba! (Thank you)
Language Teachers Honored
Meiching Chang, a Chinese teacher from Glastonbury High School and Gideon Welles School has been selected as the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) 2019-2020 Language Teacher of the Year.
John Rook, a Russian and Spanish teacher from Smith Middle School received the CT COLT Pegasus Pride Award. It honors teachers who demonstrate professionalism, respect for cultural differences, involvement and interest in professional growth, dedication to students, and enthusiasm for languages and for teaching. Mr. Rook was also just appointed to Board of the American Council of Teachers of Russian ACTR).
Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy
The Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a level of proficiency in English and one or more languages. Proficiency is determined through scoring on one of several state approved assessment tools.
Students meeting the criteria for biliteracy receive a seal affixed to their diploma and to their high school transcript. The marker is useful to both employers and to colleges and universities. It helps to identify students with verified multilingual skills. Click here for more information.
Languages in Careers
"Languages are among the top eight skills required across all occupations. From health care and government to finance and sports (and everywhere in between)..."
Read more on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages website!
Glastonbury High School Russian students recently participated in a Creative Connections project. They shared student artwork with our sister school in St. Petersburg, Russia. The students also participated live chat using "Zoom" videoconferencing.
We've included here some impressive Russian student artwork.
Our Mission Statement
The Glastonbury Foreign Language Department empowers students to communicate and participate successfully
as informed global citizens who have an understanding of and an appreciation for world cultures.