Glastonbury Public Schools

World Language Department

Rita A. Oleksak, Director


Lisa Laurito, Administrative Secretary

for general inquiries or to schedule a visit

(860) 652-7954

Rose Scotto, Administrative Secretary

for inquiries regarding Chinese, Russian, Technology, & Exchanges

(860) 652-7958

photo of Rita Oleksak in front of spring flowering tree

Leadership Award

Congratulations to Director of World Languages Rita A. Oleksak, recipient of the Nelson H. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Profession. The annual award is given by NECTFL, the Northeast conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It is just one of the many awards this outstanding administrator has received over the years!

5th Grade Language Choice

Each spring, 5th grade students have the opportunity to select the world language that they will study throughout middle school. For more information about the Glastonbury World Language option for students entering 6th grade at Gideon Welles School click the image below.

image of speech bubbles with "hello" in side each in various languages and words "CLICK HERE" written over top of the bubbles.

GEF Donation—Spasiba!

photo of 6 people, teachers, administrators, and foundation volunteers holding large check made out Barynya for $2,245

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)

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 ACTFL website!

Biliteracy Blog

Click above for a Biliteracy blog entry by Director of World Languages, Rita A. Oleksak. It features several Glastonbury students discussing the Seal of Biliteracy in mini-videos.

Creative Connections

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.

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Our World Language Program was recently highlighted on the Asia Society website!

 Image with blue ribbon. Congratulations Glastonbury Schools Foreign Language Program. Recipient of the 2017 ACTFL Melba D. Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program. Click here for more information about this award and criteria selection.

Our Mission Statement

The Glastonbury World Language Department empowers students to communicate and participate successfully

as informed global citizens who have an understanding of and an appreciation for world cultures.