Glastonbury Public Schools

Foreign 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

60 Years of Russian Celebration

colorful image of Russian building domes and text reading: Celebrating 60 Years Glastonbury Russian Program, 2019-2020. Stay Tuned for more information to come...

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)

Language Teachers Honored

Two photos: one of Mrs. Meiching Chang smiling and holding plaque with son and husband on either side. Other photo of Mr. Rook smiling and holding plaque in front of world map.
Picture to left: Meiching Chang with COLT Teacher of the Year plaque and her son and husband by her side.Picture to right: John Rook is honored with the COLT Pegasus Pride Award.

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!

Biliteracy Blog

Click above for a Biliteracy blog entry by Director of Foreign 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 Foreign 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 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.