Friday, April 7, 2017

Gladiator Games at OMS

Latin teacher, Abbi Holt, held her annual Gladiator Games this week for 7th grade students. The Games are a fun and interactive way to use Latin in a culturally authentic and engaging way.

To learn more about the objectives and rules of the Games, please see this website:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parent Meeting for Rome Trip

There will be an informational presentation and meeting for parents and guardians concerning the Rome Trip in February of 2018.  This meeting will take place in room 506 of Arlington High School from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017. All are welcome at this meeting, parents, guardians and students alike.

If you are interested in receiving information but are unable to attend this meeting, please email Cassandra Mea at

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Italy Exchange Announced for 2017-2018

We are excited to announce our first-ever Italy Exchange for the 2017-2018 school year. AHS is parntering with ITT Marco Polo, a high school located in Florence for the exchange. Italian students will travel to Arlington in September, 2017, (9/9/17 - 9/23/17) and AHS students will travel to Florence over April vacation. The trip is open to all AHS students, with priority to students enrolled in Italian classes or those with a background in Italian. The trip will be led by Latin/Italian teacher, Ed Foley.

To learn more about the Exchange, please view the following slide show:

Please see the STUDENT FOLDER for information on the trip itinerary, pricing, required documents, and insurance information. Students may register online by CLICKING HERE.

The deadline to register for the Italy Exchange is May 15, 2017.

Friday, March 10, 2017

La Traviata Performed for Italian Students at AHS

A trio of musicians from Italy performed an abbreviated version of La Traviata at Arlington High School Thursday for Italian students. Italian teacher, Tony Di Sanzo, organized the visit with the support of the Italian Consulate in Boston and C.A.S.IT -- the organization that has supported the Italian program at AHS with grants since 2012. In addition to La Traviata, the musicians also performed a number of traditional Italian songs. The performance was magical!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Italian Students Visit "Eataly" in Prudential Center

Students in Tony Di Sanzo's Italian classes took a field trip to the newly opened Eataly in the Prudential Center this week. As part of the excursion, students were sent on a scavenger hunt to learn about the different Italian food products sold there, such as the wide range of cheeses, olive oils, and pasta, as well as which region of Italy each one comes from. As a final project, students will place the food items on a map of Italy.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chariot Race in Latin Class

To celebrate the recent snow storm, a chariot race was undertaken in Ms. Holt's middle school Latin classes. A student read a Latin prayer, the class made a sacrifice of a stuffed animal lamb, and then the patron of the games (Ms. Holt mostly) signaled the start of the race. Students raced around a mini Circus Maximus with two students pulling the "currus" or chariot (a sled) one being the "auriga" or charioteer. Students had a list of various things to yell in Latin to encourage each other. The race lasted only about 15 minutes due to the cold, but fun was definitely had by all.​​

Some of the handout:
Sacrificium: Iuppiter, te hoc ture ommovendo bonas preces precor, uti sies volens propitius urbi nostrae populoque.


Ludi Incipiant!

Latin Cheers:

  • Agedum!- Come on!
  • Macte!- Good job!
  • Macte virtute!- Good job, bro!
  • Celerrime!- Faster!
  • Euge!- Well Done!
  • Ego russatis/albatis/venetis/prasinis faveo!

Latin Trip to Rome Announced for February, 2018

During February break of the 2017-2018 school year, students will have the opportunity to travel to Rome and have a customized tour of its ancient sites, along with the sites in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Tivoli and Ostia. This trip is open to all students, but priority will be given to students studying Latin.


Please see Ms. Mea ( with questions or to learn how to register. 

AHS Students Compete in Certamen Tournament at BU

On Saturday, March 4th, 5 Certamen players from Arlington High School competed at the Massachusetts Senior Classical League Certamen Tournament at Boston University.

From L to R: Maggie Horgan, Sam Goldstein, Brett Kahmann, Kira Solovay & Isaiah Donovan.
Our intermediate team won 1st place (pictured below), while our advanced player (combined with the advanced team from Lynn English) placed 4th!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Language Teachers Present at NECTFL Conference

Ottoson French teacher, Anne Zachary, and World Language Director, Catherine Ritz, presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York city last week, managing to travel despite the pair of snow storms! NECTFL is a regional language teacher conference including states from Maine to Maryland.

Anne presented a session entitled, "Make an Impression: Enhancing Cultural and Linguistic Proficiency With Art," and Catherine presented a session entitled, "Assessing Performance: Moving From Chapter Tests to Authentic Assessments."

A snowy train ride to NYC!

A snowy train ride to NYC!

Attendees at Catherine's session

A slide from Catherine's session

Friday, February 3, 2017

Students Study Linguistics through a "MOOC"

AHS students are able to study Linguistics this year thanks to a Massive Open Online Course, otherwise known as a MOOC. A group of 17 students are currently enrolled in the course, which lasts seven weeks and awards AP level course credit. The course is offered through

The course -- entitled Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics -- offers an introduction to the field of linguistics, exploring topics such as human language versus animal communication, phonology and phonetics, morphology and syntax, pragmatics and semantics, and language in the brain and society. Ms. Ritz, a foreign language teacher and the World Language Director, is serving as the faculty advisor to students taking the course.

Spanish Exchange announced!

The World Language Department will be sponsoring its first Spanish exchange trip to Barcelona and Madrid during April vacation 2018. There will be an informational meeting immediately after school on Friday in Ms. Bassett’s room (508). All interested students should attend in order to pick up applications and to find out more about the program.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Congratulations to our newest Seal of Biliteracy awardees!

Arlington High School is proud to announce our newest awardees of the Seal of Biliteracy, which recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one other language by high school graduation. Students must take a rigorous language exam for commonly taught languages (such as French, Latin, Spanish, or German) or submit a portfolio demonstrating their language ability for those languages for which an exam is not available. We are excited to have three new languages represented this year: Japanese, Western Armenian, and Polish.

Congratulations to the following students:

Platinum Seal of Biliteracy (Advanced Proficiency)
George Barker (Latin)
Sonia Czarnecka (Polish)
Miu Kikuchi (Japanese)
Alina Kouzouian (Western Armenian)
Anna Iskendarian (German)
Julianna McCabe (Latin)
Chloe Morgenstern (French)

Gold Seal of Biliteracy (Intermediate High Proficiency)
Maria Fernandez (Spanish)
Alexandra Tse (Latin)

Silver Seal of Biliteracy (Intermediate Mid Proficiency)
Isabel Aluia (Spanish)
Nathaniel Heitmann-Bastoni (German)
Marina Wagner (Spanish)

All students will be recognized at a Language Awards night this spring, where they will receive a certificate and a pin to be worn at graduation.

Herzliche Glückwünsche!
Macte hac gloria!