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The Department of World Languages

World Languages + STEM = A 21st Century Learner!

Maria Trigosso, Coordinator of World Languages & English as a Second Language

(631) 592-3189


Click here to view the HS World Language Course Offerings for 2015-16

Click here to view the MS World Language Course Offerings for 2015-16


Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Vision Statement

We believe that All students should learn or maintain at least one language in addition to English. We will continue to provide students with a well-articulated sequenced program that develops increasing levels of proficiency at each level of instruction. Furthermore, we will continually reflect and fine-tune the curriculum based on New York State and National Standards. Teachers who are well qualified in language proficiency, cultural knowledge, and teaching skills will be provided with the technological tools to further excite and maintain our learners.

 The Half Hollow Hills Department of World Languages boasts outstanding programs starting in grade six in:

Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian and Spanish

Middle School: The regular foreign language sequence continues in grade seven. Students receive one unit of credit upon successful completion of Checkpoint A in grade eight after taking and passing the locally developed Checkpoint A assessment in world languages.

High School: The regular foreign language sequence continues in grade nine. Students receive three units of credit upon the successful completion of Checkpoint B in grade ten after taking the locally developed Checkpoint B assessment in world languages. Students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses must take the AP exams in French, Italian or Spanish.


Attention Parents/Guardians of 12th Grade World Language Students!

We are happy to announce that we are planning an overseas educational tour to Paris & Madrid from February 12-20, 2015 with the travel company ACIS!

Our second MANDATORY informational meeting for ALL parents & students attending the trip will be held on Thursday, January 15th at 6:00 PM in the HS West auditorium.


Please click here to see our exciting itinerary! 

 **Click below for information regarding a scholarship oppoortunity through ACIS!

Deadline is January 31st!

Independent Study Program 2014-2015

 Please read below for important information!

Independent Study Program: The ability to offer instruction in less commonly taught languages reflects the District’s commitment to prepare our students to enter the global community. Depending upon teacher availability, high school students are able to participate in our after school in:

 American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian.

**Please note that Latin is pending subject to teacher availability.  Students will be made aware if Latin will be offered at the Counseling Center.  Thank you for your understanding.

**Please note the following important dates regarding Independent Study registration for the 2014-2015 school year.

High School World Language Teachers will distribute registration forms to students the first week of school. Forms will also be available in the Guidance office at both High School East and High School West.

Registration forms are to be handed in to the guidance office no later than Monday, September 22nd and must be signed by a parent or guadian. Dependent upon teacher availability, enrollment & Board approval, courses will begin the first week of October!


Independent Study Dates 2014-2015

Monday Classes:

10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13, 4/20,4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8


10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25,  12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9


10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10


10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11


10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/17, 4/24,  5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12


The 2014-2015 Building & Room assignment schedule is as follows: 


German-Mrs. Hoops  HSE Rm. 904




Russian: Mrs. Sipa HS East Rm. 909

Arabic: Ms. Gharsa HS East Rm. 906

Chinese I, II: Ms. Cheng HS East Rm. 901



Japanese: Mr. Voska HS West Rm. 256



 Chinese III, IV: Ms. Cheng HS East Rm. 901

ASL-Mrs. Anderson & Mrs. Waldner  HS West Rm. 104 



Hebrew: Ms. Taylor HS East Rm. 900


Why have we achieved so much?

The superior performance of our middle school and high school students on state examinations as well as national contests is due to the motivated student body and the very competent and professional foreign language staff who are constantly learning and perfecting new techniques in foreign language education and the ongoing monitoring and revision of curriculum. Half Hollow Hills is proud that the Department of World Languages retains and excites their learners; World Language enrollment data from HS East and HS West in ASL, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish suggests that the Department of World Languages has one of the highest retention rates on Long Island with regards to foreign language study.

Freshmen - 99%      Sophomores - 93%       Juniors - 80%      Seniors - 59%

Total HS enrollment: 3,284 students

We could have placed a great deal of text in the section below to describe how and why we achieve so much, but we wanted to allow you the opportunity to connect the dots. View the Department of World Languages' Word Cloud below. Each word tells a story as to why we continue to excite and retain our students within our programs!


For Local and National Student Achievement Awards and Departmental News: Click the button to the left "Department News" to learn about the outstanding achievements by our students.

NYS Regulations Regarding Foreign Language Instruction

Important: NYSED eliminated the 8th grade Second Language Proficiency Exams and the 10th grade Regents Exams for World Languages due to budget cuts. Though the State will no longer create these assessments, it did mandate that local school districts create their own and use them to grant high school credit. These assessments can also be used for the different types of diplomas that are awarded to NYS students. Though the NYSED will no longer provide these assessments, the mandates and graduation requirements are still in place for World Language study.

To read the NYS Languages Other Than English Question & Answer (LOTE Q&A) document, please click here or view the document below.



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