As Director of Humanities, Diane facilitates the engagement in thoughtful consideration of the educational function and relevance of the subjects which comprise the humanities. She supports the curriculum development of Literacy, Social Studies and World Language.
The humanities introduce students to people they have never met, places they have never visited, and ideas that may have never crossed their minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the learning through Humanities allows students to decide what is important in their own lives and what they might do to make it better.
The humanities include language arts, world language, and social studies. The humanities strive to cultivate a community of readers and writers throughout each content. World Language opportunities have been extended to Grade 5. For the past two years MHS students have participated in the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy, an award given by the district in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. In the Spring of 2020, MHS World Language Department and ESOL Program doubled awards, announcing that twenty-nine juniors and seniors earned the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy.
Teachers in Kindergarten through Grade 8 continue to implement readers & writers workshops and build classroom libraries to offer choice in text selections. Culturally relevant texts continue to be added to Prk-Grade 8 classroom libraries to support independent reading and student choice. The Social Studies scope and sequence is currently under review with district-wide stakeholders, examining the continuum of historical, cultural, and geographical learning experiences.