Departments

ART
The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework (October 1999) states, "In dance, music, theater, and the visual arts, people express ideas and emotions that they cannot express in language alone. In order to understand the range and depth of the human imagination, one must have knowledge of the arts." Each course offered by the Art Department incorporates art making, art appreciation, and art evaluation, using a fine arts creative problem-solving approach in which art projects have no single solution. Field trips to art museums and exhibits are scheduled, and professionals in commercial and fine arts are invited to discuss and demonstrate their work.

 Director – Michelle Poirer, Staff – Megan Kenealy, Michelle PoirierWeb Page - http://ahsvisualart.wixsite.com/artdept         

michellepoirer@abingtonps.org                                                                                                                                                                          

BUSINESS
Regardless of your career plans, the Business Department offers courses that will help you fulfill many of your professional and personal goals. In response to National Business Educator Association initiatives, our goal is to provide students with curricula that reflect the application of course content to realistic business situations and engage students in learning situations that promote both academic and career success. Exploration of career possibilities is an integral component in all courses. Business courses develop the critical thinking skills, human relation skills, and positive attitudes needed for career satisfaction and advancement in our complex and constantly changing workplace.
Staff – Cara Howell       

carahowell@abingtonps.org

ENGLISH
English courses are designed to give students opportunity to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in a literature-based, integrated language arts program. Our goal is to support students on their way to more effective language use and greater appreciation of the literary expression of others. Students will learn to use language to gain information, discover meaning, understand logical relationships, and make judgments through critical listening, reading and viewing; speak, write, and solve problems creatively; and communicate emotions, ideas, opinions, values, experiences, and information. All students read the written work of others as models of communication; they communicate their understanding of texts in writing through journals, reader’s logs, note-taking, essays, exams, creative writing and research papers.

 Department Head - Elizabeth Gonsalves, PhD, Staff - Andrea Clifford, Matthew Cutter, Kim McHugh, Patricia Pflaumer, Erin Slayton

elizabethgonsalves@abingtonps.org

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
The Foreign Language Department offers a five-year sequence in Spanish and a four-year sequence in French. Language proficiency, or the ability to use language for purposeful communication, is the major goal of all foreign language courses. Conversation and culture are integrated in all teaching and learning situations in the foreign language class. In order to conform to the recommendations of the Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks, students are encouraged to continue their study of French or Spanish through senior year. The foreign language curriculum meets school-wide expectations by providing students with opportunities to communicate effectively through speaking and writing, to demonstrate high level thinking skills and to work toward mastery of content
Director – Patricia Grabowski, Staff---High School---Martha Fry, Janet Meehan, Kate Ward , Middle School---   Judy Hamilton, Dianna Flaherty, Jillian  Smith

patriciagrabowski@abingtonps.org

GUIDANCE
The AHS Guidance Department supports all students in the development of a positive assessment of self.  We assist with the academic and personal transition from middle to high school and promote a realistic plan of action for future college and career readiness. In general, services can be divided into four areas: Education, Vocational, Personal and Psychological.  Counselors meet with all students in groups and individually through out the year.  Students and parents can also access counselors on an as needed basis.  A school psychologist is on staff at the high school to support students' learning and mental health.  A consultation model is the primary avenue for the provision of counseling services, with the involvement of parents and outside service providers strongly encouraged.
Director- Kristin Ferioli (students with last names P-Z)
Staff- Sarah McGinness (A-G), Christina Sweeney (H-O)

Administrative Assistant 
School Psychologist - Kathleen Posk

kristinferioli@abingtonps.org

kathleenposk@abingtonps.org

LIBRARY & MEDIA
The Abington Middle / High School Library supports students and faculty by providing a collection of materials, both print and electronic to implement and enrich curriculum and to help ensure students are effective finders, users, and ethical producers of information. The Library also strives to promote reading for pleasure. The Library supports the Technology Department by being the contact point for laptop troubleshooting and repair.
Tricia London - Librarian, Aliyah Harris - Library Tutor 

web site - https://sites.google.com/view/abington-mhs-library/home

patricialondon@abingtonps.org

MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
"As science and technology have come to influence all aspects of life, from health and environment to financial affairs and national defense, so mathematics has come to be of vital importance to the educational agenda of our nation." Recognizing that mathematics is the foundation of science and technology, and that mathematical literacy is essential in this technological age, the math department at Abington High requires that each student successfully complete four years of mathematics. All mathematics courses will allow students to meet the following academic expectations, as stated in the school’s mission statement: to
demonstrate a high level thinking skills to reason and problem solve and work toward mastery of course specific content.
Department Head - Margaret Doherty, Staff - Patricia Dion, Kristen Gerhart, Kiran Jayakumar, Karen Kitterick, Lauren Bates, Bridget Wakelin

MUSIC
The Music Department offers both curricular and co-curricular experiences in active music making. The Concert Choir and Concert Band meet daily as ensembles to rehearse, study, and learn about music as an expression of people around the world from the past to present. Students rehearse their musical skills, learn to interact musically with other students, and enhance their understanding of music. The Concert Band and Concert Choir are open to students who already have skills in playing an instrument and/or singing and those interested in developing these skills. Academic expectations for the Music Department include communicating effectively through the arts, higher level thinking, and communicating.
Director of Music/High School Music/Drama - Steve Shannon,

Staff - Charlie Blanchette, Grades 3 - 8< Music/Chorus, Marching Band Director

Tim Leonelli - Grades 4 - 8 Band/Chorus/Music

Mercy Vaillancourt - Grades K - 2 Music

SCIENCE
In support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the four-year high school science program makes every attempt to provide a hands on, inquiry-based learning experience in the four basic areas of science (i.e., physical science, life science, earth and space science, and technology/engineering.) In addition, our students must meet the College and Career Readiness standards in science which entails the ability to research and write about specific topics. Students are required to elect three years of science and are encouraged to choose from a variety of elective courses. Students are encouraged to consult with science teachers regarding specific details of any science course or level offered.

Department Head - Diane Salvetti, Staff - Nicole Corbett, Jaclyn Farias, Thomas Kitterick, John McGinness, Kevin Szulak

SOCIAL STUDIES
“Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, of what its core values are, of what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. Without history, one cannot undertake any sensible inquiry into the political, social, or moral issues in society. And without historical knowledge and the inquiry it supports, one cannot move to the informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic process.” (National Standards for History, 1996) The Social Studies curriculum is designed to reflect the sentiment of the National Standards as well as the standards of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks. Our goal is to prepare students for active citizenship through the study of history, civics, economics, geography and social science.
Department Head - Jason Scott, Staff - Nick DiPrizio, Brian Lanner, Amy Maddalena, Stephen Moore, Peter Serino

SPECIAL NEEDS
Based on the individual needs of the students in these prevocational special education programs, a range of unleveled five-credit courses (e.g., reading, mathematics, life skills, including Green Wave Café and job exploration, etc.) may be offered in any school year taught by the staff assigned to this program.
Chairperson - Jim Donohue

Staff - Carrie Balasco, Melissa Evans, Cathy Keohane, Daniel Murphy, William Siegal, Victoria Tansey
Paras and Tutors - Judy Buckley, Anne-Marie Cicarella, Natalie Delmar, John Kelleher, Ceara Kelly, Seanna O'Donnell, Sue Peck, Karin Sanborn

Paras and Tutors:  Judy Buckley, John Kelleher, Sue Peck, Seanna O'Donnell, Anne-Marie Cicarella, Karin Sanborn, Natalie Delmar, Ceara Kelly, Laura Allwes
Speech and Language: Sandra Solano

ESL - Elizabeth Despres

Speech and Language -Sandra Solano

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST - Kathleen Posk

SCHOOL NURSE - Donna Conso, Sarah LaPointe

WELLNESS
The Health Education courses are designed to provide students with health-related knowledge and skills that can lead to positive attitudes and behaviors related to their well-being. The courses focus on emerging health concepts and issues, as well as current research on effective health practices and the motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Physical Education courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to participate in a wide variety of physical activities throughout their lives and to help students to understand the relationship between physical activity and health.
Director – Kate Casey, Staff - Karin Daisy, Adam Talbot