Secondary Humanities

  • The Humanities Program is designed to integrate lessons and strategies that connect literature, history, and art to deepen students’ understanding of the world. 

    The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act states,  
    “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history…and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

  • Welcome Message

    I wish to extend a warm welcome to all of our students and families!

    Keeping in mind the theme of “All Means All…Educating the Whole Child,” the Secondary Humanities Department continues to be committed to amplifying all students’ voices and giving our learners multiple opportunities to thrive and excel academically, socially, and emotionally. 

    The Secondary Humanities Department is excited to continue to offer rigorous core, elective, and College AP and Pre-AP courses. The department is pleased to announce that in addition to a new middle school Humanities course entitled Presentation & Debate, it is also happy to introduce a breadth of learning tools that will serve to enhance student learning.  These include: NoRedInk, Sadlier Vocabulary workbooks, Passport for Good, iReady, and Methodize Learning.

    In other very exciting news, the Patchogue-Medford School District has been designated as a New York State Education Department Seal of Civic Readiness Initiative School. More information about this initiative is forthcoming.

    Best of luck to all of our students as they soar and excel in all of their endeavors!

    Education Credo

    I believe in educating the Whole Child.

    I believe that children access information via a wide variety of pathways.

    I believe it is my responsibility to promote a curriculum that is driven by the principles of equity and inclusivity.

    I believe that all children require a positive school culture and a daily culture of care.       

    I believe that all children deserve to see themselves reflected in text, print, music, and media.

    I believe that frequent and ongoing student leadership opportunities shall be available to all students.

    I believe it is my responsibility to amplify student voice and provide robust opportunities for student choice.

    I believe that I have a moral and professional obligation to carry out the components of my credo as well as fulfill the District’s vision and mission.

Catherine Carella-Dean
  • Catherine Carella-Dean
    Director of Secondary Humanities,
    7-12 ELA
    and Social Studies

    John Cipriano, Chairperson