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
    2021-2022

    It is my pleasure to warmly welcome our students into the 2021-2022 school year.

    Our Grades 7-12 English and Social Studies teachers have prepared to deliver engaging and interesting lessons to our students in the middle schools and at the high school.

    Keeping the theme of “Dare to Dream: Potential, Possibilities, & Purpose” in mind, the Secondary Humanities Department is committed to amplifying student voice and giving students multiple opportunities to see themselves reflected in academic content.  In fact, to this end, much curriculum work was accomplished during the summer months.  Many teachers collaborated on refreshing our scope & sequence as well as our horizontal & vertical curriculum alignment.  In addition to this work, a new high school course entitled “Celebrating the American Story” was developed by our very own Generation Citizen students. This exciting new elective course was designed to help students have an even more comprehensive understanding of the important and impactful societal contributions of the American people. A new middle school skills-based course entitled “Personalized Learning: English Language Arts” was developed to help best meet the needs of our students and to give them more agency in the learning process.

    The year has truly started off with a wonderful energy and students are clearly abuzz with the beautiful tones of optimism and motivation in their voices.  I look forward to utilizing our “Highlights” tab to keep students and their families apprised of notable Secondary Humanities events and happenings. 

    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


    Bill Carpluk, Chairperson