Departments


ELL - English Language Learning Program


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Heather Berlin     3207
Susan Sullivan 3207

English

The English Department seeks to empower all learners as thinkers and communicators. In the words of the English Language Arts Frameworks we "recognize that facility with language, which includes knowing how to read and write effectively, is vital to success and empowers learners in many ways." We encourage all students to become thinkers and communicators as advocated in the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning. "Lifelong learners engage in constructing and conveying meaning by accessing, analyzing, evaluating, and applying knowledge and experiences for a variety of purposes, audiences, and situations." The English faculty recognizes that writing is not only social and interactive, but also private and personal. Therefore, we offer writing instruction which respects and nurtures the development of our learners' voices. Since we acknowledge that effective writing instruction integrates language processes and skill instruction, we create writing opportunities and assignments which address a variety of purposes, audiences, and situations. Through our literature instruction we seek to open new worlds to learners by introducing them to literature representing many genres, time periods and cultures. The English Department believes in the power of literature to expand perspectives and develop appreciation for others, and toward that end, we provide our learners with a rich variety of literary works.

Faculty

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Susan Crago, Chair 3303
Michele Bernhard 3211
Heather Brown 3306
Carl Mead 3300
Jonathan Knapp 3302
Anne Marie Osheyack 3305
John Selfridge 3314
Suzanne Strauss 3304


Fine and Performing Arts

The Fine and Performing Arts faculty believes in the importance of being sensitive to the needs of each individual student and of encouraging each student to strive for excellence in accomplishment. We endeavor to provide an atmosphere, which encourages exploration and creativity. Visual arts education trains students to perceive and shape the visual, spatial, and aesthetic characteristics of the world around them. Visual arts include the traditional “fine arts” of drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture; the design fields including industrial, ceramic, textile, furniture, and graphic design; and architecture, landscape design and urban, regional, and rural planning. Visual arts is a continuously evolving field that also explores the expressive potential of technologies such as film, holography, video, and other electronic forms of image-making.

Faculty

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Lisa Leary, Chair 3322
Deb Coon 3123
Stephen Eldredge 3020
Beau Flahive 3129
Sheryl Jaffe 3318


Mathematics

We believe that Mathematics is essential for all students. The Mathematics curriculum endeavors to create a learning environment that provides equal opportunities to empower all students to become mathematically literate in order to survive, as well as to succeed and prosper as productive members of a technological society. The Mathematics curriculum is focused on the classroom as a mathematical community where the students are individually and cooperatively engaged in exploring, conjecturing, thinking and making connections between mathematics, other disciplines, and real-life situations.

Faculty

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Rachel Stavely-Hale, Chair 3210
Beth Adams 3204
Dylan Boyd - Website 3206
Randy Gordon 3216
Mark Hanson 3208
Matt Heaney 3203
Brant Jones 3218
Allison Keefe 3205
Kathryn Keough 3214
Ester Matlock 3220


Science

All participating citizens in a democratic society should be scientifically literate. With the increasing role of technology in all elements of our society it is important that everyone have an understanding of the nature of science, how it works, and what it can and cannot do. Our science curriculum is designed to encourage the student to become involved not only with the laws and theories of the various branches of science but also with the practical aspects of these sciences. The science teachers hope to make students aware of technological developments so that as adults they will have the background to make intelligent and responsible decisions. Through stimulation of the thought process we hope to develop in the students at least a lifetime appreciation of science if not the incentive to take an active role in the future expansion of this knowledge.

Faculty

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Susan Biggs, Chair 3200
Donna Canuel-Browne 3226
Cate Dollard 3224
Matt Heaney 3203
Alyssa Langill 3222
Mark Morrison 3202
Dan Moylan - Website 3215
Jenny Podel 3201


Social Studies

In the general education of all students, the place and importance of history and social studies cannot be denied. The reasons are many, but none is more important to a democratic society than this: knowledge of history is the essential condition of political intelligence. Without history a society shares no common memory of where it has been, what its basic values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. Without history and knowledge in the social sciences, no sensible inquiry into the political, social, or moral issues in society can take place. Without this knowledge, the informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic process and the fulfillment of national ideals cannot be achieved. A social studies education opens to students opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of the world and its many cultures and ways of life different from their own. With a sound background in the social sciences, students may gain an appreciation of the world's many peoples and of their shared humanity and common problems. Students may acquire the habit of seeing matters through the eyes of others and in doing so come to realize that they can better understand themselves. This will enable them to contribute to the fulfillment of the nation's democratic ideals. Rooted in history, civics, and geography, and integrating concepts from anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, and the humanities, a social sciences education empowers students to become active and responsible participants in a diverse society in an increasingly interdependent world.

Faculty

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Kate Todhunter, Chair 3122
Mark Baldwin 3128
Norman Coady 3120
Kate Fontaine 3117
Rey Harp 3115
Scott Mahar 3118
Ryan Parent 3100


Special Education

Students who are experiencing academic difficulties may be considered for support services. Special Education Regulations expect that “all attempts be made to meet student’s need through regular education program prior to referring a student for a special education evaluation. Such services should include modification of the curriculum (see Modified Courses), attending after school help sessions, peer tutoring, or a referral to the Staff Support Team in order to address concerns.

In order to receive Special Education Services, students must have an identified disability and meet the eligibility criteria of the Massachusetts Chapter 766 regulations.

Faculty

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Melanie Samolewicz 3312
Heather Cripps, School Psychologist 3105
Sara Krause-Lloyd 3337
Kathryn Kurtz 3212
Jessica Lavallee 3308
Marianne Lockwood 3313
John O'Brien 3213
Mary Ellen Ryan 3112
Sean Sawicki 3209
Gino Roman 3014
Melissa Power-Greene3330
Timothy Mahoney3316
Paul Fitzgerald, School Adjustment Counselor 3107
Michael Weaver3309


Technology Education

Free enterprise is the freedom of individuals and businesses to operate and compete with a minimum of government interference or regulation. It enables individuals and businesses to create, produce, transform, develop, innovate and compete in the marketplace. As they are able and willing, enterprising people produce goods and services for profit, offer their labor for wages and own the resources needed to produce and sell goods and services. In this system, no one forces people to be creative, productive or enterprising. Instead, they pursue what they believe to be best for them. By producing the goods and services that society values most highly, a free enterprise system results in the greatest efficiency, or lower cost, of any economic system. It is the system most compatible with individual freedom and political democracy.

Faculty

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Robert Melnik, Chair 1354
Linda Pickreign 3010
Jeromie Whalen 3016


Wellness

The Wellness Curriculum at Northampton High School is an integral part of each student’s education. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill foundation for personal wellness. Students with this understanding are encouraged to achieve better health and take responsibility for their own wellness.

Faculty

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Salem Derby, Chair 3017
Trish Armstrong 3126
Lee Mollison 3126


World Languages

Through the study of classical and modern languages and cultures, students are able to broaden their understanding of the world around them and gain a valuable perspective on their own language and culture by comparison. While we recognize the importance of such goals, we also value two other aspects of language and culture study; first, it's personally rewarding to learn another language, and second, it promotes awareness of our own pluralistic community. While our language program develops all four communicative skills as well as cultural aspects, emphasis is placed on oral proficiency.

Faculty

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Jim Bridgman, Chair 3108
Barbara Bitgood 3110
Sandra Kielbasa 3104
Jocelyn Langer 3106
Courtney Woodruff 3102

Library

Gail Terranova 1355


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