Abington High School
Grades: 9-12 Hours: 7:25 a.m.-1:57 p.m.
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 - Mike DiRado, Staff – Megan Kenealy, Michelle Poirier
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
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, Laura Louko, Kim McHugh, Patricia Pflaumer
The Foreign Languages Department offers a five-year sequence in French and a five year sequence in Spanish. 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 Languages Curriculum Frameworks, students should continue their study of French or Spanish through senior year. In addition, students are encouraged to begin the study of an additional Foreign Language during their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
Department Head - Patricia Grabowski, Staff - Martha Fry, Janet Meehan, Kate Ward
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 thorougought 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.
Driector- Kristin Ferioli (students with last names P-Z)
Staff- Sarah McGinness (A-G), Christina Sweeney (H-O) Adminstrative Assistant Paula Potter
School Psychologist - Kathleen Posk
LIBRARY & MEDIA - Susan Crowley
"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, Matthew Holzman, Kiran Jayakumar, Karen Kitterick, Lauren Bates
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 - Joyce Harrington, Staff - Steve Shannon
The four year high school program of science offerings begins with an expansion of the nine year sequence of integrated science in grades K-8. The four year 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.) Along with the ninth grade semester course, Critical Thinking and Design, 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 - Eric Beer, Nicole Corbett, Jaclyn Farias, Thomas Kitterick, John McGinness
“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, economics, geography and social science.
Department Head - Jason Scott, Staff - Jessica Kinsman, Brian Lanner, Amy Maddalena, Stephen Moore, Peter Serino
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.
Staff - Carrie Balasco, Sherrill Culbert, James Donohue, Cathy Keohane, James Robbins, William Siegel
Paras and Tutors - Judy Buckley, Karin Whitten, James Dorman, Jana Ohyiriuka, John Kelleher, Sue Peck
ESL - Elizabeth Despres, Speech and Language - Elyse Goodman
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST - Kathleen Posk
SCHOOL NURSE - Donna Conso
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, Doreen Langer, Adam Talbot