April 15, 2021

Thatcher Hinman

French & German teacher
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Katy Allis-Paredes

Spanish Teacher
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Scott Tarbox 

French & German Teacher
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Cassandra North
Cassandra North
Spanish Teacher
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Travel and Hosting Programs

World Language Program


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This course is designed for students wishing to learn a language other than Spanish, French, or German. Students work as a class on language-learning strategies and study a language of their choice by setting goals and working toward them using online and community resources.  Last year, students explored Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and American Sign Language.

Application can be found here.

Explore the world...

while learning a language!

In the last few years, HHS students have traveled with WLC Department Programs to Germany, France, Martinique, Québec, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.

La France (2018 & 2015) et la Martinique (2017)


This spring (April 2018), Scott Tarbox will take students to France!  This is one of several trips he has taken with his students.

In April 2015, 12 students and 2 teachers, Scott Tarbox and Andersen Thorp, embarked on a 2-week extensive tour throughout France.  We started in Paris, spending three days visiting quintessential tourist sites, such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, le Tour Eiffel, L’Eglise Notre-Dame, ending with a boat cruise on the famous river Seine.   From there, we took a high-speed train to France’s southern coast to tour the old city of Marseille, across to the Bordeaux region and up to Normandy

Some of our highlights included stopping in Monaco and the coast of Marseille, having dinner in a cave restaurant, and walking around the ancient Roman aqueducts.  Furthermore, we visited a variety of castles, museums, markets, pastry shops, and restaurants throughout the country.  Besides the larger cultural centers, students had the opportunity to experience rural life in southern villages and coastal towns. Throughout our stay, we were lucky to have nearly perfect sunny weather and many opportunities to speak French with local merchants. Our group ended the trip with a day-long visit the famous Mont St. Michel monastery

During spring break April 2017, students visited the French territory of Martinique in the Caribbean for 8 days, spending time with high school students in local schools, hiking, learning traditional recipes, visiting museums, and traveling throughout the capital and rural villages.

Spanish Immersion & Service Learning Project

Through volunteer work in Ecuador in 2018, Peru in 2016, Nicaragua in 2014, and the Dominican Republic in 2012 we use our Spanish skills to meet new people and learn about other communities in Latin America.  Students who continue with Spanish through the advanced-level courses have the opportunity to participate in our project every two years.  Stay tuned and get your Spanish ready for our next adventure!!

To learn more about the Spanish Immersion and Service Learning Project, please visit our page here.

2014 Trip to Germany

HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.

Our partner school in Germany is the Frankenwald Gymnasium, located in the town of Kronach, in northern Bavaria.

We look forward to continuing our exchange once the pandemic is over!

In year's past, we have partnered with schools in Trier (Max Planck Gymnasium) and Heidelberg (Julius Springer Schule).  Groups of students travel from Germany to Hartford, and vice-versa.  Students stay with host families to experience the daily life of the host community.  Trips last approximately two weeks and include community service projects in both countries.  Projects have included: working at the Listen Center in WRJ; doing trail work and river restoration; partnering with elementary school students, and refugees; and the community food shelf in Kronach.

To learn more about the German Exchange Program, please visit our page.


HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.
HHS and JSS students walk along the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg.

HHS students work at a food shelf in Kronach Germany
HHS students work at a food shelf in Kronach, Germany

JSS and HHS students collaborate on a project
JSS and HHS students collaborate on a project.

FWG and HHS students eat dinner together
FWG and HHS students eat dinner together

World Language Department News

Spanish highlights from the Fall Semester, 2018:

Our Advanced Topics courses took a trip to Boston to explore career paths that require language skills, talking with the Department of Interpreter Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor at Boston University Law School. Students organized this trip themselves through their semester-long collaborative projects, and it also included visits to Chilean and Venezuelan restaurants!

Our Spanish 3 class made children's books and read them to Kindergarten classes at the White River Elementary School.

In December, Senior Aidan Grant won second place in Advanced Spanish in the regional Hanover Poetry Recitation Contest!