Winter Newsletter December 2016

Cari Genitori, Parenti, Amici e Studenti,

Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends and Students,

We would like to welcome you to our Italian Department Newsletter!

We the teachers of Italian at Haverhill High School (Mrs. Diskin and Mrs. Laffey) will be using this method of communication with you the parents, guardians and families of our students. We will inform you of any events, updates and general information about our Italian Studies.

All of our Italian Classes have been very busy working and learning Italian, since their arrival in late August.


In these classes, our students have been learning how to greet someone, how to ask for their name, age, birthday and address. They have also learned to ask and express likes and dislikes.

They are currently learning some basic verb functions along with adjectives, and nationalities in order to describe themselves and others.


In these classes, our students have been learning how to describe and talk about fashion. They have learned about reflexive verbs, adverbs and the present progressive tense, in order to talk about and write about the daily routines.

They are currently learning how to describe recent past events. These students do weekly readings from Un’estate tutta diversa reader. As a writing assignment Italian 2 students wrote to an imaginary Italian pen pal.


In these classes, our students have been learning how to shop in an Italian market, how to give commands, and use double object pronouns.

Currently they are learning how to describe their dwelling and the furniture in it. They do weekly reading of Le Avventure di Pinocchio reader.

As a writing assignment Italian 3 students have written an essay about their summer vacation as a review of past tenses, and are currently writing an essay about their Thanksgiving.


In this class, the students have been learning about the preterite tense. They have been learning and discussing about prominent Italian historical and literary figures.

They are currently learning and discussing about the Italian political system. They do weekly readings of Uffa’ reader.

They have written about their summer vacation as a review of past tenses. Each of the students also wrote an informative piece about an outstanding Italian figure of their choice, using the preterite and imperfect tenses.


This very advanced class is revisiting all their prior knowledge to review and prepare for the Avanced Placment Test, which they will take in May of 2017. They are using a number of authentic resources, such as the Mosaici, Cultura Italiana, First Italian Reader. We listen to authentic Italian music and watch RAI TV podcasts so that the students can hear different accents and intonations.

Italian Club News

Italian club meets twice a month in room K13 Our officers are:

President: Kiana Bueno, Vice President: Olivia Cranston, Treasurer: Lina Woronko Secretary: Eryn Spencer

In late October eighty of our students attended the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston. Following the museum visit we all enjoyed a delecious Italian luncheon at the Roma Restaurant in Haverhill.


Italian Club members have enjoyed playing Bocce outside on the lawn, and playing some Italian board games in the classroom. We will be learning how to make ‘pizzelle” and “espresso”. This Christmas Season we purchased many gifts for our adoptive young family from Emmaus House.


We will be having some bake sales and fundraising to defray some of our field trip costs. Membership is open to all students, regardless whether they study Italian or not.

Societa’ Onoraria Italica

This is a first at Haverhill High School; we have the pleasure of announcing the Foreign Language National Honor Society. Twenty nine senior students from all the foreign languages were inducted in a beautiful ceremony on the evening of December 15, 2016.  Twelve of these seniors are Italian 4 and 5 students, and they are members of the Societa’ Onoraria Italiaca (Italian National Honor Society) Their names are: Danielle Barton, Abbey Battaini, Owen Bourdon, Kiana Bueno, Olivia Cranston, Michaela D’Amore, Naisha Diaz, Cassandra Gaff, Cassandra Reyes, Natalie Rodriguez, Eryn Spencer, and Lina Woronko. Congratulations to All!


It is our pleasure to teach and share your children!

We wish you well, Arrivederci!

Mrs.Diskin and Mrs. Laffey