February 25, 2021

Thatcher Hinman

French & German teacher
802-295-8610 x*2201

Katie Hluchyj

Spanish Teacher
802-295-8621 Ext. *2207

Katy Allis-Paredes

Spanish Teacher
802-295-8610 Ext. *2205 

Scott Tarbox 

French & German Teacher
802-295-8610 Ext. *2205

Cassandra North
Cassandra North
Spanish Teacher
802-295-8610 Ext. *2123

Travel and Hosting Programs

World Language Program

Want to learn Spanish, Arabic, or Italian?
Join Language Club 3-4:30 on Sundays!

Next Sunday (1/13), we start the Leslie Center Language Club again!  We meet from 3-4:30 p.m. We will start with Spanish and Arabic, and add Italian if there is interest. We meet at HHS or Dartmouth depending on the week. Please let Profe Hluchyj know if you would like to join!  It's a great chance to get to know a Dartmouth student & native speaker!

Want to learn a language we don't offer?
Sign up for World Language Lab!

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!!

Talk with Profe Hluchyj & check out these videos to learn more about our work:


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

Germany Exchange Program

Hartford High School has established an exchange with two high schools in Germany: the Max Planck Gymnasium in Trier, and the Julius-Springer Schule in Heidelberg. We travel to Germany every two years, just as we host them every two years. The next trip to Germany is planned for spring of 2018! Below is a brief account of our recent trip to Germany, and a link to the German Exchange Program website with more details

On April 11, 2014 six Hartford High School students departed for a once in a lifetime adventure in Germany. After an exhausting plane ride, the group arrived in Luxembourg at 2 o’clock PM. Already it was such a change of environment from Vermont; the sun was out and trees had leaves on them. The weather was great for the entire two weeks that we were there.

We stayed with host families in each city and did a variety of activities and service-learning projects with each group. The first week was spent in the exciting city of Trier, while week two was spent in historical Heidelberg.

It was a trip of a lifetime, illed with many inside jokes and memories that will last forever. All of us Hartford students consider each other friends by the time the trip ends, which was a little unexpected. To experience such a foreign place, with a group of people all going through the same experiences creates a unique bond. Instead of students shying away from German culture and finding comfort in the familiarity of home within the fellow trip members, the friendships developed allowed students to feel more comfortable to venture into the unknown and explore what Germany has to offer as well as the rest of the world.

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

In the Kitchen

German 1 and 2 students baking Weinachtsplätzchen with Verena and Katharina, December, 2015:

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!