ECE Latin American Studies
On Friday, March 14, Coventry High School teachers Katie Pease, World Language, and Susan Mike, Social Studies, met with Oscar Arias, former two-term President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. President Arias spoke at the University of Connecticut regarding world peace and human rights.
Immediately following President Arias’ speech, Mrs. Pease and Mrs. Mike (along with other UConn Early College Experience teachers) had the opportunity to meet and dine with the President. Teachers spent some time in an in-depth round-table question and answer session with President Arias regarding his views, opinions, and experiences in Latin America.
This invaluable opportunity was arranged by Dr. Anne Gebelein of The Institute of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at UConn. Dr. Gebelein is the overseer of the Early College Experience (ECE) Latin American Studies course, which Mrs. Pease and Mrs. Mike will be co-teaching to Coventry High School students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. In doing this, Coventry High School will be one of only three high schools in the state of Connecticut to offer this course; the other schools being E.O. Smith High School and Stafford High School.
The ECE Latin American Studies course at Coventry High School is a gateway course designed to introduce students to the issues and themes that shape contemporary Latin American society and culture. Course topics include a consideration of geography, indigenous peoples, colonization and nation formation; society, politics, economy, the culture of contemporary Latin America and its place in today’s world. The course examination of the region will include perusal of original historical documents, poetry and literature, videos, art, web, and textbook readings.
Students who successfully complete this course will earn three credits through UConn as well as 0.5 World Language credits and 0.5 Social Studies credits at Coventry High School.
For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Katie Pease at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Susan Mike at email@example.com or by phone 860-742-7346.
Brian Dance Award
Coventry High School Senior, Lauren Marshall, was the third place winner in the Academic Category for the Brain Dance Award sponsored by the Institute for Living at Hartford Hospital. This is an academic and arts competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The Brain Dance Awards encourage high school students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care. The projects submitted from throughout Connecticut were judged by expert clinicians and researchers in the field based on relevance to issue of stigma, creativity, accuracy of information, and scientific rigor. Lauren submitted a paper she wrote for Meredith Kirkpatrick’s AP English 12 class regarding mental illness. Lauren and her family, along with Ms. Kirkpatrick, are invited to attend the Brain Dance Awards Ceremony at the Institute of Living on Thursday, April 24, where she will receive a prize of $100.
Annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Program
Two Coventry High School students have been honored for their artwork by the
Connecticut Regional Art Awards Program. Freshman Lillian Russo, a student in the
Art Fundamentals class under the direction of art teacher, Alison Blair, was awarded Honorable Mention. Her artwork entitled “The Leaving Tree” is an ink drawing of a tree with a splash of watercolor.
Junior Samuel Sattar, a student in the Advanced Art II class also under the direction of Alison Blair, received Honorable Mention for his work entitled “The Birth of a Star,” which is an acrylic painting of an image of a bear as a spiritual dream. For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alison Blair, at Coventry High School at 860-742-7346, Ext. 138.
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