Beginning in seventh grade, every Foote student takes Latin in addition to a modern language, providing a common experience for our middle school students. Interdisciplinary, thematic units focus on Latin language while incorporating Roman culture, history and mythology. At the end of the Foote School Latin program, students are poised to read the great works of Roman authors with a linguistic and historical perspective. From the first year, classes involve a balance of written work, spoken Latin, creative composition and illustration. Research projects allow for individual investigation of topics such as historical and legendary figures of Roman history, mythology, daily life and the topography and monuments of the ancient city.

The sixth grade Festival of the World caps a yearlong study of global cultures, religions and geography. Each student studies a different country, creating a range of informational and artistic projects, including a model of a famous landmark.

Meet Beth Mello

Beth Mello

As interim Head of Middle School, Beth provides educational leadership in Grades 6–9. As Assistant Head of School, she oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.

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