Amagansett Adds Languages to Curriculum

Latin and American Sign Language will be added to the Amagansett School curriculum this winter, Eleanor Tritt, the district’s superintendent, announced this week, in addition to Spanish, which is already provided from prekindergarten through sixth grade. American Sign Language will be taught to students in kindergarten through third grade and Latin will be introduced to third through sixth graders.

Celeste Tracy, a veteran educator who will teach the classes, comes to Amagansett “with multiple years of foreign language education experience in both parochial and public school settings,” Ms. Tritt said. She will begin work on Jan. 2.   According to Ms. Tritt, the decision to expand the district’s language program came about because of the strong correlation between foreign language learning and academic success. “We are committed to providing our students with the tools necessary to excel in today’s evolving world culture. The inclusion of additional foreign language programs ensures that our students enrich their linguistic skills and develop a greater appreciation for languages,” she said.