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Hewlett H S World Languages

Dr. Nicole Montellese, Chairperson (516) 792-4027   The  Department of World Languages at Hewlett High School believes in a communicative approach to language learning.  Students are encouraged to speak, listen to, read, and write in the language daily to increase proficiency.  Student progress is monitored by teachers to help students succeed and reflect on daily progress.  In addition, students explore countries around the world as they discover new cultures along with the language.     

The Department offers courses in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, ASL, and English as a New Language.    

NYS Standards for World Language Education*   Standard 1: Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication.
Standard 2: Students will develop cross-cultural skills and understandings.   

*Note:  NYSED has adopted new standards for World Language Education.  Implementation will begin in grade 7 in August 2023.  For more information on the new standards, click here.      

Hewlett High School is a proud sponsor of the 

New York State Seal of Biliteracy.

The NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages.  The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, to identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, to provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission and placement, to prepare students with twenty-first century skills, to recognize the value of language instruction, and to affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.  Successful candidates will earn three points in English and three points in each world language from a points matrix, which includes course grades, national and state exams, transcripts, and culminating projects.  The NYSSB takes the form of a Seal on the student's diploma and a medal worn at graduation.

Congratulations to our 2023 NYS Seal of Biliteracy Recipients!

       Hebrew & Spanish:  Gilly Tamir

       Italian & Spanish:  Isaias Valdez, Sarra Mikhaylov

       Russian & Spanish:   Ethan Abelev

       Albanian:  Krisantina Prifti

       French: Aurelie Narcisse

       Hebrew: Romi Adar

       Italian: Michael Pignatelli

       Korean: Sara Cho

       Spanish: Olivia Ginzburg, Abigail Khaytman, Tamar Honore, Leila Flores, Emily Erdos, Talya Uziel, Erica Sava, Niv Shapira

NYSSB 2020-21
NYSSB 2019-20


NYSSB Silver Award


NYSSB 2018-19


NYSSB 2017-18



Mandarin Chinese 1R 
Mandarin Chinese 2R  
Mandarin Chinese 3R
Mandarin Chinese 4H
AP Chinese Language & Culture  

Italian 1R
Italian 2R
Italian 3R
Italian 4H  

French 2R
French 3R
French 4H
French 5H
AP French Language & Culture  

Spanish 1R
Spanish 2R
Spanish 3R
Spanish 4H
Spanish Language via Film Spanish Pre-
AP College Spanish (SUPA)
AP Spanish Language & Culture  

American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 2   *

For detailed descriptions of each course, visit the 2023-2024 Hewlett High School Course of Study Guide.        

  Multicultural Club     

Foreign Language Honor Society * Junior & Senior Eligibility * Overall GPA: 90 * GPA in a World Language: 92         

Congratulations to our National French Exam (Le Grand Concours) winners!   GOLD: Rachel Chen, Joseph Kogan, Julia Igaunis   SILVER:  Briana Garcia, Ben Halimi, Shane Zamidar     Congratulations to our National Italian Exam winners!  

GOLD:  Alyssa Pilarte, Michael Pignatelli, Francesca Castro, Giovanni Castro, Sophia Flores

SILVER:  Isabella Oliveros, Christopher Beeg, Brianna Radoo, Jonathan Davidov

BRONZE: Bianca Paez, Phillip Elliott-Dezego, Emiliya Iani, Anaelle Fleurant, Ariel Izhakov

    Congratulations to our National Spanish Exam winners!  

SILVER:  David Abelev, Simon Kupchik, Wesley Sreter, 

BRONZE:  Isabel Ginsburg, Mikayla Kotlyar, Camilla Angeles, Christian Gomes, Mia Partesano, Genesis Cortez

Congratulations to our LILT World Language Competition Winners !  

  • Lincoln Williams: First Place in the LILT Poster contest
  • Queenie Chen & Darren Chen: 1st Place in Authentic Speaking Task (Mandarin Chinese)
  • Queenie Chen: 1st Place in Written Original Essay (Mandarin Chinese)  
  • Darren Chen: 2nd Place in Written Original Essay (Mandarin Chinese)  
  • Ryan Hung: 3rd Place in Written Original Essay (Mandarin Chinese)  
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