Raider Family News
Meet the World Language Department
World Languages Department Information:
Number of Department Members: 6
Languages Offered: Portuguese and Spanish
Collective Years of Teaching: 114 years
Collective Years at SBRHS: 92 years
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations
Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese
Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and French
Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and Spanish (2 teachers)
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Masters in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Portuguese Studies (2 teachers)
Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish
David Gleason, World Languages Content Coordinator
Matt de Matos
World Languages Vision Statement:
In the World Language Department, ALL students will be exposed to a high level of proficiency in a world language. Our students will be Resilient as they encounter a rigorous Academic program that challenges them to be Independent critical thinkers, problem solvers, and strong communicators in real-world situations. Students will strive to be world-ready Digital-citizens who display Empathy and Respect to those people and cultures of the world.
Important Information from the World Languages Department:
At least two consecutive years of study in Portuguese or Spanish is encouraged to satisfy most college’s entrance requirements for world languages. Three and four years of a language are also offered and are preferable in the eyes of college admissions counselors.
World Languages Academic Support is offered on Tuesdays after school in the library free of charge. Students can receive extra help and make up missing assignments during academic support. Mrs. Arsenault, Mrs. Camara-Araujo and Mr. de Matos are the instructors this year.
The World Language Department, SBRHS and the school districts of Somerset and Berkley will be celebrating Multicultural Week April 10, 2023 - April 14, 2023.
A group of SBRHS students will be traveling to Portugal and Spain in February 2024, led by group leaders Mrs. Camara-Araujo and Mr. Talbot.
School Roles of our Department Members:
Academic Support and Tutoring
Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
Baseball Volunteer Coach
Future Teachers of America Advisor
Interdisciplinary Travel Team
World Language Club Advisor
Department members have lived in or visited:
Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Haiti, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Monaco, Portugal, The Azores, Madeira, Puerto Rico, Spain, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands.
Fun Facts - Guess Who? (Answers Can be found at the end of the Raider Family News)
1. ?- I played basketball in Middle School and played accordion in High School.
2. ? - I can play a variety of musical instruments, including the pipe organ, piano, trombone, clarinet, tuba, saxophone, baritone and trumpet. I've worked as a bank teller, barista and substitute teacher.
3. ? - I love World War II movies.
4. ? - I have taught grades 5 up to the university level. I was the first Spanish professor of a current colleague of mine. I did both undergrad and graduate work in Spain. I have walked on the equator. I have stood in the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. I love reading historical fiction. I am a fan of the Godfather movies (1 and 2). I have led student and adult groups through Spain, France, England, and Ecuador.
5. ? - I have had the honor of coaching over 400 games for the Blue Raiders. I've climbed an active volcano. I've seen both Messi and Ronaldo play in person, unfortunately not against each other. I've been to 15 different MLB stadiums. My favorite dessert is Gregg's chocolate cake and my favorite ice cream flavor is coffee.
6. ?- I developed a love for languages at a very young age. French was my first passion. I studied in Lisbon and Madeira before coming to the US, as a young adult. In 2016, I saw Cristiano Ronaldo and his family in his homeland - Funchal, on Madeira island - during the opening of his own Pestana CR7 Hotel. I have always loved poetry, music, dancing, and swimming.
I am blessed to have a few lifelong friends - some, living in different parts of the world - with whom I have kept in close contact for over 40 years, in spite of the thousands of miles that separate us. I cherish every moment and treasure each memory with my loving family and friends.
Multicultural Week--April 10-April 14
April 10th--Half Day
Congratulations to our DECA Students
Will McDonough Writing Contest Winners
The Will McDonough Writing Contest, named in honor of the legendary Boston Globe sportswriter, takes place every year.
In 2022, over 1,000 students from across New England participated in the contest. The winners are chosen by The Globe sports writers and editors. The contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12. This year Somerset Berkley had a very impressive showing. We congratulate all of our honorees:
Second Place: Kyle Comeau
Honorable Mention: Rylee Resendes, Ryan Rose and Sam Trenholme
Honorable Mention: Brooke Bernier, Gabby Fernandes, Kylie Green, Serena Da Silva, and Emma Preston
On Saturday, March 25, Somerset Berkley Regional High School’s Model UN took three teams to Bunker Hill Community College to compete in the twenty-first annual Academic WorldQuest, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America. At the event, SBRHS was joined by thirteen other teams competing from around the Commonwealth. Academic WorldQuest is a team game testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs. In the game, four-person teams compete by answering questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories.
Teams that participated:
Although SBRHS did not win the event, we brought three teams that are dedicated to international affairs, motivated to engage in the Model UN, and made SBRHS proud!
Attention Sophomores--PSAT Date Announced
The annual Peer Leadership SBRHS-Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Friday, April 28, 2023.
Students who scheduled an appointment for our last drive, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, can reschedule their appointments at: Schedule appointment.
If students didn't get a chance to sign up last time, please schedule an appointment using this link.
If you are 16, please see Ms. Copeland in room 235 for the parental consent form that is mandatory for 16 year-old donors. Any questions should be directed to Ms. Gosson in room 237 or Ms. Copeland in 235 or see Ms. Copeland and Ms. Gosson during their scheduled lunch.
Please be aware this blood drive is for STUDENTS AND STAFF OF SBRHS ONLY. There is no availability for outside guests to participate during this event.
5 K Run/ Community Clean-up
Answers to World Language Department Guess Who?
2. Mr. de Matos
3. Ms. Arsenault
4. Mrs. Camara-Araujo
5. Mr. Gleason
6. Mrs. Francisco