Latin I Syllabus: see Dr. Paczkowski's website
Latin II Syllabus
Latin III Syllabus
AP Latin Syllabus
Dear Proud Parent:
Salve and welcome to another great school year! I am very excited to start the year and to continue to build on our strong Latin program which will enrich the lives of your son or daughter as well as contribute to the growing excellence that is Dacula High School.
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I have enjoyed my first seventeen years in Gwinnett County both as a classroom teacher and as a Latin Club (or Junior Classical League) sponsor, an aspect of Latin in high school which I feel is crucial to the students' overall growth. One of my main goals this year is to achieve 100% participation in the JCL and to double the active participation in all of its activities, particularly at Fall Forum (October 25th) and at the State Latin Convention (April 21st-23rd). Dacula's Latin students will also be able to participate in a wide variety of Latin Club events throughout the school year, including certamen (like quiz bowl, but all about topics that pertain to the classical world), a wide variety of academic tests (such as the National Latin Exam), and other events which are less academic and more for the fun of it (Latin Club dinners, toga bowling, etc.).
Through our Latinitas competition, every Latin Club member can earn a varsity letter in Latin, as well as a free trip to State Convention, and a number of end-of-the-year awards. I encourage you to take a look at how students can earn points through participation and excellence in all things Latin Club.
None of this is possible without the great parental support we and the students receive as well as the open communication among all of us that allows this to happen. Dr. Paczkowski and I want to reiterate that frequent and open communication is welcomed and encouraged. We will do our best to keep in contact with all parents, but keep in mind that we teach over two hundred students, so this is quite a daunting task! Therefore, we ask that you feel free to email us (the best way to get in touch with us) without hesitation. You can track your child's progress through the Parent Portal and I will send various update emails on a regular basis once I get everyone's email on a listserv. Again, I will do my best to contact all of my students' parents, but please consider this an open invitation to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.