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Save Latin in Rhinebeck!

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Calling all Rhinebeck Central School parents, students, and alumni! 
Beginning this Fall, at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, the School Board is actively considering removing the Latin program. We believe that incoming students seeking a language to study should be given the opportunity to choose Latin, and those currently in the program should be allowed to finish their language sequence. 

 Students currently studying Latin are a passionate group who truly love the course and want to continue their studies. In the 2011 National Latin Exam, all of Rhinebeck High School’s Latin students received either gold or silver medals for high scores. For them, Latin offers a link to history and culture – as the ancient Roman civilization greatly influenced modern society. In addition, it gives students a strong foundation of the English language, not to mention an advantage on the SATs. 

Latin is the essential foundation for language, literature, and comprehension skills.  What’s more, educators are coming out to praise Latin’s comeback from the dead in schools.   

Rhinebeck is the only public school district in the area that counts Latin as part of its high-quality curriculum. The program sets Rhinebeck apart from other area schools, and offers a choice often available only at elite private schools. It is imperative that the Rhinebeck Central School Board of Education reconsider its potential decision to abolish Latin as a language choice. 

 We, the undersigned, support Rhinebeck’s Latin students in their desire to learn, and believe that they should have the opportunity in the following school year – and beyond - to begin and/or continue their study of Latin.


This petition is sponsored by past RCS Latin students who feel passionate about keeping Latin in the Rhinebeck public school curriculum.


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