Welcome back, everyone! Whatever craziness may be going on this year, this is going to an AMAZING year for learning Latin!

This website contains some important information both for you and for your parents. Most importantly, as soon as possible be sure you've joined the appropriate Google Classroom (the code will be given in class, or you can email me). After you've done so, you will find information for signing up for the appropriate Memrise and EDPuzzle groups. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me:


  • Google Classroom. It is imperative that you join our class's Google Classroom. You will be given the code in class (or you can email me).

  • Memrise. You will need to create a Memrise account. You may use your MTSD Gmail or create one from scratch. After you've created an account, follow the link for your block from Google classroom (or email me for the code).

  • EDPuzzle. You will need to create an EDPuzzle account. You may use your MTSD Gmail or create one from scratch. After you've created an account, follow the link for your block from Google classroom (or email me for the code).

  • Audio recordings for all textbook Latin readings. Latin I audio on YouTube; Latin II-III: YouTube versions ; MP3 versions.


  • How to succeed in Latin class! Please take some time to read this handout, How to be freaking awesome in Latin. It explains some fundamentals about success in Latin class.

  • Course description, grading, etc. Here s this year's Student Performance Expectations. It contains basic information about the class's grading, etc. . And here is the "official" MHS course description.

  • How to practice for the National Latin Exam. Don't look at this NLE handout until early February or so. No need to prepare for the NLE, but for the super ambitious there are some easy things you can do to prep.

  • Vocabulary spreadsheets with context sentences. These spreadsheets contain all of the learning vocabulary for each year of Latin. The context sentences are the same ones as in Memrise and are used on the quizzes and tests. Latin 1; Latin 2; Latin 3.

  • Memrise sets for the first three years of Latin. If you'd like to go back and review vocab. from previous years, here are all of the sets. Latin 1; Latin 2, Latin 3.


  • Back to School Night Video. Here is a video that I made for last year's Back to School Night (I couldn't attend because it was a Jewish holiday). It's a bit goofy, but it contains a lot of information about the nuts and bolts of our class. Although it's from last year, the information should all be relevant (except that we are now using semester rather than marking period grading).

  • Scope and Sequence. Here are the scope and sequences for the first three years of Latin. This will let you know which language structures we cover when, and which chapters of the textbook will be covered. Latin 2; Latin 3.

  • Online Gradebook. The information parents receive via Genesis Parent Access comes from Genesis, our Student Information System. Genesis Parent Access is designed to provide users with the ability to view: basic student information, schedule, homeroom teacher, bus route, attendance Information, assignments and grades from the teacher Gradebook (applicable for grades 5-12), marking Period Grades and Report Cards.

  • Here is a handout for parents who would like to ensure that their child is keeping up with their Latin work at home. What parents can do to make sure their child is keeping up with Latin at home.


  • Online Latin dictionary. Whitaker's Words is an amazing online dictionary. By all means you may use this whenever you come across a Latin word you don't know. I strongly recommend using this rather than Google Translate. It's not that I am opposed to Google translate on principle (in fact I think it's great in some ways for modern languages), it's just that it doesn't work very well for Latin. Whitaker's Words is really much better.

  • Spreadsheets of verb charts, all tenses and moods. This is for Latin III & IV. The spreadsheets are in synopsis form, giving the 3rd singular only. If you hover over an individual form, though, will give you all six persons.

  • Self-grading verb synopsis spreadsheet. This self-grading spreadsheet that will work for nearly any Latin verb.

  • Quizlet Flashcards. While the primary vocabulary learning tools that we use in our class is Memrise, you may also want to make use of Quizlet from time to time. They have some features that Memrise doesn't have (like the ability to make paper flashcards, print out vocabulary lists, etc.). Oxford Latin Course Book 1; Oxford Latin Course Book 2; Oxford Latin Course Book III, Reading Latin.

  • Internet Workbook for Oxford Latin Course. This is one of two websites that provide excellent additional grammar practice specifically designed for our textbook.

  • Oxford Latin Course Drills. This is the other of two websites that provide excellent additional grammar practice specifically designed for our textbook.

  • Spread Sheet for ALL of the vocabulary for ALL three books of the Oxford Latin Course. With this document you can s is a Google Doc spread sheet, but I have it set so that you cannot edit it. If you copy it to your own Google docs account (if you have one) or if you export it as an Excel spread sheet, you can then sort it any way you want (e.g., by chapter, by part of speech, alphabetically, etc.). It should be very helpful to have all of the book's vocab. in electronic form.

  • Oxford Latin Course Additional Readings. This is a Google Doc of the additional readings ("Quintus Fan Fiction") that we read in class.

  • Ritchie's Fabulae. Additional readings appropriate for Latin III and IV

  • Caesar's Gallic Wars. This is the primary text that we read during the second marking period (and a bit beyond).


Congratulations to students from Mr. Beyer's and Mr. Dominick's Latin classes for their exceptional performance in the 2018 National Latin Exam!!

Sixty-seven (67) students took the National Latin Exam in March, and 36 earned an award for outstanding performance (54% earning an award vs. 38% nationally). Among these are seven gold and twelve silver medal winners: Lisa Knuckey, Elizabeth Laub, Elizabeth Lee, Joi Myers, Hunter Myers, Christopher Tai, Helen Yang (gold); Kaitlyn Chau, Andrew Hans, Jason Li, Kristin Lucht, Dara McNally, Palmer McNally, Neena O’Mara, Victoria Ruan, Samuel Steen, Maxwell Sun, Keerti Sundaram, Wilson Wu (silver).

This year marks Lisa Knuckey’s fourth consecutive gold medal, which earns her the prestigious Maureen O'Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award. This distinction places her in the top one-half of one percent of fourth-year test takers.

The National Latin Exam is offered under the joint sponsorship of the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. The exams taken at Montgomery High School this year were Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, and Latin IV Prose. Each exam includes questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, life, history, derivatives, and comprehension of a short passage in Latin.


Congratulations to our MHS Latin Seal of Biliteracy earners! Overall, 14 MHS seniors obtained the seal of biliteracy for the 2018 school year. The recipients were Peter Nicholas Apazidis, Madeleine Grace Bates, Alexis Leah Blecher, Danielle Lauren Blecher,, Johanna Maryum Roesch Hussain, Lisa Ellen Knuckey, Brian Isaac Richie, Anika Isha Sareen, Erin Marie Simpson, Clara Haoyue Yu, Palmer Elizabeth McNally, Kieran Sanders Kessinger, Julia Michelle Hans, Ruma Arabatt


And for some personal news: my new book for Yale University Press was just given a really lovely review in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review .