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It is with sadness that MagisterWick announces that this site is not currently being maintained or updated. In late summer 2012 his attentions turned to being a cancer caregiver at home, and  by January 2013 it was necessary for him  to resign
his teaching position at Windsor HS. That need ceased on January 21, 2014.
Magister Wick is now actively seeking new employment and he looks
forward once again to calling online attention to the many ways in which
Latin is still alive and well in the 21st century. 

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April 2012

Latin III classes wish Rome a happy 2,765th birhday!
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March 2012

Latin II  Makes Black and White Roman Mosaics!
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January 2012

After autographing the whiteboard, 2011 Fall Semester Block 1 Latin students gather around Magister Wick on their last day of class. Valēte!

April 2011
CSI:  WINDSOR...The clues are everywhere!
Latin and Rome live in everyday English.

Latin Four students this spring have the facts to prove the case-- Latin is everywhere you look. Students have searched discarded newspapers to create collages of vocabulary with  tell-tale traces of Latin. They have also clipped and cropped, stapled and stuck a bulletin board and a hall wall full of all things Roman.            bene factum...euge omnibus! 

March 2011
Latin Two Studies Romano-British Mosaics at Fisbourne Palace

The verdict is in:   "They're a lot of work!"

Download Large Scale PDF Files for Each Mosaic
Make your own Roman Fishbourne-Style Mosaic Online

Google Rōmānē

Everything old is new again! Web searchers who visited Google on New Year's Day lauched the year 2011 with Roman numerals!   Fēlīcitās omnibus!

LatinFest 2010

Latin students at Windsor High School commemorated the 2054th  anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination on Monday, March 15—the Ides of March. Students from Latin II and Latin IV classes celebrated  the  all-day festival by making ivy garlands and togas, feasting on ancient Roman and modern Italian foods and enjoying  banquet entertainments featuring musicians and  singers, dancers, comedians, and an original poetry recitation.  Four teams began the morning by competing in athletic field activities which included a Roman shield relay race, a Frisbee discus  competition, a “javelin”  toss, and an ancient Greek hoop roll.  The day concluded with a three-hour film biography of Julius Caesar. Latin is alive and well in Windsor!

Read Some Student's-Eye Views of LatinFest 2010
If you would like to print individual picture files, download the MS  Powerpoint:

Congratulations for a job well done!    Click here for a larger format.

June 5-10, 2009

As the 2009 Spring semester came to a close, students in Latin II  reviewed vocabulary, grammar and narratives in a variety of ways,  including illustrating Latin passages from the book and discovering in newspapers and magazines the many English words which have come to us from Latin. Click here for a selection of their work in a larger format.

May 29, 2009

                                                          Teach Day

Magistri Klausmeier and Wickenden finalize plans for third block Latin III during Senior Teach Day, 2009.  Magister Klausmeier presented a powerpoint on Roman military equipment and guided discussion after the class watched a video depicting several of the battles which helped extend Roman power across the Mediterranean. Kudos for a job well done!

April 10, 2009

                                                          Norfolk, VA

   Together with Art Club members and students from Mrs. West's Art History class, twenty students from Windsor's Latin II, III, and IV classes shared a field trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk on the Friday before Spring Break. Students had the opportunity to see a gallery devoted to many excellent ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, as well a classically themed paintings and sculptures displayed among  the museum's Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, American and Contemporary collections.
    The museum is world famous for its glass collection, and students were also able to see an extensive display of cups, bowls, plates, perfume bottles and decorative pieces from all areas of the Roman Empire as well as contemporary glass pieces installed throughout the museum as part of the heavily promoted Art of Glass II exhibition located at the Chrysler during  Spring  2009.

February-March,  2009   Virtual Tour of Italy

Windsor Latin students have been touring Italy via the Internet. Thanks to Wikipedia and Google Image Search, students in all classes have been exploring some smaller cities and towns that are not on most  Italian itineraries. All the locations date back at least to Roman times, and each has an abundance of ancient ruins to be seen and explored. As "postcards" arrive, they are being shared with the class and displayed around a classroom map of the Italian peninsula. Take a look!

You'll need Acrobat Reader to view the PDF "postcard"  files below.
Villa Romana del Casale
Turin Albano Laziale
Villa Romana del Casale2 Capua Capua2 Milan
Benevento Brindisi Lecce Assisi
Rimini Stabiae Milan2 Ancona

March 6, 2009   Going to Pieces!

Third block students today not only had the opportunity to read information about the many types of  mosaics. that have been discovered in countless sites around the ancient Roman world, but they also had an opportunity to try their hand at creating their own intricate geometric patterns through the use of a unique online mosaic generator.    Click on any student's name to see their mosaic full-size.







February 13, 2009

                                                          The Last Day  
After having studied life in the Roman town of Pompeii throughout first semester, Windsor Latin classes watched the BBC video,   Pompeii:  The Last Day, on Friday, February 13.  While a fictionalized account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, this video contructs its narrative and characters based on actual archaeological details.  Groups of characters in the movie meet their death in imagined situations that recreate the precise postion of  real remains that have been discovered in the small  Italian town, and artifacts (such as money, jewelry, and glass flasks, to name a few) that were discovered with those human remains are cleverly worked into the movie's narrative development.
 As companion exercises, students also read what a first-hand oberver, the Roman author Pliny, wrote about Vesuvius' eruption, learned how Pliny's name has been given to these types of volcanic events, and watched several short news clips of a similar occurrence, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state in 1980.

January 30, 2009      Archaeologist visits Windsor!

      On Friday, January 30, as part of Windsor High School's Career Day, first block Latin students, along with students from World History, Sanish, and Art classes were treated to a talk and powerpoint on underwater archaeology presented by  Susanne Grieve, Senior Conservator at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Ms. Grieve, who holds a bachelor's degree in Underwater Archaelogy from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in Conservation from  University College Lodon,  has also received a certificate in Foreshore Archaeology from  Hinders University in South Australia and  completed an intership with the CSS Hunley Civil War Submarine Project. Her most recent work took Ms. Grieve to Antarctica for six months in 2008, when she  participated  in an international team of archaeologists charged with evaluating, cataloging and conserving artifacts left behind by the first expeditions that  explored the South Pole during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 Among the topics covered by Ms. Grieve in her talk for Windsor High School were 1) her participation the much-publicized, recent recovery and conservation of the
gun turret of the Civil War ironclad, the Monitor, which is now housed in its own display space at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News;  2)  her recent work in Antarctica, where, in addition to her scholarly work, she reported that her team had frolicked outside in T-shirts when temperatures got as warm as zero degrees (!); and 3) the famous Bronze-Age Uluburun shipwreck located in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Turkey. In addition to her prepared remarks and slides, Ms. Grieve generously answered, for over 30 minutes, students' questions about archaeological methods and discoveries, her own work conserving organic materials, her schooling, her paycheck, and life at the South Pole. She also told students what types and sequences of school courses were necessary to prepare for  careers in archaeology and encouraged them to work hard and take advantage of volunteer internships, including those at the Mariners' Museum, to explore and refine their interests. And, YES, she did study Latin in school!
    Windsor Latin students had prepared for Ms. Grieve's visit by reading articles and summarizing information about  the rediscovery of the ancient sunken city of
Alexandria in 1994 as well as Roman age shipwrecks discovered throughout  the Mediterranean Sea off  SpainItaly Sicily, and Egypt.  After Ms. Grieve's  visit, students wrote creative "acrostic" papers summarizing prominent facts about, and their impressions of,  underwater archaeology.

January 5, 2009

Welcome back, Windsor Latin students!  Happy New Year! We have an exciting spring ahead, and I'm pleased that you will be with us to share the fun of learning about Latin and ancient Rome, as well as  the many ways in which they continue to touch our lives in the 21st century. We, in turn, will bring a touch of the 21st century to Latin itself  by making extensive use of the Internet for research and study drills, and by using this Latinata website to share our work with the world. Your help and suggestions will be most welcome.
Mr. Wickenden
Felix sit annus novus!


June 2008


The 2007-2008 school year for Windsor Latin students ended with all classes watching the movie GLADIATOR, winner of the Best Film award for the year 2000.   Afterwards, in a short documentary, we learned  how the world of Ancient Rome had been recreated for the movie through the use of  digital effects created by computers!

Earlier, in late May and early June, students in the Latin III class explored aspects of Roman architecture by building the Colosseum and a Roman Arch from special sets of wooden blocks. Everyone held their breath as the arch support was gradually removed, but the ancient secret of the keystone still worked.  The arch stood without external help and even managed to hold a stack of textbooks placed upon it!

                                                          the colosseum
                                                          the arch

The Romans perfected it and we still use it today!   Click here to enlarge the pictures.



Agree or Disagree?
Latin is not dead;
 it is eternal.

The saying ‘Latin is not dead,  it is eternal’ has real truth to it. Many words in modern languages are cognates for Latin words. Take “novus” for example; the words innovate and renovate both come from “novus”. Some sayings we have today are Latin sayings; mostly they are found in the medical field and in law practices: “Habeas Corpus,” meaning in our terms, “there must be a body for a trial.”  So, yes, I truly believe the statement that Latin is eternal.”    Storm   June 2008

“I do believe that Latin is eternal. Latin is everywhere around us. Their language is imbedded into many modern day languages. Their faith, belief, culture, daily life, heroes, and even words have fascinated us so much that we now have many movies, shows and books based on them. And, if you ever travel to Europe, you will still find the ruins of their homes, shops, and towns. Some, like Pompeii, may be lost, but they’re not forgotten. So Latin will not die until all of mankind dies, because it is a part of what we were and what we have now become.:    Sam  June 2008

“I have learned that Latin is honestly the base to how American language got started. We have a lot of English derivatives that come from Latin words so, even though we today do not speak Latin directly, we do use it everyday. Latin is eternal, unless someone would like to change some English words and their meaning. “ Whitlie  June 2008

 “I agree with the statement. Before this year I never paid much attention to how everyday language is affected by Latin. The weekly vocabulary lists really made it apparent that most English words derive from Latin in some way. Our government is also very influenced by the Romans. So, thank you, Mr. Wick. You have really opened my eyes to realize how important Latin is to our everyday lives.”    Elizabeth  June 2008

“I have learned that in Latin, if you change the  end of the word, you change the whole tense. I have also found out Latin is also a base for the English grammar. In Latin it is not hard to spell the word; the words sound just like they are spelled. I think Latin is an eternal language; we still use it today in our court of law. It also helps kids on their S.A.T.S.  That is what I have learned about Latin.”   Mike  June 2008

“Latin is not dead; it is eternal.”  I agree with that. The reason is because Latin can be used in many important ways. It can be used for college, careers, and something important later in life. The vocabulary that we use now is mostly from Latin. Not many people take Latin in school because they think it’s hard, but really it is not. And, in conclusion, people should take Latin because it will lead you to important things in life”    Peyton  June 2008

“I think Latin is eternal because it is still being used today. If Latin was dead we wouldn’t be studying it now. Some people are fascinated in learning the language of a great empire. Latin is never dead until no one teaches or learns the language again and there is nothing to remind us.”   Ryan  June 2008

“Latin is the root of many languages. People believe it is not spoken anymore, but this is not true. It is spoken everyday when we are learning Romance languages like Spanish and French. Many words in English come from Latin. If there were no Latin, how would we have so many words in English we use today? Latin is not dead, it is eternal because it lives in other languages.”      Kayla  June 2008

“It is true that Latin still lives on today. As I learned Latin, I realized that each word in English today was derived from something in Latin. Almost ever word in the dictionary will tell  you that if look beside it. It is even easier to know what each word in English means due to where it came from. Latin has made English something that I’m now content with. Latin died long ago, but its soul lives on for eternity.”    Leslie  June 2008

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