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Spanish Language Arts

Goal

  • Develop fluency and literacy in two languages

  • Achieve proficiency in all academic subjects

  • Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and develop positive attitudes toward fellow students, their families and community

Achievements

Newly adopted Seal of Biliteracy Award given in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

 

Statement by the District that mastery of two or more languages is important. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admission offices.

 

Program Background/History

  • Started at Hatch Elementary K-5 as a district magnet program in 1991

  • Staffed with certified bilingual teachers supported by parents

Goals for expansion K-12

  • Expand and coordinate an articulated Two Way Immersion Program K-12, which provides English only and Spanish speaking students the opportunity to become fully bilingual and biliterate

  • Engage parents in their children's instructional program through parent involvement activities, adult education, and trainings

Financial Impact

Funding for the District's Immersion Program comes from the General Fund, categorical dollars, and parent donations.

 

Cunha "Pursuit of Bilingualism Award"

 

An award designed to celebrate engagement in the pursuit of language skills in two or more languages, to affirm positive attitudes towards multilingualism, and to validate use of multiple languages for all students. To be awarded at the end of 8th grade. 
 

Community Service Agreement Biliteracy Award Checklist
Community Service Timesheet Biliteracy Award Oral Presentation Rubrics
Community Service Release Biliteracy Award Written Essay Rubric