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Dec.15 Meeting is cancelled due to bad weather

Given the snow day, tonight’s meeting is cancelled. There are only two remaining informational meetings for parents who are interested in enrolling their kindergarten child/ren in DLI program for the 2016-2017 school year. All interested parents must attend one meeting and sign the committment form for enrollment. Those meetings are…

January 5th – 6pm at Central Services
January 12th – 6pm at Central Services

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Why Mandarin Chinese?

Do you wonder, “Why Mandarin Chinese?”?

Here is the CST editorial board answering that question with their opinion. What are others’ opinions on the benefits of learning Mandarin?

http://trib.com/news/opinion/editorial/let-s-ready-wyoming-s-future-ambassadors/article_28161e4a-675a-5fd7-92d3-b8daadb131bc.html

Knowing a foreign language can get you a high paying job

The Army, NYPD and State Department can’t get enough workers that are bilingual, check this article to learn about it:

The hottest job skill is…

DLI Vote on April 8th – Board Meeting Details

The Board Meeting will be at Central Services (970 N. Glenn Rd) in the room right off of the main doors.

Day:  Monday, April 8th
Time:  Board meeting starts at 7:30  – be there early!
Speaking to the Board:  Public comments are taken at the beginning of the board meeting.  Individuals have 3 minutes to address the board.  We will post talking points on Facebook and the blog and have them available at the meeting.  Please come and voice your opinion!

Three questions will be addressed:

1)  Will Natrona have a DLI school?

2)  If so, what school/s and what language/s?

3)  When to start the first year?

Update on 3/25 Trustee meeting

 

Thank you to the parents who got up and spoke in favor of DLI last night at the Trustee’s board meeting.  As many of you were new faces, thank you, thank you.  Your efforts matter!

The DLI presentation from Dr. Mathern described the results of the parent survey as well as the next steps.  Many questions were asked by the Trustees that were on target (but tough) and the Trustees have obviously been think about what a DLI program would need for success.  Their questions and worries centered on quality implementation, budget issues, attrition of students and the potential need to add teachers during year 4 and 5 when the schools decrease their classroom count from 4 to 3 (or in Park’s case from 3 to 2).  These are good questions but we do worry about their worries!

To access the survey results as well as answers to some board questions, please see the below link.  At the link, scroll through the agenda to the Dual Language Immersion update.  When you hit on that link, you will see the two files.

http://www.boarddocs.com/wy/ncsd1/Board.nsf/Public

So, keep getting supporters to write or call the Trustees.  They have to know the community is behind this.

CST Article – 3/18/2013

http://trib.com/news/local/casper/dual-language-classes-interest-grows-in-natrona-county-wyoming/article_1daa05f6-6232-58d2-bf54-b664b9a3bb20.html

Open House Information

The district Trustees have given us the go ahead to solicit schools and begin an official student wait list!  We are still striving to start in the Fall of 2013 with Kindergarten and 1st grade.  We have interested parents in a Mandarin Program and a Spanish Program.

Come find out more information about the DLI program and what it could mean for your family and your students.

Date:  January 24th

Time:  7:30 p.m

Place:  District Central Services Facility

970 N. Glenn Road

Change in time for Trustee work session

I made a mistake!!  DLI will be presenting sometime between 6 and 7:30 at the board work session.  I apologize for the change and hope you can make it.

Some typical Questions and Answers

What is Dual Immersion?

Dual immersion is a general term for teaching two languages at once.  It comes in many forms, but for the Natrona County School District #1 (NCSD#1), it will consist of 50% of a student’s time in English and 50% of the time in the second language.  The student will be taught math, civics/history and science in the second language and then English, literature and a generalized review would happen in English.

How will the “other” teacher know what is going on?

Dual Immersion is only successful if teachers work as a team.  The collaboration between the two teachers will ensure that academic success does NOT get left behind.

What languages are being proposed?

Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin)

Will these two languages be at the same school?

No.  Parents will need to choose which language they would like to immerse their child in and enroll them at that school.

How many schools will have dual immersion?

In the beginning, we will be at two schools, one school per language.  However, in Utah, the program has been so successful that the number of schools has increased dramatically.

What happens to the test scores of students enrolled in Dual Immersion?

Initial test scores slip a small fraction as the students spend time learning the basics of another language.  However, once those students reach third grade, they tend to do as well as or outperform their English only peers.  All curricula are tied to the Common Core and have performance benchmarks.

What is the overall Language Goal of the program?

Dual Immersion students will be able to speak, write, read and LEARN in the second language.  Students will be learning content through the second language and each student will have performance benchmarks to ensure success.  High School freshman will take the AP Language exam.  A score of 3 or above will earn the freshman college credit!  During the sophomore through senior years, students may take college level language courses.

If it doesn’t work for my family, can I drop out?

Of course!  This program is completely voluntary and will only take place at part of the school.  There will be other English only classes at the school so a student can simply transfer classes.

How am I supposed to help my child if I don’t know the language?

This is a common fear among families.  We all want to be there for our children!  The teaching and administrative staff will ensure that any additional help in the foreign language is provided at the school.  The parents/guardian can assist a student by helping them in the subject matter, in English, at home.  This is one of the critical ways this program succeeds.  For example, if a student can do a math problem in Spanish and then gets it reinforced in English, that student has truly mastered the math material.

How much will this cost the district?

For each new class, there is a $10,000 set up fee.  This fee will purchase materials for the classroom and books for the library.  NCSD#1 can piggyback with Utah’s program for hiring, staff training, and collaboration with personnel and curriculum guidelines.  Thus, implementing the program is extremely low cost compared to doing it by ourselves.

How will dual immersion work within Natrona County’s “School of Choice“ program?

Great question!  We don’t know yet.  We will be talking to the district as soon as we feel that enough of the community is behind the idea.  They want what is best for children as do we.  We think this will be a win-win for both parties!

 

Have any more questions?  Leave a comment or email us at casperdualimmersion@hotmail.com

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

Frequently asked questions  about Immersion Programs in Languages

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