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Spanish Immersion

 

Wilson County Schools offers Spanish Immersion at Frederick Douglass Elementary School for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.  In a Spanish Immersion classroom, students spend the entire school day and school year learning to speak, read and write in both Spanish and English.

 

What Are the Benefits for Students? Students will…

  •    Become bilingual and biliterate
  •    Gain exposure to other cultures and languages
  •    Improve self-esteem
  •    Excel academically
  •    Enjoy career advantages
  •    Prepare to meet the challenges of a global society

 

Did you know?

  •    Using language in a variety of subjects increases students’ flexibility with the language.
  •    Students well-versed in a second culture are less likely to make mistakes or have cultural misunderstandings when
    traveling and working in a different country.
  •    Brain scans performed on people who have strong second- and third-language skills show that more parts of their brain
    are active than the typical brain of people who only speak one language.
  •    Knowing how to speak a second language will make it easier to learn a third language.
  •    Many large, international companies will not even consider a potential employee for a job unless they are able to
    communicate with ease in at least two languages.
 
Parents/guardians interested in enrolling their kindergartner or first-grader in Spanish Immersion should contact:

Frederick Douglass ES

5544 Lake Wilson Rd.

Elm City, NC 27822

(252) 236-4574

Principal Annette Faison

annette.faison@wilsonschoolsnc.net

 

Spanish Immersion Registration Forms:

Spanish Immersion Application (the school name at the top reflects the former name of Frederick Douglass ES. We are in the process of changing the school's names on forms).

Spanish Immersion Program Parent Statement of Understanding

 

GOALS FOR THE SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM

On May 21st, 2018 the Wilson County Schools Board of Education approved the following goals for the 2018-2019 school year in regards to the Dual Language Immersion Program:

 

Goal 1: Program Structure - Wilson County Schools and Frederick Douglass Elementary will provide a research-based instructional model in the Dual Language Immersion program.

 

Instructional Model

- No less than 50% instructional time in the target language.

- Minimum of daily instruction in literacy plus one content area in the target language.

- Professional Development by Participate and Wilson County Schools

- Support of effective planning, standards alignment, instruction and evaluation of students in a Dual Language Immersion setting.

- Enrichment and remediation for those content areas delivered in the target language.  

 

Program Structure - K & 1st

Grade Level

Structure/Model

Spanish Teachers

English Teachers

Teacher Assistant

Example Day

Kindergarten

50/50

1

 

1

AM-SLA & Math

PM-ELA/Science & Social Studies

1st Grade

50/50

 

1

AM-ELA/Science & Social Studies

PM-SLA & Math


Program Structure - 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

Grade Level

Structure/Model

Spanish Teachers

English Teacher

2nd Grade

80/20

1


1

3rd Grade

75/25

1

4th Grade

75/25

1

 

Goal 2: Recruitment and Maintaining - Wilson County Schools, in collaboration with Participate, will support the recruitment of students and maintaining of student participant numbers in the Dual Language Immersion program.

  1. Update information on the district website and social media regarding the Dual Language Immersion program goals and structure.
  2. Provide in-time information to the community via website, social media, and multiple school sites detailing the admissions process, policy, and deadlines for submitting applications.
  3. Provide information sessions to prospective families at school and/or other venues to offer details (e.g., best practices, student outcomes).

Admission Process

Priority is given to:

  • Students residing in the Wilson County School (WCS) District.  
  • Siblings of current WCS Spanish Immersion students.
  • Siblings of former students who have completed WCS Spanish Immersion program.

Program Entry Points

Reassignment is contingent upon the student’s acceptance into Spanish Immersion at Frederick Douglass Elementary.

- Students may enter Kindergarten Spanish Immersion anytime within the school year.

- Students may enter 1st Grade Spanish Immersion anytime between the beginning of school and the end of the first nine weeks.


Admission Process Timeline for 2018-2019 School Year

- If 28 applications are not received by 5PM on the fourth Friday in May (5/25/18), the deadline will be extended through the second Friday in June (6/8/18) and additional marketing will occur. Notifications letters will be mailed by the third Friday in June (6/15/18).

- If a minimum of 28 applications are received by the fourth Friday in May, notification letters will be mailed by the first Friday in June (6/1/18).


Wait List-Admission Process Timeline for 2018-2019

- A Kindergarten wait list will be created for those not admitted for the program. The admission process will be followed to fill any kindergarten vacancy that occurs throughout the school year.

- A First Grade wait list will be created for those not admitted for the program. The admission process will be followed to fill any first grade vacancy that occurs through the last instructional day in October each year.


Goal 3: Program Evaluation - Wilson County Schools, in collaboration with Participate, will engage in a yearly program review.

  1. Effectiveness of program structure based on Dual Language Immersion (DLI) research.
  2. Quality of teaching strategies that support all students participating.
  3. Balance of evaluation strategies in support of students participating in DLI instruction.
  4. Levels of student academic achievement.
  5. Quality of instructional resources that support planning, teaching, and learning.
  6. Effectiveness of program improvement recommendations.

Assessments

Type of Assessment

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

mClass- (English)

X

X

X

X

 

Progress Monitoring- (English)

X

X

X

X

 

Progress Monitoring- (Spanish)

X

X

X

X

X

Foundational Literacy Assessment- Offered by Participate (Spanish)

X

X

     

District Math Benchmark (Spanish)

X

X

     

Reading CASE 21 (English)

   

X

X

X

Math CASE 21 (English)

   

X

X

X