Dual language classrooms are a mix of students who are English dominant with students who are Spanish dominant.  This mix of students provides optimal interaction and learning. Kindergarten students who participate in the program do not have to be Spanish speakers. The program teaches students to speak, read, and write in Spanish while maintaining a rigorous academic program in English.  It is the expectation that students will participate in this program through sixth grade in order to fully benefit from the approach. 

This award encourages students to attain biliteracy, honors the achievement of our students, and encourages students’ college and career readiness and preparation with 21st century skills. This award is for selected Kinder and 3rd grade students in the Dual Immersion Program who have met a specific criteria.

Achieving advanced levels of knowledge and proficiency in another language takes many years and must start early with young children. The Orange County Department of Education in conjunction with districts throughout our county have established a system of “pathway” awards from pre-school through eighth grade, recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy. These benchmark or pathway awards are designed to recognize students and encourage the pursuit of language skills in two or more languages. Further, the Pathways to Biliteracy Awards affirm positive attitudes towards multilingualism, and validate the use of multiple languages for all students. 

Here at Dr. Peter Marshall we get excited on Box Top Prize Day.  The upper and lower class that brings in the most Box Tops during our collection campaign receives a unique prize.  For the past two years, winning classes have received $25.00 to use as they choose.  The prize was given in a brown paper lunch bag with twenty-five $1.00 bills sticking out of it.  This year we had five winning classes and they were all excited to win the prize.  What a great day! 

Thank you to our devoted Box Top Coordinators, Katie and Clydene Payne, and Kerry Wager, for their service the past two years. 

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