Middle Level Bilingual Immersion Program

Middle Level Bilingual Immersion ProgramKaleidoscope Academy

Earlier this school year AASD investigated the possibility of a district middle level Spanish immersion program. Unfortunately, the district did not receive enough interest from families to move forward with this program.

Since the Spanish immersion program was not able to move forward, the district offered an option for a virtual, e-school program. However, some families expressed an interest in exploring other opportunities that would provide some form of face-to-face Spanish instruction An alternate proposal was submitted for review to AASD leadership.

The AASD will offer a face-to-face, Spanish class at 0 hour at KA for the 2018-2019 school year. The intended goal of this program will be to provide a bridge to our high school Spanish programs so students do not lose momentum in learning the Spanish language.

If you are interested in this Spanish class, I would ask that you send, via email to me (devaneylynne@aasd.k12.wi.us), your commitment to enroll. I would ask that you email by Friday, May 25, 2018.

The next step will be to verify the proficiency of your student in Spanish so we can match the best possible instruction to student need. As ABS is a unique program with students who have engaged in many years of Spanish instruction, we are investigating the use of the AAPPL assessment from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). ACTFL is one of the few organizations that offers an assessment designed specifically for elementary-age students who have participated in immersion programs.

It would be our goal to administer this assessment yet this spring, but we will have to coordinate with ABS regarding schedule. It may be that based on student readiness and schedules, we will conduct the proficiency assessment in the fall. 

Finally, the district has already contacted our World Language Curriculum Support Specialists (CSS) to review program and write curriculum for this class. Plans are already underway for the summer work with our staff.

While acknowledging that this Spanish class is not a full-fledged immersion program, hopefully there is interest in pursuing this alternate proposal. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lynne Devaney
Continuous School Improvement Director
ELA, Social Studies, World Language

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Swick or Lynne Devaney.
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