Source: Coronado Unified School District
Coronado High School’s English and World Languages Departments will present 42 students with the California State Biliteracy Seal (SSB) this year. The SSB recognizes high school graduates who have achieved a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
“This is an incredible achievement that students should consider highlighting in their future applications, including those for college, graduate school, and job applications. This designation may be prominent on a student’s resume for life. We are thrilled to recognize this year’s recipients at the board meeting,” said Maylen Rafuls, CHS French and Spanish teacher and World Languages TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment).
In addition to a gold seal affixed to their degrees, SSB recipients will receive certificates at the June 9 board meeting during the public session that begins at 4 p.m.
“We look forward to honoring the students, and also to having Claudia Gallant (former CUSD Director of Learning) be part of the celebration,” said English-speaking TOSA Julia Braga. “Claudia is the one who brought the SSB to the CHS during the 2015-2016 school year.”
Gallant shared, “SSB was a really big deal for our district and me. Being bilingual/illiterate is one of the most important skills a person can have. Talking to someone in their own language builds a lot of bridges that this world really needs.
Some items required to demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language include: completion of four years of ELA courses, passing a state assessment, passing an AP test, and demonstrating oral competence.
“English and language departments around the world are working to ensure students understand the opportunity in their first year and plan early to achieve SSB. A big help in this area is the excellent poster designed by CHS graphic design student Nadia Reyes. We will also recognize her at the meeting,” Rafuls said.
“Students can earn the SSB for every language they speak in addition to English. This year we have a few students who earned the SEAL for French and Spanish,” Rafuls said.
CUSD recently received a $2.3 million World Languages Grant from the Department of Defense that will expand opportunities for elementary school language instruction, preparing students for further language learning. when they get to high school. The grant, along with the expanded opportunities for access to high school language instruction created through the 4×4 Ringer program, ties directly to the district’s long-range plan goal of expanding global language in the district. .
This year’s Biliteracy Seal recipients are:
Andrea Fuentes Woodbridge, Andrea Ruiz de Castilla, Aidan Sardiello, Ana de la Lama, Audrey Moore, Avery Nelson, Carolina Lebrija, Caroline G. Chestnut, Chelsea Odom, Diego Lopez, Dominique Langevin, Emma Borgie, Fernando Morales, Haley Hildebrand, Hania Ramos, Ila Pecus, Isabeau Jones, Isabella Aguilar, Isabella Hodges, Jake McLaughlin, Juan Pablo Rojo, Julia Sutter, Kameron Tessier, Luis Madrid Safa, Manuel Waisbord, Maria Hernandez, Marianne Akre, Marina Luna Quintana, Mira Sofia Valdez, Natalia Quiroz , Natalie Sawi, Nina Pierce, Noah Morris, Pablo Fuentes Woodbridge, Rose Cuthbert, Samuel Zoehrer, Sarah Acuff, Siomara Sanchez, Sloane Walsh, Sofia Gross-Hauter, Syrak Nemer, Xavier Cortes.
For more information or questions about the Biliteracy Seal, please contact: Ms. Julia Braga, English Language TOSA ([email protected]), or Ms. Maylén Rafuls, World Languages TOSA ([email protected]).