What truly matters is that Ms. R is behind the program, and that is what fanned the flames of parental discontent. The first grade children will have their benchmark testing at the end of the year in English. The obvious problem is that the children have been taught is Spanish for two years. It id not far fetched to predict that they will fail, or at least not do as well as their mainstream counterparts. From there the concern became that if the kids do not do well, Ms. R could use the test results to justify ending the immersion program. Say what? Gee, we just got here people.
It did not help that S (a mom), singled out by parents and teachers as the driving force, grassroots extraordinaire, was allegedly told by the district that Ms. R was not in favor of the program. Darn, too much drama, too early in the semester, and even earlier in the morning. By the time we had our meeting yesterday, S had a "productive forty-five minute chat" with Ms. R, who assured S of her support for the program. Whatever. It still leaves the concern about the testing and our kids academic performance.
This is where it got even more interesting, as there were many things about this program we did not know. The biggest surprise to us was that the classes are made up of "50% strong English speakers, and 50% strong Spanish speakers." As soon as my brain absorbed the information I questioned how SS was accepted, since I would not describe her as a strong English speaker, and let's not even think about the Spanish part. The assessment that SS underwent was done in Spanish with half the class. There are A LOT of kids in kindergarten that do not speak a word of English. Sadly, those are the same kids who will fare even worse with English testing. Yikes, feel headaches coming on.
We met yesterday afternoon at a very cool park, for our
Splash Pad fun.
E and S, no idea of the names of the girls behind them.