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EPISD Connecting Languages Students Proudly Display Year’s Worth of Work

Connecting Languages is kicked off its spring showcases with dual-language students presenting the work they’ve done throughout the year.

The first event was at Ross Middle School, where on last Tuesday afternoon students showed off their dual-language projects in all the core subjects — from math and science to social studies. Parents and community members were invited to attend the showcase at the school’s cafeteria on Tuesday.

“We want to build more global-minded students and citizens,” principal Jason Yturralde said. “The dual-language students are taking more pride in their own cultures and learning about others, as well. We are very proud of them.”

unnamed (49)The showcases will continue through the rest of the month at different campuses.

Teacher Reynaldo Orozco, the first dual-language teacher at Ross, has seen the program grow and blossom. He began with around 14 students and now has over 60 students in his social studies classes.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger, and more teachers are getting involved,” Orozco said. “It’s a lot of collaborative work, with students pairing up or working in groups and being more engaged with the content.”

Student Joshua Moreno was nervous to present his work, but he is happy to be part of the dual-language program at Ross.

“It’s a cool program. I learn more,” Moreno said. “I feel proud of what we have worked on in class.”

Teacher Charles Knight has seen a change in the way students learn, improving scores across the board, especially for students testing in social studies for the first time.

“This helps give them the academic vocabulary, which is such a big part of the curriculum,” Knight said.

Eighth-grader Hannah Juarez enjoys expanding her knowledge two languages.

“I like how both languages are so intricate and different. They each have their own story and cultural significance,” Juarez said.

Juarez presented her Holocaust project, delivering her research information in both English and Spanish.

“I like being able to say I can communicate in two languages,” Juarez said. “I really want to encourage other kids and families to learn another language. It’s something I am very proud of.”

The schedule of Connecting Languages Spring Showcases is as follows:

  • May 23, 6 to 7 p.m. at Brown Middle School.
  • May 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at MacArthur School.

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