Bilingual Education Department

CORONA VIRUS Update Edition June 18, 2020

Congratulations Graduates Class of 2020

Fuller 8th grade class 2014 Thank you Ms. Vaugh-Barrios for sharing this memory!

Still I Rise Reprise

Academic Senior Scholarship Recipients!

Salvatore Palmieri Memorial Scholarship

This year's Palmieri Scholarship recipients are Ms. Julia deSouza and Ms. Cecilia Teixeira. In their own words, these two recipients are worthy of this recognition.

Ms. DeSouza:

I was born and raised in the U.S. and yet my heart lies in Brazil. My family and I go to visit every other summer to see family and every time we are there my mom walks me up and down the streets she grew up on and even shows me that old house I was telling you about earlier that she built with my dad. When I see the old houses, the rundown shops and the beat up streets I still see beauty. I remember how grateful I am for my parents' sacrifices and how grateful I am for the life I have today. I believe in two things. Everything happens for a reason and that You only get one life, so be careful how you choose to live it. If it were not for the choices my family made almost twenty five years ago, I would not be writing this right now, I would not be sitting where I am today and I would not be on my way to college to start my life as a young adult.

Ms. Teixeira:

When I first came to the country I was a really shy person, and the ESL program was essential to change that. I also made friends that I want to keep forever and was with me through my whole journey. And lastly the program helped me a lot to improve academically.

In my future plans, staying in Framingham is definitely my first option, so I believe that in the future I could use my major to give back all the support that was given to me. I have a dream to one day become a social worker and help my community and the ones that once helped me.

Barbieri Two-Way Academic Scholarship

The very first Academic Barbieri Two-Way Scholarship, has been awarded to Zulema Alfaro. Zulema attended Barbieri Elementary School. Her goal is to study psychology in college. In her application, Zulema stated that:

"The Two-Way program has helped me grow academically by giving me a higher vocabulary range and the ability to focus attentively in my classes. I am able to work creatively as well as work efficiently and independently in challenging assignments or classes that I motivate myself to do. The way that the program has helped me grow socially is being able to create friendships with others who are also bilingual or only know one of the two languages that I speak. I am able to create more discussions from my knowledge of the many different Spanish speaking cultures that I have learned about while learning the language. And being bilingual has helped me when I travel to different Spanish speaking countries like Spain and Mexico. I can easily interact with the people from there."

In Appreciation!

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Congratulations FHS TW Graduates 2020

Congratulations to our Two-Way Program Seniors 2020!

SEAL of Biliteracy Awards

Seal of Biliteracy 2020 - Celebration for Students

Radio Exchange Project with students in DL programs at Barbieri and students in Santa Barbara, Canary Islands

Many thanks to Laura Estevez and Greg Machin, Visiting Teachers from Spain for coordinating this project with colleagues in the Canary Islands. Here is the blog from the students in the Canary Islands.

Congratulations on all of the students being recognized by Framingham Public Schools and The Language Opportunity Coalition for their hard work and dedication towards furthering their multilingual and multiliterate skills! This year, there are 239 students in grades 5, 8 and 12 who have met the eligibility requirements for the STATE SEAL, LOC and FPS in furthering their bilingual and/or trilingual skills.

The Language Opportunity Coalition Biliteracy and the Framingham Public School Love of Languages Biliteracy Pathway Awards is presented to students in grades 5, 8, and 12, who have made significant steps towards developing biliteracy skills and/or attained functional proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in two or more languages. These awards promote biliteracy as an asset and rewards students’ hard work and dedication to becoming bilingual and biliterate world citizens.

The STATE SEAL and the STATE SEAL with Distinction is awarded to eligible seniors who meet STATE requirements on ELA and a partner world language. More information on the criteria can be found at this link.

Please look at this wonderful celebration video and Statements of Biliteracy commemorative booklet. Many thanks to all of you who participated in this very important project this year. It is sincerely appreciated.


Summer Reading Options for students in K-12

Please share with your students and families. All of the options include access to digital books.
Thank you to all of the coaches and teachers who have collaborated on providing these great resources found on the Bilingual Department website and shared with our Bilingual Parents Advisory Councils on June 17th, 2020.

Professional Develoment Resources

MATSOL 2020 Virtual Conference

Archived conference recordings of presentation ready to view!

MABE Professional Development

Free or low-cost PD for teachers

Summer Institutes

Closing out the 2019-2020 school year!

As we get ready to say good-bye to this school year, I want to thank each and every single one of you for your dedication to our students and programs. It has been a challenging year, however we have thrived through it all by being resilient and determined. Our collaborative spirit has shone through loud and clear. Please take some time to reflect, rest, relax and refresh this summer. Next year will surely bring its challenges, but opportunities for growth as well. Thank you all. Have a great summer!