Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program Continues at Adobe Bluffs Elementary

Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Continues at Adobe Bluffs

Adobe Bluffs Mandarin Chinese Dual Language continues at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Rancho Penasquitos.

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School recently started its new Dual Language Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program,  this past fall. Currently the program is just in kindergarten and plans to expand each year until there is an immersion class for every grade level. The long-term goal of the program, in which the class spends half the day learning in Mandarin and the other half in English, is to teach grade-level content standards in both languages so that students are academically proficient as they reach the upper grades. The school’s current Foreign Language in Elementary School program (FLES) will continue alongside the new program, providing students in kindergarten through fifth grade with language and cultural learning opportunities. The program is part of Poway Unified School District‘s Superintendent Marian Phelps’ ongoing effort to increase foreign language pathways for PUSD students. If you want your incoming Kindergartener to attend the Adobe Bluffs Mandarin Chinese Program, you must attend the Informational Meeting on January 24th at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM in the Multi Purpose Room. For more information about the school, please contact Adobe Bluffs Elementary school. For neighborhood information about the other schools in the area, homes, or community, please contact Nancy Bergman (Realtor at Windermere Homes and Estates – DRE. Lic #01893550). She is the local expert Realtor the neighborhood.

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Posted on January 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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Adobe Bluffs Elementary Mandarin Immersion Program

Adobe Bluffs in Poway Unified School District is making headlines again! This time, Adobe Bluffs Elementary announces the first Mandarin Chinese Class at Poway Unified. The school has been working on this for the past 2 years. It is a huge accomplishment.

This is the article that came from the UT.

During the first week of school, a group of kindergartners at Adobe Bluffs School started the morning, as so many of the youngest students do, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” This class, however, sang it in Mandarin Chinese, cheerfully belting out the lyrics with their teacher, Penny Wang. The 26 students are the first class to enter the school’s Mandarin Immersion program, which will provide bilingual instruction in English and Mandarin, starting with the earliest grade. Half the class consists of native English speakers, while the other half are what the school calls “heritage speakers” whose families communicate in Mandarin at home.

“The philosophy is that the interaction with the students will elevate the language in English and in Mandarin,” said Principal Eddie Park. The school had about 200 applicants for 26 positions, Park said, and interviewed families to determine their interest and commitment to the program. Among the students they enrolled are children learning a third language, whose families also speak Spanish, Korean, Russian or French at home. Mandarin is the official language of China, the native tongue of roughly a billion people, and a key language of the Pacific Rim. It’s a tonal language, where rising and falling tones impart different meanings to the same sounds. Those nuances are easiest to hear and pronounce for younger learners, so the earlier students start, the better, educators say.

Adding the language to their education will enable these students to study internationally and afford them an advantage in college and beyond, Park said. “In business, it’s huge,” he said. “More and more, they have to be culturally sensitive and aware and efficient in order to understand the nuances when you’re doing business.”

Park started at Adobe Bluffs, in the Poway Unified School District, in 2015, and came to the campus from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy in the San Diego Unified School District, where he also served as principal and oversaw a Mandarin immersion program. Shortly after he took over at Adobe Bluffs, the school introduced Mandarin instruction through twice-a-week lessons in Chinese language and culture, with the goal of expanding to a full immersion program.

They reached that milestone this year, when the campus welcomed the first kindergarten class to begin the bilingual program. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Jett Lo, center, joins his classmates in a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) On Thursday morning, students stood on mats facing Wang, following as she schooled them in the Mandarin words for directions. Reaching toward the ceiling, she recited the word “shang” for up. Pointing toward the rug, she led them in repeating “xia” for down. The program involves little translation; students absorb the words through practice and context, much as they learned language as toddlers. “She tries very hard to make sure they are immersed in the language by not saying anything in English,” Park said. After recess, the students returned to trace Chinese characters for the words they had learned.

When Park asked one of the English speakers, Conner Gardner, if he knew “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Conner confidently sang the tune in Mandarin after just a few days of practice. Later in the school day, they’ll switch over to instruction in English, and will continue alternating between the languages every day throughout the year. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Serena Tran works with Chinese characters during a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) The first weeks of class will focus on establishing classroom routines, much as any kindergarten program would do, Wang said. In this case, however, they’ll learn daily routines in both English and Mandarin. To that end, they practice the words for drinking fountain and bathroom, and sing another song that recites the parts of the face. “

They’ll practice those really basic skills like how to sit down and stand up,” Wang said. After they settle into school, Wang and her co-teachers will start teaching them subject matter — math, social studies, science — in both languages. They’ll use the calendar to practice counting, and will complete social studies lessons on early social skills, Wang said. “In the first lesson on building community, we will understand how to be nice to each other, how to listen to each other and make new friends,” Wang said. This group, or cohort, of students, will progress through elementary school together, building their academic and language skills simultaneously.

The rest of the schools’ classes will continue to study Mandarin through the twice-weekly lessons, but the immersion students will get an intensive course in the language. By fifth grade, said Julie Li, the teacher on special assignment who coordinates the program, the immersion students should be able to read, write and converse proficiently in Mandarin. Park aims to develop sister school relationships with campuses in China and Taiwan, and to organize trips to those schools for students and families in the program.

The district also plans to add a Mandarin pathway that will continue through middle and high school, so they can continue to build those language skills throughout their education. “I am very proud that our students are having this opportunity to build our pathways,” Park said.” 

The school had about 200 applicants for 26 positions, Park said, and interviewed families to determine their interest and commitment to the program. Among the students they enrolled are children learning a third language, whose families also speak Spanish, Korean, Russian or French at home. Mandarin is the official language of China, the native tongue of roughly a billion people, and a key language of the Pacific Rim. It’s a tonal language, where rising and falling tones impart different meanings to the same sounds. Those nuances are easiest to hear and pronounce for younger learners, so the earlier students start, the better, educators say.

Adding the language to their education will enable these students to study internationally and afford them an advantage in college and beyond, Park said. “In business, it’s huge,” he said. “More and more, they have to be culturally sensitive and aware and efficient in order to understand the nuances when you’re doing business.” Park started at Adobe Bluffs, in the Poway Unified School District, in 2015, and came to the campus from Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy in the San Diego Unified School District, where he also served as principal and oversaw a Mandarin immersion program. Shortly after he took over at Adobe Bluffs, the school introduced Mandarin instruction through twice-a-week lessons in Chinese language and culture, with the goal of expanding to a full immersion program. They reached that milestone this year, when the campus welcomed the first kindergarten class to begin the bilingual program.

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Jett Lo, center, joins his classmates in a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter) On Thursday morning, students stood on mats facing Wang, following as she schooled them in the Mandarin words for directions. Reaching toward the ceiling, she recited the word “shang” for up. Pointing toward the rug, she led them in repeating “xia” for down. The program involves little translation; students absorb the words through practice and context, much as they learned language as toddlers. “She tries very hard to make sure they are immersed in the language by not saying anything in English,” Park said. After recess, the students returned to trace Chinese characters for the words they had learned. When Park asked one of the English speakers, Conner Gardner, if he knew “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” Conner confidently sang the tune in Mandarin after just a few days of practice. Later in the school day, they’ll switch over to instruction in English, and will continue alternating between the languages every day throughout the year. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in Poway kindergartner Serena Tran works with Chinese characters during a Mandarin immersion program at the school Thursday. (Bill Wechter)

The first weeks of class will focus on establishing classroom routines, much as any kindergarten program would do, Wang said. In this case, however, they’ll learn daily routines in both English and Mandarin. To that end, they practice the words for drinking fountain and bathroom, and sing another song that recites the parts of the face. “They’ll practice those really basic skills like how to sit down and stand up,” Wang said. After they settle into school, Wang and her co-teachers will start teaching them subject matter — math, social studies, science — in both languages. They’ll use the calendar to practice counting, and will complete social studies lessons on early social skills, Wang said. “In the first lesson on building community, we will understand how to be nice to each other, how to listen to each other and make new friends,” Wang said. This group, or cohort, of students, will progress through elementary school together, building their academic and language skills simultaneously. The rest of the schools’ classes will continue to study Mandarin through the twice-weekly lessons, but the immersion students will get an intensive course in the language. By fifth grade, said Julie Li, the teacher on special assignment who coordinates the program, the immersion students should be able to read, write and converse proficiently in Mandarin.

 

 Full article http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-mandarin-immersion-20180831-story.html

So, what are your thoughts about the new program? If you want to learn more about the program, the school or the neighborhood, I am a good resource. I happen to be a parent and a Rancho Penasquitos Real Estate Expert.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Nancy Bergman, Realtor Windermere Homes and Estates,

DRE Lic #01893550

858-617-9449

email: nbergman1@live.com

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Posted on September 15, 2018 at 12:12 am
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Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Foreign Language Program

FLES AT ADOBE BLUFFS ELEMENTARY

Interested having your child learn a Foreign Language? Adobe Bluffs Elementary School is proud to offer the “Foreign Language in Elementary School” (FLES) program.All students at ABES enjoy two weekly sessions of Mandarin language and Chinese cultural lessons in addition to the existing elementary school curriculum. *FLES is not a dual immersion language program, which is still in the discussion and planning stages.*

If you would like a school tour, contact Principal Eddie Park at epark@powayusd.com. If Adobe Bluffs Elementary is not your your school of residences, all interested parents of students in grades TK – 5 should submit an
Intradistrict Transfer Request immediately. Space is limited and will be determined by lottery.

Nancy Bergman, CAL BRE#01893550, Windermere Homes and Estates – Rancho Bernardo, is a mom of a child involved in the FLES program at Adobe Bluffs Elementary, and a local Realtor specializing in Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway and Escondido. Yet she goes all over San Diego. If you are looking for an agent who know the Rancho Penasquitos – 92129 San Diego Market, contact Nancy Bergman at 858-617-9449 / nbergman1@live.com. www.sandiegohomesbynancy.com

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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Black Mountain Middle School Academy Information Night

Can you believe that the school year is half way through?

Fifth grade is getting closer to completion and it is time to start thinking about the transition to 6th grade. Black Mountain Middle School is  inviting all 5thgrade students and their parents to an Information Night about the Academy at Black Mountain Middle School.

The Academy is focused on high student expectations, goals and results, personal choice and commitment, and empowering students to become responsible leaders.

The Academy offers depth and complexity to the standard curriculum and a learning community that is strong. Given a rigorous and challenging curriculum, the ideal Academy student is one who is focused on academic performance, understands the need to invest extra time and effort, makes no excuses and takes no shortcuts – all in all, a student who is determined and committed to being successful.

The Academy is a family, meaning that students, staff, and parents work together. Participation in the Academy program requires parents to be highly involved and responsible for ensuring their student’s success. Through a high level of parent-teacher-student collaboration, it is the belief of the Academy, that the student will flourish and become a more responsible, resilient, and independent learner.

The Academy will be accepting a limited number of students for the 2017-18 school year.

Applications will only be available to students/parents after attending the informational night – students are required to attend.

Where: Black Mountain Middle School, 9353 Oviedo Street, San Diego, CA 92129

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. –  Please allow ample time for parking and walking

Who:  All current 5th grade students and their parents considering the Academy program at Black Mountain Middle School.

I have a child at the Academy and she really enjoys it. It is really focused on students who want to learn and flourish. It has done an amazing job challenging my child. If you have any questions about the program, I would be happy to answer the. I will be handing out applications at the Informational Night. Just ask…

Nancy Bergman, CA BRE #01893550, Windermere Homes and Estates is a local Realtor in the Rancho Penasquitos area. She has two children, one at Black Mountain Middle School – Academy and the other at Adobe Bluffs Elementary. If you or someone you know who wants to live in the boundaries of Black Mountain Middle School, Mount Carmel High School, Westview High School, or surrounding elementary schools such as Adobe Bluffs Elementary, please contact Nancy at 858-617-9449 or www.sandiegohomesbynancy.com

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 1:27 am
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