Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Celebrates Year of the Pig

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School Celebrates Year of the Pig

Mandarin Immersion and Foreign Language School

No one in Poway Unified rings in the Lunar New Year quite like Adobe Bluffs Elementary, home of the District’s first Mandarin Immersion and Foreign Language in Elementary School programs. Dignitaries from across San Diego County attended the celebration, which included dancing, singing, and plays done by students (and staff) all in Chinese.

The school is now has an Immersion Kinder program. If you want to learn more about the program, here’s the video.

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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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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.

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