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Elementary board moving forward with dual language program

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017

Central School Principal Justin Adolph addresses the Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education during Tuesday night's monthly meeting at Rochelle Middle School. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

ROCHELLE — A new dual language program designed to bring Spanish and English-speaking students into the same classroom will be making its way to the Rochelle Elementary School District as soon as this fall.

The program aims to create a bilingual culture for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Central Elementary School Principal Justin Adolph discussed the benefits of the program at the Rochelle Elementary School Board of Education’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, benefits that include the ability for Spanish and English-speaking students to work with and build relationships with each other while learning a second language.

“It’s challenging but everybody understands why we need to do this,” Adolph said. “All the community groups we’ve spoken to have been so supportive of the concept… The idea of two languages in a community being a good thing.”

Fifteen applications for the program have been filled out by interested families, Adolph said, with seven coming from Central, four from May Elementary School and two from both Tilton and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Adolph also said he expects the number of application for the program to rise as the next school year approaches.

For the complete article see the 01-12-2017 issue.

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