Thursday, April 7, 2011

SPANISH IMMERSION AT SANCHEZ ELEMENTARY FOR ROUND 2?

Raymond Isola, the principal at Sanchez Elementary, told prospective parents yesterday that the potential exists for a new Spanish immersion pathway at Sanchez Elementary if enough currently assigned and attendance area parents voice their interest now. Sanchez currently has general education and Spanish biliteracy pathways and has authorization from the SFUSD to create a new pathway starting in September that is currently slated as general education. The proposal is to make that new pathway a Spanish dual-immersion program.

Sanchez has the components in place to offer an incredibly rich immersion experience: a strong Spanish-speaking/Latino parent community, bilingually-trained teachers who already teach in the biliteracy pathway, bilingual staff, and a knowledgeable, open-minded, energetic principal. Sanchez is a sweet school located centrally in the Castro/Upper Market/Duboce Triangle neighborhood. It offers a computer lab, a credentialed science teacher to help supplement each class, an active greening project with a vertical garden, and a bilingual Reggio Emilia Pre-Kindergarten Program. The school day goes from 7:50 am to 4 pm with a free enrichment program from 3-4 pm that includes Playworks, art, dance, computers, study skill development, and Spanish as a second language. The free after school program runs from 4-6 pm. Several currently-assigned families have liked what we've seen at Sanchez and enthusiastically support creating a new Spanish immersion pathway. With Spanish immersion programs at 147% capacity in San Francisco, our community needs another Spanish immersion program, especially one with the key elements already in place.

If you are interested in Spanish immersion at Sanchez, please e-mail Dr. Isola ASAP to voice your support for this option (isolar@sfusd.edu). This is especially important if you are a currently registered or assigned parent and/or live in the Sanchez attendance area. If you were assigned to the school in Round 1 but did not register, please consider registering and/or communicating your thoughts to the principal. If you wanted a Spanish immersion program in Round 1 and would consider putting Sanchez on your list for Round 2, please show your support for this option by emailing Dr. Isola. "Si, se puede!"

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information. My child was placed at Sanchez and I was thinking of going round 2 but this posting has me thinking....

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  2. is the afterschool open to everyone or only if you earn below $22,000 for a family of 4?

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  3. Our son was assigned to Sanchez and we are very excited and supportive of the new Immersion pathway. At the meeting on Wednesday, almost all of the parents voiced their support as well.

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  4. Also, after visiting the school and meeting Dr Isola, I am fully confident that Sanchez could easily create the Immersion pathway. The school already supports a bilingual population.

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  5. Sounds very appealing. Can you get the phone list for families who were assigned to Sanchez in Round 1? Perhaps you can start a phone-a-thon to reach out to everyone with news of this proposal before the April 15 enrollment deadline. Good luck! - Donna

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  6. re: AFTERSCHOOL AT SANCHEZ. The program is run through ExCEL, runs from 3-6 and is open to all families. For more information, see: http://sfafterschool.org/sanchez/?page_id=2.

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  7. If anyone is interested in hearing more, please email sanchezes2011@gmail.com. And please email Dr. Raymond Isola (isolar@sfusd.edu) to show your support!

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  8. Wow - this is an amazing option. But how do we know if this will really happen before the Round 2 deadline? Seems like a leap of faith - but I would love to make it a reality.

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  9. to Anonymous on 4/11: If you want to help make it a reality, email the principal to voice your support.

    Dr. Isola met with the District last week with his proposal for a dual-language Spanish immersion program and is waiting to hear back.

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  10. I am a former parent of Sanchez and pulled both of my girls from the school. In both of the classes there was simply not enough academic rigor. In speaking with the teachers and other parents it seemed that the bilingual classes were less rigorous than the English classes. I saw lots of teachers come and go and the test scores seem to get worse. I would think carefully before putting your child here.

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  11. We just heard from the principal that the new K class will be a General Education class this coming fall rather than a dual immersion program. It will have a Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) supplement where the K students will receive an extended day program from 3-4 pm in Spanish as a Second Language. This is in addition to the 6 hour instructional day. All K students will have this opportunity.

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