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Bilingual students make a SPLASH at B.O.E. meeting
This month’s Board of Education Meeting was briefly interrupted by 20 bilingual students from Unionville Elementary School. Vicky Iglesias’ first-grade class lined up to show the Board and their parents what they have been learning in SPLASH, the Spanish language immersion program at Unionville. As the students shuffled into position, Iglesias thanked the parents and the Board for the opportunity to teach their children.
The class recited a poem about their school and then sang a traditional song in Spanish. The poem was written by the students in class. Proud parents lined the walls of the library where the meeting was held. Unionville Principal Sharyn Voncannnon made the decision to have the class perform at the Board Meeting.
The SPLASH program came to Unionville two years ago. Voncannon became interested in dual language education after meeting bilingual students on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2011. The next year she helped to bring SPLASH to Unionville Elementary.Full Story
Open Your Eyes; Be Energy Wise! This was the theme of the Duke Energy sponsored program presented to Kindergarten through Second grade students. Students enjoyed an exciting pirate themed play about natural resources and energy conservation. They helped Captain Doorknob defeat Pirate Pie-Rat in an effort to conserve energy and not be wasteful. Students in the entire school are encouraged to order a FREE energy efficiency kit by going to the website www.xmarksthekit.org.Full Story