Biliterate students honored

Felicitaciones and Félicitations à vous to 53 Jurupa USD seniors who have earned the prestigious State Seal of Biliteracy!

The students, from Rubidoux, Patriot and Jurupa Valley high schools, were honored Wednesday, May 11, at a recognition ceremony at Patriot High.  Fifty-one of the teens received the state seal for proficiency in English and Spanish, and two obtained the seal for fluency in English and French.

Also honored were 21 eighth-graders and 39 sixth-graders – from various JUSD campuses – who are on pace to receive the seal.

The State Seal of Biliteracy, conferred by the state superintendent of public instruction, honors graduating seniors statewide who have learned to speak, read and write a second language with a high level of aptitude.

Students can earn the seal, first offered in 2012, by completing four years of instruction in a second language or by demonstrating language expertise through the Scholastic Aptitude, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.  The teens must also prove fluency in English.

Earning the seal is special to students and their kin, said Martha Gomez, director of Language Services and Student Programs at Jurupa Unified.

"It means a lot, not only to keep the family's language and to enable communication with all family members," Gomez said.  "But also in a global community of working from home and working across continents, we're preparing them for that, and I think the parents see the value in it."

Most of the teens who received this year's seal of biliteracy soon will be heading to college, Gomez added.

Fantastic job, students.  Gran trabajo and bon travail!

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