BCS Advantage Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 9

Glen Arden Elementary The Spanish Immersion Experience Kristina Specht, Principal at Glen Arden Elementary C ould you imagine sitting in a kindergarten classroom and not understanding a single word your teacher or instructional assistant was saying? Could you imagine being so fluent in two languages at the age of 8 that you could go back and forth between those languages all day and not miss a bit of instruction? Five years ago Glen Arden Elementary became the first school in Buncombe County to offer families a Spanish Immersion experience. Twenty-four families took a leap of faith and signed their children up to be in the inaugural kindergarten class. Those 24 students, and each class of 24 kindergarten students since then, have been greeted and taught in Spanish since day one. We now have 106 stu ‘•ΉΡ́ݑΌ)…Ι”₯Έ-₯Ή‘•Ι…ΙΡ•ΈΡ‘ɽ՝ ™½ΥΙΡ Ι…‘”°Α•Ι™½Ι΅₯Ήœ…Ё½Θ…‰½Ω”Ι…‘”±•Ω•°₯ΈI•…‘₯Ήœ₯ΈMΑ…Ή₯Ν Έ)=ΥȁΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́₯ΈΝ•½ΉΡ‘ɽ՝ ™½ΥΙΡ Ι…‘”Ι••₯Ω”‰½Ρ Ή±₯Ν …ΉMΑ…Ή₯Ν ±…ΉΥ…”…ΙΡ́…Ή)…Ι”½ΈΙ…‘”±•Ω•°₯Έ•… ±…ΉΥ…”…́ݕ±°…́‰•₯ΉœΑΙ½™₯₯•ΉΠ₯Έ5…Ρ …ΉM₯•Ή”Έ)=ΥȁΑΙ½Ι…΄₯́•™™•Ρ₯Ω”‰•…ΥΝ”‘₯‘±δ΅ΕΥ…±₯™₯•Ή…Ρ₯Ω”MΑ…Ή₯Ν ΅ΝΑ•…­₯ΉœΡ•…‘•Ί™Ι½΄ ½±½΅‰₯„°)MΑ…₯Έ°Υ…‘½Θ°…Ή!½Ή‘ΥɅ́ѕ… ½Υȁ₯΅΅•ΙΝ₯½Έ±…ΝΝ•ΜΈ… Ρ•…‘•ΛŠéΩ₯Ν„…±±½έ́‘₯΄½Θ‘•Θ)ΡΌΝΡ…δ₯ΈΡ‘₯́½ΥΉΡΙδΡ‘Ι•”ΡΌ™₯Ω”ε•…Ί…ΉΝ₯Ή”έ”‘₯Ι”…Ё±•…ΝЁ½Ή”Ή•ά₯ΉΝΡΙՍѽȁ…ΉΉΥ…±±δ°)Ρ‘”½ΥΉΡΙ₯•ΜΡ‘…Ёё•δ½΅”™Ι½΄΅…δΩ…Ι䁙ɽ΄ε•…ȁѼε•…ΘΈ=Υȁ₯ΉΝΡΙՍΡ₯½Ή…°…ΝΝ₯ΝΡ…ΉΡ́₯Έ)­₯Ή‘•Ι…ΙΡ•Έ°™₯ΙΝЁ…ΉΝ•½ΉΙ…‘•Μ…Ι”…±ΝΌΉ…Ρ₯Ω”MΑ…Ή₯Ν ΝΑ•…­•ΙΜΈ́„Ι•ΝΥ±Π°½ΥȁΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́…Ι”)Ή½Π½Ή±δ₯΅΅•ΙΝ•₯ΈΡ‘”±…ΉΥ…”‰ΥЁ…±ΝΌ₯ΈΡ‘”Ι₯ Υ±ΡΥɕ́…ΉΡΙ…‘₯Ρ₯½ΉΜ½˜Ρ‘•Ν”½ΥΉΡΙ₯•ΜΈ) •…ΥΝ”Ρ‘”ΑΙ½Ι…΄‘…́‰••ΈΝΌΝՍ•ΝΝ™Υ°°έ”Ή½άΥΝ”„±½ΡΡ•ΙδΝεΝΡ•΄ΡΌΝ•±•ΠΝΡΥ‘•ΉΡ́™½Θ)•… ₯Ή½΅₯Ήœ­₯Ή‘•Ι…ΙΡ•Έ±…ΝΜΈ%ΉΡ•Ι•ΝΡ•™…΅₯±₯•Μ…Ι”₯ΉΩ₯Ρ•ΡΌ…ΡΡ•Ή½Ή”½˜½Υȁ₯Ή™½Ι΅…Ρ₯½Ή…°)΅••Ρ₯ΉΜ°Ρ‘”Ή•αЁ½˜έ‘₯ ₯͍́‘•‘Υ±•™½ΘΑΙ₯°€ΔΠ°€ΘΐΔ؁₯ΈΡ‘”±•ΈΙ‘•Έ5•‘₯„ •ΉΡ•ΘΈ(ΰ