There will be several new campus based initiatives at Seguin ISD elementary schools this fall including a Two-Way Dual Language program at Koennecke.
There, Principal Cynthia Moreno has been preparing for the new program that will allow students to develop academic proficiency in English and Spanish. It will also serve as an enrichment opportunity for primarily English speaking students.
“For years, the accepted methodology to teach English Language Learners (ELL) focused on attempts to immediately assimilate them toward English. Research has found a better way to achieve the end result. This involves a dual language classroom in which instruction is provided in English and Spanish to English natives and English learners alike,” said Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, Seguin ISD superintendent.
The goal for the Two-Way Dual Language model is to have a classroom full of students who are not only bilingual but bi-literate as well.
“After coming on board and assessing our instruction, one of the first things I noted as an area for improvement was our ELL and bilingual programs. We were failing our ELL and bilingual students. I assembled an internal task force and the members came up with this recommendation to improve our Dual Language programming. It was truly a group effort and Principal Moreno was eager to establish the program at Koennecke,” he said.
In addition to the academic enrichment, the students benefit from achieving proficiency in two languages.
“Today’s global society demands a diversified work force. If we can graduate Seguin ISD students who are fluent in English and Spanish, we better preparing these students for careers and post-secondary education as graduates,” he said.
Under the 2018 state accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 14, Seguin ISD schools received the Met Standard rating based upon performance standards.
District schools were awarded several Distinction Designations in recognition of outstanding achievement in specifically measured areas.
“In addition to all schools and the district achieving the Met Standard rating, 12 Distinction Designations were earned by Seguin ISD schools. This is good news for the Seguin community as we welcome our teachers and students back to the start the 2018-2019 school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez.
Distinction Designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement on performance indicators compared to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics. The four performance indicators are Academic Achievement (English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies), Academic Growth, Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.
Under the state accountability system, McQueeney Elementary earned five distinctions out of a possible total of six per elementary campus. These distinctions were awarded for Academic Achievement in Math, Science and English Language Arts, plus Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.
Koennecke Elementary received four distinctions, including one for Academic Achievement in Math, Academic Growth, Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.
Students at Jefferson, Patlan and Vogel elementary schools also performed well, having received distinctions in Science, Closing the Gaps and Academic Growth, respectively.
“Our students, teachers, campus administrators and families are to be commended for continuously striving to improve academics in our schools. I am proud of their efforts and know that academic improvement will continue to be a point of focus across the district,” he said.
2018 Accountability Summary
2018 Accountability Ratings
The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees is hosting a board workshop on August 16 at 6:30 PM. You can find the agenda at the link below:
August 16 Board Workshop
A big shout out to this week's Top 5 readers in the Seguin Reads! Superintendent's Summer Reading Initiative. These students are the leaders in total minutes read.
Sydney Lopez, Kindergarten, 1686.65, McQueeney Elementary
Meagan Martinez, 2nd Grade, 1521.4667, Jefferson Elementary
Isaiah Ramirez, 3rd Grade, 1328.3833, Weinert Elementary
Hunter Hill, 4th Grade, 1180.55, Koennecke Elementary
Christian Vickrey Barboza, 2nd Grade, 1096.0167, Vogel Elementary
Congratulations to these super readers and keep up the great work!
All Seguin ISD students have access to myON as part of the Seguin Reads! Superintendent’s Summer Reading Initiative. The community has free access to this digital library as well! Check out myON at https://www.myon.com. To log in and read, the login credentials are School Name: Seguin ISD Community, Username: seguin and Password: reads
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