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Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy honored with Golden Bell

Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy honored with Golden Bell

Osborn Two-Way Academy Principal Ed Ewing (middle) holds the Golden Bell Award. He is joined by assistant principal Susan Fisher (left) and bilingual literacy teacher Erica Maldonado-Higle.


POSTED December 6, 2011 8:31 p.m.

The Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy was honored last Saturday at the 32nd Annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Board Association.

According to CSBA, the Golden Bell Award “promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by the CSBA. This is the result of a lot of hard work, planning, effort and talent of our teachers who not only have to teach in two languages but have to get students to learn in two languages. We are blessed with such a talented and dedicated staff. I’d also like to thank the parents of our students for their commitment to helping us reach our goals,” said Osborn Principal Ed Ewing.

This year Osborn had the largest increase in the district on state testing scores and the school was also recognized as one of the top 10 schools in California for the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

Osborn offers students the unique opportunity of learning to communicate in two languages: Spanish and English. Osborn’s goal is to educate students who are bilingual and biliterate and enable them to meet the challenges of a global society. Students acquire the skills to read, write, speak and listen, and think in two languages. The development of fluency and literacy in two languages requires several years of continuous participation in the Immersion program. Enrollment occurs primarily at the kindergarten level. At Osborn Spanish is used as the language of instruction throughout the primary grades. English is introduced gradually into the curriculum.

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education in California.  The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students’ changing needs.  The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.

To contact Jonathan McCorkell, e-mail jmccorkell@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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