Thirty-three Turlock Junior High students were recognized for their hard work in passing the California English Language Development Test at the first annual CELDTebration on Thursday night.
“Our recognized students have two specific goals on their path for success,” said TJHS principal Dave Kline. “One, they need to learn the state education standards; two, they need to learn the English language.”
TJHS students were recognized for their efforts with family, friends, staff and other stakeholders in attendance.
“Our students are motivated, organized and capable. With the way our society is, it is essential for students to learn multiple languages,” added Kline. “It is a huge effort they put forth every day because they have to work harder than the average student. Not only do they have to be on track on their curriculum, they have to learn a new language.”
The hope is that these students become bilingual/bi-literate. As they progress into high school, they will be in line for the seal of multilingual proficiency. This seal will be placed on their high school transcripts.
“The seal is useful for entrance into colleges and is appealing for prospective employers. Our students, who are functional in two or more languages, will have greater potential for prosperity,” added Kline. “Many of us, including myself, have tried to learn another language. It is very difficult, if not impossible. I did not achieve my goal. We want our students to continue to embrace their culture while becoming contributing members of society.”