Pathway to Multiliteracy
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Does your child speak or understand a language other than English? Does s/he use the language with you or other family or friends, but not as often as you would like? Would you like your child (and others) to feel more pride in understanding multiple languages?
As an International Baccalaureate school, we support, encourage, and celebrate the development of home languages as an important aspect of becoming a global citizen. After several meetings this year with a supportive, dedicated, and creative parent and staff "Pathway Committee", we are kicking off Lexington's "Pathway to Multiliteracy" initiative in the fall to encourage the pursuit of language learning. This program culminates in 5th grade with the Lexington Pathway Award.
The Lexington Pathway Award (also known as a “Bilingual Service and Participation Award” in other school districts) recognizes and honors Lexington students who, by the end of 5th grade, have demonstrated a commitment to becoming biliterate or multiliterate and who have reached a certain degree of proficiency in both English and another language. The Pathway to Multiliteracy Award affirms positive attitudes toward multilingualism and values the use of multiple languages for all students.
Students may enter the pathway at any grade. Students entering the pathway anytime before 5th grade set annual goals with their families to work toward a yearly certificate. Lexington pathway students can eventually work towards meeting the final criteria, assessed at the end of 5th grade, to receive the Pathway to Multiliteracy Award certificate at their promotion ceremony in June.
More information and Pathway applications will be available to students and their families interested in the Pathway Award in the fall. Stay tuned!
If you would like to understand more about our rationale and purpose for creating this program, read here.