Save the Hauppauge FLES Program!
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As a senior at Hauppauge High School, I have reaped countless benefits from learning Spanish in school. Most community members are not aware, but our board of education is currently planning to terminate the Elementary School Spanish Program (FLES).
This program is extremely beneficial to the elementary school students, and it is extremely important that WE as community members stand up to fight for it to remain.
COME TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH AT 8PM AND EXPRESS HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM IS TO OUR COMMUNITY!! THE MORE PEOPLE THAT COME AND SPEAK, THE BETTER!!
Bilinguality is an important advantage to have in today’s society. Studies show that the younger a child begins to learn a second language, the easier it is for them to retain it. It is amazing to have the ability to come home from school, sit around the dinner table with my family, and have an authentic Spanish conversation with my younger siblings. I am the oldest of 5 kids, and 3 of my younger siblings have all completed, or are in the process of completing, the FLES program at the Pines Elementary School. Spanish is the language most spoken in the homes of Americans, aside from English.
Beginning this important piece of education at a young age enables our elementary level students to thrive in the more advanced levels of the foreign language program when they reach the high school. As an IB Diploma candidate, taking a foreign language is a crucial aspect of actually obtaining the diploma. The education I have received from the IB teachers in the high school has been a very enjoyable and successful experience. I am confident in my abilities speaking Spanish, and that I will receive IB credit toward the diploma for Spanish.
If this program is cut, New York State regulations dictate that the teachers currently present in the FLES program at elementary schools will then become teachers at the middle and high school level. This means that several extremely successful and talented Spanish educators will lose their jobs. The IB Spanish program is extraordinarily successful, with 96% of students passing the exam and receiving IB credit each year. If elementary school teachers are then changed to teaching the upper levels of Spanish, it is likely that the successful IB passing rate will be negatively affected.
Use your voices and attend the board of education meeting on February 28th at 8pm, and help fight to keep the FLES program alive in our school district! We need people to SPEAK at the meeting about why the FLES program needs to remain in our district!
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