Port Washington Visits South Huntington Dual Language Program

Students split into groups to work on math problem solving skills together.  thumbnail165480
Students split into groups to work on math problem solving skills together.
ENL students are encouraged to read, write, and share as World Language Coordinator Priscilla Zarate and Port Washington Superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes listen intently.  thumbnail165483
ENL students are encouraged to read, write, and share as World Language Coordinator Priscilla Zarate and Port Washington Superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes listen intently.
Ms. Lopez’s class demonstrates how learning a new language is both interactive and rewarding.   thumbnail165482
Ms. Lopez’s class demonstrates how learning a new language is both interactive and rewarding.
Superintendent Dr. Hynes joined students during their quiet reading time.  thumbnail165484
Superintendent Dr. Hynes joined students during their quiet reading time.
ENL program advocates from Port Washington see first hand how well students engage in their daily assignments.  thumbnail165485
ENL program advocates from Port Washington see first hand how well students engage in their daily assignments.
South Huntington’s Dual Language Program began 29 years ago with one bilingual classroom at Oakwood Primary Center. The program has expanded tremendously since these humble beginnings and it appears that neighboring districts look to South Huntington for tips on creating and supporting similar programs within their schools. Port Washington Superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes, along with school district representatives and World Language Coordinator Priscilla Zarate, came to visit Oakwood recently to see first hand how the dual language program in South Huntington is implemented for our youngest students. They visited classrooms in kindergarten, first, and second-grades to see the dynamic work being done within these bilingual settings, where teachers integrate both English and Spanish into the curriculum. We are thrilled to have been able to provide information and new ideas for neighboring districts that look to start and support similar programs. Our visitors were impressed by all of the teachers who opened their doors to share the wonderful work happening in their classrooms. Thank you to South Huntington Bilingual Education Coordinator Ms. Cecilia Blanco and to Oakwood teachers Ms. Lopez, Ms. DaRos, Ms. Sousa, Ms. DeNuzzo. Ms. Molina, and Ms. Milo for sharing some of what South Huntington’s dual language program has to offer!