News from the Bilingual, ENL, and World Languages Department

  • ELL Parent Bill of Rights Presentation from WEdnesday Family Academy!

    Posted by Caroline Woodward on 10/13/2023

    On Wednesday, October 11, the Bilingual, ENL, and World Language Department participated at WEdnesday Family Academy at Middletown High School.

    Click here to view their presentation in both English and Spanish.

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  • Seal of Biliteracy and Civic Readiness Ceremony

    Posted by Caroline Woodward on 6/26/2023

    Congratulations to all who were awarded with the NYS Seal of Biliteracy and Civic Readiness at the ceremony on Thursday, June 22, 2023!

    Click here to view the ceremony presentation.

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  • NYSELAT 2023 Virtual Meeting Presentation

    Posted by Veronica Layag on 2/7/2023

    A meeting explaining New York State English as a Second Language Test to parents was held on February 7, 2023. 

    Read the NYSELAT presentation

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  • Parent Orientation

    Posted by Veronica Layag on 9/14/2022

    Director Linda Rivera Bradt and her team present to English Language Learner (ELL) and Multilingual Learner (MLL) parents and guardians about the department's programs, services and support, parents' rights and communication services.

    Read or download the Parent Orientation presentation

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  • NYS Seal of Biliteracy 2021 Recipients

    Posted by Veronica Layag on 6/30/2021

    Congratulations to the 36 recipients of the NYSSB seal. Since the program's inception in 2019, the number of winners has increased. In 2020 there were 27 and in 2019 nine.

    Read or download the Class of 2021 NYSSB presentation.

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  • Mrs. Rivera Bradt Receives the Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women and Minorities

    Posted by Veronica Layag on 4/8/2020

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  • New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)

    Posted by Veronica Layag on 7/1/2019

    The NYSSG was established in 2012 to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one of more languages, in addition to English. 


    The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, identify high school graduates and biliteracy skills for employers, provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission, prepare scholars with 21st century skills, recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools and affirm the value of diversity in a multi-lingual society.


    In 2016, the New York State Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) presented its recommendations to the New State Board of Regents for students to earn the NYSSB.


    In the Spring of 2016, the NYSSB was adopted and officially rolled out to districts statewide. Many states, including New York, award a Seal of Biliteracy in formal recognition of such scholars. 


    In January of 2018, the enlarged City School District of Middletown's (ECSDM) NYSSB application was approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Full implementation of the NYSSB occurred in 2019 with 9 graduates receiving the NYSSB. 


    Go to the NYSED website to learn more about NYSSB. 

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