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Perkerson Elementary School

A Dual Immersion School

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Perkerson Elementary is a Dual Immersion School (Spanish-English).

WHAT IS DUAL IMMERSION?

Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through the medium of a second language. In this way, immersion students not only learn the content, but also gain knowledge of the language in which it is taught.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A DUAL IMMERSION PROGRAM

Dual immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.

Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English, one Spanish.

Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers. The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) as well as other subjects of the curriculum (science, social studies, math, etc.).

The Spanish-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach Spanish Literacy, Math, and portions of social studies, art, science topics from the grade-appropriate level of the curriculum based on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

In class, the Spanish teacher speaks only in Spanish and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, pantomime, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in Spanish during Spanish class.

The Dual Immersion program seeks to enroll students of varying backgrounds and all abilities. Applications are open to all students entering Kindergarten.

The goals of the one-way Spanish Immersion Program are:

  • To promote high academic achievement for all students
  • To develop first and second language skills for bilingualism and bi-literacy
  • To promote cross–‐cultural understanding for all students

As part of Perkerson’s reinvention, the school will begin its Spanish Immersion program in 2013-2014.  With such an intense interest in dual immersion, the school will accept both in-boundary and out-of-boundary families.  Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the program will serve approximately 34 children by hosting 2 kindergarten classes.  Each class will not exceed 17 students.  APS has pledged its support of the program and plans to add one grade level each year up to 5th grade.

The immersion model at Perkerson is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 50% Spanish and 50% English with Specials (Art, Science, P.E., Media) in English.
  • K through 5th grade: 50% Spanish and 50% English (Specials in English) in the subsequent years.
  • Class size will not exceed 17 students.
  • In Kindergarten, all regular classroom content will be taught in Spanish.
  • All students will receive the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and essential curriculum, as decided by Georgia State.
  • The goal is for students to be bilingual and bi-literate by the end of their 5th grade year.
  • All students who attend Perkerson are eligible to participate in the program.  Selection will be made through an application process.

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    October 17, 2014

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

    As you have seen on local, national and international news this week, health authorities around the world are working to control an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. 

    While there is no outbreak reported in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) understands that many parents may have questions about the precautions being taken by the district as it relates to this virus. The APS Health Services Office is collaborating with the local counties boards of Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that we are taking the appropriate actions regarding this issue.  They all work in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    APS has an established protocol for identifying and reporting communicable diseases in our schools.  We will continue to follow this protocol, as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola Guidance for Schools.

    The Department of Public Health has advised all school districts in Georgia to be aware of students and their families who have traveled to Ebola-affected areas within the previous 21 days.

    We encourage all of our parents, staff, teachers and families to continue good general health prevention and hygiene practices and to monitor the well-being of themselves and their children.  If you, your child or any member of your family experiences any of the known signs and symptoms of Ebola or any communicable disease, immediately contact your personal physician or closest health facility.  Parents with a concern about exposure or any questions should also contact our nursing services managers for Atlanta Public Schools.

    Jamil Woolridge, RN, (jwoolridge@atlanta.k12.ga.us), (404) 802-2678
    Harriet Chaney, RN, (hjchaney@atlanta.k12.ga.us), (404) 802-2674

    We continue to monitor this issue daily and are prepared to adjust our procedures should public health officials provide new information. 

    Sincerely,

    Tammie Workman
    Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Atlanta Public Schools

     

     

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    The planning process will include targeted and prioritized action steps needed to implement each cluster plan.  The cluster plan will guide the academic direction for students within each cluster.  The cluster plans will inform the FY16 Budget and, to the extent possible, the School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options.

    We are asking community members, parents and APS employees to take the survey below and share your opinion about the approaches that should be included in the cluster plan for our school communities.  The survey closes Friday, October 17. 2014.

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  • APS Winter Card Contest for Students  
     
    Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen invites students to design the official Atlanta Public Schools Winter Card

    WHO:
    All students

    CREATE:
    Your design on any media that will show well when reproduced (painting, drawing, cut paper, marker, etc.)

    SUBMIT:
    Your entry to APS Fine Arts Office c/o Jessica Booth by the end of school day November 7, 2014
    Place your entry in an envelope and label it “Superintendent Winter Card”.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS:
    • Design theme should reflect winter in the school district, Atlanta, Georgia, holidays, etc. All ideas are welcome; however, only nonreligious themes and languages will be considered in order to be inclusive of our diverse student body.
    • Printed card size is 3”x 5”. Submit designs in any one of the following sizes: 5”x 7”, 7”x 9”,9”x 11”, 11”x 13”, 13”x 15”, etc. Larger sized artwork allows more details to be added.
    • Include the following information on the back of your design submission: 
      Student name
      School
      Grade
      Teacher’s name

    • Contact in APS Fine Arts Office is Jessica Booth, 404-802-2698 or jlbooth@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • One winning design will be selected by the superintendent.
    • The winner will be notified by December 1, 2014.
    • Permission form required to enter
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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:  https://ic.apsk12.org/portal

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit https://ic.apsk12.org/portal to create a unique username and password.

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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 


     
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    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email outofzone@atlanta.k12.ga.us   

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