Our students and families speak Spanish, Mam, Tongan, Arabic, Tagalog, Karen, Karenni, Nepali and Chinese. Since 45% of our students are English Language Learners, we have a rich academic program to meet their language needs. Our newcomer program serves up to forty students in our community who have moved here in the last year and speak little English. We also have a rich African American student population that thrives at our school.
Our students reflect the neighborhood's diverse immigrant and minority populations.
Throughout the year, we have cultural celebrations to celebrate the histories, cultures, and accomplishments of our diverse student population. While 9 out of 10 of our students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, we are rich in so many ways.
Our 7th grade students recently completed a project where they redesigned our garden (by building scale models in math class), researched what types of plants are drought resistant in science class and created a tri-fold presentation in humanities! During the process, they renovated the garden, plants, painting murals, cleaning, etc., and then presented to friends and family during EXPO night!
Now that all the hard work is done, students want to use the space to have lunch and read!
Unfortunately, there are only two trees, so half the garden space is very sunny and there is only so much space to put tables in the shady spots. We would really love some umbrellas so students can have this quiet spot to read, have lunch and study.
I also put in some student requested books as well! We need some new Spanish books for our ELL and newcomer students, as well as some new non-fiction. Thank you so much for you support!
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