Orange Unified students can get immersed in Mandarin or Spanish learning – Orange County Register

Orange Unified offers language immersion programs for elementary school students at two campuses: Mandarin at Fletcher Elementary, and Spanish at California Elementary.

The Fletcher Elementary Mandarin Immersion Program is available to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are taught by a trained teacher, with equal parts Mandarin Chinese and English used each day.

An orientation for parents interested in the program will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Orange Unified School District office in Board Room 3, 1406 N. Handy St., Orange Parents are encouraged to contact the school for information, and visit the classrooms for a tour on any Wednesday in February, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Parents are invited to learn about the highly-acclaimed Spanish Dual Immersion Program at California Elementary School at an informational meeting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the school, 1080 N. California St.

The program is open to both English- and Spanish-speaking families within the district. Students learn to be bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish, beginning in kindergarten. A one-to-one iPad program integrates technology into a Spanish immersion curriculum. Looking ahead, students may earn college credits by taking AP Spanish classes in high school, and receive biliteracy accreditation on their diploma and college transcripts.

Tours are available between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and March 2; or between 2 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 2 or 23.  Enrollment applications for the program must be submitted prior to 4 p.m. on March 9 to be considered for the first-round lottery for kindergarten. The program is limited to 30 students. For more information, contact Principal John Albert at the school, or see the school website.

El Modena Open House

New and returning Vanguards are invited to the El Modena Open House Showcase, slated for 7 to  9 p.m. on Jan. 17. Students and families will have an opportunity to learn more about the class offerings, including those in the CTE Career Pathways Program.

Old electronics can help musicians

Get rid of unused or broken electronics, reduce your carbon footprint and keep trash out of the landfill by bringing old and unwanted items to the e-waste collection hosted by the Villa Park High Instrumental Music Program from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

AES Electronics Recycling will accept most electronic equipment with a cord or circuit board, including televisions, computers, DVD and VCR players…

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