To qualify for reclassification, students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language comparable to native English speakers in their grade level. This is no small task, as learning a second language takes dedication on the part of the students, their families and school staff.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Ana Lomas opened the evening by sharing her personal experiences with learning English as a second language, and stated, “a successful language learner is motivated to communicate, practices constantly, and has the self-confidence to make and learn from mistakes.” Naveh Ronen, an 8th grader from Dartmouth, also shared his experiences. He spoke about coming to Union School District as a fifth grader and becoming fluent in English by the end of the 7th grade. He gave a heartfelt thank you to Nathan Hickey, fifth-grade teacher at Oster, who helped guide him through his first year in the country.
Following the speakers, principals called the names of each reclassified student, who was recognized on stage and received a medal as a token of their hard work and perseverance.
Congratulations to all of our reclassified students!