Congratulations Seal of Biliteracy Students

Congratulations Seal of Biliteracy Students
Posted on 05/29/2018
2018 Seal of Biliteracy StudentsCongratulations to seven Affton High School seniors who earned Missouri’s Seal of Biliteracy. The Missouri Seal is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated proficiency in English and any of the world’s languages. Affton students include:

French
  • Jessica Courtney
  • Jessica Pierre
  • Madison Walker

Spanish

  • Curtis Dawkins
  • Danny Griffin
  • Taylore Nunley
  • Pamela Petterchak

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) formally adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in October 2017, becoming the 28th state in the country to make the award available to local school districts. Affton is one of only 35 Missouri districts granted approval to award the Missouri Seal.

Missouri Seals earned during the inaugural 2017-18 school year include: 129 Spanish, 12 Distinguished Spanish, 3 German, 1 Distinguished German, 12 French, 1 Mandarin, and 5 Russian.

“The Missouri Seal is intended to encourage English speakers to study a foreign language and culture as well as non-native English speakers to acquire high levels of English and maintain their mother tongue,” says Ryan Rumpf, DESE’s director of English Language Development and World Languages. “We are excited about the large number of participating schools during the pilot year and hope to increase the number greatly next year.”

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