TWI program to hold four informational meetings

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The MCPASD Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program has scheduled four informational meetings for families who are interested in applying to the program.

The TWI program is open to incoming kindergarten students living in the Sauk Trail attendance area for 2018-19. The meeting schedule is:

  • Saturday, March 17: 10 to 11 a.m., Sauk Trail LMC
  • Wednesday, April 4: 6 to 7 p.m., Little Red Preschool, 7739 Terrace Ave., Middleton
  • Thursday, April 5: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Middleton Baby and Child Care Center, 5219 Century Ave., Middleton
  • Tuesday, April 10: 6 to 7 p.m., Sauk Trail LMC

Child care will be provided at each meeting and information will be shared in English and Spanish.

Interested families must attend one of the informational meetings in order to receive an application. All applications must be received at the District Services Center, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, by 4:30 p.m. on April 30.

If you have questions, please contact Natasha Williams at 829-9015 or e-mail her.

The program is expected to have spaces for approximately 18 spaces for students from Spanish-speaking homes and approximately 18 spaces for students from homes where English or another language is spoken. If there are more applicants than there are seats available, a lottery will be held and a wait list created. Families will be notified of acceptance into the program after May 1 but before kindergarten visitation days take place at Sauk Trail.

Two-Way Immersion is a form of dual language education in which approximately half of the students in each classroom come from Spanish-speaking homes and the other half come from English-speaking homes (or homes where another language is spoken). All students learn English and Spanish in addition to academic content.

The MCPASD program is a 50-50, two-teacher model. Students receive 50 percent of their academic instruction in Spanish and 50 percent of it in English. One teacher teaches in Spanish and the other teaches in English. Students switch teachers partway through the day.

Students learn language arts and literacy in Spanish. Language arts, literacy, and math are taught in English. Science and social studies are connected to language arts and literacy.

The District plans to add one grade level each subsequent year at Sauk Trail. The District is also exploring adding a second site in a future year, following the November referendum and subsequent boundary conversations.