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Perkerson Elementary School

A Dual Immersion School

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Perkerson Elementary is a Dual Immersion School (Spanish-English).

WHAT IS DUAL IMMERSION?

Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through the medium of a second language. In this way, immersion students not only learn the content, but also gain knowledge of the language in which it is taught.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A DUAL IMMERSION PROGRAM

Dual immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.

Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English, one Spanish.

Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers. The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) as well as other subjects of the curriculum (science, social studies, math, etc.).

The Spanish-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach Spanish Literacy, Math, and portions of social studies, art, science topics from the grade-appropriate level of the curriculum based on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

In class, the Spanish teacher speaks only in Spanish and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, pantomime, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in Spanish during Spanish class.

The Dual Immersion program seeks to enroll students of varying backgrounds and all abilities. Applications are open to all students entering Kindergarten.

The goals of the one-way Spanish Immersion Program are:

  • To promote high academic achievement for all students
  • To develop first and second language skills for bilingualism and bi-literacy
  • To promote cross–‐cultural understanding for all students

As part of Perkerson’s reinvention, the school will begin its Spanish Immersion program in 2013-2014.  With such an intense interest in dual immersion, the school will accept both in-boundary and out-of-boundary families.  Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the program will serve approximately 34 children by hosting 2 kindergarten classes.  Each class will not exceed 17 students.  APS has pledged its support of the program and plans to add one grade level each year up to 5th grade.

The immersion model at Perkerson is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 50% Spanish and 50% English with Specials (Art, Science, P.E., Media) in English.
  • K through 5th grade: 50% Spanish and 50% English (Specials in English) in the subsequent years.
  • Class size will not exceed 17 students.
  • In Kindergarten, all regular classroom content will be taught in Spanish.
  • All students will receive the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and essential curriculum, as decided by Georgia State.
  • The goal is for students to be bilingual and bi-literate by the end of their 5th grade year.
  • All students who attend Perkerson are eligible to participate in the program.  Selection will be made through an application process.

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  • DrCarstarphen September 11, 2014

     

    Dear APS Families:

     

    Welcome to a new school year! I am honored to be your new Superintendent. I am 10 weeks into my new job, and I am delighted to share that we are off to a better start. Our students answered the “Day One: Be There.” call by coming to school on the first day, and in fact, over 25,000 APS students had perfect attendance during the first month of the school year! 

     

    As we continue our attendance campaign this year, I am asking for your help to ensure your child is in class and ready for instruction everyday this school year. In APS, we have students—especially at the high school level—who miss one day every two weeks. That adds up to one month of missed instruction every year. Over five years, it adds up to about half a school year of missed instruction. If students miss school, they can’t learn and they will not be ready for the new Georgia Milestones test, a far more rigorous test that is replacing the CRCT and EOCT this year.

     

    This week also marks another Big 10 - the 10th anniversary of our Atlanta Public Schools State of the Schools celebration. It was my first one and if you were unable to attend on Tuesday, I hope you will go online to hear the update on the state of our district at http://new.livestream.com/k12aps/events/3374824.

     

    Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to visit many of our schools in APS. I have been energized by some of the best teaching I have ever seen, and I remain optimistic about what the future holds for us.  At the same time, I am very clear that we have much more work ahead of us if we are going to deliver the excellent education that your children deserve.

     

    While our students and staff have been hard at work, our Atlanta Board of Education members and I also have been working.  As we chart a new course for Atlanta Public Schools, we have drafted a new charge (mission and vision) for the district. This is what we do every day and what we aspire to be:

     

    • Our Mission: Through a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every APS student will be ready for college and career.

    • Our Vision:   A high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators work to inspire, parents are engaged, and the community has trust in the district. We welcome your feedback on our work at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/draftvisionmission.

     

    As we embark on this journey together, I am working diligently to foster a transparent and collaborative environment for our families. To that end, I want to encourage you to get involved this year.  Whether by volunteering at your child’s school, participating in the important decision-making process around selecting a school system operating model and flexibility option, or participating in one of our new citizen advisory or oversight committees, I hope you will get engaged!  You can learn more about these opportunities and see more of what we have been up to these past few weeks by visiting www.atlantapublicschools.us or following my blog at www.atlsuper.com

     

    I looking forward to being your partner in helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of our children. Welcome back and have a great school year!
    Sincerely,
     
    Meria J. Carstarphen

     

     

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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:  https://ic.apsk12.org/portal

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit https://ic.apsk12.org/portal to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:


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  • Operating Models and School System Flexibility Options Flexgraphic

    Atlanta Public Schools will host Community Visioning Sessions across the district to inform and gather feedback from district stakeholders about the school system operating models and flexibility options outlined by the Georgia Department of Education. All session meetings will be open to the public, including parents, students, employees and community partners.
     
     
     
     
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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 


     
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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email outofzone@atlanta.k12.ga.us   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754


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