Dr. Eric Banatao, February 25, 2012
Research indicates learning a second language increases brain growth and promotes healthy brain functions. In addition, our nation is increasingly diverse, and our planet has flattened as we move further into the 21st century. Effective communication and critical thinking skills are essential in this modern, technologically driven world. Imagine the power of possessing academic language proficiency, and the ability to effectively communicate, in two languages. The advantages of biliteracy and bilingualism in today s age are clear, and the power of its potential to create future opportunity is limitless. Next school year, Dual-Language Immersion Program enrollment will be OPEN to ALL 2012-2013 students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. The Dual-Language Immersion program will expand, yearly, into each subsequent grade-level as students continue to advance. EastLake Elementary currently offers a Dual-Language Immersion (DI) Program in Kindergarten and 1st grade. The goals of the Dual-Language Immersion Program are to promote English and Spanish biliteracy, bilingualism, and biculturalism through formal academic language instruction and academic language development. An informational meeting inviting all current Kinder and 1st grade families was held on February 1, 2012. Information regarding the benefits of foreign language instruction beyond elementary school years, with implications for middle/high school and college entry, was shared. In addition, a change to the Dual-Language Immersion Program s instructional model at EastLake was presented. Preliminary survey data acquired since the informational meeting indicates strong school-community interest to move forward with program adjustments to EastLake s Dual-Language Immersion Program. To view the February 1 presentation materials, please visit: http://www.cvesd.org/schools/Eastlake/pages/programs.aspx The new Dual-Language Immersion model maintains the original program goals of biliteracy, bilingualism, and biculturalism. For half the school day, students will learn English Language Arts and mathematics in English. The other half of the school day will be conducted studying Spanish Language Arts and science/social science, in Spanish, in a different classroom with another teacher. Equal exposure to two languages, ensuring 50% of the instructional minutes in each school day is devoted to either language (Spanish or English) is referred to as a 50/50 Dual-Language Immersion model or Two-Way Language Immersion. A program shift to the 50/50 Dual-Language Immersion model creates several program advantages for EastLake, including: Language balance. Students will develop English language arts and Spanish Language arts proficiency (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) through a 50/50 instructional model beginning in Kindergarten, and as students advance through grade 6. A true language-immersion experience with two language teachers in two separate classroom environments, at each grade-level, each with the primary purpose of developing literacy and academic language in English and Spanish. Students will rotate between languages and teachers. Allow newcomers to the Dual Immersion program. Previously acquired language instruction, in English or Spanish, will provide a language foundation to support simultaneous learning of two languages. Student-models of each language will promote language learning and enrich learning environments. Increased program participation and more students meeting program goals will allow for teacher teams and professional collaboration at each grade level.
My name is Mrs. Rosales and I wanted to start the Eastlake Glee Club at this school, because I noticed Dr. Banatao has provided so many wonderful programs for these kids that were not available a few yrs ago, and I wanted to help when he asked about music. Four yrs. ago we moved from Hawaii and at that time there was no football, soccer, cheer, basketball, chess, art, cooking class and today there s even more. My daughter and nephew also attend this school and I they are happy to go every day. When I say happy.... my daughter shortens my morning coffee so she can be "The Safety Patrol Supervisor" at 7:30 am every morning. She loves math, her 6th grade teacher Mr. Nieves, and now she tells me she wants to be a mathematician. I can't complain she's an A+ Student and this tells me the school is doing it right. What else could a parent ask for, good grades and tons fun programs for children. I can t complain. Well this is our last yr here and I say: Thank you to the principal for adding, offering so much, these last few yrs and making our kids excited about our school everyday. Go Eagles!!
My child started attending Eastlake Elementary three years ago. Since then, I have witnessed countless positive aspects of this school. The API score has increased, there are numerous activities that are available to students, and my child absolutely loves the teachers. Eastlake is a welcoming, family friendly environment and I am glad we decided to enroll our child at this school!
We moved here from Florida when my child was about to enter first grade. She is now in fourth grade and we are so pleased with Eastlake Elementary School. While education of course is a priority it is also a fun loving and friendly environment. The principal is terrific in that he has established numerous after school programs and athletic teams that were virtually non-existent prior to his reign. Unique programs such as Animation, Robotics, and Chess make it a stand out school for kids who want more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. In addition, the school also has a strong dual language program for kids to learn in both English and Spanish speaking classrooms to foster a bilingual education.
We been in this school for 3 years, my son is a fifth grader,all the teachers he had are great,also the group of speech ,OT,and aditional support for my son in academics is great. The PTA really work with the always enthusiastic Principal also teachers. Activities and after school program like piano lessons,Robotics,IDraw,just to mention some of them are awesome . Congrats!
My school is ... a place where kids are motivated.. Eastlake has many after school activities that our kids have hard time choosing. From Sports to Music..... Happy and Active Kids EastLake Elementary is the place to be!
This school only gets better and better each year!!!! My kids have really benefited from going here and I am so happy with this school.
The school is AMAZING!!!!! DR.BANATAO MRS PALMA MRS PEREZ MRS COPELAND MRS BAEZA MR MARCUS MRS DURAN-HODGES ALL staff from the administration to support staff librarian,cafeteria to IT dept to janitorial to parent volunteers. Everyone there is SO NICE and AMAZING! CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL I BELIEVE IT ! My son scored advanced in overall state test. That is a testimony of the school. There are so many afterschool activities other schools don't have. The assemblies are amazing and full of Eagle Spirit. I recommend Eastlake Elementary school for the few schools in chula vista with dual immersion. My daughter is an excellent example reciting the pledge of allegiance entirely in Espanol! So impressed! I would give 10 stars
We recently moved from a different school district in which my child was attending a woderful charter school. I could tell the difference since the first day I visited the school we were assigned to due to overcrowding of the school near our home. The experience has been very dissapointing for my child since the begining. My child was assigned to a combo class and to a mediocre teacher who sits all day in the computer and has never thaught a lecture. She has assigned her class the same homework over and over again. In a one month period she has been absent at least six times. She forgot to pass out permission slips for the end of the year field trip and none of her students got to go, so she got her class a substitute so she could go with the other classes. So unprofessional, it is a waste of salary!!
My name is Holly Palma and I am a teacher at Eastlake Elementary. And although I think Dr. would be the first to say this process of trying to improve our budding bilingual program has not been perfect, I cannot as a member of the Eastlake Community allow these inaccurate words of the previous two postings demeaning both our Principal and our attempts to slightly change our Dual Immersion program to go unaddressed. Dr. Bantao held many varied community meetings to encourage parent input about the realities of trying to teach our youngest learners a new language. Every great leader knows "you cannot please all the people all the time," but at this point Eastlake already has already doubled its student population in our 2nd grade 50-50 Dual Immersion program, doubled the number of students in our 1st grade 50-50 Dual Immersion program, and currently has 27 new kindergarten students enrolled in this vital DI program for next year. Anyone that knows me knows I have a special appreciation for all our students at Eastlake, and the fact that even more of my own students will get the priceless gift of a bilingual education is both professionally and personally worth defending.
All of my children have attended this school for almost 2 decades; in general I was very satisfied, until this year! The current school Principal lacks all integrity and leadership skills! He s not easily approachable & rarely makes himself available for those who oppose what is on his agenda. He uses deceitful strategies & intimidation tactics while attempting to impose new programs that serve him and not our children. He s currently persuading resident parents to submit zone transfers to other schools that offer the program that we initially signed our kids up for here at our HOME SCHOOL. The 90/10 Spanish DI Program is in such high demand that all the surrounding schools that offer this program are impacted with no zone transfers available! Please support our children whether your child is in this program or not! Today my child s program is being dismantled; tomorrow it might be yours. Do not allow this kind of unjust deceit & dishonor to unfold at Eastlake Elementary! We need to stand as a community for what is right on behalf of our children! PLEASE Support the proper implementation of the 90/10 Dual Spanish Immersion Program & all the children currently enrolled in it!
Do not allow the current Principal to drop the standards of education at our HOME SCHOOL! Due to the high success rates & OVERWHELMING DEMAND of the 90/10 Spanish Dual Immersion program all of the surrounding schools are fully impacted with no room available for those parents who wish to have their children continue with the 90/10 DI Program! The abrupt change to the 50/50 Model will not benefit our children s education in the long run! Do not take my word for it, Do the research! This sudden drop of standards in education by our school Principal is not only poor leadership in regards to our children s education but also impacts the school as a whole in a very negative way!!!
Mrs Perez is an amazing teacher who loves to teach. I thank her for her dedication to our dual immersion program. The new principal has shown poor leadership, by not approaching the change in a civil manner. I as a parent would like to be shown facts of the 50|50 program, how it is better or equal to 90/10.. Instead it's a big "secret" parents want to know how the change is going to affect our kids. This can all be resolved with a meeting just for the parents who are currently in the dual immersion program just a suggestion!
This is a great school. My granddaughter is in the Kindergarten Spanish Immersion program. I am impressed with the teacher. She has 22 squirming students trying to learn Spanish, which is quite a challenge. It would be difficult just to teach a regular kindergarten, let alone a bi-lingual class. Kudos to her and to the school for a fine program. I think next year's program will be even better because the student will get more English & Spanish instruction.
This is an excellent school. The Principal and teachers are very caring and hard working. My daughter is in the immersion program and has made great progress. She looks forward to going to school every day. I rate this school as excellent, 5 stars.
This is a great school.The Principal and Teachers are really good and very hard working.My son is in the immersion program and has made excellent progress.5 STARS We are Happy and ok with the 50-50 immersion program
Our son is in Sra. Santo's dual immersion kinder class and we couldn't be happier. She loves her kids and teaching. Our son always ends the day with a smile and can't wait to return the next day. We believe that next year will be even better. Incorporating the 50/50 program is an excellant idea. The kids will thrive by mastering both English and Spanish. Dr. Banatao is doing a great job in adding up to date equipment and thinking of the kids futures.
I am a parent, and believe our school is successful on various levels. My child will be going into sixth grade soon. Since our time at this school, we have seen several changes, to include our third principal. I feel each principal offered and provided good visions for the future of our school and students. It is extremely important that parents get involved at any level, in the classroom, or as a volunteer. Our current leadership is very receptive to parent involvement and also helps to foster community involvement. To date I am satisfied with the teachers my child has had and the education she has received. I have had my favorites along the way and have felt that if I ever needed to address a concern, the teachers and principal were receptive. This is our home school. If you are a parent that makes time and is involved in the future of your child as well as others, you will be pleased with this school.
I am continually pleased with this school and how administration listens and acts on concerns brought to them by parents. Parents who are able to take the time to help out and volunteer DO! The school encourages parents to be involved when they are able. I love the fact that I know several parents who are able and take hours and even days out to spend in the classrooms to be there with their children. (I always look for a school that is comfortable and confident to have parent eyes on them all the time...after all, we as parents are the biggest critics when it comes to the care and education of our children). We do have a new principal this year who has proven to be involved and proactive to continually make a great school keep its high standards and RAISE them. Things change and sometimes it isn't for the better but we must change to be better and its not always easy or comfortable. I believe the changes being made are well planned, well researched, and for the right reasons. Being a great school is awesome. Staying at great is great. Pushing for excellence is a quality I prefer to have in the leadership of my child's school and I feel we now have that.
My son went to Eastlake for two weeks in 3rd grade due to overflow from his zoned school. When we were told we could move to our neighbood school (Hedencamp), I did so and regretted it the whole year. IF I could of returned to Eastlake I would of. The principal and teacher were outstanding. My son loved his teacher, who was one of the best he has ever had.
My daughter is a 1st. grader, she loves this school. Thank you Principal, staff and Mrs. Smith for make Eastlake Elementary such wonderful school. I feel welcome all the time. the staff is very nice and helpful people, Principal is always there any time with out appointment creating an amazing place, for kids to learn. also PTA parents are very nice sponsoring all this great events for our community . thank you all
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