FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2017
CONTACT: Kimberly Beare, 408-201-6024
On April 25, 2017, Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) was recognized for its leadership in promoting multilingualism by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Superintendent Steve Betando, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. Ramon Zavala, Director of College and Career Pathways Heather Nursement, and Ivonne Glenn, Director of State and Federal Programs were on hand to receive the Seal of Biliteracy Award from Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Jon R. Gundry
“It’s a great honor to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Zavala of the award. “Our district has long held a strong commitment to educational equity and programs for bilingual and multilingual learners. This recognition is yet another opportunity for us to acknowledge our hard working and dedicated staff that make these programs possible.”
At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Sobrato and Live Oak High Schools had an impressive 36 Spanish/English, and French/English graduates receive the State Seal of Biliteracy, this year that number is expected to double. With growing awareness of the Seal of Biliteracy, many high school students are beginning to set their academic sites on adding this achievement to their lists of accolades for college applications.
Live Oak and Sobrato High School language teachers actively support and encourage students to choose the pathway to biliteracy. Students who achieve the required level of biliteracy, and earn the State Seal of Biliteracy have demonstrated a competency in an area that gives them a fast pass to success in today’s global job network. Communicating by the written and spoken word in two or more languages puts them at the front of the line as a valuable asset in any industry.