MUSD Celebrates Dual-Language Immersion Program

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sixteen years ago, a pilot program to immerse students in two languages was introduced in a single Montebello Unified kindergarten classroom; today more than 600 students at four different schools participate in the District’s dual-language immersion program (DLIP).

The program is offered at La Merced Elementary, Winter Gardens Elementary, La Merced Intermediate and Montebello Intermediate schools.

“The dual-language immersion program serves to honor our students’ heritage while preparing them for a 21st century world,” Montebello Unified Board President Benjamin Cárdenas said during a celebration of the program held April 27 at Montebello Intermediate.

“This program is a testament of our District’s collaborative efforts to put our students first in innovative and important ways,” Cardenas told fellow board members, teachers, students, parents and district staff.

District officials and parents filled the Montebello Intermediate School auditorium April 27 to hear the history of DLIP and watch student performances. (Montebello Unified School District)

District officials and parents filled the Montebello Intermediate School auditorium April 27 to hear the history of DLIP and watch student performances. (Montebello Unified School District)

Board members continued to fund the program despite the loss of a Title VII federal grant during the recession.

They expanded the program to a second elementary school and then added two intermediate schools. The District also launched a “Spanish Institute” aimed at enhancing Spanish academic proficiency for teachers, MUSD said in a press release.

“This year each of the DLIP elementary schools added an additional kindergarten setting illustrating the proactive, organic movement taking place in our Montebello community,” Program Specialist Dr. Silvia Lezama said.

According to MUSD, the dual-language program offers students the opportunity to achieve high levels of proficiency in English and Spanish from highly qualified teachers. Students are eligible to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy.

“Montebello Unified is proud to support DLIP teachers and staff in their efforts to promote bilingualism, biliteracy and multicultural competence in our students,” Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said.

Save Time On Commute to San Pedro: Ride Metro

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Metro officials announced Monday the start of express bus service that will provide more frequent and faster commutes between San Pedro and downtown Los Angeles.

The Silver Line Express, which uses the I-110 Harbor Freeway ExpressLanes, will save riders 15-20 minutes each trip, with fares costing $2.50 per trip, Metro officials said.

The service includes a 950X line that runs every 20 minutes during peak “rush hour” times, while an off-peak 910 line will run every half-hour and make more frequent stops than the peak line. On the weekends and holidays, a 950 line will run every 40 minutes.

The express service replaces the 450 line and eliminates the need to transfer at the Harbor Gateway Transit Center, Metro officials said.

“We had two popular lines – the Silver Line and the 450 – and we combined them to improve service, convenience and reach for our patrons,” Metro CEO Phil Washington said. “The new line is also taking advantage of the speed offered by another of our projects: the Harbor Freeway ExpressLanes.”

The Silver Line Express is aimed at making it easier for San Pedro residents to get to downtown Los Angeles, while also encouraging more people to visit the San Pedro area.

The Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro is offering free admission to Metro riders as part of a promotion lasting until Jan. 31, after which Metro customers will be able to get $2 off admission.

“With increased frequency and service now extending all the way into San Pedro, the Silver Line provides a premiere path for Angelenos to access all of the unique destinations in the South Bay and beyond that is easy, convenient and affordable,” said Metro board Chair and county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
 

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