Welcome and thank you for your interest in Rockford Spanish Immersion! At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. Spanish is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction. There are approximately 200 school districts across the USA that offer similar immersion options for their students, with the majority of these programs being in Spanish, French, or German. Rockford Spanish Immersion follows a 90/10 immersion model and is intended for non-native speaking Spanish students and families. No Spanish knowledge is required for students entering at kindergarten. Rockford Spanish Immersion is located on the Roguewood Elementary campus and is growing each year. Currently, 314 students are enrolled K-5th grade for the 2014-15 school year.
With solid research to support its effectiveness, the four main goals of immersion education are for students to:
- gain mastery of the district’s grade level curricular objectives and required benchmarks
- develop strong English literacy skills
- develop a high level of proficiency in second language literacy
- acquire a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other world cultures and people
All Rockford Spanish Immersion teachers are highly-qualified and Michigan-certified early elementary educators. Additionally, all teachers have had overseas experience either studying, living, or working in the various Spanish-speaking countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
For parents who would like to provide their child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish during their elementary years, and provide them with the skills to interact competently in an increasingly interdependent world, immersion education is a viable option. Because of the nature of immersion, starting early is critical. Therefore, students are only admitted at the kindergarten level each year. If you are interested in enrolling your future kindergartner in Rockford Spanish Immersion, contact Roguewood Elementary at 616.863.6374. An immersion information night prior to enrollment is held each year in January. Applications for kindergarten are distributed and accepted during the month of February prior to each school year. Watch this website for specific dates and times regarding enrollment procedures for the 2015-16 school year starting in January 2015.
More information about immersion education can be found at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition website: http://www.carla.umn.edu.
Rockford Spanish Immersion
Roguewood Elementary School is both a state and nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School that has been providing a world-class education to the Rockford community since 1990. Roguewood Elementary currently serves 680 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Roguewood Elementary is also home to Rockford Public Schools' Spanish Immersion program.
In addition to our 40 professional teaching staff members, there are a variety of Special Services personnel and numerous support staff that assist in Roguewood’s daily operation. Special Services personnel include resource room teachers, a school psychologist, social worker, reading specialist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and nurse. Support staff includes a media specialist, secretaries, custodians, classroom and playground paraprofessionals, and lunchroom personnel. Roguewood students have consistently achieved well above standards on measures of achievement in all core subject areas on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test (MEAP).
Roguewood Elementary is fully accredited by AdvancED, formerly the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and has a vibrant school improvement process centered around the Response to Intervention Model and Professional Learning Communities. Teachers meet together on a consistent basis to analyze data for the purpose of improving student achievement. Roguewood is proud of its accomplishments having received an “A” rating from the State of Michigan and the Education Yes system for rating. Roguewood has served as a host school for the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Teacher Exchange program and was recognized as a Michigan Green School in 2014.
Roguewood staff is committed to preparing students for the 21st century and the global world. We hope you find this website helpful in learning more about the educational opportunities at Roguewood Elementary.
Doug Hoogerland, Principal
CURRENT EVENTSMARCH 2015 Newsletter
APRIL 2015 Newsletter
April 3rd through April 10th SPRING BREAK
Monday April 13th – Back To School and LATE START
School begins @ 10:40 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
Wed. April 1 GRASP applications due
Thur. April 2 Spirit Day – Twin Day
Fri. April 3 Good Friday – No School
Mon. April 6-10 Spring Break – No School
Mon. April 13 Back to School – LATE START
Tues. April 14 Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Fri. April 17 1st Grade Traditional Field Trip
Mon. April 20 PTO Meeting 7:00 pm
Tues. April 21 3rd Grade to Lansing & 4th Grade Wax Museum
Wed. April 22 Spirit Day – Groovy
Thurs. April 23 Art Pride
Fri. April 24 Relay for Life Popsicle Sale
April 29 – May 1 Kindergarten Screening for 2015-16
May 1 DARE Graduation
Rockford Spanish Immersion"Providing a World Class Education Right Here at Home!"
Announcements and Information
***School hours for the 2014-2015 school year are 8:40 am-3:45 pm. Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 am for playground supervision.
Contact Principal Hoogerland @ email@example.com
- Goals of the Spanish Immersion Program
In the Rockford Spanish Immersion program, students learn the district's core curriculum though Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write and speak in Spanish. Spanish is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction. There are approximately 200 schools across the USA that offer similar immersion options for their students, with the majority of these programs being in either Spanish or French.
The four main goals of Immersion are:
- Mastery of the district’s grade level curricular objectives and required state benchmarks.
- Development of strong English literacy skills.
- Development of a high level of proficiency in Spanish Literacy (Speaking, Reading and Writing).
- Acquire a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other world cultures and people.
- Immersion as an Instructional Method
Decades of research reveal the positive effects of immersion education as the ideal instructional method to acquire a second language and increase student achievement. Below is a brief review of some of the research.
- An accumulation of research on immersion education concludes that in addition to learning to speak a second language with a near native pronunciation, early immersion students, when compared to non-immersion students, even gain a higher level of achievement in most other subjects by the time they reach 5th grade. (Swain & Lapkin, 1982)
- “Immersion students perform as well as or better than their monolingual English peers on all standardized measures of mathematics, science, social studies and in English language arts after some English instruction has been added to the curriculum.” (Rubio, 1998)
- Study after study has shown there is no negative effect on an immersion student’s English language achievement. The general conclusions of studies show that students enrolled in immersion programs perform as well as, or better than, students in non-immersion programs on English achievement tests by the time they reach 5th grade. (Downs – Reid, 2000)
- Early language immersion students take advantage of a very important “window of opportunity” for learning a second language by building early language connections in the brain. (Genesee, 2001)
- Over three decades of studies consistently show that immersion students achieve as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers on standardized measures of verbal and mathematics skills administered in English. (Cloud, Genesee, & Hamayan, 2000; Genesee, 1987)
- Why should I consider enrolling my child in the Rockford Spanish Immersion Program?
- Learning a language before adolescence takes advantage of a very important “window of opportunity” by building early language connections in the brain.
- Learning a language early also provides your child with the time and opportunity to develop a high level of proficiency in Spanish and sound more like a native speaker.
- Immersion students acquire an understanding, knowledge and appreciation toward those who speak other languages and their cultures by learning in a multicultural setting.
- You value the importance of being bilingual and want to provide your child with the skills to interact competently in an increasingly interdependent world.
- How will being in the Spanish Immersion Program affect my child’s English skills?
This is a very common question for parents considering enrolling their child in an immersion program, since English is not formally introduced until second grade. Beginning in the second semester of second grade, English is studied for about 30 minutes a day. As the student progresses through the grades the time spent studying English gradually increases with each grade level. Research shows that immersion students will have a general lag in their English achievement up until third grade. However, at third grade this discrepancy begins to disappear and most immersion students achieve the same when compared to their non-immersion peers. By the time immersion students reach 5th grade, the general conclusions of studies show that students enrolled in immersion programs perform as well as, or better than, students in non-immersion programs on English achievement tests.
- How do I enroll my Kindergarten student?
For parents who would like to provide their child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish during their elementary years, immersion is a viable educational option. If you are interested in enrolling your future Kindergartner in the Spanish Immersion program starting next fall, contact Roguewood Elementary School at (616) 863-6374. Students living outside of the Rockford school district may opt to enroll through the KISD Schools of Choice option. However, students living outside the Rockford school district boundary will only be considered if space in the program cannot be filled by Rockford district residents.
An immersion parent information night is usually held in January with applications being accepted during the month of February. Because of the unique nature of the immersion program’s curriculum, students are initially enrolled only at the Kindergarten level.
Immersion Professional Teaching Staff
All Rockford Spanish Immersion teachers are highly-qualified and Michigan certified early elementary educators. Additionally, all teachers have had overseas experience either studying, living, or working in the various Spanish speaking countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Paraguay, Mexico and Dominican Republic.
Native Speaking Paraprofessional Staff
In addition to the professional teaching staff, all immersion classrooms are supported by native speaking paraprofessionals. RSI paraprofessionals represent the countries of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.
Rockford Spanish Immersion Information
Please contact our office for a hard copy of our Collection of Immersion Research Articles.
Immersion Education Information
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Center for Applied Linguistics
Participating in the Rockford Spanish Immersion program at Roguewood Elementary School requires parents to be responsible for transporting their student to and from the school. An a.m. shuttle bus to school only from the student’s neighborhood school has been provided, but is not guaranteed.
Rockford Spanish Immersion Informational Video
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